(Special Post) Dedication of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore, also the 120th Anniversary of its Consecration (14 February 1897) – History of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd

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On 14 February 2017, the Church in Singapore is going to celebrate a great occasion of the Dedication of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, which is the principal and mother of all the parishes and churches in Singapore. As the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Singapore, it is the place where the Cathedra or the seat of the Archbishop of Singapore is located at.

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The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd was established as one of the first church buildings in Singapore, in the earliest days of its history as a British colony after it was discovered by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles in the year 1819. The Cathedral had its origins in a simple and small chapel built from wooden and attap structure constructed between the year 1832 and 1833.
However, the rapid growth of the Church in Singapore, growing number of the faithful and pressing need for a more appropriate place for divine worship resulted in the efforts to establish a permanent place of worship for the faithful in Singapore. Upon generous donations from various individuals including that of the Queen of France and the Archbishop of Manila, the permanent church building that would become the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd became a reality.

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The foundation stone was placed in the site of the future Cathedral in the year 1843 and the completed church was opened and blessed on 18 June 1847, on the Feast of Corpus Christi by Father Jean-Marie Beurel, one of the pioneer priests and evangelisers in Singapore.

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(Picture: Fr. Jean-Marie Beurel)

The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd was named as such upon the inspiration from the holy martyr St. Laurent Imbert, one of the first Catholic priests to visit Singapore, who went on to be the first Vicar Apostolic to Korea, and was martyred for his faith there during the violent persecution against the Church and the faithful. It was told that he gave himself up to the authorities in order to safeguard the other faithful under his care, saying that “in times of great need, the Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” in the imitation of the Lord, our Good Shepherd.

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(Picture: St. Laurent Imbert)
As the Diocese of Malacca (established in 1558 in Malacca, now in Malaysia) was reestablished in the year 1888 after it has been temporarily suppressed in 1839 (and later revived as the Vicariate Apostolic of Western Siam in 1841), the church that was to become the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd was elevated to the status of a cathedral, and Bishop Edouard Gasnier became its first bishop. He was interred in the Cathedral’s crossing (between nave and transepts) upon his death in 1896.
The Cathedral was dedicated by Bishop Gasnier’s successor, Bishop Rene-Michel-Marie Fee, who dedicated and consecrated the Cathedral to our Lord Jesus the Good Shepherd, on 14 February of the year 1897, 120 years ago to the current date. Ever since, the Cathedral had become the hub for the growth of the Church and the Christian faith both in Singapore and throughout the region for the next 120 years.
Ever since, the Cathedral had weathered through good and difficult times, including the turbulent years of the Japanese Occupation of Singapore, when it was functioning as an emergency hospital, but it weathered through them. Nevertheless, time and the rapid construction around it and underneath the ground due to the building of the Mass Rapid Transit train line caused the foundation of the Cathedral to be affected, and serious cracks started to appear on the structure.
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Therefore, serious efforts for a major renovation was carried out, and after many years of preparation, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd finally was closed on 28 October 2013, for a thorough and extensive renovation and modification. Throughout this major project, various discoveries were made on the historic nature of this Cathedral, including the discovery of the original foundation stone placed in site in the year 1843. The original layout and architecture of the Cathedral were also restored.

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Finally the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd was reopened on 20 November 2016, on the Solemnity of Jesus Christ the King, by His Excellency Archbishop William Goh of Singapore during the Opening Mass, where he solemnly reopened the Cathedral for the purpose of divine worship.

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And now, on the 14th day of February of the Year of our Lord 2017, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is going to be dedicated to the Lord before all the faithful people of God.

Pray for the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, pray for the Church of God in Singapore!

Installation, Inauguration, and Thanksgiving Mass for Archbishop William Goh Seng Chye, the new Archbishop of Singapore

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The new Archbishop of Singapore, Archbishop William Goh Seng Chye, having taken over officially on Saturday, 18 May 2013 after the Holy See accepted the resignation of the now Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia Yeck Joo, will be installed at the cathedra of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, the mother church of the Church in Singapore.

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Archbishop William Goh was the Coadjutor Archbishop of Singapore and being a coadjutor, in conjunction with the Code of the Canon Law, has the right to immediately succeed the Archbishop upon his resignation being accepted by the Holy See.

This Installation Mass will also be an Inauguration Mass for the ministry of the new Archbishop and also a thanksgiving for both the new Archbishop and for the service of the now Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia.

 

Details on the Mass :

Location : Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, ‘A’ Queen Street, Singapore

Time : Friday, 24 May 2013 at 10.30 am (on Vesak Day – Public Holiday)

 

As Archbishop William Goh has officially taken over the duty as the Ordinary of the Archdiocese, he immediately resides in the official residence of the Archbishop in the Archbishop’s House, located within the Cathedral grounds.

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Meanwhile, Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia will transfer his residence to the Catholic Spirituality Centre in Hougang, Singapore, where Archbishop William Goh had resided during his term as the Coadjutor Archbishop.

 

God bless our new Archbishop and we also pray for our Archbishop Emeritus, that in his retirement he will continue to do great works for the sake of the Lord.

Ad multos annos, His Excellency Archbishop William Goh!

Archbishop William Goh, the new Archbishop of Singapore

http://www.catholicnews.sg/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8794%3Aholy-see-announces-new-archbishop-of-singapore-accepts-retirement-of-his-grace-most-rev-msgr-nicholas-chia&catid=265%3Aannouncements

As of today, Saturday, 18 May 2013, on the eve of the Pentecost Sunday, the Holy See and the Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Archbishop Nicholas Chia, who will immediately become the Archbishop Emeritus of Singapore. This is in fulfillment of the Code of the Canon Law Can. 401§1, that all bishops upon reaching the age of 75 must tender their resignation to the Holy See, and the See will be empty once the resignation is accepted.

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(Above : The now Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia of Singapore)

Archbishop William Goh, the Coadjutor Archbishop of Singapore, therefore, being the coadjutor archbishop, has an immediate right of succession, and thus immediately become the new Archbishop of Singapore, and the proper Ordinary of the Archdiocese, according to the Code of the Canon Law, Can. 404§1, as of today, Saturday, 18 May 2013.

Although today’s (18 May 2013) Vatican bollettino has yet to include this announcement of appointment, but as this news comes from the Apostolic Nunciature to Singapore, it is expected that by Monday, the bollettino will reflect this new change in the Church.

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(Above : The new Archbishop of Singapore, Archbishop William Goh)

The installation Mass of the new Archbishop of Singapore is expected to be soon, to be held at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, which will also be soon closed for major renovation.

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Official Schedule of Pope Francis in World Youth Day 2013 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (23 – 28 July 2013)

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http://www.romereports.com/palio/popes-brazil-schedule-released-as-rio-gets-ready-for-world-youth-day-english-9964.html#.UYjtL8rTc78

http://attualita.vatican.va/sala-stampa/bollettino/2013/05/07/news/30948.html

Pope Francis’ complete schedule for the World Youth Day 2013 celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil had been released by the Vatican. As the schedule above is in Italian, I will translate it as best as I can into English here.

The Schedule (The times depicted are local time, Rome time = UTC+2 and Rio de Janeiro time = UTC-3) :

 

Monday, 22 July 2013

08.45 am (Rome Time) : Departure from Rome’s Ciampino Airport to Rio de Janeiro

04.00 pm (Rio Time) : Arrival at the Galeao International Airport in Rio de Janeiro

05.00 pm : Welcome ceremony for Pope Francis at the Guanabara Palace in Rio de Janeiro

05.40 pm : Visit by Pope Francis to the President of Brazil at the same Guanabara Palace

 

Pope Francis will then stay at a private residence in the Sumare region of Rio de Janeiro. No event scheduled for Tuesday, 23 July 2013

 

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 

08.15 am (Rio Time) : Pope Francis will depart his residence at Sumare by helicopter to visit the famous Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida

09.30 am : Pope Francis arrives at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
10.00 am : Pope Francis will venerate an image of the Virgin Mary at the Basilica located in the Hall of the Sanctuary of the Twelve Apostles

10.30 am : Holy Mass led by Pope Francis at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida

01.00 pm : Pope Francis will have lunch with the Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Aparecida and the seminarians of the Seminary of Aparecida

04.10 pm : Pope Francis will return to Rio de Janeiro from Aparecida by helicopter

05.25 pm : Pope Francis is scheduled to return to Rio de Janeiro by helicopter

06.30 pm : Pope Francis will visit the St. Francis Assisi Hospital in Rio de Janeiro

 

Thursday, 25 July 2013
07.30 am : Private Mass led by Pope Francis in his official WYD 2013 residence in Sumare, Rio de Janeiro

09.45 am : Pope Francis will receive the keys of the city of Rio de Janeiro and he will also bless the Olympic Flags of Rio de Janeiro (will be host for 2016 Olympics) at the city square of Rio de Janeiro

11.00 am : Pope Francis will visit the slum community of Varginha (Manguinhos)

06.00 pm : Pope Francis will receive youths attending the WYD 2013 at the Copacabana waterfront area, Rio de Janeiro

 

Friday, 26 July 2013

07.30 am : Private Mass led by Pope Francis in his official WYD 2013 residence in Sumare, Rio de Janeiro

10.00 am : Pope Francis will conduct confession sessions with youths attending WYD 2013 in the Quinta da Boa Vista Park of Rio de Janeiro

11.30 am : Pope Francis will meet some young prisoners at the Archbishop’s Palace at Rio de Janeiro

12.00 pm : Pope Francis will lead Angelus prayer from the balcony of the Archbishop’s Palace

12.15 pm : Pope Francis will greet the organising committee and benefactors of WYD 2013 in the Archbishop’s Palace, Rio de Janeiro

01.00 pm : Pope Francis will have lunch with youths at the Archbishop’s Palace

06.00 pm : Way of the Cross led by Pope Francis at the Copacabana waterfront, Rio de Janeiro

 

Saturday, 27 July 2013

09.00 am : Holy Mass with the bishops, priests, seminarians, and religious at the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of San Sebastian Rio de Janeiro (Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro)

11.30 am : Pope Francis will meet with the leaders of Brazil in the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro

01.00 pm : Pope Francis will have lunch with the Cardinals of Brazil, the President of the Episcopal Conference of Brazil, bishops of the Rio de Janeiro region, and the Papal entourage of WYD 2013 in the Sumare residence, Rio de Janeiro

07.30 pm : Pope Francis will lead the prayer vigil with the youths at Guaratiba, Rio de Janeiro

 

Sunday, 28 July 2013

10.00 am : Holy Mass of the Closing of WYD 2013 at Guaratiba, Rio de Janeiro.

12.00 am : Pope Francis will lead the recitation of the Angelus prayer at Guaratiba

02.00 pm : Pope Francis will have lunch with the Papal entourage of WYD 2013 in the Sumare residence, Rio de Janeiro

04.00 pm : Pope Francis will meet with the leaders of CELAM, the Latin American Episcopal Conference at Sumare, Rio de Janeiro

04.40 pm : Pope Francis leaves the Sumare residence

05.30 pm : Pope Francis will meet with the volunteers of the WYD 2013 at Hall 5 of Rio Centre, Rio de Janeiro

06.30 pm : Farewell ceremony at the Galeao International Airport of Rio de Janeiro

07.00 pm : Departure from the Galeao International Airport to return to Rome

 

Monday, 29 July 2013

11.30 am (Rome Time) : Arrival at the Ciampino Airport of Rome

Holy Week 2013 Schedule for the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Archdiocese of Singapore

Here is the schedule for 2013’s Holy Week (Sunday, 24 March 2013 – Sunday, 31 March 2013) at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Archdiocese of Singapore :

 

1. Palm Sunday : Saturday, 23 March 2013 at 6.30 pm; Sunday, 24 March 2013 at 8 am, 10 am, and 6 pm

(Mass at 10 am will be celebrated by Archbishop Nicholas Chia, the Archbishop of Singapore)

 

2. Cena Domini (Mass of the Lord’s Supper) : Thursday, 28 March 2013 at 6.30 pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after the Mass until midnight.

(To be celebrated by Archbishop Nicholas Chia of Singapore, Coadjutor Archbishop William Goh of Singapore, and Apostolic Nuncio to Singapore, Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli)

 

3. Good Friday : Friday, 29 March 2013 at 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm

(Service at 2.30 pm with Way of the Cross, Service begins at 3 pm and to be celebrated by Archbishop Nicholas Chia, the Archbishop of Singapore)

 

4. Easter Vigil : Saturday, 30 March 2013 at 9 pm

(Celebrant : Archbishop Nicholas Chia, the Archbishop of Singapore)

 

5. Easter Sunday : Sunday, 31 March 2013 at 8 am, 10 am, and 6 pm

New Metropolitan Archbishop of Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) installed – Wednesday, 24 January 2013

http://www.catholicnews.sg/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8310%3Anew-leader-for-kota-kinabalu&catid=326%3Ajanuary-27-2013-vol-63-no-02&Itemid=78

http://www.gcatholic.com/dioceses/diocese/kota0.htm

Archbishop John Wong Soo Kau (44), Metropolitan Archbishop of Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia was installed yesterday. He was initially named as Coadjutor Archbishop of Kota Kinabalu on 21 June 2010, and received his episcopal ordination on 1 October 2010. Archbishop Wong automatically succeeded the now Archbishop Emeritus John Lee on 1 December 2012 upon the latter’s resignation’s being accepted by the Pope, by virtue of being the Coadjutor Archbishop.

He was installed yesterday, 24 January 2013 at the Sacred Heart Cathedral of Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese. Possible slight misconception may occur to some upon reading the news article as it may seem that the Coadjutor Archbishop only took over yesterday and became Archbishop yesterday too, but in fact, Archbishop John Wong is no longer Coadjutor Archbishop since 1 December 2012, and not as of yesterday, since Coadjutor Archbishop automatically takes over immediately upon the resignation of the Archbishop, without need to wait for the installation. What happened yesterday was the official installation of the new Archbishop in the Cathedral of the Archdiocese.