Aug 12: Chancery Notice Extracts
This is an extract from the Chancery Notice on 12th August 2021 - Updated Protocols in view of Relaxation of Restrictions for the Fully Vaccinated
In view of the above announcement and the updated SOPs from the National Security Council and the Ministry of National Unity dated 10th August 2021 and having heard the recommendations of the Archdiocesan Crisis Management Task Force on the public health situation in our country, His Grace, Most Reverend Archbishop Julian Leow D.D., hereby decrees the following for the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, which will take effect from the 13th of August 2021.
- Public Masses - All public Masses within the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur will remain suspended. All public Masses within the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur will remain suspended.
- Sacraments of Infant Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation - Weddings may resume with a maximum number of 20 guests apart from the bride, bridegroom, minister and volunteers, provided that all persons wishing to be physically present in person should be fully vaccinated. All guests are to be pre-registered for the purpose of contact tracing.
- Funerals - Funeral Parlours - all funeral parlours located within churches may remain open but are subject to the conditions set out in the SOPs. There should not be any wake prayers. Visits should not exceed 10 minutes and there should not be more than 5 persons within the funeral parlour at any one time. Funeral Masses in churches, chapels and Mass centres may proceed with a maximum number of 20 persons (not including the priest and volunteers), provided that all persons wishing to be physically present in person be fully vaccinated. All persons attending the funeral are to be pre-registered for the purpose of contact tracing.
- The Common Good and Vaccination
- Although we are aware of those who have expressed hesitancy and objections against vaccination on the basis of conscience or other reasons, please be reminded of the moral duty to protect one’s personal health, to pursue the common good and act in a manner which is charitable to others.
- For the above reasons, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Malaysia in their Pastoral Letter dated 4th February 2021 on Covid 19, Vaccines and Immunisation wrote that “at the present time, given the severity and urgency of the situation and the absence of other means to stop or even prevent epidemic, the common good may recommend vaccination, especially to protect the weakest and the most exposed” (question 5, Part II).
Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur