Parishioners begin implementation of preventive measures against COVID-19 says Fr Ojo

Onitsha-The Catholic Parish Priest of Holy Family Parish, Nkpor Agu, Rev. Fr. Alex Anosike Ojo, says his parishioners have started implementing all preventive measures outlined by Government to contain COVID-19.

The priest said this in a homily during Good Shepherd Sunday Mass at his parish.

According to him, this is what the Archdiocese mandated all the Churches under it to announce to all.

He said they now observe the measures as recommended by Government, including provision of hand washing buckets and use of sanitiser as well as wearing of face masks before entering the Church.

“We also maintain social distancing of 3 meters during Mass. We hand in Holy Communion into the hands of parishioners, who will in

“We no longer administer communions into their mouths. We have also banned all forms of hand shaking and hugging,’’ he noted.

Fr. Ojo said that a Church Task Force Committee had since been set up to monitor compliance by the Church and the parishioners.

“I know it is not going to be easy for members to be wearing face masks to Church, especially the aged, the under age and those with health challenges,’’ he stressed. 

“Arrangements in sitting two per pew is a welcome development for my parishioners, provided it will help in distance- keeping,’’ Ojo said.

He enjoined the faithful to always maintain a high level of hygiene like closing their mouths and noses while coughing and sneezing.

Fr Ojo praised the Onitsha Catholic Archbishop Most Rev. Valerian Maduka Okeke, for teaming up with Government in fight to contain the pandemic in the state.

One of the Church’s Zonal Chairmen, Mr Monday Owen, called on the parishioners to adhere to all instructions given by Government, as they mean well for Ndi Anambra. 

Source: Anambra State Government