Friday February 8, 2013

SPRINGFIELD -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield says if parishioners can't make it to Mass on Sunday because of the winter storm, they'll be excused.

In a statement released on Friday afternoon, the Diocese urged people to "use their best judgment when planning to travel to Mass."

"Hopefully, the storm will pass by Saturday afternoon, and roadways will be clear for travel on Sunday," the statement said. "Should that not be the case in every location, Catholics are reminded that the obligation to attend Mass does not apply when there is grave difficulty in fulfilling that obligation."

The statement concluded: "Finally, we ask all our faithful to prayerfully remember and give thanks for those law enforcement, safety, plowing and medical personnel whose duties require that they work throughout the storm."