By J. Jala | 10:55 AM April 5, 2021
The Diocese of Talibon will abolish the arancel system or the system of charging fixed rates for sacraments, said Talibon Bishop Patrick Daniel Y. Parcon.
Bishop Parcon, in a decree, said the gradual abolition of the arancel in his diocese starting May 1, 2021.
“I, after having listened to and consulted the People of God, do hereby decree that there will no longer be fixed amount for the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, wedding (regular schedule) and Holy Mass (funeral, wake, fiesta masses and Pontifical Masses) in the Diocese of Talibon; the Arancel System is hereby gradually abolished,” he said in a decree.
However, Parcon said, voluntary offerings that are freely and sincerely given are most appreciated.
He said in lieu of the arancel system, each parish must implement a Parish Support System by envelope offerings which is donation in nature and no fixed amount.
“Like any normal family, every member of the diocese, parish and basic ecclesial community (BEC) has the duty to support the Church in the fulfillment of Her mission,” said Parcon.
The decree was issued on March, 29, 2021, on the occasion of the celebration of the Chrism Mass and the annual Renewal of Priestly Promises in the Diocese of Talibon.
The Church this year marks the 30th anniversary of the 2nd Plenary Council of the Philippines, which mandated the gradual abolition of the arancel system.