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Metro Manila parishes: No public Masses until gov't makes up its mind on quarantine status

Metro Manila parishes: No public Masses until gov't makes up its mind on quarantine status

MANILA, Philippines —  Several parishes in Metro Manila decided to just maintain its suspension of public Masses until the government can give a definite decision on the quarantine status of the region.

The San Fernando de Dilao Parish in Paco, Manila posted an announcement in Filipino on Facebook, saying: “Because the government keeps changing its decision, our public Masses will not push through tomorrow, September 8, and on the following Sundays until the IATF can make a fixed decision.”

The IATF is the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

[Original post: “Dahil po sa papago-bagong desisyon ng gobyerno, hindi po muna matutuloy ang mga pampublikong misa natin bukas, September 8, at sa mga susunod na Linggo hanggang sa maging maayos po ang desisyon ng IATF.”]

Church-goers were then urged to head to the Facebook page or YouTube channel of the parish for a live stream of its Masses.

WALA PA RIN PO MUNANG ‘PUBLIC CELEBRATION’ NG BANAL NA MISASumubaybay sa ating Parish Facebook Page at Youtube Channel…

Posted by San Fernando de Dilao Parish in Paco, Manila on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

The post has gone viral, garnering more than 3,000 shares and 5,000 reactions, as of this writing. At least, 5,700 clicked on the laughing icon.

Other parishes also had similar posts, giving the government a nudge in announcing their own suspension of public Masses.

The Basilica Minore de San Pedro Bautista in Quezon City had the same post as the San Fernando de Dilao Parish.

ADVISORYDahil po sa pabago-bagong desisyon ng ating gobyerno, hindi po muna matutuloy ang mga pampublikong misa natin…

Posted by Basilica Minore de San Pedro Bautista on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Mary Comforter of the Afflicted Parish in Pasay was less subtle: “We don’t what really is the decision of the government. So tomorrow we will return to MECQ [modified enhance community quarantine. In the meantime, we will not have public Holy Masses yet.”

[Original post: “Hindi natin malaman kung ano ba talaga ang desisyon ng Gobyerno, kaya bukas magbabalik muli tayo sa MECQ. Wala muna po tayong pampublikong banal na misa.”]

𝗣𝗔𝗠𝗣𝗔𝗥𝗢𝗞𝗬𝗔𝗡𝗚 𝗔𝗕𝗜𝗦𝗢 ‼️Manatiling ligtas at Tumutok dito sa ating Opisyal na Facebook Account ng ating Parokya.#MaryComforteroftheAfflictedParish #BarrioMaricaban #LungsodngPasay #VivaLaVirgendeMaricaban

Posted by Mary Comforter of the Afflicted Parish on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

The San Antonio de Padua Parish in Cubao, Quezon City has a more humorous approach: “It accepted the challenge yesterday but backed out today.” And then the rest of the message was similar to the others.

[Original post: “Lumaban po kahapon, pero binawi po ngayon.”]

𝐀𝐃𝐕𝐈𝐒𝐎𝐑𝐘 | Lumaban po kahapon, pero binawi po ngayon. Dahil po sa pabago-bagong desisyon ng gobyerno, hindi po muna…

Posted by San Antonio de Padua Parish – Roman Catholic Diocese of Cubao on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Metro Manila was supposed to shift to the more lenient general community quarantine starting Wednesday, Sept. 8, until Sept. 30, 2021. But the government just a day before its implementation.

Specific rules of the shift in strategy have yet to be released as of Tuesday, which was supposed to be the last day of MECQ in the region.

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