Special announcement from the Bishop’s Office - 15th March 2020

All weekend and weekday public masses will be suspended for  from 16th March Monday.

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Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

In the face of the rapidly increasing number of confirmed Covid 19 cases in Sarawak, the Diocese of Miri is taking the following measures to prevent the further spread of this virus infection:
1. All weekend and weekday public masses will be suspended from 16th March Monday 2020.

We therefore exempt all Catholics from fulfilling their Sunday obligation of attending Mass during this period. This exemption is a temporary measure and we will continue to monitor and review the situation to determine if the above period of suspension needs to be extended beyond 4th April.

2. All catechism classes, Sunday Schools, RCIA sessions and other programmes and activities should be cancelled during this same period.

3. All meetings, gatherings, formations, fellowships and events organised by churches are to be cancelled during this period.

4. Any weddings or funerals are to be conducted privately with guests limited to immediate family members and close friends. Please contact your parish priest for further details.

5. For the sacraments of penance (confession), anointing of the sick and Holy Communion for the home bound, kindly contact the parish office for an appointment with your parish priest.

6. Churches and chapels shall remain open for private and personal prayer and Eucharistic adoration according to the times scheduled by the respective parishes.

7. We are making arrangements to broadcast online Masses over the weekends in the various major languages and will provide the links as soon as we have them.

8. Although, a broadcasted Mass is no substitute for an actual mass, it can still serve as a form of spiritual devotion. We recommend the faithful to read the Word of God, especially the prescribed readings for the Mass of the day, pray the Holy Rosary, fast and offer up other spiritual exercises and devotions to invoke God’s intervention to an end to this crisis.

9. The experiences of other countries have taught us that social-distancing is able to contain massive outbreaks. The current measures we are taking are also in accordance with the recommendation of the Ministry of Health and the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee to postpone all mass gatherings.

10. We continue to place our hope and trust in Almighty God and pray that He will bring a swift end to this crisis. May Almighty God bless you and your families with good health, peace and abundant graces.


Bishop Richard Ng

15TH MARCH,2020 THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT - YEAR A

1.  LENTEN CONFESSIONS

   Lenten confessions have started. Please refer to the Church notice board for the schedule at the various churches.

Note : Commentators will only announce at their respective churches.

                              Venue                                              Date                              Time
    
          St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Miri                  :   16th-18th March      Penitential Service 7.00 p.m. 
                                    Confession 7.30 p.m.       
          Sts. Peter and Paul Chapel, Bakam       :   23rd March                           7.30 p.m.
          Holy Rosary Chapel, Piasau Utara        :   23rd March                           7.30 p.m.

       Holy hour on Wednesday, 17th March is cancelled at St. Joseph’s Cathedral and Church of
       Mater Dei, Lutong.    
       There will be a penitential service at the St. Joseph’s Cathedral before confessions begin. Do
       come and join to prepare yourself for confession.

2.   SOLEMNITY OF ST.JOSEPH THE SPOUSE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

      Venue : St.Joseph’s Cathedral         Date : Thursday,  19th March      Time : 7.30 p.m.
      Daily evening mass for that day is cancelled at the St.Joseph’s Cathedral. All are encourage to
      come to celebrate this feast day of our patron saint.

3.  CHASTITY CHALLENGE SEMINAR IN MANDARIN

     Venue:  Pustaka, Miri           Date:  Saturday, 21st March 2020       Time: 7.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

     The above seminar scheduled for 21st March at the Pustaka Miri is cancelled until further notice.
     Please take note.

4.  COMBINED REQUIEM MASS

     The Combined Requiem Mass for March is on Friday, 27th March at 7.00 a.m. at the St. Joseph’s
     Cathedral.  Please register at the Parish Office before Tuesday, 24th March. 

5.  WISMA ST. JOSEPH EASTER DRAW 2020

     This year to raise funds for Wisma St. Joseph, the parish is organizing ‘Easter Draw 2020’
     targeting to raise RM 2 millions through the sale of ‘Donation Gift Coupon’ priced at RM10 each.
     Draw date will be 6th June 2020 at St. J oseph’s Cathedral. We highly encourage our parishioners
     to support the Easter Draw and promote it outside the Church circle as well. Coupons is available
     for purchase after mass.

6.  LENTENAPPEAL ENVELOPES


     The Lenten Appeal envelopes are available. This is to collect funds for the Catholic Welfare
     Services to serve the poor and needy in the Diocese.Donation of RM100 and above will be tax
     exempted. Please fill the relevant information on the envelope if you want a receipt for your
     tax exemption and return the envelope with contribution through Sunday Collection before 30th
     May 2020.    

7.  SUNDAY BREAKFAST FUND RAISING SALES (Announce on Sunday only in CMD and SJC till Youth Mass )

      Today’s fundraising sale is to help support the Easter celebration at St. Peter’s Church in Long
      Ikang which will be host to 25 long houses with an estimation of 1,500 parishoners. Please
      support generously.


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