PHOTO CAPTION: In Kalibo, the faithful are encouraged to go to church and offer masses for the souls of their departed loved ones in celebration of Undas with safety foremost in mind. Photos show the Adoration Chapel (left) in the compound of Kalibo Cathedral (right)./iNews
KALIBO, Aklan– Kalibo Bishop Jose Corazon Tala-oc is encouraging the faithful to go to church and offer mass for their dearly departed but without compromising safety, reminding everyone the pandemic is far from finished.
“Let us prioritize public safety and security…for the common good of all. I am one with you in remembering loved ones who have gone ahead of us in death, but the pandemic is not yet over. We have to sustain our efforts in containing or eliminating the spread of the virus…(and) prevent any imminent COVID-19 super spreader occasion,” he said.
Tala-oc’s message comes on the heels of the National Inter-Agency Task Force announcement that all private and public cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbaria will be closed from October 29 to November 2, 2021, to prevent huge crowds of people during Undas.
“This year, masses in cemeteries are not allowed in celebration of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day,” Tala-oc stressed. “They will, however, be celebrated in parish churches as usual.”
Meanwhile, blessings of graves, tombs, and mausoleums in cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbaria are allowed in coordination with authorities but without the physical attendance of church members.
In light of the restrictions, some residents are visiting their loved ones ahead of the five-day closure of cemeteries in Aklan.
The Catholic Church celebrates the solemnity of All Saints’ Day on November 1st, which is a Holy Day of Obligation honoring all the known and unknown saints, and November 2nd, which is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed and a day set aside to pray for all the dead. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNews-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)