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Diocese of Green Bay reinstates Sunday Mass obligation

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Posted at 1:26 PM, Jul 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-15 14:26:50-04

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — A news release from the Diocese of Green Bay says Bishop David L. Ricken has reinstated the obligation to attend Sunday Mass effective the weekend of August 14-15.

Even with the reinstatement of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, the Diocese said it is important to note there are occasions when the obligation does not apply:

  • If individual Catholics struggle with serious health concerns or are physically or morally prevented from worshipping at Mass for a serious reason
  • If individuals are frail due to illness or age or, in their well-formed conscience believe that going into public places -- including Sunday worship at Mass -- would place their health or the health of their loved ones in serious jeopardy
  • If individuals are sick, or have been in contact with someone who has been sick
  • If there is severe weather

The Diocese says worshippers who are unable to attend Mass should follow the third Commandment “To Keep Holy the Lord’s Day” by spending time in prayer, reading the Scriptures and taking part in acts of charity from home.