Holy Door Pilgrimage Sites
In the Archdiocese of Singapore, one church in each district is designated as a pilgrimage destination during the Year of Mercy. Make a personal visit to one of the Pilgrim Churches today. You can choose to gather a few friends or make a individual trip to spend some time in prayer to encounter God.
Our neighbour diocese – Diocese of Malacca-Johor, has designated the Church of the Immaculate Conception as Pilgrim Church for the Singapore pilgrims who would like to visit the Holy Door of Mercy in Johor. In order to offer a comprehensive and meaningful pilgrimage experience, a select Pilgrimage Committee has been set up to welcome organised groups to offer several activities to make the pilgrimage a meaningful one.
- Brief welcome by the organising Committee Leader of the respective language group
- Prayer of Blessing before entrance through the Holy Door
- Short prayer upon entrance into the Church
- A brief address by Fr James Rajendran, Parish Priest of CIC to the pilgrims
- A brief history of the Church of the Immaculate Conception
- A concluding prayer or prayers by the respective pilgrimage groups if they have prepared their own prayers
- Concluding prayer followed by light refreshment and free souvenirs and priced souvenirs of CIC bearing the Year of Mercy emblem
Groups interested in a pilgrim visit to Church of the Immaculate Conception, Johor Bahru are advised to contact the respective persons, a week or two prior to the trip to enable a better experience.
- Fr James Rajendran (CIC Parish Priest)
Mobile: +6012 633 0200
- Iris Leong (Mandarin speaking)
Mobile: +6016 748 4283
- Anthony Rajah (Tamil speaking)
Mobile: +6016 744 3420
- Zachariah Thomas (English speaking)
Mobile: +6017 710 6261
Top photo: Dennis Lim
Spiritual Background and Meaning
Pope Francis invites us all to contemplate the concept of a Holy Door, “a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope.”
Jesus said “Truly, I am the door; if any one enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10: 7-10
In our lives we go through doors to reach spaces where we can encounter God and his love and abundant mercy. So then, it behooves us to emerge through those doors to bring the same mercy to others especially those who are most in need.
In the Archdiocese of Singapore, we have designated churches where everyone can make a pilgrimage, a holy journey, seeking, remembering, and receiving God’s mercy.
“The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim travelling along the road, making his way to the desired destination. Similarly, to reach the Holy Door in Rome or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage. This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice. May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us.”
Excerpts are from Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus