The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is urging Catholics to return to church.
A recent letter from Archbishop Jerome Listecki states:
“On September 14, 2020, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation will expire, and it will be the responsibility of those who are capable and not prohibited by other circumstances to attend Sunday Mass. Those who deliberately fail to attend Sunday Mass commit a grave sin.”
There are some circumstances where the obligation cannot be fulfilled. The letter goes on to say:
“If a person is ill, especially during this pandemic, they should remain at home. Likewise, if a person is at risk because of age, underlying medial conditions or a compromised immune system, one would be excused from the obligation. If a person is caring for a sick person, even if they are not sick, they would be excused from the obligation out of charity. Fear of getting sick, in and of itself, does not excuse someone from the obligation.”
Archbishop Listecki was a guest on Wisconsin’s Morning News. Hear his full interview in the player above.