Doors are open for face-to-face masses after more than four months of monitoring the faithful only through social networks, due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus.
The centenary São José Church, on Avenida Afonso Pena, between Espírito Santo, Tupis and Tamoios streets, is the first in downtown Belo Horizonte to receive Catholics for the Eucharistic celebration. This Sunday’s first mass started promptly at 8 am. Outside, a small agglomeration was unable to participate and waited password for the next mass.
To resume face-to-face liturgies, priests and parish priests obey the guidelines and criteria set out in the document ‘Missionary evangelization: a new time’, developed by Dom Walmor Oliveira de Azevedo, archbishop of Belo Horizonte, and auxiliary bishops, Dom Joaquim Mol, Dom Geovane Luís da Silva and Dom Vicente Ferreira, in partnership with a multidisciplinary technical advisory.
Only 94 people were allowed in the enclosure, far below the capacity of the temple, which allows 560 seated devotees.
The faithful who arrived at the church should use More expensive protection and make sanitation, with alcohol gel, at the reception desk, hands and shoes.
This Sunday, there will be masses at 10 am, 4 pm and 7 pm, informed the parish vicar, Father Flávio Campos, last week.
The day chosen for the reopening is the day dedicated to Santo Afonso (1696-1787), “doctor of prayer” and founder of the Congregation of Redemptorists, responsible for the Parish of São José, which turns 120 in 2020.
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