Help those in need, bishop tells parishioners

Ng conducting mass streamed live to Catholic parishioners in Sarawak.

MIRI: Christians must reach out to help those hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic

Miri Catholic Diocese Bishop Richard Ng said it was vital to extend as much help as possible to ease the plight of those facing difficulties, regardless of race and religion.

He said this in his Good Friday message.

There are 90,000 Catholics in Miri Diocese.

“Be caring and generous as reflected by the life of Jesus Christ, ” he said.

Christians throughout Sarawak are commemorating Good Friday at home as mass gatherings are banned.

Ng said now was a time for everyone to ponder and reflect on life, and more importantly renew their relationship with God, their families and loved ones.

“Good Friday marks the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. It is a day of sorrow and atonement for sins committed.

“This will culminate with Easter Sunday where we celebrate the resurrection of Christ.

“From suffering to hope and salvation, that is the essence of the Holy Week which began with Palm Sunday last week.

“During this outbreak, we will live stream mass via social media and parishioners can follow them at home, ” he said.

Miri Catholic parishioners are spread over 11 urban and rural parishes in Sarawak.

Good Friday is a public holiday in Sarawak.

Ng and the priests are conducting mass in their private chapel.

The movement control order is part of efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Malaysia.

Sarawak has 13 deaths so far.

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