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 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)

Features of the new Novena Church (updated 22 May 2017):

  • air-conditioned accommodation for a congregation size of 1,500, compared to the present of about 800;
  • a tiered seating within the  church for a  full  view of the  sanctuary ;
  • a done with  skylights over the new sanctuary ;
  • stained  glass panels, numbering 20 panels, on the walls of the new sanctuary with the  full portraits of Mary, Mother of Ransom, and St Joseph on  either side and the Holy Redeemer  in the middle;
  • a new  shrine of the Mother of Perpetual Help on the left of the new  church  installed with  the icon of the OMPH from the existing church ;
  • a grotto on west side of new church and a new bell tower on east side;
  • a   24 hour prayer  garden on the  left of the existing  church  and a new  bell tower on the right of the new  church using the  existing  3  bronze bells  from the  existing church.
  • a new  St Clement  Pastoral Centre with an auditorium   that can  seat  198  people and rooms for meetings.;
  • a new block on west side of new church to house the expanded book room, Admin Office and offices of the Redemptorists;
  • two basement carparks with 120  lots;
  • a  132-seater canteen with a  fully   functional  kitchen  with   both   cooking and  baking  equipment
  • 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 date for Novena Church has been rescehduled and the new date will be announced later. The church has been closed since 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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