Category: Trichy

St Lourde’s Church, Trichy.

The Our Lady of Lourdes Church is located in the city of Tiruchirapalli in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The Roman Catholic Basilica is devoted to Our Lady of Lourdes.

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The CAUVERY with its ceaseless and bounteous flow and the ROCKFORT with its timeless history seem to converge imperceptibly in the divine precincts of the hallowed CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES at the heart of ST.JOSEPH’S COLLEGE.

St.Joseph’s College church completed in A.D. 1895 JESUIT FATHERS presents a fascinating study of contrasting styles for a connoisseur of architecture as it is a replica of our Lady of Lourdes church – France.

Fr.Celle,S.J. Suggested the Gothic Style of architecture with its penchant for the pointed arch – the church top rises 62 feet above the nave.

Fr.Louis Garnier,S.J. Adopted the Norman style of architecture, with massive walls, round pillars and topped arches.

1890 – Construction work started
1895 – Foundation work completed
1903 – Completed and Blessed
1996 – Renovation work started
1998 – Renovation work completed & Blessed
1999 – Way of the Cross Erected & Blessed

 

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Statue of our lady at the entrance
“My Soul Magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour”

ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES OF THE CHURCH

- 5 Statues of Great Saints in the middle of the Tower.
- The Gothic Tower filled with artistic petal like flowers and dolls in the shape of pet animals.
- The Chimney Bell at a height of 90 feet.
- Colourful stained glass windows depicting the life of Jesus, Jesuit Saints and Evangelists.
- Grotto of our Heart of Jesus on the right side and grotto of our Lady on the left side at the entrance.
- 14 stations of the Way of the Cross on the inner church road.

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The Church on a Feast day illuminated with Lights

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The Holy ALTAR

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The inner view of the church

MASS TIMINGS:

HOLY MASS

WEEK DAYS:
MORNING – 5.30 am & 6.30 am
EVENING – 6.30 pm

SUNDAYS:
MORNING – 5.15 am, 6.15 am & 7.30 am
EVENING – 6.30 pm

Thursdays – 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm – Charismatic prayer service
Fridays – 6.00 pm – Special novena for the Sacred Heart
Saturdays – 6.00 pm – Rosary, litany, special mass of our Lady of Lourdes

Sundays
10.00 am to 1.00 pm – Evangelistic prayers for the power of the Holy Spirit.
6.00 pm – Exposition of the various books of the Bible

FEAST DAYS:
11th FEBRUARY – FEAST OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES
Novena, Special Mass, Car Procession in and around Mainguard Gate

19th MARCH – FEAST OF St.JOSEPH
Patron of the College

31st JULY – FEAST OF St.IGNATIUS
The Founder of the Society of Jesus

3rd DECEMBER – FEAST OF St.FRANCIS XAVIER
Patron of the Missions
IMPORTANT SEASONS OF THE YEAR :

LENTEN SEASON:
Way of the Cross – Daily (abbreviated)
Special Way of the Cross on Fridays
Retreat for specific groups

HOLY WEEK:
Special Holy Week Services

MAY
Devotion to Our Lady : Rosary, Litany and Special Mass
Daily Car Procession within the Campus
Saturdays : Car Procession around the College road and Special Mass on 31st May

JUNE
Devotion to the SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be celebrated in a special way.

SEPTEMBER
BIBLE MONTH

DECEMBER
ADVENT SEASON
Christmas – Carol Services, Special Mass on X’mas Day

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Mary our mother
Bless you and your family abundantly &
Grant you the showers of her loving kindness

VISIT OUR LADY OF LOURDES CHURCH

Contact Us:
Our Lady of Lourdes Church,
St. Joseph’s College Campus,
Tiruchirapalli (Trichy), Tamil Nadu. INDIA.

For more information Please visit:
http://www.sjctni.edu/Church/history.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Lourdes_Church,_Tiruchirapalli

 

Photo Courtesy / Source:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/exploring_india/6642186557/

http://www.panoramio.com/photo_explorer#view=photo&position=1383&with_photo_id=43157351&order=date_desc&user=4195347
Photos by Nicola e Pina India 2010

 

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St. Mary’s Cathedral, Tiruchirapalli, Tamilnadu, India

Welcome to St Mary’s Cathedral

In the city of Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India, St.Mary’s Cathedral, popularly known as “ Mother of Good Health” in vernacular “Arogya Matha”, occupies a unique place not only it is one of the oldest Churches in Tamil Nadu but had been the “Mother Church” of five dioceses bifurcated out of its jurisdiction during these 170 years of its existence.

The Church itself was built by a Jesuit missionary Fr.Louis Carnier. It was on the 29th June 1841, on the occasion of the feast of the apostles St.Peter and Paul, with the morning sun rising in the east in all its glowing splendor, Bishop Bernard Clement of Pondicherry in a solemn ceremony dedicated the Church to Our Lady. The paintings in the roof depicting the martyrdom of holy men and women of were done by Br. De’ Noircourt between the years1893 to 1898.

Having served for more than 170 years, now it is too weak and developed cracks both vertically and horizontally over the roof. The inner floor and the outer ground are almost leveled leaving the rain water to rush in. Hence, the diocese has decided to built a New Cathedral with an estimate Rs 9 crores (90 million) and the work has begun on the 15th August 2011. Kindly pray and donate generously.

Our Parish:

Once, the Cathedral parish had in its fold vast territory for its pastoral activities. It had more than 20,000 families. The parishes – Crawford, Edamalaipatty Pudur, Subramaniyapuram, Sembattu, Gundur, K.K. Nagar, Ariport, Kallukukuzhi, Karunamdapam and Puthur were carved out of Cathedral parish for Pastoral reasons and concerns. At present the parish has 27 substations. The total Catholic families are 2,935, and the population nearly 12,000, and the non-catholic population more than 250,000. 80% of the Catholics in the parish belong to Dalit community, who are economically poor and socially backward. They work as painters, carpenters and in the constructions as masons and helpers for daily wage around the market places. The Parish Pastoral Council consists of 60 members among them 13 are executives and 5 are officials. Parish Financial Committee, consisting of 5 members, manages the financial transaction of the Parish.

Mass Schedule:
Liturgical Service Schedule

Holy Mass in the Parish: Sundays: 5.00 a.m, 6.30 a.m, 8.30 a.m and 6.00 p.m

Week days: 6.00 a.m and 6.00 p.m

Tuesdays – Charismatic Healing Service from 6.00 to 8.30 p.m

Church is kept open from 5.00 a.m to 12.00 noon and 4.00 to 8.00 p.m every day for personal visitation.

Contact:
Parish Priest
St Mary’s Cathedral, 12 A Convent Road, Melapudur,
Trichy – 620 001. Tamil Nadu India.
Phone: (0431)2411511,
Website: http://www.maryscathedraltrichy.org/