Keningau Diocese resumes public Mass

On June 20, the Sunset Mass was presided over by Fr Bonaventure Unting. Two chapels in Bingkor and Apin-Apin also celebrated the Sunset Mass.

Jun 27, 2020

KENINGAU: “I thank God that finally, after three months in ‘darkness’, the Diocese of Keningau has resumed public Masses from June 20,” said Bishop Cornelius Piong, after celebrating his first public Mass after three months suspension due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

“However, only a small number of the faithful can participate because we need to adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) given by the government to curb COVID-19.

“Let us continue to pray and trust in the Lord that He is with us and cares for us,” On June 20 and 21, the Cathedral of St Francis Xavier (KSFX), the  Holy Family Pilgrimage Center, Nulu Sosopon, reopened their doors to the public.

On June 20, the Sunset Mass was presided over by Fr Bonaventure Unting. Two chapels in Bingkor and Apin-Apin also celebrated the Sunset Mass.

On Sunday, June 21, two Masses were celebrated at the KSFX Square (Dataran KSFX). Only 100 people attended the Masses held at 8.00am and 10.00am. After each Mass, the church was immediately sanitised.

Bishop Cornelius Piong led the Eucharistic Celebration at the Holy Family Pilgrimage Center, Nulu Sosopon, at 10.30am with 50 congregants. Prior to that, the prelate presided over the 8.00am live  streamed Mass.

To ensure that the SOPs were properly implemented according to government guidelines, the Parish Youth Apostolate and the Hospice Society took charge of registering and checking the temperature, ensuring that parishioners wore masks and sanitised their hands and footwear at the entrance of the church.

KSFX Pastoral Council Chairman, Nancy Nelly, said the SOP was strictly adhered to.

“Each meeting and decision made by the PCC must first be approved by the KKM (Kementerian Kesihatan), PDRM and the MN. Personally, I am happy that my team did a great job preparing the church for reopening. The parishioners were  also wonderful in giving their cooperation and following all protocols.

“After the first Sunday when the church re-opened, we felt confident to continue our ministry and we were also happy that the authorities  were pleased with the implementation of our SOP, ” said Nancy.

Parishes in Toboh, Tambunan, Tenom, Sook and Mission Kemabong also resumed their public Masses.

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