Cubao Parish churches to close until April 4

PASIG CITY, March 22 (PIA) -- Parish churches in Cubao, Quezon City will be temporarily closed beginning today until April 4, 2021 to encourage the faithful to stay home and minimize COVID-19 transmissions.

“My dear faithful in the Diocese of Cubao, this is the time for prudence, courage and love. With the rising surge of cases of infection swirling around us, the Diocese of Cubao has decided to declare a lockdown of its parish churches for the period March 22 to April 4, 2021. This is to encourage the faithful to stay home and keep them safe,” said Cubao Bishop Most Reverend Honesto F. Ongtioco, DD in a statement posted on their Facebook page Sunday.

According to Bishop Ongtioco, parishes in Cubao will reopen on April 5.  

“We will reopen for public worship on April 5, Easter Monday, again, following our existing and perhaps even stricter safety protocols.”

As of Sunday, March 21, Quezon City has recorded 5,246 active COVID-19 cases, with 33,456 recoveries, and 878 deaths.

Bishop Ongtioco said that the voluntary closing of places of worship is heartbreaking especially during this Lenten season.

“Voluntarily closing our places of worship at the highest point of our liturgical year is heartbreaking. But we also open our eyes to a situation that puts many of our faithful at risk. Numbers are surging and scientific data show that unless drastic interventions are done, these numbers will not decline anytime soon.”

The parish official also assured that together with the parish priests, religious leaders, and relevant ministries, they will exert all possible efforts to find the best and most fruitful ways for the faithful to celebrate Holy Week on safe, online platforms.

“This is the season of great love. For me, loving our neighbors at this time means keeping them safe. Be comforted that only our church doors will be shut. We keep to heart what Pope Francis says: Jesus says to each one of us: Courage, open your heart to my love. You will feel the consolation of God who sustains you,” said Bishop Ongtioco as he also assured that he’ll continue to pray for protection and healing. (PIA NCR)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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