Hartford Archdiocese gives pass on Mass

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford today released the following statement relative to Catholics who wish to attend Mass this weekend:

“Regarding the attendance at Mass this weekend, Catholics should, first and foremost, carefully heed the safety directives of state and local officials. Members of the Church who plan to attend Mass on Saturday evening or Sunday should use prudence and extreme caution. In those situations where the conditions are extremely difficult or dangerous, the faithful are reminded that they are, of course, dispensed from the normal obligation. (Code of Canon Law, Canon 1248 § 2).

A similar sentiment was expressed by the Diocese of Bridgeport.  Mass is still set to take place in most Roman Catholic churches in the Bridgeport diocese, according to its spokesman Brian Wallace.

“We’d like to urge people not to attend Mass if they think that it might jeopardize their safety,” he said Saturday. “But we know that there are at least a few people who live within walking distance of their church and who will want to attend Mass. There are always a few people who show up, regardless of the weather.”

He added that these decisions are made “at the parish level,” so there might be a few churches closed on Sunday.

“Try to check their websites if you can, or give your church a call first,” he advised.

The Bridgeport Diocese includes all of Fairfield County.

Jim Shay