CNA Staff, Aug 11, 2020 / 11:00 am
Some Catholics in South Dakota will once again be obligated to go to Sunday Mass, after the Diocese of Sioux Falls it will lift the dispensation on Sunday Mass attendance this week.
From this weekend, Catholics in the diocese who are not in high-risk categories for contracting coronavirus will once more be bound by the Sunday obligation, making Sioux Falls the first diocese to lift the general dispensation brought in across U.S. dioceses in the wake of the pandemic.
"After receiving clarity through prayer, consultation with clergy and others, and in light of this data, effective on August 17, 2020, I am changing the dispensation to apply only to those at increased risk for severe illness and those responsible for their care," said a statement from Bishop Donald DeGrood of Sioux Falls published on August 10.
"It is important for all in the diocese to know that this modification is made out of pastoral concern for the souls entrusted to my spiritual care," he added.