The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Singapore. Aside from that, it is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore and the seat of its archbishop. It is the final resting place of Bishop Edouard Gasnier, the first bishop of the revived Diocese of Malacca and aptly houses the relics of Saint Laurent-Marie-Joseph Imbert, to whom the Cathedral owes its name.
Designed in a Latin cross pattern, much of its architecture is reminiscent of two famous London churches namely St Paul’s in Convent Garden and St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Though it looks in good shape considering its age, the walls are actually peeling and cracked. That is why they are currently collecting a Restoration Fund, which is badly needed.
I attended mass here for two times already. Like other churches, it is not air-conditioned although they have really large fans inside the church. I have yet to attend mass in Singapore in an air-conditioned church.
What amazed me most here is the attendance. I attended the 6pm Sunday mass and the church was really packed! I also liked how the mass is well-organized. There are a lot of usherettes who will assist you the moment you enter the Church and try to find a seat for you. They also properly line up for the Communion, starting with the front row seats.
In addition, they have an excellent choir! I would suggest sitting in front so you could hear how glorious they sound. However, the sound at the back is still okay.
There are also a lot of Filipinos attending mass here. I think the reason why a lot of people go here is because of its accessibility. It’s a peaceful and tranquil spot in the midst of a bustling city.