The new sanctuary of St Joseph Church (Bukit Timah).

The newly renovated St Joseph Church (Bukit Timah) opened its doors to parishioners on Christmas Eve last year.

Among the changes are the installation of air-conditioning and an overhead projection system. It is now also handicapped-friendly.

Other changes include the moving of the tabernacle from the side to the centre. The sanctuary has also been extended and the altar moved forward so that parishioners can have a better view of Mass proceedings.

However, the green tiles and a plaque with Chinese words over the altar have been removed. The crucifix has also been changed.

The church decided on a wood-like finish with the use of brown ceramic tiles.

One of its parishioners, Ms Winnie Goh, said she is pleased with the newly renovated church as there is now “no need to flip books” with the installation of the projection system.

Another parishioner, Madam Jolene Toh, said she feels the renovations help provide a good atmosphere for worship, and believes more people, especially the young, would be attracted to the church.

However, the sound system needs a little more adjustment as it is still new, she added.

By Darren Boon
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