Church of the Sacred Heart, Singapore

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Church of the Sacred Heart
Church of the Sacred Heart, Mar 06.JPG
Country Singapore
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website churchofthesacredheart.sg
History
Founded 1910
Administration
Diocese Archdiocese of Singapore
Clergy
Priest(s) Rev Fr Stephen Yim (Parish Priest),
Rev Fr Paul Tong,
Rev Fr Micheal Raj

The Church of the Sacred Heart (Chinese: 圣心堂) is a Roman Catholic church in Singapore. It was founded in 1910 and is one of the oldest parishes in the Archdiocese. The church's feast day is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, which falls 19 days after Pentecost Sunday.

History[edit]

Founding[edit]

Front of the main church building, taken from Clemenceau Ave

Fundraising for the church was begun in 1908 and the church was completed in 1910.[1]

The finances for the construction were largely donated by 3 wealthy Chinese benefactors, one of which was Mr Jacobe Low Kiok Chiang (1843–1911), the founder of the Bangkok and Singapore-based merchant firm, Kiam Hoa Heng. Mr Low was of Teochew descent and was born in Shantou, China. The Church was built mainly for a Cantonese congregation.

On 15 February 1942, the church was damaged by Japanese artillery fire.[1]

Improvements[edit]

The church was first renovated in 1969 and a 3-storey Parish Welfare Hall was established on 21 February 1971. Prior to the completion of the new Community Building in 2008, the top level was used for catechism classes, the second level was a canteen, while the ground level housed a small carpark.

In 2008, the church was renovated again by Parish priest Rev Fr Paul Tay. A 7½ storey community building which houses meeting, catechism and prayer rooms, priest offices, as well as a new cafeteria, was constructed to cater to the needs of the parishioners. A columbarium was also constructed directly behind the main church building. Previously, Fr Tay was also involved in the construction of a columbarium in the Church of St Theresa, as well as the establishment of the Church of the Holy Trinity which has since become the largest parish in Singapore.

Interior of the main church building

Present[edit]

The church comprises a main church building, where masses are celebrated, a 3-storey Parish Welfare Hall, as well as a 7½ storey Community Building which sits on freehold land beside the Church. The land was vacant for many years but has now been put to good use.

Community building[edit]

In 2008, a 7½ storey church community building was built to fulfil the needs of the parish community. Costing an estimated S$4.5 million, the building was constructed on freehold land and was completed in 2008 with a total floor area of 3,100 square metres. It was designed to blend in with the facade and structure of two existing shop-houses.

The building currently houses meeting, catechism and prayer rooms, a music studio, a cafeteria and refreshment area, priest offices, a religious bookshop, as well as carparks on the 1st, 4th and 5th storeys. Directly next to the multi-purpose hall, where the cafeteria is now located, is a chapel, which is now used for weekday Masses celebrated from Monday to Thursday. Masses on Friday, as well as special feast days that fall on weekdays continue to be celebrated in the main church building. These days include Holy Days of Obligation such as Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and All Souls' Day, among others.

Following his appointment as Apostolic Nuncio to Singapore in January 2011, Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli briefly resided in the church's community building, which also acted as the Vatican Embassy in Singapore.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Church of the Sacred Heart". History of the Catholic Church in Singapore. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 

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