By Ferdinand Patinio
MANILA – A prelate on Monday urged the faithful to support initiatives to help parishes who were financially affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
“The financial effect on the parishes is tremendous. Not only are there no mass collections, we have to support our parish personnel, and also many parishes shell out money to help the poor in their areas by giving food to them,” said Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Manila Apostolic Administrator.
Pabillo said the faithful can donate through online channels as religious gatherings are highly restricted under the modified ECQ and the general community quarantine.
“We appeal for online donation. The Sangguniang Laiko has brought out a letter asking lay people to support the church. The parishes help one another. Those who have resources help those who do not have enough,” Pabillo added.
Meanwhile, Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos said despite the effect of the pandemic on their finances, the Church continues to help those who are in need.
He said the parishes in the diocese are distributing bags of groceries to those in the remote areas and continue to give salaries to their personnel, especially those who are in barangay parishes.
“We are utilizing our savings and supposed to be the every year dividends of the priests. And also to help our flock the Diocese forego for two months the obligations of those using Diocesan properties,” he said.
Meanwhile, Fr. Melvin Castro of the diocese of Tarlac, said they are relying on divine providence to make ends meet.
“Totally no incoming funds. But like the rest of the people and the faithful, we rely on the Providence of God. And He is never failing. So much so, we are even able to help the poorer members,” he said.
Metro Manila and some areas in the country are under a modified enhanced community quarantine until May 31. (IA/PNA)