In a Decree dated 7 October 2011, among other things, the privilege of celebrating funeral masses and of keeping the records of the same which was granted to the Basilica Minore in 1988 was revoked. (cf. No. 8 of the 7 October 2011 Decree). This was done in order that the Basilica Minore may be true to its mission as prescribed by Pope John Paull II’s Decree of Elevation of the Shrine to a Basilica Minore declaring the same Basilica Minore as a sacred place exclusively for the promotion of the Cult and Piety towards the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Due to the reasonable pastoral demands of the Catholic faithful in parishes within Naga City, however, and with the concurrence of the priests of the Central District, and upon the advice of REV. MSGR. RODEL M. CAJOT, P.C., Vicar General of the Archdiocese who shared in taking pastoral care of the same faithful, I, MOST REV. ROLANDO J. TRIA TIRONA, O.C.D., D.D., by the Grace of God and Favor of the Apostolic See, Archbishop of Caceres, after having consulted the Presbyterium of Caceres gathered in an assembly last February 26, 2013 at the Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer, Ombao Polpog, Bula, Camarines Sur, hereby RESTORE THE PRACTICE OF CELEBRATING FUNERAL MASSES AT THE BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF PEÑAFRANCIA, NAGA CITY, without forgetting the main purpose for which the Basilica Minore was erected, and subject to the supervision of Rev. Msgr Rodel M. Cajot, P.C. and whoever is the Rector of the Basilica Minore.