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207 N 6th Street
Rockport, IN 47635

Indiana bishops extend dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation to November 1, 2020

August 3, 2020 – Bishop Joseph M. Siegel has issued the following statement regarding the dispensation from the Sunday and holy day Mass obligations in the Diocese of Evansville: “The Indiana bishops have decided to extend the dispensation from the obligation of Sunday and holy day Mass attendance until November 1, 2020, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in our state.”

The dispensation is intended to help protect the health and well-being of:
– those 65 and older and those of any age with underlying
health conditions;
– those who are caring for or living with these individuals;
– those who have serious concerns about the health risks of
coming to church for the celebration of the Eucharist.
These persons are urged to continue to participate in the Sunday liturgy via live stream or other media.
While this dispensation applies to all Catholics, parishioners not under these risk factors are encouraged to attend Mass, following the health protocols put in place by their respective parishes – especially wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing when coming to church.

“Let us continue to pray for all those affected by the COVID-19 health crisis, for health professionals caring for the sick, and for researchers working to develop treatments and a vaccine.”

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