Drive-in Holy Mass offered in Philippines’ Tacloban City parish

Drive-in Holy Mass
The drive-in Mass was launched in response to the Archdiocese of Palo’s call for innovative ways to allow the faithful to participate in church events. Photo from St. Josemaria Escriva Mission Station.

A drive-in Holy Mass is being offered at the St. Josemaria Escriva Mission Station in Apitong in Tacloban City, Leyte province in the Philippines.

The Catholic mass is held at the St. Josemaria Escriva Grounds for people who are unable to join the celebration inside the church building due to the restricted attendance following health safety protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Holy Mass celebrant holds the celebration from a makeshift platform.

“I think it was the right time, with the Covid-19 cases rocketing in our city, people are afraid to go out,” said Fr. Kim Margallo of St. Josemaria Escriva Mission Station in a CBCP News report.

Fr. Margallo shared that the idea for the drive-in Mass at the church parking lot allows the Catholic faithful to attend Mass from the safety of their cars.

Archbishop John Du of Palo had earlier asked to “initiate creative evangelization and pastoral ministering in our parishes” amid the health crisis.

“I made the initiative to let the people attend the mass in such a way so they can still continue to attend the Holy Eucharist as a family inside their cars,” Fr. Margallo added.

Drive-in Mass participants can also receive communion by rolling down their windows so the lay minister can give them the host.

The parish also streams its Mass online.

“Even if we have our mass online streamed there is no best substitute to attend a celebration of the Eucharist physically,” Fr. Margallo emphasized.

People who attend Mass inside the church are required to bring their QR Code, wear a mask, observe social distancing, and proceed to the church chapel.

St. Josemaria Escriva Mission Station is located on Maharlika Highway, Brgy. 92, Apitong, Tacloban City, Leyte.

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