Dispensation from obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days to end on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption, Saturday, August 14, 2021.
ROCKVILLE CENTRE – August 2, 2021 – The general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation in the Diocese of Rockville Centre will end on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Saturday, August 14, 2021.
This means that the faithful are required to attend Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation Masses beginning on Saturday, August 14, 2021. This obligation does not apply to those who are ill, those who are confined to their home, a hospital, or nursing facility, or those with serious underlying health conditions. Catholics should consult their pastor with questions about the obligation to attend Mass.
“Without Christ we are condemned to be dominated by everyday weariness, with its worries, and by fear of the future,” said Pope Francis. “The Sunday encounter with the Lord gives us the strength to experience the present with confidence and courage, and to go forth with hope.”
Although the “obligation” to keep the Lord’s Day holy and participate in the Holy Mass is a most serious commandment, it is better understood as a profound act of love. The greatest love the world will ever know is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross for our salvation. Every Mass is a chance for us to be a part of that Divine love here on earth and to prepare for eternal life with God in Heaven. We should hunger for our Lord’s presence in the Eucharist/Holy Communion and desire to be a part of the Mass every Sunday.
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The following will be in effect immediately:
1. Masks are optional. The parish cannot require that people wear masks. Masks are no longer
required for the distribution of Holy Communion. Hand sanitizing before distributing Holy Communion is recommended.
2. There are no social distancing requirements. There are no gathering limits.
3. Parishioners will NOT be asked their vaccination status nor for proof of vaccination. There
will be no segregating of worshipers based on vaccination status.
4. There are no restrictions on missalettes, hymnals or bulletins.
5. The parish office and all activities are open and functioning.
Note: The lifting of the dispensation for the obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses
will still take place on August 14, 2021.
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