Church Of The Holy Family

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Time Required: Less than 1 hour

Timings:

Weekday Masses
Mondays to Saturdays: 6:15 AM
Mondays to Fridays: 6:15 PM
Public Holidays: 8:30 AM
Saturday Sunset Masses: 6:00 PM (English), 8:00 PM (Mandarin)
Sunday Masses: 7:15 AM, 9:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 6:00 PM

Entry Fee:

No entry fee
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Church Of The Holy Family, Singapore Overview

Located at the junction of East Coast Road and Chapel Road in Katong district, the Church of the Holy Family is a four-storeyed roman catholic church with a brilliant white and grey facade. The church is massive and can accommodate around 3000 people. The highlight of the edifice is its multicoloured 16-panelled stained glass right above the altar which depicts the Holy Family and snippets of Jesus Christ's life during his last days. The stained glass was imported from Italy, especially for the church itself.  A statue of Mother Mary also stands inside a grotto of the church. The Church of the Holy Family is a well-known landmark and an important place of worship in Katong area.

The church was founded by four Eurasian families living in Tanjong Katong in 1902. Back then, the home of De La Salle Brothers was used as the makeshift chapel, where prayers and gatherings took place. However, in 1932, by the donation of a plot of land by Mr James Scheerder, a chapel was built, dedicated to the Holy Family of Nazareth. As the number of worshippers kept increasing, the church failed to accommodate everyone under the same roof, and so the chapel was demolished, and a larger church was established in its place. The current building was constructed in 1997.

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The facade of the church is white and grey with two roofs sloping on either side of the building. They are meant to look like hands joined in prayer, pointing to the heavens. The church is four-storeyed, and houses a car parking on the first floor, with space for about 200 cars. The second and third floors house the church hall which has a capacity of 3000 people. A massive 16-piece multicoloured stained glass adorns the wall above the altar. It was imported from Italy, and is an object of sheer beauty and reverence, depicting scenes from Jesus' life as well as the Holy Family.

There is also a Kindergarten, children's playing area, four classrooms, a choir room, and a large multipurpose hall on the fourth floor of the church. The fourth floor serves as a canteen, on a few days. A statue of Mother Mary is housed in a Grotto on the ground floor of the church. An air-conditioned columbarium is also present in its basement.

The most recommended way to reach the Church of the Holy Family is by a bus to East Coast Rd stoppage. The bus numbers to this stop are 10, 12, 14, 32, 40 and 47. You can also get down at Still Road bus stoppage or Marine Parade bus stoppage in the buses 13, 55, 966 or 15, 16, 31,36, 47, 48, 135, 196, 966 respectively. Those travelling by MRT, have to alight at Eunos MRT Station. The church is approximately 2.5 kilometres from the station.

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