Attached is the decree from Bishop Raica on the latest dispensation from the Mass obligation. The previous dispensation was set to expire on January 10, 2021. Because COVID-19 rates remain high, Bishop Raica has decided to extend the dispensation through Sunday, March 14, 2021 (inclusive) – the 4th Sunday of Lent – for all the Roman Catholic faithful who reside or are visiting and present in the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama.
Bishop Raica points out that, "In the last extension, I encouraged everyone to evaluate the risks they take and return to church, if they have not already, and if it was prudent to do so. I know that many heeded my request and that our parishes had and are still having wonderful Christmas celebrations. In the meantime, a spike in cases of COVID-19 in Alabama has continued. Though my teaching remains unchanged and I again warmly encourage all to benefit from corporate worship in our parishes while taking the indicated precautions from health authorities (social distancing, wearing of masks, sanitizing hands), I also judge that it is best to extend the dispensation at the present time."
Please click on the attached link to read the entire text.
Dispensation Extension 1-5-2021.pdf