Archbishop Simon Poh

KUCHING: During this Holy Week, Catholics are encouraged to continue praying at home to bring forth healing, hope and life to the nation and all countries affected by Covid-19 pandemic. 

Catholic Archbishop of Kuching Simon Poh said due to the movement control order (MCO), people were unable to attend mass in churches, but they were encouraged to witness the live streaming for masses or services.

He added there were many Holy Week resources available on Facebook and websites which could be accessed on FORMED, Vatican websites, Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese, Holy Week Kit prepared by Penang Diocese, Kuching Archdiocese and Today’s Catholic website. 

“I encourage you to use these resources as your private devotional preparation, for family activity and prayer time in your home,” he said in a pastoral letter to members of the church. 

Poh also urged Catholics to observe fasting and abstinence on Good Friday, and join the service which would be streamed live from St. Joseph Cathedral Kuching. 

“I invite our youth who are more tech savv to help your family members to set up and access the live streaming of Holy Masses in your homes. 

“Let us celebrate God’s love and mercy from the height of the satellites,” he said. 

Poh also said all Catholics were given the dispensation from the obligation to make Lenten confessions and participate in masses during Holy Week and Sundays in church. 

“Remember to stay at home and pray, practise social distancing and maintain good hygiene,” he said. 

On the Archdiocesan mass collection, he also appealed parishioners to give generously to ‘e-collection’ through Sarawak Pay or online bank transfer as weekly contributions to support the church. 

“The collection money will be used to assist the running of rural parishes affected during the MCO period,” he said. 

Parishioners may do online transfer or cash deposit to the Archdiocesan of Kuching’s bank account under Hong Leong Bank Bhd with the account number 252-50-04357-5.