Archdiocese of Detroit urges Catholics to return to mass when general dispensation expires in March
DETROIT – The Archdiocese of Detroit is urging Catholics to return to mass on Sundays and Holy Days starting March 13, when dispensation from the obligation will expire. The dispensation from the obligation to attend mass was first issued when coronavirus pandemic swept into Michigan in March 2020. The Archdiocese of Detroit has extended that dispensation several times in the past 10 months, most recently in November when it was announced it would be extended until Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. Now, Catholics in the Detroit area are being advised to “to return to the heart and foundation of their faith” as they resume other activities. These individuals should also prepare to return to Mass in recognition of its preeminence in our lives as Catholics,” Archbishop Vigneron said in a letter to the faithful.
Detroit archbishop extends exemption from attending Sunday Mass amid pandemic
DETROIT The Detroit archbishop has extended the dispensation, or exemption, from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation for Catholics in the Archdiocese of Detroit until Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. This includes all travelers during their time within the territory of the Archdiocese of Detroit, Archbishop Vigneron announced Friday. While the dispensation from the grave obligation to attend Sunday Mass is in effect, all baptized Catholics are reminded of the grave necessity they have to keep holy the Lords Day, reads a statement from Vigneron. Prayer and time for God, time for family, and works of charity should be central to a Catholics Sunday.Catholic leaders have been issuing waivers on Mass attendance since the coronavirus pandemic swept the world earlier this year. Read more: Across faiths, religious rules bent as virus alters worship