Novena Church holds first mass after $54m facelift

The Church of St Alphonsus, or Novena Church, was packed to the rafters yesterday evening as about 5,000 worshippers flocked to its very first mass at 6.30pm following a nearly three-year-long, $54 million revamp. A queue of about 100 worshippers had
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The Church of St Alphonsus, or Novena Church, was packed to the rafters yesterday evening as about 5,000 worshippers flocked to its very first mass at 6.30pm following a nearly three-year-long, $54 million revamp.

A queue of about 100 worshippers had started forming at about 2pm outside the iconic and popular place of worship at 300, Thomson Road.

Clad in granite outside and limestone inside, the church's sanctuary now features soaring arches, intricate columns, a dome and 18 large stained-glass windows.

The 67-year-old place of worship is run by the Redemptorist Order.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 30, 2017, with the headline 'Novena Church holds first mass after $54m facelift'. Print Edition | Subscribe