KOTA KINABALU: The shepherd of the Catholic Archdiocese here, on March 27, confirmed the message from the Catholic Bishops of Malaysia following the extension of the Movement Control Order by the Malaysian Government.
Archbishop John Wong said despite the deprivation of sacraments and public activities in the parishes, it was heartening to see the “unusual and rich blessings” from God.
“The Lord is showering us in this extraordinary time: the quiet, fervent praying, active preparation and participation in televised Masses, reflection on the scriptural readings, novenas, spending time with the family, self-denying in support of the MCO, unity with the whole Church and World,” the prelate said, adding that more people are “getting on with less”.
The Archbishop’s Communique also confirmed the liturgical and pastoral instructions from the pastoral letter issued by the Conference of Bishops in Malaysia recently, including those found in the Appendix “on the way to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy during the Holy Week”.
Meanwhile, the prelate highlighted the live-streaming schedule at the archdiocese-level for the Holy Week celebration.
Since St Simon Catholic Church Likas is an English-speaking parish, its Soccom Ministry highlighted the timings for services in the language, which would be live-streamed from Sacred Heart Cathedral KK’s Facebook page, based on the timings below:
- Palm Sunday (April 4): Broadcast as usual at 6.30pm*
- Holy Thursday (April 9): 7pm
- Good Friday (April 10): 4.30pm
- Easter Vigil (April 11): 7.30pm
- Easter Sunday (April 12): 10.30am*
Download the Archbishop’s Communique in PDF format below:
- Amended dates on April 3, 2020