Renovations at St John Britto Church
HERALD, 16 JUNE 2013
The Church of St John Britto Catholic was established in 1969 by Monsignor Ignatius John Aloysius with help from Father François Felix Faure from the College General. It was named after a Catholic saint from India.
It is located at Jalan Sungai Pinang, and at that time, it caters mostly to the working-class Indians living around that area.
In 1988, the Church of St John Britto was merged with the Our Lady of Sorrows Church, the St Francis Xavier Church and the Assumption Church to form the City Parish, with its secretariat based at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.
When the Church of St John Britto was build, it was on banana plantation land. As time goes by, the land is slowly sinking. Therefore, the parish priest, Fr Dominic Santhiyagu, see an urgent need to do something. The land need to be level with new concrete and thus the church building too renovated.
Thus, in August last year, a Church Building Renovation and Restoration committee was started to raise funds for the Church. Many parishioners had came forward to donate. The biggest sum of donation came from the Prime Minister’s Department, when Datuk Maglin Dennis D’Cruz, the Information, Communication and Culture Deputy Minister (then), representing the Prime Minister, donated RM200,000 in September last year.
However, the funds raised so far still fall short of the total expenditure involved, thus the fund-raising is still on-going.
Seeing their ‘sister church’ in need, the committee from the Church of St Francis Xavier (part of City Parish, like St John Britto), will be organising a charity dinner on 6th July 2013 to raise funds for the restoration and renovation. Interested parishioners please contact the parish office at tel. no. 04-2261502. – by Lucia Lai