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Sunday: A Joyful Obligation

Our obligation to attend Sunday worship reflects the very character of who we are as Catholics. When we fail in our responsibility before God, we sin.

Archbishop Listecki

Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee
 

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For more than 25 years of my priestly life, I taught moral theology, both in high school and college, and for over 17 of those years at the graduate level of the major seminary. Inevitably, a question would be posed by one of the students: “Father, is it really a serious sin to miss Sunday Mass?” I would answer directly and firmly “yes.”  Then, I would qualify that certain circumstances exempt a person from the obligation. Some look upon the obligation as fulfilling a law that the Church imposes. Laws are given to us to assist us and protect us in our journey through life. But, we must always look deeper, seeing the person and the relationship, which directs and defines the law. I would always attempt to have the students understand that our obligation comes from a deep relationship we have with God and the acknowledgment that His Son, who is our Savior and Redeemer, was raised on this particular day of the week. The importance of celebrating this day was something even the earliest of Christians could not live without.
 
What made sense for many of my students was the example of how we, as family members, are expected to attend certain family gatherings or functions, which demonstrate our belonging and the value that we have as family members. It is a means of acknowledging our identity and growing in our experience as a family. For instance, in my home, as an extended family member, you were always expected to attend Christmas Eve dinner at my grandfather’s home and only a serious situation would justify your absence. Our family history and relationships were built upon this gathering and others that were deemed essential.  The same holds true for Sunday Mass.
 
Our obligation to attend Sunday worship reflects the very character of who we are as Catholics. When we fail in our responsibility before God, we sin. Therefore, we need to form our consciences so that we can be fully informed in making decisions about our actions. The Church in Her wisdom offers us guidelines to help in our formation.
 
Knowing how serious the obligation is to attend Sunday Mass, you must understand the thoughtful and prayerful discernment that caused me to dispense from the obligation to attend Sunday worship for the last six months. As responsible parish communities, we needed to assess the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, permit our parishes the time to establish plans for sanitizing worship spaces, secure needed resources, evaluate the appropriate numbers for social distancing and solicit the voluntary personnel necessary to accomplish the tasks of preparing our worship spaces. The dispensation was made for the safety of all and to alleviate the burden of those conflicted by the obligation to attend Mass due to the coronavirus threat.
 
Many have been fortunate to continue their prayer at home because of technology, viewing the Mass on Heart of the Nation, public broadcasts or live-streaming. But televised or computer viewing does not fulfill the Sunday obligation. Instead, it is there to help those prohibited from attending public celebrations to have a sense of connectedness and it wonderfully fulfilled that task.
 
Assisted by many volunteers, our parishes have worked very hard to provide for sanitized environments, observing social distancing, the wearing of masks and the use of hand sanitizers. Because of these efforts since the end of May, we have already experienced a return to Sunday worship.
 
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 circumstances where the obligation cannot be fulfilled. One example is the impossibility to attend Mass. When our Churches were closed and offered no public Masses, it was impossible for people to attend, and so there was no sin for missing Mass. 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 medical 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.  However, if the fear is generated because of at-risk factors, such as pre-existing conditions, age or compromised immune systems, then the fear would be sufficient to excuse from the obligation.
 
It is up to each individual to weigh their own circumstances through an examination of their conscience and determine, by use of their conscience, whether or not they are excused from the Sunday obligation. Remember, a well-formed conscience is upright and truthful.  
 
Our Sunday worship is a joyful obligation.  It is a witness to God as the priority in our lives. We place our trust in Him and His Church. We, together, recognize Him in the breaking of the bread as He offers himself to us in Communion so that, in His name, we might LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

 
 

Note: This blog originally appeared as the August 25, 2020, "Love One Another" email sent to Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki. If you are interested in signing up for these email messages, please click here.

Feedback on this blog

Title:
Mass attendance: Thank you.
By:
Susan Balthasar
Comment:

I’m glad you have invited us to attend Mass as an obligation again. People know, in their hearts, if they are truly at risk to attend. But we healthy, wanting to be faithful are thrilled our Archbishop knows we need to celebrate Mass together again

Title:
Latin Mass
By:
Matthew
Comment:

Dear Archbishop, I would like to see the return of the Latin Mass to more parishes, I believe this is what the youth of our nation seek and it will garner more souls to return to the church. Could we get this to happen?

Title:
Latin Mass
By:
Matthew
Comment:

Dear Archbishop, I would like to see the return of the Latin Mass to more parishes, I believe this is what the youth of our nation seek and it will garner more souls to return to the church. Could we get this to happen?

Title:
Capacity
By:
Steve Sudik
Comment:

At risk people should be required to stay at home. This would allow more space for able-bodied people who have to attend.

Title:
And this is why
By:
Mary G
Comment:

This is why I left the Catholic Church and joined Episcopalian. Who are you to judge? Isn’t that Gods job? No true leader of faith would say such things. All of you turned a blind eye for centuries of abuse of children and now you get to judge. Nope.

Title:
Habits Before Covid-19
By:
Paul C.
Comment:

I am curious how many of these preachy critics faithfully attended Mass EVERY Saturday or Sunday, and Holy Days of Obligation prior to the Covid-19. Also, are they staying home from all other activities? I think we all no the answers.

Title:
11,000+ new COVID infections in the last 7 days in WI: Be compassionate as your Father is Compassionate
By:
50+ year Mass attending Catholic of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Comment:

After 16+ years of Roman Catholic education: Archbishop, I know you are scared that we won't come back... I know you are scared that our parishes are down tens of thousands of dollars... Trust the sense of the faithful and extend the dispensation.

Title:
Then Masks should be required
By:
Tom B
Comment:

If lifting the dispensation then MASKS MUST BE REGUIRED! I find it hard to believe Catholics will considering at our parish half of them don't even with the mask order in place. Not very Christian. But very Catholic.

Title:
with gratitude
By:
Michael M
Comment:

Thank you, Archbishop, for your leadership on this. You had the courage to risk many negative responses, but you went ahead anyway in order to teach your people. Thank you! Would that many others follow your example.

Title:
Went to a church where they had hand sanitizers, social distancing, and wore masks
By:
Marianne Bovee
Comment:

Went to confession and Mass for the first time since COVID hit. Received communion on Sept 13, the Feast of St. John Chrysostom. My fear and anger were replaced by an inexplicable peace, more beautiful to me than Tchaikovsky's Hymn of the Cherubim.

Title:
Wait, Is this the same diocese that the Whites sit on one side and the Hispanics sit on the other?
By:
Trebor Remoc
Comment:

So outside of Milwaukee, I see that the same stance is still going on now that Mass is allowed to be attended by YOU. Hispanics still sit on one side of the Church(es) and the Anglos sit on the other? You had better look into your own diocese.

Title:
COVID crazy
By:
Danny
Comment:

A well formed Catholic understands that vulnerable people & those unable to attend a filled Mass are exempt due to no fault of their own. Participate on TV as best you can. Stop whining Wisconsin.

Title:
Scrupulous
By:
Name Withheld
Comment:

Without a dispensation, scrupulous Catholics are more likely to attend Mass when symptomatic, especially if symptoms are mild ("It's just a runny nose, and I don't want to risk hell to sit at home and nurse a runny nose"). High-risk folks, beware.

Title:
I WISH MY BISHOP WERE SO FAITHFUL!
By:
Lillian Gustilo
Comment:

YES! A True Shepherd who puts ETERNAL LIFE above mere MORTAL LIFE. Your only fear should be SIN!R U in a state of grace? Stop idolizing the govt!MASKS not even N95 can stop submicroscopic viruses! That belief is ANTI-SCIENCE-read the studies sheeple!

Title:
We're Not in Danger
By:
Larry Northon
Comment:

Yesterday, Wisconsin reported zero COVID deaths among nearly 6-million people. So far today, Wisconsin has yet to report a single death. This does not constitute a sufficient danger to the public to excuse healthy people from their obligations.

Title:
Premature decision. Churches need clear rules to follow to make us feel safe so we feel safe at church. More people will feel safe go that way, even some vulnerable.
By:
Annabelle
Comment:

I think this is a very premature decision considering that flu season is coming up & many churches don’t enforce masks. If my church is typically packed, how are we suppose to social distance? Is there a capacity limit?

Title:
Nasty, poorly catechzed folks
By:
Rev. Philip Seeton
Comment:

The Archbishop calling people back to Mass is the right thing to do.

The viscious, nasty comments show how little some believe in the Faith, and even basic charity. Feel guilty? That's your conscience.

Bravo Archbishop.

Title:
How can this be a Pro-Life stance?
By:
Peter Nelson
Comment:

I’m not afraid of catching COVID. But this virus can be spread by people ( maybe me ) who don’t realize they are sick. If u call us back to Mass, we may spread and possibly kill each other unknowingly. Y R U asking us to risk hurting each other?

Title:
Who Would Jesus Infect?
By:
Andy
Comment:

You know what's a grave sin? Not using the sense god gave you. But it's money you're after.

Title:
Masks not being worn
By:
DG
Comment:

Why is it that I have been to two different parishes that do not have people wearing masks?

St. Mary’s visitation, Elm Grove, is one of them.

Title:
Church Attendance
By:
Lisa
Comment:

It is absolutely insane that you would recommend attending church during this COVID time. You should be using this time to address the much more important issues in the Catholic Church, mainly child safety and truth.

Title:
Family member risk
By:
Karen
Comment:

I am at high risk. My teenaged children are not. They should not have to go if they are going to carry germs home to me. We all watch Mass on TV together each weekend. I miss church and receiving Communion but also want to stay alive.

Title:
Hope you brought your swimfins, bish
By:
Matt
Comment:

But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Title:
You are out of touch
By:
Arnold Ziffell
Comment:

I could not believe that the leader of the Church in any part of the US would be entering such a directive in these times when folks all over the USA are avoiding contact with family and friends.

Title:
Dumb
By:
Charly
Comment:

This is beyond appalling and idiotic. That’s like telling people they’ll go to hell if they wear a condom during the aids pandemic. You are a stupid monster and it breaks my heart that people will actually believe your BS.

Title:
Is it a sin...
By:
Mary Multhauf
Comment:

Is it a sin for those who are turned away because capacity has been met? Will the Pastors offer dispensation for those who are turned away? I have missed 2 Masses since May because our priests were sick with COVID19. Mass is very important to me.

Title:
Is this a joke?
By:
Armus
Comment:

You must be stupid to think it a good idea. You claim to respect life. This is anything but. Your sense of self righteousness is shameful. Covid kills even in church. God is not protecting worshipers. Science is true even if you don't believe it.

Title:
Does this overwrite the papal dispensations?
By:
Will Johnson
Comment:

Has the Papal decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary issued on March 3rd been revoked or is this announcement revoking it for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee?

https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2020/03/20/200320c.htm

Title:
Obligation not to promote community spread
By:
Eileen
Comment:

You have forgotten to consider that some see a moral obligation not to promote community spread. Any prolonged indoor gathering is a high risk situation. You may not live with anyone high risk, but you may spread it to someone who is.

Title:
Return at the peak of the pandemic?
By:
Concerned Parishioner
Comment:

Per CNN: Wisconsin hit a record high in its average of daily new cases, reporting 1,353 new infections, a roughly 32% increase from a week ago. Is now the time to guilt parishioners into returning to Sunday mass?

Title:
Really? This is what Christ wanted?
By:
Julie Smolinski
Comment:

You should be ashamed of your self. A man of God and yet so easily dismissing the care of others? How can you be okay with yourself when you put forth more value in people's geography than their faith? Shame on you. Christ would never do that.

Title:
shame on the church
By:
Alexis
Comment:

I rarely missed Mass in my life unto Covid. I have not missed going to online mass and that should count. While I miss communion , I am unwilling to risk my health or my husband until there is a vaccine. Going to church is one of the top five ways

Title:
Thank You for Your Well Reasoned Letter
By:
Bob McLennon
Comment:

Thanks for encouraging the faithful to return to Mass. Far from guilting Catholics to go back to Mass you have the spiritual health of your flock in mind. Most comments here show how uncatechized many are. We have no life without Eucharist (Jn 6:53).

Title:
Measured tone
By:
Mary m kuhnmuench
Comment:

As a frequent critic of many of the man made rules and policies of our Institutional Catholic Church and Leaders, I find myself in the Unusual space of defending the Archbishop on this one. His tone was measured, reasonable and respectful.

Title:
God has been with us
By:
Mary K
Comment:

Dispensation or not doesn't matter; I need to follow God's will in my life as I discern it. A flaw in the dispensation controversy is that clergy, not having been deprived of Eucharist, can't fathom how richly God has nevertheless nourished us.

Title:
Parishes need more outreach/parishioners should continue to support
By:
Dick Ginkowski
Comment:

For those unable to attend pastors must zealously ensure that we're not forgotten and left out. Few are doing that. And, of course, on the flip side, automated giving through your bank will help maintain parish support.

Title:
Maybe "Give It A Try" is more appropriate
By:
Dick Ginkowski
Comment:

No two parishes are alike in capability and desire to protect us. Some took very careful precautions; others unwilling or unable. If you're less at risk and your parish is reasonably safe then try it but it's impossible to have a blanket policy.

Title:
Stop spreading COVID with all the singing
By:
Tom
Comment:

Although I underlying health conditions I’m willing to return to mass if you cut out all the darn singing - it’s possible to pray and have a meaningful mass without singing. Singing spreads germs it’s a fact.

Title:
The fear is real and valid
By:
Patricia OConnell
Comment:

While most younger people who get this illness do well, some do not. To have an abundance of concern is not fear. WWJD? He wouldn’t talk about grave sin during a pandemic

I am appalled by this

Title:
short of money
By:
Michael Timbers
Comment:

need more $$ so we have to risk infection to get back

Title:
Timing is unbelievable
By:
Andrew
Comment:

Wisconsin is currently at a record number of new cases per day. The city of Green Bay (pop ~100,000) had more new cases yesterday than all of Canada (pop ~38 Million). Making people choose between risking COVID or Hell is simply abusive. Stop.

Title:
Protect the Vulnerable
By:
David Bovee
Comment:

Yesterday, coronavirus cases in Wisconsin set a record at 1,547 with 17.5% positivity. This is exactly the wrong time to make Catholics return to Mass. The virus will spread from churchgoers to the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions.

Title:
Should we violate the First Commandment or the Fifth Commandment? Is this a case of choosing the lesser of two evils?
By:
Marianne Bovee
Comment:

Taking on risk of death to self--heroic virtue--is now mandated. And young, healthy people often live with older or at-risk family members. Are they supposed to risk passing along death to their loved ones in order to avoid mortal sin?

Title:
An alternative
By:
Sue
Comment:

In our other diocese the retired/elderly who wanted to attend a Mass were advised to attend a Daily Mass when available. Also in that diocese (Charleston, SC) we were presented with the sacrament of Reconciliation as a group at each Mass.

Title:
The Primacy of a Well-Formed Conscience
By:
Michael J Layde, M.D.
Comment:

Dear Archbishop Listecki,

Experts in epidemiology are united in their recommendation for us to avoid large indoor public gatherings during this pandemic. As well-informed Catholics we should decide for ourselves about attendance at Sunday Mass.

Title:
Disappointed
By:
MARY GLASS
Comment:

We are in a PANDEMIC. All wise-thinking should be on "surviving" COVID-N19. When we read the comments of Bishop Listecki, we are troubled. When we receive the shock of the Woodward Report, we know it is later than we think. We can not be divisive.

Title:
You’re wrong
By:
Anonymous
Comment:

I miss the days when the Church valued people and was more Christ-like. Using guilt to push people to return in person when Health Officials recommend avoiding these type of congested Events is the height of irresponsibility

Title:
What authority are you relying on; did you consult public health officials?
By:
AWG
Comment:

You do not cite to any public health official supporting this directive. This is a matter of health, not faith. You have no authority to make health decisions. Therefore it is not a "grave sin" even for healthy Catholics to forego attending Mass.

Title:
Protect people going to Mass and those they are around outside of Mass
By:
MN
Comment:

St. Frances Cabrini does not require masks or social distancing. The pastor has said he does not have time to enforce the rules. If leaders want us to return to Mass, they should act like leaders, respect our lives, and enforce health precautions.

Title:
Failure of the Shepherd
By:
Patricia Jursik
Comment:

2 Priests serving 6 parishes is not a "demonstration of belonging"; The hierarchy refuses to allow more shepherds to serve communities, is this not also a grave sin? Allow married men and women to serve as Shepherds, make this community vibrant again

Title:
The Return of the Faithful Will Be a Joyous Occasion
By:
Roy
Comment:

I have prayed many times for your return. Without mass and the sacraments it is easy to become distant from God. Use this as an opportunity to renew your faith and live with eternal life as your priority.

Title:
Worried Catholic
By:
Karleen Schneider
Comment:

I have many heart & lung issues, and have been told by my Dr to be very careful because nothing they have w will help me if I get Covid.!! I don't like having to chose weekly between my church, and my health !

Title:
Fear Not!
By:
Christian Petak
Comment:

Ok, I myself have utilized the dispensation and am ready to go back. It is easy to see a lot of people posting here have drank the pandemic kool-aid. I understand the virus is real, however the threat and response has been ridiculous. We'll be ok!!!

Title:
I do not agree
By:
Peggy K.
Comment:

My church does a wonderful job with masking, distancing and cleaning. However, I feel more comfortable attending Mass during the week when there are less people. I do not feel I am a sinner for not coming to Sunday Mass.

Title:
Unsafe practices
By:
Fearful faithful
Comment:

The pastor at St. Elizabeth refuses to abide by the archbishop’s directive, first giving communion on the tongue to zealots and then in the hand to those trying to be safer. Many do not wear masks. We can’t safely distance if attendance is required.

Title:
peoples' circumstances vary
By:
kris riedel
Comment:

I have felt safe going to Mass. Everyone in Waukesha area parishes is masked and keeping social distance. I tend to forget,though, that not everyone is in the same state of good health and many have loved ones at home that are at risk.

Title:
Is there room for all of us?
By:
Dianne H.
Comment:

Thank you for your guidance. There is a very real concern regarding how to accommodate everyone at Sunday mass. We just barely accommodate daily mass attendees with social distancing requirements. Will the 6’ distancing requirement be eliminated?

Title:
Analogy
By:
Sharon- Healthcare Worker
Comment:

With deep respect, I firmly disagree with your message. It sounds like what we hear from the government, i.e. go back to work, go back to school and don't worry. Why place Catholics at risk for illness and death? That is the moral/ethical question.

Title:
Terrible Timing
By:
Steve Meyer
Comment:

Canceling mass dispensation reflects poor timing. IHME projects Covid deaths doubling to 410,000 in US by 12/31/20. A Maine wedding has been traced to 3 Covid deaths and 147 infections. Going into most dangerous time of year. RECONSIDER!!!!

Title:
Look within; look around. The Church should not bully the faithful. #NotAHoax #RealRisks #BeResponsible #LIVEyourFaith #TheChurchIsYOU #NotTheBuilding
By:
Ignatius_1965
Comment:

The guilt-shaming is disappointing, disgusting, and yet not surprising. Salvation is not delivered at a street address. Ignatius taught that we can find God in all things. Cdl Tim DOLAN stated "wherever we are, that's where the Lord is". #IMissDolan

Title:
Would be more acceptable if our priest demonstrated some respect for health precautions
By:
Therese Vinz
Comment:

No restriction on capacity. "Saying"25%, yet no count til homily. Abundance of singing, many many w/no mask. Bunching up at doors when leaving. When state mandate required mask, Father announced we can take them off. Insist on charity of masks!

Title:
Gambling with Lives
By:
Susan Ragatz
Comment:

I am so dismayed. Having multiple risk factors, I avoid crowds, but time keeps providing more evidence that we're ALL at risk from this virus. Now some young adults, even asymptomatic, are found to have heart damage.  Be a good, patient Shepherd!

Title:
So irresponsible
By:
Anne C Best
Comment:

It is unequivocally irresponsible for those in authority- most especially the Archbishop - to exhort ANYONE to attend mass during this unprecedented time by guilt-shaming. Unbelievable. Just open the churches and let us decide.

Title:
Obligation restored, but what about attendance limits?
By:
MICHAEL LEE
Comment:

Dear Archbishop,

I totally support the restoration of the obligation for Sunday Mass!

Now, how can this be facilitated for the faithful, without increasing the "limit" on the number of people who can be in attendance? Are you raising the limit?

Title:
I will be requesting a dispensation, but options if you want to attend mass
By:
Caregiver for high-risk individuals
Comment:

To follow minimal/looser precautions, consider St. Mary Visitation in Elm Grove. They do reception on tongue, sing communally, don’t require masks. For stricter precautions, consider Queen of Apostles in Pewaukee. They mask, distance, clean, etc.

Title:
Disappointed
By:
Mary Sharon Gregory
Comment:

I fear your removing a dispensation from Mass attendance will lead to many elderly returning to church at a time when parochial schools are opening and Covid is spreading. Instead of emphasizing the serious sin, you should support life. Shame!

Title:
Praying for you
By:
Connie
Comment:

Praying for our leadership 9f our Church in the Archdiocese and subsequent diocese. You are having to make hard decisions regarding human and spiritual life. May the Holy Spirit continue to work in you and guide you as you make the tough decisions.

Title:
going back to Mass
By:
John Boyd
Comment:

The whole mask-wearing thing is ridiculous There should NEVER have been cancellation of Masses. The mask does NOTHING and it has not been proven to stop the virus, which is a bogus virus anyway. The numbers are doctored and it's not that serious

Title:
mask compliance
By:
Definitely Don't Want to Be Identified
Comment:

Serious question: what if your pastor does not enforce masking? What if they also will not hold a single mass where masking is enforced out of multiple masses offered, even when begged? I want to go, but cannot, especially with the unmasked singing

Title:
Only God through the Bible tells us what sin is.
By:
Mary Weltzin
Comment:

The Catholic church cannot and does not dictate to people what a sin is. The church created the "obligation to attend mass on Sundays and Holy Days. NOWHERE in the bible does it say that not attending church on these days is a sin.

Title:
Be Not Afraid
By:
Chris L
Comment:

Every church I have been in is very diligent in keeping people safe. These are times when we need Jesus most.

We need to be able to go to church every day if we want to. To deny us Jesus in Mass & Communion is the saddest

thing I can think of.

Title:
Christmas Eve
By:
j.m. stoiber
Comment:

The Christmas analogy is not analogous. No loving Catholic family would threaten punishment or other negative consequence to a family member who chose not to attend Christmas Eve dinner at grandpa's because of a once-in-a-100-year pandemic.

Title:
thank you for clarifying whom is dispensed
By:
luk
Comment:

Pax Tecum

Title:
Infuriating. Disappointing. Reckless.
By:
Disappointed Local Catholic
Comment:

A “grave sin” to avoid large gatherings & prevent community spread of a deadly virus. So much for the church protecting human life. Guilting people to attend Mass so the church can make its money, clearly.

Appalling.

Title:
Reckless & Irresponsible
By:
Karen W.
Comment:

Shouldn’t respect for human life include everyone? Who is NOT at risk for Covid-19? I fear for the elderly that will return out of fear of “grave sin.” You are putting people’s lives in danger with this decision.

Title:
Not returning yet!
By:
Patti Bohlman
Comment:

I am very concerned that the congregations are allowed to sing with masks on. Research has shown this is not safe. I will not be returning until I feel it is safe. I do have some underlying health conditions. Please extend dispensation.

Title:
Fear of the Unknown
By:
Lori Becker
Comment:

Dear Archbishop,

Fear is real, especially during this pandemic. Mental health issues are on the rise. As a community, perhaps we need to show more support and sensitivity to people that are fearful of getting sick and do not to attend mass.

Title:
Attending Mass after September 14
By:
Barbara Reynolds
Comment:

Dear Archbishop, It is not safe for us to attend Mass. People who go are risking their lives. You should extend the dispensation until there is a way to test everyone before they enter church or until we have a vaccine.

Title:
Healthcare worker
By:
Mary Jo Schoendorf
Comment:

As a registered nurse working in a level I Trauma Center in Milwaukee I agree with Dr. Baccus. Until a vaccine is distributed nationwide social distancing - wearing a mask is the only way to curb the spread of Covid-19. Science should lead the way!

Title:
Medical Doctor.
By:
Donald J. Baccus, M.D.
Comment:

Dear Archbishop, As a Catholic and a Physician, I am concerned re your lifting of the the dispensation. There have been 75,357 cases of the virus and 1122 deaths in Wi. Until we have a vaccine, safety cannot be guaranteed & guilt should not enter in.

Title:
Accommodating new returnees while maintaining present protocols
By:
Harold Charlier
Comment:

As an usher at my parish I'm concerned with having to deal with an expected dilemma. The church is filled using present protocols (as it comes close to now), where do we go with the "long- lost" returnees? And not alienate one group or the other???

Title:
25% capacity
By:
Mary Multhauf
Comment:

Dear Archbishop Listecki,

What will happen if/when people are unable to fulfil Sunday Mass obligation because the Mass(es) have reached 25% capacity? Especially those attending the last Mass who cannot go to a later Mass. Will capacity increase?

Title:
Receiving Our Lord on the Tongue
By:
Katie Alder
Comment:

Dear Archbishop,

Please allow us to receive Our Lord on the tongue! Our Illinois parishes allow us to do so; EWTN masses distribute Our Lord on the tongue. PLEASE, reinstate this humble privilege. Thank you and God Bless you, Katie

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