Thanks to everyone who joined their hands in praying for holy masses to be resumed. Today, June 3, Holy Masses and other religious activities if churches are also ready to resume.
Executive Order no. 17-F was signed by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia on the evening of Tuesday, June 2. EO no. 17-F “encourages” the holding of religious activities in the whole province of Cebu.
Though such activities were allowed, following the strict physical distancing and allowing only 50% of the holding capacity of the venue is still a must.
Garcia said during her press conference yesterday that she was assured by Archbishop Jose Palma that Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese are now ready to hold physical Masses.
Governor Garcia, however, has left the further guidelines and restrictions to the leadership of the Churches;
“I hope that is now very clear. I am confident that Archbishop Palma, alang sa atong kaigsuonang Katoliko, magpagawas sa mga patakaran usab sa Archdiocese kabahin sa holding of Masses sa mga simbahan (I am confident that Archbishop Palma, on behalf of our Catholic brothers, will issue guidelines that will be followed in holding Masses in the different churches in the Archdiocese),”– Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia
“Suffice it to say, as far as the provincial government of Cebu is concerned and as far as this governor of Cebu is concerned, we are strongly encouraging the holding of religious activities limited to 50 percent capacity of [the] venue,” Garcia added.
Amid our fear of the pandemic, we all need spiritual healing to fuel ourselves to keep going. Praise God!