MassTimes.org is a website where you can search for Mass times for several countries throughout the world. If you are going on vacation, or will be away from home for whatever reason, and need to find a church while you’re away, this website can be a great help. It can also be a wonderful resource in finding a new parish if you have recently moved or will be relocating in the future.
On the home page you can choose from several languages in which to view the website. In addition to English, there are translations for Spanish, Russian, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Portuguese. Be advised that the translations are done via computers and may not be completely accurate.
A multitude of countries are listed for you to search and find a church near where you will be during your travels.
Mass Times was created in 1994 to assist traveling Catholics in the United States. Information from dioceses and parishes throughout the United States was collected and made available first via telephone, and then in 1998, it was published on the Internet. In 2002, Mass Times made the decision to go International and include churches with internet access in other countries.
Travelers can search for churches by country, by place or city, by postal or zip code, or by area or exchange code. A city search yields a list categorized into topics like Cathedrals, Shrines, Churches, and Universities. Within the lists are links to the individual locations like Cathedrals, Shrines, Churches and University campus ministries. Clicking on the link for a specific location yields a variety of information that can include: Type (i.e. Cathedral, Shrine, Parish), Address, Latitude/Longitude, Web Address, Phone number, Weekend Mass times, Weekday Mass times, Holy Day & Vigil Mass times, Adoration, Confessions, Devotions, Directions, Wheelchair Access, and date the listing was updated. The information listed will vary from location to location. If a website link is available, you can search for the most current information on a specific location on their website. Also, at the top of the page for a specific location is a map, powered by Google.
Dioceses and Parishes provide information to Mass Times and are encouraged to keep their information current using a program called Update Parish Information.
Once you find a church near where you will be it is definitely a good idea to cross reference the times found on Mass Times with the church website or a call to the church. This way you can confirm the information is correct and up to date.
My husband and I have used Mass Times several times in preparation for vacations and trips, and find it to be a very valuable resource.
Peace in Christ,
© Melissa Knoblett-Aman
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