Bishop William Patrick Callahan, Diocese of La Crosse, issued the following statement regarding resuming public mass:
“As we continue to safeguard human life and the common good in the Diocese of La Crosse I believe that a slow, controlled return to the public celebration of the sacraments is necessary and in our best interest.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has required a great sacrifice for the Catholic faithful restricting worship and active participation in the sacramental life of the Diocese of La Crosse and beyond. After much prayer, extensive consultation with the Bishops of our state, clergy and community leaders, I am happy to announce that we will begin a gradual reopening of our churches beginning May 31, 2020. I ask the Catholic community to use extra caution and good judgment in determining if you should attend Mass. The Sunday Mass dispensation continues for those concerned about the coronavirus threat because of age, health condition or other reasons.”
The complete letter to the faithful can be found at https://diolc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Letter-to-all-faithful-May-14-2020.pdf.