Mar 5: Chancery Notice Extracts


This is an extract from the Chancery Notice on 5th March 2021 -Update on Protocols for Reopening Churches

  • All parishes may resume public Masses from the 13th of March 2021 (unless Masses have resumed earlier) with a capacity that should not exceed 30% of its original seating capacity to ensure that there is compliance of the minimum 1 metre distance between persons. All SOPs set out in the two MKN SOP dated 4th March 2021 and the Archdiocesan Guidelines for the Celebration of Sacraments are to be strictly observed. 

  • Funerals, baptisms, weddings, and RCIA rites may continue to be celebrated whilst observing the requirements under paragraph 1. 

  • Funeral parlours located within churches may be opened but wakes are not permitted. Visitors may pay a short visit (not exceeding 10 minutes) to offer personal prayer for the deceased or extend condolences and well wishes to the family. 

  • There shall be no penitential services but parishes within a district may collaborate to organise schedules for hearing confessions by the district clergy. 

  • Holy communion for the homebound and elderly may be arranged by the Parish Priest or the Administrator.

  • Catechism classes, RCIA sessions, formations and meetings (except when a physical meeting is necessary) shall continue online until further notice. 

  • Receptions, meals and fellowship on the church premises are not permitted. 

  • All parishes, chapels and Mass centres should ensure that their premises are well-ventilated and safe environments for worship. The faithful must be educated to avoid the 3 C’s, namely crowded and confined spaces and close conversations; and practise the 3 W’s, which is frequent washing of hands, wearing of face masks and observing watchful vigilance.

Rev Fr Michael Chua
Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur


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