... says Archbishop Goh at the blessing of the new Novena Church

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Archbishop William Goh deposits a relic of St Alphonsus Liguori beneath the altar during the blessing of the new Novena Church. Photos: MICHAEL LIEW

By Christopher Khoo

Great things happen only because people dare to dream dreams. If there are no dreamers, there will be no progress in life. That is why great people have great dreams.

Archbishop William Goh made this point during the Mass and blessing of the newly overhauled Novena Church on Oct 25.

“The Redemptorists, they too have this great dream, to make this shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour to be a place where everyone can take refuge, consolation, to come to know the mercy and the love of the Lord,” he said to a packed church.

“And that is the reason why today when we celebrate and dedicate this church to our Lord in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, we want to live this dream,” Archbishop Goh said in his homily.

“All of us have returned to Novena Church once again, in a new place, a new building, with a bigger vision. Not just for the church, [but also] for society, for humanity,” he said. “And truly we want to give praise and thanks to God.”

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Archbishop Willam Goh delivering the homily on Oct 25.

The Mass saw the archbishop and priests blessing the new building with holy water.

Another highlight of the celebration was the depositing of a relic of St Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Redemptorists, beneath the altar. The relic was formerly from the old church.

Archbishop Goh also blessed the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

A special programme was held before the Mass during which people viewed video clips of the work of the Redemptorist community and the overhaul of the church.

Rosary prayers were held in Mandarin, Tamil, Teochew, Tagalog and English. There was also praise and worship, which saw priests and laypeople singing, accompanied by dancers.

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Redemptorist priests sing as dancers move to the music during the pre-Mass programme.

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