DOP CIRCULAR NO. 2020-022
20 February 2020
TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, PARISH ADMINISTRATORS, PASTORS, RECTORS, CHAPLAINS, GUEST PRIESTS, and RELIGIOUS PRIESTS IN THE DIOCESE OF PARAÑAQUE
RE: CBCP: ADDITIONAL LITURGICAL GUIDELINES ON COVID-19
Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,
Peace in the Lord.
We are respectfully forwarding to all Reverences the attached Additional Liturgical Guidelines on COVID-19 as recommended by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.
We welcome the pastoral guidelines given by the CBCP, in accordance with the advice of the Department of Health (DOH), regarding the distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday and the veneration of the cross on Good Friday.
In our diocese, I give the pastors of our parishes/ ecclesial communities the discretion to use either form of distributing ashes (i.e. smearing ashes on the forehead or sprinkling ashes on the crown of the head) according to the need and context of their respective communities.
May God’s mercy and compassion be upon us always.
(Sgd.) MOST REV. JESSE E. MERCADO, D.D.
Bishop of Parañaque
(Sgd.) REV. FR. JOSEPH D. LANDERO