Cathedral of the Good Shepherd

+6563372036
A Queen Street (subway station City Hall)
cathedral.catholic.sg/

The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, situated in the city’s old colonial district, is the oldest catholic temple in Singapore. Moreover, this elegant, light building in Renaissance style is considered an architectural monument of national importance.

A Catholic community planted its roots in Singapore back in the early 19th century, when the country became an official colony of the British Empire and was turned into one of the busiest Asian ports, attracting tradesmen from all over the continent. In 1833, the Catholics who lived on the island built a small wooden chapel, the location of which today lies on the premises of the modern Arts Museum of Singapore. After a short period of time however, the Catholic community had grown in size and the chapel could no longer accommodate all comers to masses and thus, the need for a full-blown Catholic Church arose.

Funding for the construction of Singapore Cathedral was centred around in France. Its success meant that the temple’s first stone was laid in 1843, while four years later, the building of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd was finally completed. An elegant tower with a spire was adjoined to the structure a year later. The temple’s interior is adorned with some magnificent stained-glass windows and an original altar. However, the cathedral’s main treasures are undoubtedly its two organs, which were specially brought to Singapore from Europe. The first one – the large organ – was constructed by the famous firm Bevington and Sons and was installed in the building back in 1912. The second one – the choir organ – would appear much later, in 1994. Both are fully functioning to this day.

During the Second World War, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd was used as a hospital, but it has been restored to fulfil its intended purpose; a meeting point and religious symbol of Singaporean Catholics.

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Cheen

There are abt 10 pipe organs in Singapore. The church's is the oldest (dedicated in 1912) & maintained by the nation's only organ builder, Robert Navaratnam. Source & photo: Sunday Times

03.09.2017  
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Matt

Is this a Catholic Church?

05.03.2017  
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Droem

Thanks be to God

04.02.2017  
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Go!Places

Designed by the prolific George Coleman, its architecture is reminiscent of London’s St Paul’s, Covent Garden and St Martin-in-the-Fields.

20.02.2014  
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Karen

The church is undergoing a major renovation. So it's closed until further notice.

16.11.2013  
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Karen Frilya

Last masses on 27 Oct 2013, then church will be restored for 2 years :'(

19.10.2013  
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Lynette

Thank you for the praises to the choir.It will move to St Joseph Church Victoria Street for Sunday 11.30am Mass anytime this month .please listen to announcements in Cathedral.

11.08.2013  
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Chrstian

Sunset mass is on Saturdays, starts at 6:30pm

06.07.2013  
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Cherry

Holy with beautiful pipe organ :)

18.05.2013  
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Lynette

I sing in the choir

24.03.2013  
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Marcus

The best church with the most powerful choir...

23.12.2012  
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Irene

Saturday 6.30pm and sunday 8am have the most wonderful pipe organ in the whole singapore being played :D

08.07.2012  
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Iwan

At palm Sunday 10 am mass, the choir is really excellent

01.04.2012  
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Arthur

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

31.03.2012  
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Zai

Sunday worship

04.09.2011  
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Nicholas

Try to sit closer to the speakers or you won't be able to hear the priest.

17.08.2011  
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Chris

Brilliant Choir that brought tears to my eyes - a standard all Choirs should aspire to! Well done! :)

24.07.2011  
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Michael Angelo

Come atleast 10mins before the mass to be seated

17.07.2011  
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Nicholas

Best choir of the churches I been to! In awe of them!

26.06.2011  
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cherry

daily afternoon mass starts at 1:15 pm! :)

12.02.2011  
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