DOP CIRCULAR NO. 2020-040
31 May 2020
TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, PARISH ADMINISTRATORS, RECTORS, CHAPLAINS, GUEST PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS MEN AND WOMEN, and LAY FAITHFUL IN THE DIOCESE OF PARAÑAQUE
RE: ON THE CELEBRATION OF SACRAMENTS AND SACRAMENTALS DURING THE GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE (GCQ)
My dear brother priests and lay faithful,
Greetings in Christ!
With the announcement of the Government of the transition of the National Capital Region (NCR) from Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) to General Community Quarantine (GCQ), we reiterate to everyone that we continue to follow the guidelines indicated in DOP CIRCULAR NO. 2020-035 last 30 April 2020 regarding the Recommendations on the Celebration of the Sacraments and Sacramental during ECQ. Hence, in this period of GCQ, the following are hereby emphasized;
- Masses celebrated with the presence of the faithful are still suspended. This is until such time that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) will announce a new provision on the resumption of religious services.
- Parishes, therefore, must continue to make Masses and other devotional celebrations available for the faithful through live-streaming platforms.
- Faithful compliance on the health and safety protocols of the Government for the security and protection of all.
Let us continue entrusting to the Lord our country, diocese and parish communities.
May the Good Lord bless and nourish you with His graces that you may always be healthy and holy, especially amidst these times.
(Sgd.) MOST REV. JESSE E. MERCADO, D.D.
Bishop of Parañaque
(Sgd.) REV. FR. CARMELO O. ESTORES