Blessing of graves in Penang Diocese

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, several Catholic cemeteries in Penang Island have announced additional standard operating procedures (SOPs) as a pre

Oct 25, 2020

PENANG: In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, several Catholic cemeteries in Penang Island have announced additional standard operating procedures (SOPs) as a preventive measure against the spread of the virus.

All parishioners are advised to offer Masses for the dearly departed and attend the Eucharistic celebrations at church or via live streaming from home to avoid crowding in the cemetery.

Below is a compilation of the various measures by the respective cemeteries:

Western Road Christian Cemetery

Following the SOP of the Penang Island City Council (MBPP)

–– Open from Nov 1 to 2 from 7.00am to 5.00pm (last entry at 4.30pm)
–– Limit of 500 persons in the cemetery grounds Check-in using the MySejahtera QR code
–– There will be enforcement of physical distancing, wearing of face masks and temperature taking
–– The priests of Penang Island will bless the cemetery without the usual presence of the public gathering.

St Anne’s Memorial Park, Bukit Mertajam

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Mass in church (E) 9.00am followed by blessing of graves and niches at St Anne’s Memorial Park. Each family visiting the graves/niches of their dearly departed are encouraged to gather at their respective graves/niches to perform prayers  and sprinkle Holy Water on the graves/niches of their loved ones. Holy Water can be obtained from the church during normal office hours but kindly bring your own containers.

i. Spread out your visit – visits can be made from Oct 31 onwards  to avoid crowded conditions at the cemetery.

ii. Follow SOP – register with Mysejahtera app / book provided, wear face mask, practice social distancing and sanitise your hands.

iii. Parking – visitors to the cem etery are advised to park their cars in the church car park to avoid congestion/obstruction and complaints from nearby residents. If there are elderly passengers in your car you may drop them off at the cemetery first before parking your car in the church compound.

Kelawei Road Catholic Cemetery
Following the SOPs of the Church of the Immaculate Conception (CIC), Pulau Tikus

–– Normal day visits are allowed from 8.00am to 12.30pm Opening hours on Oct 31 to Nov 2 are from 8.00am to 6.00pm (last entry at 5.00pm)

–– Limit of 150 persons in the cemetery grounds No vehicles will be allowed into the cemetery from Oct 31 to Nov 2, parking is available at the church compound Check-in using the MySejahtera QR code

–– There will be enforcement of physical distancing, wearing of face masks and temperature taking.The faithful are advised to leave the cemetery immediately after paying respects to the dearly departed to avoid congregating and breaching SOPs

–– The priests of Penang Island will  bless the cemetery without the usual presence of the public gathering.

Penang Road Heritage Cemetery

Following the SOP of City Parish

–– Opens on Nov 2 from 8.00am to 12.30pm

–– Limit of 20 persons in the cemetery grounds

–– Check-in using the MySejahtera QR code There will be enforcement of physical distancing, wearing of face masks and temperature taking

–– The parish priest of City Parish will bless the cemetery without the usual presence of the public gathering.

Balik Pulau Catholic Cemetery
Following the SOP of the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Balik Pulau:

There will be no prayer and blessing of the graves at the cemetery.

IPOH: Below is the schedule of blessing of graves on All Souls Day.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church Ipoh
There will be no Mass at the Tambun cemetery but the blessing of graves will be at 8.00am.

The blessing of OMPH niches at 11.00am.

Check in using the MySejahtera App, and follow the SOPs.

St Michael’s Church Ipoh
Blessing of graves at Tambun Cemetery without Mass on Nov 2.

SMC parishioners are urged to visit and pray at the graves at SMC before Oct 31.

There will be restriction on entering the SMC cemetery/columbarium and Helping Hands are around to ensure that the necessary SOPs are followed.

Two slots  for visiting  are permitted: 7.30pm till 12 noon, and 4.00pm to 6.30pm.

All must first go to the OLD FUNERAL PARLOUR for SOP (Scanning of QR code, etc) before entering the cemetery or columbarium.

Only ONE family member as a representative is ALLOWED to enter the cemetery and columbarium to light candles and place flowers for the deceased.

The rest of the family members  are encouraged to pray for the souls at the Marian Shrine, with physical distancing.

Envelopes for Mass offerings (RIP) are provided at the registration counter, at the old funeral parlour and these petition envelopes (when filled) may be dropped into the box placed in front of the Marian Shrine. All these intentions will be offered up during the All Souls’ Day Mass on Nov 2.

SMC Flower group will sell flowers from Oct 30 till Nov 2, and all proceeds will go to St Michael’s Church. The flower group will be stationed in the front porch of the Repose chapel. Those needing special floral arrangements should contact Hellen at 016-4113797.

No one is allowed to enter the SMC cemetery and columbarium during the blessing on All Souls’ day.

Fr Anthony Liew will have a short prayer in front of the Marian Shrine before the blessing of niches and cemetery at 6.30pm.

This is followed by 7.30pm Mass at St Michael’s Church (Bilingual).

Christ The King, Sungai Petani, Kedah
The blessing of graves will take place after the 8.00am Mass in the church.

Those wishing to come for Mass, must pre-register as usual as for weekend Masses. This Mass will be broadcast ONLINE for those who can’t join in the Mass in person at SMC.

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