March 17 - Extracts of Pastoral Letter

This is an extract from the Pastoral letter - Pastoral Care for the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur Under Movement Control Order. 

Nation has been placed under a Movement Control Order (MCO) made under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and Police Act 1965, which will be in effect from the 18th of March to the 31st of March 2020 (the restriction period).

Additional measures will take effect from the 18th of March 2020 and will be reviewed as we approach the end of the restriction period:

  • Suspension of all public weekend and weekday Masses, gatherings, meetings, catechism classes and RCIA sessions, decided and promulgated in the letter of the three arch/bishops of Peninsular Malaysia dated 12th March 2020, will continue until the 31st of March 2020;

  • All Churches and Chapels will be closed in compliance with the MCO;

  • Prayerfully follow the televised (http://Tv.ArchKL.org) private Masses from your homes and you are invited to continue making spiritual communion during this period;

  • The archdiocesan and parish offices would be closed to the public during the restriction period but parishes should make available emergency hotlines to attend to emergencies requiring pastoral care and support. The archdiocesan and parish office staff are to work from home;

  • For the sacraments of penance (confession), anointing of the sick and Holy Communion, this will be reserved for critical cases. Kindly contact the Parish emergency hotline and provide details;

  • Holy Communion for the homebound who are not in a critical situation, should be deferred till after the restriction period;

  • BECs to mobilise their joint resources, in collaboration with their respective parish Integral Human Development ministries, to support and care for the needs of the vulnerable, the elderly, the sick, those who are living alone, those who have been affected financially by this crisis, and the family members of the health-care providers who are in the frontline battling this pandemic;

  • Preparation and celebration of the Scrutinies under the RCIA are currently deferred; and

  • The Chrism Mass scheduled for the 31st of March 2020 will be cancelled.

 

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