Patron of Parish
Established On
Sacred heart of jesus
Vicairate : Palayamkottai
Church Name : Sacred Heart Church
Parish Priest : Msgr. Joe Michael Selvaraj (Joemics)
Asst. Parish Priest : -
Address : Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Irudayanagar, TirunelveliDt-627 001
District : Tirunelveli
Telephone : 0462-2336836

Parish Priest

Brief history:

Irudayanagar or Udayarpatti was one of the substations of Palayamkottai Parish. It is situated in the Tirunelveli-Madurai Trunk Road. It is close-by Tirunelveli Junction. Actually many of the catholic, who are here, are from rural villages. Those who came here seeking job, settled here. When this catholic population grew in larger number a church was build to care the spiritual need of the faithful of this substation. Special attention was given. Regular Sunday mass was arranged. Recently it was felt that for the holistic development it should be separated from Palayamkottai parish for the development in all perspective. Most Rev. A. Jude Paulraj issued the order of erecting the new parish on 28th May 2004. Rev. Fr. Francis was appointed as a first parish priest. The Principal church of the new parish is the one existing at Udayarpatty @ Iruthayanagar dedicated to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Succession of the Priests:

1. Fr. Maria Francis 2. Fr. Eric Joe, 3 Fr.Vianneyraj A., 4.Fr.Sahaya Arockiaraj, 5. ⦁ Fr. Joe Michael Selvaraj


  • St. Joseph’s Middle School
    run by: Sacred Heart Brothers (SHJ), Naranammalpuram
  • Presentation Convent Marticulation School
    run by: Franciscan Sisters of Presentation of Mary (FSPM), Irudayanagar
  • Saranalayam, Home for Children (Reception Unit - Social Welfare Department, Government of Tamilnadu)
    run by: RC Diocese Of Palayamkottai (D), Tirunelveli Junction
  • Working Women’s Hostel
    run by: RC Diocese Of Palayamkottai (D), Tirunelveli Junction

Sub Station With Church

  • Karaiyiruppu
  • Thachanallur
  • Chidambaramnagar
  • Pirankulam
  • Arugankulam – Sendimangalam

Sub Station Without Church

  • Alaganeri
  • Tharapuram
  • Naranamalpuram
  • Ramaiyanpatti


  • Holy Childhood
  • Altar Boys & Girls Association
  • Legion of Mary
  • Young Boys’ Association
  • Young Girls’ Association
  • Vincent De Paul Society
  • S.C.C (Anbiam)


  • Franciscan Sisters of Presentation of Mary(FSPM)
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny(SJC)
  • Sacred Heart Brothers(SHJ)
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