From The Archbishop's Desk

ARCHBISHOP SIMON POH’S ANNOUNCEMENT & APPEAL ON REOPENING OF CATHOLIC CHURCHES

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is with great joy that I announce that churches in our Archdiocese are gradually reopening for Mass for an initial 100 Catholics. When respective parish service teams are familiar with the implementation of safety protocols, we will gradually increase the quotas on Sunday Masses and gradually resume daily Weekday Masses after everyone is familiar with the social distancing protocols when coming to church.

For this weekend, smaller outstation Churches in Lundu, Bunan Gega, Tebedu, Sri Aman, Betong, Saratok are reopening. Praise the Lord.

By coming weekend, some Kuching City Parish churches will be completing the training on safety SOP protocols. These City churches should be ready to reopen next weekend of 4th-5th July: St. Joseph’s Cathedral, St. Mark’s Church, Carmelite Chapel, St. Peter’s Church, Padungan, Chapel of Mother Mary, Stutong, and St. Ann’s Church, Kota Padawan, but only for the assigned Taman-Taman at Mile 10.

Among the city parishes, some will try out by using pre-registration method with options to sign in on-line and telephone call-in. Others will use walk-in method on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. When quota of 100 is reached, admission will be closed. In July, our parishes will try out, evaluate and come up with the best practice to be adopted eventually in the parishes. A revised Mass schedule, time and languages of all Masses will be made available next week in our Archdiocesan webpage and respective parish websites.

As the Churches are only opened for 100 Catholics or even less in view of reduced capacity because of social distancing, the live streaming will continue to be maintained for the majority of parishioners who are unable to be in church. Once again, I appeal to all Catholics to be patient and to wait for your turn to come to Masses. We are proceeding cautiously to ensure that every Catholic Church will be a safe environment for worship and where all Catholics can gradually come to receive Holy Communion. Thank you for your understanding.

+Most Rev Simon Poh
The Archbishop of Kuching


(Mandarin)

亲爱的兄弟姐妹,

从这个周末,在伦乐、勿南格卡、打必禄、诗里阿曼、木中和砂拉卓的乡区比较小的教堂已重新开放。赞美主。

在即来的周末,古晋市区的一些堂区教堂也将完成安全标准作业程序的训练。这些市区的教堂应该已准备好在7月4日和5日重新开放:圣若瑟总主教座堂、圣马尔谷堂、加尔默罗圣衣会小堂、浮罗岸圣彼得堂、实都东天主之母圣母小堂,哥打巴达湾的圣亚纳堂则只为指定的十哩住宅区。

在市区堂区中,有些将尝试用预先登记的方法,在网上登记或电话预定。有些将采直接上门,先到者先进入的办法,当人数已满就不再放入。七月,我们的堂区将试行,检讨,然后找出各堂区最终将采用的最可行的办法。所有语言的弥撒时间表将重新编排后于下周内刊登在我们总教区和各堂区的网页。

由于教堂因为社交距离的限制只允许100位,或更少天主教徒参与弥撒,为了大多数不能进堂的教友,弥撒直播将继续。在此,我吁请所有天主教徒耐心等候你进堂参与弥撒的时候。我们谨慎地安排以确保每座天主教堂都是一个让所有天主教徒来领圣体的安全环境。感谢你们理解。

+古晋总教区
傅云生总主教