Dispensation updated to February 17th Ash Wednesday

UPDATE FOR DEC. 15 – BISHOP WALKOWIAK EXTENDS DISPENSATION FROM THE OBLIGATION TO ATTEND SUNDAY MASS THROUGH ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2021.

Bishop Walkowiak has extended the dispensation for all Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17.

  • Public Masses and the celebration of the sacraments continue with the appropriate COVID-19 mitigation strategies (English | Español) in place. Those who are able to attend Mass should return, remembering that our physical presence at the Eucharistic table is irreplaceable. These mitigation strategies need to be followed to ensure public Masses remain available.
  • This dispensation is granted broadly to ensure that anyone who needs to stay home can do so in good conscience. If you are homebound, please contact your parish to inquire about the ability to have Communion brought to you.
  • While this dispensation is in effect, all baptized Catholics are reminded of their obligation to keep the Lord’s Day holy. Mass from the Cathedral of Saint Andrew will continue to be televised Sundays at 10 a.m. on FOX 17 and livestreamed on the diocesan website and Facebook page.