General Dispensation is Currently in Place due to Health Concerns from COVID-19
Surrounded by priests, deacons and leadership staff from the Pastoral Center of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Bishop Gregory Parkes announced that the obligation for Catholics to attend Mass on Sunday will resume on May 22, 2021, the vigil of Pentecost. This announcement was made at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg during the annual Chrism Mass on March 30th.
Bishop Parkes said, “It’s my intention that the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass issued last March will be lifted effective on the vigil of Pentecost, which is the weekend of May 22 and 23. We will be updating and providing suggested protocols and guidelines to our parishes so that they remain among the safest places to be.”
He also added: “On April 5th, the vaccine will be made available to every adult in our diocese, and in the state of Florida. This is a reason for hope. In the same way that many are returning to shopping, to restaurants, social gatherings, and vacations. It’s time to come back to Mass. It’s time to come back to church, it’s time to come home.”
The bishop has written a letter about the general dispensation and a list of circumstances that would necessitate a particular dispensation from the Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation, which is available in English and Spanish.
As the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days is lifted, Bishop Parkes is providing guidance to help parishes adapt to new circumstances, which is available in English and Spanish. (Posted on 4/20/21)
To view the video of the bishop’s homily, click here or below.
To view photos of the Chrism Mass, click here.