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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4 September 2016
This was the interesting question Fr Gerard Theraviam asked in his homily during the Feast of the Assumption Eucharistic Celebration on 14 August 2016 at the Church of the Assumption, Penang.
According to Fr Gerard, our visa lies in the gospel reading of today, where Elizabeth said, “Blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled”, as well as in the vigil gospel reading that mentions “happy are those who hear the Word of God and keep it.” “Do you believe in the promise of God? Do you hear and keep the Word of God?” he asked. “If you do, this is your visa to heaven. Armed with both passport and visa, we can enter heaven with Mary.”
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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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. “
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.
7 September 2014
At 3.00pm, the PEA presented a re-enactment of the Landing of Captain Francis Light on Penang Island, on the grounds of the Assumption Church. This was followed by tea.
Among those present were the Chief Minister of Penang and some of his Exco members, including the Bishop of Penang, Rt Rev Sebastian Francis. The five-minute re-enactment saw the actors and actresses in full 18th century costumes. When the re-enactment ended, the Chief Minister commended the PEA for organising this event, and said that he was happy that the Eurasian culture is alive in Penang.
On 27 January, two molotov cocktails (fire-bombs) were thrown into the grounds of the Church of the Assumption, landing in front of the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. One exploded and the other did not. However, in no way, was the shrine damaged at all.
Seeing this as a miracle, as nothing happened to the shrine, nor the church, Fr Dominic Santhiyagu, decided to celebrate a Mass right in front of the shrine, to glorify the Lord God Almighty and as thanksgiving to Our Lady for the protection.
Fr Dominic is the parish priest of City Parish Penang (where Assumption church is). He celebrated the Mass on 4 February, which sees near 100 people present. The co-celebrants were Fr Christopher Lim (local priest who is serving in Australia) and Fr Jerry Rosario, a visiting priest from India.
Also present to record the Mass and interview people, was Al-Jazeera TV.