Sunday was the last free pass for area Catholics who have not attended weekly mass the last six months. The Diocese of Green Bay, which covers Catholic churches in Brown, Door, and Kewaunee Counties, lifted its dispensation for the obligation to attend Sunday mass after it was originally issued in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The weekend of September 19th and 20th will mark the first time area Catholics are obligated to go to mass in person while other dioceses will lift their dispensation later this month. The Green Bay diocese will also allow as many people that want to worship do so as long as they are able to social distance. Father Edward Looney of St. Francis and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brussels and St. Peter and St. Hubert Church in Rosiere hopes his parishioners that have not been able to come to mass recently know they can do so safely.
Looney still encourages parishioners who have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 to stay at home. For those still uncomfortable with going to mass, you can hear Father Looney on 104.1 WRLU every Sunday at 8 a.m.