Bishop da Cunha and regional bishops to lift the Sunday and Holy Day Mass dispensation

Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., and regional Catholic bishops have together decided  to inform the Catholic faithful that the dispensation of the Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation will be lifted on Father’s Day, June 19-20.

The bishops saw Father’s Day weekend as an appropriate time to encourage Catholic faithful, especially families, to return to the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist, the center of every Catholic life.

The obligation does not apply to those who are ill, recently exposed to COVID-19 or other communicable illnesses, those confined to their homes or other facilities for various reasons, and those who are not able to be vaccinated for specific reasons.

The full official release of the bishops’ statement will be posted on The Anchor website at and the diocesan website,