The Official Singapore Catholic Church Coronavirus : COVID-19 Update as it happens
Updates on 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) for The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore
Communication to Catholic Laity after report of a Church identified a cluster of the Coronavirus cases
Guidelines for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore in Tackling the Wuhan Virus Outbreak (31 January 2020)
News Archive: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) for The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore
Friday, 14 February 2020
His Grace Archbishop William Goh has issued a Pastoral Letter regarding the indefinite suspension of public Masses, both weekdays and weekends, with effect from Sat 15 Feb 2020, 12pm.
Thursday, 13 February 2020
The Archdiocese, upon the advice from the Catholic Medical Guild, will implement measures to reduce the risk of community transmission of the COVID-19 virus during the upcoming Ash Wednesday Liturgy. Ashes are to be distributed by dropping a pinch of blessed ash onto the crown of the head (an accepted form) of the faithful by priests and ministers – who have sanitised their hands and do not have flu-like symptoms. There will be no drawing of crosses on the forehead with the thumb.
Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Live-streaming of the Sunday Mass from the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd will be made available on Sundays at 5.30pm from 16 Feb 2020 onwards. The Church hopes that this will be a source of spiritual food for those who are exempt or unable to attend Mass. Details are found HERE.
Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Archbishop’s Communications Office releases a Communication to Catholic Laity after report of a Christian Church identified a cluster of the Coronavirus cases. Click HERE to read this.
Friday, 7 February 2020
Given the start of transmission in the community, Catholic Medical Guild has recommended the closure of canteen operations to limit the incidence of the virus spreading within our Church community. With regard to this, His Grace Archbishop William Goh has accordingly instructed that all church canteens be closed with immediate effect until further notice.
Additional updates on:
Priests to wear surgical mask for visiting sick at home and in confessional (Appendix 3, sections E and G)
Parishes and organisations should postpone non-essential activities till further notice. They should consider alternative online options. (Appendix 3, section I)
As an alternative to holy water fonts, parishes may use the rite of sprinkling of holy water in the beginning of the Mass. (appendix 3, section A, point 4)
Wednesday, 5 February 2020
Emphasis on personal and social hygiene
Emphasis on need to follow general guidelines in appendices 1 and 2 for ALL attending Mass and church events.
Avoid holding of hands during Mass
Holy Communion – no need for Communion ministers to wear mask or gloves.
Sacrament of Reconciliation – need for availability of hand sanitizers, and priests to wash their hands with soap and water before and after administering the sacrament.
Consolidation of points in Appendix 3 to make it clearer, without unnecessary repetition of some points.
New cases reported by MOH (Introduction)
Monday, 3 February 2020
<span”>The Archbishop, in consultation with his Consultors, has decided to suspend all Catechism Classes for children (which includes parish and home catechism, CGS and RCIY) until 1st March, 2020 in view of the Novel Coronavirus. This is a precautionary measure to protect the interests of our children.
Tuesday, 28 January 2020
First Guidelines published in Chancery Notice – CHN/CN/2020/003
* The Church consults with the Catholic Medical Guild (CMG) COVID-19 Advisory Committee which includes professionals in infectious disease management, medical specialists from MOH, the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (NUS), and the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. The CMG guidelines are based on MOH guidelines and aligned with MOH advisories.