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St Joseph's Church, Singapore

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Saint Joseph's Church is a Roman Catholic church in Singapore. It is located along Victoria Street in the Rochor Planning Area, within the Central Area of Singapore's central business district. The church was constructed from 1906–12 with its foundation stone laid in 1904. The building was built in the Gothic style by the Portuguese Mission. Saint Joseph's Church is noted for its Portuguese-inspired religious traditions, such as the annual Good Friday celebrations.HistoryThe history of Saint Joseph's Church and that of its predecessor, the Church of São José, both built on the same site, is inextricably linked with the Portuguese Mission. Father Francisco da Silva Pinto e Maia of Porto, head of the Portuguese Mission, arrived from Goa in 1826 and founded the Mission in Singapore. When he died in 1850, he left his money and some land for the building of a small church. Part of that money came from the Portuguese Missions in China, whose procuration house was St Joseph’s Seminary in Macau. Under the system of padroado, his funds were augmented by a gift from the King of Portugal. The church, which was called São José (in English: Saint Joseph), was built by the priest who succeeded him, the Reverend Vincente de Santa Catarina, from 1851 to 1853, to mainly serve the Portuguese and Eurasian Catholics in Singapore.
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  • St Joseph's Church has closed for restoration work since 1 Aug 2017. Masses will continue at the Cathedral of Good Shepherd: Weekday at 6.30 pm, Sunday at 1 pm, and Devotion to Our Lady of Fatima will...  more »
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  • This is a lovely and rather centrally located church. While the exteriors of the church are nothing to write home about, its interiors are just lovely with a serene atmosphere to match.  more »
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  • One of beautiful Catholic church in Singapore. You can come pray or visit the church & admire the beauty of it.
  • Beautiful church with an amazing priest, Father Christoph. Its architecture is unique in its Portuguese style and this reconstructed version has remained largely true to its initial form. The church is fully air-conditioned and the acoustics are still incredible. Have to agree with some of the reviews here though - some staff members are quite rude. But still visit Father Christoph, who really does embody the fundamentals of catholic inclusivity, humility and fellowship. Two annoying issues which made attending mass quite unpleasant have recently been solved: there was an incredibly rude elderly usher (a Caucasian lady) with a penchant for unnecessarily barking at church attendees who genuinely had no idea where to sit or place their stuff in an often overcrowded space. I guess most didn't tell her off for being discourteous out of respect to the mass, which is nice. But the expression on some of these poor people's faces afterwards was pitiful. The other thing is the cathedral choir, which really is phenomenal, and a must-see. Problem is the conductor seemed to prefer the sound of his own voice to that of the cathedral choir; thus many a moment was spent waiting for the aimless rambling and awkward phrasing to cease, and the hymns to commence. Thankfully, both the rude usher and the conductor have since moved away to the Cathedral which reopened recently, and St. Joseph's has regained its conducive environment.
  • Great historical architecture... loved it..
  • Pls pls stop the construction work at night.how come church disturb neighborhood even after midnight!!
  • Impressive Catholic church, i had a peek inside, looks very nice and well maintained

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