This year Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday and, of course, Christmas is on a Monday. That means all Catholics have two Mass obligations to fulfill. 

Confused? Here’s the explanation:

Dec. 24 is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Like all Sundays of the year, it is a holy day of obligation and Masses will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and the Saturday Vigil will be at 5 p.m.

For the holy day known as the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas), we will have Masses on Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. and on Christmas Day at 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Everyone needs to attend Mass for both celebrations, but you don’t necessarily have to go to Mass twice on one day. Here are two options for these back-to-back holy days of obligation.

Option One: Attend Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent on Saturday at 5 p.m. Then celebrate the Christmas Mass either on Sunday evening or Monday morning.

Option Two: Attend the Fourth Sunday of Advent Mass on Sunday morning and then attend Christmas Mass on Monday morning.

Whatever solution is better for you and your family, please plan now to attend Mass on the Fourth Sunday of Advent and on Christmas so we can all celebrate fully the life of grace to which Christ the Lord has called us.

The convergence of the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve will not happen again until 2023.