WELCOME TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP CHURCH – MINJUR PARISH
"All things are possible to Him who Believes" (Mark 9:23)
A BRIEF HISTORY
This parish was established in the year 1965 by MSGR. REV. FR. JOHN KOTTARAM, who took up the work evangelization in and around 20 villages near Minjur. He initiated the devotion to the Mother of Perpetual Succour at Minjur, to St. Jude at Kattur and to Infant Jesus at Manali New Town. In the year 1965, the new parish of Minjur was erected in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Msgr. Rev. Fr. John Kottaram, fondly known as “MISSIONARY OF NORTH MADRAS” served in this parish for 24 years (from 1965-1989).
REV. FR. STANLEY SEBASTIAN
continued the good work and labored in this parish for 7 years, from 1989 to 1996.
In 2002, a new church was built by REV. FR. ARULDEVADOSS
who guided the parish to great heights in the span of eight years (from 1996 to 2004). He had built the Shrine of St. Jude at Kattur. A place of pilgrimage for many.
REV. FR. P.A. JACOB served in this parish for 7 years (from 2004 to 2011). He brought fellowship and worship into the community along with social action.
Then REV. FR. PAULRAJ
continued to minister in this parish for a period of one year from 2011-2012.
REV. FR. THOMAS ELANGO
served in this parish for 5 years, from 2012to 2017. He built two churches. One in honour of Our lady of Vailankaani- Arokiyamatha Church at Athipet and the Church of Our Lady of Mercy at Kattur.
Apart from these parish priests, many a priests have served under them as Assistant parish priests: Fr. Lawrence Raj, Fr. Bernard Lawrence, Fr. Patrick Joseph, Fr. Nambikkainathan are few to be mentioned. These stalwarts were trained in this parish in the earlier period of their priesthood.
THE CHURCHES UNDER THIS PARISH
1. OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP CHURCH, MINJUR (MOTHER PARISH).
2. ST. JUDE’S SHRINE, THIRUVELLAVAYAL, KATTUR (VIA)
3. OUR LADY OF MERCY CHURCH, KATTUR COLONY.
4. AROKIAMATHA CHURCH, ATHIPET.
5. ST. ANTONY’S CHURCH, PATTAMANDIRI.
6. ST. JOHN DE BRITTO CHURCH, NANDIAMBAKKAM (DILAPIDATED – MASS CELEBRATED IN HOUSES)
7. MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS CHAPEL, KATTUPALLI.
RELIGEOUS SERVING IN THE PARISH
There are two religious orders serving in this parish, namely, St. Anne’s of Madhavaram and Seva Missionary Sisters of Mary. St. Anne’s have a community at MInjur and Seva Missionary sisters’ serve in three communities in this parish (two at Minjur and one at Kattur). These sisters are involved in the Parish pastoral ministry: Animation of Basic Christian Communities (ANBIAMS), Catechesis, Evangelization and Liturgy. Apart from the pastoral work, they are involved in the apostolate of Education and Social Action.
RELIGEOUS INSTITUTIONS IN THE PARISH
ST. ANNE’S PRIMARY SCHOOL
ST. ANNE’S HIGHER SECONDARY SCHOOL
SAGAYAMATHA PRIMARY SCHOOL
SAGAYAMATHA GIRLS HIGHER SEONDARY SCHOOL
ST. MARY’S MATRICULATION HIGHER SECONDARY SCHOOL
SRDS – UNDU URAIVIDA PALLI (A GOVT SPONSORED BOARDING FOR THE DESTITUTE CHILDREN)
MOVEMENTS IN THE PARISH
A team of 30 members, which includes 13 elected representatives from the Basic Christian Communities, nominated members 7 and the rest are the exofficio members. They are the backbone of the ministry and mission in the parish.
BCC – COORDINATION COMMITTEE
This is the team of 36 members represented by three elected representatives from each basic Christian community. They take care of the liturgy, the fellowship aspect of the BCCs and raising the fund for the celebration of the feast and for the development activities of the parish.
THERE ARE 13 BASIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES IN THIS PARISH
1. ST. BARTAHLOMEW ANBIAM
2. ST. BELAVENDIRAR (ANDREW) ANBIAM
3. ST. THOMAS ANBIAM
4. ST. MATHEW ANBIAM
5. ST. PETER ANBIAM
6. ST.MUDIAPPAR (STEPHEN) ANBIAM
7. ST. PAUL ANBIAM
8. ST. JUDE THADEEUS ANBIAM
9. ST. JOHN ANBIAM
10. ST. JACOB ANBIAM
11. ST. SIMON ANBIAM
12. ST. PHILIP ANBIAM
13. ST. ANTONY‘S ANBIAM
LEGION OF MARY
The Legionaries are quite vibrant in this parish. There are two presidiums in this parish: one at MInjur and the other at Athipet. The legionaries visit the houses of non-Christians for the work of evangelization; they are also instrumental in arranging the rectification of the couples. Visiting the sick and animating prayer rallies are other areas of their ministry. They meet for their weekly prayer on Saturdays at the parish church at 3pm.
PERPETUAL YOUTH TEAM
The parish is blessed with a very strong, active and vibrant youth team. There are 25 members taking active participation. They have regular youth meeting on Second Sundays and Youth mass on the 4th Sunday of the month on a regular basis. They involve themselves in the life of the parish in every way possible. They serve in the choir, decoration work, anima ting the VBS and other school programs. The most vital part of their ministry is their involvement in Social Involvement Programs and Outreach Ministry to the Cancer patients under Palliative care and Irular Community people near the Kattupalli harbor. They make periodical visit to the Home for the Destitute Women at Ennore.
There are nearly 65 students attending catechism in the main parish and 35 students in the sub-stations. Seminarians from SALESIAN and Oblates of Mary Immaculate Congregation initiate the animation of the catechism children along with the Religious sisters - St. Anne’s and Seva Missionary Sisters on Sundays. The catechism children have Catechism mass on the 4th Sunday of the month on a regular basis. Bi-monthly competitions are organized to bring out the hidden talents in the children. Annual picnic is organized for the children in the month of October.
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
This is the team of elderly and few young couples involved in the care of the abandoned, the elderly and the poor. They provide the needy with rice, dhall and cloth on a quarterly basis. They provide the dress materials for the above mentioned target group in the Christmas.
ST. JOSEPH’S TEACHERS’ YOUTH ASSOCIATION
This is an association of well qualified and well trained teachers with very rich experience, serving in various schools. They render their service for the weak and poor children. From time to time they take up outreach ministries to care for the destitute women and the poor folk.