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.

Sincerely yours,

(Sgd.) MOST REV.  JESSE E. MERCADO, D.D.

Bishop of Parañaque

 

 

Attested by:

(Sgd.) REV. FR. JOSEPH D. LANDERO

Vice Chancellor

 

cir 2020-022 – CBCP Additional Liturgical Guidelines on COVID-19