GEORGE TOWN: It was an emotional day for most of the 275 parishioners who attended Sunday Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Pulau Tikus here for the first time after more than 90 days since the movement control order (MCO) was imposed in March.
Student Larisaa Ann, 19, said she was emotional and felt blessed to be among those allowed to attend.
“I know that many of us wanted to come for this Mass but as only 275 people were allowed to be here, we had to register beforehand and take turns.
“I registered earlier and felt really lucky and thankful to be able to attend Mass after a lapse of more than 90 days.
“It was a relief to see everyone here, all well and eager. It brings back energy and some hope.
“After this, I will be following the Mass at home through live streaming as we need to take turns,” she said yesterday.
Another parishioner who only wanted to be known as Guat Sim, 68, said she too was emotional and felt grateful to be back for her first Mass in months.
“It is just not the same attending Mass through livestreaming. Although it was tough during the MCO, I am sure it has helped many of us see life for the better.
“I myself have discovered many things and I hope life will only get better for all of us from now on,” said the homemaker.
Church pastoral council chairman David Sivapatham said the church was happy to open up.
“Even under strict conditions, we are doing everything in full compliance to ensure that parishioners can come for Mass with peace of mind.
“In the past, we used to have three masses on weekends and the church was able to accommodate over 1,000 people.
“Now we can only conduct one Mass every Sunday with only 275 parishioners present.
“Parishioners are all taking turns to attend the Mass and only those between the ages of 13 and 69 are allowed to attend,” he said, adding that those at home could follow the Mass on livestream.
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