Bishop's Message May 14, 2021
Dear Faithful Catholic, as you probably are aware, the CDC has announced that facemasks and social distancing are no longer required at indoor events for those who have been fully vaccinated. This is great news! However, in charity we must recall those who cannot be vaccinated or fear the possible transmission of the Covid-19 virus to vulnerable family members. Indeed, charity and understanding remain the hallmarks of the true followers of Jesus Christ. For this reason I am asking each pastor to provide one weekend Mass that keeps the full protocols in place. All remaining weekend Masses will resume without requiring facemasks or social distancing. This change in protocols will begin on the weekend of Pentecost (May 22/23). If you prefer a Mass without protocols then I urge you to check your parish web site which will show which weekend Mass retains the protocols and which weekend Masses will be celebrated without protocols. As we move forward let us not forget those whose lives were lost, those who were gravely impacted by the Coronavirus, or the vulnerable who walk with us still.
May God bless you abundantly,
Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger
The Dispensation from the Obligation to participate in person at Sunday Mass
In a recent meeting of our Council of Priests it was recommended to me that we keep in place the dispensation from the Obligation to participate in a Sunday Mass in person.
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