Tacloban church offers drive-in Masses amid pandemic

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Tacloban City (CNN Philippines, September 14)- A church in Tacloban City now has an option for people to attend Mass while in the comfort of their own vehicles amid the pandemic.

The St. Josemaria Escriva Station in Apitong District has scheduled a “Park and Attend the Mass” every 6 p.m. on Sundays aside from its regular Masses where people can sit inside the church.

“The drive-in Mass is just an additional schedule of St. Josemaria Escriva Mission Station to accommodate those who cannot attend the Mass inside the church due to immune compromise or those who are not qualified for QR coding,” said parish priest Fr. Kim Margallo.

The church is also offering online service for those who cannot go outside their homes.

Margallo also shared that he was already thinking about conducting a drive-in Mass before.

“Now is the right time since people are afraid to go to Mass for the fear of close contact yet they are hungry for the Eucharist,” he said.

Tacloban City is placed under general community quarantine, in which only 10-percent capacity is allowed for religious gatherings.

Parishes in the city have already opened their churches for physical attendance of churchgoers, but under strict compliance to minimum health protocols set by the Department of Health.

Tacloban City stringer Wilmark Ali contributed to this report