Chettikulam
Patron of Parish
Established On
Population
Catholic
:
:
:
:
Our lady of lourdes
1999
25,500
870
Vicairate : Palayamkottai
Church Name : Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Parish Priest : Rev. Fr. Antony Raj S.
Asst. Parish Priest : -
Address : Church of our Lady of Lourdes, Palayamchettikulam,Burkitmanagar-627 351
District : Tirunelveli
Telephone : 0462 2483303

Parish Priest

Brief history:


Palayamchetikullam was one of the sub-stations of Palayamkottai and then Shanthinager till the year 1999. It has been elevated as a parish on 30th may 1999 by most Rev. Fr. Iruthayajaj. Rev. Fr. P. Ghanapragasam was the first parish priest. In the beginning all the people at Chettikullam have been Hindus. The head man of the village has been always from a particular family. In the course of time many have objected to it. The problem arose. There became division among the people. In the Year 1913, some joined the church of south India. The problem of the headman became worse. At this time the brothers of the sacred heart began to go to the village. Some wanted to become catholic. When Fr. A.S. Durairaj was asst. in Palayamkottai parish. He too began to go to the village with bro. Savariappan SHJ, as there was British ruling, they could get the support of the government. People could get rid of fear. People occupied a prombokeland to build a church. The case was filed against Catholic. Catholic won the case, in the year 1942, some other were baptized by Fr. Albert Muthumalai with the help of the bro. Savariappan SHJ. Year after year people have been baptized. Catholic number increased. It was elevated as parish. The first parish was Fr. Ghanapragasam. During his tenure the people were well brought up in the catholic faith and spiritual life. New church was build and blessed on 4th Sep. 2003 by most Rev. A. Jude Paulraj, bishop of Palayamkottai. The feast is celebrated every year in the month of August.

Succession of the Priests:

1. Fr. P. Gnanapragasam P. 2. Fr. Moyeeson 3. Fr. Alphonse Arulanandam4. Fr. Jamels James, Fr. Arul Antony

Institution

  • R.C. Middle School
    run by: RC Diocese Of Palayamkottai (D), Thonithurai
  • Kindergarten
    run by: Franciscan Sisters of Presentation of Mary (FSPM), Chettikulam

Sub Station With Church

Sub Station Without Church

  • Nochikulam
  • Kuruvanmanakkadu
  • Thonithurai
  • Maruthur
  • Melakulam
  • Naduvakuruchi

Pious

  • Altar Boys & Girls Association
  • Balar Sabai
  • Young Boys Association
  • Young Women Association
  • Legion of Mary
  • S.C.C. (Anbiam )

Relgious

  • Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of Mary(FSPM)
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