Church of the Divine Mercy
19 Pasir Ris Street 72, Singapore 518771
This great news soon spread like wildfire that Divine Mercy would celebrate the first mass on 12 / 12! The Church of Divine Mercy finally opened her doors to her people!
Great was the joy of the Catholics in Pasir Ris when Archbishop Nicholas Chia announced sometime in 2003 that a site was found to build a new church for the Catholics in Pasir Ris-Loyang.
The Church Building Committee worked hard to review and finally choose one out of the many designs and proposals submitted by various architects. Meanwhile, Our Lord had revealed, through active participation of Catholics in Singapore, that by sheer “popularity”, this new Church would be called Church of Divine Mercy.
Not without its many challenges, the ground breaking ceremony finally took place on 10 February 2007. The ceremony was graced by Archbishop Nicholas Chia, who was very ill during that period but had nonetheless braved the very hot afternoon to break the ground.
Like the Jews in exile, the patience of the people was constantly tested as the project was wrought with many problems; the biggest being delays in construction work, burgeoning expenses and dwindling funds.
The subtleness of how our Lord prolonged the completion of the project gave the PasirRis community more time to bond. In the Christmas of 2008 and Chinese New Year of 2009, the community brought cheers to the foreign workers who have toiled hard on the project.
Many went forth to various parishes for “road shows” to raise funds! Shifting their fundraising efforts into high gear, the new parish was helped out by Father John Bosco who stuck his hand up to say “I am going to run the Singapore Marathon (Dec 08) to raise funds for Church of Divine Mercy”. Other efforts like the “Walk with Me” Fund Raising walk and family on 10 August 2009 was also a great success and helped bond the community together!
What joy was felt when the Church had their first mass at Hai Sing Catholic School on 18 April 2009.
Then finally, on 11 Dec 2009, the parish got the news that they could start worship in the building!Thisgreat news soon spread like wildfire that Divine Mercy would celebrate the first mass on 12 / 12! The Church of Divine Mercy finally opened her doors to her people!
Special arrangements were made for Father Piotr Prusakiewicz from Poland to bring the relic of Saint Faustina, the patron saint of Divine Mercy. For three nights, Father Piotr led the congregation through devotions to the Divine Mercy and Mass to prepare the community. Finally the great day came on 9 January 2010 when His Grace, Nicholas Chia dedicated and blessed the new Church of Divine Mercy in front of a Church packed to the brim! We will always cherish our wonderful journey and there was no doubt that He was always walking with us. God bless our Church and our people.
Extracted and adapted from the website of the Church of Divine Mercy http://www.divinemercy.sg/aboutus/index.html