COVID-19

COVID-19

Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God.

This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, in commemoration of the National Heroes Day in the country.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Mr. Cruz said that commemorating the greatness of heroes was also a call to everyone to be heroes not only for others but for the Lord. He explained that small things like being honest, benevolent, and loving can be shown to be a hero.

“Sa paggunita sa mga bayani natin ang isang pinakamahalagang maintindihan natin ay tayong lahat ay tinatawag na maging mga bayani. Kung gusto nating ipagdiwang ito, maging bayani tayo sa mata ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay, sa pamamagitan ng katapatan, sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal,” said Mr. Cruz.

As part of the Catholic faith and community, ordinary people who witnessed their faith in extraordinary ways are considered heroes, such as martyrs and saints.

Under the social teachings of the Church, the characteristics of a martyr or saint are not far from a hero who promoted true justice for his people.

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated annually by Filipinos to honor and remember all the heroes of the revolution who helped to establish the foundation for the country’s independence. Its commemoration is to be held every last Monday of August each year.

In our present times, the country also honors all healthcare workers, medical frontliners and all those people for their life-saving role in the fight against the surge of COVID-19. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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COVID-19

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health Care executive secretary Fr. Dan Cancino, has pointed out how health care workers made a huge contribution in taking care of the sick to help them get cured during this time of the pandemic.

According to him these healthcare workers are instruments of the Lord for the patients to fill them with the light of hope.

“Sa panahon ngayon, ang ating pangangalaga sa maysakit ay nagluluningning na. Sa mga nag-aalaga sa maysakit, sa ating mga carers, caregivers, manggagawa sa kalusugan – sa ospital at sa komunidad, maraming salamat sa malasakit at paghahatid ng liwanag ng ating Panginoon lalong lalo na sa mga dumaranas ng karamdaman,” Fr. Cancino told Radio Veritas.

Fr. Cancino acknowledges the sacrifice of healthcare workers and caregivers who offered their time to serve and help cure sick patients from their illnesses.

These past two years of the pandemic, everyone witnessed the valuable contribution of medical frontliners in their response to the contagious and deadly COVID–19.

Some of them lost their lives working to help cure patients and prevent them from catching deadlier diseases,

“We recognize your love and your effort to the sick. Dito natin makikita sa puso ng bawat tao na nandoon pa rin yoong itinatak ng Panginoong Diyos na mangalaga sa kapwa,” according to Fr. Cancino.

Fr. Cancino prays that there would be more caretakers with a good heart to serve as inspiration to everyone in helping cure those who are sick.

The CBCP-ECHC shall disseminate, promote and defend the teaching of the Church on the subject of health care that includes in a special way, attention to and concern for the handicapped, the sick, the aged and the dying. It also helps in fomenting the awareness and observance of Church doctrine on health care and animates and assists Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, Lay Organizations, health care workers and similar entities, in collaboration with other Commissions in the Conference. It also acts as liaison with the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Fr. Dan Cancino from Radio Veritas)

 

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COVID-19

Merciful and compassionate Father,
we confess our sins
and we humbly come to you
to find forgiveness and life.

We come to you in our need
to seek your protection
against the COVID-19 virus
that has disturbed and claimed many lives.

We ask you now to look upon us with love
and by your healing hand,
dispel the fear of sickness and death,
restore our hope, and strengthen our faith.

We pray that you guide the people
tasked to find cures for this disease
and to stem its transmission.

Bless our efforts
to use the medicines developed
to end the pandemic in our country.

We pray for our health workers
that they may minister to the sick
with competence and compassion.

Grant them health in mind and body,
strength in their commitment,
protection from the disease.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Give us the grace in these trying times
to work for the good of all
and to help those in need.

May our concern and compassion for each other
see us through this crisis
and lead us to conversion and holiness.

Grant all these
through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

We fly to Your protection,
oh Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers,
oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
San Roque, pray for us.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

TAGALOG

Mahabagin at maawaing Ama, inaamin namin ang aming mga kasalanan
at mapagpakumbabang dumudulog sa iyo upang makatagpo ng pagpapatawad at buhay.

Nagsusumamo kami sa iyo sa upang hilingin ang iyong patnubay
laban sa CoVid 19 na nagpapahirap sa marami at kumitil na ng mga buhay.

Tunghayan mo kami nang may pagmamahal.
at ipagadya kami ng inyong mapaghilom na kamay mula sa takot sa kamatayan at karamdaman.
Itaguyod mo kami sa pag-asa at patatagin sa pananampalataya.

Gabayan mo ang mga dalubhasang naatasan
na tumuklas ng mga lunas at paraan upang ihinto ang paglaganap nito.

Pagpalain mo ang aming mga pagsisikap
na mawakasan ng mga nalinang na gamot ang pandemya sa aming bayan.

Patnubayan mo ang mga lumilingap sa maysakit
upang ang kanilang pagkalinga ay malakipan ng husay at malasakit.
Pagkalooban mo sila ng kalusugan sa isip at katawan,
katatagan sa kanilang paninindigang maglingkod
at ipagsanggalang sa karamdaman.

Itinataas namin ang mga nagdurusa.
Makamtam nawa nila ang mabuting kalusugan.
Lingapin mo rin ang mga kumakalinga sa kanila.
Pagkamitin mo ng kapayapaang walang hanggan ang mga pumanaw na.

Pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya na magtulong tulong tungo sa ikabubuti ng lahat.
Pukawin sa amin ang pagmamalasakit sa mga nangangailangan.
Sa pagdamay at malasakit namin sa bawa’t isa,
malampasan nawa namin ang krisis na ito
at lumago sa kabanalan at pagbabalik loob sa iyo.

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristo
na nabubuhay at naghaharing kasama mo at ng Espiritu Santo,
Diyos, magpasawalang hangan. Amen.

Dumudulog kami sa iyong patnubay, Mahal na Ina ng Diyos.
Pakinggan mo ang aming mga kahilingan sa aming pangangailangan
at ipagadya mo kami sa lahat ng kasamaan,
maluwalhati at pinagpalang Birhen. Amen.

Mahal na Birhen, mapagpagaling sa maysakit, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Rafael Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Roque, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

\

 

Oratio Imperata for COVID-19 (Revised January 28, 2022)

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Circular No. 2022 – 03
5 January 2022

TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace of the Lord!

As the COVID-19 cases escalate due to the Omicron variant, I would like to reiterate the following points which were agreed upon during the 5 January 2022 Presbyteral Council meeting to protect God’s people entrusted to our pastoral care.

  1. Sacraments and other religious activities are essential for the faithful, and, taking into consideration health protocols, they must not be deprived of their spiritual nourishment during these difficult times of fear and despair. We encourage you to continue and strengthen your on-line Masses.
  2. We entrust the implementation of lockdown of Churches to the pastoral prudence and discernment of parish priests, ad casum (case-to-case basis), in consultation with the parish pastoral council, Local Government Units, health authorities and other concerned government agencies.
  3. We encourage our parishes to continue taking care of the poor in our communities through our feeding programs and community pantries/kindness stations.
  4. We would like to reiterate #10 of the COVID-19 Guide prepared by the Ministry on Health Care, issued in October 2020, on implementing lockdown of parish offices which can also be used in considering the implementation of church lockdown:

GUIDANCE ON KEEPING PARISH OFFICES OPEN & IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN

In instances where uncontrolled COVID-19 transmission may be occurring in a Parish Office or RCAM unit, it may be necessary to close the office for several days (lockdown) and stop work. However, lockdown of a parish office can be prevented if minimum health standards are maintained. Locking down a parish office is an extreme intervention and should be considered carefully.

  1. What health and safety measures should be enforced in every parish office and RCAM office?
    a. Practice proper personal hygiene: frequent hand-washing, wearing of masks, wearing of face shields, respiratory etiquette, no spitting.
    b. Regular disinfection of furniture, office spaces, equipment.
    c. Enforce physical distancing among staff members and among staff and visitors
    d. Restrict mass gatherings.
    e. Limit in-person transactions as much as possible; promote on-line transactions.
    f. Re-engineer office lay-out to provide 2-meter distance or more distance between workers.
    g. Re-engineer office so transactions with public can be done across glass partitions/windows.
    h. Stagger work hours and meal times to reduce in-person interaction.
    i. Ensure proper ventilation of in-door spaces by opening windows and doors that lead to open spaces.
    j. Take temperatures of all staff daily, whether they live in office dormitories or commute to work daily.
    k. Staff to
    – complete Daily Self-Health Check (cf. Annex E) BEFORE going to work;
    – stay home and isolate oneself when symptoms of COVID-19 infection appear, though minor it may be.
    – inform the office so that proper measures can be undertaken.
  2. When should temporary closure of a parish office (lockdown) be undertaken as a result of COVID-19 infection?
    a. When a confirmed case has led to exposure by close contact of EVERYONE in the office, temporary closure of the parish office may be undertaken. In other words, everyone in the office is considered a case or a close contact and has to either

1) go into isolation because s/he is symptomatic or
2) go into quarantine because s/he is a close contact. Because of this situation, there is no one who can work in the parish office.

Let us be extra careful during this time. Let us unite ourselves in prayer.

I assure you of my blessing and pastoral solicitude.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

(Signed)
+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
 Archbishop of Manila

 

 

On Implementing Lockdown of Churches

Circular No. 2022 – 03 5 January 2022 TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers: Greetings of peace …

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COVID-19

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) appeals for prayers to the safety of everyone this pandemic as the Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the start of the year.

In his prayer, Fr. Nolan Que, CEAP National Capital Region Trustee, entrusted to God the faithful that they may overcome the challenges during this difficult time and receive consolation from their many worries.

“Calm the storm that is in us. Take away all our fears which makes us cruel to ourselves and to others. Grant peace and calm to our troubled hearts,” he said.

Fr. Que also included in his prayers the school personnel, teachers and students, administrators that those who have been infected by the virus to have a speedy recovery as well as continue to take extra precautions from Covid-19.

“Grant healing to our students, parents, and personnel who are not feeling well and might have been infected by COVID-19. Protect them from further danger and harm. Grant them strength in mind and body,” he added.

As the Alert Level 3 status on National Capital Region started on January 3, the Department of Health postponed the supposedly resume of the face-to-face classes as the threat of the Omicron variant continues to elevate in cities.

In an earlier statement, Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) Chairman, expressed his concern for those in the education sector, administration, teachers and students alike, that they may also be remembered as a priority as they are also in the in frontline in facing the pandemic. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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COVID-19

Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God.

This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, in commemoration of the National Heroes Day in the country.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Mr. Cruz said that commemorating the greatness of heroes was also a call to everyone to be heroes not only for others but for the Lord. He explained that small things like being honest, benevolent, and loving can be shown to be a hero.

“Sa paggunita sa mga bayani natin ang isang pinakamahalagang maintindihan natin ay tayong lahat ay tinatawag na maging mga bayani. Kung gusto nating ipagdiwang ito, maging bayani tayo sa mata ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay, sa pamamagitan ng katapatan, sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal,” said Mr. Cruz.

As part of the Catholic faith and community, ordinary people who witnessed their faith in extraordinary ways are considered heroes, such as martyrs and saints.

Under the social teachings of the Church, the characteristics of a martyr or saint are not far from a hero who promoted true justice for his people.

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated annually by Filipinos to honor and remember all the heroes of the revolution who helped to establish the foundation for the country’s independence. Its commemoration is to be held every last Monday of August each year.

In our present times, the country also honors all healthcare workers, medical frontliners and all those people for their life-saving role in the fight against the surge of COVID-19. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

Be a Hero in the Eyes of God

Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God. This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the …

Be a Hero in the Eyes of God Read More »

COVID-19

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health Care executive secretary Fr. Dan Cancino, has pointed out how health care workers made a huge contribution in taking care of the sick to help them get cured during this time of the pandemic.

According to him these healthcare workers are instruments of the Lord for the patients to fill them with the light of hope.

“Sa panahon ngayon, ang ating pangangalaga sa maysakit ay nagluluningning na. Sa mga nag-aalaga sa maysakit, sa ating mga carers, caregivers, manggagawa sa kalusugan – sa ospital at sa komunidad, maraming salamat sa malasakit at paghahatid ng liwanag ng ating Panginoon lalong lalo na sa mga dumaranas ng karamdaman,” Fr. Cancino told Radio Veritas.

Fr. Cancino acknowledges the sacrifice of healthcare workers and caregivers who offered their time to serve and help cure sick patients from their illnesses.

These past two years of the pandemic, everyone witnessed the valuable contribution of medical frontliners in their response to the contagious and deadly COVID–19.

Some of them lost their lives working to help cure patients and prevent them from catching deadlier diseases,

“We recognize your love and your effort to the sick. Dito natin makikita sa puso ng bawat tao na nandoon pa rin yoong itinatak ng Panginoong Diyos na mangalaga sa kapwa,” according to Fr. Cancino.

Fr. Cancino prays that there would be more caretakers with a good heart to serve as inspiration to everyone in helping cure those who are sick.

The CBCP-ECHC shall disseminate, promote and defend the teaching of the Church on the subject of health care that includes in a special way, attention to and concern for the handicapped, the sick, the aged and the dying. It also helps in fomenting the awareness and observance of Church doctrine on health care and animates and assists Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, Lay Organizations, health care workers and similar entities, in collaboration with other Commissions in the Conference. It also acts as liaison with the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Fr. Dan Cancino from Radio Veritas)

 

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COVID-19

Merciful and compassionate Father,
we confess our sins
and we humbly come to you
to find forgiveness and life.

We come to you in our need
to seek your protection
against the COVID-19 virus
that has disturbed and claimed many lives.

We ask you now to look upon us with love
and by your healing hand,
dispel the fear of sickness and death,
restore our hope, and strengthen our faith.

We pray that you guide the people
tasked to find cures for this disease
and to stem its transmission.

Bless our efforts
to use the medicines developed
to end the pandemic in our country.

We pray for our health workers
that they may minister to the sick
with competence and compassion.

Grant them health in mind and body,
strength in their commitment,
protection from the disease.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Give us the grace in these trying times
to work for the good of all
and to help those in need.

May our concern and compassion for each other
see us through this crisis
and lead us to conversion and holiness.

Grant all these
through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

We fly to Your protection,
oh Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers,
oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
San Roque, pray for us.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

TAGALOG

Mahabagin at maawaing Ama, inaamin namin ang aming mga kasalanan
at mapagpakumbabang dumudulog sa iyo upang makatagpo ng pagpapatawad at buhay.

Nagsusumamo kami sa iyo sa upang hilingin ang iyong patnubay
laban sa CoVid 19 na nagpapahirap sa marami at kumitil na ng mga buhay.

Tunghayan mo kami nang may pagmamahal.
at ipagadya kami ng inyong mapaghilom na kamay mula sa takot sa kamatayan at karamdaman.
Itaguyod mo kami sa pag-asa at patatagin sa pananampalataya.

Gabayan mo ang mga dalubhasang naatasan
na tumuklas ng mga lunas at paraan upang ihinto ang paglaganap nito.

Pagpalain mo ang aming mga pagsisikap
na mawakasan ng mga nalinang na gamot ang pandemya sa aming bayan.

Patnubayan mo ang mga lumilingap sa maysakit
upang ang kanilang pagkalinga ay malakipan ng husay at malasakit.
Pagkalooban mo sila ng kalusugan sa isip at katawan,
katatagan sa kanilang paninindigang maglingkod
at ipagsanggalang sa karamdaman.

Itinataas namin ang mga nagdurusa.
Makamtam nawa nila ang mabuting kalusugan.
Lingapin mo rin ang mga kumakalinga sa kanila.
Pagkamitin mo ng kapayapaang walang hanggan ang mga pumanaw na.

Pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya na magtulong tulong tungo sa ikabubuti ng lahat.
Pukawin sa amin ang pagmamalasakit sa mga nangangailangan.
Sa pagdamay at malasakit namin sa bawa’t isa,
malampasan nawa namin ang krisis na ito
at lumago sa kabanalan at pagbabalik loob sa iyo.

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristo
na nabubuhay at naghaharing kasama mo at ng Espiritu Santo,
Diyos, magpasawalang hangan. Amen.

Dumudulog kami sa iyong patnubay, Mahal na Ina ng Diyos.
Pakinggan mo ang aming mga kahilingan sa aming pangangailangan
at ipagadya mo kami sa lahat ng kasamaan,
maluwalhati at pinagpalang Birhen. Amen.

Mahal na Birhen, mapagpagaling sa maysakit, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Rafael Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Roque, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

\

 

Oratio Imperata for COVID-19 (Revised January 28, 2022)

Merciful and compassionate Father, we confess our sins and we humbly come to you to find forgiveness and life. We come to you in our need to seek your protection …

Oratio Imperata for COVID-19 (Revised January 28, 2022) Read More »

COVID-19

Circular No. 2022 – 03
5 January 2022

TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace of the Lord!

As the COVID-19 cases escalate due to the Omicron variant, I would like to reiterate the following points which were agreed upon during the 5 January 2022 Presbyteral Council meeting to protect God’s people entrusted to our pastoral care.

  1. Sacraments and other religious activities are essential for the faithful, and, taking into consideration health protocols, they must not be deprived of their spiritual nourishment during these difficult times of fear and despair. We encourage you to continue and strengthen your on-line Masses.
  2. We entrust the implementation of lockdown of Churches to the pastoral prudence and discernment of parish priests, ad casum (case-to-case basis), in consultation with the parish pastoral council, Local Government Units, health authorities and other concerned government agencies.
  3. We encourage our parishes to continue taking care of the poor in our communities through our feeding programs and community pantries/kindness stations.
  4. We would like to reiterate #10 of the COVID-19 Guide prepared by the Ministry on Health Care, issued in October 2020, on implementing lockdown of parish offices which can also be used in considering the implementation of church lockdown:

GUIDANCE ON KEEPING PARISH OFFICES OPEN & IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN

In instances where uncontrolled COVID-19 transmission may be occurring in a Parish Office or RCAM unit, it may be necessary to close the office for several days (lockdown) and stop work. However, lockdown of a parish office can be prevented if minimum health standards are maintained. Locking down a parish office is an extreme intervention and should be considered carefully.

  1. What health and safety measures should be enforced in every parish office and RCAM office?
    a. Practice proper personal hygiene: frequent hand-washing, wearing of masks, wearing of face shields, respiratory etiquette, no spitting.
    b. Regular disinfection of furniture, office spaces, equipment.
    c. Enforce physical distancing among staff members and among staff and visitors
    d. Restrict mass gatherings.
    e. Limit in-person transactions as much as possible; promote on-line transactions.
    f. Re-engineer office lay-out to provide 2-meter distance or more distance between workers.
    g. Re-engineer office so transactions with public can be done across glass partitions/windows.
    h. Stagger work hours and meal times to reduce in-person interaction.
    i. Ensure proper ventilation of in-door spaces by opening windows and doors that lead to open spaces.
    j. Take temperatures of all staff daily, whether they live in office dormitories or commute to work daily.
    k. Staff to
    – complete Daily Self-Health Check (cf. Annex E) BEFORE going to work;
    – stay home and isolate oneself when symptoms of COVID-19 infection appear, though minor it may be.
    – inform the office so that proper measures can be undertaken.
  2. When should temporary closure of a parish office (lockdown) be undertaken as a result of COVID-19 infection?
    a. When a confirmed case has led to exposure by close contact of EVERYONE in the office, temporary closure of the parish office may be undertaken. In other words, everyone in the office is considered a case or a close contact and has to either

1) go into isolation because s/he is symptomatic or
2) go into quarantine because s/he is a close contact. Because of this situation, there is no one who can work in the parish office.

Let us be extra careful during this time. Let us unite ourselves in prayer.

I assure you of my blessing and pastoral solicitude.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

(Signed)
+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
 Archbishop of Manila

 

 

On Implementing Lockdown of Churches

Circular No. 2022 – 03 5 January 2022 TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers: Greetings of peace …

On Implementing Lockdown of Churches Read More »

COVID-19

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) appeals for prayers to the safety of everyone this pandemic as the Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the start of the year.

In his prayer, Fr. Nolan Que, CEAP National Capital Region Trustee, entrusted to God the faithful that they may overcome the challenges during this difficult time and receive consolation from their many worries.

“Calm the storm that is in us. Take away all our fears which makes us cruel to ourselves and to others. Grant peace and calm to our troubled hearts,” he said.

Fr. Que also included in his prayers the school personnel, teachers and students, administrators that those who have been infected by the virus to have a speedy recovery as well as continue to take extra precautions from Covid-19.

“Grant healing to our students, parents, and personnel who are not feeling well and might have been infected by COVID-19. Protect them from further danger and harm. Grant them strength in mind and body,” he added.

As the Alert Level 3 status on National Capital Region started on January 3, the Department of Health postponed the supposedly resume of the face-to-face classes as the threat of the Omicron variant continues to elevate in cities.

In an earlier statement, Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) Chairman, expressed his concern for those in the education sector, administration, teachers and students alike, that they may also be remembered as a priority as they are also in the in frontline in facing the pandemic. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

Catholic Schools join in prayer for healing and strength amidst Omicron threats

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) appeals for prayers to the safety of everyone this pandemic as the Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the start of the …

Catholic Schools join in prayer for healing and strength amidst Omicron threats Read More »

COVID-19

Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God.

This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, in commemoration of the National Heroes Day in the country.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Mr. Cruz said that commemorating the greatness of heroes was also a call to everyone to be heroes not only for others but for the Lord. He explained that small things like being honest, benevolent, and loving can be shown to be a hero.

“Sa paggunita sa mga bayani natin ang isang pinakamahalagang maintindihan natin ay tayong lahat ay tinatawag na maging mga bayani. Kung gusto nating ipagdiwang ito, maging bayani tayo sa mata ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay, sa pamamagitan ng katapatan, sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal,” said Mr. Cruz.

As part of the Catholic faith and community, ordinary people who witnessed their faith in extraordinary ways are considered heroes, such as martyrs and saints.

Under the social teachings of the Church, the characteristics of a martyr or saint are not far from a hero who promoted true justice for his people.

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated annually by Filipinos to honor and remember all the heroes of the revolution who helped to establish the foundation for the country’s independence. Its commemoration is to be held every last Monday of August each year.

In our present times, the country also honors all healthcare workers, medical frontliners and all those people for their life-saving role in the fight against the surge of COVID-19. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health Care executive secretary Fr. Dan Cancino, has pointed out how health care workers made a huge contribution in taking care of the sick to help them get cured during this time of the pandemic.

According to him these healthcare workers are instruments of the Lord for the patients to fill them with the light of hope.

“Sa panahon ngayon, ang ating pangangalaga sa maysakit ay nagluluningning na. Sa mga nag-aalaga sa maysakit, sa ating mga carers, caregivers, manggagawa sa kalusugan – sa ospital at sa komunidad, maraming salamat sa malasakit at paghahatid ng liwanag ng ating Panginoon lalong lalo na sa mga dumaranas ng karamdaman,” Fr. Cancino told Radio Veritas.

Fr. Cancino acknowledges the sacrifice of healthcare workers and caregivers who offered their time to serve and help cure sick patients from their illnesses.

These past two years of the pandemic, everyone witnessed the valuable contribution of medical frontliners in their response to the contagious and deadly COVID–19.

Some of them lost their lives working to help cure patients and prevent them from catching deadlier diseases,

“We recognize your love and your effort to the sick. Dito natin makikita sa puso ng bawat tao na nandoon pa rin yoong itinatak ng Panginoong Diyos na mangalaga sa kapwa,” according to Fr. Cancino.

Fr. Cancino prays that there would be more caretakers with a good heart to serve as inspiration to everyone in helping cure those who are sick.

The CBCP-ECHC shall disseminate, promote and defend the teaching of the Church on the subject of health care that includes in a special way, attention to and concern for the handicapped, the sick, the aged and the dying. It also helps in fomenting the awareness and observance of Church doctrine on health care and animates and assists Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, Lay Organizations, health care workers and similar entities, in collaboration with other Commissions in the Conference. It also acts as liaison with the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Fr. Dan Cancino from Radio Veritas)

 

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COVID-19

Merciful and compassionate Father,
we confess our sins
and we humbly come to you
to find forgiveness and life.

We come to you in our need
to seek your protection
against the COVID-19 virus
that has disturbed and claimed many lives.

We ask you now to look upon us with love
and by your healing hand,
dispel the fear of sickness and death,
restore our hope, and strengthen our faith.

We pray that you guide the people
tasked to find cures for this disease
and to stem its transmission.

Bless our efforts
to use the medicines developed
to end the pandemic in our country.

We pray for our health workers
that they may minister to the sick
with competence and compassion.

Grant them health in mind and body,
strength in their commitment,
protection from the disease.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Give us the grace in these trying times
to work for the good of all
and to help those in need.

May our concern and compassion for each other
see us through this crisis
and lead us to conversion and holiness.

Grant all these
through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

We fly to Your protection,
oh Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers,
oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
San Roque, pray for us.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

TAGALOG

Mahabagin at maawaing Ama, inaamin namin ang aming mga kasalanan
at mapagpakumbabang dumudulog sa iyo upang makatagpo ng pagpapatawad at buhay.

Nagsusumamo kami sa iyo sa upang hilingin ang iyong patnubay
laban sa CoVid 19 na nagpapahirap sa marami at kumitil na ng mga buhay.

Tunghayan mo kami nang may pagmamahal.
at ipagadya kami ng inyong mapaghilom na kamay mula sa takot sa kamatayan at karamdaman.
Itaguyod mo kami sa pag-asa at patatagin sa pananampalataya.

Gabayan mo ang mga dalubhasang naatasan
na tumuklas ng mga lunas at paraan upang ihinto ang paglaganap nito.

Pagpalain mo ang aming mga pagsisikap
na mawakasan ng mga nalinang na gamot ang pandemya sa aming bayan.

Patnubayan mo ang mga lumilingap sa maysakit
upang ang kanilang pagkalinga ay malakipan ng husay at malasakit.
Pagkalooban mo sila ng kalusugan sa isip at katawan,
katatagan sa kanilang paninindigang maglingkod
at ipagsanggalang sa karamdaman.

Itinataas namin ang mga nagdurusa.
Makamtam nawa nila ang mabuting kalusugan.
Lingapin mo rin ang mga kumakalinga sa kanila.
Pagkamitin mo ng kapayapaang walang hanggan ang mga pumanaw na.

Pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya na magtulong tulong tungo sa ikabubuti ng lahat.
Pukawin sa amin ang pagmamalasakit sa mga nangangailangan.
Sa pagdamay at malasakit namin sa bawa’t isa,
malampasan nawa namin ang krisis na ito
at lumago sa kabanalan at pagbabalik loob sa iyo.

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristo
na nabubuhay at naghaharing kasama mo at ng Espiritu Santo,
Diyos, magpasawalang hangan. Amen.

Dumudulog kami sa iyong patnubay, Mahal na Ina ng Diyos.
Pakinggan mo ang aming mga kahilingan sa aming pangangailangan
at ipagadya mo kami sa lahat ng kasamaan,
maluwalhati at pinagpalang Birhen. Amen.

Mahal na Birhen, mapagpagaling sa maysakit, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Rafael Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Roque, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

\

 

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Circular No. 2022 – 03
5 January 2022

TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace of the Lord!

As the COVID-19 cases escalate due to the Omicron variant, I would like to reiterate the following points which were agreed upon during the 5 January 2022 Presbyteral Council meeting to protect God’s people entrusted to our pastoral care.

  1. Sacraments and other religious activities are essential for the faithful, and, taking into consideration health protocols, they must not be deprived of their spiritual nourishment during these difficult times of fear and despair. We encourage you to continue and strengthen your on-line Masses.
  2. We entrust the implementation of lockdown of Churches to the pastoral prudence and discernment of parish priests, ad casum (case-to-case basis), in consultation with the parish pastoral council, Local Government Units, health authorities and other concerned government agencies.
  3. We encourage our parishes to continue taking care of the poor in our communities through our feeding programs and community pantries/kindness stations.
  4. We would like to reiterate #10 of the COVID-19 Guide prepared by the Ministry on Health Care, issued in October 2020, on implementing lockdown of parish offices which can also be used in considering the implementation of church lockdown:

GUIDANCE ON KEEPING PARISH OFFICES OPEN & IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN

In instances where uncontrolled COVID-19 transmission may be occurring in a Parish Office or RCAM unit, it may be necessary to close the office for several days (lockdown) and stop work. However, lockdown of a parish office can be prevented if minimum health standards are maintained. Locking down a parish office is an extreme intervention and should be considered carefully.

  1. What health and safety measures should be enforced in every parish office and RCAM office?
    a. Practice proper personal hygiene: frequent hand-washing, wearing of masks, wearing of face shields, respiratory etiquette, no spitting.
    b. Regular disinfection of furniture, office spaces, equipment.
    c. Enforce physical distancing among staff members and among staff and visitors
    d. Restrict mass gatherings.
    e. Limit in-person transactions as much as possible; promote on-line transactions.
    f. Re-engineer office lay-out to provide 2-meter distance or more distance between workers.
    g. Re-engineer office so transactions with public can be done across glass partitions/windows.
    h. Stagger work hours and meal times to reduce in-person interaction.
    i. Ensure proper ventilation of in-door spaces by opening windows and doors that lead to open spaces.
    j. Take temperatures of all staff daily, whether they live in office dormitories or commute to work daily.
    k. Staff to
    – complete Daily Self-Health Check (cf. Annex E) BEFORE going to work;
    – stay home and isolate oneself when symptoms of COVID-19 infection appear, though minor it may be.
    – inform the office so that proper measures can be undertaken.
  2. When should temporary closure of a parish office (lockdown) be undertaken as a result of COVID-19 infection?
    a. When a confirmed case has led to exposure by close contact of EVERYONE in the office, temporary closure of the parish office may be undertaken. In other words, everyone in the office is considered a case or a close contact and has to either

1) go into isolation because s/he is symptomatic or
2) go into quarantine because s/he is a close contact. Because of this situation, there is no one who can work in the parish office.

Let us be extra careful during this time. Let us unite ourselves in prayer.

I assure you of my blessing and pastoral solicitude.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

(Signed)
+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
 Archbishop of Manila

 

 

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The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) appeals for prayers to the safety of everyone this pandemic as the Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the start of the year.

In his prayer, Fr. Nolan Que, CEAP National Capital Region Trustee, entrusted to God the faithful that they may overcome the challenges during this difficult time and receive consolation from their many worries.

“Calm the storm that is in us. Take away all our fears which makes us cruel to ourselves and to others. Grant peace and calm to our troubled hearts,” he said.

Fr. Que also included in his prayers the school personnel, teachers and students, administrators that those who have been infected by the virus to have a speedy recovery as well as continue to take extra precautions from Covid-19.

“Grant healing to our students, parents, and personnel who are not feeling well and might have been infected by COVID-19. Protect them from further danger and harm. Grant them strength in mind and body,” he added.

As the Alert Level 3 status on National Capital Region started on January 3, the Department of Health postponed the supposedly resume of the face-to-face classes as the threat of the Omicron variant continues to elevate in cities.

In an earlier statement, Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) Chairman, expressed his concern for those in the education sector, administration, teachers and students alike, that they may also be remembered as a priority as they are also in the in frontline in facing the pandemic. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God.

This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, in commemoration of the National Heroes Day in the country.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Mr. Cruz said that commemorating the greatness of heroes was also a call to everyone to be heroes not only for others but for the Lord. He explained that small things like being honest, benevolent, and loving can be shown to be a hero.

“Sa paggunita sa mga bayani natin ang isang pinakamahalagang maintindihan natin ay tayong lahat ay tinatawag na maging mga bayani. Kung gusto nating ipagdiwang ito, maging bayani tayo sa mata ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay, sa pamamagitan ng katapatan, sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal,” said Mr. Cruz.

As part of the Catholic faith and community, ordinary people who witnessed their faith in extraordinary ways are considered heroes, such as martyrs and saints.

Under the social teachings of the Church, the characteristics of a martyr or saint are not far from a hero who promoted true justice for his people.

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated annually by Filipinos to honor and remember all the heroes of the revolution who helped to establish the foundation for the country’s independence. Its commemoration is to be held every last Monday of August each year.

In our present times, the country also honors all healthcare workers, medical frontliners and all those people for their life-saving role in the fight against the surge of COVID-19. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health Care executive secretary Fr. Dan Cancino, has pointed out how health care workers made a huge contribution in taking care of the sick to help them get cured during this time of the pandemic.

According to him these healthcare workers are instruments of the Lord for the patients to fill them with the light of hope.

“Sa panahon ngayon, ang ating pangangalaga sa maysakit ay nagluluningning na. Sa mga nag-aalaga sa maysakit, sa ating mga carers, caregivers, manggagawa sa kalusugan – sa ospital at sa komunidad, maraming salamat sa malasakit at paghahatid ng liwanag ng ating Panginoon lalong lalo na sa mga dumaranas ng karamdaman,” Fr. Cancino told Radio Veritas.

Fr. Cancino acknowledges the sacrifice of healthcare workers and caregivers who offered their time to serve and help cure sick patients from their illnesses.

These past two years of the pandemic, everyone witnessed the valuable contribution of medical frontliners in their response to the contagious and deadly COVID–19.

Some of them lost their lives working to help cure patients and prevent them from catching deadlier diseases,

“We recognize your love and your effort to the sick. Dito natin makikita sa puso ng bawat tao na nandoon pa rin yoong itinatak ng Panginoong Diyos na mangalaga sa kapwa,” according to Fr. Cancino.

Fr. Cancino prays that there would be more caretakers with a good heart to serve as inspiration to everyone in helping cure those who are sick.

The CBCP-ECHC shall disseminate, promote and defend the teaching of the Church on the subject of health care that includes in a special way, attention to and concern for the handicapped, the sick, the aged and the dying. It also helps in fomenting the awareness and observance of Church doctrine on health care and animates and assists Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, Lay Organizations, health care workers and similar entities, in collaboration with other Commissions in the Conference. It also acts as liaison with the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Fr. Dan Cancino from Radio Veritas)

 

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COVID-19

Merciful and compassionate Father,
we confess our sins
and we humbly come to you
to find forgiveness and life.

We come to you in our need
to seek your protection
against the COVID-19 virus
that has disturbed and claimed many lives.

We ask you now to look upon us with love
and by your healing hand,
dispel the fear of sickness and death,
restore our hope, and strengthen our faith.

We pray that you guide the people
tasked to find cures for this disease
and to stem its transmission.

Bless our efforts
to use the medicines developed
to end the pandemic in our country.

We pray for our health workers
that they may minister to the sick
with competence and compassion.

Grant them health in mind and body,
strength in their commitment,
protection from the disease.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Give us the grace in these trying times
to work for the good of all
and to help those in need.

May our concern and compassion for each other
see us through this crisis
and lead us to conversion and holiness.

Grant all these
through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

We fly to Your protection,
oh Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers,
oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
San Roque, pray for us.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

TAGALOG

Mahabagin at maawaing Ama, inaamin namin ang aming mga kasalanan
at mapagpakumbabang dumudulog sa iyo upang makatagpo ng pagpapatawad at buhay.

Nagsusumamo kami sa iyo sa upang hilingin ang iyong patnubay
laban sa CoVid 19 na nagpapahirap sa marami at kumitil na ng mga buhay.

Tunghayan mo kami nang may pagmamahal.
at ipagadya kami ng inyong mapaghilom na kamay mula sa takot sa kamatayan at karamdaman.
Itaguyod mo kami sa pag-asa at patatagin sa pananampalataya.

Gabayan mo ang mga dalubhasang naatasan
na tumuklas ng mga lunas at paraan upang ihinto ang paglaganap nito.

Pagpalain mo ang aming mga pagsisikap
na mawakasan ng mga nalinang na gamot ang pandemya sa aming bayan.

Patnubayan mo ang mga lumilingap sa maysakit
upang ang kanilang pagkalinga ay malakipan ng husay at malasakit.
Pagkalooban mo sila ng kalusugan sa isip at katawan,
katatagan sa kanilang paninindigang maglingkod
at ipagsanggalang sa karamdaman.

Itinataas namin ang mga nagdurusa.
Makamtam nawa nila ang mabuting kalusugan.
Lingapin mo rin ang mga kumakalinga sa kanila.
Pagkamitin mo ng kapayapaang walang hanggan ang mga pumanaw na.

Pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya na magtulong tulong tungo sa ikabubuti ng lahat.
Pukawin sa amin ang pagmamalasakit sa mga nangangailangan.
Sa pagdamay at malasakit namin sa bawa’t isa,
malampasan nawa namin ang krisis na ito
at lumago sa kabanalan at pagbabalik loob sa iyo.

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristo
na nabubuhay at naghaharing kasama mo at ng Espiritu Santo,
Diyos, magpasawalang hangan. Amen.

Dumudulog kami sa iyong patnubay, Mahal na Ina ng Diyos.
Pakinggan mo ang aming mga kahilingan sa aming pangangailangan
at ipagadya mo kami sa lahat ng kasamaan,
maluwalhati at pinagpalang Birhen. Amen.

Mahal na Birhen, mapagpagaling sa maysakit, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Rafael Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Roque, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

\

 

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Circular No. 2022 – 03
5 January 2022

TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace of the Lord!

As the COVID-19 cases escalate due to the Omicron variant, I would like to reiterate the following points which were agreed upon during the 5 January 2022 Presbyteral Council meeting to protect God’s people entrusted to our pastoral care.

  1. Sacraments and other religious activities are essential for the faithful, and, taking into consideration health protocols, they must not be deprived of their spiritual nourishment during these difficult times of fear and despair. We encourage you to continue and strengthen your on-line Masses.
  2. We entrust the implementation of lockdown of Churches to the pastoral prudence and discernment of parish priests, ad casum (case-to-case basis), in consultation with the parish pastoral council, Local Government Units, health authorities and other concerned government agencies.
  3. We encourage our parishes to continue taking care of the poor in our communities through our feeding programs and community pantries/kindness stations.
  4. We would like to reiterate #10 of the COVID-19 Guide prepared by the Ministry on Health Care, issued in October 2020, on implementing lockdown of parish offices which can also be used in considering the implementation of church lockdown:

GUIDANCE ON KEEPING PARISH OFFICES OPEN & IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN

In instances where uncontrolled COVID-19 transmission may be occurring in a Parish Office or RCAM unit, it may be necessary to close the office for several days (lockdown) and stop work. However, lockdown of a parish office can be prevented if minimum health standards are maintained. Locking down a parish office is an extreme intervention and should be considered carefully.

  1. What health and safety measures should be enforced in every parish office and RCAM office?
    a. Practice proper personal hygiene: frequent hand-washing, wearing of masks, wearing of face shields, respiratory etiquette, no spitting.
    b. Regular disinfection of furniture, office spaces, equipment.
    c. Enforce physical distancing among staff members and among staff and visitors
    d. Restrict mass gatherings.
    e. Limit in-person transactions as much as possible; promote on-line transactions.
    f. Re-engineer office lay-out to provide 2-meter distance or more distance between workers.
    g. Re-engineer office so transactions with public can be done across glass partitions/windows.
    h. Stagger work hours and meal times to reduce in-person interaction.
    i. Ensure proper ventilation of in-door spaces by opening windows and doors that lead to open spaces.
    j. Take temperatures of all staff daily, whether they live in office dormitories or commute to work daily.
    k. Staff to
    – complete Daily Self-Health Check (cf. Annex E) BEFORE going to work;
    – stay home and isolate oneself when symptoms of COVID-19 infection appear, though minor it may be.
    – inform the office so that proper measures can be undertaken.
  2. When should temporary closure of a parish office (lockdown) be undertaken as a result of COVID-19 infection?
    a. When a confirmed case has led to exposure by close contact of EVERYONE in the office, temporary closure of the parish office may be undertaken. In other words, everyone in the office is considered a case or a close contact and has to either

1) go into isolation because s/he is symptomatic or
2) go into quarantine because s/he is a close contact. Because of this situation, there is no one who can work in the parish office.

Let us be extra careful during this time. Let us unite ourselves in prayer.

I assure you of my blessing and pastoral solicitude.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

(Signed)
+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
 Archbishop of Manila

 

 

On Implementing Lockdown of Churches

Circular No. 2022 – 03 5 January 2022 TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers: Greetings of peace …

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COVID-19

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) appeals for prayers to the safety of everyone this pandemic as the Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the start of the year.

In his prayer, Fr. Nolan Que, CEAP National Capital Region Trustee, entrusted to God the faithful that they may overcome the challenges during this difficult time and receive consolation from their many worries.

“Calm the storm that is in us. Take away all our fears which makes us cruel to ourselves and to others. Grant peace and calm to our troubled hearts,” he said.

Fr. Que also included in his prayers the school personnel, teachers and students, administrators that those who have been infected by the virus to have a speedy recovery as well as continue to take extra precautions from Covid-19.

“Grant healing to our students, parents, and personnel who are not feeling well and might have been infected by COVID-19. Protect them from further danger and harm. Grant them strength in mind and body,” he added.

As the Alert Level 3 status on National Capital Region started on January 3, the Department of Health postponed the supposedly resume of the face-to-face classes as the threat of the Omicron variant continues to elevate in cities.

In an earlier statement, Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) Chairman, expressed his concern for those in the education sector, administration, teachers and students alike, that they may also be remembered as a priority as they are also in the in frontline in facing the pandemic. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God.

This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, in commemoration of the National Heroes Day in the country.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Mr. Cruz said that commemorating the greatness of heroes was also a call to everyone to be heroes not only for others but for the Lord. He explained that small things like being honest, benevolent, and loving can be shown to be a hero.

“Sa paggunita sa mga bayani natin ang isang pinakamahalagang maintindihan natin ay tayong lahat ay tinatawag na maging mga bayani. Kung gusto nating ipagdiwang ito, maging bayani tayo sa mata ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay, sa pamamagitan ng katapatan, sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal,” said Mr. Cruz.

As part of the Catholic faith and community, ordinary people who witnessed their faith in extraordinary ways are considered heroes, such as martyrs and saints.

Under the social teachings of the Church, the characteristics of a martyr or saint are not far from a hero who promoted true justice for his people.

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated annually by Filipinos to honor and remember all the heroes of the revolution who helped to establish the foundation for the country’s independence. Its commemoration is to be held every last Monday of August each year.

In our present times, the country also honors all healthcare workers, medical frontliners and all those people for their life-saving role in the fight against the surge of COVID-19. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health Care executive secretary Fr. Dan Cancino, has pointed out how health care workers made a huge contribution in taking care of the sick to help them get cured during this time of the pandemic.

According to him these healthcare workers are instruments of the Lord for the patients to fill them with the light of hope.

“Sa panahon ngayon, ang ating pangangalaga sa maysakit ay nagluluningning na. Sa mga nag-aalaga sa maysakit, sa ating mga carers, caregivers, manggagawa sa kalusugan – sa ospital at sa komunidad, maraming salamat sa malasakit at paghahatid ng liwanag ng ating Panginoon lalong lalo na sa mga dumaranas ng karamdaman,” Fr. Cancino told Radio Veritas.

Fr. Cancino acknowledges the sacrifice of healthcare workers and caregivers who offered their time to serve and help cure sick patients from their illnesses.

These past two years of the pandemic, everyone witnessed the valuable contribution of medical frontliners in their response to the contagious and deadly COVID–19.

Some of them lost their lives working to help cure patients and prevent them from catching deadlier diseases,

“We recognize your love and your effort to the sick. Dito natin makikita sa puso ng bawat tao na nandoon pa rin yoong itinatak ng Panginoong Diyos na mangalaga sa kapwa,” according to Fr. Cancino.

Fr. Cancino prays that there would be more caretakers with a good heart to serve as inspiration to everyone in helping cure those who are sick.

The CBCP-ECHC shall disseminate, promote and defend the teaching of the Church on the subject of health care that includes in a special way, attention to and concern for the handicapped, the sick, the aged and the dying. It also helps in fomenting the awareness and observance of Church doctrine on health care and animates and assists Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, Lay Organizations, health care workers and similar entities, in collaboration with other Commissions in the Conference. It also acts as liaison with the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Fr. Dan Cancino from Radio Veritas)

 

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COVID-19

Merciful and compassionate Father,
we confess our sins
and we humbly come to you
to find forgiveness and life.

We come to you in our need
to seek your protection
against the COVID-19 virus
that has disturbed and claimed many lives.

We ask you now to look upon us with love
and by your healing hand,
dispel the fear of sickness and death,
restore our hope, and strengthen our faith.

We pray that you guide the people
tasked to find cures for this disease
and to stem its transmission.

Bless our efforts
to use the medicines developed
to end the pandemic in our country.

We pray for our health workers
that they may minister to the sick
with competence and compassion.

Grant them health in mind and body,
strength in their commitment,
protection from the disease.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Give us the grace in these trying times
to work for the good of all
and to help those in need.

May our concern and compassion for each other
see us through this crisis
and lead us to conversion and holiness.

Grant all these
through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

We fly to Your protection,
oh Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers,
oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
San Roque, pray for us.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

TAGALOG

Mahabagin at maawaing Ama, inaamin namin ang aming mga kasalanan
at mapagpakumbabang dumudulog sa iyo upang makatagpo ng pagpapatawad at buhay.

Nagsusumamo kami sa iyo sa upang hilingin ang iyong patnubay
laban sa CoVid 19 na nagpapahirap sa marami at kumitil na ng mga buhay.

Tunghayan mo kami nang may pagmamahal.
at ipagadya kami ng inyong mapaghilom na kamay mula sa takot sa kamatayan at karamdaman.
Itaguyod mo kami sa pag-asa at patatagin sa pananampalataya.

Gabayan mo ang mga dalubhasang naatasan
na tumuklas ng mga lunas at paraan upang ihinto ang paglaganap nito.

Pagpalain mo ang aming mga pagsisikap
na mawakasan ng mga nalinang na gamot ang pandemya sa aming bayan.

Patnubayan mo ang mga lumilingap sa maysakit
upang ang kanilang pagkalinga ay malakipan ng husay at malasakit.
Pagkalooban mo sila ng kalusugan sa isip at katawan,
katatagan sa kanilang paninindigang maglingkod
at ipagsanggalang sa karamdaman.

Itinataas namin ang mga nagdurusa.
Makamtam nawa nila ang mabuting kalusugan.
Lingapin mo rin ang mga kumakalinga sa kanila.
Pagkamitin mo ng kapayapaang walang hanggan ang mga pumanaw na.

Pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya na magtulong tulong tungo sa ikabubuti ng lahat.
Pukawin sa amin ang pagmamalasakit sa mga nangangailangan.
Sa pagdamay at malasakit namin sa bawa’t isa,
malampasan nawa namin ang krisis na ito
at lumago sa kabanalan at pagbabalik loob sa iyo.

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristo
na nabubuhay at naghaharing kasama mo at ng Espiritu Santo,
Diyos, magpasawalang hangan. Amen.

Dumudulog kami sa iyong patnubay, Mahal na Ina ng Diyos.
Pakinggan mo ang aming mga kahilingan sa aming pangangailangan
at ipagadya mo kami sa lahat ng kasamaan,
maluwalhati at pinagpalang Birhen. Amen.

Mahal na Birhen, mapagpagaling sa maysakit, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Rafael Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Roque, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

\

 

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Circular No. 2022 – 03
5 January 2022

TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace of the Lord!

As the COVID-19 cases escalate due to the Omicron variant, I would like to reiterate the following points which were agreed upon during the 5 January 2022 Presbyteral Council meeting to protect God’s people entrusted to our pastoral care.

  1. Sacraments and other religious activities are essential for the faithful, and, taking into consideration health protocols, they must not be deprived of their spiritual nourishment during these difficult times of fear and despair. We encourage you to continue and strengthen your on-line Masses.
  2. We entrust the implementation of lockdown of Churches to the pastoral prudence and discernment of parish priests, ad casum (case-to-case basis), in consultation with the parish pastoral council, Local Government Units, health authorities and other concerned government agencies.
  3. We encourage our parishes to continue taking care of the poor in our communities through our feeding programs and community pantries/kindness stations.
  4. We would like to reiterate #10 of the COVID-19 Guide prepared by the Ministry on Health Care, issued in October 2020, on implementing lockdown of parish offices which can also be used in considering the implementation of church lockdown:

GUIDANCE ON KEEPING PARISH OFFICES OPEN & IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN

In instances where uncontrolled COVID-19 transmission may be occurring in a Parish Office or RCAM unit, it may be necessary to close the office for several days (lockdown) and stop work. However, lockdown of a parish office can be prevented if minimum health standards are maintained. Locking down a parish office is an extreme intervention and should be considered carefully.

  1. What health and safety measures should be enforced in every parish office and RCAM office?
    a. Practice proper personal hygiene: frequent hand-washing, wearing of masks, wearing of face shields, respiratory etiquette, no spitting.
    b. Regular disinfection of furniture, office spaces, equipment.
    c. Enforce physical distancing among staff members and among staff and visitors
    d. Restrict mass gatherings.
    e. Limit in-person transactions as much as possible; promote on-line transactions.
    f. Re-engineer office lay-out to provide 2-meter distance or more distance between workers.
    g. Re-engineer office so transactions with public can be done across glass partitions/windows.
    h. Stagger work hours and meal times to reduce in-person interaction.
    i. Ensure proper ventilation of in-door spaces by opening windows and doors that lead to open spaces.
    j. Take temperatures of all staff daily, whether they live in office dormitories or commute to work daily.
    k. Staff to
    – complete Daily Self-Health Check (cf. Annex E) BEFORE going to work;
    – stay home and isolate oneself when symptoms of COVID-19 infection appear, though minor it may be.
    – inform the office so that proper measures can be undertaken.
  2. When should temporary closure of a parish office (lockdown) be undertaken as a result of COVID-19 infection?
    a. When a confirmed case has led to exposure by close contact of EVERYONE in the office, temporary closure of the parish office may be undertaken. In other words, everyone in the office is considered a case or a close contact and has to either

1) go into isolation because s/he is symptomatic or
2) go into quarantine because s/he is a close contact. Because of this situation, there is no one who can work in the parish office.

Let us be extra careful during this time. Let us unite ourselves in prayer.

I assure you of my blessing and pastoral solicitude.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

(Signed)
+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
 Archbishop of Manila

 

 

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The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) appeals for prayers to the safety of everyone this pandemic as the Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the start of the year.

In his prayer, Fr. Nolan Que, CEAP National Capital Region Trustee, entrusted to God the faithful that they may overcome the challenges during this difficult time and receive consolation from their many worries.

“Calm the storm that is in us. Take away all our fears which makes us cruel to ourselves and to others. Grant peace and calm to our troubled hearts,” he said.

Fr. Que also included in his prayers the school personnel, teachers and students, administrators that those who have been infected by the virus to have a speedy recovery as well as continue to take extra precautions from Covid-19.

“Grant healing to our students, parents, and personnel who are not feeling well and might have been infected by COVID-19. Protect them from further danger and harm. Grant them strength in mind and body,” he added.

As the Alert Level 3 status on National Capital Region started on January 3, the Department of Health postponed the supposedly resume of the face-to-face classes as the threat of the Omicron variant continues to elevate in cities.

In an earlier statement, Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) Chairman, expressed his concern for those in the education sector, administration, teachers and students alike, that they may also be remembered as a priority as they are also in the in frontline in facing the pandemic. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God.

This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, in commemoration of the National Heroes Day in the country.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Mr. Cruz said that commemorating the greatness of heroes was also a call to everyone to be heroes not only for others but for the Lord. He explained that small things like being honest, benevolent, and loving can be shown to be a hero.

“Sa paggunita sa mga bayani natin ang isang pinakamahalagang maintindihan natin ay tayong lahat ay tinatawag na maging mga bayani. Kung gusto nating ipagdiwang ito, maging bayani tayo sa mata ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay, sa pamamagitan ng katapatan, sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal,” said Mr. Cruz.

As part of the Catholic faith and community, ordinary people who witnessed their faith in extraordinary ways are considered heroes, such as martyrs and saints.

Under the social teachings of the Church, the characteristics of a martyr or saint are not far from a hero who promoted true justice for his people.

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated annually by Filipinos to honor and remember all the heroes of the revolution who helped to establish the foundation for the country’s independence. Its commemoration is to be held every last Monday of August each year.

In our present times, the country also honors all healthcare workers, medical frontliners and all those people for their life-saving role in the fight against the surge of COVID-19. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health Care executive secretary Fr. Dan Cancino, has pointed out how health care workers made a huge contribution in taking care of the sick to help them get cured during this time of the pandemic.

According to him these healthcare workers are instruments of the Lord for the patients to fill them with the light of hope.

“Sa panahon ngayon, ang ating pangangalaga sa maysakit ay nagluluningning na. Sa mga nag-aalaga sa maysakit, sa ating mga carers, caregivers, manggagawa sa kalusugan – sa ospital at sa komunidad, maraming salamat sa malasakit at paghahatid ng liwanag ng ating Panginoon lalong lalo na sa mga dumaranas ng karamdaman,” Fr. Cancino told Radio Veritas.

Fr. Cancino acknowledges the sacrifice of healthcare workers and caregivers who offered their time to serve and help cure sick patients from their illnesses.

These past two years of the pandemic, everyone witnessed the valuable contribution of medical frontliners in their response to the contagious and deadly COVID–19.

Some of them lost their lives working to help cure patients and prevent them from catching deadlier diseases,

“We recognize your love and your effort to the sick. Dito natin makikita sa puso ng bawat tao na nandoon pa rin yoong itinatak ng Panginoong Diyos na mangalaga sa kapwa,” according to Fr. Cancino.

Fr. Cancino prays that there would be more caretakers with a good heart to serve as inspiration to everyone in helping cure those who are sick.

The CBCP-ECHC shall disseminate, promote and defend the teaching of the Church on the subject of health care that includes in a special way, attention to and concern for the handicapped, the sick, the aged and the dying. It also helps in fomenting the awareness and observance of Church doctrine on health care and animates and assists Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, Lay Organizations, health care workers and similar entities, in collaboration with other Commissions in the Conference. It also acts as liaison with the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Fr. Dan Cancino from Radio Veritas)

 

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COVID-19

Merciful and compassionate Father,
we confess our sins
and we humbly come to you
to find forgiveness and life.

We come to you in our need
to seek your protection
against the COVID-19 virus
that has disturbed and claimed many lives.

We ask you now to look upon us with love
and by your healing hand,
dispel the fear of sickness and death,
restore our hope, and strengthen our faith.

We pray that you guide the people
tasked to find cures for this disease
and to stem its transmission.

Bless our efforts
to use the medicines developed
to end the pandemic in our country.

We pray for our health workers
that they may minister to the sick
with competence and compassion.

Grant them health in mind and body,
strength in their commitment,
protection from the disease.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Give us the grace in these trying times
to work for the good of all
and to help those in need.

May our concern and compassion for each other
see us through this crisis
and lead us to conversion and holiness.

Grant all these
through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

We fly to Your protection,
oh Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers,
oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
San Roque, pray for us.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

TAGALOG

Mahabagin at maawaing Ama, inaamin namin ang aming mga kasalanan
at mapagpakumbabang dumudulog sa iyo upang makatagpo ng pagpapatawad at buhay.

Nagsusumamo kami sa iyo sa upang hilingin ang iyong patnubay
laban sa CoVid 19 na nagpapahirap sa marami at kumitil na ng mga buhay.

Tunghayan mo kami nang may pagmamahal.
at ipagadya kami ng inyong mapaghilom na kamay mula sa takot sa kamatayan at karamdaman.
Itaguyod mo kami sa pag-asa at patatagin sa pananampalataya.

Gabayan mo ang mga dalubhasang naatasan
na tumuklas ng mga lunas at paraan upang ihinto ang paglaganap nito.

Pagpalain mo ang aming mga pagsisikap
na mawakasan ng mga nalinang na gamot ang pandemya sa aming bayan.

Patnubayan mo ang mga lumilingap sa maysakit
upang ang kanilang pagkalinga ay malakipan ng husay at malasakit.
Pagkalooban mo sila ng kalusugan sa isip at katawan,
katatagan sa kanilang paninindigang maglingkod
at ipagsanggalang sa karamdaman.

Itinataas namin ang mga nagdurusa.
Makamtam nawa nila ang mabuting kalusugan.
Lingapin mo rin ang mga kumakalinga sa kanila.
Pagkamitin mo ng kapayapaang walang hanggan ang mga pumanaw na.

Pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya na magtulong tulong tungo sa ikabubuti ng lahat.
Pukawin sa amin ang pagmamalasakit sa mga nangangailangan.
Sa pagdamay at malasakit namin sa bawa’t isa,
malampasan nawa namin ang krisis na ito
at lumago sa kabanalan at pagbabalik loob sa iyo.

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristo
na nabubuhay at naghaharing kasama mo at ng Espiritu Santo,
Diyos, magpasawalang hangan. Amen.

Dumudulog kami sa iyong patnubay, Mahal na Ina ng Diyos.
Pakinggan mo ang aming mga kahilingan sa aming pangangailangan
at ipagadya mo kami sa lahat ng kasamaan,
maluwalhati at pinagpalang Birhen. Amen.

Mahal na Birhen, mapagpagaling sa maysakit, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Rafael Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Roque, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

\

 

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Circular No. 2022 – 03
5 January 2022

TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace of the Lord!

As the COVID-19 cases escalate due to the Omicron variant, I would like to reiterate the following points which were agreed upon during the 5 January 2022 Presbyteral Council meeting to protect God’s people entrusted to our pastoral care.

  1. Sacraments and other religious activities are essential for the faithful, and, taking into consideration health protocols, they must not be deprived of their spiritual nourishment during these difficult times of fear and despair. We encourage you to continue and strengthen your on-line Masses.
  2. We entrust the implementation of lockdown of Churches to the pastoral prudence and discernment of parish priests, ad casum (case-to-case basis), in consultation with the parish pastoral council, Local Government Units, health authorities and other concerned government agencies.
  3. We encourage our parishes to continue taking care of the poor in our communities through our feeding programs and community pantries/kindness stations.
  4. We would like to reiterate #10 of the COVID-19 Guide prepared by the Ministry on Health Care, issued in October 2020, on implementing lockdown of parish offices which can also be used in considering the implementation of church lockdown:

GUIDANCE ON KEEPING PARISH OFFICES OPEN & IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN

In instances where uncontrolled COVID-19 transmission may be occurring in a Parish Office or RCAM unit, it may be necessary to close the office for several days (lockdown) and stop work. However, lockdown of a parish office can be prevented if minimum health standards are maintained. Locking down a parish office is an extreme intervention and should be considered carefully.

  1. What health and safety measures should be enforced in every parish office and RCAM office?
    a. Practice proper personal hygiene: frequent hand-washing, wearing of masks, wearing of face shields, respiratory etiquette, no spitting.
    b. Regular disinfection of furniture, office spaces, equipment.
    c. Enforce physical distancing among staff members and among staff and visitors
    d. Restrict mass gatherings.
    e. Limit in-person transactions as much as possible; promote on-line transactions.
    f. Re-engineer office lay-out to provide 2-meter distance or more distance between workers.
    g. Re-engineer office so transactions with public can be done across glass partitions/windows.
    h. Stagger work hours and meal times to reduce in-person interaction.
    i. Ensure proper ventilation of in-door spaces by opening windows and doors that lead to open spaces.
    j. Take temperatures of all staff daily, whether they live in office dormitories or commute to work daily.
    k. Staff to
    – complete Daily Self-Health Check (cf. Annex E) BEFORE going to work;
    – stay home and isolate oneself when symptoms of COVID-19 infection appear, though minor it may be.
    – inform the office so that proper measures can be undertaken.
  2. When should temporary closure of a parish office (lockdown) be undertaken as a result of COVID-19 infection?
    a. When a confirmed case has led to exposure by close contact of EVERYONE in the office, temporary closure of the parish office may be undertaken. In other words, everyone in the office is considered a case or a close contact and has to either

1) go into isolation because s/he is symptomatic or
2) go into quarantine because s/he is a close contact. Because of this situation, there is no one who can work in the parish office.

Let us be extra careful during this time. Let us unite ourselves in prayer.

I assure you of my blessing and pastoral solicitude.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

(Signed)
+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
 Archbishop of Manila

 

 

On Implementing Lockdown of Churches

Circular No. 2022 – 03 5 January 2022 TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers: Greetings of peace …

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COVID-19

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) appeals for prayers to the safety of everyone this pandemic as the Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the start of the year.

In his prayer, Fr. Nolan Que, CEAP National Capital Region Trustee, entrusted to God the faithful that they may overcome the challenges during this difficult time and receive consolation from their many worries.

“Calm the storm that is in us. Take away all our fears which makes us cruel to ourselves and to others. Grant peace and calm to our troubled hearts,” he said.

Fr. Que also included in his prayers the school personnel, teachers and students, administrators that those who have been infected by the virus to have a speedy recovery as well as continue to take extra precautions from Covid-19.

“Grant healing to our students, parents, and personnel who are not feeling well and might have been infected by COVID-19. Protect them from further danger and harm. Grant them strength in mind and body,” he added.

As the Alert Level 3 status on National Capital Region started on January 3, the Department of Health postponed the supposedly resume of the face-to-face classes as the threat of the Omicron variant continues to elevate in cities.

In an earlier statement, Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) Chairman, expressed his concern for those in the education sector, administration, teachers and students alike, that they may also be remembered as a priority as they are also in the in frontline in facing the pandemic. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God.

This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, in commemoration of the National Heroes Day in the country.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Mr. Cruz said that commemorating the greatness of heroes was also a call to everyone to be heroes not only for others but for the Lord. He explained that small things like being honest, benevolent, and loving can be shown to be a hero.

“Sa paggunita sa mga bayani natin ang isang pinakamahalagang maintindihan natin ay tayong lahat ay tinatawag na maging mga bayani. Kung gusto nating ipagdiwang ito, maging bayani tayo sa mata ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay, sa pamamagitan ng katapatan, sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal,” said Mr. Cruz.

As part of the Catholic faith and community, ordinary people who witnessed their faith in extraordinary ways are considered heroes, such as martyrs and saints.

Under the social teachings of the Church, the characteristics of a martyr or saint are not far from a hero who promoted true justice for his people.

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated annually by Filipinos to honor and remember all the heroes of the revolution who helped to establish the foundation for the country’s independence. Its commemoration is to be held every last Monday of August each year.

In our present times, the country also honors all healthcare workers, medical frontliners and all those people for their life-saving role in the fight against the surge of COVID-19. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health Care executive secretary Fr. Dan Cancino, has pointed out how health care workers made a huge contribution in taking care of the sick to help them get cured during this time of the pandemic.

According to him these healthcare workers are instruments of the Lord for the patients to fill them with the light of hope.

“Sa panahon ngayon, ang ating pangangalaga sa maysakit ay nagluluningning na. Sa mga nag-aalaga sa maysakit, sa ating mga carers, caregivers, manggagawa sa kalusugan – sa ospital at sa komunidad, maraming salamat sa malasakit at paghahatid ng liwanag ng ating Panginoon lalong lalo na sa mga dumaranas ng karamdaman,” Fr. Cancino told Radio Veritas.

Fr. Cancino acknowledges the sacrifice of healthcare workers and caregivers who offered their time to serve and help cure sick patients from their illnesses.

These past two years of the pandemic, everyone witnessed the valuable contribution of medical frontliners in their response to the contagious and deadly COVID–19.

Some of them lost their lives working to help cure patients and prevent them from catching deadlier diseases,

“We recognize your love and your effort to the sick. Dito natin makikita sa puso ng bawat tao na nandoon pa rin yoong itinatak ng Panginoong Diyos na mangalaga sa kapwa,” according to Fr. Cancino.

Fr. Cancino prays that there would be more caretakers with a good heart to serve as inspiration to everyone in helping cure those who are sick.

The CBCP-ECHC shall disseminate, promote and defend the teaching of the Church on the subject of health care that includes in a special way, attention to and concern for the handicapped, the sick, the aged and the dying. It also helps in fomenting the awareness and observance of Church doctrine on health care and animates and assists Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, Lay Organizations, health care workers and similar entities, in collaboration with other Commissions in the Conference. It also acts as liaison with the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Fr. Dan Cancino from Radio Veritas)

 

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COVID-19

Merciful and compassionate Father,
we confess our sins
and we humbly come to you
to find forgiveness and life.

We come to you in our need
to seek your protection
against the COVID-19 virus
that has disturbed and claimed many lives.

We ask you now to look upon us with love
and by your healing hand,
dispel the fear of sickness and death,
restore our hope, and strengthen our faith.

We pray that you guide the people
tasked to find cures for this disease
and to stem its transmission.

Bless our efforts
to use the medicines developed
to end the pandemic in our country.

We pray for our health workers
that they may minister to the sick
with competence and compassion.

Grant them health in mind and body,
strength in their commitment,
protection from the disease.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Give us the grace in these trying times
to work for the good of all
and to help those in need.

May our concern and compassion for each other
see us through this crisis
and lead us to conversion and holiness.

Grant all these
through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

We fly to Your protection,
oh Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers,
oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
San Roque, pray for us.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

TAGALOG

Mahabagin at maawaing Ama, inaamin namin ang aming mga kasalanan
at mapagpakumbabang dumudulog sa iyo upang makatagpo ng pagpapatawad at buhay.

Nagsusumamo kami sa iyo sa upang hilingin ang iyong patnubay
laban sa CoVid 19 na nagpapahirap sa marami at kumitil na ng mga buhay.

Tunghayan mo kami nang may pagmamahal.
at ipagadya kami ng inyong mapaghilom na kamay mula sa takot sa kamatayan at karamdaman.
Itaguyod mo kami sa pag-asa at patatagin sa pananampalataya.

Gabayan mo ang mga dalubhasang naatasan
na tumuklas ng mga lunas at paraan upang ihinto ang paglaganap nito.

Pagpalain mo ang aming mga pagsisikap
na mawakasan ng mga nalinang na gamot ang pandemya sa aming bayan.

Patnubayan mo ang mga lumilingap sa maysakit
upang ang kanilang pagkalinga ay malakipan ng husay at malasakit.
Pagkalooban mo sila ng kalusugan sa isip at katawan,
katatagan sa kanilang paninindigang maglingkod
at ipagsanggalang sa karamdaman.

Itinataas namin ang mga nagdurusa.
Makamtam nawa nila ang mabuting kalusugan.
Lingapin mo rin ang mga kumakalinga sa kanila.
Pagkamitin mo ng kapayapaang walang hanggan ang mga pumanaw na.

Pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya na magtulong tulong tungo sa ikabubuti ng lahat.
Pukawin sa amin ang pagmamalasakit sa mga nangangailangan.
Sa pagdamay at malasakit namin sa bawa’t isa,
malampasan nawa namin ang krisis na ito
at lumago sa kabanalan at pagbabalik loob sa iyo.

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristo
na nabubuhay at naghaharing kasama mo at ng Espiritu Santo,
Diyos, magpasawalang hangan. Amen.

Dumudulog kami sa iyong patnubay, Mahal na Ina ng Diyos.
Pakinggan mo ang aming mga kahilingan sa aming pangangailangan
at ipagadya mo kami sa lahat ng kasamaan,
maluwalhati at pinagpalang Birhen. Amen.

Mahal na Birhen, mapagpagaling sa maysakit, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Rafael Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Roque, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

\

 

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Circular No. 2022 – 03
5 January 2022

TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace of the Lord!

As the COVID-19 cases escalate due to the Omicron variant, I would like to reiterate the following points which were agreed upon during the 5 January 2022 Presbyteral Council meeting to protect God’s people entrusted to our pastoral care.

  1. Sacraments and other religious activities are essential for the faithful, and, taking into consideration health protocols, they must not be deprived of their spiritual nourishment during these difficult times of fear and despair. We encourage you to continue and strengthen your on-line Masses.
  2. We entrust the implementation of lockdown of Churches to the pastoral prudence and discernment of parish priests, ad casum (case-to-case basis), in consultation with the parish pastoral council, Local Government Units, health authorities and other concerned government agencies.
  3. We encourage our parishes to continue taking care of the poor in our communities through our feeding programs and community pantries/kindness stations.
  4. We would like to reiterate #10 of the COVID-19 Guide prepared by the Ministry on Health Care, issued in October 2020, on implementing lockdown of parish offices which can also be used in considering the implementation of church lockdown:

GUIDANCE ON KEEPING PARISH OFFICES OPEN & IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN

In instances where uncontrolled COVID-19 transmission may be occurring in a Parish Office or RCAM unit, it may be necessary to close the office for several days (lockdown) and stop work. However, lockdown of a parish office can be prevented if minimum health standards are maintained. Locking down a parish office is an extreme intervention and should be considered carefully.

  1. What health and safety measures should be enforced in every parish office and RCAM office?
    a. Practice proper personal hygiene: frequent hand-washing, wearing of masks, wearing of face shields, respiratory etiquette, no spitting.
    b. Regular disinfection of furniture, office spaces, equipment.
    c. Enforce physical distancing among staff members and among staff and visitors
    d. Restrict mass gatherings.
    e. Limit in-person transactions as much as possible; promote on-line transactions.
    f. Re-engineer office lay-out to provide 2-meter distance or more distance between workers.
    g. Re-engineer office so transactions with public can be done across glass partitions/windows.
    h. Stagger work hours and meal times to reduce in-person interaction.
    i. Ensure proper ventilation of in-door spaces by opening windows and doors that lead to open spaces.
    j. Take temperatures of all staff daily, whether they live in office dormitories or commute to work daily.
    k. Staff to
    – complete Daily Self-Health Check (cf. Annex E) BEFORE going to work;
    – stay home and isolate oneself when symptoms of COVID-19 infection appear, though minor it may be.
    – inform the office so that proper measures can be undertaken.
  2. When should temporary closure of a parish office (lockdown) be undertaken as a result of COVID-19 infection?
    a. When a confirmed case has led to exposure by close contact of EVERYONE in the office, temporary closure of the parish office may be undertaken. In other words, everyone in the office is considered a case or a close contact and has to either

1) go into isolation because s/he is symptomatic or
2) go into quarantine because s/he is a close contact. Because of this situation, there is no one who can work in the parish office.

Let us be extra careful during this time. Let us unite ourselves in prayer.

I assure you of my blessing and pastoral solicitude.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

(Signed)
+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
 Archbishop of Manila

 

 

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The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) appeals for prayers to the safety of everyone this pandemic as the Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the start of the year.

In his prayer, Fr. Nolan Que, CEAP National Capital Region Trustee, entrusted to God the faithful that they may overcome the challenges during this difficult time and receive consolation from their many worries.

“Calm the storm that is in us. Take away all our fears which makes us cruel to ourselves and to others. Grant peace and calm to our troubled hearts,” he said.

Fr. Que also included in his prayers the school personnel, teachers and students, administrators that those who have been infected by the virus to have a speedy recovery as well as continue to take extra precautions from Covid-19.

“Grant healing to our students, parents, and personnel who are not feeling well and might have been infected by COVID-19. Protect them from further danger and harm. Grant them strength in mind and body,” he added.

As the Alert Level 3 status on National Capital Region started on January 3, the Department of Health postponed the supposedly resume of the face-to-face classes as the threat of the Omicron variant continues to elevate in cities.

In an earlier statement, Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) Chairman, expressed his concern for those in the education sector, administration, teachers and students alike, that they may also be remembered as a priority as they are also in the in frontline in facing the pandemic. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God.

This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, in commemoration of the National Heroes Day in the country.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Mr. Cruz said that commemorating the greatness of heroes was also a call to everyone to be heroes not only for others but for the Lord. He explained that small things like being honest, benevolent, and loving can be shown to be a hero.

“Sa paggunita sa mga bayani natin ang isang pinakamahalagang maintindihan natin ay tayong lahat ay tinatawag na maging mga bayani. Kung gusto nating ipagdiwang ito, maging bayani tayo sa mata ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay, sa pamamagitan ng katapatan, sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal,” said Mr. Cruz.

As part of the Catholic faith and community, ordinary people who witnessed their faith in extraordinary ways are considered heroes, such as martyrs and saints.

Under the social teachings of the Church, the characteristics of a martyr or saint are not far from a hero who promoted true justice for his people.

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated annually by Filipinos to honor and remember all the heroes of the revolution who helped to establish the foundation for the country’s independence. Its commemoration is to be held every last Monday of August each year.

In our present times, the country also honors all healthcare workers, medical frontliners and all those people for their life-saving role in the fight against the surge of COVID-19. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health Care executive secretary Fr. Dan Cancino, has pointed out how health care workers made a huge contribution in taking care of the sick to help them get cured during this time of the pandemic.

According to him these healthcare workers are instruments of the Lord for the patients to fill them with the light of hope.

“Sa panahon ngayon, ang ating pangangalaga sa maysakit ay nagluluningning na. Sa mga nag-aalaga sa maysakit, sa ating mga carers, caregivers, manggagawa sa kalusugan – sa ospital at sa komunidad, maraming salamat sa malasakit at paghahatid ng liwanag ng ating Panginoon lalong lalo na sa mga dumaranas ng karamdaman,” Fr. Cancino told Radio Veritas.

Fr. Cancino acknowledges the sacrifice of healthcare workers and caregivers who offered their time to serve and help cure sick patients from their illnesses.

These past two years of the pandemic, everyone witnessed the valuable contribution of medical frontliners in their response to the contagious and deadly COVID–19.

Some of them lost their lives working to help cure patients and prevent them from catching deadlier diseases,

“We recognize your love and your effort to the sick. Dito natin makikita sa puso ng bawat tao na nandoon pa rin yoong itinatak ng Panginoong Diyos na mangalaga sa kapwa,” according to Fr. Cancino.

Fr. Cancino prays that there would be more caretakers with a good heart to serve as inspiration to everyone in helping cure those who are sick.

The CBCP-ECHC shall disseminate, promote and defend the teaching of the Church on the subject of health care that includes in a special way, attention to and concern for the handicapped, the sick, the aged and the dying. It also helps in fomenting the awareness and observance of Church doctrine on health care and animates and assists Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, Lay Organizations, health care workers and similar entities, in collaboration with other Commissions in the Conference. It also acts as liaison with the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Fr. Dan Cancino from Radio Veritas)

 

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COVID-19

Merciful and compassionate Father,
we confess our sins
and we humbly come to you
to find forgiveness and life.

We come to you in our need
to seek your protection
against the COVID-19 virus
that has disturbed and claimed many lives.

We ask you now to look upon us with love
and by your healing hand,
dispel the fear of sickness and death,
restore our hope, and strengthen our faith.

We pray that you guide the people
tasked to find cures for this disease
and to stem its transmission.

Bless our efforts
to use the medicines developed
to end the pandemic in our country.

We pray for our health workers
that they may minister to the sick
with competence and compassion.

Grant them health in mind and body,
strength in their commitment,
protection from the disease.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Give us the grace in these trying times
to work for the good of all
and to help those in need.

May our concern and compassion for each other
see us through this crisis
and lead us to conversion and holiness.

Grant all these
through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

We fly to Your protection,
oh Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers,
oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
San Roque, pray for us.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

TAGALOG

Mahabagin at maawaing Ama, inaamin namin ang aming mga kasalanan
at mapagpakumbabang dumudulog sa iyo upang makatagpo ng pagpapatawad at buhay.

Nagsusumamo kami sa iyo sa upang hilingin ang iyong patnubay
laban sa CoVid 19 na nagpapahirap sa marami at kumitil na ng mga buhay.

Tunghayan mo kami nang may pagmamahal.
at ipagadya kami ng inyong mapaghilom na kamay mula sa takot sa kamatayan at karamdaman.
Itaguyod mo kami sa pag-asa at patatagin sa pananampalataya.

Gabayan mo ang mga dalubhasang naatasan
na tumuklas ng mga lunas at paraan upang ihinto ang paglaganap nito.

Pagpalain mo ang aming mga pagsisikap
na mawakasan ng mga nalinang na gamot ang pandemya sa aming bayan.

Patnubayan mo ang mga lumilingap sa maysakit
upang ang kanilang pagkalinga ay malakipan ng husay at malasakit.
Pagkalooban mo sila ng kalusugan sa isip at katawan,
katatagan sa kanilang paninindigang maglingkod
at ipagsanggalang sa karamdaman.

Itinataas namin ang mga nagdurusa.
Makamtam nawa nila ang mabuting kalusugan.
Lingapin mo rin ang mga kumakalinga sa kanila.
Pagkamitin mo ng kapayapaang walang hanggan ang mga pumanaw na.

Pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya na magtulong tulong tungo sa ikabubuti ng lahat.
Pukawin sa amin ang pagmamalasakit sa mga nangangailangan.
Sa pagdamay at malasakit namin sa bawa’t isa,
malampasan nawa namin ang krisis na ito
at lumago sa kabanalan at pagbabalik loob sa iyo.

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristo
na nabubuhay at naghaharing kasama mo at ng Espiritu Santo,
Diyos, magpasawalang hangan. Amen.

Dumudulog kami sa iyong patnubay, Mahal na Ina ng Diyos.
Pakinggan mo ang aming mga kahilingan sa aming pangangailangan
at ipagadya mo kami sa lahat ng kasamaan,
maluwalhati at pinagpalang Birhen. Amen.

Mahal na Birhen, mapagpagaling sa maysakit, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Rafael Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Roque, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

\

 

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Circular No. 2022 – 03
5 January 2022

TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace of the Lord!

As the COVID-19 cases escalate due to the Omicron variant, I would like to reiterate the following points which were agreed upon during the 5 January 2022 Presbyteral Council meeting to protect God’s people entrusted to our pastoral care.

  1. Sacraments and other religious activities are essential for the faithful, and, taking into consideration health protocols, they must not be deprived of their spiritual nourishment during these difficult times of fear and despair. We encourage you to continue and strengthen your on-line Masses.
  2. We entrust the implementation of lockdown of Churches to the pastoral prudence and discernment of parish priests, ad casum (case-to-case basis), in consultation with the parish pastoral council, Local Government Units, health authorities and other concerned government agencies.
  3. We encourage our parishes to continue taking care of the poor in our communities through our feeding programs and community pantries/kindness stations.
  4. We would like to reiterate #10 of the COVID-19 Guide prepared by the Ministry on Health Care, issued in October 2020, on implementing lockdown of parish offices which can also be used in considering the implementation of church lockdown:

GUIDANCE ON KEEPING PARISH OFFICES OPEN & IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN

In instances where uncontrolled COVID-19 transmission may be occurring in a Parish Office or RCAM unit, it may be necessary to close the office for several days (lockdown) and stop work. However, lockdown of a parish office can be prevented if minimum health standards are maintained. Locking down a parish office is an extreme intervention and should be considered carefully.

  1. What health and safety measures should be enforced in every parish office and RCAM office?
    a. Practice proper personal hygiene: frequent hand-washing, wearing of masks, wearing of face shields, respiratory etiquette, no spitting.
    b. Regular disinfection of furniture, office spaces, equipment.
    c. Enforce physical distancing among staff members and among staff and visitors
    d. Restrict mass gatherings.
    e. Limit in-person transactions as much as possible; promote on-line transactions.
    f. Re-engineer office lay-out to provide 2-meter distance or more distance between workers.
    g. Re-engineer office so transactions with public can be done across glass partitions/windows.
    h. Stagger work hours and meal times to reduce in-person interaction.
    i. Ensure proper ventilation of in-door spaces by opening windows and doors that lead to open spaces.
    j. Take temperatures of all staff daily, whether they live in office dormitories or commute to work daily.
    k. Staff to
    – complete Daily Self-Health Check (cf. Annex E) BEFORE going to work;
    – stay home and isolate oneself when symptoms of COVID-19 infection appear, though minor it may be.
    – inform the office so that proper measures can be undertaken.
  2. When should temporary closure of a parish office (lockdown) be undertaken as a result of COVID-19 infection?
    a. When a confirmed case has led to exposure by close contact of EVERYONE in the office, temporary closure of the parish office may be undertaken. In other words, everyone in the office is considered a case or a close contact and has to either

1) go into isolation because s/he is symptomatic or
2) go into quarantine because s/he is a close contact. Because of this situation, there is no one who can work in the parish office.

Let us be extra careful during this time. Let us unite ourselves in prayer.

I assure you of my blessing and pastoral solicitude.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

(Signed)
+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
 Archbishop of Manila

 

 

On Implementing Lockdown of Churches

Circular No. 2022 – 03 5 January 2022 TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers: Greetings of peace …

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COVID-19

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) appeals for prayers to the safety of everyone this pandemic as the Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the start of the year.

In his prayer, Fr. Nolan Que, CEAP National Capital Region Trustee, entrusted to God the faithful that they may overcome the challenges during this difficult time and receive consolation from their many worries.

“Calm the storm that is in us. Take away all our fears which makes us cruel to ourselves and to others. Grant peace and calm to our troubled hearts,” he said.

Fr. Que also included in his prayers the school personnel, teachers and students, administrators that those who have been infected by the virus to have a speedy recovery as well as continue to take extra precautions from Covid-19.

“Grant healing to our students, parents, and personnel who are not feeling well and might have been infected by COVID-19. Protect them from further danger and harm. Grant them strength in mind and body,” he added.

As the Alert Level 3 status on National Capital Region started on January 3, the Department of Health postponed the supposedly resume of the face-to-face classes as the threat of the Omicron variant continues to elevate in cities.

In an earlier statement, Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) Chairman, expressed his concern for those in the education sector, administration, teachers and students alike, that they may also be remembered as a priority as they are also in the in frontline in facing the pandemic. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God.

This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, in commemoration of the National Heroes Day in the country.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Mr. Cruz said that commemorating the greatness of heroes was also a call to everyone to be heroes not only for others but for the Lord. He explained that small things like being honest, benevolent, and loving can be shown to be a hero.

“Sa paggunita sa mga bayani natin ang isang pinakamahalagang maintindihan natin ay tayong lahat ay tinatawag na maging mga bayani. Kung gusto nating ipagdiwang ito, maging bayani tayo sa mata ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay, sa pamamagitan ng katapatan, sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal,” said Mr. Cruz.

As part of the Catholic faith and community, ordinary people who witnessed their faith in extraordinary ways are considered heroes, such as martyrs and saints.

Under the social teachings of the Church, the characteristics of a martyr or saint are not far from a hero who promoted true justice for his people.

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated annually by Filipinos to honor and remember all the heroes of the revolution who helped to establish the foundation for the country’s independence. Its commemoration is to be held every last Monday of August each year.

In our present times, the country also honors all healthcare workers, medical frontliners and all those people for their life-saving role in the fight against the surge of COVID-19. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health Care executive secretary Fr. Dan Cancino, has pointed out how health care workers made a huge contribution in taking care of the sick to help them get cured during this time of the pandemic.

According to him these healthcare workers are instruments of the Lord for the patients to fill them with the light of hope.

“Sa panahon ngayon, ang ating pangangalaga sa maysakit ay nagluluningning na. Sa mga nag-aalaga sa maysakit, sa ating mga carers, caregivers, manggagawa sa kalusugan – sa ospital at sa komunidad, maraming salamat sa malasakit at paghahatid ng liwanag ng ating Panginoon lalong lalo na sa mga dumaranas ng karamdaman,” Fr. Cancino told Radio Veritas.

Fr. Cancino acknowledges the sacrifice of healthcare workers and caregivers who offered their time to serve and help cure sick patients from their illnesses.

These past two years of the pandemic, everyone witnessed the valuable contribution of medical frontliners in their response to the contagious and deadly COVID–19.

Some of them lost their lives working to help cure patients and prevent them from catching deadlier diseases,

“We recognize your love and your effort to the sick. Dito natin makikita sa puso ng bawat tao na nandoon pa rin yoong itinatak ng Panginoong Diyos na mangalaga sa kapwa,” according to Fr. Cancino.

Fr. Cancino prays that there would be more caretakers with a good heart to serve as inspiration to everyone in helping cure those who are sick.

The CBCP-ECHC shall disseminate, promote and defend the teaching of the Church on the subject of health care that includes in a special way, attention to and concern for the handicapped, the sick, the aged and the dying. It also helps in fomenting the awareness and observance of Church doctrine on health care and animates and assists Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, Lay Organizations, health care workers and similar entities, in collaboration with other Commissions in the Conference. It also acts as liaison with the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Fr. Dan Cancino from Radio Veritas)

 

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COVID-19

Merciful and compassionate Father,
we confess our sins
and we humbly come to you
to find forgiveness and life.

We come to you in our need
to seek your protection
against the COVID-19 virus
that has disturbed and claimed many lives.

We ask you now to look upon us with love
and by your healing hand,
dispel the fear of sickness and death,
restore our hope, and strengthen our faith.

We pray that you guide the people
tasked to find cures for this disease
and to stem its transmission.

Bless our efforts
to use the medicines developed
to end the pandemic in our country.

We pray for our health workers
that they may minister to the sick
with competence and compassion.

Grant them health in mind and body,
strength in their commitment,
protection from the disease.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Give us the grace in these trying times
to work for the good of all
and to help those in need.

May our concern and compassion for each other
see us through this crisis
and lead us to conversion and holiness.

Grant all these
through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

We fly to Your protection,
oh Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers,
oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
San Roque, pray for us.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

TAGALOG

Mahabagin at maawaing Ama, inaamin namin ang aming mga kasalanan
at mapagpakumbabang dumudulog sa iyo upang makatagpo ng pagpapatawad at buhay.

Nagsusumamo kami sa iyo sa upang hilingin ang iyong patnubay
laban sa CoVid 19 na nagpapahirap sa marami at kumitil na ng mga buhay.

Tunghayan mo kami nang may pagmamahal.
at ipagadya kami ng inyong mapaghilom na kamay mula sa takot sa kamatayan at karamdaman.
Itaguyod mo kami sa pag-asa at patatagin sa pananampalataya.

Gabayan mo ang mga dalubhasang naatasan
na tumuklas ng mga lunas at paraan upang ihinto ang paglaganap nito.

Pagpalain mo ang aming mga pagsisikap
na mawakasan ng mga nalinang na gamot ang pandemya sa aming bayan.

Patnubayan mo ang mga lumilingap sa maysakit
upang ang kanilang pagkalinga ay malakipan ng husay at malasakit.
Pagkalooban mo sila ng kalusugan sa isip at katawan,
katatagan sa kanilang paninindigang maglingkod
at ipagsanggalang sa karamdaman.

Itinataas namin ang mga nagdurusa.
Makamtam nawa nila ang mabuting kalusugan.
Lingapin mo rin ang mga kumakalinga sa kanila.
Pagkamitin mo ng kapayapaang walang hanggan ang mga pumanaw na.

Pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya na magtulong tulong tungo sa ikabubuti ng lahat.
Pukawin sa amin ang pagmamalasakit sa mga nangangailangan.
Sa pagdamay at malasakit namin sa bawa’t isa,
malampasan nawa namin ang krisis na ito
at lumago sa kabanalan at pagbabalik loob sa iyo.

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristo
na nabubuhay at naghaharing kasama mo at ng Espiritu Santo,
Diyos, magpasawalang hangan. Amen.

Dumudulog kami sa iyong patnubay, Mahal na Ina ng Diyos.
Pakinggan mo ang aming mga kahilingan sa aming pangangailangan
at ipagadya mo kami sa lahat ng kasamaan,
maluwalhati at pinagpalang Birhen. Amen.

Mahal na Birhen, mapagpagaling sa maysakit, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Rafael Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Roque, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

\

 

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Circular No. 2022 – 03
5 January 2022

TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace of the Lord!

As the COVID-19 cases escalate due to the Omicron variant, I would like to reiterate the following points which were agreed upon during the 5 January 2022 Presbyteral Council meeting to protect God’s people entrusted to our pastoral care.

  1. Sacraments and other religious activities are essential for the faithful, and, taking into consideration health protocols, they must not be deprived of their spiritual nourishment during these difficult times of fear and despair. We encourage you to continue and strengthen your on-line Masses.
  2. We entrust the implementation of lockdown of Churches to the pastoral prudence and discernment of parish priests, ad casum (case-to-case basis), in consultation with the parish pastoral council, Local Government Units, health authorities and other concerned government agencies.
  3. We encourage our parishes to continue taking care of the poor in our communities through our feeding programs and community pantries/kindness stations.
  4. We would like to reiterate #10 of the COVID-19 Guide prepared by the Ministry on Health Care, issued in October 2020, on implementing lockdown of parish offices which can also be used in considering the implementation of church lockdown:

GUIDANCE ON KEEPING PARISH OFFICES OPEN & IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN

In instances where uncontrolled COVID-19 transmission may be occurring in a Parish Office or RCAM unit, it may be necessary to close the office for several days (lockdown) and stop work. However, lockdown of a parish office can be prevented if minimum health standards are maintained. Locking down a parish office is an extreme intervention and should be considered carefully.

  1. What health and safety measures should be enforced in every parish office and RCAM office?
    a. Practice proper personal hygiene: frequent hand-washing, wearing of masks, wearing of face shields, respiratory etiquette, no spitting.
    b. Regular disinfection of furniture, office spaces, equipment.
    c. Enforce physical distancing among staff members and among staff and visitors
    d. Restrict mass gatherings.
    e. Limit in-person transactions as much as possible; promote on-line transactions.
    f. Re-engineer office lay-out to provide 2-meter distance or more distance between workers.
    g. Re-engineer office so transactions with public can be done across glass partitions/windows.
    h. Stagger work hours and meal times to reduce in-person interaction.
    i. Ensure proper ventilation of in-door spaces by opening windows and doors that lead to open spaces.
    j. Take temperatures of all staff daily, whether they live in office dormitories or commute to work daily.
    k. Staff to
    – complete Daily Self-Health Check (cf. Annex E) BEFORE going to work;
    – stay home and isolate oneself when symptoms of COVID-19 infection appear, though minor it may be.
    – inform the office so that proper measures can be undertaken.
  2. When should temporary closure of a parish office (lockdown) be undertaken as a result of COVID-19 infection?
    a. When a confirmed case has led to exposure by close contact of EVERYONE in the office, temporary closure of the parish office may be undertaken. In other words, everyone in the office is considered a case or a close contact and has to either

1) go into isolation because s/he is symptomatic or
2) go into quarantine because s/he is a close contact. Because of this situation, there is no one who can work in the parish office.

Let us be extra careful during this time. Let us unite ourselves in prayer.

I assure you of my blessing and pastoral solicitude.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

(Signed)
+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
 Archbishop of Manila

 

 

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The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) appeals for prayers to the safety of everyone this pandemic as the Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the start of the year.

In his prayer, Fr. Nolan Que, CEAP National Capital Region Trustee, entrusted to God the faithful that they may overcome the challenges during this difficult time and receive consolation from their many worries.

“Calm the storm that is in us. Take away all our fears which makes us cruel to ourselves and to others. Grant peace and calm to our troubled hearts,” he said.

Fr. Que also included in his prayers the school personnel, teachers and students, administrators that those who have been infected by the virus to have a speedy recovery as well as continue to take extra precautions from Covid-19.

“Grant healing to our students, parents, and personnel who are not feeling well and might have been infected by COVID-19. Protect them from further danger and harm. Grant them strength in mind and body,” he added.

As the Alert Level 3 status on National Capital Region started on January 3, the Department of Health postponed the supposedly resume of the face-to-face classes as the threat of the Omicron variant continues to elevate in cities.

In an earlier statement, Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) Chairman, expressed his concern for those in the education sector, administration, teachers and students alike, that they may also be remembered as a priority as they are also in the in frontline in facing the pandemic. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God.

This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, in commemoration of the National Heroes Day in the country.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Mr. Cruz said that commemorating the greatness of heroes was also a call to everyone to be heroes not only for others but for the Lord. He explained that small things like being honest, benevolent, and loving can be shown to be a hero.

“Sa paggunita sa mga bayani natin ang isang pinakamahalagang maintindihan natin ay tayong lahat ay tinatawag na maging mga bayani. Kung gusto nating ipagdiwang ito, maging bayani tayo sa mata ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay, sa pamamagitan ng katapatan, sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal,” said Mr. Cruz.

As part of the Catholic faith and community, ordinary people who witnessed their faith in extraordinary ways are considered heroes, such as martyrs and saints.

Under the social teachings of the Church, the characteristics of a martyr or saint are not far from a hero who promoted true justice for his people.

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated annually by Filipinos to honor and remember all the heroes of the revolution who helped to establish the foundation for the country’s independence. Its commemoration is to be held every last Monday of August each year.

In our present times, the country also honors all healthcare workers, medical frontliners and all those people for their life-saving role in the fight against the surge of COVID-19. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health Care executive secretary Fr. Dan Cancino, has pointed out how health care workers made a huge contribution in taking care of the sick to help them get cured during this time of the pandemic.

According to him these healthcare workers are instruments of the Lord for the patients to fill them with the light of hope.

“Sa panahon ngayon, ang ating pangangalaga sa maysakit ay nagluluningning na. Sa mga nag-aalaga sa maysakit, sa ating mga carers, caregivers, manggagawa sa kalusugan – sa ospital at sa komunidad, maraming salamat sa malasakit at paghahatid ng liwanag ng ating Panginoon lalong lalo na sa mga dumaranas ng karamdaman,” Fr. Cancino told Radio Veritas.

Fr. Cancino acknowledges the sacrifice of healthcare workers and caregivers who offered their time to serve and help cure sick patients from their illnesses.

These past two years of the pandemic, everyone witnessed the valuable contribution of medical frontliners in their response to the contagious and deadly COVID–19.

Some of them lost their lives working to help cure patients and prevent them from catching deadlier diseases,

“We recognize your love and your effort to the sick. Dito natin makikita sa puso ng bawat tao na nandoon pa rin yoong itinatak ng Panginoong Diyos na mangalaga sa kapwa,” according to Fr. Cancino.

Fr. Cancino prays that there would be more caretakers with a good heart to serve as inspiration to everyone in helping cure those who are sick.

The CBCP-ECHC shall disseminate, promote and defend the teaching of the Church on the subject of health care that includes in a special way, attention to and concern for the handicapped, the sick, the aged and the dying. It also helps in fomenting the awareness and observance of Church doctrine on health care and animates and assists Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, Lay Organizations, health care workers and similar entities, in collaboration with other Commissions in the Conference. It also acts as liaison with the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Fr. Dan Cancino from Radio Veritas)

 

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COVID-19

Merciful and compassionate Father,
we confess our sins
and we humbly come to you
to find forgiveness and life.

We come to you in our need
to seek your protection
against the COVID-19 virus
that has disturbed and claimed many lives.

We ask you now to look upon us with love
and by your healing hand,
dispel the fear of sickness and death,
restore our hope, and strengthen our faith.

We pray that you guide the people
tasked to find cures for this disease
and to stem its transmission.

Bless our efforts
to use the medicines developed
to end the pandemic in our country.

We pray for our health workers
that they may minister to the sick
with competence and compassion.

Grant them health in mind and body,
strength in their commitment,
protection from the disease.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Give us the grace in these trying times
to work for the good of all
and to help those in need.

May our concern and compassion for each other
see us through this crisis
and lead us to conversion and holiness.

Grant all these
through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

We fly to Your protection,
oh Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers,
oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
San Roque, pray for us.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

TAGALOG

Mahabagin at maawaing Ama, inaamin namin ang aming mga kasalanan
at mapagpakumbabang dumudulog sa iyo upang makatagpo ng pagpapatawad at buhay.

Nagsusumamo kami sa iyo sa upang hilingin ang iyong patnubay
laban sa CoVid 19 na nagpapahirap sa marami at kumitil na ng mga buhay.

Tunghayan mo kami nang may pagmamahal.
at ipagadya kami ng inyong mapaghilom na kamay mula sa takot sa kamatayan at karamdaman.
Itaguyod mo kami sa pag-asa at patatagin sa pananampalataya.

Gabayan mo ang mga dalubhasang naatasan
na tumuklas ng mga lunas at paraan upang ihinto ang paglaganap nito.

Pagpalain mo ang aming mga pagsisikap
na mawakasan ng mga nalinang na gamot ang pandemya sa aming bayan.

Patnubayan mo ang mga lumilingap sa maysakit
upang ang kanilang pagkalinga ay malakipan ng husay at malasakit.
Pagkalooban mo sila ng kalusugan sa isip at katawan,
katatagan sa kanilang paninindigang maglingkod
at ipagsanggalang sa karamdaman.

Itinataas namin ang mga nagdurusa.
Makamtam nawa nila ang mabuting kalusugan.
Lingapin mo rin ang mga kumakalinga sa kanila.
Pagkamitin mo ng kapayapaang walang hanggan ang mga pumanaw na.

Pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya na magtulong tulong tungo sa ikabubuti ng lahat.
Pukawin sa amin ang pagmamalasakit sa mga nangangailangan.
Sa pagdamay at malasakit namin sa bawa’t isa,
malampasan nawa namin ang krisis na ito
at lumago sa kabanalan at pagbabalik loob sa iyo.

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristo
na nabubuhay at naghaharing kasama mo at ng Espiritu Santo,
Diyos, magpasawalang hangan. Amen.

Dumudulog kami sa iyong patnubay, Mahal na Ina ng Diyos.
Pakinggan mo ang aming mga kahilingan sa aming pangangailangan
at ipagadya mo kami sa lahat ng kasamaan,
maluwalhati at pinagpalang Birhen. Amen.

Mahal na Birhen, mapagpagaling sa maysakit, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Rafael Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Roque, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

\

 

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Circular No. 2022 – 03
5 January 2022

TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace of the Lord!

As the COVID-19 cases escalate due to the Omicron variant, I would like to reiterate the following points which were agreed upon during the 5 January 2022 Presbyteral Council meeting to protect God’s people entrusted to our pastoral care.

  1. Sacraments and other religious activities are essential for the faithful, and, taking into consideration health protocols, they must not be deprived of their spiritual nourishment during these difficult times of fear and despair. We encourage you to continue and strengthen your on-line Masses.
  2. We entrust the implementation of lockdown of Churches to the pastoral prudence and discernment of parish priests, ad casum (case-to-case basis), in consultation with the parish pastoral council, Local Government Units, health authorities and other concerned government agencies.
  3. We encourage our parishes to continue taking care of the poor in our communities through our feeding programs and community pantries/kindness stations.
  4. We would like to reiterate #10 of the COVID-19 Guide prepared by the Ministry on Health Care, issued in October 2020, on implementing lockdown of parish offices which can also be used in considering the implementation of church lockdown:

GUIDANCE ON KEEPING PARISH OFFICES OPEN & IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN

In instances where uncontrolled COVID-19 transmission may be occurring in a Parish Office or RCAM unit, it may be necessary to close the office for several days (lockdown) and stop work. However, lockdown of a parish office can be prevented if minimum health standards are maintained. Locking down a parish office is an extreme intervention and should be considered carefully.

  1. What health and safety measures should be enforced in every parish office and RCAM office?
    a. Practice proper personal hygiene: frequent hand-washing, wearing of masks, wearing of face shields, respiratory etiquette, no spitting.
    b. Regular disinfection of furniture, office spaces, equipment.
    c. Enforce physical distancing among staff members and among staff and visitors
    d. Restrict mass gatherings.
    e. Limit in-person transactions as much as possible; promote on-line transactions.
    f. Re-engineer office lay-out to provide 2-meter distance or more distance between workers.
    g. Re-engineer office so transactions with public can be done across glass partitions/windows.
    h. Stagger work hours and meal times to reduce in-person interaction.
    i. Ensure proper ventilation of in-door spaces by opening windows and doors that lead to open spaces.
    j. Take temperatures of all staff daily, whether they live in office dormitories or commute to work daily.
    k. Staff to
    – complete Daily Self-Health Check (cf. Annex E) BEFORE going to work;
    – stay home and isolate oneself when symptoms of COVID-19 infection appear, though minor it may be.
    – inform the office so that proper measures can be undertaken.
  2. When should temporary closure of a parish office (lockdown) be undertaken as a result of COVID-19 infection?
    a. When a confirmed case has led to exposure by close contact of EVERYONE in the office, temporary closure of the parish office may be undertaken. In other words, everyone in the office is considered a case or a close contact and has to either

1) go into isolation because s/he is symptomatic or
2) go into quarantine because s/he is a close contact. Because of this situation, there is no one who can work in the parish office.

Let us be extra careful during this time. Let us unite ourselves in prayer.

I assure you of my blessing and pastoral solicitude.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

(Signed)
+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
 Archbishop of Manila

 

 

On Implementing Lockdown of Churches

Circular No. 2022 – 03 5 January 2022 TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers: Greetings of peace …

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COVID-19

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) appeals for prayers to the safety of everyone this pandemic as the Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the start of the year.

In his prayer, Fr. Nolan Que, CEAP National Capital Region Trustee, entrusted to God the faithful that they may overcome the challenges during this difficult time and receive consolation from their many worries.

“Calm the storm that is in us. Take away all our fears which makes us cruel to ourselves and to others. Grant peace and calm to our troubled hearts,” he said.

Fr. Que also included in his prayers the school personnel, teachers and students, administrators that those who have been infected by the virus to have a speedy recovery as well as continue to take extra precautions from Covid-19.

“Grant healing to our students, parents, and personnel who are not feeling well and might have been infected by COVID-19. Protect them from further danger and harm. Grant them strength in mind and body,” he added.

As the Alert Level 3 status on National Capital Region started on January 3, the Department of Health postponed the supposedly resume of the face-to-face classes as the threat of the Omicron variant continues to elevate in cities.

In an earlier statement, Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) Chairman, expressed his concern for those in the education sector, administration, teachers and students alike, that they may also be remembered as a priority as they are also in the in frontline in facing the pandemic. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God.

This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, in commemoration of the National Heroes Day in the country.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Mr. Cruz said that commemorating the greatness of heroes was also a call to everyone to be heroes not only for others but for the Lord. He explained that small things like being honest, benevolent, and loving can be shown to be a hero.

“Sa paggunita sa mga bayani natin ang isang pinakamahalagang maintindihan natin ay tayong lahat ay tinatawag na maging mga bayani. Kung gusto nating ipagdiwang ito, maging bayani tayo sa mata ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay, sa pamamagitan ng katapatan, sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal,” said Mr. Cruz.

As part of the Catholic faith and community, ordinary people who witnessed their faith in extraordinary ways are considered heroes, such as martyrs and saints.

Under the social teachings of the Church, the characteristics of a martyr or saint are not far from a hero who promoted true justice for his people.

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated annually by Filipinos to honor and remember all the heroes of the revolution who helped to establish the foundation for the country’s independence. Its commemoration is to be held every last Monday of August each year.

In our present times, the country also honors all healthcare workers, medical frontliners and all those people for their life-saving role in the fight against the surge of COVID-19. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health Care executive secretary Fr. Dan Cancino, has pointed out how health care workers made a huge contribution in taking care of the sick to help them get cured during this time of the pandemic.

According to him these healthcare workers are instruments of the Lord for the patients to fill them with the light of hope.

“Sa panahon ngayon, ang ating pangangalaga sa maysakit ay nagluluningning na. Sa mga nag-aalaga sa maysakit, sa ating mga carers, caregivers, manggagawa sa kalusugan – sa ospital at sa komunidad, maraming salamat sa malasakit at paghahatid ng liwanag ng ating Panginoon lalong lalo na sa mga dumaranas ng karamdaman,” Fr. Cancino told Radio Veritas.

Fr. Cancino acknowledges the sacrifice of healthcare workers and caregivers who offered their time to serve and help cure sick patients from their illnesses.

These past two years of the pandemic, everyone witnessed the valuable contribution of medical frontliners in their response to the contagious and deadly COVID–19.

Some of them lost their lives working to help cure patients and prevent them from catching deadlier diseases,

“We recognize your love and your effort to the sick. Dito natin makikita sa puso ng bawat tao na nandoon pa rin yoong itinatak ng Panginoong Diyos na mangalaga sa kapwa,” according to Fr. Cancino.

Fr. Cancino prays that there would be more caretakers with a good heart to serve as inspiration to everyone in helping cure those who are sick.

The CBCP-ECHC shall disseminate, promote and defend the teaching of the Church on the subject of health care that includes in a special way, attention to and concern for the handicapped, the sick, the aged and the dying. It also helps in fomenting the awareness and observance of Church doctrine on health care and animates and assists Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, Lay Organizations, health care workers and similar entities, in collaboration with other Commissions in the Conference. It also acts as liaison with the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Fr. Dan Cancino from Radio Veritas)

 

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COVID-19

Merciful and compassionate Father,
we confess our sins
and we humbly come to you
to find forgiveness and life.

We come to you in our need
to seek your protection
against the COVID-19 virus
that has disturbed and claimed many lives.

We ask you now to look upon us with love
and by your healing hand,
dispel the fear of sickness and death,
restore our hope, and strengthen our faith.

We pray that you guide the people
tasked to find cures for this disease
and to stem its transmission.

Bless our efforts
to use the medicines developed
to end the pandemic in our country.

We pray for our health workers
that they may minister to the sick
with competence and compassion.

Grant them health in mind and body,
strength in their commitment,
protection from the disease.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Give us the grace in these trying times
to work for the good of all
and to help those in need.

May our concern and compassion for each other
see us through this crisis
and lead us to conversion and holiness.

Grant all these
through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

We fly to Your protection,
oh Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers,
oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
San Roque, pray for us.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

TAGALOG

Mahabagin at maawaing Ama, inaamin namin ang aming mga kasalanan
at mapagpakumbabang dumudulog sa iyo upang makatagpo ng pagpapatawad at buhay.

Nagsusumamo kami sa iyo sa upang hilingin ang iyong patnubay
laban sa CoVid 19 na nagpapahirap sa marami at kumitil na ng mga buhay.

Tunghayan mo kami nang may pagmamahal.
at ipagadya kami ng inyong mapaghilom na kamay mula sa takot sa kamatayan at karamdaman.
Itaguyod mo kami sa pag-asa at patatagin sa pananampalataya.

Gabayan mo ang mga dalubhasang naatasan
na tumuklas ng mga lunas at paraan upang ihinto ang paglaganap nito.

Pagpalain mo ang aming mga pagsisikap
na mawakasan ng mga nalinang na gamot ang pandemya sa aming bayan.

Patnubayan mo ang mga lumilingap sa maysakit
upang ang kanilang pagkalinga ay malakipan ng husay at malasakit.
Pagkalooban mo sila ng kalusugan sa isip at katawan,
katatagan sa kanilang paninindigang maglingkod
at ipagsanggalang sa karamdaman.

Itinataas namin ang mga nagdurusa.
Makamtam nawa nila ang mabuting kalusugan.
Lingapin mo rin ang mga kumakalinga sa kanila.
Pagkamitin mo ng kapayapaang walang hanggan ang mga pumanaw na.

Pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya na magtulong tulong tungo sa ikabubuti ng lahat.
Pukawin sa amin ang pagmamalasakit sa mga nangangailangan.
Sa pagdamay at malasakit namin sa bawa’t isa,
malampasan nawa namin ang krisis na ito
at lumago sa kabanalan at pagbabalik loob sa iyo.

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristo
na nabubuhay at naghaharing kasama mo at ng Espiritu Santo,
Diyos, magpasawalang hangan. Amen.

Dumudulog kami sa iyong patnubay, Mahal na Ina ng Diyos.
Pakinggan mo ang aming mga kahilingan sa aming pangangailangan
at ipagadya mo kami sa lahat ng kasamaan,
maluwalhati at pinagpalang Birhen. Amen.

Mahal na Birhen, mapagpagaling sa maysakit, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Rafael Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Roque, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

\

 

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Circular No. 2022 – 03
5 January 2022

TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace of the Lord!

As the COVID-19 cases escalate due to the Omicron variant, I would like to reiterate the following points which were agreed upon during the 5 January 2022 Presbyteral Council meeting to protect God’s people entrusted to our pastoral care.

  1. Sacraments and other religious activities are essential for the faithful, and, taking into consideration health protocols, they must not be deprived of their spiritual nourishment during these difficult times of fear and despair. We encourage you to continue and strengthen your on-line Masses.
  2. We entrust the implementation of lockdown of Churches to the pastoral prudence and discernment of parish priests, ad casum (case-to-case basis), in consultation with the parish pastoral council, Local Government Units, health authorities and other concerned government agencies.
  3. We encourage our parishes to continue taking care of the poor in our communities through our feeding programs and community pantries/kindness stations.
  4. We would like to reiterate #10 of the COVID-19 Guide prepared by the Ministry on Health Care, issued in October 2020, on implementing lockdown of parish offices which can also be used in considering the implementation of church lockdown:

GUIDANCE ON KEEPING PARISH OFFICES OPEN & IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN

In instances where uncontrolled COVID-19 transmission may be occurring in a Parish Office or RCAM unit, it may be necessary to close the office for several days (lockdown) and stop work. However, lockdown of a parish office can be prevented if minimum health standards are maintained. Locking down a parish office is an extreme intervention and should be considered carefully.

  1. What health and safety measures should be enforced in every parish office and RCAM office?
    a. Practice proper personal hygiene: frequent hand-washing, wearing of masks, wearing of face shields, respiratory etiquette, no spitting.
    b. Regular disinfection of furniture, office spaces, equipment.
    c. Enforce physical distancing among staff members and among staff and visitors
    d. Restrict mass gatherings.
    e. Limit in-person transactions as much as possible; promote on-line transactions.
    f. Re-engineer office lay-out to provide 2-meter distance or more distance between workers.
    g. Re-engineer office so transactions with public can be done across glass partitions/windows.
    h. Stagger work hours and meal times to reduce in-person interaction.
    i. Ensure proper ventilation of in-door spaces by opening windows and doors that lead to open spaces.
    j. Take temperatures of all staff daily, whether they live in office dormitories or commute to work daily.
    k. Staff to
    – complete Daily Self-Health Check (cf. Annex E) BEFORE going to work;
    – stay home and isolate oneself when symptoms of COVID-19 infection appear, though minor it may be.
    – inform the office so that proper measures can be undertaken.
  2. When should temporary closure of a parish office (lockdown) be undertaken as a result of COVID-19 infection?
    a. When a confirmed case has led to exposure by close contact of EVERYONE in the office, temporary closure of the parish office may be undertaken. In other words, everyone in the office is considered a case or a close contact and has to either

1) go into isolation because s/he is symptomatic or
2) go into quarantine because s/he is a close contact. Because of this situation, there is no one who can work in the parish office.

Let us be extra careful during this time. Let us unite ourselves in prayer.

I assure you of my blessing and pastoral solicitude.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

(Signed)
+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
 Archbishop of Manila

 

 

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The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) appeals for prayers to the safety of everyone this pandemic as the Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the start of the year.

In his prayer, Fr. Nolan Que, CEAP National Capital Region Trustee, entrusted to God the faithful that they may overcome the challenges during this difficult time and receive consolation from their many worries.

“Calm the storm that is in us. Take away all our fears which makes us cruel to ourselves and to others. Grant peace and calm to our troubled hearts,” he said.

Fr. Que also included in his prayers the school personnel, teachers and students, administrators that those who have been infected by the virus to have a speedy recovery as well as continue to take extra precautions from Covid-19.

“Grant healing to our students, parents, and personnel who are not feeling well and might have been infected by COVID-19. Protect them from further danger and harm. Grant them strength in mind and body,” he added.

As the Alert Level 3 status on National Capital Region started on January 3, the Department of Health postponed the supposedly resume of the face-to-face classes as the threat of the Omicron variant continues to elevate in cities.

In an earlier statement, Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) Chairman, expressed his concern for those in the education sector, administration, teachers and students alike, that they may also be remembered as a priority as they are also in the in frontline in facing the pandemic. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God.

This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, in commemoration of the National Heroes Day in the country.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Mr. Cruz said that commemorating the greatness of heroes was also a call to everyone to be heroes not only for others but for the Lord. He explained that small things like being honest, benevolent, and loving can be shown to be a hero.

“Sa paggunita sa mga bayani natin ang isang pinakamahalagang maintindihan natin ay tayong lahat ay tinatawag na maging mga bayani. Kung gusto nating ipagdiwang ito, maging bayani tayo sa mata ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay, sa pamamagitan ng katapatan, sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal,” said Mr. Cruz.

As part of the Catholic faith and community, ordinary people who witnessed their faith in extraordinary ways are considered heroes, such as martyrs and saints.

Under the social teachings of the Church, the characteristics of a martyr or saint are not far from a hero who promoted true justice for his people.

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated annually by Filipinos to honor and remember all the heroes of the revolution who helped to establish the foundation for the country’s independence. Its commemoration is to be held every last Monday of August each year.

In our present times, the country also honors all healthcare workers, medical frontliners and all those people for their life-saving role in the fight against the surge of COVID-19. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health Care executive secretary Fr. Dan Cancino, has pointed out how health care workers made a huge contribution in taking care of the sick to help them get cured during this time of the pandemic.

According to him these healthcare workers are instruments of the Lord for the patients to fill them with the light of hope.

“Sa panahon ngayon, ang ating pangangalaga sa maysakit ay nagluluningning na. Sa mga nag-aalaga sa maysakit, sa ating mga carers, caregivers, manggagawa sa kalusugan – sa ospital at sa komunidad, maraming salamat sa malasakit at paghahatid ng liwanag ng ating Panginoon lalong lalo na sa mga dumaranas ng karamdaman,” Fr. Cancino told Radio Veritas.

Fr. Cancino acknowledges the sacrifice of healthcare workers and caregivers who offered their time to serve and help cure sick patients from their illnesses.

These past two years of the pandemic, everyone witnessed the valuable contribution of medical frontliners in their response to the contagious and deadly COVID–19.

Some of them lost their lives working to help cure patients and prevent them from catching deadlier diseases,

“We recognize your love and your effort to the sick. Dito natin makikita sa puso ng bawat tao na nandoon pa rin yoong itinatak ng Panginoong Diyos na mangalaga sa kapwa,” according to Fr. Cancino.

Fr. Cancino prays that there would be more caretakers with a good heart to serve as inspiration to everyone in helping cure those who are sick.

The CBCP-ECHC shall disseminate, promote and defend the teaching of the Church on the subject of health care that includes in a special way, attention to and concern for the handicapped, the sick, the aged and the dying. It also helps in fomenting the awareness and observance of Church doctrine on health care and animates and assists Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, Lay Organizations, health care workers and similar entities, in collaboration with other Commissions in the Conference. It also acts as liaison with the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Fr. Dan Cancino from Radio Veritas)

 

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COVID-19

Merciful and compassionate Father,
we confess our sins
and we humbly come to you
to find forgiveness and life.

We come to you in our need
to seek your protection
against the COVID-19 virus
that has disturbed and claimed many lives.

We ask you now to look upon us with love
and by your healing hand,
dispel the fear of sickness and death,
restore our hope, and strengthen our faith.

We pray that you guide the people
tasked to find cures for this disease
and to stem its transmission.

Bless our efforts
to use the medicines developed
to end the pandemic in our country.

We pray for our health workers
that they may minister to the sick
with competence and compassion.

Grant them health in mind and body,
strength in their commitment,
protection from the disease.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Give us the grace in these trying times
to work for the good of all
and to help those in need.

May our concern and compassion for each other
see us through this crisis
and lead us to conversion and holiness.

Grant all these
through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

We fly to Your protection,
oh Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers,
oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
San Roque, pray for us.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

TAGALOG

Mahabagin at maawaing Ama, inaamin namin ang aming mga kasalanan
at mapagpakumbabang dumudulog sa iyo upang makatagpo ng pagpapatawad at buhay.

Nagsusumamo kami sa iyo sa upang hilingin ang iyong patnubay
laban sa CoVid 19 na nagpapahirap sa marami at kumitil na ng mga buhay.

Tunghayan mo kami nang may pagmamahal.
at ipagadya kami ng inyong mapaghilom na kamay mula sa takot sa kamatayan at karamdaman.
Itaguyod mo kami sa pag-asa at patatagin sa pananampalataya.

Gabayan mo ang mga dalubhasang naatasan
na tumuklas ng mga lunas at paraan upang ihinto ang paglaganap nito.

Pagpalain mo ang aming mga pagsisikap
na mawakasan ng mga nalinang na gamot ang pandemya sa aming bayan.

Patnubayan mo ang mga lumilingap sa maysakit
upang ang kanilang pagkalinga ay malakipan ng husay at malasakit.
Pagkalooban mo sila ng kalusugan sa isip at katawan,
katatagan sa kanilang paninindigang maglingkod
at ipagsanggalang sa karamdaman.

Itinataas namin ang mga nagdurusa.
Makamtam nawa nila ang mabuting kalusugan.
Lingapin mo rin ang mga kumakalinga sa kanila.
Pagkamitin mo ng kapayapaang walang hanggan ang mga pumanaw na.

Pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya na magtulong tulong tungo sa ikabubuti ng lahat.
Pukawin sa amin ang pagmamalasakit sa mga nangangailangan.
Sa pagdamay at malasakit namin sa bawa’t isa,
malampasan nawa namin ang krisis na ito
at lumago sa kabanalan at pagbabalik loob sa iyo.

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristo
na nabubuhay at naghaharing kasama mo at ng Espiritu Santo,
Diyos, magpasawalang hangan. Amen.

Dumudulog kami sa iyong patnubay, Mahal na Ina ng Diyos.
Pakinggan mo ang aming mga kahilingan sa aming pangangailangan
at ipagadya mo kami sa lahat ng kasamaan,
maluwalhati at pinagpalang Birhen. Amen.

Mahal na Birhen, mapagpagaling sa maysakit, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Rafael Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Roque, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

\

 

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Circular No. 2022 – 03
5 January 2022

TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace of the Lord!

As the COVID-19 cases escalate due to the Omicron variant, I would like to reiterate the following points which were agreed upon during the 5 January 2022 Presbyteral Council meeting to protect God’s people entrusted to our pastoral care.

  1. Sacraments and other religious activities are essential for the faithful, and, taking into consideration health protocols, they must not be deprived of their spiritual nourishment during these difficult times of fear and despair. We encourage you to continue and strengthen your on-line Masses.
  2. We entrust the implementation of lockdown of Churches to the pastoral prudence and discernment of parish priests, ad casum (case-to-case basis), in consultation with the parish pastoral council, Local Government Units, health authorities and other concerned government agencies.
  3. We encourage our parishes to continue taking care of the poor in our communities through our feeding programs and community pantries/kindness stations.
  4. We would like to reiterate #10 of the COVID-19 Guide prepared by the Ministry on Health Care, issued in October 2020, on implementing lockdown of parish offices which can also be used in considering the implementation of church lockdown:

GUIDANCE ON KEEPING PARISH OFFICES OPEN & IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN

In instances where uncontrolled COVID-19 transmission may be occurring in a Parish Office or RCAM unit, it may be necessary to close the office for several days (lockdown) and stop work. However, lockdown of a parish office can be prevented if minimum health standards are maintained. Locking down a parish office is an extreme intervention and should be considered carefully.

  1. What health and safety measures should be enforced in every parish office and RCAM office?
    a. Practice proper personal hygiene: frequent hand-washing, wearing of masks, wearing of face shields, respiratory etiquette, no spitting.
    b. Regular disinfection of furniture, office spaces, equipment.
    c. Enforce physical distancing among staff members and among staff and visitors
    d. Restrict mass gatherings.
    e. Limit in-person transactions as much as possible; promote on-line transactions.
    f. Re-engineer office lay-out to provide 2-meter distance or more distance between workers.
    g. Re-engineer office so transactions with public can be done across glass partitions/windows.
    h. Stagger work hours and meal times to reduce in-person interaction.
    i. Ensure proper ventilation of in-door spaces by opening windows and doors that lead to open spaces.
    j. Take temperatures of all staff daily, whether they live in office dormitories or commute to work daily.
    k. Staff to
    – complete Daily Self-Health Check (cf. Annex E) BEFORE going to work;
    – stay home and isolate oneself when symptoms of COVID-19 infection appear, though minor it may be.
    – inform the office so that proper measures can be undertaken.
  2. When should temporary closure of a parish office (lockdown) be undertaken as a result of COVID-19 infection?
    a. When a confirmed case has led to exposure by close contact of EVERYONE in the office, temporary closure of the parish office may be undertaken. In other words, everyone in the office is considered a case or a close contact and has to either

1) go into isolation because s/he is symptomatic or
2) go into quarantine because s/he is a close contact. Because of this situation, there is no one who can work in the parish office.

Let us be extra careful during this time. Let us unite ourselves in prayer.

I assure you of my blessing and pastoral solicitude.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

(Signed)
+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
 Archbishop of Manila

 

 

On Implementing Lockdown of Churches

Circular No. 2022 – 03 5 January 2022 TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers: Greetings of peace …

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COVID-19

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) appeals for prayers to the safety of everyone this pandemic as the Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the start of the year.

In his prayer, Fr. Nolan Que, CEAP National Capital Region Trustee, entrusted to God the faithful that they may overcome the challenges during this difficult time and receive consolation from their many worries.

“Calm the storm that is in us. Take away all our fears which makes us cruel to ourselves and to others. Grant peace and calm to our troubled hearts,” he said.

Fr. Que also included in his prayers the school personnel, teachers and students, administrators that those who have been infected by the virus to have a speedy recovery as well as continue to take extra precautions from Covid-19.

“Grant healing to our students, parents, and personnel who are not feeling well and might have been infected by COVID-19. Protect them from further danger and harm. Grant them strength in mind and body,” he added.

As the Alert Level 3 status on National Capital Region started on January 3, the Department of Health postponed the supposedly resume of the face-to-face classes as the threat of the Omicron variant continues to elevate in cities.

In an earlier statement, Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) Chairman, expressed his concern for those in the education sector, administration, teachers and students alike, that they may also be remembered as a priority as they are also in the in frontline in facing the pandemic. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God.

This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, in commemoration of the National Heroes Day in the country.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Mr. Cruz said that commemorating the greatness of heroes was also a call to everyone to be heroes not only for others but for the Lord. He explained that small things like being honest, benevolent, and loving can be shown to be a hero.

“Sa paggunita sa mga bayani natin ang isang pinakamahalagang maintindihan natin ay tayong lahat ay tinatawag na maging mga bayani. Kung gusto nating ipagdiwang ito, maging bayani tayo sa mata ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay, sa pamamagitan ng katapatan, sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal,” said Mr. Cruz.

As part of the Catholic faith and community, ordinary people who witnessed their faith in extraordinary ways are considered heroes, such as martyrs and saints.

Under the social teachings of the Church, the characteristics of a martyr or saint are not far from a hero who promoted true justice for his people.

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated annually by Filipinos to honor and remember all the heroes of the revolution who helped to establish the foundation for the country’s independence. Its commemoration is to be held every last Monday of August each year.

In our present times, the country also honors all healthcare workers, medical frontliners and all those people for their life-saving role in the fight against the surge of COVID-19. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health Care executive secretary Fr. Dan Cancino, has pointed out how health care workers made a huge contribution in taking care of the sick to help them get cured during this time of the pandemic.

According to him these healthcare workers are instruments of the Lord for the patients to fill them with the light of hope.

“Sa panahon ngayon, ang ating pangangalaga sa maysakit ay nagluluningning na. Sa mga nag-aalaga sa maysakit, sa ating mga carers, caregivers, manggagawa sa kalusugan – sa ospital at sa komunidad, maraming salamat sa malasakit at paghahatid ng liwanag ng ating Panginoon lalong lalo na sa mga dumaranas ng karamdaman,” Fr. Cancino told Radio Veritas.

Fr. Cancino acknowledges the sacrifice of healthcare workers and caregivers who offered their time to serve and help cure sick patients from their illnesses.

These past two years of the pandemic, everyone witnessed the valuable contribution of medical frontliners in their response to the contagious and deadly COVID–19.

Some of them lost their lives working to help cure patients and prevent them from catching deadlier diseases,

“We recognize your love and your effort to the sick. Dito natin makikita sa puso ng bawat tao na nandoon pa rin yoong itinatak ng Panginoong Diyos na mangalaga sa kapwa,” according to Fr. Cancino.

Fr. Cancino prays that there would be more caretakers with a good heart to serve as inspiration to everyone in helping cure those who are sick.

The CBCP-ECHC shall disseminate, promote and defend the teaching of the Church on the subject of health care that includes in a special way, attention to and concern for the handicapped, the sick, the aged and the dying. It also helps in fomenting the awareness and observance of Church doctrine on health care and animates and assists Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, Lay Organizations, health care workers and similar entities, in collaboration with other Commissions in the Conference. It also acts as liaison with the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Fr. Dan Cancino from Radio Veritas)

 

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COVID-19

Merciful and compassionate Father,
we confess our sins
and we humbly come to you
to find forgiveness and life.

We come to you in our need
to seek your protection
against the COVID-19 virus
that has disturbed and claimed many lives.

We ask you now to look upon us with love
and by your healing hand,
dispel the fear of sickness and death,
restore our hope, and strengthen our faith.

We pray that you guide the people
tasked to find cures for this disease
and to stem its transmission.

Bless our efforts
to use the medicines developed
to end the pandemic in our country.

We pray for our health workers
that they may minister to the sick
with competence and compassion.

Grant them health in mind and body,
strength in their commitment,
protection from the disease.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Give us the grace in these trying times
to work for the good of all
and to help those in need.

May our concern and compassion for each other
see us through this crisis
and lead us to conversion and holiness.

Grant all these
through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

We fly to Your protection,
oh Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers,
oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
San Roque, pray for us.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

TAGALOG

Mahabagin at maawaing Ama, inaamin namin ang aming mga kasalanan
at mapagpakumbabang dumudulog sa iyo upang makatagpo ng pagpapatawad at buhay.

Nagsusumamo kami sa iyo sa upang hilingin ang iyong patnubay
laban sa CoVid 19 na nagpapahirap sa marami at kumitil na ng mga buhay.

Tunghayan mo kami nang may pagmamahal.
at ipagadya kami ng inyong mapaghilom na kamay mula sa takot sa kamatayan at karamdaman.
Itaguyod mo kami sa pag-asa at patatagin sa pananampalataya.

Gabayan mo ang mga dalubhasang naatasan
na tumuklas ng mga lunas at paraan upang ihinto ang paglaganap nito.

Pagpalain mo ang aming mga pagsisikap
na mawakasan ng mga nalinang na gamot ang pandemya sa aming bayan.

Patnubayan mo ang mga lumilingap sa maysakit
upang ang kanilang pagkalinga ay malakipan ng husay at malasakit.
Pagkalooban mo sila ng kalusugan sa isip at katawan,
katatagan sa kanilang paninindigang maglingkod
at ipagsanggalang sa karamdaman.

Itinataas namin ang mga nagdurusa.
Makamtam nawa nila ang mabuting kalusugan.
Lingapin mo rin ang mga kumakalinga sa kanila.
Pagkamitin mo ng kapayapaang walang hanggan ang mga pumanaw na.

Pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya na magtulong tulong tungo sa ikabubuti ng lahat.
Pukawin sa amin ang pagmamalasakit sa mga nangangailangan.
Sa pagdamay at malasakit namin sa bawa’t isa,
malampasan nawa namin ang krisis na ito
at lumago sa kabanalan at pagbabalik loob sa iyo.

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristo
na nabubuhay at naghaharing kasama mo at ng Espiritu Santo,
Diyos, magpasawalang hangan. Amen.

Dumudulog kami sa iyong patnubay, Mahal na Ina ng Diyos.
Pakinggan mo ang aming mga kahilingan sa aming pangangailangan
at ipagadya mo kami sa lahat ng kasamaan,
maluwalhati at pinagpalang Birhen. Amen.

Mahal na Birhen, mapagpagaling sa maysakit, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Rafael Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Roque, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

\

 

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Circular No. 2022 – 03
5 January 2022

TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace of the Lord!

As the COVID-19 cases escalate due to the Omicron variant, I would like to reiterate the following points which were agreed upon during the 5 January 2022 Presbyteral Council meeting to protect God’s people entrusted to our pastoral care.

  1. Sacraments and other religious activities are essential for the faithful, and, taking into consideration health protocols, they must not be deprived of their spiritual nourishment during these difficult times of fear and despair. We encourage you to continue and strengthen your on-line Masses.
  2. We entrust the implementation of lockdown of Churches to the pastoral prudence and discernment of parish priests, ad casum (case-to-case basis), in consultation with the parish pastoral council, Local Government Units, health authorities and other concerned government agencies.
  3. We encourage our parishes to continue taking care of the poor in our communities through our feeding programs and community pantries/kindness stations.
  4. We would like to reiterate #10 of the COVID-19 Guide prepared by the Ministry on Health Care, issued in October 2020, on implementing lockdown of parish offices which can also be used in considering the implementation of church lockdown:

GUIDANCE ON KEEPING PARISH OFFICES OPEN & IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN

In instances where uncontrolled COVID-19 transmission may be occurring in a Parish Office or RCAM unit, it may be necessary to close the office for several days (lockdown) and stop work. However, lockdown of a parish office can be prevented if minimum health standards are maintained. Locking down a parish office is an extreme intervention and should be considered carefully.

  1. What health and safety measures should be enforced in every parish office and RCAM office?
    a. Practice proper personal hygiene: frequent hand-washing, wearing of masks, wearing of face shields, respiratory etiquette, no spitting.
    b. Regular disinfection of furniture, office spaces, equipment.
    c. Enforce physical distancing among staff members and among staff and visitors
    d. Restrict mass gatherings.
    e. Limit in-person transactions as much as possible; promote on-line transactions.
    f. Re-engineer office lay-out to provide 2-meter distance or more distance between workers.
    g. Re-engineer office so transactions with public can be done across glass partitions/windows.
    h. Stagger work hours and meal times to reduce in-person interaction.
    i. Ensure proper ventilation of in-door spaces by opening windows and doors that lead to open spaces.
    j. Take temperatures of all staff daily, whether they live in office dormitories or commute to work daily.
    k. Staff to
    – complete Daily Self-Health Check (cf. Annex E) BEFORE going to work;
    – stay home and isolate oneself when symptoms of COVID-19 infection appear, though minor it may be.
    – inform the office so that proper measures can be undertaken.
  2. When should temporary closure of a parish office (lockdown) be undertaken as a result of COVID-19 infection?
    a. When a confirmed case has led to exposure by close contact of EVERYONE in the office, temporary closure of the parish office may be undertaken. In other words, everyone in the office is considered a case or a close contact and has to either

1) go into isolation because s/he is symptomatic or
2) go into quarantine because s/he is a close contact. Because of this situation, there is no one who can work in the parish office.

Let us be extra careful during this time. Let us unite ourselves in prayer.

I assure you of my blessing and pastoral solicitude.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

(Signed)
+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
 Archbishop of Manila

 

 

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The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) appeals for prayers to the safety of everyone this pandemic as the Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the start of the year.

In his prayer, Fr. Nolan Que, CEAP National Capital Region Trustee, entrusted to God the faithful that they may overcome the challenges during this difficult time and receive consolation from their many worries.

“Calm the storm that is in us. Take away all our fears which makes us cruel to ourselves and to others. Grant peace and calm to our troubled hearts,” he said.

Fr. Que also included in his prayers the school personnel, teachers and students, administrators that those who have been infected by the virus to have a speedy recovery as well as continue to take extra precautions from Covid-19.

“Grant healing to our students, parents, and personnel who are not feeling well and might have been infected by COVID-19. Protect them from further danger and harm. Grant them strength in mind and body,” he added.

As the Alert Level 3 status on National Capital Region started on January 3, the Department of Health postponed the supposedly resume of the face-to-face classes as the threat of the Omicron variant continues to elevate in cities.

In an earlier statement, Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) Chairman, expressed his concern for those in the education sector, administration, teachers and students alike, that they may also be remembered as a priority as they are also in the in frontline in facing the pandemic. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God.

This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, in commemoration of the National Heroes Day in the country.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Mr. Cruz said that commemorating the greatness of heroes was also a call to everyone to be heroes not only for others but for the Lord. He explained that small things like being honest, benevolent, and loving can be shown to be a hero.

“Sa paggunita sa mga bayani natin ang isang pinakamahalagang maintindihan natin ay tayong lahat ay tinatawag na maging mga bayani. Kung gusto nating ipagdiwang ito, maging bayani tayo sa mata ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay, sa pamamagitan ng katapatan, sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal,” said Mr. Cruz.

As part of the Catholic faith and community, ordinary people who witnessed their faith in extraordinary ways are considered heroes, such as martyrs and saints.

Under the social teachings of the Church, the characteristics of a martyr or saint are not far from a hero who promoted true justice for his people.

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated annually by Filipinos to honor and remember all the heroes of the revolution who helped to establish the foundation for the country’s independence. Its commemoration is to be held every last Monday of August each year.

In our present times, the country also honors all healthcare workers, medical frontliners and all those people for their life-saving role in the fight against the surge of COVID-19. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health Care executive secretary Fr. Dan Cancino, has pointed out how health care workers made a huge contribution in taking care of the sick to help them get cured during this time of the pandemic.

According to him these healthcare workers are instruments of the Lord for the patients to fill them with the light of hope.

“Sa panahon ngayon, ang ating pangangalaga sa maysakit ay nagluluningning na. Sa mga nag-aalaga sa maysakit, sa ating mga carers, caregivers, manggagawa sa kalusugan – sa ospital at sa komunidad, maraming salamat sa malasakit at paghahatid ng liwanag ng ating Panginoon lalong lalo na sa mga dumaranas ng karamdaman,” Fr. Cancino told Radio Veritas.

Fr. Cancino acknowledges the sacrifice of healthcare workers and caregivers who offered their time to serve and help cure sick patients from their illnesses.

These past two years of the pandemic, everyone witnessed the valuable contribution of medical frontliners in their response to the contagious and deadly COVID–19.

Some of them lost their lives working to help cure patients and prevent them from catching deadlier diseases,

“We recognize your love and your effort to the sick. Dito natin makikita sa puso ng bawat tao na nandoon pa rin yoong itinatak ng Panginoong Diyos na mangalaga sa kapwa,” according to Fr. Cancino.

Fr. Cancino prays that there would be more caretakers with a good heart to serve as inspiration to everyone in helping cure those who are sick.

The CBCP-ECHC shall disseminate, promote and defend the teaching of the Church on the subject of health care that includes in a special way, attention to and concern for the handicapped, the sick, the aged and the dying. It also helps in fomenting the awareness and observance of Church doctrine on health care and animates and assists Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, Lay Organizations, health care workers and similar entities, in collaboration with other Commissions in the Conference. It also acts as liaison with the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Fr. Dan Cancino from Radio Veritas)

 

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COVID-19

Merciful and compassionate Father,
we confess our sins
and we humbly come to you
to find forgiveness and life.

We come to you in our need
to seek your protection
against the COVID-19 virus
that has disturbed and claimed many lives.

We ask you now to look upon us with love
and by your healing hand,
dispel the fear of sickness and death,
restore our hope, and strengthen our faith.

We pray that you guide the people
tasked to find cures for this disease
and to stem its transmission.

Bless our efforts
to use the medicines developed
to end the pandemic in our country.

We pray for our health workers
that they may minister to the sick
with competence and compassion.

Grant them health in mind and body,
strength in their commitment,
protection from the disease.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Give us the grace in these trying times
to work for the good of all
and to help those in need.

May our concern and compassion for each other
see us through this crisis
and lead us to conversion and holiness.

Grant all these
through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

We fly to Your protection,
oh Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers,
oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
San Roque, pray for us.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

TAGALOG

Mahabagin at maawaing Ama, inaamin namin ang aming mga kasalanan
at mapagpakumbabang dumudulog sa iyo upang makatagpo ng pagpapatawad at buhay.

Nagsusumamo kami sa iyo sa upang hilingin ang iyong patnubay
laban sa CoVid 19 na nagpapahirap sa marami at kumitil na ng mga buhay.

Tunghayan mo kami nang may pagmamahal.
at ipagadya kami ng inyong mapaghilom na kamay mula sa takot sa kamatayan at karamdaman.
Itaguyod mo kami sa pag-asa at patatagin sa pananampalataya.

Gabayan mo ang mga dalubhasang naatasan
na tumuklas ng mga lunas at paraan upang ihinto ang paglaganap nito.

Pagpalain mo ang aming mga pagsisikap
na mawakasan ng mga nalinang na gamot ang pandemya sa aming bayan.

Patnubayan mo ang mga lumilingap sa maysakit
upang ang kanilang pagkalinga ay malakipan ng husay at malasakit.
Pagkalooban mo sila ng kalusugan sa isip at katawan,
katatagan sa kanilang paninindigang maglingkod
at ipagsanggalang sa karamdaman.

Itinataas namin ang mga nagdurusa.
Makamtam nawa nila ang mabuting kalusugan.
Lingapin mo rin ang mga kumakalinga sa kanila.
Pagkamitin mo ng kapayapaang walang hanggan ang mga pumanaw na.

Pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya na magtulong tulong tungo sa ikabubuti ng lahat.
Pukawin sa amin ang pagmamalasakit sa mga nangangailangan.
Sa pagdamay at malasakit namin sa bawa’t isa,
malampasan nawa namin ang krisis na ito
at lumago sa kabanalan at pagbabalik loob sa iyo.

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristo
na nabubuhay at naghaharing kasama mo at ng Espiritu Santo,
Diyos, magpasawalang hangan. Amen.

Dumudulog kami sa iyong patnubay, Mahal na Ina ng Diyos.
Pakinggan mo ang aming mga kahilingan sa aming pangangailangan
at ipagadya mo kami sa lahat ng kasamaan,
maluwalhati at pinagpalang Birhen. Amen.

Mahal na Birhen, mapagpagaling sa maysakit, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Rafael Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Roque, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

\

 

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Circular No. 2022 – 03
5 January 2022

TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace of the Lord!

As the COVID-19 cases escalate due to the Omicron variant, I would like to reiterate the following points which were agreed upon during the 5 January 2022 Presbyteral Council meeting to protect God’s people entrusted to our pastoral care.

  1. Sacraments and other religious activities are essential for the faithful, and, taking into consideration health protocols, they must not be deprived of their spiritual nourishment during these difficult times of fear and despair. We encourage you to continue and strengthen your on-line Masses.
  2. We entrust the implementation of lockdown of Churches to the pastoral prudence and discernment of parish priests, ad casum (case-to-case basis), in consultation with the parish pastoral council, Local Government Units, health authorities and other concerned government agencies.
  3. We encourage our parishes to continue taking care of the poor in our communities through our feeding programs and community pantries/kindness stations.
  4. We would like to reiterate #10 of the COVID-19 Guide prepared by the Ministry on Health Care, issued in October 2020, on implementing lockdown of parish offices which can also be used in considering the implementation of church lockdown:

GUIDANCE ON KEEPING PARISH OFFICES OPEN & IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN

In instances where uncontrolled COVID-19 transmission may be occurring in a Parish Office or RCAM unit, it may be necessary to close the office for several days (lockdown) and stop work. However, lockdown of a parish office can be prevented if minimum health standards are maintained. Locking down a parish office is an extreme intervention and should be considered carefully.

  1. What health and safety measures should be enforced in every parish office and RCAM office?
    a. Practice proper personal hygiene: frequent hand-washing, wearing of masks, wearing of face shields, respiratory etiquette, no spitting.
    b. Regular disinfection of furniture, office spaces, equipment.
    c. Enforce physical distancing among staff members and among staff and visitors
    d. Restrict mass gatherings.
    e. Limit in-person transactions as much as possible; promote on-line transactions.
    f. Re-engineer office lay-out to provide 2-meter distance or more distance between workers.
    g. Re-engineer office so transactions with public can be done across glass partitions/windows.
    h. Stagger work hours and meal times to reduce in-person interaction.
    i. Ensure proper ventilation of in-door spaces by opening windows and doors that lead to open spaces.
    j. Take temperatures of all staff daily, whether they live in office dormitories or commute to work daily.
    k. Staff to
    – complete Daily Self-Health Check (cf. Annex E) BEFORE going to work;
    – stay home and isolate oneself when symptoms of COVID-19 infection appear, though minor it may be.
    – inform the office so that proper measures can be undertaken.
  2. When should temporary closure of a parish office (lockdown) be undertaken as a result of COVID-19 infection?
    a. When a confirmed case has led to exposure by close contact of EVERYONE in the office, temporary closure of the parish office may be undertaken. In other words, everyone in the office is considered a case or a close contact and has to either

1) go into isolation because s/he is symptomatic or
2) go into quarantine because s/he is a close contact. Because of this situation, there is no one who can work in the parish office.

Let us be extra careful during this time. Let us unite ourselves in prayer.

I assure you of my blessing and pastoral solicitude.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

(Signed)
+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
 Archbishop of Manila

 

 

On Implementing Lockdown of Churches

Circular No. 2022 – 03 5 January 2022 TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers: Greetings of peace …

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COVID-19

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) appeals for prayers to the safety of everyone this pandemic as the Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the start of the year.

In his prayer, Fr. Nolan Que, CEAP National Capital Region Trustee, entrusted to God the faithful that they may overcome the challenges during this difficult time and receive consolation from their many worries.

“Calm the storm that is in us. Take away all our fears which makes us cruel to ourselves and to others. Grant peace and calm to our troubled hearts,” he said.

Fr. Que also included in his prayers the school personnel, teachers and students, administrators that those who have been infected by the virus to have a speedy recovery as well as continue to take extra precautions from Covid-19.

“Grant healing to our students, parents, and personnel who are not feeling well and might have been infected by COVID-19. Protect them from further danger and harm. Grant them strength in mind and body,” he added.

As the Alert Level 3 status on National Capital Region started on January 3, the Department of Health postponed the supposedly resume of the face-to-face classes as the threat of the Omicron variant continues to elevate in cities.

In an earlier statement, Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) Chairman, expressed his concern for those in the education sector, administration, teachers and students alike, that they may also be remembered as a priority as they are also in the in frontline in facing the pandemic. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God.

This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, in commemoration of the National Heroes Day in the country.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Mr. Cruz said that commemorating the greatness of heroes was also a call to everyone to be heroes not only for others but for the Lord. He explained that small things like being honest, benevolent, and loving can be shown to be a hero.

“Sa paggunita sa mga bayani natin ang isang pinakamahalagang maintindihan natin ay tayong lahat ay tinatawag na maging mga bayani. Kung gusto nating ipagdiwang ito, maging bayani tayo sa mata ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay, sa pamamagitan ng katapatan, sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal,” said Mr. Cruz.

As part of the Catholic faith and community, ordinary people who witnessed their faith in extraordinary ways are considered heroes, such as martyrs and saints.

Under the social teachings of the Church, the characteristics of a martyr or saint are not far from a hero who promoted true justice for his people.

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated annually by Filipinos to honor and remember all the heroes of the revolution who helped to establish the foundation for the country’s independence. Its commemoration is to be held every last Monday of August each year.

In our present times, the country also honors all healthcare workers, medical frontliners and all those people for their life-saving role in the fight against the surge of COVID-19. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health Care executive secretary Fr. Dan Cancino, has pointed out how health care workers made a huge contribution in taking care of the sick to help them get cured during this time of the pandemic.

According to him these healthcare workers are instruments of the Lord for the patients to fill them with the light of hope.

“Sa panahon ngayon, ang ating pangangalaga sa maysakit ay nagluluningning na. Sa mga nag-aalaga sa maysakit, sa ating mga carers, caregivers, manggagawa sa kalusugan – sa ospital at sa komunidad, maraming salamat sa malasakit at paghahatid ng liwanag ng ating Panginoon lalong lalo na sa mga dumaranas ng karamdaman,” Fr. Cancino told Radio Veritas.

Fr. Cancino acknowledges the sacrifice of healthcare workers and caregivers who offered their time to serve and help cure sick patients from their illnesses.

These past two years of the pandemic, everyone witnessed the valuable contribution of medical frontliners in their response to the contagious and deadly COVID–19.

Some of them lost their lives working to help cure patients and prevent them from catching deadlier diseases,

“We recognize your love and your effort to the sick. Dito natin makikita sa puso ng bawat tao na nandoon pa rin yoong itinatak ng Panginoong Diyos na mangalaga sa kapwa,” according to Fr. Cancino.

Fr. Cancino prays that there would be more caretakers with a good heart to serve as inspiration to everyone in helping cure those who are sick.

The CBCP-ECHC shall disseminate, promote and defend the teaching of the Church on the subject of health care that includes in a special way, attention to and concern for the handicapped, the sick, the aged and the dying. It also helps in fomenting the awareness and observance of Church doctrine on health care and animates and assists Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, Lay Organizations, health care workers and similar entities, in collaboration with other Commissions in the Conference. It also acts as liaison with the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Fr. Dan Cancino from Radio Veritas)

 

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COVID-19

Merciful and compassionate Father,
we confess our sins
and we humbly come to you
to find forgiveness and life.

We come to you in our need
to seek your protection
against the COVID-19 virus
that has disturbed and claimed many lives.

We ask you now to look upon us with love
and by your healing hand,
dispel the fear of sickness and death,
restore our hope, and strengthen our faith.

We pray that you guide the people
tasked to find cures for this disease
and to stem its transmission.

Bless our efforts
to use the medicines developed
to end the pandemic in our country.

We pray for our health workers
that they may minister to the sick
with competence and compassion.

Grant them health in mind and body,
strength in their commitment,
protection from the disease.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Give us the grace in these trying times
to work for the good of all
and to help those in need.

May our concern and compassion for each other
see us through this crisis
and lead us to conversion and holiness.

Grant all these
through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

We fly to Your protection,
oh Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers,
oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
San Roque, pray for us.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

TAGALOG

Mahabagin at maawaing Ama, inaamin namin ang aming mga kasalanan
at mapagpakumbabang dumudulog sa iyo upang makatagpo ng pagpapatawad at buhay.

Nagsusumamo kami sa iyo sa upang hilingin ang iyong patnubay
laban sa CoVid 19 na nagpapahirap sa marami at kumitil na ng mga buhay.

Tunghayan mo kami nang may pagmamahal.
at ipagadya kami ng inyong mapaghilom na kamay mula sa takot sa kamatayan at karamdaman.
Itaguyod mo kami sa pag-asa at patatagin sa pananampalataya.

Gabayan mo ang mga dalubhasang naatasan
na tumuklas ng mga lunas at paraan upang ihinto ang paglaganap nito.

Pagpalain mo ang aming mga pagsisikap
na mawakasan ng mga nalinang na gamot ang pandemya sa aming bayan.

Patnubayan mo ang mga lumilingap sa maysakit
upang ang kanilang pagkalinga ay malakipan ng husay at malasakit.
Pagkalooban mo sila ng kalusugan sa isip at katawan,
katatagan sa kanilang paninindigang maglingkod
at ipagsanggalang sa karamdaman.

Itinataas namin ang mga nagdurusa.
Makamtam nawa nila ang mabuting kalusugan.
Lingapin mo rin ang mga kumakalinga sa kanila.
Pagkamitin mo ng kapayapaang walang hanggan ang mga pumanaw na.

Pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya na magtulong tulong tungo sa ikabubuti ng lahat.
Pukawin sa amin ang pagmamalasakit sa mga nangangailangan.
Sa pagdamay at malasakit namin sa bawa’t isa,
malampasan nawa namin ang krisis na ito
at lumago sa kabanalan at pagbabalik loob sa iyo.

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristo
na nabubuhay at naghaharing kasama mo at ng Espiritu Santo,
Diyos, magpasawalang hangan. Amen.

Dumudulog kami sa iyong patnubay, Mahal na Ina ng Diyos.
Pakinggan mo ang aming mga kahilingan sa aming pangangailangan
at ipagadya mo kami sa lahat ng kasamaan,
maluwalhati at pinagpalang Birhen. Amen.

Mahal na Birhen, mapagpagaling sa maysakit, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Rafael Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Roque, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

\

 

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Circular No. 2022 – 03
5 January 2022

TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace of the Lord!

As the COVID-19 cases escalate due to the Omicron variant, I would like to reiterate the following points which were agreed upon during the 5 January 2022 Presbyteral Council meeting to protect God’s people entrusted to our pastoral care.

  1. Sacraments and other religious activities are essential for the faithful, and, taking into consideration health protocols, they must not be deprived of their spiritual nourishment during these difficult times of fear and despair. We encourage you to continue and strengthen your on-line Masses.
  2. We entrust the implementation of lockdown of Churches to the pastoral prudence and discernment of parish priests, ad casum (case-to-case basis), in consultation with the parish pastoral council, Local Government Units, health authorities and other concerned government agencies.
  3. We encourage our parishes to continue taking care of the poor in our communities through our feeding programs and community pantries/kindness stations.
  4. We would like to reiterate #10 of the COVID-19 Guide prepared by the Ministry on Health Care, issued in October 2020, on implementing lockdown of parish offices which can also be used in considering the implementation of church lockdown:

GUIDANCE ON KEEPING PARISH OFFICES OPEN & IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN

In instances where uncontrolled COVID-19 transmission may be occurring in a Parish Office or RCAM unit, it may be necessary to close the office for several days (lockdown) and stop work. However, lockdown of a parish office can be prevented if minimum health standards are maintained. Locking down a parish office is an extreme intervention and should be considered carefully.

  1. What health and safety measures should be enforced in every parish office and RCAM office?
    a. Practice proper personal hygiene: frequent hand-washing, wearing of masks, wearing of face shields, respiratory etiquette, no spitting.
    b. Regular disinfection of furniture, office spaces, equipment.
    c. Enforce physical distancing among staff members and among staff and visitors
    d. Restrict mass gatherings.
    e. Limit in-person transactions as much as possible; promote on-line transactions.
    f. Re-engineer office lay-out to provide 2-meter distance or more distance between workers.
    g. Re-engineer office so transactions with public can be done across glass partitions/windows.
    h. Stagger work hours and meal times to reduce in-person interaction.
    i. Ensure proper ventilation of in-door spaces by opening windows and doors that lead to open spaces.
    j. Take temperatures of all staff daily, whether they live in office dormitories or commute to work daily.
    k. Staff to
    – complete Daily Self-Health Check (cf. Annex E) BEFORE going to work;
    – stay home and isolate oneself when symptoms of COVID-19 infection appear, though minor it may be.
    – inform the office so that proper measures can be undertaken.
  2. When should temporary closure of a parish office (lockdown) be undertaken as a result of COVID-19 infection?
    a. When a confirmed case has led to exposure by close contact of EVERYONE in the office, temporary closure of the parish office may be undertaken. In other words, everyone in the office is considered a case or a close contact and has to either

1) go into isolation because s/he is symptomatic or
2) go into quarantine because s/he is a close contact. Because of this situation, there is no one who can work in the parish office.

Let us be extra careful during this time. Let us unite ourselves in prayer.

I assure you of my blessing and pastoral solicitude.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

(Signed)
+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
 Archbishop of Manila

 

 

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The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) appeals for prayers to the safety of everyone this pandemic as the Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the start of the year.

In his prayer, Fr. Nolan Que, CEAP National Capital Region Trustee, entrusted to God the faithful that they may overcome the challenges during this difficult time and receive consolation from their many worries.

“Calm the storm that is in us. Take away all our fears which makes us cruel to ourselves and to others. Grant peace and calm to our troubled hearts,” he said.

Fr. Que also included in his prayers the school personnel, teachers and students, administrators that those who have been infected by the virus to have a speedy recovery as well as continue to take extra precautions from Covid-19.

“Grant healing to our students, parents, and personnel who are not feeling well and might have been infected by COVID-19. Protect them from further danger and harm. Grant them strength in mind and body,” he added.

As the Alert Level 3 status on National Capital Region started on January 3, the Department of Health postponed the supposedly resume of the face-to-face classes as the threat of the Omicron variant continues to elevate in cities.

In an earlier statement, Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) Chairman, expressed his concern for those in the education sector, administration, teachers and students alike, that they may also be remembered as a priority as they are also in the in frontline in facing the pandemic. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God.

This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, in commemoration of the National Heroes Day in the country.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Mr. Cruz said that commemorating the greatness of heroes was also a call to everyone to be heroes not only for others but for the Lord. He explained that small things like being honest, benevolent, and loving can be shown to be a hero.

“Sa paggunita sa mga bayani natin ang isang pinakamahalagang maintindihan natin ay tayong lahat ay tinatawag na maging mga bayani. Kung gusto nating ipagdiwang ito, maging bayani tayo sa mata ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay, sa pamamagitan ng katapatan, sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal,” said Mr. Cruz.

As part of the Catholic faith and community, ordinary people who witnessed their faith in extraordinary ways are considered heroes, such as martyrs and saints.

Under the social teachings of the Church, the characteristics of a martyr or saint are not far from a hero who promoted true justice for his people.

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated annually by Filipinos to honor and remember all the heroes of the revolution who helped to establish the foundation for the country’s independence. Its commemoration is to be held every last Monday of August each year.

In our present times, the country also honors all healthcare workers, medical frontliners and all those people for their life-saving role in the fight against the surge of COVID-19. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health Care executive secretary Fr. Dan Cancino, has pointed out how health care workers made a huge contribution in taking care of the sick to help them get cured during this time of the pandemic.

According to him these healthcare workers are instruments of the Lord for the patients to fill them with the light of hope.

“Sa panahon ngayon, ang ating pangangalaga sa maysakit ay nagluluningning na. Sa mga nag-aalaga sa maysakit, sa ating mga carers, caregivers, manggagawa sa kalusugan – sa ospital at sa komunidad, maraming salamat sa malasakit at paghahatid ng liwanag ng ating Panginoon lalong lalo na sa mga dumaranas ng karamdaman,” Fr. Cancino told Radio Veritas.

Fr. Cancino acknowledges the sacrifice of healthcare workers and caregivers who offered their time to serve and help cure sick patients from their illnesses.

These past two years of the pandemic, everyone witnessed the valuable contribution of medical frontliners in their response to the contagious and deadly COVID–19.

Some of them lost their lives working to help cure patients and prevent them from catching deadlier diseases,

“We recognize your love and your effort to the sick. Dito natin makikita sa puso ng bawat tao na nandoon pa rin yoong itinatak ng Panginoong Diyos na mangalaga sa kapwa,” according to Fr. Cancino.

Fr. Cancino prays that there would be more caretakers with a good heart to serve as inspiration to everyone in helping cure those who are sick.

The CBCP-ECHC shall disseminate, promote and defend the teaching of the Church on the subject of health care that includes in a special way, attention to and concern for the handicapped, the sick, the aged and the dying. It also helps in fomenting the awareness and observance of Church doctrine on health care and animates and assists Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, Lay Organizations, health care workers and similar entities, in collaboration with other Commissions in the Conference. It also acts as liaison with the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Fr. Dan Cancino from Radio Veritas)

 

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COVID-19

Merciful and compassionate Father,
we confess our sins
and we humbly come to you
to find forgiveness and life.

We come to you in our need
to seek your protection
against the COVID-19 virus
that has disturbed and claimed many lives.

We ask you now to look upon us with love
and by your healing hand,
dispel the fear of sickness and death,
restore our hope, and strengthen our faith.

We pray that you guide the people
tasked to find cures for this disease
and to stem its transmission.

Bless our efforts
to use the medicines developed
to end the pandemic in our country.

We pray for our health workers
that they may minister to the sick
with competence and compassion.

Grant them health in mind and body,
strength in their commitment,
protection from the disease.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Give us the grace in these trying times
to work for the good of all
and to help those in need.

May our concern and compassion for each other
see us through this crisis
and lead us to conversion and holiness.

Grant all these
through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

We fly to Your protection,
oh Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers,
oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
San Roque, pray for us.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

TAGALOG

Mahabagin at maawaing Ama, inaamin namin ang aming mga kasalanan
at mapagpakumbabang dumudulog sa iyo upang makatagpo ng pagpapatawad at buhay.

Nagsusumamo kami sa iyo sa upang hilingin ang iyong patnubay
laban sa CoVid 19 na nagpapahirap sa marami at kumitil na ng mga buhay.

Tunghayan mo kami nang may pagmamahal.
at ipagadya kami ng inyong mapaghilom na kamay mula sa takot sa kamatayan at karamdaman.
Itaguyod mo kami sa pag-asa at patatagin sa pananampalataya.

Gabayan mo ang mga dalubhasang naatasan
na tumuklas ng mga lunas at paraan upang ihinto ang paglaganap nito.

Pagpalain mo ang aming mga pagsisikap
na mawakasan ng mga nalinang na gamot ang pandemya sa aming bayan.

Patnubayan mo ang mga lumilingap sa maysakit
upang ang kanilang pagkalinga ay malakipan ng husay at malasakit.
Pagkalooban mo sila ng kalusugan sa isip at katawan,
katatagan sa kanilang paninindigang maglingkod
at ipagsanggalang sa karamdaman.

Itinataas namin ang mga nagdurusa.
Makamtam nawa nila ang mabuting kalusugan.
Lingapin mo rin ang mga kumakalinga sa kanila.
Pagkamitin mo ng kapayapaang walang hanggan ang mga pumanaw na.

Pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya na magtulong tulong tungo sa ikabubuti ng lahat.
Pukawin sa amin ang pagmamalasakit sa mga nangangailangan.
Sa pagdamay at malasakit namin sa bawa’t isa,
malampasan nawa namin ang krisis na ito
at lumago sa kabanalan at pagbabalik loob sa iyo.

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristo
na nabubuhay at naghaharing kasama mo at ng Espiritu Santo,
Diyos, magpasawalang hangan. Amen.

Dumudulog kami sa iyong patnubay, Mahal na Ina ng Diyos.
Pakinggan mo ang aming mga kahilingan sa aming pangangailangan
at ipagadya mo kami sa lahat ng kasamaan,
maluwalhati at pinagpalang Birhen. Amen.

Mahal na Birhen, mapagpagaling sa maysakit, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Rafael Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Roque, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

\

 

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Circular No. 2022 – 03
5 January 2022

TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace of the Lord!

As the COVID-19 cases escalate due to the Omicron variant, I would like to reiterate the following points which were agreed upon during the 5 January 2022 Presbyteral Council meeting to protect God’s people entrusted to our pastoral care.

  1. Sacraments and other religious activities are essential for the faithful, and, taking into consideration health protocols, they must not be deprived of their spiritual nourishment during these difficult times of fear and despair. We encourage you to continue and strengthen your on-line Masses.
  2. We entrust the implementation of lockdown of Churches to the pastoral prudence and discernment of parish priests, ad casum (case-to-case basis), in consultation with the parish pastoral council, Local Government Units, health authorities and other concerned government agencies.
  3. We encourage our parishes to continue taking care of the poor in our communities through our feeding programs and community pantries/kindness stations.
  4. We would like to reiterate #10 of the COVID-19 Guide prepared by the Ministry on Health Care, issued in October 2020, on implementing lockdown of parish offices which can also be used in considering the implementation of church lockdown:

GUIDANCE ON KEEPING PARISH OFFICES OPEN & IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN

In instances where uncontrolled COVID-19 transmission may be occurring in a Parish Office or RCAM unit, it may be necessary to close the office for several days (lockdown) and stop work. However, lockdown of a parish office can be prevented if minimum health standards are maintained. Locking down a parish office is an extreme intervention and should be considered carefully.

  1. What health and safety measures should be enforced in every parish office and RCAM office?
    a. Practice proper personal hygiene: frequent hand-washing, wearing of masks, wearing of face shields, respiratory etiquette, no spitting.
    b. Regular disinfection of furniture, office spaces, equipment.
    c. Enforce physical distancing among staff members and among staff and visitors
    d. Restrict mass gatherings.
    e. Limit in-person transactions as much as possible; promote on-line transactions.
    f. Re-engineer office lay-out to provide 2-meter distance or more distance between workers.
    g. Re-engineer office so transactions with public can be done across glass partitions/windows.
    h. Stagger work hours and meal times to reduce in-person interaction.
    i. Ensure proper ventilation of in-door spaces by opening windows and doors that lead to open spaces.
    j. Take temperatures of all staff daily, whether they live in office dormitories or commute to work daily.
    k. Staff to
    – complete Daily Self-Health Check (cf. Annex E) BEFORE going to work;
    – stay home and isolate oneself when symptoms of COVID-19 infection appear, though minor it may be.
    – inform the office so that proper measures can be undertaken.
  2. When should temporary closure of a parish office (lockdown) be undertaken as a result of COVID-19 infection?
    a. When a confirmed case has led to exposure by close contact of EVERYONE in the office, temporary closure of the parish office may be undertaken. In other words, everyone in the office is considered a case or a close contact and has to either

1) go into isolation because s/he is symptomatic or
2) go into quarantine because s/he is a close contact. Because of this situation, there is no one who can work in the parish office.

Let us be extra careful during this time. Let us unite ourselves in prayer.

I assure you of my blessing and pastoral solicitude.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

(Signed)
+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
 Archbishop of Manila

 

 

On Implementing Lockdown of Churches

Circular No. 2022 – 03 5 January 2022 TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers: Greetings of peace …

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COVID-19

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) appeals for prayers to the safety of everyone this pandemic as the Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the start of the year.

In his prayer, Fr. Nolan Que, CEAP National Capital Region Trustee, entrusted to God the faithful that they may overcome the challenges during this difficult time and receive consolation from their many worries.

“Calm the storm that is in us. Take away all our fears which makes us cruel to ourselves and to others. Grant peace and calm to our troubled hearts,” he said.

Fr. Que also included in his prayers the school personnel, teachers and students, administrators that those who have been infected by the virus to have a speedy recovery as well as continue to take extra precautions from Covid-19.

“Grant healing to our students, parents, and personnel who are not feeling well and might have been infected by COVID-19. Protect them from further danger and harm. Grant them strength in mind and body,” he added.

As the Alert Level 3 status on National Capital Region started on January 3, the Department of Health postponed the supposedly resume of the face-to-face classes as the threat of the Omicron variant continues to elevate in cities.

In an earlier statement, Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) Chairman, expressed his concern for those in the education sector, administration, teachers and students alike, that they may also be remembered as a priority as they are also in the in frontline in facing the pandemic. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God.

This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, in commemoration of the National Heroes Day in the country.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Mr. Cruz said that commemorating the greatness of heroes was also a call to everyone to be heroes not only for others but for the Lord. He explained that small things like being honest, benevolent, and loving can be shown to be a hero.

“Sa paggunita sa mga bayani natin ang isang pinakamahalagang maintindihan natin ay tayong lahat ay tinatawag na maging mga bayani. Kung gusto nating ipagdiwang ito, maging bayani tayo sa mata ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay, sa pamamagitan ng katapatan, sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal,” said Mr. Cruz.

As part of the Catholic faith and community, ordinary people who witnessed their faith in extraordinary ways are considered heroes, such as martyrs and saints.

Under the social teachings of the Church, the characteristics of a martyr or saint are not far from a hero who promoted true justice for his people.

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated annually by Filipinos to honor and remember all the heroes of the revolution who helped to establish the foundation for the country’s independence. Its commemoration is to be held every last Monday of August each year.

In our present times, the country also honors all healthcare workers, medical frontliners and all those people for their life-saving role in the fight against the surge of COVID-19. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health Care executive secretary Fr. Dan Cancino, has pointed out how health care workers made a huge contribution in taking care of the sick to help them get cured during this time of the pandemic.

According to him these healthcare workers are instruments of the Lord for the patients to fill them with the light of hope.

“Sa panahon ngayon, ang ating pangangalaga sa maysakit ay nagluluningning na. Sa mga nag-aalaga sa maysakit, sa ating mga carers, caregivers, manggagawa sa kalusugan – sa ospital at sa komunidad, maraming salamat sa malasakit at paghahatid ng liwanag ng ating Panginoon lalong lalo na sa mga dumaranas ng karamdaman,” Fr. Cancino told Radio Veritas.

Fr. Cancino acknowledges the sacrifice of healthcare workers and caregivers who offered their time to serve and help cure sick patients from their illnesses.

These past two years of the pandemic, everyone witnessed the valuable contribution of medical frontliners in their response to the contagious and deadly COVID–19.

Some of them lost their lives working to help cure patients and prevent them from catching deadlier diseases,

“We recognize your love and your effort to the sick. Dito natin makikita sa puso ng bawat tao na nandoon pa rin yoong itinatak ng Panginoong Diyos na mangalaga sa kapwa,” according to Fr. Cancino.

Fr. Cancino prays that there would be more caretakers with a good heart to serve as inspiration to everyone in helping cure those who are sick.

The CBCP-ECHC shall disseminate, promote and defend the teaching of the Church on the subject of health care that includes in a special way, attention to and concern for the handicapped, the sick, the aged and the dying. It also helps in fomenting the awareness and observance of Church doctrine on health care and animates and assists Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, Lay Organizations, health care workers and similar entities, in collaboration with other Commissions in the Conference. It also acts as liaison with the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Fr. Dan Cancino from Radio Veritas)

 

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COVID-19

Merciful and compassionate Father,
we confess our sins
and we humbly come to you
to find forgiveness and life.

We come to you in our need
to seek your protection
against the COVID-19 virus
that has disturbed and claimed many lives.

We ask you now to look upon us with love
and by your healing hand,
dispel the fear of sickness and death,
restore our hope, and strengthen our faith.

We pray that you guide the people
tasked to find cures for this disease
and to stem its transmission.

Bless our efforts
to use the medicines developed
to end the pandemic in our country.

We pray for our health workers
that they may minister to the sick
with competence and compassion.

Grant them health in mind and body,
strength in their commitment,
protection from the disease.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Give us the grace in these trying times
to work for the good of all
and to help those in need.

May our concern and compassion for each other
see us through this crisis
and lead us to conversion and holiness.

Grant all these
through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

We fly to Your protection,
oh Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers,
oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
San Roque, pray for us.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

TAGALOG

Mahabagin at maawaing Ama, inaamin namin ang aming mga kasalanan
at mapagpakumbabang dumudulog sa iyo upang makatagpo ng pagpapatawad at buhay.

Nagsusumamo kami sa iyo sa upang hilingin ang iyong patnubay
laban sa CoVid 19 na nagpapahirap sa marami at kumitil na ng mga buhay.

Tunghayan mo kami nang may pagmamahal.
at ipagadya kami ng inyong mapaghilom na kamay mula sa takot sa kamatayan at karamdaman.
Itaguyod mo kami sa pag-asa at patatagin sa pananampalataya.

Gabayan mo ang mga dalubhasang naatasan
na tumuklas ng mga lunas at paraan upang ihinto ang paglaganap nito.

Pagpalain mo ang aming mga pagsisikap
na mawakasan ng mga nalinang na gamot ang pandemya sa aming bayan.

Patnubayan mo ang mga lumilingap sa maysakit
upang ang kanilang pagkalinga ay malakipan ng husay at malasakit.
Pagkalooban mo sila ng kalusugan sa isip at katawan,
katatagan sa kanilang paninindigang maglingkod
at ipagsanggalang sa karamdaman.

Itinataas namin ang mga nagdurusa.
Makamtam nawa nila ang mabuting kalusugan.
Lingapin mo rin ang mga kumakalinga sa kanila.
Pagkamitin mo ng kapayapaang walang hanggan ang mga pumanaw na.

Pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya na magtulong tulong tungo sa ikabubuti ng lahat.
Pukawin sa amin ang pagmamalasakit sa mga nangangailangan.
Sa pagdamay at malasakit namin sa bawa’t isa,
malampasan nawa namin ang krisis na ito
at lumago sa kabanalan at pagbabalik loob sa iyo.

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristo
na nabubuhay at naghaharing kasama mo at ng Espiritu Santo,
Diyos, magpasawalang hangan. Amen.

Dumudulog kami sa iyong patnubay, Mahal na Ina ng Diyos.
Pakinggan mo ang aming mga kahilingan sa aming pangangailangan
at ipagadya mo kami sa lahat ng kasamaan,
maluwalhati at pinagpalang Birhen. Amen.

Mahal na Birhen, mapagpagaling sa maysakit, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Rafael Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Roque, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

\

 

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Circular No. 2022 – 03
5 January 2022

TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace of the Lord!

As the COVID-19 cases escalate due to the Omicron variant, I would like to reiterate the following points which were agreed upon during the 5 January 2022 Presbyteral Council meeting to protect God’s people entrusted to our pastoral care.

  1. Sacraments and other religious activities are essential for the faithful, and, taking into consideration health protocols, they must not be deprived of their spiritual nourishment during these difficult times of fear and despair. We encourage you to continue and strengthen your on-line Masses.
  2. We entrust the implementation of lockdown of Churches to the pastoral prudence and discernment of parish priests, ad casum (case-to-case basis), in consultation with the parish pastoral council, Local Government Units, health authorities and other concerned government agencies.
  3. We encourage our parishes to continue taking care of the poor in our communities through our feeding programs and community pantries/kindness stations.
  4. We would like to reiterate #10 of the COVID-19 Guide prepared by the Ministry on Health Care, issued in October 2020, on implementing lockdown of parish offices which can also be used in considering the implementation of church lockdown:

GUIDANCE ON KEEPING PARISH OFFICES OPEN & IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN

In instances where uncontrolled COVID-19 transmission may be occurring in a Parish Office or RCAM unit, it may be necessary to close the office for several days (lockdown) and stop work. However, lockdown of a parish office can be prevented if minimum health standards are maintained. Locking down a parish office is an extreme intervention and should be considered carefully.

  1. What health and safety measures should be enforced in every parish office and RCAM office?
    a. Practice proper personal hygiene: frequent hand-washing, wearing of masks, wearing of face shields, respiratory etiquette, no spitting.
    b. Regular disinfection of furniture, office spaces, equipment.
    c. Enforce physical distancing among staff members and among staff and visitors
    d. Restrict mass gatherings.
    e. Limit in-person transactions as much as possible; promote on-line transactions.
    f. Re-engineer office lay-out to provide 2-meter distance or more distance between workers.
    g. Re-engineer office so transactions with public can be done across glass partitions/windows.
    h. Stagger work hours and meal times to reduce in-person interaction.
    i. Ensure proper ventilation of in-door spaces by opening windows and doors that lead to open spaces.
    j. Take temperatures of all staff daily, whether they live in office dormitories or commute to work daily.
    k. Staff to
    – complete Daily Self-Health Check (cf. Annex E) BEFORE going to work;
    – stay home and isolate oneself when symptoms of COVID-19 infection appear, though minor it may be.
    – inform the office so that proper measures can be undertaken.
  2. When should temporary closure of a parish office (lockdown) be undertaken as a result of COVID-19 infection?
    a. When a confirmed case has led to exposure by close contact of EVERYONE in the office, temporary closure of the parish office may be undertaken. In other words, everyone in the office is considered a case or a close contact and has to either

1) go into isolation because s/he is symptomatic or
2) go into quarantine because s/he is a close contact. Because of this situation, there is no one who can work in the parish office.

Let us be extra careful during this time. Let us unite ourselves in prayer.

I assure you of my blessing and pastoral solicitude.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

(Signed)
+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
 Archbishop of Manila

 

 

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The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) appeals for prayers to the safety of everyone this pandemic as the Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the start of the year.

In his prayer, Fr. Nolan Que, CEAP National Capital Region Trustee, entrusted to God the faithful that they may overcome the challenges during this difficult time and receive consolation from their many worries.

“Calm the storm that is in us. Take away all our fears which makes us cruel to ourselves and to others. Grant peace and calm to our troubled hearts,” he said.

Fr. Que also included in his prayers the school personnel, teachers and students, administrators that those who have been infected by the virus to have a speedy recovery as well as continue to take extra precautions from Covid-19.

“Grant healing to our students, parents, and personnel who are not feeling well and might have been infected by COVID-19. Protect them from further danger and harm. Grant them strength in mind and body,” he added.

As the Alert Level 3 status on National Capital Region started on January 3, the Department of Health postponed the supposedly resume of the face-to-face classes as the threat of the Omicron variant continues to elevate in cities.

In an earlier statement, Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) Chairman, expressed his concern for those in the education sector, administration, teachers and students alike, that they may also be remembered as a priority as they are also in the in frontline in facing the pandemic. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God.

This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, in commemoration of the National Heroes Day in the country.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Mr. Cruz said that commemorating the greatness of heroes was also a call to everyone to be heroes not only for others but for the Lord. He explained that small things like being honest, benevolent, and loving can be shown to be a hero.

“Sa paggunita sa mga bayani natin ang isang pinakamahalagang maintindihan natin ay tayong lahat ay tinatawag na maging mga bayani. Kung gusto nating ipagdiwang ito, maging bayani tayo sa mata ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay, sa pamamagitan ng katapatan, sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal,” said Mr. Cruz.

As part of the Catholic faith and community, ordinary people who witnessed their faith in extraordinary ways are considered heroes, such as martyrs and saints.

Under the social teachings of the Church, the characteristics of a martyr or saint are not far from a hero who promoted true justice for his people.

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated annually by Filipinos to honor and remember all the heroes of the revolution who helped to establish the foundation for the country’s independence. Its commemoration is to be held every last Monday of August each year.

In our present times, the country also honors all healthcare workers, medical frontliners and all those people for their life-saving role in the fight against the surge of COVID-19. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health Care executive secretary Fr. Dan Cancino, has pointed out how health care workers made a huge contribution in taking care of the sick to help them get cured during this time of the pandemic.

According to him these healthcare workers are instruments of the Lord for the patients to fill them with the light of hope.

“Sa panahon ngayon, ang ating pangangalaga sa maysakit ay nagluluningning na. Sa mga nag-aalaga sa maysakit, sa ating mga carers, caregivers, manggagawa sa kalusugan – sa ospital at sa komunidad, maraming salamat sa malasakit at paghahatid ng liwanag ng ating Panginoon lalong lalo na sa mga dumaranas ng karamdaman,” Fr. Cancino told Radio Veritas.

Fr. Cancino acknowledges the sacrifice of healthcare workers and caregivers who offered their time to serve and help cure sick patients from their illnesses.

These past two years of the pandemic, everyone witnessed the valuable contribution of medical frontliners in their response to the contagious and deadly COVID–19.

Some of them lost their lives working to help cure patients and prevent them from catching deadlier diseases,

“We recognize your love and your effort to the sick. Dito natin makikita sa puso ng bawat tao na nandoon pa rin yoong itinatak ng Panginoong Diyos na mangalaga sa kapwa,” according to Fr. Cancino.

Fr. Cancino prays that there would be more caretakers with a good heart to serve as inspiration to everyone in helping cure those who are sick.

The CBCP-ECHC shall disseminate, promote and defend the teaching of the Church on the subject of health care that includes in a special way, attention to and concern for the handicapped, the sick, the aged and the dying. It also helps in fomenting the awareness and observance of Church doctrine on health care and animates and assists Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, Lay Organizations, health care workers and similar entities, in collaboration with other Commissions in the Conference. It also acts as liaison with the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo of Fr. Dan Cancino from Radio Veritas)

 

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COVID-19

Merciful and compassionate Father,
we confess our sins
and we humbly come to you
to find forgiveness and life.

We come to you in our need
to seek your protection
against the COVID-19 virus
that has disturbed and claimed many lives.

We ask you now to look upon us with love
and by your healing hand,
dispel the fear of sickness and death,
restore our hope, and strengthen our faith.

We pray that you guide the people
tasked to find cures for this disease
and to stem its transmission.

Bless our efforts
to use the medicines developed
to end the pandemic in our country.

We pray for our health workers
that they may minister to the sick
with competence and compassion.

Grant them health in mind and body,
strength in their commitment,
protection from the disease.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Give us the grace in these trying times
to work for the good of all
and to help those in need.

May our concern and compassion for each other
see us through this crisis
and lead us to conversion and holiness.

Grant all these
through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

We fly to Your protection,
oh Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers,
oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
San Roque, pray for us.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

TAGALOG

Mahabagin at maawaing Ama, inaamin namin ang aming mga kasalanan
at mapagpakumbabang dumudulog sa iyo upang makatagpo ng pagpapatawad at buhay.

Nagsusumamo kami sa iyo sa upang hilingin ang iyong patnubay
laban sa CoVid 19 na nagpapahirap sa marami at kumitil na ng mga buhay.

Tunghayan mo kami nang may pagmamahal.
at ipagadya kami ng inyong mapaghilom na kamay mula sa takot sa kamatayan at karamdaman.
Itaguyod mo kami sa pag-asa at patatagin sa pananampalataya.

Gabayan mo ang mga dalubhasang naatasan
na tumuklas ng mga lunas at paraan upang ihinto ang paglaganap nito.

Pagpalain mo ang aming mga pagsisikap
na mawakasan ng mga nalinang na gamot ang pandemya sa aming bayan.

Patnubayan mo ang mga lumilingap sa maysakit
upang ang kanilang pagkalinga ay malakipan ng husay at malasakit.
Pagkalooban mo sila ng kalusugan sa isip at katawan,
katatagan sa kanilang paninindigang maglingkod
at ipagsanggalang sa karamdaman.

Itinataas namin ang mga nagdurusa.
Makamtam nawa nila ang mabuting kalusugan.
Lingapin mo rin ang mga kumakalinga sa kanila.
Pagkamitin mo ng kapayapaang walang hanggan ang mga pumanaw na.

Pagkalooban mo kami ng biyaya na magtulong tulong tungo sa ikabubuti ng lahat.
Pukawin sa amin ang pagmamalasakit sa mga nangangailangan.
Sa pagdamay at malasakit namin sa bawa’t isa,
malampasan nawa namin ang krisis na ito
at lumago sa kabanalan at pagbabalik loob sa iyo.

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristo
na nabubuhay at naghaharing kasama mo at ng Espiritu Santo,
Diyos, magpasawalang hangan. Amen.

Dumudulog kami sa iyong patnubay, Mahal na Ina ng Diyos.
Pakinggan mo ang aming mga kahilingan sa aming pangangailangan
at ipagadya mo kami sa lahat ng kasamaan,
maluwalhati at pinagpalang Birhen. Amen.

Mahal na Birhen, mapagpagaling sa maysakit, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Jose, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Rafael Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Roque, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami.
San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami.

\

 

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Circular No. 2022 – 03
5 January 2022

TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace of the Lord!

As the COVID-19 cases escalate due to the Omicron variant, I would like to reiterate the following points which were agreed upon during the 5 January 2022 Presbyteral Council meeting to protect God’s people entrusted to our pastoral care.

  1. Sacraments and other religious activities are essential for the faithful, and, taking into consideration health protocols, they must not be deprived of their spiritual nourishment during these difficult times of fear and despair. We encourage you to continue and strengthen your on-line Masses.
  2. We entrust the implementation of lockdown of Churches to the pastoral prudence and discernment of parish priests, ad casum (case-to-case basis), in consultation with the parish pastoral council, Local Government Units, health authorities and other concerned government agencies.
  3. We encourage our parishes to continue taking care of the poor in our communities through our feeding programs and community pantries/kindness stations.
  4. We would like to reiterate #10 of the COVID-19 Guide prepared by the Ministry on Health Care, issued in October 2020, on implementing lockdown of parish offices which can also be used in considering the implementation of church lockdown:

GUIDANCE ON KEEPING PARISH OFFICES OPEN & IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN

In instances where uncontrolled COVID-19 transmission may be occurring in a Parish Office or RCAM unit, it may be necessary to close the office for several days (lockdown) and stop work. However, lockdown of a parish office can be prevented if minimum health standards are maintained. Locking down a parish office is an extreme intervention and should be considered carefully.

  1. What health and safety measures should be enforced in every parish office and RCAM office?
    a. Practice proper personal hygiene: frequent hand-washing, wearing of masks, wearing of face shields, respiratory etiquette, no spitting.
    b. Regular disinfection of furniture, office spaces, equipment.
    c. Enforce physical distancing among staff members and among staff and visitors
    d. Restrict mass gatherings.
    e. Limit in-person transactions as much as possible; promote on-line transactions.
    f. Re-engineer office lay-out to provide 2-meter distance or more distance between workers.
    g. Re-engineer office so transactions with public can be done across glass partitions/windows.
    h. Stagger work hours and meal times to reduce in-person interaction.
    i. Ensure proper ventilation of in-door spaces by opening windows and doors that lead to open spaces.
    j. Take temperatures of all staff daily, whether they live in office dormitories or commute to work daily.
    k. Staff to
    – complete Daily Self-Health Check (cf. Annex E) BEFORE going to work;
    – stay home and isolate oneself when symptoms of COVID-19 infection appear, though minor it may be.
    – inform the office so that proper measures can be undertaken.
  2. When should temporary closure of a parish office (lockdown) be undertaken as a result of COVID-19 infection?
    a. When a confirmed case has led to exposure by close contact of EVERYONE in the office, temporary closure of the parish office may be undertaken. In other words, everyone in the office is considered a case or a close contact and has to either

1) go into isolation because s/he is symptomatic or
2) go into quarantine because s/he is a close contact. Because of this situation, there is no one who can work in the parish office.

Let us be extra careful during this time. Let us unite ourselves in prayer.

I assure you of my blessing and pastoral solicitude.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

(Signed)
+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
 Archbishop of Manila

 

 

On Implementing Lockdown of Churches

Circular No. 2022 – 03 5 January 2022 TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ON IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWN OF CHURCHES Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers: Greetings of peace …

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COVID-19

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) appeals for prayers to the safety of everyone this pandemic as the Covid-19 cases continues to increase at the start of the year.

In his prayer, Fr. Nolan Que, CEAP National Capital Region Trustee, entrusted to God the faithful that they may overcome the challenges during this difficult time and receive consolation from their many worries.

“Calm the storm that is in us. Take away all our fears which makes us cruel to ourselves and to others. Grant peace and calm to our troubled hearts,” he said.

Fr. Que also included in his prayers the school personnel, teachers and students, administrators that those who have been infected by the virus to have a speedy recovery as well as continue to take extra precautions from Covid-19.

“Grant healing to our students, parents, and personnel who are not feeling well and might have been infected by COVID-19. Protect them from further danger and harm. Grant them strength in mind and body,” he added.

As the Alert Level 3 status on National Capital Region started on January 3, the Department of Health postponed the supposedly resume of the face-to-face classes as the threat of the Omicron variant continues to elevate in cities.

In an earlier statement, Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of the Diocese of Daet, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) Chairman, expressed his concern for those in the education sector, administration, teachers and students alike, that they may also be remembered as a priority as they are also in the in frontline in facing the pandemic. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)

 

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Everyone is called to be a hero not only for the people but also in the eyes of God.

This was the message of Raymond Daniel Cruz, president of the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, in commemoration of the National Heroes Day in the country.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Mr. Cruz said that commemorating the greatness of heroes was also a call to everyone to be heroes not only for others but for the Lord. He explained that small things like being honest, benevolent, and loving can be shown to be a hero.

“Sa paggunita sa mga bayani natin ang isang pinakamahalagang maintindihan natin ay tayong lahat ay tinatawag na maging mga bayani. Kung gusto nating ipagdiwang ito, maging bayani tayo sa mata ng ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng mga maliliit na bagay, sa pamamagitan ng katapatan, sa pamamagitan ng pagmamahal,” said Mr. Cruz.

As part of the Catholic faith and community, ordinary people who witnessed their faith in extraordinary ways are considered heroes, such as martyrs and saints.

Under the social teachings of the Church, the characteristics of a martyr or saint are not far from a hero who promoted true justice for his people.

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated annually by Filipinos to honor and remember all the heroes of the revolution who helped to establish the foundation for the country’s independence. Its commemoration is to be held every last Monday of August each year.

In our present times, the country also honors all healthcare workers, medical frontliners and all those people for their life-saving role in the fight against the surge of COVID-19. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)