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The Bible Sunday was celebrated at Vailankanni                                                      11.12.2011

The Bible Sunday was celebrated at Vailankanni on Saturday 11th Dec 2011. Different kinds of completions were conducted for children at various educational institutions at Vailankanni and Bible exam conducted for the parishioners well in advance. There was a cultural programme too in front of the priest’s residence in which there was Bible Quiz programme. The parish priest Rev. Fr. B. Arokiadoss delivered a special speech on the importance of Word of God and distributed prizes for those who participated.Click for Photos

The Parish Christmas celebration                                                                                     10.12.2011

The Parish Christmas celebration was held in front of the priest’s residence on 10th December 2011, Saturday. Jesus was born for all mankind. Christmas is not only for Christians but for all. Having this in mind Chief Guests were invited from other religions too.Click for Photos

Christmas celebrations in the Anbiams                                                                30.11.2011

As the season of Advent marks the preparation for the birth of Jesus, Christmas celebrated at Anbiam level from 30th November 2011 onward. People in good number participated with zeal and celebrated the Christmas. Sharing was an important aspect at this celebration. Each Anbiam groups came forward to help the needy in their way.Click for Photos

special blessings of Our Lady of Health Vailankanni                                                      03.11.2011

Temporary sheds were put up on either side of the Basilica to accommodate the devotees during the mass. People in huge numbers participated in the Inaugural Mass and obtained the special blessings of Our Lady of Health Vailankanni.Click for Photos

The Golden Jubilee Year                                                                                                           03.11.2011

The Golden Jubilee Year of the Shrine’s Elevation to the Basilica was officially inaugurated on 3rd Nov, 2011. There was a solemn con-celebrated pontifical High Mass at 6 p.m. by the archbishop of Pondicherry and the bishops of Thanjavur, Kumbakonam and Salem, along with priests, religious, parishioners and devotees of Our Lady of Health Vailankanni. Soon after the mass, there was a short inaugural function at the Shrine Auditorium. "Come and Pray" a book which contains time table for prayer for the whole year was released. All through the Jubilee year, everyday the Blessed Sacrament would be exposed at Our Lady's Altar from 3p.m. to 4p.m., while Sisters and members of the pious association will pray for the various intentions as mentioned in the book. Click for Photos

St. Don Bosco Visited the Shrine                                                                                                21.10.2011

On 21st October at 10.30 am, the hand of St. Don Bosco which is touring around the world, reached the Shrine too. V.Rev. Fr. Micheal, Rector Welcomed them by garlanding. Thousands of people gathered and venerated the lyric and sought the intercession of St. Don Bosco.Click for Photos

Feast of Our Lady of Rosary was celebrated in the Shrine                                  07.10.2011

Since month of October is dedicated to Our Lady of Rosary, Chain Rosary is recited while the Holy Eucharist is exposed in the Shrine. On 1st of October, Rev.Fr. Rector inaugurated this by lighting the lamp at Our Lady's Tank. Every day from 7am to 5 pm Chain rosary is recited at Our Lady's Tank by Sisters and the members of the Legion of Mary and from 8 pm to 10 pm Rosary is recited in the Main Shrine by the Anbiam Families. On 7th of October the Feast of Our Lady of Rosary was celebrated in the Shrine. The Solemn con-celebrated Mass is presided over by Rev. Fr. D. Amudan and it was followed by the Car procession and BenidictionClick for Photos

Preparation for Feast                                                                                                                       09.08.2011

The great Annual Feast of our Lady Health Vailankanni is fast approaching. The Shrine has already started its preparation for the feast. Now, the painting work is going on.
Besides this a preparatory meeting was held on 9th August 2011 at 4pm. in meditation Hall in which the opinions of the local leaders were sought for success of the Annual Feast of Our Lady of Health of Vailankanni.Click for Photos

Congratulations to Rev. Fr. Rector                                                                                            09.08.2011

The Ordination Day of Very Rev. Fr. A. Micheal, Rector of Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Health Vailankanni, was celebrated on 9th August 2011. Rev. Fr. Rector presided over the concelebrated Eucharist celebration at the Main Shrine at 6 am. All the Priests and Sisters serving at Vailankanni, came together, prayed for him and felicitated him.Click for Photos

Blessing and Opening                                                                                                                   08.08.2011

On 8th August 2011, at 4 p.m., His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. M. Devadass Ambrose blessed and opened a Multipurpose Hall at Our Lady of Health Hr. Sec. School Campus.Click for Photos

A Special Camp by the Evangelization Team                                                                        07.08.2011

A team of five members for Evangelization commission camped at Angel Nagar, Vailankanni parish on 6th and 7th of August2011. Visiting houses, conducting seminars on various topics were the important activities they undertook to strengthen their weakened faith in order to prevent them becoming a prey to the allurement of different religious sects.Click for Photos

Youth Day Celebration                                                                                                                   07.08.2011

The youth day was celebrated at the Shrine on 7th August 2011 at 5 p.m. The members of "Annai Youth Movement", the Vailankanni parish youth association, organized the liturgy. After the Mass, the youth were prayed over and blessed by the Assistant Parish Priest, Rev Fr. Suresh.Click for Photos

Rev.Fr.B. Arokiadoss the Parish Priest Lowered the flag                                             16.07.2011

Rev. Fr.B.Arokiadoss, the Parish Priest` Lowered the flag of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at 05.45 p.m. followed by the procession of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. With Benediction of the Holy Eucharist and Mass, the Feast of Mount Carmel came to an end, with abundant blessings of the Mother of Mt Carmel.

The entire feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was grandly celebrated by more than 6000 Marathi ­ speaking pilgrims from Mumbai. Their act of participation in all the liturgical services, act of confessions, receipt of sacraments, participation in all the prayer services, their personal prayer and devotion, their acts of attachment to the Mother of Health of Vailankanni ­ all need our sincere praise and encouragement.

Rev.Fr.B. Arokiadoss the Parish Priest celebrated the Feast Mass                           15.07.2011

Rev.Fr.B. Arokiadoss the Parish Priest celebrated the Feast Mass of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at 06.00 p.m. Then the procession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel took place along the beach road and Rosary was recited in Marathi at the end of the procession, followed by Benediction. More than 6000 Marathi devotees took active and inspiring participation.Click for Photos

Bishop Most Rev.Dr.M.Devadass Ambrose visited the Shrine                                    14.07.2011

His Excellency our Bishop Most Rev.Dr.M.Devadass Ambrose visited the Shrine on 14th July; He presided over the blessing and opening ceremonies of the renovated pilgrims´ quarters of St. Luke and St. Don Bosco. He blessed and opened the Electricity Board Building newly constructed by the Shrine administration near muchandi, Vailankanni.Click for Photos

Novena Days of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel                                              07.07.2011 To 14.07.2011

During all these Novena Days of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, the Marathi ­ speaking devotees conducted ´Stations of the Cross´ at 06.30 a.m. in the holy path. Confession was heard for the Marathi-speaking pilgrims during these days. our Lady´s Car procession took place around the Shrine at 05.45 p.m. Marathi and Tamil hymns were sung during these processions and Rosary was recited in these two languages. The procession was followed by litany, benediction and Mass in Tamil everyday in the Lower Basilica. In all these ceremonies, all the Marathi- speaking pilgrims took active participation.Click for Photos

The Flag Procession of Our Lady                                                                                              06.07.2011

The Flag Procession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was taken along the beach road at 05.30 p.m. Very Rev.Fr.A. Michael the Rector of the Shrine blessed the flag. The litany was conducted in the Lower Basilica followed by Benediction and Mass in Tamil by Rev.Fr.B.Arokiadoss, the Parish Priest of the Shrine. More than 5000 (Six thousand) devotees of the Marathi-speaking took part in all these ceremonies.Click for Photos

Inaguration of the Catechism Year                                                                                            03.07.2011

The Catechetical Year was grandly inaugurated by Rev.Fr.Arputharaj, Secretary of the Catecheticcal Commission, Thanjavur. Click for Photos

Women's Day Celebrations                                                                                                       12.03.2011

Women's Day was celebrated at Vailankanni on Saturday, the 12th of March. March 8 is observed as the International Day of Women. At Vailankanni, it was celebrated three dates later for some practical reasons. In collaboration with the TMSSS, the women groups in Vailankanni had organized a huge rally to mark the Day. At 2.30 pm, the rally began at the Shrine Booking Office and reached Christhu Raja Mahal in half an hour's time. In the concluding function that took place at CR Mahal, many dignitaries - including Shri A K S Vijayan, Honorable MP, Nagappattinam Constituency, Rev Fr B Arockia Doss. Parish Priest, Mrs Juliet Arputharaj, Chairman, Mrs Valarmathi, Former Chairman - participated. Speaking at the function, Shri A K S Vijyan lauded the role that Women Self-Help Groups play in the over all development of the women in India. He also promised a sum of Rs 10,00,000/- towards building a Meeting Hall for women at Vailankanni. In the evening, Rev Fr B Arockiadoss presided over a Women's Day Special Mass in the lower Basilica. Click for Photos

Ash Wednesday                                                                                                                                 09.03.2011

Ash Wednesday was observed in Vailankanni on 9 March in the traditional way. Devotees had gathered in huge numbers at Our Lady's Basilica that day. Presiding over the morning 6 o' clock Mass at the main shrine, Very Rev Fr A Michael, the Rector, blessed the ashes and preached about the three noble Lenten practices: prayer, penance and charity. Ashes were blessed and applied in all the Masses that day. The Lenten feeling was very much in the air throughout. It was wonderful too see pilgrims bring even their kids to have ashes applied.Click for Photos

ShrineTV Receives Warm Response                                                                                         01.03.2011

It has been more than two months since Shrine Basilica, Vailankanni, launched the Web TV Service in its official website. Readers of Vailankanni Calling and visitors to may be aware that His Excellency Most Rev Dr Devadass Ambrose, Bishop of Thanjavur, inaugurated the Web TV service during the New Year Midnight Service on 31 Dec last year. Ever since, on all Saturdays and Sundays, the Masses at the Shrine Basilica are live web-cast through the Web Tv. We are glad to note that the devotees of Our Lady have taken to the Web Tv in a huge way and the service is warmly received and much appreciated. Given here are a few of the many comments that we receive week after week.

G. Rani: I am a cancer patient. Can't walk. I could not attend the mass for many days. But now, thanks to Shrine TV, I am attending masses twice a day during the weekends.

Richard Leslin: We are in gulf country. It was wonderful to see the Live Masses. Please telecast daily Masses too.

Shanthi Joe: Excellent mass web-casting. Please telecast the Way of the Cross also.

J.Vijayan : I am so happy today because I watched the live mass. I am so grateful to all who have taken effort to do this. Very good experience.

Hema : I want to see the everyday masses of the Lent season. Especially I want to see the Easter Mass. Kindly arrange.

Arpoudaraj: Mr heartfelt thanks to all those who worked to create this website because we are able to see the live mass and have our Lady of Vailankanni's blessings from here.

Obituary                                                                                                                                                 25.01.2011

Mrs L Philomin, the beloved mother of Rev Fr L Sahayaraj, the Editor of Vailanaknni Calling and Vailankanni Kuraloli, passed away on 25 Feb 2011. Her funeral service was held at Our Lady of Help of Christian's Chruch, Mathakottai, Thanjavur, the same day at around 3.00 pm. Nearly a hundred priests of the diocese of Thanjavur participated in the service and paid their last respects to Mrs Philomin. The 80-year old survived by his six sons. Rev Fr L Sahayaraj has been the editor of the Shrine magazines for the past three years. We convey our heartfelt condolences to Rev Fr L Sahayaraj on the demise of his beloved mother. May her soul rest in peace!

Republic Day Celebrations                                                                                                       26.01.2011

The Shrine celebrated the nation's Republic Day on 26 Jan in the tradional way. Priests, Sisters, and devotees gathered in the open space in front of the Priest's Residence. In keeping with the tradition, Shrine's Security men did a march-past. Very Rev Fr A Michael hoisted the National Flag and gave a speech. At the end of the function, workers who did outstanding service in the last year were given cash awards. Click for Photos

Infant Jesus Festival                                                                                                                      17.02.2011

Vailankanni Parish has a small chapel dedicated to Infant Jesus. It is located some five kilometers north off Vailankanni, on the way to Nagappattinam. The Annual Feast of this Infant Jesus chapel was celebrated on 3 Feb, the First Thursday of the month. Very Rev A Michael , presided over the Feast Mass, attended by nearly thousand devotees of Infant Jesus. Elaborate arrangements had been made for the feast. Fr B Arockia Doss, the Parish Priest, thanked the donors and all those who worked hard for the annual feast. At the end of the Mass, there was a solemn, grand car procession of Infant Jesus. Click for Photos

Motivation sessions and Special Masses for Students                                                     17.02.2011

The Shrine organizes a Motivation session and a Special Mass for X and XII students on all the Saturdays in the month of February. Many schools in Tamil Nadu bring their X and XII students to Vailankanni before they appear for the Public Exams. In order that the students may benefit more, the Shrine took up this initiative last year: a session and a special Mass. It was kept up this year too. Experts were called to conduct the motivation sessions which more than 2000 students attended in the last three weeks alone. Click for Photos

Youth Day at Vailankanni                                                                                                             17.02.2011

Youth Day was celebrated in Vailankanni on Sunday, the 6th of Feb, 2011. The 5.p.m Parishioner's Mass was made a Youth special Mass. Very Rev Fr A Michael, the Rector, presided over the Mass. The members of "Annai Youth Movement", the Vailankanni parish youth association, organized the liturgy. Fr Bosco, in his homily, spoke about the love God has for the young people and what they are capable of achieving if only they live by the word of God. After the Mass, the youth were prayed over and blessed by the Parish Priest, Rev Fr B Arockia Doss Click for Photos