Miri Diocese holds drive-in Mass

The Church of Mater Dei in Lutong held its first ever drive-in Mass at its carpark on June 21, as parishioners embrace novel ways to fulfil their religious duties while maintaining social distancing to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Jun 27, 2020

By Chew Lip Song
The Church of Mater Dei in Lutong held its first ever drive-in Mass at its carpark on June 21, as parishioners embrace novel ways to fulfil their religious duties while maintaining social distancing to curb the spread of Covid-19.

About 100 vehicles filled the car park, each parked one lot away from the other to allow for social distancing.

Parishioners stayed in their cars until the end of the Mass, with Communion being given to them in their vehicles. Attendees were seen complying with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and church officials went around sanitising everyone’s hand before each received the Eucharist.

Bishop Ng said he was happy to see the good turnout at the first car park Mass and said for the next car park Mass, parishioners might need to register before attending to avoid overcrowding of parking lots.

“I’m very happy to see everyone here today. But next time you might need to register to ensure we do not overcrowd this car park,” he said, adding that the car park Mass would be held continuously as long as every parishioner adhered to the SOP.



He also urged all attendees to spread the word about the Sunday car park Mass to other Catholics here so that those who are at high risk, such as the elderly, can still attend Mass, while remaining inside their parked car.

Meanwhile, parishioners were reminded not to bring children under 12 years of age to the Sunday Mass, as per the SOP outlined by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Currently, those attending the car park Mass do not have to make early bookings or registration. It is on a first-come-first served basis.

The Church of Mater Dei car park can accommodate over 100 cars with proper social distancing, with the church gate opening at 6.00am.--The New Sarwak

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