Churches in Mass. Watch Irene Warily

Posted by jcashman

BOSTON (AP) — Churches in Massachusetts are watching warily as Irene approaches the region during Sunday service times.

The Boston Archdiocese leaves it to pastors to decide whether to cancel their services. But the archdiocese issued a statement Saturday urging parishioners to use good judgment and heed local emergency officials when deciding whether to attend.

The Springfield Diocese said Saturday that if local officials say they want people to stay off the roads, Catholics should consider themselves “excused from their Sunday obligation.”

At the Episcopal Christ Church of Hamilton, the Rev. Patrick Gray cancelled Sunday services, saying he wanted to abide by Gov. Deval Patrick’s state of emergency declaration and keep the road clear for emergency vehicles.

He also posted a recording of his Sunday sermon online, in case parishioners wanted to listen.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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