Oct 25: Chancery Notice Extracts

Chan/MC/26/2021

This is an extract from the Chancery Notice on 25th October 2021 - Increased Capacity Limit and other Sacraments under Phase 4 of National Recovery Plan (NRP)

  • Increased Capacity Limit and other Sacraments under Phase 4 of National Recovery Plan (NRP).

  • Capacity for Public Masses, Weddings and Funerals
    • Having resumed the celebration of public Masses on a limited capacity of 50 pax for a period of two (2) weeks, all parishes located within Phase 4 states and territory will be allowed to gradually increase the number of persons attending Masses from the 30th of October 2021.
    • Pursuant to the Ministry of National Unity (MNU) SOP for Reopening of non-Muslim Places of Worship under Phase 4 dated 16th October 2021 (Phase 4 SOP), the number of persons permitted will follow the size of the church, chapel or Mass Centre. Full capacity with adequate physical distancing means that a church should not exceed one third (1/3) of its pre-MCO capacity.
    • This new capacity shall apply to all public Masses, funeral and wedding Masses and services.
    • At the discretion of the Parish Priest and provided that adequate safety precautions are taken under Appendix D of the Guidelines, confessions before Mass may resume.

  • Funeral Parlours
    • Funeral Parlours located within churches can open to the capacity specified in the Phase 4 SOP in an in-door setting.
    • The Parish Priest can decide on the capacity of outdoor well-ventilated areas whilst observing physical distancing.
    • Communal prayers conducted within these parlours should not exceed 30 minutes and visitors.
    • Online wake prayers are to be preferred and encouraged.

  • Vaccination Status and Children Below 12
    • Based on the latest MKN SOP and Phase 4 SOP for all phases, attendance at nonIslamic places of worship for those above 12 years of age is limited to only (a) persons who are fully vaccinated, and (b) persons unvaccinated who have received a medical exemption (recorded in the MySejahtera app).
    • The previous exemption to admit unvaccinated persons under Phase 4 has been removed by the Ministry of National Unity.

  • Sacrament of Confirmation
    • Due to the updated requirements in Paragraph 3.1, the previous permission granted to the parishes within Negeri Sembilan to proceed with the sacrament of Confirmation under Item 2.0 of the Chancery Notice dated 28th September 2021 has to be rescinded.
    • Due to the updated requirements in Paragraph 3.1, the previous permission granted to the parishes within Negeri Sembilan to proceed with the sacrament of Confirmation under Item 2.0 of the Chancery Notice dated 28th September 2021 has to be rescinded.
    • The Parish Priest should first seek the permission of the Archbishop should his parish decide to proceed with the Sacrament of Confirmation for candidates who have complied with the requirement of full vaccination.
    • The Mass where this sacrament is conferred should not be one of the public Masses offered for parishioners in general.
    • The requirement for COVID-19 self-testing prior a candidate making his/her confession and receiving Confirmation is rescinded.
    • Appendix F of the Guidelines should be strictly observed

  • Infant Baptisms
    • Infant baptisms may resume outside of public Masses with the consent of parents.

  • First Holy Communion
    • Only with the permission of parents, parishes may arrange for children to make their first confession and first holy communion.
    • Depending on the capacity of the Church (see 1.1. above), the Parish Priest may set limits on attendance of parents and other guests. For the benefit of family and friends who are unable to attend the Mass due to seating constraints, the parish may provide live streaming of the Mass, where this is possible.

  • Holy Communion for the Home Bound
    • At the discretion of the Parish Priest, distribution of Holy Communion to the homebound elderly or sick may resume.

  • Parish Staff and Opening Hours
    • Parishes, where all staff have been fully vaccinated, may resume normal working hours for the staff.

  • Solemnity of All Saints
    • As the Solemnity of All Saints will fall on Monday the 1st of November 2021, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Malaysia via its letter dated 22nd October 2021 has permitted all parishes to celebrate an anticipated Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints in the evening of the 31st October 2021, Sunday.
    • Masses during the day on 31st October 2021, Sunday shall follow the liturgy of the Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time.
    • Please note that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation remains suspended in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur during these extraordinary times.

  • Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day)
    • Due to pandemic restrictions at public cemeteries, the authorities require full vaccination for persons wishing to visit graves.
    • His Grace, Most Reverend Archbishop Julian Leow, will offer up a Mass for the Dead at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Jalan Peel, Kuala Lumpur on 2nd November 2021 at 8.30 am. This Mass will be live streamed on the Archdiocesan YouTube Channel at TV.ArchKL.org.
    • Blessing of Graves -The current SOP on funerals sets a limit of 12 persons for prayers and services conducted at cemeteries and columbaria. For this reason, Masses for the Dead and public prayers should be celebrated in churches, chapels and Mass centres and not in public or private cemeteries or columbaria.

 

Rev Fr Michael Chua
Chancellor
Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur

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