Dispensation from attending mass because of the plague has been lifted.
We would joke about this one but the fact is that we know quite a few people who have been devastated by the loss of their faith community during COVID lockdowns.
Check the local message that just hit mailboxes this morning and couldn't wait until Sunday . . .
The premise . . .
The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has launched a new effort aimed at encouraging Catholics to return to a full participation in their parish communities on June 1, as Bishop James Johnston lifts the general dispensation. The general dispensation, which began in March 2020, excused all Catholics from in person participation at Sunday Mass and holy days of obligation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This past year was unprecedented in many ways and I am grateful for the resilient faith, determination, and cooperation of so many who have ensured that our churches, schools, ministries, and institutions of faith continued in service, while taking prudential steps toward promoting safety,” said Bishop Johnston. “Our full, conscious, and active participation in the Sacred Liturgy requires our physical presence at Mass. The Sunday celebration of Mass is also the source of our communion and community life together in all our parishes.”
Money line . . .
"Due to greatly improved conditions, Bishop Johnston has removed all diocesan restrictions put in place during the pandemic. Since the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph spans 27 counties in north and western Missouri, encompassing urban, suburban and rural communities, parishes have been impacted by COVID-19 in different ways. The emergence from pandemic restrictions reflects the specific locations and needs of each parish community and will differ from parish to parish."
More . . .
The campaign officially launches today with billboards, social media, a website and online tool kits for the diocese’s 98 parishes and missions to use in sharing the message with parishioners. Materials are available in English and Spanish, and some items will also be translated into Vietnamese in the coming weeks. Visit www.kcsjcatholic.org/comehome for details.
Here's a clip with more explanation . . .
Developing . . .