Message from Bishop Parkes Regarding Mass Dispensation


Greetings Blessed Sacrament Parish Family,

November 20th, Bishop Stephen Parkes published his thoughts on the guidelines of dispensation. Please read through his letter and prayerfully consider your commitment to returning to Mass attendance. Advent Season is upon us…what a perfect time to refresh and renew your faith. Despite the tribulations of COVID…we can, cautiously, come back together in the celebration of the Eucharist.

Specifically, the Bishop provides the following:
Beginning with the First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020, the dispensation from Sunday Mass attendance is granted only for the following:

  • those who belong to vulnerable populations due to age or health
  • caregivers and those who live with those in vulnerable populations
  • those who are sick or have symptoms
  • those who suffer from extreme uneasiness or anxiety from being in any public places in this time of pandemic

If you and your household are frequenting restaurants, your children are attending school, family members are involved in sports, and individuals are attending social gatherings, I believe that Sunday Mass attendance should also resume. Sunday Mass may only be missed with good reason related to personal and communal health as the pandemic continues.


ALL ARE INVITED BACK TO MASS! Social distancing protocols are in place. Blessed Sacrament will continue to offer Mass 10 times throughout the week. Please consider attending one of these Mass opportunities so that you can receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. We continue to follow strict distancing protocols to provide a safe environment for you to worship. (See our protocol details HERE)

Please remember that we rely on your generosity to meet our financial commitments. Thank you to all who have signed up for our online giving and continue to give. Thank you to all who continue to put your envelopes in the basket or send them in by mail. If you are able to do so, please remember us when planning your monthly or weekly budgets.

See you soon!

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