Church of the Transfiguration

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Information About Church of the Transfiguration

The church celebrates St. Joseph, the labourer, on May 1. The connection is particularly poignant because the parish’s initial members were coolies and workers from the rubber, gambier, and pepper plantations. Fr. Anatole Mauduit established a chapel as a jungle mission station in 1846 to serve the Christian population in Kranji’s interior and spare them the arduous journey into town to attend Mass. The Church of the Transfiguration parish community relocated to its current location in 1853, migrating from Kranji to Bukit Timah for a new beginning to escape the hardships of secret society harassment and persecution, a loss in agricultural productivity, and the constant threat of man-eating tigers.


The 32nd and the final Catholic church to built in Singapore is the Church of the Transfiguration (COTT) in Punggol. In 2017, on Maundy Thursday, it held its inaugural Mass for the approximately 15,000 Catholics it serves. Fr. Joachim Chang was charged with building the new church, travelled to every parish in the archdiocese with volunteers to help fund the $60 million believed to be required. Local Catholics, migrant labourers, foreigners, and adherents of other religions made financial contributions to pay for the church’s construction.

The Church of the Transfiguration design idea based on the biblical scene of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor 3 closest disciples—Peter, James, and John—were shown His divinity in miraculous and supernatural light.


Infant baptism

It takes place on the first Sunday of every even month. Registration forms must fill out, presented, and accompanied by the necessary paperwork (available for download below or at the parish office). Attending the training on preparing for infant baptism is mandatory for parents and godparents. The dates of the two training sessions and the actual baptism date will communicated to you.

Adult Baptism

One must soon complete the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults to be baptised (RCIA). The Catholic Church created the RCIA process for anyone considering becoming Catholic. Candidates gradually exposed to various facets of Catholic traditions and beliefs.

First Conference

We encourage parents of 7-year-olds to help their children get ready for receiving the Eucharist and the Sacraments of Reconciliation. Here are some fundamental prerequisites for the preparation of these two significant and essential sacraments: attendance at all sacramental preparation sessions that scheduled. Either on Sunday or Wednesday, religious education classes for kids are obligatory.


The recipients of this sacrament strengthened in Christian lives and sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit at Confirmation. The Sacrament of Baptism is finishing the Sacrament of Confirmation. Depending on your age, you can receive Confirmation at Catechetical Program or Adult Confirmation (jointly with Easter Baptism).


The Transfiguration, which occurred on Mount Tabor in Israel, is central to the church’s architectural theme. This five-story building’s overall massing completed with a texture resembles sandstone and has chamfers with a 45-degree representing the mountain and emitting a sense of permanence. Additionally, the church’s foundation includes a genuine stone from Mount Tabor.

Tall vertical windows that wrap around the building and one feature elevation with white aluminium perforated motifs emphasise and portray the notion of light. The modular windows that encircle the building, whether louvred, pivoting, or fixed, give the inside a monastic feel.

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