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Catholic Diocese of Little Rock
Published: September 29, 2020
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor released the following clarification and reminder, Sept. 29, 2020, to the people of the Diocese of Little Rock regarding his announcement that he was lifting the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass (in person) on Oct. 1, 2020. This was in addition to his Sept. 26 statement that the safety protocols would remain the same for protecting people from the spread of COVID-19 on church property and at church functions.
"As we prepare to lift the suspension of the obligation of Sunday Mass attendance for those who are in good health, not especially vulnerable and not caring for someone who is especially vulnerable, the following clarification and reminder is in order.
"Clarification — If you are in a risk group identified by the CDC or — after serious prayer and deliberation — remain very fearful otherwise, you can consider yourself still dispensed. Older adults and persons with certain medical conditions, including asthma and diabetes, have been identified by the CDC as being at greater risk. When dealing with fear or otherwise in doubt, feel free to consult with your pastor regarding your specific situation.
"Protocols — All of the measures we have taken for protecting our people at Mass not only remain in place, they should be more strictly observed due to the larger number of people who will be attending Mass. In addition to mask wearing the entire time you are inside the church, 6 feet physical distancing and hand sanitizing upon entry into the church, the following (about which questions have been asked) should also continue to be observed:
"The Eucharist is the greatest treasure the Lord has left us, and it is my hope that increased participation will draw us closer to the Lord at this difficult time and provide us the spiritual nourishment we need amid the challenges we face. May the archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael protect us as we move forward in our journey of faith.
"Sincerely in Christ,
+Anthony B. Taylor
Bishop of Little Rock"