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The obligation to attend Mass in-person will resume the weekend of June 5-6. “As we move beyond the worst of the corona virus pandemic and access to the COVID-19 vaccines has become more widespread, the time has arrived for the good of all the faithful when the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation is no longer necessary.

Those who have a serious reason are exempt from attending Mass. This includes those who are ill, have significant health risk factors, or care for someone who is immune-compromised or ill, as well as those who have significant fear or anxiety of contracting coronavirus in a large group of persons. Even though unable to attend in-person, these persons should observe the Lord’s day and are encouraged to spend time in prayer on Sunday, meditating on the Lord’s passion, death and resurrection and view a broadcast of the Sunday Mass.

Masses that are broadcast through various media are not intended as a substitute, nor do they fulfill the obligation for the persons who are
able to gather for a Sunday celebration and other Holy Days of Obligation. Instead, they are intended for the sick, home-bound, the imprisoned, etc., those who are unable to attend Mass in person.

Attending Mass is not something God asks of us out of His own necessity, but rather a gift to the faithful for their spiritual well-being, eternal salvation and formation in our relationship with God and one another.”
– Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr