The Church of Saint Teresa is a Catholic church located on Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore.
Built back in 1929, it’s recognised for being the only Catholic church in the country which features a stunning Romano-Byzantine design; evident in its large domes, arches on the facade, and cupolas.
Church of Saint Teresa, Mass Time & Schedule, Kampong Bahru Singapore
At the time, church members and devotees also believed that the land on which the structure is built was acquired thanks to the intercession of St Teresa of the Child Jesus due to the many struggles encountered in finding suitable land. So it was decided to name it after her. Today, it caters to the Catholics residing in Telok Blangah, Kampong Bahru, Spottiswoode Park, and Cantonment.
The Procurator of Singapore’s MEP, Jean M Ouillon, came up with the sketches of the church building. He was greatly inspired by the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre in Paris, which also used a Romano-Byzantine design. Emile Brizay was appointed structural engineer and builder of the church, and he saw to it that it could accommodate as much as 1,400 worshippers at a time.
Many of the beautiful materials used for the church were imported from France and India. In November 2009, the Church of Saint Teresa was gazetted as a National Monument due to its historical and social significance, its architectural value, and its importance to the local community.
Mass is held every weekday at 6pm; Saturday mass is at 5:30pm, Sunday mass at 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 5:30pm. The Saturday Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is held at 4:45pm. Mass is held in Vietnamese every 3rd Sunday of the month at 1pm, mass for deceased loved ones held every 1st Wednesday of the month at 8pm, and mass on public holidays is held at 8:30am.
The Church of Saint Teresa adoration room is open from Mondays to Saturdays, 9am to 9pm; Sundays and public holidays, 9am to 1pm. The columbarium is open 24 hours.