Updates for the Malacca Johore Diocese

Malacca and Johor are classified as Red Zones, with 3 districts (Johor Bahru, Kulai & Kota Tinggi) under MCO.

May 11, 2021

To all the Lay Faithful of the Malacca Johore Diocese.

1.0 Malacca and Johor are classified as  Red Zones, with 3 districts (Johor Bahru,  Kulai & Kota Tinggi) under MCO (Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan).

1.1 SOPs for RIBIs (Rumah Ibadat Bukan Islam) under MCO:

a. All activities permitted except contact greetings, religious processions; inter-district and state travel restrictions.

b. Permitted activities (masses, prayer  services)

–– Limited to 30 persons at a time (multiple masses permitted) 

–– Limited to the given hours: 6.00 am  — 2.00 pm / 4.00 pm — 10.00 pm. 

–– Sanitisation work must be carried  out 30 mins before and after prayer  services. 

–– The preventive measures before,  during, and after prayer services must  be strictly followed. The SOPs and  health teams are reminded to continue  the good work. 

–– Those above the age of 60 and below 12 are discouraged from attending the religious services for now.

c. Be reminded that the parishes in Malacca and Johor will remain open to the faithful during the above-mentioned hours, for private or community prayer (signages must be displayed/health teams to be on duty.)

d. Be patient with parish registration systems with the 30 persons  maximum rule. (Update SOP/ KPN/3.5.2021)

2.0 The Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur and the Dioceses of Penang and  Malacca Johore have jointly sent RM  180,000.00 through the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) to help  India’s COVID situation.

3.0 From Ascension Day to Pentecost,  we have 10 days of novenas and vigils. Do not forsake nor give low priority  to this feast. No Pentecost, no church.  Easter is over. But Pentecost and the  work of the Holy Spirit must be highlighted.

Together Building His Kingdom

+ Rt. Rev. Bernard Paul, D.D.
Bishop of Malacca Johore Diocese
May 7, 20

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