The Catholic Church in Fiji and Rotuma is well prepared to host the hundreds of people, numerous delegations and dignitaries who are expected to turn up at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Lami to pay their final respects to the late Archbishop Emeritus Petero Mataca.
Vicar General Father Suluo Turagakacivi said although he could not immediately release how much money was set aside to cater for the funeral gathering in the next three days, he said all Catholic parishes in the Suva and Nasinu corridor were well prepared to cater and serve people who they will be accommodating.
"We have set aside a budget and we are expecting more people to turn up. Lami Parish is hosting the funeral gathering and so far, so good," Fr Turagakacivi said.
Catholic Church communications officer Leca Vunibobo said it was encouraging to see the number of interested Catholics who had been devoting their time to participate in the choir practice for the resurrection service.
However, because of the limited space at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, the number will have to be reduced and it was up to the choir masters to identify those who will be participating in the resurrection mass.
"Most of the churches within the Central/Eastern Division have had purple cloth draped over the property as a sign of mourning and preparations are well underway to host those that are still expected to come in," Mr Vunibobo said.
"Those coming in from outside Viti Levu have to arrange for their own accommodations and most are using other parish facilities for the duration of the funeral."