Priest on way to Mass dies

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HERMOSA, Bataan: A priest on his way to celebrate Holy Mass met his tragic death in a freak accident when he was thrown off from the tricycle he was driving after it pass through mounds of sand along the road in Barangay Saba here Sunday. The victim – Father Joel Jimenez – parish priest at the Holy Trinity Church in Barangay Balsik in Hermosa town died at Bataan Peninsula Medical Center in Dinalupihan town on Monday morning. Parish coordinator Nardito Tolentino said the priest left the Holy Trinity Church at past 5a.m. Sunday to hold a 5:30 a.m. Mass at the nearby village of Saba when he met the accident. Fr. Joel’s remains will stay at Balsik church until Friday and will be transferred to Saint Joseph Cathedral in Balanga City on Saturday. Interment follows after the 8a.m. Mass at the cathedral on May 23.

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