Trump declares houses of worship ‘essential’

Archdiocese of Agana (PNC file photo)

President Donald Trump said Friday he has declared that churches and other houses of worship provide “essential services” and he’s told the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue guidance to help them reopen, according to ABC News.

“I call upon governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now,” he said making the announcement and leaving without taking questions after calling church closings an “injustice.”

According to ABC News, President Trump threatened to “override” governors if they weren’t allowed to reopen “this weekend.” Earlier, he said doing so is critical to the nation’s “psyche” and accused Democratic governors of not treating churches with “respect.”

Here on Guam, Archdiocese of Agana priests will continue to celebrate Masses with the faithful attending outdoor in their vehicles at their respective parishes this weekend, May 23-24.

Priests will celebrate Masses indoors and tower speakers will also broadcast Masses. Clergy and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will distribute Holy Communion after Mass.

Parishioners can park at all surrounding street-side parking around Cathedral-Basilica and the former Department of Administration parking lot.

For communion stations, there is parking next to Guam Museum, the side street next to the Plaza and Felixberto Flores Street. Ushers will provide directions at all Masses.

Sacrament of Reconciliation available 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Sunday, May. 24. Parishioners can proceed to the main entrance of the Cathedral-Basilica and staff will guide you to the confessionals.

For the schedule of all parish outdoor Masses, see the attached PDF.

May 23, 24 Mass Schedules as of 5 pm May 22, FIN