Saturday, July 13, 2019

Do I go to Mass during "hurricane" weather ?

So the simple answer is if any weather event makes it a clear and present danger to your safety, of course not.

Here is the official guidance for this weekend from the Archdiocese of New Orleans concerning the impacts from the pesky fellow named Barry:

We have had some questions regarding the obligation to attend Mass this weekend. Here is a response from the Archdiocesan Office of Worship:
“All baptized Catholics are obliged to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation. However, there are particular circumstances or conditions that may excuse a Catholic from this obligation. If you are ill, homebound, or if there are severe weather conditions that make attending Mass dangerous to your safety or that of others, you are excused from the obligation. Please follow the requests of public safety officials and follow your own discretion.”

Now that we know that Barry has landed many miles away from most of the Archdiocese, we are called to pay attention to any impacts we may have mostly from rain and storm surge.  I would say that those impacted adversely may have a good reason to miss mass especially if roads are closed or if public officials say it is unsafe to travel.

For us in Abita Springs and Bush:  so far today(Saturday) has been pretty blah, some gusts now and then and ran. now and then.  The rain is forecasted to increase.  At both St. Jane and St. Michael's, as of now (10:40 in the morning) we are going forward with our normal mass schedule.  Please come and worship God with us and pray for all those who will be impacted much more severely than we have so far.

If indeed there is a danger, like water over the road, etc., just heed the words above.

Common sense and attention to both public officials and professional weather forecasters is the way to go!

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