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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):