At this time, we recognise that for some people there may be certain factors which hinder
attendance at Sunday Mass. The pandemic is clearly not over. The risk of infection is still present.
For some, there is legitimate fear in gathering together. As your bishops, werecognise that these prevailing circumstances suggest that not everyone is yet in the position
to fulfil the absolute duty to attend freely Sunday Mass.
Responding to the Gift
We now encourage all Catholics to look again at the patterns which they have formed in recent months with regard to going to Mass on Sundays. This would include consideration
and reflection about what we might do on Sundays, such as sports or shopping, or other leisure and social activities. This review, and the decisions which arise from it, fall to every Catholic and we trust this will be done with honesty, motivated by a real love for the Lord whom we encounter in the Mass.
The Sunday Mass is the very heartbeat of the Church and of our personal life of faith.
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