Kuching’s Catholic masses resume

Simon Poh

KUCHING: All masses in the Catholic churches of Kuching resumed today (Nov 28).

This was after the conditional movement control order (CMCO) in Kuching was lifted a day earlier.

Following the confirmation from Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) that houses of worship are allowed to open, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kuching Simon Poh said Catholic churches in

Kuching, Kota Sentosa and Kota Padawan could reopen.

The number of parishioners allowed during each church service is still limited to 100 people, he told.

“For the Catholics in Kuching, we are now beginning a new Church Liturgical Year with Advent which is four weeks before Christmas. 

“It is thus wonderful that we can resume worship in churches this weekend,” he said today.

He also urged church members to continue adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) such as by wearing mask in public, maintain social distancing as well as donate blood to save lives.

“I pray that when everyone seeks to follow the new norm, adhering to the safety SOPs, we will also be able to contain Covid 19 in our land and celebrate Christmas as a time of joy when we share our blessings with others especially those who are in need,” he said.

Poh, who is also the Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS) chairman also extended his gratitude to Unifor and Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) and pledged their cooperation to contain Covid-19 in the state.

Meanwhile, parishioners are advised to register their attendance before attending the masses.

Parishioners are reminded that they need to reach the church early as that the church gate would be closed 15 minutes before mass commences to facilitate registration verifying process.

For registration of Sunday masses at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Kuching, St. Mark’s Church in Batu Kawa, and Carmelite Chapel in Kuching, church members can register at the link provided on St. Joseph’s Cathedral Kuching Facebook page.