Catholics will return to Mass in person on June 6
LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Due to COVID-19, Catholics in the Diocese of Lafayette have been exempted from attending weekly mass in person. On June 6, however, that will change.
Bishop Douglas Deshotel announced today that he is lifting the exemption from the Sunday obligation put in place at the start of the pandemic.
“Due to the severity of the pandemic, I waived the Sunday obligation to adhere to safety guidelines recommended by health authorities,” Deshotel said. “Now that conditions have improved and people shop, socialize, go to gyms and participate in other activities outside of their homes more often, it is time to keep the Lord’s day by attending as well. at mass on Sunday.
“I therefore lift the exemption from the Sunday obligation in the diocese of Lafayette as of June 6, 2021, the feast of Corpus Christi,” said Deshotel. “All Catholics will be seriously required to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation. Those who are sick, in a retirement home, immunocompromised, in advanced age or who care for a sick person at home are, as before, exempt from the obligation.
When the pandemic began in early 2020 and places of worship in Louisiana were closed, diocesan priests turned to live broadcasting of Masses, drive-through confessions, and outdoor Masses to stay in spiritual contact. with their congregations.
Deshotel said his decision will also be read in a pastoral letter to all parishes in the church over the weekend of May 15-16.
“After consulting with experts who have confirmed that with the proper precautions we can come together for Mass, I think it’s a good time for us to come together to worship God,” Deshotel said. The bishop also expressed his thanks to “our many good priests who have sought ways to creatively continue to serve us safely during the pandemic.”
Download and read the entire pastoral letter of Bishop Deshotel below: