BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Friday Bishop Edward Scharfenberger temporarily dispensed Catholics from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days during the coronavirus threat.
Sunday the Diocese of Buffalo announced it awaits further guidance from the Erie County Department of Heath before taking further action.
The diocese released a statement Sunday which said in part:
"In the meantime, and until further notice, Catholics of the Diocese of Buffalo should use their prudent judgment as to whether or not to attend Mass. Older adults, people with underlying medical conditions, and family members of such individuals should take special care in discerning the best course of action to avoid exposure to large groups of people. At this time, Mass will continue to be offered publicly as announced or scheduled, contingent on emergency governmental restrictions regarding larger gatherings. All other parish events and larger celebrations, including Confirmations and Lenten penance services, must be postponed until the end of March out of an abundance of caution."