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Catholic churches resume public masses Thu, but online services continue

01 April 2021

By The SUN 

Public masses resume under strict guidelines

The Catholic Church in Hong Kong, led by Cardinal John Tong, has come out with guidelines on the resumption of public masses and other related services starting tomorrow, at the start of the observance of the Holy Week.

But online masses will continue, along with online observance of such Holy Week traditions like Station of the Cross, Veneration of the Cross, Mass Vigil and Easter Mass.


Fr Jay Flandez, chaplain for Filipinos in Hong Kong, has come up with his own online schedule for services from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday.

According to the Church guidelines issued Wednesday through the Chancery, the following shall be observed:

1. All parish churches are allowed to resume public masses on weekdays and Sundays starting tomorrow, Holy Thursday. During mass, the public may receive Holy Communion.


2. Churches should be well ventilated and seats disinfected regularly.

3. No more than 30% of the church’s capacity should be filled.

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4. Before entering the church compound, everyone must scan the “LeaveHomeSafe” venue QR code or to record their names, contact numbers, and the date and time of their visits on registration forms. The information collected will be kept for 31 days and will be used solely for contact tracing purposes in case of an infection being reported.

5. Everyone who enters the church compound should put on a face mask, take body temperature and cleanse their hands with sanitizer to be provided at the entrance. The use of holy water at the church entrance should be suspended.  

6. Ushers should see to it that those inside the church maintain social-distancing.


7. No liturgical booklets or hymnals should be provided, and projectors may be used instead.

8. Sunday collections should be taken up after mass, with one or several donation boxes provided.

9. The sign of peace should be expressed by bowing heads, instead of shaking hands.

10. For the time being, the host should be received only in cupped hands, which should be sanitized before receiving Communion.

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11. No socializing will be allowed after the mass, and all seats should be cleansed and disinfected immediately.

12. If feasible, those who are not able to join the mass inside the church may be allowed to take part in an open, spacious area nearby through online, and receive Holy Communion.

13. Each parish may arrange to give out Holy Communion to those who have attended Sunday Masses online

14. Children, the elderly or disabled and those who accompany them to mass may sit together.

15. Sunday mass remains an obligation of every Catholic, but given the restrictions imposed amid the pandemic, parishioners may (i) attend mass online and receive spiritual Communion, or perform some acts of devotion such as reading the Bible or (ii) go to weekday masses instead.

16. Sunday schools, catechism classes, gatherings of lay associations and small-group meetings may be resumed, provided all anti-pandemic precautionary measures are observed.

17. Having regard to current gathering restrictions, parishes may make special arrangements for the Holy Week Liturgy, in line with guidelines set by the Diocesan Liturgy Commission.

The faithful can also watch online the Holy Week Liturgy (by visiting diocesan website: and the facebook link of Sunday Examiner )

The following will also be observed from tomorrow:

On Holy Thursday, Cardinal Tong will officiate at the Chism Mass, to be participated only by members of the Diocesan Curia and the Deans who will distribute the newly consecrated holy oil to the affiliated parishes.

On Good Friday, Catholics aged 14 years old and above should abstain from meat. Those who are aged 18 to 59 years old are also obliged to fast.

On Holy Saturday, all priests may administer confirmation to adults or children who received baptism some time ago, provided they have been properly instructed.





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