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Diocese of Chalan Kanoa adopts precautionary measures

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IN response to Covid-19 concerns, the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa has adopted precautionary measures and will continue to monitor developments and follow the recommendation of CNMI and federal authorities.

Bishop Ryan Jimenez said, “Those who are sick, or of frail condition, like the elderly, and therefore cannot attend Mass are excused from going to church.”

He said community members can also watch the Mass through Facebook live feed @dioceseofchalankanoa.

“We continue to pray for all those affected by the disease, particularly those afflicted, the health workers, and those seeking to find the cure and solution to this pandemic,” Bishop Jimenez said.

The diocese has given the following guidelines:

• If the faithful are sick or part of a high-risk group, the requirement to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of obligation is dispensed.

• In church, the faithful are not to hold hands during the Our Father and not to shake hands or hug when exchanging the sign of peace.

• All should refrain from shaking hands or hugging before, during, and after the Mass.

• Holy Communion is to be distributed in the hand and not on the tongue.

• All holy water and baptismal fonts are to be emptied of holy water.

• Call your parish if you are sick and in need of pastoral care.

• Priests, deacons, and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are to wash their hands before Mass and use hand sanitizer before and after Holy Communion.

• Pray for the healing of all affected by this outbreak, those who care for them, and the repose of the souls of those who have died from this illness.

• Stay informed and follow advice of the authorities, especially public health officials.


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