Ground breaking for new church in Permatang Tinggi

The parish community of the Church of the Holy Name of Mary in Permatang Tinggi are looking forward to their new church building, which is expected to be ready in two years’ time.

May 13, 2022

Bishop Sebastian Francis and parishioners at the ground breaking ceremony for the new church building in Permatang Tinggi.


By Christopher Kushi
The parish community of the Church of the Holy Name of Mary in Permatang Tinggi are looking forward to their new church building, which is expected to be ready in two years’ time.

On May 3, a group of parishioners together with Bishop Sebastian Francis, hoed the ground to build the house of our Lord as a symbol of breaking ground.

During the liturgical blessing at the premises, the prelate quoted Psalm 127:1 ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain’ and stressed that we all labour in vain without God’s blessing. Bishop Sebastian said the new church will be in Mother Mary’s honour. The Holy Name of Mary has special significance for the inexpressible love of the Mother of God for her Holy Child.

Initiated by now-retired Fr Augustine Wong, the project should be completed by 2024. The new church, which will have the capacity to accommodate 1,200 people at a time, will cost around RM8 million. While fund-raising to cover the cost is ongoing, parishioners and well-wishers have already contributed half the sum. Parish priest Fr Louis Loi said the vibrant 3,500-strong Catholic community needed a bigger house of worship to keep up with its expanding congregation.

The old iconic Church of the Holy Name of Mary has a 129-year history, founded in 1893 by Fr Pierre Bouheret MEP. In 1928, then local priest, Fr Michael Seet, built the brick church we see today. The parish has provided many vocations and religious and lay leaders.


A model of the new Church of the Holy Name of Mary.

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Jerome Oenjoensjc@gmail.com
new church Holy Name of MARY the building design should be in a shape of the Rosary ???? at tip of the cross that where the altar is facing the congregation, do consider this suggestion