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Old cathedral church to be rebuilt

Thousands of Catholics attended the last Mass in 40-year-old building

The old church prior to demolition The old church prior to demolition
  • Edi V. Petebang, Sanggau
  • Indonesia
  • June 8, 2011
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The building of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in Sanggau district, West Kalimantan, which was built 40 years ago, was torn down on June 5 and rebuilding will start next week.

“This cathedral church has reached 40. This year it will be rebuilt so that Catholics can have a representative worship place,” Passionist Bishop Giulio Mencuccini of Sanggau said in his homily during a Holy Mass to mark the demolition.

Thousands of Catholics attended the concelebrated Holy Mass organized in a big tent erected in the parish’s compound, around 100 meters away from the cathedral church.

“Many joys and sorrows happened in this cathedral church. Thousands of Catholics were baptized and received the Sacrament of Matrimony. Other church activities were also organized here,” the prelate added.

He said he could understand how Catholics felt about the tearing down of the cathedral church. “But this is the meaning of a faith, which must always be renewed … and so is this cathedral church. Let us thank God for making our dream of having a cathedral church which can accommodate all parishioners come true,” he continued.

The reconstruction work costing around 15 trillion rupiah (US$1.8 million) is scheduled to finish in December 2012. This fund came from some donors and parishioners.

Parishioners will attend Sunday Masses and hold church activities in the parish hall while the cathedral church is being rebuilt.
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