By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Diocese of San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza has recovered from COVID-19 and is now back on his duties for the local Catholic faithful.
Following his return from quarantine, Alminaza presided the 9:00 a.m. Sunday worship service at the San Carlos Borromeo Cathedral in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.
According to Alminaza, he was discharged from the San Carlos City Doctors Hospital last June 25 after receiving treatment for six days.
After which he had to spend another 21 days in quarantine.
Alminaza said he was also advised to be conscientiously guarded in receiving engagements following his return to the ministry as he has pre-existing medical conditions.
He has also encouraged the faithful to continue observing the health and safety protocols issued by the Department of Health and the National Inter-Agency Task Force.
Meanwhile, in response to the fire incident which took place at the St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Church in Sagay City’s Barangay Vito, Alminaza said they will start a drive to raise funds for the repairs on the historical pilgrimage shrine.
Alminaza said among the items that were either damaged or destroyed in last week’s fire include part of the altar where the sacred books and vessels used for the Eucharist were being kept.
The bishop has also extended his thanks to the locals who alerted the authorities and the Bureau of Fire Protection for their quick response.
Though unfortunate, Alminaza commented that the incident offers both their parish and shrine communities to bond together in rebuilding and strengthening both their church’s structure and relationships.
Individuals or groups who are willing to provide assistance can contact the parish and shrine office in Barangay Vito or the Stewardship and Philanthropic Development Office at the Bishop’s Home Compound in San Julio Subdivision, San Carlos City./DGB, WDJ