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    6.15am except 3rd Weds
  • Sat:
    5.00pm - Novena & Benediction
    6:00pm - Sunset Mass
  • Sun:
    6:45am, 8:30am, 11:45am
  • Every 1st Friday: 
    Eucharistic Adoration @ 7.30pm to 8.30pm & Followed by Mass @ 8.30pm
  • (No weekday Masses on Public Holidays)

  • Holy Thursday 13th April 2017
    5.30pm, 8.00pm
  • Good Friday 14th April 2017
    Way of the cross -- 11.15am, 2.15pm, 7.15pm
    Good Friday Service -- 12pm, 3pm, 8pm
  • Easter Vigil 15th April 2017
    5.30pm, 9.00pm
  • Easter Sunday 16th April 2017
    English -- 6.45am, 8.30am, 11.30am
    Mandarin -- 10.15am
    Myanmarese -- 2.30pm

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Our History

The Parish of St. Thomas More is the newest parish in the Archdiocese of K.L. and its territory sprawls from Subang Jaya across USJ and over to the vast expanse of Putra Heights with an estimated Catholic populationi of over 5,000 parishioners. Parishioners, young and old, have every reason to rejoice and to thank God Almighty. They have witnessed the birth of a parish and are basking in the pinnacle moment of the Community's journey towards parish-hood.



In the beginning PDF Print E-mail

The history of St. Thomas More as a parish straddles two millenniums going back more than three decades to the launch of the township of Subang Jaya in 1975 which began with SS12 and SS15. By 1980, several Catholic families had moved in. Being new, it did not come under the purview of any of the PJ District churches, namely St. Francis Xavier, Assumption or St. Ignatius. However many families were known to Fr. Peter Kim, SJ, from SFX who had plans to bring them together in area groups. Thus in 1981 at a Home Mass, Fr. Peter Kim formalised the first area group Basic Christian Community (BCC) and a Core Team headed by Francis Soh as chairperson. Two years later, the pastoral care of SJ BCC officially came under Rev. Fr. Francis Ng and the Congregation of the Disciples of the Lord (CDD) at St. Ignatius Church (SIC), Sungei Way. Around the same time, BCC leaders were informed by the Archbishop that a piece of land in SS17 had been gazetted for a church. In collaboration with the Council of Churches Malaysia, a joint application for the land was submitted to the relevant authorities. However it was understood later that the application was unsuccessful as a wrong piece of land was applied for.

 

L-R:
Fr. Francis Ng CDD,
Fr Peter Chin Cssr,
Fr Peter Kim, SJ
BCC 1st Anniversary
Mass May 1982
Francis & Margaret Soh with Fr Francis Ng, SJ
BCC 1st Anniversary May 1984
Fr Francis Ng and SJ BCC children,
BCC 1st Anniversary May 1984

 

In 1985 as the township grew and more sections were developed, the SJ BCC split into four BCCs. All recorded activities such as monthly meetings, home masses, rosary prayers, Christmas caroling and parties and outings cum out-reach programs.

In 1988 hot on the success of Subang Jaya, an even larger township, USJ, was launched. New sections were opened in quick succession and the territorial expansion brought an influx of Catholic families from all over.

By 1993 a new scenario emerged amongst the PJ District churches. In particular Rev. Fr. Larry Tan, SJ, the parish priest of SFX, lamented on the large crowds at its Sunday Masses: many worshippers were standing under the shade of trees outside the church raising concerns on their level of participation and quality of worship. Enquiries revealed that many hailed from SJ and USJ. Further feedback indicated a sizeable Catholic population growing in tandem with the pace of development on the ground.

During a meeting at the PJ District Coordinating Council Meeting at the Church of St. Ignatius Church (SIC), Taman Mayang, Petaling Jaya in 1994, a consensus was reached with all those present (priests as well as lay leaders of St. Francis Xavier, Assumption and St. Ignatius) that the SFX Church would take over the responsibility of extending pastoral services to the BECs of SJ/USJ area from SIC as it was felt that SIC was not in a position to do so adequately due to their limited resources.

With this understanding the late Fr. Joseph Chang, CDD, the Parish Priest of SIC, and Fr. Larry Tan, SJ, the Parish Priest of SFX Church met with His Grace, Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, Soter Fernandez in the Archbishop’s House, Kuala Lumpur and explored the possibility of SFX Church taking over the responsibility of pasturing SJ/USJ area, which had hitherto been done by SIC. His Grace agreed to such a move and Fr. Larry said that anytime the Archdiocese wanted the SJ/USJ area back, the Jesuits would be willing and ready to return it to the Archdiocese as the Jesuits were there to serve the local Church.

In September 1994, Fr. Larry Tan went to Manila, Philippines, to do his Tertianship programme and Fr. Raju Selvaraj, SJ, took over the process of pasturing the SJ/USJ area.

Fr. Selvaraju at a home Mass.
 
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