SAN JUAN, Texas – The National Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan Basilica is no longer providing wine during communion and hand holding during prayer. As the coronavirus has brought this to a halt. But what hasn’t stopped are churchgoers who say the community needs mass now, more than ever.
“So far they haven’t cancelled it, so I’m still happy. Nobody can stop me from going to church.”
Aida Oracion goes to church everyday and says with Holy Week approaching, stopping churchgoers from practicing their religion would be the worst so far.
“A lot of people here in the Valley are churchgoers and stopping mass is breaking our hearts.
Bishop Daniel E. Flores addressed the faithful community through a letter stating mass hasn’t been cancelled, but the decision solely depends on the circumstances. That is something church goer, Gloria Garza prays doesn’t happen.
“It’s just a real, real hard decision. I don’t think the bishop should cancel mass. I think everyone
should go at their own cognition. If you don’t feel good just stay at home but if you feel okay I think we’re pretty much safe at this point.”
Bishop Flores stated that other public events like parish festivals, confirmations, and special events during Holy Week may need to be cancelled. Adding all the faithful are waived from the obligations to assist mass on Sundays and holy days in an effort to help keep the community healthy.
“I don’t like it but we have to do everything that we can to protect the public.”
Bishop Flores is expected to give an update in the next couple of days as to how the church plans on handling upcoming holy celebrations.
Bishop Flores also announcing mass is being held online via the diocesan website for those who can’t attend church.