The Catholic clergy has their faithful to offer Masses for their departed loved ones in case they are not able to visit their tombs on All Saints’ and All Souls Days.
Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo said priests will always be “available for Masses for the dead.” He supports Manila Mayor Isko Moreno’s decision to close cemeteries in the city during the first days of November to prevent crowding in the areas.
“I hope the mayor is successful in preventing people from congregating in the cemeteries,” Pabillo said. Fr. Jerome Secillano of the Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro Parish in Sampaloc, Manila said the measure is necessary amid the pandemic.
“It’s the call of the times. We need to really be careful. People can offer masses for the departed instead of trooping to cemeteries,” the priest added.
Mayor Moreno has announced that all public and private memorial parks, cemeteries, and columbaries in the City of Manila will be closed from October 31 to November 3. He issued his Executive Order No. ordering the temporary closure of said facilities during the ‘Undas’ period.
Other LGUs have followed the same move as part of health and safety measures. Visiting departed family kins in cemeteries is an established tradition among Pinoys.