The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland issued the following statement from the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese, Bishop Richard Malone regarding Sunday's severe weather and Catholic's obligation to go to Mass.

“In light of the serious threat of dangerous weather in many parts of Maine tonight and tomorrow, the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday, December 22, 2013, is being suspended in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. Diocesan-wide dispensations are not granted easily and without good reason, but out of concern for Catholic faithful, diocesan clergy and staff, I have deemed it necessary. This announcement does not cancel Masses throughout the Diocese. It simply excuses individuals who decide that it is too dangerous to venture outside for Mass and affirms that their decision can be made in good conscience and without the burden of guilt. I ask that both priests and parishioners exercise extreme caution and prudence when making the decision to travel. Please contact your local parish for further information about their plans. Join me in praying for the safety of all during this storm.”