Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People
People on the Move
N° 104, August 2007
RESERVATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Cardinal Gaudencio B. ROSALES, D.D.
Archbishop of Manila
Greetings of Peace!
We have seen tremendous growth in the devotion to the Blessed Sacrament among our Catholic faithful. The construction and inauguration of Eucharistic adoration chapels in many parishes, malls and offices is a heartwarming sign of this laudable pious devotion. While we are delighted to see a growth in the devotion, please be reminded of the following directives, which are to be conscientiously observed:
Responding to the call of the times, Masses in the malls are now permitted by the undersigned. If the people cannot go to our churches, we will be the ones to go where they are. The parish priest, who has territorial jurisdiction over the place where the mall is located, has the responsibility over the discipline regarding the celebration of Masses in the mall. All particular laws pertaining to chapels in the parish must be applied.
Where the faithful cannot fulfill their obligation to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist in the church, the parish priest will see to it that Masses are celebrated in the gathering of the faithful in a suitable place, time and occasion.
Please be guided accordingly.