Lifting of the Dispensation for Mass-Returning with Joy
As we prepare for the lifting of the dispensation for Mass starting this weekend, June 11, we can reflect on the celebration of the Eucharist at Mass as the source and summit of our life and mission as Catholics.
On May 21, 2021, the Archdioceses of Indianapolis released this statement:
"As of March 2020, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Roman Catholics throughout the entire Province of Indianapolis, which comprises all five dioceses of Indiana, have been dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. However, with the decrease of cases in our state, the widespread availability of vaccines and following the guidance of public health officials, we are now able to safely accommodate more parishioners for Masses. Therefore,
effective June 11
, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass is hereby lifted throughout the state of Indiana.
Except for the unique situations as described below, those who are otherwise healthy are obliged to return to Sunday Mass by the weekend of June 12-13, 2021:
Those who are seriously ill, exhibit flu-like symptoms and/or may have a contagious disease (including quarantine due to exposure).
Those who are unable to attend Mass through no fault of their own (e.g. transportation issue).
Those who are homebound and/or incapacitated due to age, infirmity and/or medical restrictions.
Those who have compromised health conditions and/or at high risk of contracting the virus.
Those who are caretakers of person who are sick or of persons at high-risk of serious illness if they contract Covid virus.
If you have any questions about any specific needs, concerns or protocols, you are advised to contact your parish directly. Your pastor, who has the authority to dispense in individual cases, may be helpful in addressing individual fears and concerns."
The obligation for us to attend Mass is joyful and reflects who we are as Catholics. In Sr. Nicolette Etienne's video reflection below, she talks about how attending Mass and receiving the Eucharist allows us to sit at the side of Jesus in a unique and irreplaceable way.
As our Saint Simon community gathers again, we look forward to seeing everyone.
If you have any questions please contact the parish office at 317.826.6000.
on Wednesday, June 9 at 2:00PM