June 18, 2021
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Last spring, the Minnesota bishops realized the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic and, for good reasons, they suspended the obligation of attending Mass as a safety precaution. As the pandemic is subsiding and normal activities are resuming, many Catholics have already safely returned to regular Sunday Mass attendance.
Sunday Obligation Dispensation
Their statement also recognizes that “Although the general dispensation will no longer be available, the Church has always recognized that certain circumstances can excuse a person from the requirement to observe the obligation.” The circumstances may include concern for others’ health, one’s own health, or in the situation when one is caring for another or when you cannot get to Mass through no fault of your own.
For more information about the reinstatement of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, please see www.archspm.org or view some of the several articles in The Catholic Spirit which can be found at www.thecatholicspirit.com. If you have questions about your particular situation, please feel free to contact me at the parish office.
Just as any healthy relationship benefits from regular in-person expressions of love, the same is true in our relationship with God. When we understand Mass as being a part of something bigger than ourselves and as an act of communion with God and others, then we move toward an attitude of “we get to go to Mass.” It is at Mass that together we give thanks for our blessings, we pray for others, and we are reminded how celebration of the Eucharist has always been the “source and summit of the Christian life.”
We are excited that our regular rhythm of coming together for Mass has returned. We appreciate that in some ways our prayers have been answered for the day when we could gather again. That day has come and we are glad to have everyone back to the great spiritual home which is Assumption.
God bless you and keep you safe.
Fr. Paul Treacy