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"...In recognition of the essential and central nature of the Eucharist Sacrifice in our lives as Catholics, and in acknowledgement of my duty as shepherd to care for the souls of everyone within our diocese, it is with joy that I hereby restore the Sunday and Holy Days of obligation in our diocese, starting Saturday, April 9th, 2022. This obligation is not a burden, for it brings life to our spirit and strengthens our relationship with Jesus Christ. As Catholics, direct contact with the Real Presence of the Body and Blood of Our Lord in offering the redeeming Sacrifice is irreplaceable.
As has always been the case, anyone with a “serious reason” or “grave cause” is excused from this obligation. In the case of the coronavirus pandemic, such reasons include:
· anyone who is sick, symptomatic, or has been recently exposed to the coronavirus;
· anyone with significant health risk factors that requires them to avoid public spaces; anyone who cares for someone with significant risk factors;
· anyone who cannot attend Mass through no fault of their own because of frailty or old age...."
With thanksgiving prayer,
Joseph Phuong Nguyen
Bishop of Kamloops