In order to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, Catholic and private cemeteries on island will be closed on All Souls’ Day weekend this year.
In addition, the Archdiocese of Agana has also canceled all traditional All Souls’ Day Masses at all cemeteries.
Instead, the Agana Cathedral – Basilica will offer a livestreamed Mass, with Responso, at 12 noon on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. You can watch online at www.aganacathedral.org and on Facebook/Agana Cathedral.
In a joint release, the island’s Catholic and private cemeteries stated that they reached this joint consensus after much thought and deliberation.
“We recommend that you plan your cemetery visit before Friday, October 30, 2020 or
after Tuesday, November 3, 2020. We share with you the pain of not being able to visit your loved ones on this special day,” the release stated.
According to the cemeteries, this was not an easy decision for them to make. However, they value everyone’s health more than anything else.
“Instead of going to the cemeteries on All Souls’ Day this year, we urge you to set aside time together as a family in your homes, to light a candle, offer prayers and share your recollections of those who have gone on before us. Their memories can bind us closer together. This is an unprecedented decision during these unprecedented times. However, after much thought and discussion, the health and safety of Guam’s families are our first priority,” the release stated.
Covered by the closure are all Catholic cemeteries (Pigo in Anigua, Holy Cross in Togcha – Yona, and Mount Carmel in Agat) and private cemeteries (Guam Memorial Park in Leyang – Barrigada, Our Lady of Peace Memorial Gardens in Windward Hills – Yona, and Guam Windward Memorial in Windward Hills – Yona).
These cemeteries’ gates will be closed to visitors on Saturday, October 31, 2020,
on Sunday, November 1, 2020 and on All Souls’ Day, Monday, November 2, 2020.
They will reopen on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.