Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend extends dispensation from mass obligation

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The dispensation was originally set to expire on November 1.

Catholic Bishops from the Province of Indianapolis released the following statement on October 22:

“While commending our pastors and pastoral life coordinators who have gone to great lengths to assure safe worship spaces in our churches, given the continued increase of COVID-19 cases in our state, the Indiana bishops hereby extend the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of obligation beyond 1 November 2020 until further notice. The Indiana bishops will continue to monitor the situation to determine when it might be advisable to modify or lift the dispensation.”

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