By BIN Staff | 08:03 PM June 14, 2020
Catholic churches in the dioceses of Tagbilaran and Talibon also followed guidelines to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus such as the wearing of face masks, temperature check, placing of foot bath containers at the entrance of the church, and hand sanitizers among others.

After nearly three months, the public celebration of masses finally resumed in Catholic churches in the province on Sunday, June 14, the feast of Corpus Christi.

Only 25% of the devotees were allowed to enter per mass.

At the St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral in Tagbilaran City, the number of people allowed to attend the mass, however, was limited to 200 in keeping with the rules of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

According to Tagbilaran City Bishop Abet Uy, the Cathedral has a maximum capacity of accommodating 2,000 churchgoers.

If there is no mass, he said, they will allow people who want to pray to go inside the church but by batches.

It was last March when a number of dioceses suspended the public celebration of masses after the government imposed the enhanced community quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Priests celebrated Mass in private and made available to the faithful via live streaming on television, radio, and on social media platform Facebook.

Aside from limiting the number of people during mass, churches in the dioceses of Tagbilaran and Talibon also followed the different guidelines to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus such as the wearing of face masks, temperature check, placing of foot bath containers at the entrance of the church, and hand sanitizers among others.

There are markings on seats inside the church which will serve as guides for the churchgoers to properly observe social distancing.

For Julie Ann Demapi, who rarely left her home during the lockdown, described being able to attend the mass at the Cathedral as
‘spiritual triumph’.

“After the spiritual silence, one feels the need to take a spiritual breath”, she said.

The Cathedral has seven masses scheduled at 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The devotees are also encouraged to attend mass online.

By Bohol Island News

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