Decree restores the obligation to attend Mass effective August 15
Publish Date: July 15, 2021
Catholics in the Diocese of Dallas will soon be obligated to once again attend Sunday Mass in person. In March of last year Bishop Edward Burns waived the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation for health and safety reasons during the COVID-19 pandemic.
After consulting with his brother priests, and in light of the greatly improved conditions throughout the state and nation, Bishop Burns informed the clergy that the dispensation will be lifted in the Diocese of Dallas on August, 15, 2021, the Feast of the Assumption.
Bishop Burns thanked parishioners and expressed happiness in making the announcement. “I’m forever grateful to the men, women and young people who worshiped from home or followed restrictions in our churches to stay safe and faithful through the very difficult challenges of the past year. It will be a joyful day for me to see our churches filled again. I look forward to seeing you all in Church.”
The televised Mass that is offered online at https://www.cathdal.org/masses and on local television stations (KDFI-Channel 27 at 11:00 a.m. and Univision Canal 23 at 8:00 a.m.) will continue to be available for the homebound.
DECREE LIFTING DISPENSATION
In March of 2020, all Catholics of the Diocese of Dallas were dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and other Holy Days of Obligation (canon 1247) as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
After consultation with the priests of the Diocese of Dallas, and in light of the greatly improved conditions of the Diocese and the nation, I intend for this dispensation to be lifted on Sunday, August 15, 2021, the Feast of the Assumption.
Therefore, I hereby revoke the March, 2020 dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and other Holy Days of Obligation, effective Sunday, August 15, 2021.
The faithful are reminded that for a just cause the pastor of a parish can dispense in individual cases the faithful of the parish and anyone actually present in the parish from the obligation to attend Mass or may commute the obligation to some other pious work (canon 1245).
The faithful should also remember that all who are incapable of attending Mass are excused from the obligation, as we can never be required to do the impossible.
All other requirements of the Decree of April 21, 2021 remain in effect.
Given on July 15, 2021 in the Diocese of Dallas.
Most Reverend Edward J. Burns
Bishop of Dallas
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