Catholics Excused from the Obligation to Attend Mass Due to Unsafe Travel Conditions

Archbishop William E. Lori is reminding Catholics in the Archdiocese of Baltimore that Church law excuses them from fulfilling the Sunday obligation to attend Mass due to a grave cause, such as unsafe travel due to severe weather conditions.

Those who cannot safely attend Mass are encouraged to listen to the locally produced radio Mass, which is broadcast live from St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Baltimore on WCBM-680 AM at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and re-aired the same day at 6:30 p.m. (also streamed online at or watch the Mass on TV. Church of the Nativity in Timonium will be streaming its weekend Masses (5pm on Saturday and 9am, 10:30am, 12 noon, and 5:30pm on Sunday) at The Eternal Word Television Network also broadcasts the Mass at various times each day. Check for listings. Those intending to attend Mass are encouraged to check with their parish first for information regarding possible changes to the weekend Mass schedule.

The readings for Sunday, January 24, 2016, the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, can be found at

The Archbishop prays for the health and safety of all during this serious weather event.

Sean Caine

Sean Caine is Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of Communications