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Catholics Need to Hear Welcoming Messages to Return to Mass

By By Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service, Contributing to this story were Teresa Peterson, Karla Dorweiler, Daniel Meloy, Richard Szczepanowski and Joseph P. Owens. | (CNS photo/courtesy Detroit Catholic, Permission Granted to dosp.org) |


The mere act of lifting the dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation as the coronavirus pandemic eases won’t be enough to get Catholics to come back to church, and the Diocese of St. Petersburg is actively working to bring people back.