Bishop Raica Extends Dispensation Through May 23


Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, His Excellency Steven John Raica has again extended the dispensation order through Sunday, May 23, 2021, which is Pentecost Sunday.

The extension was announced on March 5 and includes Holy Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.  You may view/download/print the letter in both English and Spanish below within this article (in PDF format).

Catholics in the Diocese of Birmingham have been observing a dispensation order that originally was set to expire after Sunday, March 14, 2021.

In his letter, Bishop Raica noted: "We have made great progress and it seems we are finally glimpsing a light at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic tunnel. We must continue to observe the precautions and best practices advised by the various authorities, including handwashing and sanitization, the use of facemasks and social distancing."

Despite the dispensation extension, Bishop Raica encourages all who have been refraining from attending Holy Mass in person to "seek a way to return to corporate worship in a parish even before the dispensation is lifted."

As you know, St. Patrick parishioners have many options for observing Holy Mass, either in person or online. You may attend in person but must wear a mask at all times, use hand sanitizer, which is made available in the narthex, and adhere to social distancing guidelines. You may also view Mass from our Live Stream page at 10 a.m. every Sunday (and posted later that day as a recorded video) as well as from our Facebook page.

We encourage you to continue to keep the Lord's Day holy and to make every effort to celebrate the Holy Mass in the method which suits your health situation and in your family's best interest.