#LittlePilgrimage 33. Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph, Auckland

Sunday, 11th August 2019.

The day wasn’t went according to our plan; our skydive itinerary was canceled due to bad weather. Both me and my friend weren’t so sure if we must sad because we can’t fly above the Auckland city or must we be happy because apparently God still care about our careless decision – as again! But anyway, we were still stick with our plan to attend 4:30PM Mass at Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph, just walking distance from our hotel in Wyndham street.

The Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph (usually known as St Patrick’s Cathedral) is a Catholic church in Auckland CBD, situated on the corner of Federal Street and Wyndham St. It is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Auckland and the cathedral of the Bishop of Auckland. It was founded by Bishop Jean Baptiste Pompallier, the first Catholic bishop in New Zealand.

#LittlePilgrimage 33. Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph, 43 Wyndham St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New ZealandRead More »

#LittlePilgrimage 32. St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hà Nội – Vietnam

Saturday 18th May 2019.

During my recent holiday to Hà Nội, Vietnam, while my buddy trip was having a bowl of warm Phở, I ventured out to the famous St. Joseph’s Cathedral, located on the west side of Hoàn Kiếm Lake.

Familiarly called by the local as “The Big Church”, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi for more than 4 million Catholics in the country. It is the representative evidence of the French colonial architecture, during the expansion in its colonial empire Indochina. It was not until the Christmas Eve of 1990 that the mass was allowed to be celebrated there.

#LittlePilgrimage 32. St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Tòa Tổng Giám mục Hà Nội, 40 – Nhà Chung – Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội – Việt Nam

The exterior of this church was as high as 64,5 meters in length, 20,5 meters in width, 31,5 meters in height. The façade consists of two towers, square in shape with five bells.The twin bell towers with the resemblance to Notre Dame de Paris.The exterior walls made of granite stone slabs, yet is stained with pollution with the pass of time.

Meanwhile the interior was in Gothic style, tall windows with pointed arches. Stained glass windows were produced in France then imported to Vietnam. Typical Roman Catholic church with rib vaulted ceiling like those seen in medieval Europe. Weathered nave with shiny sanctuary made of trimmed wood. And also the statue of Virgin Mary kept in palanquin, to the left of the nave.

It was already 6PM by the time I arrived at the Cathedral and The Mass has just started. I know – the church was open for public and many of them are not Catholics. It was quite irritating and sad to see a lot of tourists hung around during the Mass with their camera shutters, video-tapping, and making noises at the back of the pews while I was sitting down quietly trying to figure out and follow the Mass ceremony that was held in Vietnamese.

For those who wants to attend English Mass, I believe they do have it every Sunday 10:30AM.

Sadly their website only in Vietnamese.

And here is the wiki for this Cathedral; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Joseph’s_Cathedral,_Hanoi

#LittlePilgrimage 31. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Chengdu, China

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.

Phone 28-6634192

Here’s wiki for the church; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Catholic_Diocese_of_Chengdu

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#LittlePilgrimage 30. Our Lady of Victory Cathedral Daimyo-machi, Fukuoka, Japan

25 June 2017. It was cloudy in Fukuoka, Japan. Me and my friend were on our holiday in Kyushu island, Japan.

Weekly Mass for me is a habit, something I do regularly. But attending Mass during holiday has became one of my favorite activity! It started since I accidentally attended a local Mass in Hong Kong. Since then, I tried to always visit the church during the holiday. But attend the Mass is not always easy to do, especially if I traveled with a non-Catholic friend.

But here I was in Japan, and my Catholic friend agreed to join me for a Mass.

#LittlePilgrimage 30. Our Lady of Victory Cathedral Daimyo-machi, Fukuoka, Japan, 〒810-0041 Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka, Chuo Ward, Daimyo, 2 Chome-7-7.

In 1896, a small wooden chapel was built on the site where the present church is located. In 1938, the number of faithful from Fukuoka rose sharply, and then there was the need to expand the chapel premises. The church was rebuilt and reinforced with red brick.

In 1984 he began a new restructuring of the cathedral. In 1986 the church was demolished and a modern concrete church was built in its place. The old church only remained the main altar.

The church follows the Roman or Latin rite and is the main church of the Catholic diocese of Fukuoka (Dioecesis Fukuokaensis; カトリック福岡教区) which was created in 1927 with the Papal brief Catholicae Fidei under the pontificate of Pope Pius XI.Read More »

#LittlePilgrimage 38. อาสนวิหารอัสสัมชัญ Assumption Cathedral, Bangkok

It was a sunny Sunday when I woke up alone in my hotel, during my solo holiday. What a fun days so far. And I had a plan to attend the Sunday Mass at the famous Cathedral in Bangkok.

Apparently the Cathedral was located not too far from the hotel. I took a taxi and it cost me less than 40B.

#LittlePilgrimage 38. อาสนวิหารอัสสัมชัญ Assumption Cathedral, 23 Oriental Avenue, New Road, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand

The Renaissance style building is the Cathedral of the Archbishop and of the Archdiocese of Bangkok has a beautiful red bricks on the facade, facing the car park.

The history of the Cathedral date back to the year 1820 when Bishop Florens was the head of the “Siam Mission”. A piece of land was purchased to build a church in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, paid for by donations. A traditional Thai-style church was completed for the Catholic community in that area in the year 1821, and given the name “Assumption Church”. After the completion of the church, the office of the bishop was built nearby and in the following year, the church was named “The Assumption Cathedral”, the Cathedral of the Bishop of the Bangkok Diocese. Since then, the Assumption Cathedral has continuously been the permanent residence of all the bishops of the Bangkok Diocese.

As Grand as the people talk about it, the interior was very impressive! The golder altar, golden ceiling, golden statue, everything looked amazing for a non-catholic country. The choir group sang very beautiful even without a conductor! And there was this young lady who sang the Psalm solo, and she truly has an angelic voice! She really amazed me!

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#LittlePilgrimage 37. โบสถ์พระมหาไถ่ Holy Redeemer Church, Bangkok

This church was my first place I visit when I reached Bangkok during my solo holiday. The church was located about 3 km from my hotel. I had no idea about taking a public bus there, and there was no BTS station nearby. So I decided to walk. It was a pleasant walk since I walked pass through a natural park.

LittlePilgrimage 37. โบสถ์พระมหาไถ่ Holy Redeemer Church,

I had this plan to travel together to Thailand with a friend since last year, but due to some reasons, she canceled it just a day after I booked my flight and hotel. I decided to go anyway since I already booked my flight, hotel and even done with my itinerary.

From the airport, after I checked in my hotel and had lunch around the hotel, I headed to the church. I had to walk pass through the Lumpini Park. It was very green and relaxing park, that offers rare open public space, trees, and playgrounds. I saw a lot of dove gathered around the artificial lake, I saw some people jogging, I even saw some people rent boats. I walked diagonally from the park entrance to the exit. There was a school at the park exit, and from the school, turned left, walked to the traffic light, cross the street diagonally with the bridge, then turned right to Soi Ruam Ruedi road. If you see Neil’s Tavern (a cake shop) on your left hand side, it means you’re on the right track to the church. Just go straight. The church is just at the end of this road.

Please take this note from me; if you are travelling alone, you don’t know the area, you don’t know the language, please do your homework first at home: check how to get there by google map, print out the church name in English and in the local language, and don’t forget to print out the picture of the church too! It will help coz some people won’t remember the name but remember the building from your pic.

The walk from the hotel to the church was probably more than 1 hour. I didn’t rush, I enjoyed my walk and took my time to sat down a while at the park and took some selfies. When I arrived at the church, It was almost 4PM. The building was exactly like the one I saw on google. White wall with colourful roof, lots of pillars and vernacular doors. There was a couple doing their marriage preparation at the church. A beautiful lady, a handsome man. I was glad to be there and see them preparing their big day of their life.

The altar itself was very unique. Jesus was not nailed on the cross. He was in the middle of the altar with golden statue, his both hands raised up to heaven, and by the lighting from the ceiling, it makes the Jesus statue has 4 shadows! It somehow reminds us how Jesus always a helping hand for those who seek Him!

And look at Mother Mary statue! How beautiful with a lot of roses around her! What a coincidence that the first day I had my solo holiday and decided to visit this Holy Redeemer Church, was also the same day as our Mother Mary’s birthday! Happy birthday o The Blessed and the most Beautiful woman!

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It was a pleasant short visit and watching the couple preparing their marriage. After just 10 or 15 minutes, I left the church to hotel because I need to rest early, the next day will be a long interesting day.

This is the church’s website http://www.holyredeemerbangkok.net/ENG/

Mass Schedule
Saturday : English 5.30 p.m. | Thai: 7.00 p.m.
Sunday: English : 8.30, 9.45, 11.00 a.m. & 5.30 p.m. | Thai 6.30, 7.30 a.m. 12.30 p.m. & 7.00 p.m.
Daily: English : 7.00 8.00 a.m. & 5.30 p.m. | Thai 6.30 a.m.
Wednesday Novena: English : 8.30 a.m. 6.00 p.m. | Thai : 10.00, 11.00 a.m. 3.00 7.00 p.m.
Confession Sundays : Before Masses | Weekdays : After Masses