It's interesting that I saw this story today, since I am pretty much dealing with the exact same situation. It's especially difficult to say that, as a Catholic, Mass attendance is not optional, when fellow Catholics are more than happy to make excuses for missing it every once in a while. You know, for a really good reason.
I like how the Catholic administrator tells the girl that sometimes you have to make "sacrifices." Some girls would have to sacrifice a dance competition or, I don't know, a weekend at the beach. This girl has to sacrifice her Mass attendance. Not that she would have to sacrifice an hour's worth of interesting programming to go across the street to the cathedral's earliest Mass. No, she has to sacrifice her mortal soul.
Dance competition disappointment vs. eternity in hell. Hmm. I guess they're roughly equivalent.
Yes, that was sarcasm.
For us, the difficulty is Scouts. We seem to be the only Catholics in the troop who have an issue with missing Mass. Fortunately, the Sunday evening Mass at a church in town is an oft-used option. But when the trip extends through a federal holiday (Monday), it gets tricky. I hate being the bad guy. I hate to wag a finger at other Catholic parents and say, "How could you let your son go and miss Mass?" - which is the message I send, even if I really don't care what their parenting choice is and don't want to imply that.
"A Scout is always reverent."
I just wish the Catholic version of reverent was respected.