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Archbishop calls Catholics back to Mass starting March 13, with some exceptions

Citing the “essential and central nature of the Eucharistic Sacrifice” in the life of the Church, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron on Feb. 9 announced the general dispensation from Sunday Mass for Catholics in the Archdiocese of Detroit will expire on March 13. 

However, while the general dispensation — which relieves all Catholics in the archdiocese from their moral obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days — is expiring, the archbishop said he will continue to grant “particular dispensations” to those in need, including those who are at high risk of COVID-19.

Others who may continue to be excused from their Sunday obligation include:

  • Those who are ill or whose health would be significantly compromised were they to contract a communicable illness;
  • Those who care for the sick, homebound or infirmed or someone in a high-risk category;
  • Pregnant women;
  • Those age 65 or older;
  • Those who cannot attend Mass for other reasons (such as a lack of transportation or being turned away because of capacity limits); and
  • Those who have “significant fear or anxiety of becoming ill by being at Mass.”

Read more at Detroit Catholic

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