Decision to close cemeteries not made by Governor, Archdiocese

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The pandemic has changed the way the community remembers their departed loved ones. On Wednesday, cemeteries announced that they are closing their gates on All Souls’ Day.

Catholic cemeteries on Guam, Guam Memorial Park, Our Lady of Peace Memorial Gardens, and Guam Windward Memorial have made the decision to close their gates on All Souls’ Day to minimize the spread of the virus.

In an interview with K57’s Patti Arroyo, Owen Bollinger, the administrator of the Catholic Cemeteries of Guam, clears the air on who made the decision.

“it wasn’t an easy decision and wasn’t a decision made by the governor or archdiocese. The decision was made by the four cemetery groups,” Bollinger said.

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He added that he understands and shares the pain of not visiting our loved ones on this special day and that it was not an easy decision. However, he said cemeteries value everyone’s health.

The gates of the cemeteries will be closed to visitors on Saturday, October 31st, through Monday, November 2nd. But the cemeteries are set to reopen on Tuesday, November 3rd.

The Archdiocese of Agana confirmed that they will not celebrate Mass at any cemeteries across the island on All Souls’ Day.

The Agana Cathedral will hold Mass virtually on All Souls’ Day at 12 noon for the people who cannot visit their departed love ones traditionally.

You can stream the Mass online at aganacathedral.org and on Facebook @aganacathedral.

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