Last Masses to be held on Oct 27. New building to be fully airconditioned.
The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd will hold its last Masses on Oct 27 before closing for restoration works.
These are expected to begin on Nov 1 and will last for two years, said Fr Adrian Anthony, who is in charge of the restoration project.
During the closure, the cathedral’s weekday 1.15pm lunch time Masses will be held at St Joseph’s Church, Victoria St, except during public holidays.
The cathedral’s Sunday 10am Mass will be held at St Joseph’s Church at 10.30am.
The cost of the restoration is estimated to be about $35 million. The cathedral is still short of about $15 million, said Fr Anthony.
According to Architects 61, the architecture company overseeing the restoration, the cathedral’s structure would be strengthened through underpinning and fibre-wrapping. It will also be fully air-conditioned.
A basement which will function as a multi-purpose space, and which will incorporate a crypt for deceased bishops, will also be built.
The rectory will also be restored.
An annexe block at the rear of rectory will be built to hold a multi-function hall, prayer rooms and a Catholic Heritage Centre. The building is expected to be three storeys high and will be constructed in place of an existing block, which will be demolished.
The cathedral grounds will also become more pedestrian friendly with an enhanced garden setting. A covered link between the cathedral and the annexe block will also be built.
Fr Anthony told CatholicNews he hopes the cathedral will become a place where people can “encounter the presence of God” and “find peace with God”.
To donate to the restoration project, please make cheques payable to “Cathedral of the Good Shepherd”, with Restoration Fund written on the reverse side, and mail them to Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, A Queen Street, Singapore 188533.
By Darren Boon