Originally the Indian Roman Catholic Church in Singapore.

'The Church that stands as evidence of the staunch faith of the early Indian Roman Catholics most of whom came from French Pondicherry in South India in Singapore is the Our Lady of Lourdes, situated in an unobtrusive way at 50 Ophir Road along the Expressway that passes above the MRT.' It was erected in an area generally occupied by the early Indians largely Tamils, close to Serangoon area (Little India).

As there was the need to cater for the spiritual needs of the Indian Roman Catholics not only in Singapore but also in South Johore that this Church was built in 1888 in the mould of the basiliea at Lourdes, France, by Father Joachim Alexander Marie Meneuvrier. He was the first missionary exclusively in charge of the Indian Catholics in Singapore. His successor who spent 34 years in this Church was Father Louis Burghoffer, Both these priests are fondly remembered by the parishioners of the Church in two brass tablets in the Church.

It is significant that a Tamil school was set up next to the Church to eater for the children of the parishioners.

During the Japanese invasion of Singapore two bombs fell on the premises of the Church. Miraculously the Church was untouched. The parish school and the presbytery suffered much damage; the second storey of the parsonage was blown off.

The Japanese military temporarily occupied the Church during their occupation of Singapore.

It was in 1974 that the Church authorities decided that this Church 'should become a parish on territorial basis, embracing and serving everyone irrespective of race and language.'

The Church reflects Gothic architecture. The trimmings, pointed arches, spires, flying buttresses and the sixteen slender steel pillars were all imported from Paris. The stained glass windows depicting the fifteen mysteries of the Most Holy rosary and the electric bells playing the tune of 'Ave Maria' were installed to coincide with the Centenary of the Apparitions in 1858 at Lourdes. Inside the Church is the unique grotto with the celestial shrine of the Lady.

Other buildings of historical interest erected by French priests include churches at Bukit Timah and Serangoon, the Good Shepherd Cathedral, the Church of Saint Peter and Paul, the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus and Saint Joseph's Institution.