BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Bishop Michael Duca of the Diocese of Baton Rouge issued a statement to Catholics ahead of Ida’s landfall. In anticipation of the approach of Hurricane Ida, the faithful of the Diocese of Baton Rouge are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass this weekend, August 28-29, 2021. The entirety of the Diocese of Baton Rouge is under a hurricane warning with conditions expected to deteriorate beginning Saturday afternoon. Due to the possibility of damaging winds and significant rainfall, all Masses and church activities will be cancelled Sunday to protect the safety of our parishioners. Pastors of parishes may still celebrate a Saturday Vigil Mass at their discretion unless their parish is under a mandatory evacuation order.