Malaysia to resume Masses with public

The Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, plans to resume celebrations of the sacraments with the public present

Newsroom (September 30, 2021, 9:30 PM, Gaudium Press) After months of Masses without the participation of the faithful because of the pandemic, the Diocese of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, announced that Masses with the public will be able to resume starting October 9.

In the eastern country, the Catholic Church has set up a group to cope with the difficulties of the pandemic and take the necessary precautions against the virus.

After consulting this team, called the Crisis Task Force, Archbishop Julian Leow announced that religious activities and public celebrations of the sacraments can be resumed little by little.

As the health situation improves, parishes will resume the normal rhythm of Masses, always maintaining the health protocols, the Archbishop stressed.

Churches will only be able to receive one-third of their total capacity, in order to guarantee a safe distance between people. The same must happen for weddings and funerals. For the time being, baptisms and first communions remain suspended. Confession will be at the discretion of each parish priest.

Celebrations in compliance with sanitary measures

Father Michael Chua, chancellor of the Archdiocese, announced that the faithful who wish to participate in the Holy Mass must reserve their participation and the parish priests must take care that the number of celebrations is sufficient to receive all those who wish to attend the celebrations.

The Archdiocese also states that the seats should be numbered to facilitate notification if there are confirmed cases of contamination among the faithful who attended the celebration.

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In addition, no church is allowed to begin celebrations with the public if it does not ensure a ventilation system that is adequate to anti-covid standards.

Father Chua stated that it is important to start again but continue to take due care, “Now that our parishes are preparing to resume public Mass celebrations, we remain vigilant giving thanks to God for his faithfulness and love.” (FM)

 With information from Fides.

Compiled by Sarah Gangl

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