Naga parish churches open to 25% capacity due to MECQ

By Myrna Bermudo


Naga Metropolitan Cathedral immediately published an announcement through their social media account saying: “In view of the imposition of Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) on the Pilgrim City of Naga, masses at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral from June 16-30, 2021 will be open to just 25% of the Church’s total seating capacity (150 persons).”


The notification further states that “the regular schedule of Baptisms at the Naga Cathedral, as well as masses at the Naga City People’s Mall Chapel (Naga City Public Market) and the Bagumbayan Sur Barangay Chapel are temporarily cancelled.”


The Holy Cross Parish in Tabuco, Naga City also posted in their social media account an advisory saying: “In view of the imposition of Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) on the Pilgrim City of Naga from 16-30 June 2021, the Holy Cross Parish Tabuco will only accommodate 25% of the Church’s seating capacity in Masses, Baptisms, Weddings and other activities. We shall strictly follow health protocols and minimum public health standards. ”


The parish also encourages the faithful to participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass through the daily livestream on their Facebook Page at 06:00 in the morning.


Executive Order No. 2021-014 issued by the Office of the City Mayor on June 15, mandates parish churches, chapels and oratories in the City of Naga to open up to 25% capacity only for religious gatherings. Section 7d states that “religious gatherings shall be allowed up to twenty-five percent of the venue capacity. The religious denomination should observe their submitted protocols and minimum public health standards.”


These are the parishes inside the City of Naga which will accommodate 25% of the Church’s seating capacity in Masses, Baptisms, Weddings and other activities.


1. PARISH OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST, Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, Naga City


2. PARISH OF ST. LORENZO RUIZ OF MANILA, Abella, Naga City


3. PARISH OF OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL, Carolina, Naga City


4. PARISH OF OUR LADY OF PEÑAFRANCIA, Peñafrancia, Naga City


5. PARISH OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI, San Francisco, Naga City


6. PARISH OF OUR LADY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION Concepcion Pequena, Naga City


7. PARISH OF MATER SALUTIS, Cararayan, Naga City


8. PARISH OF ST. JUDE THADDEUS, Villagrande Homes, Concepcion Grande


9. PARISH OF THE HOLY CROSS, Tabuco, Naga City


The Archdiocese of Caceres reminds the faithful to earnestly pray that as well as strictly follow health protocols and minimum public health standards as part of one’s moral responsibility to preserve one’s life and to respect the life of others.


As the Philippine Church celebrates 500 years of Christianity, the Archdiocese of Caceres sends missionary priests to the Archdiocese of Castries and Diocese of Green Bay. From left to right: Fr. Ramel Pajenago, Fr. Abenson Martinez (former missionary priest), Fr. Rommel Dacoco and Fr. Fermin Valiente. (Photo: Archdiocese Office for Mission and Evangelization)