Masses in Austin Diocese to Resume May 5

Following Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent executive order on the phased reopening of the state of Texas, the Diocese of Austin, under the leadership of Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, notified parishes today they may resume the public celebration of Mass on May 5. As they open, Bishop Vásquez has asked parishes to follow protocols that are consistent with the governor’s and attorney general’s recommendations.

Bishop Vásquez has granted a dispensation for the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for those who are sick, those who are 65 and older, those who have been advised by healthcare providers to not attend Mass, those who sincerely believe that their health or the health of others will be jeopardized by their attendance and those who sincerely believe the limitations imposed by temporary protocols make attending Mass unreasonable. Those who are unable to attend Mass are encouraged to continue to watch or listen to Mass or to make other acts of spiritual devotion.

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