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Milestones

28 June 2016 Press conference to announce the restoration project
7 July 2016 Visit by the Chief Minister of Penang
3 December 2016 Food Fair at the Assumption Church ground
19 March 2017 Launch of Raffle
8 August 2017  Draw of Raffle

Note: The Ministry of Finance has kindly given its approval for the Church of the Assumption to run the Raffle on 22 February 2017.
The approval number is KK/BPA/WAII/10/14/1(SK1/2017)/3

The Grand Prize winner of a Mazda 2 is Mdm Phoon Sow Cheng who is shown here receiving the mock key from Mr Lee Wei Chiek, a senior manager with the sponsor, Bermaz Motor Trading Sdn Bhd on 14 September 2017. As a way to share her blessings Mdm Phoon has donated the car back to the Church for sale to third party Our deepest gratitude to all churches which have permitted us to sell the tickets to their parishioners after mass, tickets buyers, sponsors and volunteers who have helped in making the raffle project a success.  We have managed to sell RM700,000 worth of raffle tickets.

The First Prize winner of a jewellery set which was sponsored by Tomei, is Mdm Rosalind from Penang.

This is to inform all our raffle buyers that the draw results will be published in The Star this coming Friday, 18 August 2017. We apologise for the delay which was due to a miscommunication.

Date of draw :         8 August 2017
Time              :         10.00 a.m.
Venue            :         Church of the Assumption, Farquhar Street, Penang

Raffle Draw Result

The Raffle Draw took place this morning at the Parish Centre of the Church of the Assumption. Kevin Lowe was the MC for the event. It started with a short opening speech by the Chairman of the Fund Raising Committee, John Lau. He thank the sponsors for the prizes – Bermaz Motor Trading Sdn Bhd for the Mazda 2, Tomei for the jewellery set and RK South Asia Sdn Bhd for the motorcycle SYM,  the volunteers, his fellow fund raising committee members as well as the restoration committee and Wong Liu & Partners – the scrutineer for the Draw and the press covering the event -  The Star, Sin Chew and Nanyang. John Lau said that RM700,000 worth of tickets were sold, short of the target by RM300,000. All in all, 40 people attended the event. Volunteers and ticket buyers present were invited to draw the winning numbers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prize winners can contact the following persons to claim your prizes. Remember to present your winning ticket.

 

1.       Bernie                      016 420 2820

2.       John                         012 421 2820

 

Press conference on 28 June 2016

  

 

 

 

Church of Assumption raising funds for restoration project

Church of Assumption The Star

GEORGE TOWN: The Church of the Assumption in Farquhar Street, Penang, is raising RM2mil to fund its project that will see the church restored to its original condition in 1928.Fund raising committee chairman John Lau said the total cost is estimated at RM2.5mil of which RM500,000 has already been contributed by the church.“This prestigious project entails an iconic building located in the George Town heritage site where other buildings of huge historical significance have already been restored or renovated.“Therefore, this project is not only confined to the Catholic population but is also opened to people of all races in Penang regardless of status and religion as it should be the pride of everyone living in the state,” he said.Lau said the committee would be organising three major fund-raising activities, including the Assumption Food Fair to be held on the church grounds on Dec 3, and targetting to raise RM100,000.Penang Roman Catholic Bishop Rev Sebastian Francis said the church was first built in 1860 and completed in 1861.In 1928, two wings were added to cater to the growing Catholic population, he added.Assumption Church Restoration Committee chairperson Father Gerard Theraviam said the church is already a monumental landmark in the George Town Heritage site, situated almost next door to many other notable buildings such as St George’s Church, the High Courts, the Logan Memorial, as well as Convent Light Street and St Xavier’s Institution.He said the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) had approved restoration plans on April 14, adding that the projected time frame of the restoration works is about 14 months. Works are expected to start on Sept 1 until Oct 31, next year.“The scope of work will include replacement of the existing glass louvre windows with timber shutter windows used in 1928.“Extensive repair works will be carried out inside and outside,” he said.Father Gerard also noted that the church’s recently restored century-old pipe organ, that has been partially covered, will be covered fully after the church celebrates its last mass on Aug 14 before the restoration works commence.

Source From The Star : Source Page 

Malaysia's third oldest Catholic Church to get RM2.5m facelift

Church of assumption NST

GEORGE TOWN: Malaysia's third oldest Catholic Church - the Assumption Church - is set to get a facelift via a RM2.5 million restoration project. The 156-year-old church, which is located within the Unesco core zone here, is set to temporarily close its doors for 14 months beginning Sept 1. It also houses one of Southeast Asia's oldest pipe organs which was assembled in Penang in 1916 and is Malaysia's largest church pipe organ. The church was first built in 1860 and in 1928, underwent its first extension when two wings were added. "The Assumption Church is already a monumental landmark in the George Town Heritage Site situated almost next door to many other notable buildings such as St George’s Church, the High Courts, the Logan Memorial, as well as Convent Light Street and St Xavier’s Institution. "Our restoration efforts will enhance the historical value of our beautiful city of George Town," Assumption Church Restoration Committee chairman Reverend Gerard Theraviam told a press conference today. Present were the Titular Roman Catholic Bishop of Penang Right Reverend Sebastian Francis and the project's fund raising committee chairman John Lau. Bishop Sebastian said of the estimated RM2.5 mil costs for the restoration job, the church will contribute RM500,000 with the balance raised from fund-raising activities. "I appeal to all Catholics as well as the public for your generosity to contribute by way of donations to this prestigious project," he said. "The restored church will not only provide a conducive environment to the faithful to partake in the church services, but also enable tourists and pilgrims to enjoy and experience praying in the new environment of the restored church." Lau said the committee would also welcome contributions from corporations, foundations and high net individuals. The scope of work, Reverand Theraviam said, “will include replacement of the existing glass louvres windows with timber shutter windows as used in 1928. "Extensive repair works will be carried out inside and outside. In addition, various new amenities will be installed or upgraded to enhance comfort and aesthetics such as the introduction of a new air-conditioning system, new sound system, new projectors, concealed rewiring works and internal and external lighting. "The existing sanctuary will also be upgraded to enhance its heritage value and external landscaping works will also be carried out," he added.

Source From New Straits Times : Source Page 

 

耗資250萬恢復面貌 檳聖母升天堂將修復

(檳城28日訊)擁有155年歷史的羅馬天主教聖母升天堂,將進行耗資250萬令吉的大型修復工程,以恢復其在1928年的面貌。這項工程獲教會撥出50萬令吉支持。

其余200萬令吉,將通過一系列籌款活動向教徒以及社會人士籌募。教會計劃通過義賣會籌募10萬令吉,網上呼吁籌募100萬令吉,以及發售彩券籌募100萬令吉。

 

位于華蓋街的聖母升天堂,在國內歷史悠久的教堂名單上排名第二。這座教堂是由跟隨萊特船長到檳城的歐亞裔人士所建,在1860年動工,1861年完工。

12月辦義賣會冀籌10萬

教堂曾在1928年進行過大整修,並增建位于教堂后方的兩座附屬建築,以應付越來越多的教徒。1928年以后,雖然教堂再沒有進行過大型整修,不過小型整修工程也改變了當初一些結構,例如原本的木窗變成了百葉窗。

天主教檳城教區主教Sebastian Francis今日在記者會上說,此次大型修復工程,為的就是恢復聖母升天堂的昔日光輝。他們可以從舊照片看到教堂在1928年的樣子,整個修復工程將參照1928年的教堂模樣進行。

籌款委員會主席劉展華說,他們將于今年12月3日舉辦大型義賣會,目標是希望籌到10萬令吉。不過他們的籌款對象不限本地人,在網上發動的籌款呼吁,面向全世界人士,他們的網站為assumptionchurchpenang.org。

籌委會還會發售彩券,以籌募另外100萬令吉,公眾可以購買彩券方式支持教堂修復工程,抽彩的大獎將是一輛汽車。

出席記者會者包括修復委員會主席Gerald Theraviam神父,以及建築師邱武賢。

9月動工停止對外開放

聖母升天堂的修復工程預料歷時14個月,將從今年9月1日起進行至2017年10月31日。修復期間的教堂停止對外開放,所有禮拜活動暫時移至檳榔律的聖芳濟教堂進行。

修復委員會主席Gerald Theraviam神父說,檳島市政廳在今年4月已批准該教堂的修復圖測申請,此次修復工程是從裡到外的。除了將百葉窗更換為木窗,內部裝修將使教堂環境更舒適。

“這些裝修包括全新空調系統、音響系統、放映機、電線以及裡外的燈光系統。教堂外也將進行新的園景設計。”

建築師邱武賢說,在此次修復工程中他們不考慮恢復教堂1860年的面貌,因為這樣做的話,他們必須拆除1928年建的附屬建築、水泥拱形天花板、防護矮牆等結構,這將改變教堂外觀並影響其使用。

Source from chinapress.com.my Source Page

 

 

Visit by the Chief Minister of Penang on 7 July 2016

RM100,000 for heritage conservation of church 7 July 2016
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RM100,000 for heritage conservation of church CHURCH of Assumption which falls in the Category 1 of the UNESCO World Heritage site is undergoing a RM2.5 million heritage restoration. The works is expected to complete by October 2017. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng visited the church with Exco Member Chow Kon Yeow, Phee Boon Poh, Political Secretary to the CM Wong Hon Wai and MBPP Building Control Director Ar. Yew Tung Seang. They were welcomed by Bishop Sebastian Francis, Funds Raising Committee Chairman John Lau, Fr. Joachim Robert, architect Edmond Khoo and others. The restoration works will involve mininum intervention to give the church the 1928 design with timber shutter window. It will also repair the leakages and plaster works that are falling off. New aircond system, new sound system, electrical re-wiring and LCD projection are also part of the works. Lim announced that the state will give a token sum of RM100,000 to help in the restoration works. Meanwhile, the church will continue its funds raising efforts to raise the money.

Source From Buletinmutiara : Source Page 

 

The first Roman Catholic Church in the northern region of Malaysia is located at the heart of George Town, Penang Island. An extensive renovation and restoration project is underway to rejuvenate the 155-year-old building as a means to preserve its heritage and significance towards Penang's cultural history. And you can help. 

 

Penang donates RM100k for 156-year old church restoration

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government donated RM100,000 to the Church of the Assumption here for a restoration project that is expected to take 14 months and cost RM2.5 million. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng announced the donation in his working visit to Penang’s oldest cathedral, which was built in 1860, at Farquhar Street this morning.

“The Assumption Church is one of my favourite churches in Penang. We will definitely endorse any attempt to restore the church to its original form.“As a token of support, we will be contributing RM100,000 to assist as much as we can,” he said after meeting Bishop Sebastian Francis, who heads the Penang Diocese.

Bishop Francis thanked Lim for the donation, saying the church wants to be actively involved in the enhancement of the George Town Heritage Site. “We want to help in whichever way possible, we owe it to our pilgrims and tourists,” Francis said. The 156-year-old church will hold its last service on Aug 14, on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption. All services will be held at the St Francis Xavier Church at Penang Road thereafter.

The restoration work by conservation architect Edmond Khoo Boo Hean will then commence. Khoo said the restoration work would return the church to the look it had in 1928, which was when the last renovation was carried out on the building.

He said repairs to the damaged ceiling and old wiring would also be done, while retaining the heritage values of the church.

“We will remove the existing jalousie (louvre) type windows and replace them with timber shutter windows and blinds, which were the original type used in this church.

“Ground water has been seeping through the tiles, and that too needs to be fixed,” Khoo said. Also to be fitted are concealed wiring, a new public address system, projectors and other creature comforts. The project is expected to be completed by the end of October next year. Meanwhile, restoration fund-raising committee chairman John Lau said RM670,000 has been raised so far.

He said the church has contributed RM500,000, while the remainder was raised through donations by well-wishers. “We are hoping to raise another RM1 million through sales of raffle tickets, with a corporate sponsor planning to give away a Mazda car as the grand prize,” Lau said.The Church of the Assumption in Penang is the third oldest in the country, after two churches in Malacca, namely St Peter’s (which was built in 1710) and St Francis Xavier (1856).The church also houses the oldest English-made pipe organs, touted as the only kind in the north of the peninsular and one of the oldest in Southeast Asia.

Source From freemalaysiatoday : Source Page

 

Presentation of RM100,000 cheque by the Chief Minister of Penang on 21 July 2016

CHURCH of Assumption which falls in the Category 1 of the UNESCO World Heritage site is undergoing a RM2.5 million heritage restoration. 

The works is expected to complete by October 2017. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Exco Member Chow Kon Yeow handed over a cheque for RM100,000 to the Funds Raising Committee Chairman John Lau in Komtar today. Earlier on July 7, Lim, Chow and a few others had visited the church.

Lim said, “We heard about the restoration effort and we visited the church on our own initiative to see what the restoration is about. Church of Assumption is also the oldest Catholic church in Penang. We definitely endorse the effort to restore the building to its orginal form. Like we always say, 'doing more by doing less, going back to basics'. That's why we are giving this token sum to show our endorsement.”

Ar. Edmond Khoo who is in charge of the works had shared with Buletin Mutiara a bit of the history of the church on July 7. He said, “In 1857, the Church of the Assumption moved to its present site on Farquhar Street. The present building was erected in 1860, under the leadership of Father Manissol. When it was completed in 1861, it could hold 1200 worshippers. The building underwent an extension in 1928, when two wings were added to it.”

The works involved would be to change all existing modern adjustable glass louvres (which is inappropriate) to timber shutter / casement windows with adjustable louvres. Change all bifold timber doors to double-swing timber doors with adjustable louvres. “The restoration works will involve mininum intervention to give the church the 1928 design. It will also repair the leakages and plaster works that are falling off. New aircond system, new sound system, electrical re-wiring and LCD projection are also part of the works,” Khoo said.

Source From Buletinmutiara : Source Page

Millie interviews an old parishioner, Mr Gerald Green on 2 August 2016

INTERVIEW WITH : ANN EMUANG (AGED : 75 YEARS)

ACRC:  Are you aware that the Assumption Church will be closed for restoration from 15 August 2016 till 31 October 2017?
ANN: Yes.
ACRC: How do you feel about this Restoration project?
ANN: I think it is all for the better. Any relic of our rich history has to be preserved for posterity, more so our rich Catholic history which is synonymous with the building of this Church, as also its surrounds (Bishop Street, Farquhar Mansion etc)
ACRC: Are you happy that the Penang State Government has recognised  this Restoration as part of the Heritage Conservation?
ANN: Indeed, very happy and “Kudos” to our State Government.
ACRC: Do you usually attend Mass and Holy Vigils at the Assumption Church?
ANN: Not all the vigils but most Sunday a.m. Masses.
ACRC: What is your fondest memory of the Assumption Church?
ANN: My wedding day! As also my children’s baptisms and daughters weddings. My attending services when a student at Convent Light Street.
ACRC: What do you expect to see/look forward to after the restoration work has been done?
ANN: Heritage preserved at its best, a “must stop” for visiting tourists, concerts in the church, effective outdoor upward lighting such as the St. George’s Church which really makes one look twice rather than at the court house opposite which is not floodlit or normal lighting. Makes a world of difference which people notice!
ACRC: Will you continue to frequent the Assumption Church when it opens to the public again?
ANN: Certainly.
ACRC: Would you like to contribute to the restoration of the Assumption Church?
ANN: Yes.

 

INTERVIEW WITH :  JAMES JEREMIAH (AGED 49 YEARS) 

James Jeremiah had been staying in Argus Lane (in one of the rented houses from the Church) since the year 1972. He moved out in the year 2002.
ACRC: Are you aware that the Assumption Church will be closed for restoration from 15 August 2016 till 31 October 2017?
JAMES: Yes heard about it but wasn’t sure of date.
ACRC: How do you feel about this Restoration project?
JAMES: Yes the Assumption Church needs to be restored as it is a heritage building. 
ACRC: Are you happy that the Penang State Government has recognised  this Restoration as part of the Heritage Conservation?
JAMES: Yes, happy that the Penang State Government values the Church.
ACRC: Do you usually attend Mass and Holy Vigils at the Assumption Church?
JAMES: I sometimes do attend Masses at the Assumption Church.
ACRC: What is your fondest memory of the Assumption Church?
JAMES: Fondest memories were that the Easter and Christmas Midnight Masses were grand. The pipe organ and the choir and I was the chief altar server and we had so many servers and the atmosphere in the church was full of grandeur. It is a pity that the status of “Cathedral” was removed.
ACRC: What do you expect to see/look forward to after the restoration work has been done?
JAMES: Hope that the Assumption Church will be restored to its original grandeur.
ACRC: Will you continue to frequent the Assumption Church when it opens to the public again?
JAMES: Yes I will go from time to time.
ACRC: Would you like to contribute to the restoration of the Assumption Church?
JAMES: Yes. I will be donating a sum of RM100.

 

INTERVIEW WITH : LEANDER ANTHONY JEREMIAH (AGED 77 YEARS) 

ACRC: Are you aware that the Assumption Church will be closed for restoration from 15 August 2016 till 31 October 2017?
LEANDER: Yes, I knew through Kevin Lowe and Jimmy Cutter who was an altar boy and choir member. Through the media as well – New Straits Times.
ACRC: How do you feel about this Restoration project?
LEANDER: It is about time a project like this should be done.
ACRC: Are you happy that the Penang State Government has recognised  this Restoration as part of the Heritage Conservation?
LEANDER: Yes, it is good for them to have recognised this.
ACRC: Do you usually attend Mass and Holy Vigils at the Assumption Church?
LEANDER: No, I don’t because I live in Tanjong Bungah. During my school days, that is during Rev. Fr. Paul Decroix’s tenure as Parish Priest, I used to attend services at the then Cathedral of the Assumption. 
ACRC: What is your fondest memory of the Assumption Church?
LEANDER: Going for confession at the Cathedral of the Assumption to Rev. Fr. Paul Decroix. As “Boarders” of SXI, it was always delightful for us to be out of the Hostel even for a short period.
ACRC: What do you expect to see/look forward to after the restoration work has been done?
LEANDER: I don’t know what to expect but am looking forward to it.
ACRC: Will you continue to frequent the Assumption Church when it opens to the public again?
LEANDER: I will probably not be able to.
ACRC: Would you like to contribute to the restoration of the Assumption Church?
LEANDER: Yes, I would like to.
ACRC: Thank you Leander. Looking forward to your contribution. “A little will go a long way.” God bless.

ACRC - “ASSUMPTION CHURCH RESTORATION COMMITTEE”

Love Joy Peace Concert on 7 August 2016

At the Love Joy Peace – Sacred Music Concert held on 7 August 2016 at the Church of the Assumption, a total sum of RM4,428.00 was raised from entrance fees and the whole sum was contributed to the   Assumption Church Restoration Fund. Our heartfelt thanks to The Messenger Choir for their initiative.

Source:www.georgetownfestival.com

 

Personal contribution by Mr Jimmy Cutter on 14 August 2016

In a lunch gathering of Ex Assumption Youth Club (EX-AYC) members on 14 August 2016, its first president, Mr Jimmy Cutter, presented a personal contribution to the Assumption Church Restoration Fund.

Kudos to Jimmy and Christine Cutter!

 

Personal contribution by Dato Lakhbir Singh Chahl on 23 September 2016

In a dinner gathering among friends on 23 September 2016, Dato Lakhbir Singh Chahl made a personal contribution to the Assumption Church Restoration Fund.
Thank you Dato for your generosity.

 

Food Fair Ticket Sales

Selling Food Fair tickets at the various churches in Penang Island and over at the mainland. Kudos to the buyers and volunteers for the strong support given to this project.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Food Fair on 3 Dec 2016

The Food Fair held on Sat., 3 Dec 2016, was an overwhelming success. More than 1,000 people came for the event. The crowd started to stream in before 3 p.m. and our Almighty God threw out his showers of blessings at about that time. It lasted for about half an hour and thereafter it was good weather all the way until closing time at 11 p.m. Indeed our Lord has answered our prayers as the "yellow alert' warning by the Meteorological Station did not materialize. The faithful from other parishes came after the sunset mass. Fortunately there was enough food to last the whole event as everyone who turned up was fed. Entertainment provided by the various bands and churches' choirs commenced from 5.30 p.m. and it culminated in the performance by The Rozells at 10.45 p.m. We overheard a lady from Britain complimenting Kathleen Rodrigues’ singing and her beautiful voice - a perfect ending to the Food Fair. Fr. Gerard Theraviam, the Chairman of the Assumption Church Restoration Committee, surprised the crowd with his powerful voice rendering 2 songs – “The Rose” and “Mary, did you know?” – the crowd was thrilled! It was so gratifying to see every one enjoying themselves - eating and buying back everything that was on sale such as pre-packed beverages, biscuits, books, potted plants (planted and packaged by Fr Gerard Theraviam) and other consumer goods such as "Pallas" shoes and socks, "Body Glove" backpack. I am pleased to confirm that we have achieved our two objectives - (1) to raise net proceeds of RM100,000 - more than this sum was raised and (2) to make this an inclusive event – the faithful from various churches on the island and the mainland besides the general public and Caucasian tourists participated. The overwhelming success of this Food Fair was made possible by the commitment and hard work put in by the Food Fair Sub-committee headed by Norman Cox and ably assisted by Millie Soo and Bernie, and his committee members, the volunteers and helpers, the stall operators, the advertisers of the souvenir programme booklet (special thanks to Kevin Lowe for rewriting the synopsis on the Church of the Assumption and the lay out for the booklet), the parish priests who gave us permission to sell the FF tickets in their churches and well wishers and donors. Sincere apology if we have missed out anyone.

The next fund raising activity in the pipeline is the Raffles' sale which has a grand prize of a MAZDA 2 motor car. We are awaiting the permit from the Ministry of Finance before we can commence selling the raffle tickets. We target to raise RM1.0 million net and we look forward to your support again.

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Raffle Launch on Sunday, 19 March 2017 at Church of St. Francis Xavier after the 10 a.m. Mass

19 March 2017 is a significant day not only for the Assumption Church Restoration project but it is also the 2nd anniversary of Fr. Joachim’s ordination.

Congratulations to Fr Joachim! May the Good Lord continue to bless and guide you in your journey of the ministry.

The 10 a.m. mass was concelebrated by Fr Gerard and Fr Joachim. At the end of the mass, Fr Gerard updated the parishioners on the Assumption Church Restoration project. He said that as of today, the restoration work has achieved 35% completion. The restoration is expected to be fully completed by October this year in time for the Christmas celebration. The Restoration Committee has targeted to raise RM2 million to fund the restoration cost. Todate RM800,000 has been collected leaving a balance of RM1.2 million to be raised. The last fund raising project is the Raffle campaign. On 22 February 2017, the Ministry of Finance has kindly given its approval for the Church of the Assumption to sell raffle tickets to raise a net proceeds of RM1 million which shall be used solely for the restoration project. To this end 250,000 tickets priced at RM5 per ticket have been printed. The Grand Prize is a motor car model Mazdza2. There are 40 other attractive prizes ranging from jewellery set to shopping voucher. Fr Gerard then officially launched the Raffle with his personal purchase of RM1,000 worth of tickets.

That really got the parishioners all excited as we managed to sell RM4,500 worth of tickets thereafter, with the cash collected on the spot.