Sunday Mass dispensation ends on Feast of Pentecost
COLORADO SPRINGS. The dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation issued by Bishop Michael Sheridan at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 ends May 23, Pentecost Sunday. That means that Catholics who are not impeded from attending Mass by serious illness, advanced age or inability to travel are once again obliged to attend Mass every Sunday. The dispensation also ends in the Archdiocese of Denver and the Diocese of Pueblo on the same day.
“It seemed to the bishops an appropriate day to return to Mass,” said Bishop Sheridan. “Just as on the first Pentecost, St. Peter called those in Jerusalem to put their faith in Jesus, we are extending the same invitation.”
On May 14, Colorado Governor Jared Polis lifted the state’s mask requirement in most settings, after the Centers for Disease Control announced that fully-vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors. Pastors have discretion as to whether masks and other social distancing measures will be required at Mass going forward.
“Pastors will do all they can to make sure that those who return to church will be able to attend Mass safely,” Bishop Sheridan said.