At Home in a Catholic Church in Rangsit

As a Filipino Catholic, I feel that something is missing when I couldn't attend a Sunday mass while I was in Thailand. There's a lot of Filipino Catholics in the place where I was staying but their mass is being held in a multi-purpose hall. There's nothing wrong in attending a Holy Mass in a multi-purpose hall but it can never beat the Holy Mass in a proper church.

My Pinoy friends told me of a church that is just a bus ride away from our place. And so I discovered the Our Lady Mother of God Parish Church in Rangsit, Pathumthani.

Marker of Rangsit Catholic Church

This church in Rangsit is just a simple one and relatively new compared to the Bangkok Cathedral and Kalawar Church.

Its facade only have a simple cross and nothing else.

Rangsit Catholic Church

The symbol depicting the Mother of God can be found at the top of the door.

Image of Mary in Rangsit Catholic Church

Rangsit Catholic Church was built after Vatican II so it is understandable why this church lack the grandiose of churches built during the Medieval Era or the Rennaisance Period or even later.
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Interior of Rangsit Catholic Church



The altar of this church is also a simple one.

Altar of Rangsit Catholic Church

Good thing that the tabernacle was placed in the center.

I felt at home in Rangsit Catholic Church because there are many Filipino parishioners. In fact, majority of the attendees in the English-language Mass are Filipinos. The lectors are Filipinos. The choir are composed by Filipinos. Even the priest is a Filipino.

Attending a Sunday Mass in Rangsit Catholic Church is just like attending Sunday Mass at home.

Missals and prayer books in Rangsit Catholic Church

One thing that I like with this church is the availability of missals and prayer books at the pews. It is very helpful because parishioners can easily follow what's happening during Mass. I think that parish churches should also do this.

Angel in Rangsit Catholic Church

There are many things that I like in Rangsit Catholic Church but the best one is the warmth of the Thai Catholics in parish.

I noticed that there is a sort of division between Thai Catholics and their brethren from other countries due to language barrier. Thais have difficulty in speaking English that's why they don't mingle with the Filipino crowd.

Despite of the language barrier, I manage to befriend a Thai in this parish. I appreciate the fact that my friend tried very hard to speak in English even though he can't construct even a simple sentence. He even introduced me to other Thai Catholics, young and old.

I didn't know how it happened but I got a Thai friend in just a short time of attending Mass in that church.

The Holy Family in Rangsit Catholic Church

I am glad that I found the Our Lady Mother God Parish Church in Rangsit. I am glad that I found friends in both the Filipino community and Thai parishioners. I am glad that our Lord made me feel at home in His church in Rangsit.

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How to Go to Our Lady Mother of God Church in Rangsit, Pathumthani

I know that there are many Catholics, specifically those who are studying in Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), who looking for a Catholic church in the area of Rangsit. Here are some way to reach the Our Lady Mother of God Parish Church:

Take note that I never rode a taxi to reach this church. I just commuted using bus to reach Future Park mall and then waled to the church.

Map showing the location of Rangsit Catholic Church

1. The first thing that you should do is to go to the Future Park.

2. You can walk to reach the church.

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3. You can ride a motorcycle and tell the driver to take you to Bod Chris. I think that the fare is about 50 Baht.

Just make sure that you turn right from Paholyothin Road when you the arch with a cross at the top (see image below).

Arch to Rangsit Catholic Church

Mass Schedules

Holy Mass in English language is available during Sundays at 10:30 AM. Other masses are in Thai language.

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for the info. A bit far from my place but an added wealth of knowledge about Thai catholic churches. I attend Ruam Rudee because of accessibility but none of the parishioners are as friendly as you described in this church. I am glad you felt at home even when you were actually away from home.

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    1. I heard about a church in Ruam Rudee. Is that the church that have an Indonesian priest (or was it Indian)?

      Yes I'm glad to have some friends from Rangsit church.

      Why don't you visit this church some times?

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  2. This one looks more modern, like the ones here. Love the inside - very very nice!

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    1. You're correct. This church is modern that's why it doesn't have the artistry that can be found in old churches.

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  3. want ko din mga visit ng ibat iba pang church one of these days,

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  4. It's very nice and clean inside a. Do they have Tagalog mass too?

    In SG, almost all the Catholic churches there have at least a Tagalog mass scheduled. Most at least 2 a month, the others once monthly. It's really nice. Considering there really are a lot of Filipino Catholics there. =)

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    1. There's no Tagalo mass in Rangsit Church. There is only one church that have Tagalog mass. That church is located in Bangkok.

      There's so many Filipinos in Singapore that it is not a surprise that there's Tagalog mass in the churches there.

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  5. There's a regular English Tagalog Mass conducted by Father John Tamayo in a small Chapel inside the compound of the Skills Development Center for the Blind at 3 pm every Sunday. The center is located in Tiwanon-Pakkret Soi 1, otherwise known as Soi Pikan by the locals. It's walking distance from Hayaek Pakkret.

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