Reinstatement of the Sunday Obligation

Phase 2: Return of Public Celebration of Masses

The Eucharist | St. Mary's Catholic Church

Following much careful consideration, the dispensation for Sunday Mass obligation has been lifted and beginning this weekend, all Catholics will once again gather as a community of faith on Sundays. The lifting of the dispensation was announced in a decree issued by Bishop David Ricken on Monday, Sept. 7.

With this news, please note there are still occasions when the obligation to attend Sunday Mass does not apply:

  • ·If individual Catholics struggle with serious health concerns or are physically or morally prevented from worshipping at Mass for a grave reason
  • ·If individuals are frail due to illness or age or, in their well-formed consciences believe that going into public places -- including Sunday worship at Mass -- would place their health or the health of their loved ones in serious jeopardy
  • ·If individuals are sick, or have been in contact with someone who has been sick

The faithful who are unable to attend Mass are urged to make holy the Lord's Day and to pray, read the Scriptures, watch a broadcast or livestreamed Mass and take part in acts of charity.

The diocese also issued guidelines for public Masses at These guidelines make clear that face masks are still required, and that, while restrictions will be lifted on the percentage of people at Mass, the standards of social distancing will still be upheld.

The obligation to attend Mass for Catholics reflects our faith in Jesus Christ, the blessing of the Holy Eucharist and an acknowledgment of His great love for us.

Important Resources:

  • Guidelines for the return to these public Masses in Phase 2 are listed here.
  • Guiding principles for the the phases are located here.
  • Guidelines regarding the lifting of the dispensation are listed here.
  • Please sign up for the Mass you plan on attending so we can monitor the number of attendees.
    • Please sign up for September 26 and 27 Mass times by clicking here.

We are happy to welcome you back to the celebration of the Mass in this limited way. See you soon!

For those who are not able to attend Mass in person due to being in a high risk category for contracting the virus or other reasons, or for visitors who are considering joining St Thomas More Parish or the Catholic Church, we invite you to view the live streams of the Masses on our Facebook page. The live streams are being recorded and are available to view after the Masses in the Videos section of the Facebook page.

Thank you for being the amazing catholic community that you are!