Bishop Raica Extends Dispensation


Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, His Excellency Steven John Raica has once again extended the dispensation order through Sunday, March 14, 2021, which is the 4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday).

The extension was announced on January 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, January 10, 2021.

In his letter, Bishop Raica encouraged all to continue to be vigilant and to take the necessary precautions in dealing with this disease, including the wearing of face masks, social distancing, the frequent washing of hands, and sanitizing hard surfaces.

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.