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More dioceses require Catholics to return to Sunday Mass

More and more dioceses are lifting the dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation, with many restoring the obligation in the month of June.

In the Diocese of San Diego, California, Bishop Robert McElroy this past week announced that Catholics will need to attend Mass in person again beginning on July 4. 

“All of the restrictions on capacity and spacing for worship and all limitations on meetings and social activities are lifted as of today,” Bishop McElroy said, according to NBC. “Masks will still be optional, recognizing that the CDC recommends the practice of wearing masks for those who have not yet been vaccinated.”

As with most, if not all, diocesan guidelines, San Diego will continue to grant a dispensation to those who are ill, vulnerable or who are apprehensive about their safety.

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in a letter to parishioners, lifted the dispensation effective June 19.

“On June 19 and 20, I encourage the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to return to in-person Sunday Mass and the celebration of the Sacraments, especially for those who are in good health,” Archbishop Gomez wrote.

The bishops of the five dioceses in Indiana announced that effective June 11, they were lifting the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation.

“With the decrease of cases in our state,” the widespread availability of vaccines and following the guidance of public health officials, we are now able to safely accommodate more parishioners for Masses,” they wrote. 

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