Bishop Walkowiak announces the extension through July 31 of the dispensation for all Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass.
"The dispensation is granted broadly to ensure that anyone who needs to stay home to protect the common good can do so confidently, in good conscience. But those who are truly able to attend Mass should remember that we are transformed by being joined to Christ in the Eucharist. Only a weighty reason should keep us from being sanctified through participation in and our reception of Christ’s body and blood."
Religious Freedom Week (formerly Fortnight for Freedom) begins June 22, the Feast of Sts. Thomas More & John Fisher, and goes through June 29. Join our U.S. bishops and Catholics across the nation to pray and act for the freedom to serve faithfully and with integrity “For the Good of All.”
All people are equipped with the desire to know their Creator. All people have a natural impulse to seek the good and to live in accordance with that good. Religious freedom means that all people have the space to flourish. Religious freedom is both an American value and an important part of Catholic teaching on human dignity. When we promote religious freedom, we promote the common good and in doing so, strengthen the life of our nation and the community of nations.