Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuching, Most Reverend Simon Poh.

KUCHING: In view of the whole Sarawak now classified as a green zone, Catholic churches will resume mass beginning this Saturday (Aug 15).

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kuching, Archbishop Simon Poh said Sunday mass and service in churches had been temporary suspended since Aug 2.

With the resumption of mass, parishioners must adhere to the standard operating procedure set such as wearing face masks, practise physical distancing and proper hand hygiene, he said on Friday (Aug 14).

Archbishop Poh also called upon all Christians to perform their social responsibilities.

“All religions teach their followers to do good. As brothers and sisters of one human family, each of us has a moral duty to our society and our neighbours.”

He appealed to parishioners to donate blood so that there would be sufficient blood supply in order to save lives, to complete the online survey in the Population and Housing Census 2020 as this could help reduce house-to-house interview and personal contact.

“Also, take advantage of the loan moratorium from Bank Negera Malaysia. Use the Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency for individual and Small Debt Resolution Scheme for small-medium enterprises.

“…or request from respective banks to re-negotiate loan repayment instead of using unlicensed money lenders, which will cause more problems,” he advised.

Archbishop Poh also said that during mass, he hoped all Catholics would donate generously during collection, with proceeds channelled to help people affected by the recent Beirut explosion tragedy.

“Today in the face of Covid-19, let us never give up nor give way to fear that paralyses us. Let us also remember others who are suffering and lend a helping hand.”