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August 15th Mass

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August 15th Mass


We will be staying in Castel Gandolfo August 14-16 and want to attend the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary held there on the 15th. Is there anything we need to know about attending? Below are the details.

15 Saturday

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Castel Gandolfo

Parish Church of Saint Thomas of Villanova, at 8.00

Holy Mass

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1. Re: August 15th Mass

The Prefecture of the Papal Household has this information:

Saturday 15: H. Mass, 8.00 hrs. Assumption of the BVM. Parish Church of San Tommaso da Villanova, Castel Gandolfo (contact the parish)

The church is probably small, at least compared to St. Peter's Basilica or Square, and many (most?) places will be reserved for parishioners.

This page has information about the parish:


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2. Re: August 15th Mass

There would be no problem attending mass at a parish church. This is a "holy day of obligation", a day when Catholics are expected to attend mass.

I do not know if you are Catholic. You are welcome at any mass whether or not you are Catholic, but there are restrictions on taking communion if you are not Catholic. Of course you must dress modestly, long pants and a shirt for men and women or a dress below the knees and covering the shoulders for women.

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3. Re: August 15th Mass

Thanks for your replies. My fiancee and her mother are Catholic while my mother and I are Protestant though I've been attending a lot of mass so I'm aware of the restrictions and keep praying about it. So we should get ther 30+ minutes early I'm guessing.

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