May 11: Chancery Notice Extracts
This is an extract from the Chancery Notice on 11th May 2021 - Nationwide Implementation of MCO — Suspension of public Masses in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur
- His Grace, Most Reverend Archbishop Julian Leow D. D., has decided to extend the temporary suspension of public Masses in all parishes, churches, chapels and Mass centres located within the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur with effect from Wednesday, 12th May 2021, until further notice.
Parish Offices — Where possible, office staff should be encouraged to work from home. At the discretion of the Parish Priest/ Administrator, parish offices may be opened with additional precautionary measures, e.g. shorter opening hours, shift work among staff, no over-counter transactions etc.
Weddings — The Parish Priests/ Administrators should strongly encourage couples to postpone their weddings scheduled for May and June. In the event that this is not possible, weddings may proceed with a maximum number of 20 persons (inclusive of minister, couple, witnesses). All attendees should be preregistered and should be allocated seat/ row numbers to facilitate contact tracing.
Funerals — Parlours in Churches may be opened. There should be no in-person communal prayers (which could be done via ZOOM) and private prayers within the parlour are limited to not more than 5 persons at any one time. Funeral Masses may be celebrated with a maximum number of 20 persons. All guests and family members should be preregistered and should be allocated seat/ row numbers to facilitate contact tracing. Priests may perform a short prayer at the funeral parlour but are discouraged to perform prayers in the home of the deceased, especially when there are issues of crowding and social distancing.
- Baptisms are to be postponed except in the case of an emergency.
Anointing of the Sick shall be reserved for urgent cases. All home communion by extraordinary ministers of holy communion will be suspended until further notice.
- Confessions can be heard by way of private appointment with the priest.
- Please take note that Masses will continue to be live-streamed from various parishes. The links can be found on TV.ArchKL.org. Parishes which are conducting live- streaming should not have more than 10 volunteers present at any Mass. The Archbishop has also dispensed the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass and holy days of obligation.
Rev Fr Michael Chua
Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur