Catholics follow strict SOPs while observing Ash Wednesday

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About 350 members of the congregation attended Ash Wednesday Mass at noon at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Batu Kawa here today to observe the season of Lent.

March 04, 2022

Father Félix Au sprinkled the head of a member of the congregation with ashes.

By Desiree David
About 350 members of the congregation attended Ash Wednesday Mass at noon at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Batu Kawa here today to observe the season of Lent.

Church coordinator Simon Fowel said the church offers online registration and accepts walk-in morning, noon and evening visits for Ash Wednesday masses.

“On normal days the church could accommodate around a thousand members of the congregation, but during the Covid-19 pandemic we are adhering to standard operating procedures (SOPs) and limiting capacity to 350 members at a single Mass.

“We are trying to maintain social distancing and are still setting up the seats one meter apart in the church, and once it is full the main door will be closed and those who were unable to make it can join evening mass instead,” he said.

Meanwhile, church committee member David Hii explained that priests and caretakers were only allowed to sprinkle ashes on the heads of mass goers to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Following this sentiment, the priest of the church, Father Felix Au, said that the SOP was still being observed and hoped that people who could not make it to noon or tonight’s mass at the Catholic Church St. Mark could also visit other churches.Borneo Post

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