BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Bataan Bishop Ruperto C. Santos announced on Friday that two Catholic churches in Mariveles town, in cooperation with the local government unit, will offer vaccination against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) for its parishioners once a week after the Holy Mass.
Saint Nicholas of Tolentino Church in Barangay Poblacion will begin its vaccination project on September 18 and every Saturday thereafter, while the Santa Gemma Galgani Parish in Barangay Mountain View will start on September 26 and every Sunday onward.
The Holy Mass will start at Saint Nicholas of Tolentino Church at 4 p.m. and vaccination will follow one hour later. At the Santa Gemma Parish, Holy Mass begins at 7 a.m. and the vaccine administration will start after an hour.
Bishop Santos acts as parish priest of the Poblacion church while Fr. Jhoen Buenaventura serves as parish priest of the Mountain View church.
Describing the two church compounds as pop-in vaccine clinics, the bishop of the Diocese of Balanga said the project is about going to church, undergoing vaccination, being safe, and protecting others from Covid-19.
Santos said the parishes intend to hold the Holy Masses for the unvaccinated with the encouragement and collaboration of the churches with the municipal government under Mayor Jocelyn Castañeda.
“This is an opportune time to catechize the parishioners about the necessity and the benefits of being vaccinated,” the prelate said, adding, “Sama-sama sa Santa Misa, sama-sama sa bakuna (together in Holy Mass, together in vaccination).”
The initiative aims to help protect the town residents “against the dangerous and harmful Covid-19,” Santos said.
He invited members of religious organizations, the teaching and non-teaching staff of Catholic schools, and those serving in the celebration of the Holy Masses who are still unvaccinated to avail of the chance to be inoculated.
Santos urged those who are interested to go to the parish office or register online.
“Sa kagandahang-loob ng pamahalaang bayan ng Mariveles, mayroong nakahandang nakabalot na hapunan sa lahat ng magpapabakuna sa Saint Nicholas of Tolentino Church (Courtesy of the municipal government of Mariveles, there will be ready packed dinner for all those who will be vaccinated at the Saint Nicholas of Tolentino Church),” he added. (PNA)