Last Saturday, 22nd September 2018.
It has been a while since the last time I did my Mass Mission or Little Pilgrimage. Attending local Mass (preferably in English) during my holiday, was something I enjoy. What I usually do was searched the local church location before I go and check their English Mass timing (if any). The thrill in reading the map to the church at that foreign city was unbearable, and it was such a rejoice when I finally found the church. My heart was leap for joy!
I was in my unexpected
holiday expedition to China – Tibet – China from 12th to 23rd September. I did miss a Mass on 16th due to a hectic program from the travel agency. But finally we had free and easy days from 11th to 12th. I’m glad to found out they do have English Mass on Saturday, exactly on our second day of free & easy days in Chengdu.
#LittlePilgrimage 31. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Chengdu, China, 平安桥街29号 (29 Pinganqiao), Chengdu 成都, 四川 (Sichuan) 610015
This rather small church probably was not well-known for locals. Firstly because it was a small church hiding behind few big trees, secondly catholic was not a majority in China (it is only 0.2% from the total population).
Even though Google was not 100% working in China, but the church was one of that important building you can find from Google Map. If you searched “Catholic Church Chengdu”, the map would be pointing at the exact location of the church.
The nearest Subway station to the Chengdu Catholic Church was Luomashi Station 骡马市 (exit-G). From exit, cross the street to W Yuhe Side Street then walk all the way to the west you will pass by Tianfu Expo Center, continue your walk until you meet at the T-junction between Xihuamen Street and W Yuhe Side Street, turn left to Xihuamen Street. About 100m you will find the church on you right-hand-side. And you will be greeted by Our Mother Mary at the gate.
Not much information can be found about the church. But here are some information for you;
It was a Roman Catholic Cathedral, following the Roman Rite order of the Mass.
English Mass is on every Saturday, 4PM.
Here’s wiki for the church; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Catholic_Diocese_of_Chengdu