St. John Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur 8

 10:30 3/6/2012 It ‘s been  customary for Filipino Catholics  to attend Sunday Mass wherever  they may go. So we always encountered the question, ” Where do you go to hear the Sunday Mass in KL?” It is a common or hypothetical  question  by new comers or friends who thought that  Malaysia  being Islam dominant country has catholic churches. To answer the question  we frequently visited,  St. John Cathedral of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This church has been our refuge and to all catholic OFWs and expatriates living in Kuala Lumpur. 


How to get here:
From LRT: Alight at Masjid Jamek Station. Exit and walk along Jalan Melaka, walk across and head to Jalan Bukit Nanas. 
Nearest landmark is the KL Tower.

Mass Time
Saturday: Novena 6.00 p.m. ; Sunset Mass 6.30 p.m.
8.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
6.00 p.m.

Monday through Thursday: Lauds 6.15 a.m.; Mass 6:30 a.m. 
Friday: Mass 1.00 p.m. 

Note:  On All public holidays, weekday masses will be at 8.00 am. 

St. John Cathedral is one of the oldest Catholic church and belong to the diocese of Kuala Lumpur. It was established around 1883 by Chinese converts, Europeans, and Eurasians. The existing church  building gone through expansion in 1954 and remain at as what we’d seen today. It was due to the increasing numbers of catholic worshippers in KL was the reason of expansion. (source St. John Official Site)

The whitewashed exterior complemented by two spires makes it  appealing from the distance. The Trimmed trees in front of the church give shades to mass goers who opt to stay outside. A small altar was place near the gate where worshippers can light their candles.

While the interior of the church shares the same paint with the exterior. Its high ceiling makes more air space for parishioners to breath. It is ventilated by electric and humongous industrial fans. A glass painted window are noticeable on the inner altar depicting Jesus Christ.

St. John Cathedral as a mother church of Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur located at the heart of the city draws people of different nationalities. Whenever we attend the mass here we felt like no foreigners. The usual crowd were Filipinos, Malaysian Chinese and Indians, Africans, Burmese, Vietnamese and several Caucasians. Any time of the year, a Tagalog mass is usually held at 10:30 AM mass in this church.

That’s why OFW’s attend the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass. Aside from hearing the Holy Eucharist it also a mini gathering of Filipinos who take their off’s on Sunday. You’ll never felt homesick when you meet our cheerful kababayans here.

One of the things why Filipinos frequently attend the mass here aside from the crowd. Are these turo-turo style make shift carenderia outside the church. When we run out of time to prepare our breakfast before attending the mass. We hurriedly go to this place and satisfied our gut with the viands of our choice. They sell almost every Filipino delicacies from Sinigang, Adobo, Dinuguan,Sisig, to Puto, Bibingka and Suman. Most of the vendors here  were our hard working fellow Filipinos. Most likely it’s  their weekend “raket” aside from their weekday jobs. We salute to these people of bringing and introducing our Filipino food to  the Malaysian soil. 


Whenever you visit KL and had spare time on Sunday, attend the said mass time at St. John Cathedral and get reconnected with our kababayan while enjoying our delectable Filipino food outside the church.

Sunday Mass Goers,

Sky and Summer

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