Churches react to coronavirus

Catholic bishops release faithful from Sunday Mass obligation


March 16, 2020

Charity Smith/Daily Globe Worshipers take part in Mass at St. Mary of the Seven Dolars Catholic Church in Hurley Sunday.

HURLEY - Worshipers at St. Mary of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Hurley on Sunday refrained from shaking hands as ordered by the bishop, but instead offered each other a wave or threw up the peace sign to each other.

Many parishioners carried little bottles of sanitizer which they used intermittently at various intervals of the service.

Father Frank Kordek, OFM, read a letter from the bishop of the Superior Diocese written last week releasing Catholics from their Sunday obligation to attend Mass in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

"I am dispensing from the Sunday obligation to at...

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