Church of St. Alphonsus, Singapore

 Redvelopment of Novena Church and taking the "narrow road".

Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives, whoever seeks, finds; and the door will be opened to him who knocks.
Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many go that way. How narrow is the gate that leads to life and how rough the road; few there are who find it. (Mt. 7:7-8, 13-14)

Back in 2009, the Redemptorists came to the realization that the existing Novena Church would no longer be adequate for the future. We faced a dilemma. If our mission was to grow, we needed a new church. But, we also needed to preserve the old church. It could be done, and we looked at a few possible designs, but there was a problem. The cost. At first, it was $40m, and then it rose to $45m, and just went up and up to $55m! Would we go ahead? Crazy? Yes. A risk? Of course! But if this dream was to come true, we would have to take the narrow road. We made the difficult, brave and risky decision to go ahead and say “Yes!” ​ ... click here for more ...

(Homily by Rev. Fr. Gerard Louis, C.Ss.R., at Novena Devotion Session, 29 October 2016)

 The new church will feature:

  • air-conditioned accommodation for a congregation size of 1,500, compared to the present of about 800;
  • tiered-seating around the new altar for full view and participation in the liturgical celebrations;
  • a dome with skylights over the new altar which has a circular mural of the most Holy Redeemer on top;
  • stained glass panels on the walls of the new sanctuary;
  • full height portraits of Mother Mary and St. Joseph on either side of new sanctuary;
  • a new shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, converted from sanctuary of present church;
  • grotto on west side of new church and a new bell tower on east side;
  • a new St. Clement Pastoral Centre with a multi-purpose hall that can seat 220 people and nine rooms for meetings, counselling and prayer;
  • a new block on west side of new church to house the expanded book room, Admin Office and offices of the Redemptorists;
  • a basement carpark with 120 lots;
  • a 220-seater canteen in the basement and refurbished restrooms;
  • new driveways, drop-off points, passenger ramps and stairways.

Redevelopment

"We remember, Lord, that if You do not build Your house, in vain will the builders labour."

(from "Novena Church Redevelopment Prayer")

Dedication of Novena Church is scheduled on 1 August 2017, the feast day of St. Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Redemptorist Order or Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris or C.Ss.R). The church was closed on 1st October 2014 for redevelopment. During this while, office transactions are carried out at an on-site office from 9.00am to 6.00pm on Monday - Friday. Sunday Masses are held at St. Joseph's Institution Junior (3, Essex Road), and weekday lunch-time (12.15pm) Masses at Church of The Risen Christ (Toa Payoh Central). Novena Devotions on Saturdays are at Church of Risen Christ. See details at "Mass & Novena Times".

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