Diocese of Malacca Johore: News from the Bishop’s Desk

The Recent COVID-19 Scare in MJD After initiating inspection and investigation of all the Roman Catholic churches in Melaka and Johor, and having all Clergy undergo COVID-19 test, after imposing quarantine, and conducting “sampling tests” on all staff and church workers, the Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM) has lifted the 14-day quarantine order.

Aug 08, 2020

To All Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful of the MJD.

Good afternoon, Dear faithful of the Malacca Johore Diocese.

From today, July 31, 2020, l hope to be in touch with you every Friday at 12 noon.

My official  statements will be seen and heard on the F12 MJD’s News Update; managed by the Social Communication (SocCom) Office. Today, we begin this official channel with four important announcements:

FIRST: The Recent COVID-19 Scare in MJD After initiating inspection and investigation of all the Roman Catholic churches in Melaka and Johor, and having all Clergy undergo COVID-19 test, after imposing quarantine, and conducting “sampling tests” on all staff and church workers, the Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM) has lifted the 14-day quarantine order. All the clergy, staff and church workers were  declared negative and safe. Sanitisation of the church facilities will take place next. The Parish Response Team will continue to ensure all the proper procedures and correct practices are complied with.

With this clearance, as the Bishop of MJD, I announce that all churches, chap els and Mass centres can re-open for worship and approved gatherings (weddings and funerals) with effect from August 15, 2020, (Saturday), Feast of the Assumption of Our Blessed Virgin Mary.

Please adhere to the SOPs strictly. Prevention is better than cure.

SECOND: Seminary & Seminarians The College General, Penang, was expected to be re-opened on August 4, 2020. With the pandemic still declared as such, the students will continue with on-line studies at MAJODI Centre, under the direction of Fr Lionel Thomas, till further notice.

THIRD: Bishop’s Communications and Directives After discussion with MJD’s Social Communication Ministry, the protocol for Bishop’s Communications has been set:

Level 1 via F12 MJD News Update Channel: The Bishop Speaks.

Level 2 via MJD Webpage & Facebook: Official Statement Uploaded.

Level 3 via Clergy & Religious Houses: PDF file e-mailed for follow through.

All news will be released simultaneously at the appointed day and time. FOURTH: F12 MJD’s News Update A channel managed by MJD SocCom Office — a channel for the Bishop to speak on the latest, the newest and the truest ever Friday @ 12 noon Bulletin.

Wishing you and all Muslims a Selamat Hari Raya Haji.

God bless you. Have a good weekend.

Together Building His Kingdom,

+ Rt Rev Bernard Paul, D.D.
Bishop of Malacca Johore Diocese

July 31, 2020

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