Corona Virus Duensa Sombondim Arsbism Patriark Acho Sondex
Dear brother priests,
I thought it would be good to share the following information with you.
According to the AIIMS, our country is at present at stage 2 of the Coronavirus disease. The disease is spreading from those who have come in contact with persons carrying it from travel abroad in India or from areas affected in India to other towns and cities.
USA is at stage 3, where community based transmissions have begun, while EU, Europe, Italy and UK are at epidemic or stage 4.
Therefore, the Govt. of India and every State are advising minimum movement and practicing social distancing, so as to avoid stage 3 in our country. Our health system cannot deal with 10000 infections in a single day, if it happens in Goa.
Stage 3 is expected to blow off or blow out, by April first week to second week, hence these two weeks are very critical to maintain watch and practice social distancing.
If not, we expect a full lockdown, area wise.
Thus, please advice your parishioners not to congregate, but to practice social distancing, to sanitize/wash hands with soap regularly and to avoid going out of their homes unnecessarily.
As per studies conducted on those affected by Coronavirus worldwide, it has been noted that those aged above 60 years and those with illnesses like hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, lung disease, etc. are most vulnerable, that is, they are affected the most and also have poorer outcomes.
Those who have come from Gulf or UK or EU or US or from other States of India since Feb 15 should be told not to venture out.
Please STRICTLY FOLLOW the directives of the Archbishop and of the Govt. health authorities, for your good n for the common good.
May God bless and protect us all!
Fr. Romeo Monteiro
Aids for Prayer
Ref. No. DCL/15/2020 20th March, 2020
As per the directives of the Archbishop (CP-CIR/13/2020), various ‘Aids to Prayer’ are being prepared to help the domestic Church, our families, to celebrate their faith in this moment of crisis. We have allocated specific days for them:
Liturgy of the Word (Sunday)
The Rosary (Monday)
Liturgy of the Hours (Tue / Thur / Sat)
Prayer Service – Word of God / Passion of Christ (Wednesday)
Way of the Cross (Friday)
These ‘Aids’ are a collaborative effort of the Staff of the Pastoral Institute and the Pastoralites, Diocesan Center for Biblical Apostolate, Diocesan Catechetical Center, Diocesan Center for Liturgy, Priests and Lay faithful. We thank them sincerely for accepting this challenge at a moment’s notice.
Our aim is that these aids reach every house in Goa. Hence, we strongly urge you to forward it through E-Mail, WhatsApp or any other means of social media. You may also download it from the Archdiocesan website: http://archgoadaman.com
Dev Borem Korum!
Fr. Afonso Mendonça