A parish priest in the Philippines, by the name of Fr. Francis Eugene Fadul, has been spotted in the streets of Calamba City in Laguna, bravely bringing the Blessed Sacrament to the people.
On March 28, The entire province of Laguna was placed under lockdown to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means that businesses and schools are put on hold while the influx of people to the city and mass gatherings such as Catholic masses are temporarily banned to help put a curve on the deadly disease. Considering that the Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country, the inability of the people to receive Christ in the sacraments brings tremendous sorrow to its faithful.
But the heat of the sun and the threat of the virus did not stop Fr. Fadul with his priestly duties. Mainly, bringing Christ to his people. Wearing a face mask and applying ‘social distancing’ to his movements, Fr. Fadul was seen holding a monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament and blessing the people he passed by in the streets of Calamba City.
The people who were quarantined in their own homes were surprised by the sight of the priest and as heard thanking him and saying “Father! Take care!”. And whether the people he passed by paid attention to him or not, he continued to bless them anyways. Truly, the city of Calamba is blessed to have such priest.
He is a well-known parish priest of the San Isidro Labrador Parish. The people who knows him shares stories on how he willingly serves his people especially in their most difficult times.
His procession of the Blessed Sacrament was inspired by Pope Francis’ Urbi et orbi blessing in the Vatican. Fr. Fadul also stated in a message to his parishioners: “COVID is temporary, God is eternal”