Washington D.C., Aug 11, 2021 / 11:10 am
The Diocese of Dallas announced this week that it is extending a dispensation from the Sunday obligation for Catholics, due to the local spread of the coronavirus.
“In light of the recent surge in COVID cases and concern about the spread of the Delta variant, Bishop Edward Burns has postponed reinstating the requirement for Catholics to attend Mass in person in the Diocese of Dallas,” the diocesean website announced on Aug. 10.
Bishop Burns had first issued the dispensation in March 2020, as the virus spread throughout the United States. On July 15, 2021, he announced that the dispensation would be lifted one month later on Sunday, Aug. 15.
Now, with the prolonged dispensation, the celebration of Mass will continue, but without the obligation to attend on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. It is unclear how long the dispensation will last. The diocese says Bishop Burns will monitor his decision “frequently,” as more information becomes available.