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Pastoral Letter dd 16th Feb 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is not long to 18th March, the distressing day our nation entered this twilight existence of ours—a surreal landscape peppered by various movement controls and restrictions depending on the political winds that blow. A prospect more dismaying than marking the dreadful anniversary of the lockdown is that we might have to endure yet another likelihood that we are denied our Easter celebration. If not, we may have a scaled-down celebration that will only serve to frustrate rather than to fulfil our spiritual needs.

It sounds depressing, but let us not forget that we are also entering into the season of hope. In different parts of the world, today is called Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), Pancake Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, and more because tomorrow we enter into Lent. Even though it is liturgically penitential, it is nevertheless, a season leavened with the spirit of hope for our salvation. Jesus the Christ is coming to save us.

The para-liturgies for the home celebration of Ash Wednesday are available on the Cathedral’s website in both Mandarin and English. They were also broadcasted through the Cathedral’s Telegram channel. We have made available the ashes necessary for the celebration. Sachets together with the printed para-liturgies are available from the Cathedral Office.

Along with this broadcast/announcement, you will find additional information on how to administer the ashes at home and what to do with the remaining ashes. Since you are celebrating it amongst your family members, it is possible to trace the cross on the forehead instead of sprinkling ashes on the crown of the head.

I pray that you will have a meaningful celebration at home. Interestingly, the word “Shrove” is associated with “Confession” and “Absolution”. As Lent is penitential, note that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is always available. Call the Office or the priests personally to make an arrangement.

They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. May this prohibition of ecclesial gathering instill in us a more profound hunger for the return of public worship to our beloved Cathedral. As we hope for that day to come soon, allow the Prophet Daniel to remind us as we cross into Lent, ”Let us turn our face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and supplications with fasting and sackcloth and ashes”. (Daniel 9:3)

God bless

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Parish Pastoral Directive from Bishop Bernard Paul, no. 31

Attached here is His Lordship Bishop Bernard’s Pastoral Directive No.31 – BISHOP’S LOOKING FORWARD (dated 4-Dec-2020) for dissemination to all Clergy and Lay Faithful of Malacca Johore Diocese.

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