In the year 1982, a chapel was built on the Melur High road, Y. Othakkadai, and blessed by the Archbishop of happy memory, Most Rev. Dr. Justin Diraviam, D.D., J.U.D., and the chapel was dedicated to St. John de Britto, principal patron of the Archdiocese of Madurai. This chapel was one of the substations of Our Lady of Lourdes parish, K. Pudur. In the year 1997, the parish of our Lady of Lourdes was bifurcated and Y. Othakkadai was erected an independent parish by the Archbishop of happy memory, Most Rev. Dr. Marianus Arockiasamy, D.D., and thus the chapel too was raised to be the parish church of St. John de Britto. On 25th of Sept. 1997 this new parish was given to the care of the Franciscans of the Province of St. Thomas the Apostle as per the contract entered by both the parties that are the Archdiocese of Madurai and the Franciscans. The boundaries of this new parish are as follows: East : Idaiapatti, West : Pudupatti road, North : Chittampatti and South : Uthangudi. It includes the following villages: Othakkadai, Narasingam, Uthangudi, Yanai Malai Quarry, IHM convent, Perungudi, Thirumohur, Idyapatti, Thamaraippatti, Thindiyur, Agricultural college, Malaiyathanpatti, Chittampatti, and Annai Veilankanni Church Ulaganeri.
There are seventy families in the parish and 35 families in the Sri Lankan Refugee Camp. Altogether the total Catholic population is about 500. The parishioners are working in different sectors such as quarry workers, coolies, teachers etc.
SUBSTATIONS WITH CHAPELS:
Chapel at Thiruvadoor Sri Lankan Refuge Camp- Our Lady of Veilankanni Chapel (2002).
Chapel at Ulaganery : Our Lady of Veilannkani (2007).
St. John De Britto’s Church,
Madurai – 625107.
Tel: +91 452 2422853,
Mob: +91 9486949622
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