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. “
29 Dec 2013
The donations came from the Sunday Mass collection, plus some well-wishers. The Mass collection donations was supposed to be handed over to the Diocese of Penang but parish priest, Fr Dominic Santhiyagu, had written to the Diocese for permission to give the collection from his parish as a direct donation since his parish has a Filipino community.
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
The cheque presentation ceremony was held on August 10 at the St John Britto church hall. Representing the Prime Minister, was Datuk Maglin Dennis D’Cruz, the Information, Communication and Culture Deputy Minister.
Also present at the ceremony was Penang Gerakan chairman, Dr Teng Hock Nan.
The federal government donated RM200,000 towards the church renovations funds. The cheque presentation ceremony was held on 11 Aug. 2012 at church of St John Britto, beginning with a Mass and ending with fellowship. The donations was made by YB Senator Datuk Maglin, the Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Culture. For other photos, please visit our Facebook page. Article will be up later.
As such, a Pipe Organ Restoration Committee was set up a year ago to solicit funds for the restoration.
The Committee received a tremendous boost to their funds when, on 16 July, 2012, two well known and established corporations, The Star Foundation and AirAsia Expedia, made generous donations of RM50,000 and RM200,000 respectively.
The donations from both Star Foundation and AirAsia Expedia came about through the Tourism Minister Dr Ng Yen Yen. She heard about the fund-raising campaign and alerted Star and AirAsia.
Continue reading at CJMY (with photos)
The Minister of Tourism, Dato Seri Ng Yen Yen was present at the Assumption Church on 16 July 2012, 6.00pm, for a cheque presentation ceremony for the Save the Pipe Organ fund. She managed to get RM200,000 from Air Asia and RM50,000 from The Star.
More pictures at our Facebook page.
Fulll write-up will be up at Herald later.
In the Star: New lease of life for pipe organ