MILWAUKEE — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is calling Catholics to return to mass this Sunday, as the dispensation from the obligation to attend expires Sept. 14, meaning mass will resume on Sept. 20.
Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki issued the dispensation last spring to help turn the tide of rising coronavirus cases. Now that the Diocese and the community have a better handle on the pandemic, the archdiocese has decided it is safer for Catholics to attend in-person mass on Sundays.
A dispensation remains for grave reasons, such as illness or the care of those who are sick.
In a recent blog post, Listecki wrote that “Our Sunday worship is a joyful obligation. It is a witness to God as the priority in our lives. We place our trust in Him and His Church."
“Our obligation to attend Sunday worship reflects the very character of who we are as Catholics. When we fail in our responsibility before God, we sin. Therefore, we need to form our consciences so that we can be fully informed in making decisions about our actions. The Church in Her wisdom offers us guidelines to help in our formation," according to the Archbishop.