Church of St. Vincent de Paul, Singapore
 
To nurture a vibrant,
progressive and spirit-filled parish family,
committed to the call of the Gospel.
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1959

  • Asst. Parish Priest, Fr. Henri Saussard assigned charge of the Catholics in Jalan Kayu
  • Recce revealed pathetic conditions of life
  • Saw role in broader prespective, decided on social action in 1959
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1960

  • Operation base offered by a Catholic in his home. Sunday Masses were also conducted here.
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1960

  • Established Confrences of Charity
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1963

  • Fund-raising initiated for better operational base
  • Funds raised used to purchase shop house along Jalan Kayu–named St. Vincent de Paul Welfare Centre
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1963

  • Small chapel used for mass
  • Fundamentals of parish in place – worshipping community manifesting commitment to bible
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1963

  • Shop house accommodated all activities
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1963

  • Archbishop decided to declare separate parish after St. Vincent de Paul – Fr. Saussard made Parish Priest
  • Survey identified additional activities and development of existing activities
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1963

  • When cost of maintaining centre became heavy, it was offered to Catholic Welfare Service of Singapore and renamed accordingly
  • With Fr. Saussard on leave, Fr. Troquier became acting Parish Priest
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1969

  • Site secured for church building along Jalan Resak
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1970

  • Church building construction completed
  • Consecrated with Fr. Saussard in charge
  • Assisted by Frs. Edgar D’Souza and Lawrence Yeo
  • Fr. Edgar D’Souza reorganised servers, lectors and wardens
  • Wiped out debt owing to Archdiocese after construction of church building
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1976

  • Fr. Saussard retired, Fr. Moses Tay took over
  • Developed stronger sense of devotion
  • Introduced Holy Hour
  • Gave church building new coat of paint
  • Ensured continuation of thriving church community
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1983 - 1989

  • Fr. Eugene Vaz in charge, assisted at different times by Frs. Albert Brys and John Lau
  • Began with upgrading of place of worship
  • More air-conditioned basement rooms for catechism
  • Commentators/ lectors/ wardens reorganised
  • Established St. Vincent’s Youth Group
  • Reorganised catechism class arrangement
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1983 - 1989

  • Formed Altar Server’s Society
  • Established Senior Parishioners' Circle
  • Provided space for migrant workers
  • Introduced neighbourhood groupings
  • Set up Parish Pastoral Council
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1983 - 1989

  • Succeeded by Fr. Ambrose Vaz
  • Strengthened further parish foundations as well as parish structures
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1990

  • Fr. Adrian Anthony in charge assisted by Frs. Rene Nicolas, J.J. Fenelon and Paul Yeo at different times
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1990

  • Focused on spirituality and family life
  • Liturgy given greater prominence
  • Chiors Increased in number
  • Fr. Paul Yeo led spiritual renewals
  • Fr. Fenelon cultivated neighbourhood leaders and promoted family life
  • Fr. Anthony initiated major sociological survey
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1990

  • Based on findings, projected future needs
  • Led to expansion of Church building with new block
  • Visualised emergence of “New Poor” and provided for their needs
  • Enhanced interior of church building
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2002

  • Fr.Michael Sitaram succeeded Fr. Adrian Anthony, assisted by Fr. Paul Goh and then Fr. Jon Van Dich
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2002

  • All undertakings Christ-centered
  • Focused on spirituality and family life
  • Set up Adoration Room
  • Introduced Pre-Feast 9-Day novena
  • Undertook major renovations; installed stained glass panels, glass enclosures of church building, 5-star Fr. Saussard cafe, Grotto framed by cascading waterfall, attractive front facade, illuminated pillars of foyer
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2002

  • Started a website for broader impact
  • Introduced linguistic masses for migrant population and reached out to them
  • Refined organisational structures for greater laity involvement
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Historical Timeline

 
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News

PARKING NOTIFICATION
LTA has given SVDP parishioners permit to park along the following roads for weekend Masses at the given times stated;
Yio Chu Kang Road - Lamppost No. 156 to 166,
Jalan Kelulut - Lamppost No. 4 to 9 (Saturdays and Sundays from 7am to 9pm).

NO PARKING ZONE
There is a NO PARKING Zone along Jalan Jarak from house no.1-19.

ALTERNATIVE PARKING
HDB car parks at Block 988 Buangkok Green (opposite Mobil petrol station).

See News or the church bulletin for more.
Current Events

SVDP Feast Day Novena 2017
Masses: Wed 20 Sep - Sun 1 Oct
Feast Day Mass: Sat 30 Sep
Praying of Holy Rosary 30 minutes before each mass

See the Current Events, or download the details.
  
Siloam
(Charismatic Prayer Community)
Every Monday night, 8pm,
room #03-02
  
Intercessory Prayer Group
Every 4th Thursday in the Adoration Room
  
See the church bulletin for more.