The Diocese of Dumaguete reiterates its support to the local health protocols enforced by the City of Dumaguete and Province of Negros Oriental to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Members of the clergy gathered today to celebrate Chrism Mass with the faithful and local government officials to include Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, Vice-Governor Mark Macias, Board Member Mariant Villegas, First District Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong and Capitol Consultant Dr. Henry Sojor.
Bishop Julito Cortes stressed that the Church must be at the forefront in obeying the local health protocols including the mandate to hold masses and services at 50% of the venue capacity.
Mayor Remollo, who attended the Chrism Mass in support of Bishop Cortes and the clergy, also asked the members of the public to observe health protocols by using face masks, frequent hand washing and social/physical distancing at all times.
Bishop Cortes feels blessed that COVID-19 cases here are not that many compared to other places and appealed for the people to be responsible enough by following the health protocols for the well-being of everyone.
He also paid tribute to the frontliners who have been caring for the sick in the past several months now.
The Chrism Mass, that was supposed to be celebrated last Holy Week but was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic, was instead held today at the Dumaguete Cathedral on the feast of Saint John Vianney, the Patron Saint for Parish Priests.