Church of St Francis Xavier

Updates

Parish Renovation Project Poll - 21/22 April

The poll was conducted over the weekend masses on 21 and 22 April. 92.4% voted to proceed with the project. With this show of support, the priests and the Parish Building Committee will proceed to the next stage of obtaining planning approvals.

The priests would like to thank everyone for their participation and support. Let us continue to pray for all involved - for wisdom and humility of service as we collaborate to build God’s kingdom.

For any enquiries, please email our Parish Building Committee at reno@sfxchurch.sg.

*Please DO NOT entertain anyone soliciting money for our renovation fundraising. Persons will need to be authorized by the committee to solicit donations, We will officially announce when initiatives begin. Do be cautious.

* All pictures are artist’s impression, and are shown for illustration purposes only

Last updated: 23 Apr 2018

The SFX Renovation Project shall comprise the following:

This Parish Renovation Project is estimated to cost a total of S$6.8 million, where S$4.5 million will be taken from the Church's reserve, and S$2.3 million shall be raised through donations.

Browse/ Download the pamphlet:

BUILDING pamphlet_FINAL_6pg

Fly-through video of Parish Renovations

Presentation of Parish Renovations on 15 Apr

1: Church Entrance

Currently:

  • Neighbours have high boundary walls which block our Church Entrance
  • The Church Entrance is also not prominent and poorly illuminated at night

Renovations Works:

  • Install well-lit entrance walls and lighted church signage
  • Add a cobblestone pavement at the entrance

Key Benefits:

  • Create a better reflection of our Catholic identity
  • Refreshed Church Entrance is more visible and welcoming to all
  • Paved cobblestone distinguishes the church as a sacred space of prayer and communion
  • Improved road safety as cobblestones slow down vehicular speed
Current entrance into church
Current Gate

^ Click left or right to see more pictures

2: Front Porch

Currently:

  • Drivers can only drop-off passengers one car at a time, causing traffic congestion
  • No shelter, causing the steps to be slippery on rainy days
  • Existing ramp on the right of the church leads to a narrow driveway – can be quite dangerous
  • During events, there needs to be extra decking set up due to the limited space at the front porch

Renovations Works:

  • Extend shelter over drop-off area
  • Widen drop-off area
  • Extend stairs across length of front porch, and install non-slip flooring for stairs
  • Add a new ramp access to the left of front porch
  • Expand front porch area

Key Benefits:

  • Create a sheltered drop-off point
  • Wider drop-off area can accommodate up to a three-car drop-off, improving traffic flow
  • Non-slip floor improves safety
  • Ramp provides better church access for wheelchairs, prams and the elderly
  • Larger porch area for fellowship and increased external seating capacity
Current Porch
 

3: Main Church

Currently:

  • Existing air conditioning system is more than 15 years old and is not energy efficient.
  • Lighting in Main Church is not consistent with difference in lighting in the centre and at the side.
  • Pews are scratched and kneelers are old.
  • There are roof leaks in Main Church and Sacristy.
  • Cupboards in Sacristy are worn out. 
  • Water feature at sanctuary back wall is not functioning.

Renovations Works:

  • Install new environmentally-friendly and efficient air conditioning system
  • Replace fluorescent lighting with LED lights
  • Refurbish pews, kneelers and sacristy carpentry
  • Repair roof leaks in Main Church and Sacristy
  • Re-clad sanctuary back wall

Key Benefits:

  • Quieter and more comfortable temperature control
  • More conducive environment for Mass and prayer
  • Improved brightness and lighting
  • Reduced electricity consumption
The lighting and air conditioning systems will be redone
 

4: Plaza

Currently:

  • Main Church, Parish Centre and Parsonage not connected.
  • A total of five different levels at current Plaza, making it inconvenient and difficult for parishioners and guests in wheelchairs, with prams or even the elderly to navigate.
  • Steps become a hazard for the elderly especially when it rains.

Renovations Works:

  • Create a levelled linkway joining Main Church, Parish Centre and Parsonage
  • Raise roof shelter

Key Benefits:

  • Levelled linkway provides improved accessibility for wheelchairs, prams and the elderly
  • Seamless and sheltered connectivity with improved ventilation 
  • Improved accessibility for emergency and handicapped vehicles
  • Spacious environment for church activities and fellowship
Current Plaza area with multiple levels
Proposed Plaza

5: 'Our Lady of Grace' Grotto

Currently:

  • Located in the middle of the driveway, “Our Lady of Grace” Grotto is not easily accessible when it is raining. It is also not wheelchair-accessible.
  • Vehicles that drive past the Grotto can disrupt prayers and may compromise safety.

Renovations Works:

  • Relocate our Grotto into the Plaza

Key Benefits:

  • Minimised vehicular noise and disturbance with improved safety for parishioners and guests
  • All-weather accessibility with wheelchair-friendly access
  • More conducive environment for prayers with increased comfort from better ventilation
Current Grotto

6: Church Basement

Currently:

  • The basement houses a poorly ventilated canteen with dim lighting
  • Adoration Room is not wheelchair-friendly
  • Not enough rooms for Church activities

Renovations Works:

  • Shift canteen to first storey of Parsonage
  • Expand Adoration Room with new vestibule
  • New functional rooms for prayer sessions and meetings
  • New Gift Shop and Library
  • New nursing room

Key Benefits:

  • Wheelchair access to Adoration Room
  • Larger Adoration room with improved environment
  • Refreshed Gift Shop
  • New and conveniently-located Library
  • Private room for mothers to nurse their babies
  • More rooms created - flexible space with modular walls and furniture to cater for different meeting room sizes
 
Current Adoration Room entrance
Proposed layout of basement
Proposed Vestibule
Current Vestibule
Proposed expanded Adoration Room
Outside the Adoration Room

7: Community Hall

Currently:

  • Canteen lacks proper ventilation and is poorly lit
  • Existing canteen does not adhere to fire safety guidelines, and drainage is not connected to the sewer

Renovations Works:

  • Relocate canteen within Community Hall on the first storey of Parsonage building
  • Improve washing and serving spaces, with all works adhering to fire safety and hygiene guidelines
  • Create flexible space for gatherings and activities
  • Install new air conditioning systems and LED lightings
  • Repair leaks

Key Benefits:

  • Open and inviting environment with better ventilation and natural light
  • Increased seating capacity of 200
  • Crowds at bigger events can conveniently spill over to the Plaza as it is on the same level
  • Modular furniture with flexible spaces allow for easily reconfiguration of spaces for various needs – study area, meeting/break-out room, community events, camps etc.
  • Reduced electricity consumption
 
 
 
 
 

8: Parish Hall

Currently:

  • Parish Hall has low ceiling which limits view from the floor; columns also block the view from certain angles
  • Projector screen is not functioning
  • Acoustics can be improved

Renovations Works:

  • Relocate and build a new Parish Hall on top floor of the Parish Centre with a sheltered linkway to the Parsonage
  • New wheelchair-accessible washrooms
  • Install new air conditioning and LED lights
  • Relocate children playground to the top floor

Key Benefits:

  • Column-free hall with high ceiling  and improved sound acoustics
  • New Parish Hall can accommodate a seating capacity of 300
  • Flexible space for large and small scale events, seminars and retreats
  • Ample space outside Parish Hall for fellowship, food service, contemplation and quiet reflection
  • Better connectivity and sheltered access from Parsonage
  • Safer environment for children’s playground
  • Reduced electricity consumption
Current Parish Hall
Inside proposed Parish Hall
Outside of proposed Parish Hall
Playground on third storey
Current Level 3 of the Parish Centre

9: Parish Office

Currently:

  • Cramped offices for staff
  • Priests do not have standardised room size
  • Offices are spread out and does not foster a collaborative environment
  • No waiting area for parishioners or guests
  • Does not fulfil requirement of having a secure counting room
  • Ceiling leaks

Renovations Works:

  • Relocate Parish Offices to second storey of Parsonage
  • Expand offices, new reception area, create multipurpose rooms and meeting spaces
  • Install new air conditioning system and LED lighting
  • Repair leaks

Key Benefits:

  • Proper and dignified office work areas for priests and staff with better security
  • Warm and welcoming reception for  parishioners and guests
  • Meet requirements for secure counting of church collections
  • Proper area for confidential and private counselling sessions, secure archival and server rooms
  • Flexible, multipurpose space for prayer sessions and activities
  • Reduced electricity consumption
 
 
 

10: Priests' Quarters

Currently:

  • Priests’ living quarters are in need of renovation with leaking roofs and mould in their rooms.

Renovations Works:

  • Refresh existing three rooms
  • Create a flexible wheelchair-friendly living space with a bathroom facility
  • Build a new kitchen and laundry area
  • Repair roof leaks
  • Install new air conditioning and LED lighting

Key Benefits:

  • New living quarters that are simple but adequate for our priests’ needs
  • Conducive environment for them to rest
  • Rooms available for visiting priests
  • Reduced electricity consumption
 
 
 
 

What's happening now?

Panels and pamphlets containing more details on the proposal can be found at the front and back of the Church, the online version of the pamphlet found here. 

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) has been compiled, available here.

For any enquiries, please email our Parish Building Committee at reno@sfxchurch.sg.

Read Fr Brian's letter about the renovations on 9th April 2017 here