Following much careful consideration, the dispensation for Sunday Mass obligation has been lifted and beginning Sunday, August 15, all Catholics will once again gather as a community of faith on Sundays. The lifting of the dispensation was announced in July 16 issue of The Compass.
With this news, please note there are still occasions when the obligation to attend Sunday Mass does not apply:
· If individual Catholics struggle with serious health concerns or are physically or morally prevented from worshipping at Mass for a grave reason
· If individuals are frail due to illness or age or, in their well-formed consciences believe that going into public places — including Sunday worship at Mass — would place their health or the health of their loved ones in serious jeopardy
· If individuals are sick, or have been in contact with someone who has been sick
The faithful who are unable to attend Mass are urged to make holy the Lord’s Day and to pray, read the Scriptures, watch a broadcast or livestreamed Mass and take part in acts of charity. Those unable to attend Sunday Mass for health reasons can still tune into the televised Mass on WFRV Local 5, celebrated by Bishop Ricken every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
The obligation to attend Mass for Catholics reflects our faith in Jesus Christ, the blessing of the Holy Eucharist and an acknowledgment of His great love for us.