Kampung Pandan chapel turns 65

Parishioners of the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Health celebrated the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on September 8, with Rosary, Mass, a short procession, Benediction, and fellowship. Some 650 faithful participated in the festivities.

Sep 23, 2022

Procession in honour of Our Lady of Good Health.


By Bernard Anthony
Parishioners of the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Health celebrated the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on September 8, with Rosary, Mass, a short procession, Benediction, and fellowship. Some 650 faithful participated in the festivities.

Parish priest of the Church of St Joseph, Sentul, Fr Frederick Joseph was the main presider and concelebrating was Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam.

This year also marks the 65th anniversary of the chapel’s establishment in Kampung Pandan. The chapel was inaugurated on Sept 8, 1957. For a brief time, the chapel fell under the purview of the Church of St Anthony, Kuala Lumpur, until the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jalan Peel, opened in 1960, which has since taken jurisdiction of the chapel.

The original church structure made way for a bigger, bricked building within the same location. The present chapel which was blessed and opened in September 1982 can accommodate up to 500 people.

The Good Health Dialysis Centre, located opposite the chapel, also marked its 13th anniversary on that day. Fr Frederick congratulated the Society of St Vincent De Paul (SSVP) Conference of Sacred Heart members who established and own the dialysis centre, in collaboration with The National Kidney Foundation, which manages the operation of the centre.

Fr Frederick also invited the assembly to remember in their prayers, the late Fr Mari Arokiam and the late Sr Lourdes Mary, both of whom hailed from the chapel.

In his homily, Fr Frederick preached on the feast and birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He spoke about God’s great plan for world salvation through this humble woman when she said ‘yes’ to bring forth Jesus into the world.

The parish’s annual nine-day novena was held after the feast day, from Sept 10 to 18.

After Mass, the chapel’s leaders carried the statue of Our Lady of Good Health for a short procession from the sanctuary to the grotto outside and back for Benediction. The assembly remained at their pew. The retired prelate and Fr Frederick cut a cake and everyone adjourned for a fellowship meal on the chapel’s grounds.

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