Novena is a town in Singapore
, and is within the Central Region. The area falls under the Novena Planning Area, an urban planning zone under the Urban Redevelopment Authority. It is served by the North South MRT Line at the Novena MRT Station
Novena and its roads (Jalan Novena Barat and Novena Terrace), buildings (Novena Ville and Novena Gardens), as well as the MRT station in this area are named after the popular Saturday Novena devotion sessions held at the Church of Saint Alphonsus (Novena Church) at 300 Thomson Road
. It is so popularly known as the Novena Church that many people, especially non-Catholics, are unaware that the actual name of the church is The Church of Saint Alphonsus.
The current premises of the Novena Church were owned by a wealthy Chinese businessman, Wee Kah Kiat. The premises were bought over by the Redemptorist priests in 1948 where a small church dedicated to Our Mother of Perpetual Help named the Church of Saint Alphonsus was built in May 1950. As accorded to tradition, the novenas to Our Lady of Perpetual Help began in January 1949 and were heavily publicised and instantaneously became widespread in 1951 as intended by Pope Pius XI. Unlike the traditional Wednesdays, the town of Novena celebrates their Novena prayer celebrations and services on a Saturday.
Novena is linked with the city by MRT, buses and taxis. The area has no bus interchange, the nearest being in Toa Payoh. Buses that stop along Novena include 5, 21, 851, 54, 57, 131, 166, 167, 980, 143, 162. Many of these buses come from heartlands such as Pasir Ris, Yishun
, Bishan, Ang Mo Kio, Sembawang and Yio Chu Kang. They link the heartlands with the city.
Central to this area is the Novena Square Shopping Mall
, a shopping centre situated directly above the Novena MRT Station and Novena Medical Center is located at levels 8 to 11 of Square 2 (shopping mall). Next to Novena Square is a sports-themed mall called Velocity. Another shopping centre in Novena is United Square Shopping Mall
, a kids-oriented mall. Shops located in the Novena area include Starbucks, Spinelli and Harvey Norman. Novena has seen major improvements in terms of new shops open in the area since Square 2 and Velocity opened in recent years.