Monday, July 13, 2020
Home Vatican Updates 'Religious festivals can resume but strict guidelines should be followed' - CBCP

‘Religious festivals can resume but strict guidelines should be followed’ – CBCP

The CBCP says they will recommend the resumption of religious festivals to the IATF—given it observes proper health protocols.

Since the start of the quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Masses, church gatherings, and other events have been postponed or canceled to avoid further spread of the virus. Churches were forced to transition into holding Holy Masses online via livestream and churches had to be cordoned off to prevent the public from gathering.

Fiestas and other religious celebrations were also either postponed or canceled to avoid hundreds of people from gathering in one place, which could in turn increase the risk of people contracting the disease. (Read: Here are some events that were canceled or postponed due to COVID-19)

But as the country shifts from a strict quarantine (enhanced community quarantine or equivalent) to one with looser restrictions, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is looking into resuming religious celebrations.

In an Unang Hirit interview with CBCP Committee on Public Affairs Executive Secretary Fr. Jerome Secillano, it was said that they are considering resuming these festivals as they do not draw large crowds, except during the Holy Week. (Read: A list of PH churches where you can hear Holy Mass during the quarantine)

fiesta-guidelines-after-ecq
Photo from Philippine Star

Kung mapapansin mo ‘yung tinatawag na religious festivals natin katulad ng prusisyon ay nangyayari naman ‘yan sa mga fiesta,” Fr. Secillano says. “Halimbawa, fiesta sa Quiapo. Merong prusisyon ‘yan pero hindi naman ‘yan ‘yung tipong tinatao talaga ng napakarami unless, of course, kapag ‘yan ay prusisyon ng Holy Week.”

Fr. Secillano clarifies that the decision to hold these celebrations is at the discretion of the parish priests. He also reminds everyone that if these religious festivals do push through, they have to remember to observe health protocols such as wearing of face masks and physical distancing. (Read: ‘Strict social distancing’ shall be observed during Mass – CBCP)

fiesta-guidelines-after-ecq
Photo from Aaron Favila / AP Photo / Aljazeera News

However, Fr. Secillano, who is part of the CBCP’s technical working group, will still have to discuss it with the government’s Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). This is because mass gatherings—including religious celebrations—are still not allowed under the general community quarantine (GCQ) scheme.

The IATF would still have to decide on the matter after their talk with the CBCP’s technical working group.

Most Recent

Blessed Sacrament Found Intact As Fire Razes Santo Niño Church in Manila

A devastating fire razed the Santo Niño de Pandacan Parish in Manila on Friday. The revered 400-year-old image of the Child Jesus...

PH Hospitals Now Offer ‘Drive-Thru Testing’ for Safer Service

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect individuals from all around the world, many can't help but feel worried about their health and safety....

Chemical Engineers Start Online Baking Business Amid Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many Filipinos to think out of the box when it comes to staying productive and earning extra income. With...

4 Reasons to Watch ‘Hamilton’ on Disney Plus

The 2015 hit Hamilton: The Musical by Broadway sensation Lin Manuel Miranda is now available on Disney Plus for streaming, and it...

FOLLOW US!