Churchgoers can attend Mass online

Following the temporary suspension of church services for Catholics to help check the spread of Covid-19, churches in Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Penang have begun streaming live broadcasts of masses to the faithful via Facebook.

Mar 21, 2020

By Alison Lai and Muguntan Vanar
Following the temporary suspension of church services for Catholics to help check the spread of Covid-19, churches in Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Penang have begun streaming live broadcasts of masses to the faithful via Facebook.

In Sabah, the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu streamed the first of its Masses via Facebook from the Sacred Heart Cathedral. Among those who tuned in was marketing executive Sandra Michael, who said that being able to watch the evening Mass livestreamed on her social media platform was “convenient”.

“It is a good thing to do in light of what’s happening. It is better to be safe than sorry. At least we still get to participate in a mass albeit virtually,” she said.

It was her first time watching a live even ing Mass by the Sacred Heart Cathedral together with her cousin, Christine Daniel. Christine, 32, said the live-streamed Mass has brought Catholics who observe Lent closer to the solemn season.

“It is indeed better than nothing especially when it’s Lent right now, a time of prayer, fasting, penance and abstinence.

“The outbreak hinders what we have to do but it also brings us to really focus on Lent more,” she said.

A postgraduate student who only wants to be known as Abbey, 24, said she was looking forward to joining an online service that was live-streamed by her Sidang Injil Borneo Kuala Lumpur church.

“We have just gotten the statement that all physical services are cancelled for three weeks and there will be live-stream instead.

“It’s going to be interesting because it will  be globally accessible for everyone without us being physically at the church,” she said.

Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese Archbishop John Wong had announced that live broadcast of Masses in different languages over  various social media platforms would be held during the temporary suspension of church services to help check the spread of Covid-19. --The Star

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