By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pennsylvania Bishops are reinstating the obligation to attend mass in August.

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The statewide dispensation that was put in place because of the pandemic will be lifted on Aug. 15. Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik is “overjoyed” that the diocese will be joining.

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“More and more people are returning to our churches to celebrate the sacraments and for other events that reflect who we are as the Body of Christ. I thank God for their faith and for this opportunity to worship Him together, and to receive His healing grace in the Eucharist,” Bishop Zubik said in a statement.

He’s encouraging parishes to still live stream Mass, saying it’s been helpful for many shut-ins.

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Catholics are obligated to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days.