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Many Protestant churches observe the Lord's Supper once a month and some do it very rarely. If I'm not mistaken, the Catholics celebrate Eucharist every Sunday.

  1. Why is Eucharist observed in Catholic parishes every Sunday?
  2. Do they observe on other days too?
  3. Are Catholics obligated to attend the mass every Sunday?
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Related thread (possible duplicate): christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/2089/… –  Adrian Keister Jul 25 '13 at 17:07
Not only does the Church insist on it every Sunday, but it encourages it daily! Why? ... Because that's what it's all about! The rest of the mass is of secondary importance to the consumption of Christ. –  svidgen Jul 25 '13 at 17:16
This is strictly on Catholicism. I'm not interested in other denominations. –  Mawia Jul 25 '13 at 17:19
Adrian Keister points to an old and not-so-good question of mine. I think this is not a duplicate, because the answers to that question do not answer this one, which is specifically about Catholicism, and raises other issues like the obligation to go on Sundays as opposed to the ability to go at other times. –  James T Jul 25 '13 at 18:05
Don't have time for a full answer, but here's a quick summary. Catholics don't have services, they have mass. The most important part of the mass is the Eucharist. There is no mass without the Eucharist, by definition. Everything else in the mass points towards the Eucharist. We celebrate mass every day, but Catholics are only required to attend every Sunday. –  Andres Riofrio Jul 26 '13 at 7:09

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  • Do they observe (mass) on other days too?

Yes. Each and every day except on Good Friday and holy Saturday (excluding Easter vigil). And btw Catholics don't observe mass like a show, they participate in it.

  • Why is Eucharist observed in Catholic parishes every Sunday?

Just to help Catholics attend mass on Sundays. Why on Sunday? Because it is the day of the Resurrection: the new creation.

  • Are Catholics obligated to attend the mass every Sunday?

Yes they are. To be precise, they have to attend mass on all Holy days of obligation, in which all Sundays of the year are included.

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I think "observe" in the original question is used in the sense of "observing a holiday" -- i.e., keeping it or celebrating it -- as opposed to "watching". –  Ben Dunlap Aug 7 '13 at 16:41
To @BenDunlapL Ohh... I am sorry, my mistake... But being a catholic, I have never heard anyone say "observing mass", so it was a little bit odd for me to read. –  Jayarathina Madharasan Aug 8 '13 at 5:30

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