Ohio Bishops restore obligation to attend Mass
  • Don9of11Don9of11
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    I learned today that the dispensation to attend Sunday Mass has been lifted in Ohio. Has these happened in your state?
    Bishops of Ohio Announce
  • trentonjconn
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    The obligation has been lifted? Or the dispensation? Atlanta is lifting the dispensation beginning with Pentecost.
  • Don9of11Don9of11
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    The dispensation is lifted.
  • MarkB
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    Yes in Colorado, effective May 23.
  • bhcordovabhcordova
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    Diocese of Tyler since March
  • June 5-6 in Ohio
  • M. Jackson Osborn
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    It was lifted in the Ordinariate aeons ago - around the middle of last year. I thought that this was a foolhardy tempting of fate, and we, as a result, have had a number of (very fortunately not fatal) cases of the Chinese plague just at the cathedral itself. (I've learned just today of two new cases who are in hospital), Not only was it lifted, but masks and other preventive measures were thrown to the winds. Now that we are getting more of the population vaccinated the danger would seem to be somewhat, if not considerably lessened. I got my second Pfizer shot two Fridays ago. Still, the danger is not yet over. Lifting the dispensation sometime this summer is done, I'm sure, with calculating the relative risks involved.
  • CharlesW
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    In the Diocese of Knoxville the obligation is supposed to be restored at Pentecost for Latin Catholics.
  • There's no word (that I've seen) anywhere in California, so far as I know.

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  • Caleferink
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    The obligation is being restored in St. Petersburg, FL this coming Pentecost Sunday, with decisions on masks and distancing left to individual pastors (at least as I read the bishop's letter on the matter). Checking other FL dioceses' websites in no particular order:
    -St. Augustine is doing likewise.
    -Venice lifted its mask mandate effective last weekend but I can't find anything on its dispensation.
    -Palm Beach and Miami appear to be continuing to require masks and distancing, and is keeping the dispensation in place.
    -Pensacola-Tallahassee hasn't issued any updates since the end of April, which appears to leave a lot of decisions on these things to pastors, so I don't think their dispensation has been lifted.
    -I'm not finding a thing on Orlando.

    So while the bishops in Florida were rather united on suspending Masses in March 2020, it appears they aren't so much on the flip side.
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  • rollingrj
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    The Diocese of Salt Lake City has not restored the obligation.
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  • CatherineS
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    I'm not aware of any return to the Sunday obligation in Brazil.
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  • TimTheEnchanterTimTheEnchanter
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    I don't believe anything has changed in Illinois, where I am -- we just got capacity limits back up to 60%. If I were to guess, I think the obligation will be back in force this fall.
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    Tim,

    Your wonderful bishop Paprocki gave the Commencement address at my son's graduation this past weekend. [back on topic, now]

    If the dispensation is still in place, is that all across the state?
  • Felicia
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    Diocese of Austin as of Pentecost (this weekend).
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  • Don9of11Don9of11
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    According to the email newsletter most pandemic restrictions in Cleveland Diocese will be lifted June 2. Cleveland Diocese Update
  • Liam
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    Updated guidance from the Archdiocese of Boston given the next major phase of reopening in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on May 29th; the dispensation from preceptual obligation to attend Mass is not yet withdrawn, but I would not be shocked if it is in the coming weeks with a local option for pastors to dispense in smaller areas of lagging recovery:

    https://rcabrisk.org/2021/05/07/covid-19-updates-as-of-may-7-2021/
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  • ServiamScores
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    Indiana restoration is June 11, Feast of the Sacred Heart.
  • rich_enough
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    The Sunday obligation in the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, resumes Pentecost Sunday, May 23.
    Bridgeport Diocese update
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  • Actually, we're in this pattern until we flatten the curve, in the next two weeks.

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  • CatholicZ09
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    Haven’t heard anything here in Pennsylvania.
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  • Chaswjd
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    In Milwaukee, the dispensation was lifted Pentecost 2020.
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  • davido
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    Chancery rumors in PA are that the dispensation will be lifted at the end of the summer.
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  • SponsaChristi
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    Actually, we're in this pattern until we flatten the curve, in the next two weeks


    That’s literally all we heard in Alberta for over a year now. Now suddenly, all restrictions will be lifted in a month.
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  • Liam
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    In eastern Massachusetts, it was dicey for about 4 weeks in late winter whether the vaccination program would be able to get ahead of the spread of the variants (especially the Brazilian variant, which got a toehold in certain places - not surprising, because we have many Lusophones with close ties to their countries of origin), but so far it appears that vaccination dominated that race. Which has allowed the curve to be flattened and general reopening to occur this weekend.

    The first curve flattening followed by a somewhat modest (compared to what followed) bump during the Great Mixing of the opening of the college/school year, may have led to a false sense of security leading into the colder half of the year in late October; looking at the charts, it appears that Hallowe'en gatherings may have laid a foundation for further spread at the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays that was very alarming, particularly as variants started to manifest on the backside of those surges.
  • rollingrj
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    UPDATE: In the Diocese of Salt Lake City, the obligation will be restored starting the weekend of June 5-6 (Corpus Christi). Details here.
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  • CatholicZ09
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    @davido, part of me thinks that PA bishops are waiting until the end of the summer for more people to get vaccinated, but the cynic in me is saying that it's to make it more convenient for everyone (i.e. wait until the end of summer as to not inconvenience vacation plans and Mass) - lol.
  • Liam
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    How many people do you think return regularly when the obligation is restored?

    FWIW, my sense is that people who attend regularly do so largely regardless of the obligation; there can be temporary situations that make attendance on a given day more difficult (particularly on work-week holydays where parishes increasingly seem not to bother to schedule Masses for those who do not work nearby...), and those many not always rise to the level of grave matter.
  • davido
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    We had a significant number of regular mass goers including former catechists, very involved people, etc return after they got vaccinated.

    As for PA, I think the different bishops probably have different philosophies on lifting the dispensation, but they are agreed on doing it statewide at one time.
  • tomjaw
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    Our obligation is not restored, while the Spanish and English Masses are slightly down, our EF Mass is up and we have an extra Latin Mass.

    Over the last 3 month our Sunday Mass attendance has been 91%, 104% and 99% of the seven year average. So we are back to normal.

    We have two camps those that are refusing the vaccination, and those that have had it, both groups are taking few precautions.
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  • JaredOstermann
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    Diocese of Sioux Falls was, I believe, the first in the states to reinstate the obligation (in August of 2020). We haven't looked back since.

    But I'd agree with Liam - I didn't really notice any increase in attendance after the return of the obligation. Most of our parishioners, of all ages, were back within a couple of weeks of reopening in May 2020. We certainly did have some who thought we were too lax, and went to other parishes in town, (e.g. we had congregational singing from day 1), but we also picked up people who did not like the restrictions in other parishes. So since about June of last year things have looked completely normal here. I'm not sure whether the obligation made any difference either way.

    To my mind the obligation never really needed to be messed with in the first place, since it would already include a dispensation in the two critical cases: when you are sick, or if you have grave reason for concern that you might get sick. But that's another story.
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  • I am not aware of the lifting of the dispensation (or even that a discussion is taking place about when/if it should happen here) but our bishop, Oscar Cantu, has confirmed a class of confirmandi in the traditional rite and we had a First Holy Communion last Saturday. In the meantime, my parish has begun a novena so that we may buy or build a new church building, and attendance is growing.
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  • Liam
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    ", or if you have grave reason for concern that you might get sick"

    It was that point that split rigorists from the rest. There were folks insisting that was an insufficient basis for absenting from physical presence at Mass. The dispensations did help reduce reason for unnecessary scruples on that point.
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  • SalieriSalieri
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    All bishops of Massachusetts will reinstate the obligation beginning the weekend of 19/20 June.
    I can't wait to see the people flooding back to church!
  • CharlesW
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    Salieri, I think many will not go back. I wouldn't mind being proven wrong but that's how it looks to me.