Em resposta à mais recente situação relativa à epidemia do novo coronavírus, e a fim de colaborar com as medidas públicas de proteção e prevenção de doenças, D. Shephen LEE Bun-sang promulga agora a seguinte directiva para a Diocese de Macau:
(1) Da 6 a 19 de Fevereiro de 2020 (total de 14 dias), todas as Missas para o público na Diocese estarão suspensas e as igrejas permanecerão fechadas.
(2) Todas as Missas para o público estarão suspensas em todas as igrejas, capelas de comunidades e de lares de idosos na Diocese.
(3) Os fiéis são aconselhados a não sair de casa, a não ser em caso de necessidade. Durante os dias em que não se pode assistir às missas na igreja, façam-se outros actos de piedade, como a lectio divina, a comunhão espiritual e o rosário em casa.
(4) As congregações masculinas e femininas, as sociedades de vida apostólica, a Prelatura Pessoal, as comunidades religiosas e os vários centros podem celebrar as suas próprias Missas, mas não devem ser abertas ao público.
(5) Para aqueles que precisam de recorrer ao Sacramento da Reconciliação (Confissão), façam, por favor, marcação individual com os sacerdotes das Paróquias ou com outros Padres disponíveis; as Confissões devem ser atendidas em lugares, se possível, bem ventilados. Os serviços matrimonial e funerário podem ser celebrados mediante acordo especial entre o Paroco, as partes envolvidas e suas famílias.
(6) Todas as reuniões e conferências da Diocese, incluindo a escola dominical e a catequese, também de adultos, devem ser adiadas, até 19 de fevereiro.
(7) A Diocese disponibilizará um link no website da Diocese para as Missas transmitidas online no Domingo e nos dias da semana, de 6 a 19 de fevereiro:
Domingo (9 e 16 de fevereiro):
Dias da semana:
Os fiéis devem ser incentivados a assistir à transmissão, em directo, da missa, e fazer uma comunhão espiritual orando:
“Meu Jesus, creio que Vós estais no Santíssimo Sacramento. Amo-Vos acima de todas as coisas e desejo-Vos na minha alma. Como agora não posso receber-Vos sacramentalmente, vinde pelo menos espiritualmente ao meu coração. Como se Vos já tivesse recebido, abraço-Vos e uno-me inteiramente a Vós e não permitais que me separe de Vós. Amen.”
Neste momento extraordinário, a Diocese permite que os fiéis permaneçam em casa o máximo de tempo possível, reduzindo o risco de contágio na comunidade. Esforcemo-nos por viver o espírito da observância do Domingo, assistindo à transmissão, em directo, da Missa, e realizando os actos de piedade sugeridos acima. “Que Deus nos abençoe e nos mantenha seguros no corpo, na mente e no espírito. Que sejamos inspirados pelo amor de Deus pela humanidade. Vamos trabalhar juntos para superar esta epidemia, fazendo-o com paz e alegria cristãs, pois, cheios de amor, procuramos construir o nosso lar comum durante este período difícil de tempo ” (Carta Pastoral do D. Stephen LEE, “Em tempos de adversidade, maior amor é mostrado”).
Dado na Chancelaria, em 4 de Fevereiro de 2020.
Pe. Cyril Jerome LAW, Jr.
Catholic Diocese of Macau
In response to the latest situation regarding the Novel Coronavirus epidemic and in order to cooperate with the public protection and disease prevention measures, Bishop Shephen LEE Bun-sang has promulgated the following directive for the Catholic Diocese of Macau:
(1) From 6th to 19th February, 2020 (a total of 14 days), all scheduled Public Masses in the Diocese are suspended and churches will remain closed.
(2) All scheduled Public Masses are suspended in all churches, community chapels and elderly homes in the Diocese.
(3) The faithful are advised not to go out unless necessary. During these days when one cannot attend Masses at church, please perform other acts of piety such as lectio divina, spiritual communion, and rosary at home.
(4) The men’s and women’s Congregations, Societies of Apostolic Life, Personal Prelature, and religious communities and centers are to arrange their own Masses, but they should not be open to the public.
(5) For those who need to have recourse to the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), please make individual appointments with priests in the parish or other priests available; confessions should be arranged to be heard in well ventilated places whenever possible. Marriage and Funeral services may be celebrated by special arrangement between Parish Priests, the parties concerned and their families.
(6) All gatherings and conferences in the Diocese, including Sunday school and adult catechetical classes are to be postponed until 19th February.
(7) The Diocese will provide a link on the diocesan website to the broadcast Masses on Sunday and weekdays from 6th to 19th February:
Sunday (9th and 16th February):
9:15 am (Cantonese)
11:00 am (Portuguese)
5:00 PM (English)
7:45 am (Cantonese)
6:00 PM (Portuguese)
The Faithful should be encouraged to watch the live broadcast of Mass and make a Spiritual Communion praying: “My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you. Amen."
(8) For the latest information, please visit the Catholic Diocese’s website at www.catholic.org.mo
At this extraordinary time, the Diocese’s arrangements should allow the faithful to remain at home as much as possible, reducing the risk of contagion in the community. Let us do our best to live out the spirit of Sunday observance, by watching the live Mass broadcast and undertaking the acts of piety suggested above. “May God bless us and keep us whole in body, mind and in spirit. May we be inspired by God’s love for mankind. Let us work together to overcome this epidemic, doing so with Christian peace and joy, as, filled with love, we seek to build up our common home during this difficult period of time” (Bishop LEE’s Pastoral Letter, “In Times of Adversity, Greater Love is Shown”).
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In response to the latest situation regarding the Novel Coronavirus epidemic and in order to cooperate with public protection and disease prevention measures, the Catholic Diocese of Macau has now announced the following arrangements:
(1) All Public Masses are suspended and churches will remain closed
From 6th to 19th February, 2020 (a total of 14 days), all scheduled Public Masses are suspended in all churches, communities and elderly homes in the Diocese of Macau. The faithful are advised not to go out unless necessary.
(2) Marriage and Funeral services may be celebrated by special arrangement between Parish Priests, the parties concerned and their families.
(3) The Diocese will provide live Sunday and weekday Masses online from 6th to 19th February as follows:
Sunday (February 9th and 16th):
9:15 am (Cantonese)
11:00 am (Portuguese)
5:00 pm (English)
7:45 am (Cantonese)
6:00 PM (Portuguese)
For more information, please visit the Catholic Diocese’s website at www.catholic.org.mo
Catholic Diocese of Macau
4th February, 2020
Comunicação Social: TV / Jornais / Media
Em resposta à mais recente situação relativa à epidemia do novo coronavírus, e a fim de colaborar com as medidas públicas de proteção e prevenção de doenças, a Diocese de Macau anuncia agora o seguinte:
(1) Todas as Missas para o público são suspensas
De 6 a 19 de Fevereiro de 2020 (um total de 14 dias), todas as Missas para o público agendadas são suspensas em todas as igrejas, comunidades e lares de idosos na Diocese de Macau. Os fiéis são aconselhados a não sair, a não ser em caso de necessidade.
(2) Os serviços matrimonial e funerário podem ser celebrados mediante acordo entre os padres da paróquia, as partes envolvidas e suas famílias.
(3) A Diocese fornecerá um link no website da Diocese para as Missas transmitidas on-line no Domingo e nos dias da semana entre 6 a 19 de Fevereiro:
Domingos (9 e 16 de Fevereiro):
Dias da semana:
Para mais informações, consulte o site da Diocese em www.catholic.org.mo
On Preventing the Spread of Infectious Disease
In response to the cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown etiology in Macau (“Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent”), the government’s health bureau has issued recommendations for the prevention of the spread of the infectious disease. The Diocese is supplying the following pastoral directive. All those in charge of parishes, communities, facilities, and schools, etc, are urged to carefully carry out preventive measures to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
1. Public Hygiene in Churches and Church Owned Venues
1.1 Ensure proper ventilation in churches, meeting halls, and other venues for gathering.
1.2 Provide hand sanitiser dispensers at entrances to churches and other venues.
1.3 Thorough cleaning of microphones, liturgical vessels, communion plates, collection baskets/bags, books, hymnals, door handles, floor, kneelers, confessionals, screens, sacristy areas, and washrooms, etc.
2. Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
2.1 Anyone feeling respiratory discomfort should wear masks in church and in gatherings; faithful who manifest more serious symptoms （e.g., fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and other respiratory distress) are not required to attend Holy Mass (or any kind of church activities) during their illness and recovery. Faithful who are unable to fulfill Sunday and Holy Day obligation are encouraged to perform other acts of piety such as lectio divina, spiritual communion, and rosary at home.
2.2 Holy water fonts at the entrance to churches will be emptied; the faithful do not need to bless themselves with holy water for now.
2.3 A respectful bow at each other during the exchange of the sign of peace during Mass will suffice.
2.4 Holy Communion will be distributed to the faithful during Mass in the form of bread only; the distribution of the Precious Blood will be suspended for now.
2.5 Faithful experiencing respiratory discomfort are advised not to receive Holy Communion on the tongue but in the hand.
2.6 At Masses where the collection (money) is taken, the collection should take place after the distribution of Holy Communion.
3. Pastoral Care for the Sick and the Elderly
3.1 Ministers engaged in the pastoral care for the sick and the elderly must follow the instructions of the hospitals and those of the care facilities.
3.2 Parish priests should instruct pastoral staff and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion to take adequate preventive measures before attending to home-bound elderly or patients when giving them Holy Communion or administering the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.
3.3 The pyx or the holy oil containers must be cleaned immediately after administering the Sacraments.
During this period of disease prevention, parishes are encouraged to publicly recite the following prayer of St. Roque after Masses:
O Almighty God and Father of the poor, since You did strengthen St. Roque by Your divine grace to help the sick with admirable way of curing them, grant us your mercy through the merits of St. Roque, that we may be spared from all sickness and contagion through his intercession, and that we may receive the grace to be delivered from the greatest evil, which is mortal sin; so that after the trials of this life we may be worthy to be admitted into your eternal glory in heaven through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Parishes may make copies of this prayer for the use of the faithful.
5. Attention to Latest Notices
All pastoral ministers, heads of units, and the faithful should raise their awareness of personal and public hygiene and pay close attention to the latest health notices; masks should be properly worn and hands frequently washed. Planning and arrangements for individual and community activities should be duly adapted to accommodate the exigencies of the current situation. Should the spread of the infection become aggravated, further notices will be issued.
6. The clergy will receive further detailed instructions related to the above.