Catholic Diocese of Cleveland on Dispensation


With joy and gratitude to Almighty God I hereby announce that the time has come for Catholics to return to the celebration of the Eucharist on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.


The dispensation, no longer necessary, is hereby rescinded and the faithful of the Diocese of Cleveland are advised that they are morally obligated to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation (canons 898, 1247 CIC) beginning on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord, 6 June 2021.


As has always been the case, if individuals are homebound, are frail due to illness or age or, in their well formed consciences believe that going into public places-including Sunday worship at Mass-would place their health or the health of their loved one in serious jeopardy, they are not bound by the obligation to attend Mass.


The faithful who are unable to attend Mass are urged to make holy the Lord’s Day. They are encouraged to pray, read scripture, and take part in acts of charity, and if appropriate, view or listen to the celebration of the Eucharist made available by electronic technology. However, viewing or listening of a broadcast Sunday Mass through media, while spiritually beneficial, is not a substitute for attending Mass in person and does not fulfill the obligation.


The Most Reverend Edward Malesic, Bishop of Cleveland

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