Dear Brothers and Sisters,
“St. Francis Xavier, Pray for us.” St. Francis Xavier is the Patron Saint of Our Kottar Parish and the Diocese as well. Even before the advent of St. Xavier, Christians existed in Kottar. They were converted by St. Thomas who carried out the sacred mission in and around Kanya Kumari from 1A.D.
St. Xavier has served as missionary in Kottar from 1542 A.D. to 1552 A.D. During the period He built the chapel of Our Lady of Assumption. He died on 3rd December, 1552 but his thoughts remained in the hearts of Kottar people. In 1603 A.D. Rev.Fr. Andrews constructed a Holy Trinity Church with clay and wood in the place where St. Xavier conducted prayers. The public called it St.Xavier’s Church since they had great affinity and piety towards St.Xavier.
In 1605A.D. the Trinity Church was dedicated to St. Francis Xavier. In 1640 A.D. a new Church was built with stones. In 1643, the mortal remains of St.Ignatius and St.Xavier were laid in Kottar Church. In 1752, Martyr Devasahayam Pillai’s mortal remains were taken in a procession with the chanting of bells and buried in Kottar Cathedral Church.
In 1865, the west, the North and Southern sides of Church were extended and hence the Church got the shape of a Cross. In 1992, the Church was renovated in memory of the completion of the 450 year of St.Xavier’s visit to India. Moerover, the altar was renovated in 29.10.2010.
Now we have started the renovation of the Cathedral Church following all those history of our parish with the presence of God. We have started the renovation on 9th of December,2016. We are planning to complete the Church before our Patron’s feast in November, 2017. We need all of your prayers, support and contribution.
As we all know, St. Xavier’s Cathedral Church is very much popular, special and Holy among Kottar parish, Kanya Kumari District people, and people from Kerela.
Now I would like make an appeal to you to contribute towards the RENNOVATION OF ST.FRANCIS XAVIER CATHEDRAL CHURCH, KOTTAR.
Fr.Grace Gunapal Arachi
St.Xavier’s Cathedral Church
Kanya Kumari District
Phone: 04652 242010
A/C Title: St.Francis Xavier Cathedral Church, Kottar
A/C No: 112110027657
IFSC Code: BKDN 0621121
Bank Name: DENA BANK, KOTTAR, NAGERCOIL, TAMILNADU, INDIA.
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