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Lifting the General Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend Mass

Given the encouraging progress we have made in overcoming the Covid-19 virus, Bishop Knestout and the Catholic Bishops of the Province of Baltimore and the Archdiocese of Washington have decided to end the dispensation from attending Mass in our region. Our holy obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days will resume on June 26, 2021. Please note that:

“This obligation does not apply to those who are ill; those who have reason to believe that they were recently exposed to the coronavirus, another serious or contagious illness; those who are confined to their home, a hospital, or nursing facility; or those with serious underlying health conditions. One should consult his or her local pastor if questions arise about the obligation to attend Mass (Canon 1245 and the Catechism of the Catholic Church n. 2181).”

To read the full letter from the bishops, please click HERE. Let us give thanks God for saving and protecting us from the virus, and continue to pray for those regions and communities that are still being severely impacted by it. We can't wait to see you again


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