RELIGIOUS gatherings are still banned.
A letter to Rev. Father Rosito Pedro Jr. was sent by the Office of the City Mayor on Wednesday, May 27, citing lapses in compliance of the church in its conduct of mass.
The letter read, “This is in reference to a report received by our office on the alleged conduct of mass at the Our Lady of Lourdes parish church along Kisad road.”
The letter signed by secretary to the mayor Felipe Puzon Jr. explained, “While we acknowledge that we are devoted Catholics who had been clamoring to open the churches for masses, general community quarantine protocols set by the Inter Agency Force on Emerging Infectious Disease [NIATF-EID] are still in place, which include prohibition in mass gathering, to include religious gatherings.”
Puzon said, “We appeal for your assistance in ensuring that this is observed throughout the remaining duration of the GCQ in the city. The rest of the country looks up to the city as a good example of how it is to figh the Corona Virus Disease 2019 as one community. We would like to maintain our image of a disciplined citizenry.”
The diocese of Baguio released guidelines May 15 allowing churches to open only for personal visits and prayer but not for the celebration of holy mass.
Allowed services but limited to 10 people are infant and adult baptisms, holy mass, wedding masses, house and building blessings, funeral masses in church, homes and funeral parlors, mass for the dead in funeral homes and residences, masses for anniversaries of the dead.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines agreed a set of guidelines when parishes will be allowed to hold religious services with people in attendance.
The list includes strict new measures on social distancing, use of face masks by worshippers, and installation of foot baths.