The Diocese of Tarlac announced that it will be holding a “Day of Prayer, Fasting, and Penance” on October 1 to ask the Lord for mercy and compassion to end the pandemic.
“As your pastor and shepherd, I ask you that we be united as God’s family,” said Bishop Enrique Macaraeg of Tarlac.
The prelate invited the faithful to join the activity, which will be held on the Memorial of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, to ask for “the forgiveness of sins and for the end of this pandemic.”
Bishop Macaraeg will lead the “Prayer of Exorcism” at San Sebastian Cathedral and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist for the first Friday of the month.
“There is no need to gather as a multitude to pray. Let our homes, parishes, small communities be the focal point of prayer and penance,” said the bishop over Church-run Radio Veritas 846.
According to data from the Department of Health, about 15,000 people have been infected by COVID-19 in the province of Tarlac with at least 163 active cases.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday announced that he has approved the vaccination of the general population against COVID-19 beginning October.
The Philippines has been vaccinating select sectors of the population, including healthcare workers, senior citizens, people with comorbidities and frontline workers, but has not yet expanded coverage for all people due to supply constraints.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte allowed the vaccination of the general population as more vaccines come into the country.
About 69.62 million doses of various coronavirus vaccines have landed in the Philippines since March 1.
The Philippines is heavily banking on vaccination against COVID-19 to get past the pandemic, which has crippled its economy and killed over 37,000.
Due to the Delta variant, the government has raised its national vaccination target to 90% of the population — a goal which is still far from being met as only 18.62% have been vaccinated against COVID-19 as of September 26.