Sunday Obligation

Announcement from the Catholic Bishops of England & Wales

I promised that I would update you when we received an update from our Bishops regarding the Sunday Obligation, effective from Pentecost Sunday, as follows:

“Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, until the present time, we have shared with you our judgement that the situation of the last two years has meant that the Sunday Obligation has been impeded and has needed to be fulfilled in other ways. We thank God that this situation has now changed. The pressing challenges of the pandemic have lessened significantly. Most people have resumed the wide range of normal activities, no longer restricted by the previous Covid measures. We therefore believe that the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply.”

“We understand there will still be some members of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass. It has always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill health, care for the sick or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday Obligation.”  Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales

At St. Edward’s we will therefore continue to offer the “Socially Distanced Mass” on Thursday evenings for everyone – but especially for those parishioners who through sickness or fear continue to be released from the obligation as stated above but would still like to attend Mass.