More than 1000 walked in procession

28 June 2015

More than 1000 walked in procession

By Lucia Lai
123About 1,000 people from all over Penang walked in a journey of faith with the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of Corpus Christi.

The Corpus Christi celebration was organized by City Parish on June 7. It began with a Eucharistic Celebration at the Church of the Assumption, followed by the procession along Penang Road, ending at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Fr Joachim Robert was the main celebrant for the Eucharistic Celebration in five languages (English, Tamil, Mandarin, Malay and Tagalog). Joining him were Fr Nelson Chitty, Msgr Bernard Paul and Fr Gerard Theraviam.

In his homily, Fr Joachim said that at every Eucharistic Celebration we attend, we recall what Jesus instituted at the last supper some 2,000 years ago.

He said, “Jesus’ very life was a pattern of the Eucharist: takes, blesses, breaks and gives to us, to put us back in the right relationship with God.”
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Parishioners brave heat for walk of faith

The Star
10 June 2015

Parishioners brave heat for walk of faith

CC_celebTHE sweltering heat from the setting sun did not deter some 1,000 parishioners from joining the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ) celebration at the Church of the Assumption in Farquhar Street, Penang.

The evening mass was conducted in five different languages – English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Tamil and Tagalog.

Newly ordained Church of the Assumption priest Father Joachim Roberts said the procession was a witness and expression of the church members’ faith, not only as an individual but as a community.

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Corpus Christi 2015

This will be the fifth year that City Parish is organising the Corpus Christi Mass and Procession.  This year again, as like last yearl, the Mass will be held at the Assumption Church, and after Mass, the procession will wind through Penang Road and end up at Church of Our Lady of Sorrows. Do come and join us again this year. See the poster for details.
If you like to refresh your memory, for the past 4 years Corpus Christi celebration, please click here.

Fr Michael Thoo celebrates 50 years as a priest

26 April 2015
Herald Supplement on Vocation Sunday

50Eighty-one years old Rev Fr Michael Thoo received thunderous applause from parishioners when Bishop Sebastian exclaimed loudly “We celebrate 50 GLORIOUS years with you!” at his speech during the Golden Jubilee Eucharistic Celebration of Fr Thoo.

The Eucharistic Celebration, with the theme ‘My soul magnify the Lord’ was held at the Church of  Our Lady of Sorrows, Penang on 14 April 2015. About 35 priests from the  Diocese of Penang were in attendance, including Bishop Emeritus Antony Selvanayagam.

The main con-celebrants were Archbishop Julien Leow and Bishop Sebastian Francis, with Deacon Samuel Clement joining in.

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Memorial for French Catholic Sailors

26 April 2015

Memorial for French Catholic sailors at Assumption Church

By Lucia Lai
The 229 year old Church of the Assumption, second oldest in Malaysia and a UNESCO World Heritage Icon, added another historic milestone on April 9, 2015, when the Bishop of Penang consecrated a Memorial for French Catholic sailors who had perished during World War I.

Two days prior to this commemoration, the Penang Diocesan Pastoral Institute organised a talk by Dr John Robertson, the author of The Battle of Penang. In the talk, he spoke on the history of the French warship, Le Mousquet.

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Fr Thoo’s Golden Jubilee Celebration

All are encouraged to attend, to share the joy of Fr. Thoo, who had been our parish priests for years and then assistant parish priest for years. At the age of 81, he’s one of the most senior priests in the Penang Diocese.

Please be informed that on that day, the OLS car park will be reserved for the use of priests and religious only during the event. All others will need to find their own car park space. Thank you for your kind co-operation.
(Suggestion for parking:  Indian temple at New Lane, next to the Surau at Macalister Rd, corner of Penang Rd, Gama, Times Square)

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Church of the Assumption and the French Connection

The Church of the Assumption is one of our City Parish churches, so you are encouraged to attend this talk. Please see poster for details.

After this talk, on the 9th of April, at 4.00pm,  there will be consecration of Memorial of the French Catholic Sailors by Bishop Sebastian at the church.  The French ambassador and other dignitaries will attend this ceremony. Please come and support.


Happy Easter

Fr Nelson Chitty, Fr Michael Thoo, Fr Joachim Robert and all staff of City Parish, would like to wish everyone a holy and blessed Easter.

Easter reminds us
that each time
we deny you, Lord,
another nail is sharpened;
and each time
we defy you, Lord,
into your hand it’s hammered.
When faith is weak,
temptation strong
and courage fails,
forgive us, Lord
and once again
become that risen presence
within our hearts. Amen

taken from faithandworship

2015 Holy Week Schedule for Parishes in Penang

(The following compilation of all parishes was received by Cathedral of the Holy Spirit)

CHS: Cathedral of the Holy Spirit,   HNJ: Holy Name of Jesus,   CDM: Church of the Divine Mercy,   IC: Immaculate Conception,   RC: Risen Christ,   OLS/ASSUM/SJB/SFX (CITY PARISH)

Our parish only schedule can be found here.

Holy Week Schedule

Please click on picture to download full size and keep for reference. Or  make sure you get a copy of the parish bulletin this week, where you can find the schedule (it was also in last week’s bulletin).

Try not to call the parish office to ask for the time. Thank you.



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