On May 13th, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio announced the lifting of the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Holy Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. The obligation will be reinstated for the weekend of June 5th and 6th, on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi.
As has always been the case, those who have a serious reason are exempt from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. This includes those who are ill, have significant health risk factors or care for someone who is immuno-compromised or ill, as well as those who have significant fear or anxiety over contracting the coronavirus in a large group of persons.
In their announcement, the Bishops’ stated “The obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days is not something God asks of us out of His own necessity to be worshipped, but rather a gift to the faithful for their spiritual well-being, eternal salvation and formation in our relationship with God and one another.”
For the full text of the Bishops’ statement, click here.
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