‘Dispensation’ For Southeast Minnesota Catholics Coming To An End
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Catholics in southeast Minnesota who have been permitted to skip weekend services since March 2020 will soon be obligated to attend again.
Bishop John Quinn - leader of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester - formally lifted the obligation last year as the pandemic was in its early stages.
Some parishes began providing live-streamed services and later offered live Masses for limited numbers as Covid restrictions were eased. Most have since returned to pre-pandemic attendance.
But what the bishop called a “general dispensation” from attending services remains in effect, although it will be canceled at the end of the month.
In a letter to his flock, Bishop Quinn wrote:
“Beginning the weekend of July 3-4, I, along with the other Bishops of Minnesota, will reinstate the obligation for Catholics to come to Mass on Sunday, or Saturday evening.”
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