Catholic Church To Reopen for Mass This Weekend

Archbishop Datuk John Wong

KOTA KINABALU: Archbishop Datuk John Wong has called for patience from the people as the church prepares to reopen its doors to parishioners this weekend.

Wong, who heads the Catholic Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu, said while he understood everyone was eager to come back, the parishes in the archdiocese will need to impose certain regulations to ensure health conditions are followed.

“I hope you understand why the need for such protocol,” he said, in a pastoral letter to the people here today.

“The new normal for Mass attendance would cause some inconveniences in terms of our interaction and movement.

“It would require extra sacrifices, patience, generosity and charity on our part.

“This is a time when we are called to live our faith in action, to go the extra mile for the good of our fellow parishioners.”

Wong pointed out that although it has been a long 15 weeks, the people must bear with the regulations a little while longer for the greater good.

“Though the pandemic is not over yet, the wait to freely attend Mass will be shortened if everyone adheres strictly to the protocol.

“I say freely because to comply with social distancing, we are only allowed to fill one third of the capacity of the church. This means not all church-goers can go to Mass as and when they like,” he said.

Towards this end, Wong said those who are waiting for their turn to attend Mass can still access live streaming Masses.