Welcome Back

  • The full reopening of secular society means that the time has come for the Church as well to withdraw all remaining particular dispensations from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of obligation. 

    Bishop Paprocki has issued a decree to that effect effective on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Saturday, June 12, 2021. The moral obligation to keep holy the Sabbath (the Lord's Day) is a matter of divine law (cf. Exodus 20:8-11). Ecclesiastical law specifies that one of the ways that Catholics are normally obliged to keep holy the Lord's Day is by participating in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. 

    We are excited and hopeful as we welcome the rest of our brothers and sisters back to Mass! 

    You are morally excused from attending Mass, and are morally obliged not to attend Mass to avoid putting others at risk, if: 

    1. You are currently ill; 

    1. You have a fever or exhibit flu-like symptoms; 

    1. You have good reason to think you might be asymptomatic of a contagious illness (e.g., you were in recent contact with someone who tested positive for a contagious illness such as COVID or influenza). 

    If you have significant fear or anxiety of becoming ill by being at Mass, speak to our parish priest, who may grant a dispensation in individual cases. 

    What does that mean here at St. Elizabeth: 

    • Please consider wearing a mask in accordance with health experts’ recommendations if you are unvaccinated.  

    • Proper handwashing and hygiene remain a wonderful way to keep us all safe.  

    • Be considerate of others. Realize that there are some who will not be comfortable without a mask or trying to remain safely spaced. 

    • We are all here to welcome you back!