That’s a very common question among Catholics here in HCMC. Although there are a lot of Catholic Churches around, there are very few masses celebrated in English.
We attend the mass at Mai Khoi Church in District 3 at 2:30 PM every Sunday.
Why not in Notre Dame Cathedral?
I guess because there’s just too much people in the cathedral plus there are a lot of tourists going in and out taking photos.
The Mai Khoi Church has just gotten a face-lift last November, so now, it’s a cozy little church. Kids can run amok outside the Church but still within the Church yard, so you won’t get scared letting them play.
It’s a real good church for families and other churchgoers understand that children squeals and cries are expected. 😀
Mai Khoi Church is airy but yes can get quite hot too especially in the summer. But now, after the refurnishing, there are more fans so we’ll see how it’s like.
Here’s a lovely ceiling detail in the church that I like so much!
What really keeps me coming back here is the friendly faces of people, the beautiful music by the choir (lots of Pinoys in the choir too!), the priests (some Pinoy priests celebrate here too) , and the Light of Jesus Family group who is in charge of the English mass. Admittedly, I haven’t been attending the LoJ FEAST (held after the mass) religiously, but whenever I can, I always come home feeling much more recharged. And even if I can’t go, I take home with me their weekly newsletter. Reading the words by Brother Nelson and other members, are always inspiring and serves as a steady anchor for the week ahead.
Mai Khoi Church
44 Tu Xuong St., D3
English Sunday Mass every 2:30 PM