Sep 30, 2020

Catholic masses to start Saturday, seating at 50 percent limit

Vicariate officials said churchgoers will go under temperature checks using thermal scanners, submit to sanitation procedures such as using footbaths, wearing face masks, and occupy marked spots to comply with the physical distancing policy during the holy communion.

AVPP prepares the markings for the re-opening of public mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Photos courtesy of AVPP facebook page)

The Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa (AVPP) is preparing for the opening of masses starting this weekend, taking into account the guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) including reducing by 50 percent the original seating capacity of places of worship.

In an advisory issued Tuesday, the AVPP said it already opened the Immaculate Conception Cathedral on June 1.

Vicariate officials said churchgoers will go under temperature checks using thermal scanners, submit to sanitation procedures such as using footbaths, wearing face masks, and occupy marked spots to comply with the physical distancing policy during the holy communion.

The AVPP will open the doors of the cathedral along Rizal Avenue and Taft Street to serve as entrance and the front door facing Rizal Park as an exit door.

Under the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), only 50 percent of the area’s seating capacity will be allowed for mass gatherings.

The AVPP said also that it will provide a 30-minute interval for every mass to avoid crowding.

Additional mass ceremonies can be expected on Saturdays and Sundays In the cathedral.

The schedule of anticipated masses on Saturday will start at 4:00 p.m.; 5:30 p.m.; and 7:00 p.m. While masses on Sundays are scheduled at 5:00 a.m.; 6:15 a.m; 7:30 a.m.; 8:45 a.m.; 10:00 a.m.; 11:15 a.m.; 12:30 nn; 2:30 p.m.; 3:45 p.m.; 5:00 p.m.; 6:15 p.m.; and 7:30 p.m..

“Mangyari po na maging masunurin at mapagmatyag para sa kapakanan ng lahat,” AVPP reminded public.

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