Diocese of Malacca Johore: MJD News Update #7D

Be reminded that weekend and weekday Masses, pastoral care for the home bound, sacraments like Baptism, Confirmation and marriages, and funerals have been in place since Aug 15.

Sep 12, 2020

We meet again. The joy of the Lord be with you.

1. A Thought for the Week:
A rose longed for the company of the bees, but none would come to her. The rose kept on dreaming. When she felt all alone, she would imagine a garden filled with bees that came to kiss her.  She resisted the idea of closing up. Each new day, she opened her petals. Someone asked her, “Are you not tired?” The rose answered: “No. I have to go on fighting”. When asked, “Why?”. She replied: “If I do not open up, I wither”. Has the COVID made you close up or open up? Has it made you dry up and wither or moved you to be a better you, brightening other people’s lives ...filling the air with freshness. Strangely, when we open up our lives to what we are - to be true, beautiful and good...to love, give and bless – we do not wither nor dry up nor die out. Open up. Life and love opportunities open up to you.

2. Latest Update on RMCO till Dec 31, 2020:

a. With effect from today, Sept 11, all churches in Malacca Johore Diocese will take steps to welcome parishioners aged 70 and above, children aged 12 and below, foreigners and the physically healthy, with no signs of cough, fever and flu. (The MKN made this announcement on  Sept 4).

b. With effect from Sept 18, all parishes in Malacca Johore Diocese are permitted to initiate Catechism classes, RCIA sessions, parish ministries’ meetings, formation sessions, multiple Masses and language Masses.

c. Be reminded that weekend and weekday Masses, pastoral care for the home bound, sacraments like Baptism, Confirmation and marriages, and funerals have been in place since Aug 15.

d. Reminders to the Faithful:

i. Implementations may differ from parish to parish. Be patient.
ii. Parish activities may continue to be provided online or face-to-face till the Dec 31.
iii. Help each other to tide through these trying times. Do not be afraid to be charitable.

e. Reminders to the parish priests and parish leaders:

i. Welcome back the faithful, allay their fears and motivate the ‘healthy absentees’.
ii. Continue to provide pastoral care creatively, adhering to the SOPs.
iii. Sunday Obligations may come into effect as the MCO restrictions are lifted.

f. To the faithful of MJD: These words I dedicate to you, the words of the Prophet Hosea “Come back to Me …do not let fear keep us apart” and what the psalmist saw, that I desire to see, “they come back, they come back, full of song, carrying their sheaves” (Ps 126:6)

The Aug 23, HERALD Editorial entitled “Accountability, Responsibility and The Blame Game” caught my attention. It was very well written. Responsibility for responding to crisis, to proper response, the need of the community and the vulnerable are shelved, in the name of accountability and witch-hunting. To respond to a crisis, a disciplined focus on four elements: accountability, reflection, responsibility and praise or blame is necessary. Many of our institutions are becoming more and more dishonest.

Stay connected in the Spirit of Communion. May His blessings be upon you and your family. Let us together continue building His Kingdom. 

Bishop Bernard Paul
September 11, 2020

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