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Families enter St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lincoln for Saturday night mass. Photo by Damon Barr/NNS

Normally, members of the Catholic faith are obligated to attend mass every week, according to the church’s canon law.

However, since COVID-19 started, the Catholic Dioceses of Nebraska issued a general dispensation excusing Catholics from the requirement.

On March 31, Archbishop Lucas of Omaha announced the dispensation will end the weekend of May 22.

Leah Heyen is a home health care worker from Lincoln who has not been to mass since the pandemic started. She said she is eager to return but worries the dispensation might be ending too soon.

Fr. Nicholas Kipper of St. Teresa Catholic Church in Lincoln said Catholics who worry about the spread of COVID will still have the choice to stay home.