The Ohio Conference of Catholic Bishops have released a statement reimposing the obligation to attend Sunday Mass beginning the weekend of June 5-6. “Together, the Bishops of Ohio have decided that the general obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation (including the Saturday/Vigil Mass) is to be reinstated (CIC, can. 1247). This will take effect in each of the Dioceses of Ohio the weekend of June 5-6, 2021. As has always been the case, those who have a serious reason are exempt from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2181). This includes those who are ill, have significant health risk factors or care for someone who is immuno-compromised or ill, as well as those who have significant fear or anxiety of contracting the coronavirus in a large group of persons.” We encourage everyone to read the entire statement, which is attached to this email.
In addition, the Diocese has requested that we allow all pews in the church to be used in order to accommodate more people as they return to Mass. The ropes currently blocking off every other pew will therefore be removed before this weekend’s Masses. We ask that you still try to maintain at least 3 feet between households if possible. As of right now, the health order in Ohio to wear masks will be in place until June 2, so we will keep our mask requirement in place until then.
We thank you all for following the guidance of our Bishop throughout this pandemic, and we are excited for another big step in a return to normalcy. We will release any additional information or updates to guidelines from the Diocese as they are made known to us. See you at Mass!