Bishop Duca: Baton Rouge Catholics expected to return to in-person Mass in June, masks not required

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Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Local Catholics will be expected to begin attending in-person Mass again starting in June, Baton Rouge Bishop Michael Duca wrote in a letter Friday.

Catholic Masses were first cancelled the weekend of March 21, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and that’s when Duca issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, he wrote in the letter.

This dispensation has been in effect for 14 months, and it will come to an end on the Feast of Corpus Christi on Sunday, June 6.

While Duca’s letter informs believers that capable people will have a serious obligation to attend Sunday Mass, it reveals that those with underlying health conditions or people who are still cautious of large gatherings during the ongoing pandemic can exempt themselves from the obligation to attend Mass in person.

Although it’s recommended that the faithful wear masks to Mass, masks will not be required.

Duca’s letter comes after the CDC and Gov. John Bel Edwards have loosened coronavirus restrictions and guidelines, largely due to the vast availability of COVID-19 vaccines.

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