The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is still a holy day, even if no obligation exists this year. Since all public Masses are suspended because of restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the obligation to attend Mass on Thursday, May 21 is dispensed.

But the faithful may join in spiritual communion on this day by watching the livestreamed Mass celebrated by Father Dennis Gill at 5 p.m. in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.

Any of the following links may be used to watch the Mass:

The feast that commemorates Jesus Christ’s ascension into heaven is observed annually on the 40th day after Easter Sunday and 10 days prior to Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit.