17 September 2017
By Aaron Lim
PENANG: The community of City Parish celebrated the 25th Sacerdotal Anniversary of parish priest, Rev Fr Nelson Chitty in a simple yet meaningful manner.
Fr Nelson was ordained to the priesthood at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Penang in 1992, and is the parish priest of City Parish, Penang since June 2014.
More than 300 parishioners attended the Silver Jubilee thanksgiving Mass, held at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows on August 31.
Fr Nelson celebrated the Mass, and joining him were assistant parish priest, Fr Maiccal Sinnappan, Fr Joachim Robert and Fr Francis Anthony.
In his homily, Fr Nelson reflected on 25 years of his journey in the priesthood and remembers fondly of his first posting to the Church of St. Michael in Alor Setar, Kedah..
“Sometimes we may feel that God is not there for us, but so long as we continue searching for Him and follow Jesus, we will surely enjoy the company of God,” he said while highlighting the comfort he finds in God through his struggles.
Fr Nelson said what touched him as a young priest back then was the brotherhood of priests, as he always looked forward to monthly recollections when senior priests would welcome and encourage the younger priests.
He also read out a list of deceased priests who have helped him greatly in his vocation, and offered the Mass for them.
“I am privileged to be able to serve Christ, for the priesthood is not about me, it is the priesthood of Jesus Christ that we celebrate today,” Fr Nelson said.
Parish pastoral council chairman, John Dass in his speech, congratulated Fr Nelson on behalf of the parish, and thanked him for his humble and faithful service to the people of God.
He also called on parishioners to continue to pray and support all the priests, and to also pray for the country in conjunction with National Day.
At the end of the Mass, Fr Nelson cut his Silver Jubilee cake and the crowd adjourned for breakfast fellowship at the hall.
Our parish priest celebrated his 25th Silver Jubilee on 31st August 2017 at the 7.30 am Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Celebrants present were Fr Maiccal Sinnappan, Fr Francis Anthony and Fr Joachim Robert.
The Mass (National Day cum Silver Jubilee) was followed by a fellowship breakfast for all.
For more photos, please go to our Facebook page.
The Raffle Draw took place this morning at the Parish Centre of the Church of the Assumption. Kevin Lowe was the MC for the event. It started with a short opening speech by the Chairman of the Fund Raising Committee, John Lau.
He thank the sponsors for the prizes :–
– Bermaz Motor Trading Sdn Bhd for the Mazda 2
– Tomei for the jewellery set
– RK South Asia Sdn Bhd for the motorcycle SYM
– the volunteers
– His fellow fund raising committee members as well as the restoration committee
– Wong Liu & Partners – the scrutineer for the Draw and the press covering the event
– The Star, Sin Chew and Nanyang.
John Lau said that RM700,000 worth of tickets were sold, short of the target by RM300,000. All in all, 40 people attended the event. Volunteers and ticket buyers present were invited to draw the winning numbers.
Prize winners can contact the following persons to claim your prizes. Remember to present your winning ticket.
1. Bernie 016 420 2820
2. John 012 421 2820
(taken from Assumption Facebook. Please visit if for photos.)
THE 157-year-old Church of the Assumption located along the heritage enclave at Farquhar Street is expected to reopen its doors to parishioners and tourists in October once renovation works have been completed with a soft opening scheduled to be on Christmas Eve this year.
This was revealed by its fund raising committee chairman John Lau when he and the Bishop of Penang Rev. Sebastian Francis welcomed state exco members Chow Kon Yeow (Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation) and Jagdeep Singh (Town & Country Planning and Housing) to the church premises on July 24 to receive RM50,000 from the state government’s Non-Islamic Places of Worship Fund (RIBI).
30 April 2017
Iconic Penang Church launches raffle ticket sales for restoration project
by Christopher Kostka
The Church of the Assumption launched its sale of raffle tickets at the St Francis Xavier Church on March 19. The sales are part of its fundraising activities to raise RM2.5 million for the restoration of the church.
The restoration project, which was launched by Bishop Sebastian Francis in June 2016, is to restore the church to its original condition of 1928 as befitting this monumental landmark in the Georgetown Heritage zone.
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On behalf of the community of City Parish, we would like to sincerely thank our outgoing Assistant Parish Priest, Rev Fr Joachim Robert for his tireless efforts in building our family here and for journeying with us in faith. We send you our prayers dear Fr, as you embark on your new appointment as the Parish Priest of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. All the best and God bless you abundantly!