The Assumption Church is proud to be host of two events under the Georgetown Festival 2016. Yesterday was the ‘Love, Joy, Peace’ Sacred Music concert by The Messengers, and on this Friday (12 Aug) and Saturday (13 Aug), will be the Assumption Heritage Fest, an annual affair organised by the Penang Eurasian Association. Below, you will find the full programme.
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31 June 2016
This experience was shared by 80 members from City Parish, Penang who went on a pilgrimage to St Anne’s Church on July 16. They were accompanied by parish priests Fr Nelson Chitty and Fr Joachim Robert.
The church is one of the three pilgrim churches for the Year of Mercy in the Diocese of Penang, with a designated Holy Door which was opened by Bishop Sebastian Francis.
Fr Nelson said that the parish organized this pilgrimage in response to Pope Francis’ call for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
“It is good to see many of them coming together, as one parish, and to fulfill the spiritual exercise before entering the Holy Door,” he said.
The parishioners were split into two groups, as they went up the hill and around the church grounds following the Stations of the Cross.
“After completing the stations, they recited prayers at the Shrine before entering the Holy Door of Mercy. The parishioners also prayed to St. Anne seeking for her intercession.
A special Mass was celebrated at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel by Fr Joachim concelebrated with Fr Nelson.
In his homily, Fr Nelson gave a brief summary on the Year of Mercy. He also urged all to put this Jubilee Year into good use.
“In this special year, God is being extraordinarily merciful towards all our sins,” he said while urging all to practise mercy towards one another.
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In conjunction with our Our Lady of Sorrows feast day on September, 9 weeks of Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help will be held beginning from 23 July and culminating on 17 September, with the feast day celebration.
Penang govt to give RM100k for refurbishment of Church of the Assumption
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng made the announcement when he visited the church which is to carry out the restoration works at a cost of RM2.5million from September.
He said the state would like to endorse the restoration works by making a token contribution.
Penang’s oldest church gets facelift
3 JULY 2016 @ 1:21 PM
When he was a child, he went to the church with his family to worship on Sundays. Today, Reverend Gerard Steve Theraviam is chairing a committee that oversees the restoration of the 156-year-old Church of the Assumption in Farquhar Street, George Town, Penang.
“I have a personal connection to this house of God wherein saints and sinners have worshipped together and it is certainly an awesome building.
“Each day we welcome many tourists and pilgrims who come to view this historical gem and, at the weekends, many people come and join our services and to savour the beautiful sounds of our recently-restored pipe organ,” he adds as he takes media representatives on a tour of the glorious edifice.
The church will close its doors for 14 months from Sept 1 for a RM2.5 million restoration job. It is obvious for all to see that the building needs a face-lift.
New Straits Times
28 June 2016
by Marina Emmanuel
The 156-year-old church, which is located within the Unesco core zone here, is set to temporarily close its doors for 14 months beginning Sept 1.
It also houses one of Southeast Asia’s oldest pipe organs which was assembled in Penang in 1916 and is Malaysia’s largest church pipe organ.
The church was first built in 1860 and in 1928, underwent its first extension when two wings were added.
“The Assumption Church is already a monumental landmark in the George Town Heritage Site situated almost next door to many other notable buildings such as St George’s Church, the High Courts, the Logan Memorial, as well as Convent Light Street and St Xavier’s Institution. “
19 June 2016
By Lucia Lai
About 1,200 people braved the rain in a walk of faith with the Blessed Sacrament during the Feast of Corpus Christi on May 29. The procession, after the Eucharistic Celebration, is an annual event organised by City Parish, Penang.
The Eucharistic Celebration in four languages, with the theme The Eucharist is a Gift of God’s Mercy began at 5.30pm at the Church of the Assumption.
The main celebrant was Fr Dias Anthony, a Missionary of Mercy from India. Joining him were parish priest, Fr Nelson Chitty, assistant parish priest, Fr Joachim Robert, Fr Francis Anthony, Fr Gerrard Theraviam and Fr Edmund Woon.
In his homily, Fr Dias said that the presence of everyone in church showed that they believe strongly in the Eucharist, and when we believe, miracles will happen.
Although it was raining quite heavy during the procession, many still joined in the procession with umbrellas or just walking under the rain. These are only two of the more than 100 photos taken. Please go to our Facebook page photo album to view all the photos. You can also view videos at our Facebook.