Milwaukee Archbishop Reinstates ‘Obligation to Attend Sunday Mass’

Milwaukee Archbishop Reinstates ‘Obligation to Attend Sunday Mass’


The archbishop of Milwaukee has renewed Catholics’ obligation to attend Sunday Mass, ending a six-month dispensation from Sunday worship given during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

“On September 14, 2020, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation will expire, and it will be the responsibility of those who are capable and not prohibited by other circumstances to attend Sunday Mass,” states Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki in a blog post. “Those who deliberately fail to attend Sunday Mass commit a grave sin.”

“The dispensation was made for the safety of all and to alleviate the burden of those conflicted by the obligation to attend Mass due to the coronavirus threat,” the archbishop writes, but the measure was always intended to be temporary.

The archbishop hastens to add that for certain ill or at-risk individuals, the dispensation still stands.

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“If a person is ill,

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