This Extraordinary Missionary Year 2019 saw the Evergreens Ministry of the Good
Shepherd Church, Setapak, KL make a second Pilgrimage, this time being a one day
Pilgrimage / Heritage Trip to the Historical City of Malacca. (Our first pilgrimage was to St
Theresa’s Church in Nilai )
A full busload of 44 Evergreens , the oldest at 82, departed GSC Setapak at 8.00am on
Wednesday 18 th Sept 2019 to commence our Pilgrimage cum Heritage trip. On the bus as we
left KL, we prayed the Rosary and sang some Marian songs.

First Stop (Pilgrimage) : St. Peter’s Church , the oldest functioning Catholic Church in
Malaysia. We were met by church elder, Mr Desmond De Souza, who so eloquently
provided us with an entralling historical background of this majestic and iconic church that
has stood the test of time for over three centuries (since 1710 ).
We were fortunate to be still there at 12 Noon when the church bells in the belfry of the
church tolled the ANGELUS as we prayed the Angelus.
Thereafter, some of us visited and bought some very nice gifts and items from their very
unique “St. Pete’s Gift Shoppe”, whilst others strolled the grounds or visited the Passion
Room and the Marian Room within the Church.

Second Stop ( Pilgrimage) : Church Of St Francis Xavier , another iconic structure in the
form of a twin spired church that was built in 1849 and reputed to have been modelled
after the Cathedral of St. Peter in Montpellier, Southern France. We were warmly greeted
by Mr Colin Goh and Ms Doris Tan. In the church, Ms.Doris efficiently briefed us and
showed us slides of the history of this very significant Church that was built in honour of St
Francis Xavier, the Patron Saint of Missionaries.
We were privileged to be given the opportunity to venerate the Relic of St Francis Xavier .
We then toured the grounds of the church which included the Crypt underneath the Church
and the Church’s museum. And lucky us, we additionally had Sister Stephanie of the Holy
Infant Jesus Convent, Malacca, on hand to guide us through the Church’s museum that day.
Due to the HAZE and also lack of time, we had to skip the full Heritage Walk via the
Stadhuys and up to St Paul’s Hill to see the old burial site of St Francis Xavier . The group
had a novelty lunch of Chicken Rice Ball at the famous Jonker Street.

Third Stop (Pilgrimage/Heritage) : Statue of Christ The Redeemer and Chapel of The
Immaculate Conception at The Portuguese Square / Portuguese Settlement.
A nice group photgraph was taken at the base of the looming Statue of Christ The
Redeemer after which some of us said our own personal prayers there.
It was unfortunate that the chapel was closed so we were not able to enter the chapel.
Some did however visit a little gift shop which also held a small Portuguese Museum and
were fortunate to have been given a short briefing by its owner/operator, Mr Jerry.
We enjoyed a short tea break at the Portuguese Square where our own Evergreen, Mr
Lawrence De Souza (a local Malaccan of Portuguese descent ) introduced everyone to “Pang
Susi“ a Portuguese chicken bun.

Fourth Stop ( Heritage ) : On the expanse of newly reclaimed piece of land by the coast to
be called Impression City” stands a modern building, South East Asia’s largest performing
arts theatre called ENCORE MELAKA . This was where we were treated to 70 minutes of an
awe-inspiring Historical & Heritage Show performed by nearly 200 real life performers
accompanied by high tech and revolutionary digital projections. Here was a theatre which
has the whole audience platform rotating 360 degrees around 240 meters of multiple built-
in hydraulic stages. The various stories were told through the art of song, dance and
scenery that had us travelling on a voyage thorough time and space.
Before leaving Malacca for home, we stopped at the Portuguese & Nyonya Restaurant for a
sumptuous dinner of…… you guessed it, Portuguese and Nyonya cuisine.
After a long day, the two hour plus drive back to KL saw many snoozing (and snoring) in the
bus. We arrived safely back at our good old GSC, tired but certainly more inspired after this
meaningful Pilgrimage.



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