St Anne’s shrine to be made national shrine


The Herald
17 August 2014

by Lucia Lai

During the Sacrament of Confirmation Mass of City Parish, Penang, on 27 July 2014, Bishop Sebastian disclosed to the parishioners that he planned to turn the Shrine of St Anne at Bukit Mertajam, Penang into a national shrine. This will be brought up to the Bishops’ Conference for deliberation and decision.

Bishop Sebastian felt that St Anne’s shrine deserved to be a national shrine since it is so popular and thousands of people from all over the country and out of the country visit it every year during the feast-day. These people also came from different backgrounds, including many non Catholics. The theme of Mary and her mother had brought the people together.

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The Holy Spirit empowers us in our lives

The Herald
10 August 2014

By Aaron Lim

campConfirmation Day, the City Parish Catechetical Committee organized a camp for 11 confirmands of the English speaking group. It was held from July 18 to July 20 at the Assumption Formation Centre.

There were many who came to facilitate this camp, including Nancy Victor, Francis Xavier and Rosalind Victor from the Catechetical Committee, together with Reikce Kathrin, Benedict Anand and Arokiadass. The topics focused on the basics of our Catholic faith, gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit and the Sacrament of Confirmation.

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Old Lady sings again

The Star
1 July 2014

Old Lady sings again


SWEET melodies filled the church as the young pianist worked his magic on the century-old pipe organ.

Parishioners listened in silent wonder as 17-year-old Daniel de Costa cajoled heavenly music from the restored antique nicknamed the ‘Old Lady’ of the Church of the Assumption in Farquhar Street, Penang.

His repertoire of ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘The Hymn of Joy’, ‘Whispering Hope’ and ‘How Great Thou Art’ was most apt for the thanksgiving concert to celebrate the restoration of the grand dame.

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Jesus was on the streets of Georgetown

ccFor the fourth year consecutively, the public get to see ‘Jesus’ in the Blessed Sacrament being carried on a brightly decorated lorry in a procession on the streets of Georgetown, Penang.

This was made possible through the effort of City Parish, Penang, who organized an Eucharistic Celebration and Procession on 22 June 2014 to celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.

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Corpus Christi Procession


Welcome, Fr Nelson Chitty!


Name:  Rev Nelson Chitty
Born:  6 Feb. 1963
Ordained:  31 August 1992

Previous postings:
Parish priests of Risen Christ Church, Penang and Church of  the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Butterworth

Last posting as Administrator of Church of Our Lady of Fatima of the Holy Rosary, Kangar, Perlis.

Handing-over Ceremony

L to R: Angeline, Msgr Bernard, Fr Dominic, Bishop, Fr Nelson, Msgr Cheah Fr Thoo

L to R: Angeline, Msgr Bernard, Fr Dominic, Bishop, Fr Nelson, Msgr Cheah Fr Thoo

The handing-over ceremony was held on Monday, 9 June at 11.00 am.  The Bishop was present, together with the two Vicar General, Msgr Bernard Paul and Msgr Michael Cheah. Also present was Ms Angeline Tan, the Diocese Finance Administrator.

Fr Dominic officially stepped down as our parish priest today. He will be leaving for Philippine soon to study Canon Law. We wish him farewell and all the best in his studies.

Fr Nelson Chitty officially take over as our new parish priest today. We welcome him warmly and look forward to his guidance and care for the parish and parishioners. Likewise, we will support him and hope to work well with him..

For more photos of the handing-over ceremony, please visit our Facebook photo album.

Message from parish priest

Here is a message from parish priest, Fr Dominic (picture below), which appears in this week’s bulletin.


frdomPraise Lord! Alleluia, Amen!

Dear friends, I came to this Parish in the year 2008 to assist Rev. Fr. Michael Thoo. From 2010 , I assumed the responsibility of being your Parish Priest, your Pastor up to now. The time has come for me to move on to another “call within a call’.

As your pastor and leader, I did to the best of my abilities to move the Parish spiritually and also tried my best to upgrade the Parish to serve you better. In my endeavor to build this Parish, I also fell short in many areas. I take this opportunity, ask your forgiveness for times I have let you down because of my unintended insensitive to you and your spiritual needs.

Dear Parishioners and friends, I thank you for your support and kindness to me during these years in this Parish. Dear “Our Father”, Michael Thoo, thank you for being a father to the Parish and also myself in your own gentle way. I will hand over my responsibility to the incoming parish priest on Monday, 9th of June 2014 @ 11.00am.

Dear friends, remember me in your prayers, as I remember you at every Mass. God bless!

Fr Dominic Santhiyagu
18 May 2014

OLS 125th anniversary magazine


Many of you would have seen and got hold of the magazine by now. We are now uploading the magazine online (in pdf format) for you to read or share with your friends.  The magazine in pdf format here only shows the contents and not the covers. For pictures of the covers, please click on ‘read the rest of this entry’ to view them.

Click on the following link to download the magazine.

OLS 125th anniversary magazine

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First time in history – popes canonised as saints

These are the two popes canonised by Pope Francis on 27 April 2014, Feast of Divine Mercy.
Read about it at the dailymail, with lots of good pictures. Watch the video here (not in English).



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