Friday, 27th March 2020

In view of our escalating Covid-19 situation this week and anticipating further escalation, the government has introduced further physical distancing measures for the community, and a specific directive on comprehensive measures to reduce transmission for religious gatherings. The Archdiocesan COVID-19 Taskforce has noted these developments and have made these recommendations.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Given the serious situation of the COVID-19 contagion and with the rising number of infections both locally and in other countries, His Grace, Archbishop William Goh has instructed all parishes to suspend Penitential Services in the Archdiocese. For those who are seeking the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please contact your parishes.

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Archbishop William Goh has issued a Pastoral Letter regarding the ongoing suspension of public Masses.

Thursday, 5 March 2020

  • The Public Health Guidelines for the Archdiocese of Singapore during the COVID-19 Outbreak has been updated. 
  • Sunset and Sunday masses will resume on 14 March (Saturday) and 15 March (Sunday) when all the churches put in place the necessary precautionary measures. Weekday masses may also be resumed on 16 March (Monday). Read the FAQ on the resumption of Masses.
  • The resumption of Masses is subject to prevailing MOH guidelines and advisories.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

His Grace Archbishop William Goh explained in this video how the decision of the suspension of public Masses was made and what is being done to prepare for the resumption of public Masses.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

  1. The Multi-Ministry Taskforce has decided to introduce a new “Stay-Home Notice” (SHN) for Singapore residents and long-term pass holders returning to Singapore from mainland China (outside of Hubei).
  2. Directions to be taken when the Mass suspension is lifted, in ensuring a high level of personal hygiene and social responsibility.

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:

  1. Priests to wear surgical mask for visiting sick at home and in confessional (Appendix 3, sections E and G)
  2. Parishes and organisations should postpone non-essential activities till further notice. They should consider alternative online options. (Appendix 3, section I)
  3. 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

  1. Emphasis on personal and social hygiene
  2. Emphasis on need to follow general guidelines in appendices 1 and 2 for ALL attending Mass and church events.
  3. Avoid holding of hands during Mass
  4. Holy Communion – no need for Communion ministers to wear mask or gloves.
  5. 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.
  6. Consolidation of points in Appendix 3 to make it clearer, without unnecessary repetition of some points.
  7. New cases reported by MOH (Introduction)

Monday, 3 February 2020
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


Updated 4 March 2020, in DORSCON Orange

Archdiocesan COVID-19 Taskforce in consultation with the Catholic Medical Guild of Singapore 

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 19) outbreak has been designated by the World Health Organization as a public health emergency of international concern. Caused by a coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 first reported in Wuhan, China, COVID-19 is now circulating in many cities, including Singapore, and the illness may range from mild respiratory symptoms to severe pneumonia. 

There is a need for a concerted effort by all to help contain or limit spread of any infection. But life must go on, and the Church has a responsibility to continue ministering to the faithful. 

Hence, an Archdiocesan Task Force is preparing for the “new normal” in Church when suspension of public worship is lifted. 

In alignment with Ministry of Health advisories, we recommend non-essential large- scale events to be cancelled or deferred. For essential large-scale events, e.g. Masses, the following precautionary measures should be observed:

  1. Remind participants not to attend the event if they are unwell;
  2. Perform temperature screening and look out for respiratory symptoms (i.e. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose) amongst participants;
  3. Deny entry to unwell participants;
  4. Maintain a registration list of participants for contact tracing;
  5. Increase the frequency of cleaning of commonly used areas. 

 Parishioners must adopt the following precautions at all times: 

  1. Observe good personal hygiene and sanitary practices at all times.
  2. Practice frequent hand washing with soap.
  3. Avoid touching your face with your hands as much as possible.
  4. Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin as soon as possible. Do not leave used tissue paper in the pews.
  5. Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.
  6. Stay home and avoid social gatherings if you are sick.
  7. Keep yourself updated on the changing disease situation.

For more information, please refer to: 

While we all need pastoral care and spiritual formation, we also have a calling by Christ to love and care for one another. Deciding not to attend Mass and Church events when unwell or ‘feeling under the weather’ (which may be a prodrome, an early indication of onset of an illness) will be the most charitable course of action during the COVID-19 outbreak. The sick are exempted from the Sunday obligation.

Any person who feels unwell at anytime during Mass must leave immediately. 

Holy water will not be available in fonts at entrances of churches as this could be a vehicle for infection. 

Make alcohol-based hand sanitisers available near entrances of churches and confessionals. 

Missals, hymnals and other “high touch” items are not to be distributed at Mass, to reduce the risk of contamination of shared items. Individuals who bring their own missals to church may continue using them. 

Avoid holding of hands and shaking hands during Mass. 

Priests and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion do not need to wear surgical masks while distributing Holy Communion. Those who are feeling unwell should not be distributing Holy Communion. 

Holy Communion is to be received only on the hand till further notice. Holy Communion from the Chalice is to be suspended until further notice. 

Priests and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are to wash their hands with soap and water or sanitise their hands with alcohol-based hand sanitisers before and after distributing Holy Communion. 

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