Friends of Mr. Maria Vijayan have arranged for live webcasting of his last rite via Thoothoor.com website and ThoothoorCOM youtube channel. Please be connected with the following links (URLs) for the live.
Parish priests and parish representatives of 17 parishes from Thoothoor and Enayam region, Fr Churchill of the South Asian Fishermen Fraternity (SAFF), representatives of fishermen societies, along with the relatives of the two deceased fishermen in Thengapattinam-Erayumanthurai harbour met the Kanyakumari district Collector Mr.Prashant M. Wadnere I.A.S to reinforce many solid demands including withdrawing the parakkani check-dam, providing relief to the family of those who lost life, and deepening the harbour using dredging vessel. They have also reinforced many other demands which are pending with fisheries offices for a long time without any action. Below video is having the media reporting by Thoothoor parish council secretary Mr. Francis Cruze along with other participants after the meeting and some painful visuals of fishermen’s suffering at the harbour.
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Thoothoor region experienced very high sea erosion on Sunday, 26th July 2020. In some of the villages in the region, few houses were damaged. In Thoothoor, the erosion was felt badly along the east side compared to the west side which is believed to be because of the 3 Groyne structures (Thoondil Valaivu). Below is a photo from Thoothoor.
Thoothoor and Enayam region fishermen staged protest at Thengapattanam-Erayumanthurai harbor with large participation to register strong opposition against the factors that are destroying the harbour and causing severe life and property loss to fishermen. Though these factors are being discussed for the last several months, the tragic incident of 2 fishermen’s death in the harbour caused sensational sorrow among people as their life is in danger.
Fishermen in large number participated in this protest along with fishermen associations, community leaders, and priests. People urged the government for emergency actions such as stopping the ongoing parakkani check-dam construction, and increase the harbor depth with the help of dredging vessel. Some visuals in the below video.
Within one week, 2 deaths occurred at Thengapattinam-Erayumanthurai harbor while fishermen were returning in their country boat through the harbor estuary (harbor opening from sea to enter the harbour). The deceased were Mr. Antony from Enayam region and Mr. Shibu from Marthandamthurai. Their country boats lost the control due to high tide in the harbor estuary while they were returning, and ended up hitting the side wall and sink. Enering the harbour from the sea is becoming a nightmare for our fishermen in recent days especially in small sized country boat.
The reason for such high tide in the harbor entrance is believed to be because of the check-dam (thaduppanai) that is being constructed in Parakkani. The check dam is blocking the natural flow of water into the sea and thus huge amount of sand is pushed into the harbour from the sea that decreases the harbour depth and causing huge tide in this harbour entrance.
Thoothoor Primary Health Centre was under lockdown for the past 3 days after a hospital staff tested positive. Immediately the premise was cleaned by panchayat health workers and the PHC was locked as a contained premise. This staff was involved in collecting swab samples for testing. After 3 days of locking, the PHC is opened again today 21-07-2020 for regular functioning.
Meanwhile, over the last 3 days, few new cases were reported from 4 different villages within Thoothoor panchayat including 1 case in Thoothoor. The list of their primary and secondary contacts were taken and testing procedures are in progress. The exact numbers of new infections are yet to be known. Thus all is not well in Thoothoor panchayat region.
Based on the direction from Kanyakumari district Collector Mr.Prashant M. Wadnere I.A.S, Padmanabhapuram sub collector Tmt. Sharanya Ari, I.A.S has conducted a meeting at St. Jude's College Thoothoor today, 20-07-2020. All the parish priests from Thoothoor ferona region along with their respective parish council secretaries participated in this meeting. It was decided to setup Covid-19 observation centre in St. Jude's College where non-symptomatic Covid positive patients will be admitted for observation. Since the number of cases in the district are increasing day by day, it will be difficult to admit everyone in the hospital. Hence, only symptomatic patients will be admitted in the government hospital and all others will be admitted in such observation centres where required health care will be provided. Thus St. Jude's College is becoming a new Covid observations centre in the district.
Fr. Jim Carvin Roach from Vallavilai has taken charge as the new assistant parish priest of Thoothoor on 18-07-2020 in a simple function held in the parish office. Fr. Jim Carvin reached Thoothoor at 6 PM along with his father and family members. Parish priest Fr. John Dall, Parish and Finance council representatives, and Sisters of St. John's Convent welcomed Fr. Jim Carvin. A small prayer was held in the Church followed by a short welcome meeting in the parish office.
Fr. Jim Carvin is ordained as priest in August 2019. Before coming to Thoothoor, he served as the assistant parish priest in Njandoor Konam parish in Trivandrum, and also as the Assistant Director of Diocese Family Ministry as an additional responsibility. Fr. Jim Carvin is the third son of Mr. Maria Xavier (Retired Sub Inspector of Police) and Mrs. Bellamma (Retired Teacher) from Vallavilai. Fr. Jim Carvin will undergo few days of quarantine at his home in Vallavilai as per the norms and then will resume his activities in Thoothoor parish. Visit the below link for more details about Fr. Jim Carvin.
The containment restrictions imposed by the government in Thoothoor is relieved as there were no new fresh infections found during the last many days. As of now, only 1 patient from Thoothoor is currently under treatment in Asaripallam hospital. All those who have returned from the hospital after recovering from the infection are doing well.
Apart from the 1 person from Thoothoor, currently around 10 persons from other places under Thoothoor PHC limit are in Asaripallam hospital undergoing treatment.
The farewell function for the assistant parish priest of Thoothoor Fr. Soosai Antony was held in Thoothoor parish on 16-07-2020 after the Carmel Mother feast mass. In a small event organised with minimum participation from the parish and finance council, Thoothoor parish priest Fr. John Dall handed over the memento and a small gift to Fr. Soosai Antony. The parish priest Fr. John Dall, Sr. Veena, and the representatives from all the councils thanked Fr. Soosai Antony for all his good work in the parish, and wished him good success in all his future assignments as a priest. Fr. Soosai Antony thanked all parishioners for the support he received during his service in the parish. After this short event, the parish priest and council representatives accompanied Fr. Soosai Antony during his journey to his home in Neerodi from where he will go to his new parish after few days. A photo below.
Through series of FAQ tweets, Padmanabhapuram sub collector Tmt. Sharanya Ari, I.A.S has clarified many doubts of the people. According to the latest changes, only symptomatic positive persons will be send to hospital for treatment, others will be kept in the observation centres. Government will not shift the family members of the positive person to isolation camp if they are negative. As of now, 5 private hospitals in Kanyakumari district are certified for Covid treatment for those who do not wish to get admitted in government hospitals. See the below attachment for the full frequently asked questions (FAQ) and its Tamil translation
The assistant parish priest of Thoothoor Fr. Soosai Antony has completed one year in Thoothoor parish. As per the common practice, newly ordained diocesan priests will be sent to different parishes as assistant parish priest for one year each. Thus after completing one year in Thoothoor parish, Fr. Soosai is deputed to work as the assistant parish priest in Poonthura parish.
Fr. Soosai took charge as the assistant parish priest of Thoothoor parish on 01-06-2019 immediately after his ordination in April-2019. The energy he has shown in assisting the parish priest Fr. John Dall in all the spiritual and social activities during the past 13 and half months of service will be great memories for the parish. The simple fact that Fr. Soosai is well connected with each and every houses in the parish is testimony to his noble services in the parish.
Let us wish Fr. Soosai Antony for a good tenure in Poonthura parish and thereafter.
There are 2 new cases reported in Thoothoor yesterday and today, 13-07-2020. Including this, the total number of infections reported under Thoothoor Primary Health Centre limit is 103 in which around 93 are from Thoothoor, and remaining are from other places.
Most of the people who were under treatment have returned after successfully recovering from the infection. As of yesterday, only 9 people were still under treatment in the Asaripallam hospital.
Since the commencement of the lockdown, many of our boat owners are under high depression by thinking of their costly merchandised boats which are left unattended in Kerala. They are unable to give any attention to these boats each costs more than 75 lacs. Many are not even aware of the current condition of their boats. Many fishermen activists and politicians urged the government to look into this serious matter and provide a good solution.
Listening to the demands of our fishermen, Tamilnadu Chief Minister Thiru. Edappadi . K. Palaniswami has send a letter to Kerala Chief Minister Thiru. Pinarayi Vijayan and asked to issue necessary instructions to the appropriate authorities to issue entry passes and to allow Kanyakumari fishermen to resume fishing from 1 st of August after the completion of the fishing ban in the west coast of our country. The copy of the letter below
Under the limit of Thoothoor Primary Health Centre, a total of 98 Covid-19 positive cases were determined until today, 06-07-202 which includes 90 from Thoothoor, 4 from Chinnathurai, 1 from Poothurai, 1 from Eraviputhenthurai (not a resident but an NRI tested positive while returning from overseas) and 2 Policemen. The 3 new cases in Thoothoor were the primary contacts of an earlier positive person, tested positive during the 2nd test after 7 days in the isolation camp.
Until now, more than 50 people have returned from the Asaripallam hospital after successfully recovering from the infection. Meanwhile, those who are under treatment in the hospital and those in the isolation camp have raised dissatisfaction over the food being supplied to them and the timing of the food. They have reported the matter to the hospital authorities.
As per the direction from the Madras High Court Madurai Branch, CB-CID Tirunelveli DSP Anil Kumar is probing the death case of the Sathankulam father-son traders. People from all over the world are watching the progress DSP Anil Kumar is making in this sensitive case. DSP Anil Kumar hail from our neighbouring Kanjampuram and did his graduation in Physics at St. Jude's College Thoothoor during the year 1989-1992. Let us wish DSP Anil Kumar for delivering justice to his responsibility in this case. A TV report below.
In a mission carried out by the Indian Navy, 687 fishermen stranded in Iran were brought to the Tuticorin VOC Port this week. These repatriates include 514 from Kanyakumari districtalone, in which 39 fishermen were brought to the isolation camp that was setup in St. Jude's College in Thoothoor. These 39 includes 17 from Poothurai, 6 from Thoothoor, 3 from Chinnathurai, 2 each from Eraviputhenthurai, Marthandamthurai and Neerodi, 1 person from Erayumanthurai, and others were from Rajakkamangalam area. Below is the isolation hall in St. Jude’s College.
Under the limit of Thoothoor Primary Health Centre, a total of 94 Covid-19 positive cases were determined until today, 04-07-202 which includes 87 from Thoothoor, 4 from Chinnathurai, 1 from Poothurai, and 2 Policemen. The more number of cases in Thoothoor is believed to be because of the more number of testing happening here. 'No Testing, No Corona' is the universal trend currently.
Daily testings are being performed under the limit of Thoothoor PHC. Yesterday, swab collection happened in Chinnathurai for which results may be available today. Today, swab collection is happening in Poothurai. Collecting swab sample for testing involves lot of arrangements in terms of protection and safety, and thus testing will happen at one location each day somewhere under Thoothoor PHC limit.
Yesterday, around 15 people have returned from Asaripallam hospital after completely recovering from the infection. Including them, around 25 people have returned so far and more are expected in the coming days. Almost all of them are doing well with no or very mild symptoms except two of them who are under special care due to high symptoms.
The government imposed lockdown for all religious ceremonies are being followed strictly in Thoothoor parish like in most other places. Thus the patron feast of Thoothoor St. Thomas Forane Church will celebrated without people’s participation for 3 days.
Thoothoor assistant parish priest Fr. Soosai Antony hoisted the festival flag yesterday, and the vesper ceremonies will be offered today. The feast mass will be offered at 10 AM on 03-07-2020. Parishioners and devotees are requested to stay at their home and pray during this time.
It is the general opinion of all fishermen in Thoothoor and Enayam region that the Parakkani check-dam (Thaduppanai) in Thengapattinam-Erayumanthurai harbour will spoil the very purpose of this harbour. Fishermen organizations and coastal belt people are fighting against this at various government and fisheries platforms. Below is a news report on this.
3 more people from Thoothoor have returned from Asaripallam hospital today, 30-06-2020 after successfully recovering from the Covid-19 infection. Thus a total of 7 have returned so far and more are expected to return in the coming days. Almost all of the remaining 72 people who are currently under treatment are doing well with no or very mild symptoms except two of them who are under special care due to high symptoms.
There were no new positive cases today, testing will be continued in the coming days too. It was advised by the district administration that at least one person from every house must do Covid-19 testing in order to eliminate the infection completely from the locality. Testing will be extended to other placed in Thoothoor panchayat in the coming days.
Thoothoor parish priest and 2 others have returned from the hospital today, 29-06-2020 after successfully recovering from the Covid-19 infection. They will be under quarantine for a specific period of time. Along with this, a total of 4 recovery happened so far.
Meanwhile 3 new people, who are primary contacts of the earlier Covid-19 positive cases, were tested positive today in Asaripallam. Thus total active cases from Thoothoor is now 75. There are no other cases as there were no testing happened yesterday.
The test results for the78 swab samples collected yesterday is published today 28-06-2020. In this, 6 persons from Thoothoor were tested positive for Covid-19. Out of these, 5 were primary contacts of the earlier positive cases and 1 case in a new family. Thus total confirmed cases in Thoothoor is 76, in which 75 active cases and 1 recovered. Newly infected people have been shifted immediately to Asaripallam hospital for treatment, and their family members will be shifted to quarantine ward for isolation and testing. As it was Sunday, no sample collection happened today in Thoothoor.
The test results for the 108 swab samples collected yesterday is published today 27-06-2020. In this, 8 persons from Thoothoor and 1 person from Chinnathurai were tested positive for Covid-19. Also, 1 more person from Thoothoor is tested positive in a private hospital in the separate testing. Hence, total 9 from Thoothoor today. Thus total confirmed cases in Thoothoor is 70, in which 69 active cases and 1 recovered. Newly infected people have been shifted immediately to Asaripallam hospital for treatment, and their family members will be shifted to quarantine ward for isolation and testing.
Meanwhile, few more family members have returned to Thoothoor from the quarantine camps after the successful second test. Today some more swab samples were collected from the secondary contacts and also from random selection of people, and the results may be available tomorrow.
Tomorrow, 28th June Sunday, the Catholics are celebrating Pothukkalam 13th Sunday. In this video, Fr Shynish Bosco is sharing Inspiring thoughts on the Cross of Jesus. Fr Shynish Bosco hail from Thoothoor and currently serving as the secretary of the Trivandrum Arch Bishop.
According to the test results published today 26-06-2020, 8 persons from Thoothoor were tested positive for Covid-19 out of the 150 swab samples collected yesterday. Apart from this, among those who were shifted to Asaripallam quarantine camp at last week, 6 were tested positive in their second test. Thus along with these 10 new cases, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Thoothoor is now 60. Newly infected people have been shifted immediately to Asaripallam hospital for treatment, and their family members will be shifted to quarantine ward for isolation and testing.
Meanwhile, some of the family members have returned to Thoothoor from the quarantine camps after the successful second test. Today many swab samples were collected from the secondary contacts and also from random selection of people at the temporary collection centre setup in front of Thoothoor Church, and the results may be available tomorrow.
From the around 187 swab samples collected yesterday in Thoothoor, 16 persons from Thoothoor and 1 women from Chinnathurai were tested positive for Covid-19 according to the test results published today, 25-06-2020. Along with these new 16 cases, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Thoothoor is now 46. Newly identified people have been shifted to Asaripallam hospital for treatment, and their family members were shifted to quarantine ward for isolation and testing.
Today more than 150 swab samples were collected from the secondary contacts and also from random selection of people. Samples were collected from a temporary collection center setup in front of Thoothoor Church, and the results may be available tomorrow.
Kanyakumari district Collector Mr.Prashant M. Wadnere I.A.S, Superintendent of Police Dr. N . Sreenath I.P.S, Sub-Collector, ASP, and many other higher officials from the district administration, police, health department have visited Thoothoor today, 25-06-2020, to review the arrangements done in Thoothoor as the Covid-19 postive cases in Thoothoor is increasing on a daily basis. Collector has advised the health department and the parish priest to coordinate maximum testing in Thoothoor. Thoothoor assistant parish priest Fr. Soosai Antony, Panchayath President and many others were present during this visit. A photo below...
From the around 60 swab samples collected yesterday at Thoothoor PHC, 11 were confirmed for Covid-19 positive today, 24-06-2020. Also among those who were shifted to quarantine camp yesterday, 6 were tested positive for Covid-19. Thus a total 17 new cases surfaced in Thoothoor today. The total number of active Covid-19 cases in Thoothoor is raised to 31 from yesterday’s 14.
Today 187 swab samples were collected from the secondary contacts and also from random selection of people based on existing health conditions. These results may be available tomorrow.
The elevated St. Thomas Forane Church was inaugurated by Trivandrum Arch Bishop His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Soosa Pakiam on 24-06-2010, and today is its 10th Anniversary. Since, our nation is undergoing coronavirus lockdown and most of Thoothoor is currently managed as a containment zone due to double digit Covid-19 cases, no celebrations or memorial events are planned. Below is the video of the inauguration ceremony that recalls the inauguration ceremony...
From the around 65 swab samples collected yesterday, 4 persons were tested positive for Covid-19 today, 23-06-2020. Along with this, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Thoothoor is now 14. They have been shifted to Asaripallam hospital for treatment, and their family members were shifted to quarantine ward for isolation and testing.
Today more than 60 swab samples were collected from the secondary contacts of those who are infected earlier. These samples were collected at Thoothoor PHC and the results will be available tomorrow.
One lady from Thoothoor is tested positive for Covid-19 today. She is a family member of another person who was tested positive yesterday. This testing happened at the quarantine camp that is specially setup for isolating the family members of those who are infected with Covid-19. Along with this, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Thoothoor is now 10.
There is no positive cases from the samples collected from Thoothoor PHC yesterday that includes few priests, sisters, committee members, volunteers, and others. Today 22-06-2020, 40 swab samples were collected at the PHC in Thoothoor.
From the samples collected yesterday, 4 persons from Thoothoor is tested positive for Covid-19 today, 21-06-2020. Out of these 4, one person is from the already protected zone, and three from various other locations. Clearly the infected area is getting wider with each day of testing.
Today 21-06-2020, even though it is a Sunday, 40 swab samples were collected from many including few priests, sisters, committee members, volunteers, and others. Daily tests are happening in our locality since the detection of first Covid-19 positive case on 18th June. Health officials are collecting the samples from Primary Health Centre in Thoothoor.
Thoothoor parish priest is tested positive for Covid-19. Earlier he has volunteered himself for the test yesterday as he has made few short travels and participated in few outstation meetings. The test result came today, 20-06-2020. Thus Covid-19 positive count in Thoothoor is now 5.
Parish priest is currently in Asaripallam hospital for the treatment procedures. His determined efforts for the corona prevention activities in the parish as the parish priest, and selfless services for migrants as the executive secretary of migrants commissions are unmatchable. People extended their prayers and wishes to the parish priest for the speedy recovery.
From the around 20 swab samples collected yesterday, 3 of them including a 3 year old child tested positive for Covid-19 today, 19-06-2020. These 3 people are close relatives of the girl who was tested positive a day before and are living in the same two-storey house but on a different floor. They were shifted to hospital by ambulance in the night. All other members of this house who were tested negative were also shifted to quarantine centre by ambulance to repeat the test again after certain period. Thus 4 people from Thoothoor are currently under treatment with active Covid-19 infection. More than 30 new swabs were collected today from different places based on available contact and travel information. The worrying factor is that the source of the infection is still not clear. Today’s test results disqualified earlier rough assumptions many had regarding the source of infection.
A small specific locality in Thoothoor between AVM canal, Ice plant road, Main road, and the old library road is protected and treated as containment zone as one person from this locality is tested positive for Covid-19. As per the prescribed protocol, the area is sealed by setting up barricade around it. Revenue Inspector, Tahsildar, Village Officer, Assistant VO, Thoothoor PHC Doctor, 2 Health Inspectors including Thoothoor PHC Health Inspector, Nithiravilai Police Inspector, Panchayat President and ward members, and Thoothoor parish priest were present in the locality during this containment procedure. Police security will be deployed in the locality immediately.
Swabs were collected from many of the second level contacts for testing and these results are awaited. Since all 3 other members in the same house is tested negative, they were quarantined to repeat the test again after 7 days. Everyone is now looking for the test results of the second level contacts which may be available after 24 hours. Decision on making it official containment will be taken after knowing these result. Panchayat health workers sanitised the whole area using powder, and more cleaning works will be carried out from tomorrow. The lockdown regulations will be strictly followed in the region starting today, those who come out without masks will be strictly fined.
One person in Thoothoor is reportedly tested positive for Covid-19. 3 other members in the same house are tested negative. The test samples were collected earlier for which the results came yesterday evening, 17th June. The locality is behind ice plant building in Thoothoor. According to the intial investigation, there is no remote travel history found yet. The Health officials have prepared a list of secondary contacts and the testing procedures for them are in progress. Further steps of actions are being discussed among the health officials, district administration, Police, Panchayat, and the parish.
Br. Robin, Br. Kijo from Thoothoor, and Br. Reegan, Br.Fredy from Marthandanthurai were given official dress in a simple Vestation ceremony held at the Chapel in St. John’s convent in Thoothoor on 16-06-2020. Trivandrum Auxiliary Bishop Rev. Christhudas presided over the ceremony in which very limited number of priests, sisters, parents of the brothers participated. Let us remember these Deacons in our prayers. More photos in the link below.
Dear Professors/Research Scholars/Students and other participants,
I am happy to announce that the Department of English, St. Jude's College Thoothoor, Kanyakumari District, Tamilnadu is hosting 'National Level E-Quiz on Shakespeare'. A total number of 739 people participated in the First E-Quiz and I thank every one of you for your kind support. This is the Second E-Quiz. We invite you to enjoy participating in it. Submission will be accepted from 13.06.2020 to 17.06.2020. The participants who score 60% and above will receive an E-Certificate to their registered e-mail id. Certificates will be restricted to only 100 participants per day. If you couldn't submit your response, kindly come back next day and submit your response to receive the e-certificate.
Registration and Participation is FREE. E-Quiz Link is given below.
For any clarification, please contact Satheesh N, Organizing Secretary (Cell: 9894775359), Maria Clastin Dias M, Head & Coordinator (Cell: 9487657801), or write to the email id given below
With Regards, Dr.C. Hentry, Principal, St. Jude's College, Thoothoor
Today, 14th June, the catholics are celebrating the feast of Corpus Christi (Christhuvin Thiruvudal Thiru Raktha Peruvizha). In this video, Fr Shynish Bosco is sharing Inspiring thoughts on Corpus Christi in Tamil. Let’s hear. Fr Shynish Bosco hail from Thoothoor and currently serving as the secretary of the Trivandrum Arch Bishop.
Thoothoor parish celebrated St. Antony's feast today, 13-06-2020 without participation of parishioners and devotees. The flag hoisting mass, vesper ceremony and the feast mass were offered from St. Thomas Forane Church by the parish priest and assistant parish priest. People listed to the audio of these celebrations from their respective locations. The shrine was decorated beautifully using serial lights.
The Blood Donation camp at Thoothoor Primary Health Center was held on 12-06-2020 in which 31 youths have participated and donated blood. The camp was organised on account of International Blood Donation day. Thoothoor parish priest, primary health center doctors, health inspector, hospital staffs, and youth volenteers were present during this event. PHC Health Inspector said that they have not expected this count during this covid sensitive time, and expressed their happiness over the success of the camp.
Christ King Production team has released another new horror and thriller short film titled 'THE CEMETERY'. The work of these young boys from Thothoor and their team is simply outstanding. The tremendous improvement of team Christ King Production within a short span of time is clearly visible in this film. Just watch it...
On account of world blood donation day, Thoothoor Primary Health Center is conducting a Blood Donation Camp at the Hospital on 12-06-2020. The camp is scheduled to happen from 10 AM to 1 PM. Blood donors and youngsters are requested to participate in this camp and take part in this noble lifesaving cause. An intimation from the PHC below...
Fishermen from Thoothoor region met the Kanyakumari district Collector today, 9th June, and submitted their petition in the form of requests. The major request was to arrange interest free loan for repairing their boat as fishermen are going through tough financial difficulties due to various cyclones and corona related ban during the last several months. Other requests includes extending the diesel subsidy to all boats and country boats, ending the annual fishing-ban by July 15th, giving special relief fund for all fishermen families, stopping the check-dam construction at parakkani, providing more protections to the boats anchored at Erayumanthurai harbour while opening the dam, and upgrading the facilities in Erayumanthurai harbour.
Suresh Mathew from Thoothoor has released a new thriller short film titled 'Movie Maniac' in which he is the director as well as the sole actor. The core of the story is a simple question - What if everything turns mysterious around you when you are home-alone during the lockdown?. A lot of creativity and uniqueness has gone into this 3 minute short film, which is clearly visible as we see the film. It would be appropriate to recall that Suresh was the Best Director winner in the Thoothoor.COM Short Film Contest in 2016. Watch this short film below.
Government has hinted recently that relaxations will be done for religious activities from 8th June. More details are yet to be announced. Apart from the government guidance, Thoothoor parish will also wait for the guidance from the Bishop’s house before implementing any relaxations.
Meanwhile, few parishioners have joined together with a proposal to paint the last supper portrait in St. Thomas Forane Church in Thoothoor. With approval from the parish priest and the council, the work is started few days ago and expected to be completed within 2-3 days.
Construction of a thaduppanai (check-dam) was started few months ago on the Thamirabharani River at Parakkani location, which is very close to Erayumanthurai. Earlier when the government planned for a check-dam, fishermen demanded to build it far away from Erayumanthurai leaving enough space in Thegapattinam harbour for anchoring their boats, and for setting up servicing centres on both sides of Thamirabharani River. But non-coastal people insisted to build check-dam very close to Erayumanthurai to protect the river water from the sea water. Fishermen wanted to have a discussion among all people to find a proper solution. But all of the sudden, the check-dam work was started very close to Erayumanthurai leaving very little space in the harbour which will eventually spoil the purpose of the harbour.
Association of Deep Sea Going Artisanal Fishermen, a boat union based in Thoothoor has filed a case in court to get the stay for the construction of check-dam. The case is expected to be taken after the lockdown. The president of this association Mr. Sesadimai also said that a petition is sent to CM Cell regarding this.
In a major reshuffle in the Kerala state bureaucracy, Shri A.Alexander IAS from Vallavilai has been appointed as the Alapuzha District Collector. Shri.Alexander is currently serving as the State Labour Commissioner. Earlier in 2018, A.Alexander was raised to the status of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) while he was working as the Additional Labour Commissioner in the state.
Mr. Alexander is a native of Vallavilai and married in Trivandrum. Let us congratulate the son of our soil for this remarkable accomplishment and wish him good success as a District Collector.
One person from Marthandanthurai is tested positive for Covid-19. Government is taking all measures in this zone as this person was present in Marthandanthurai during the past few days. Currently, more restrictions are in place in this zone and people in our region are watching the progress with tension. Below is a news report on this ...
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Christ King Production team has released a short film titled 'LOCKDOWN'. This short film is the dream work of few youths from Thoothoor who were passionate to make a short film. The Film, which is written and directed by Kinu Jiny Max tells a social awareness story on liquor addiction and its consequences.
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Eraviputhenthurai parish has started the reconstruction of their St.Catherine Church. The plan is to demolish existing church and to build a new one. The foundation stone for the new Church was laid in the month of November 2019 during the St.Catherine feast. Subsequently on 1st March 2020, the Church services were moved to St.Joseph Shrine and the demolishing of the current church building started. Due to Covid-19 Pandemic Curfew announcement from Government Church Construction work was temporarily put on hold. Below is the plan of the New Church.
The team Merry Productions brings few facts about the Coronavirus prevention coordination in Thoothoor village through the below video in which Thoothoor Parish Priest Fr. John Dall and council representatives explains what is happening currently and what is next as the government strategy is shifting from 'Lockdown' to 'Live with Corona'.
Two buses were arranged by the government yesterday, 15th May, for 34 migrant fishing boat workers from Tamilnadu and Pondicherry who were staying in the Erayumanthurai harbour. These workers were waiting these days for the government to arrange their journey. The bus to Chennai carried 18 workers, and the other bus to Pondichery carried 16 workers. The respective boat owners payed for the bus fare. The other state migrant workers are still waiting for their turn to go to their states by train for which requests are send to government and are in the process. Read the full news in the below URL.
Thanks to everyone for your support and cooperation in these days. Certain studies are suggesting that by mid of August, India may be having 2.75 crores of infected people together. If we look at the current situation in our place, we are already in danger as people are not taking the restrictions seriously. With many recent relaxations from the government, things are going out of control. Unless we all join together to defeat the “Corona Thotru” using “Anbin Thotru”, nobody can save us in the coming days. Hence, I request everyone to realign ourselves towards self-restrictions and social distancing to protect our place from Coronavirus.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 13-05-2020 (night)...
It is widely advised by the healthcare officials and the government to consume Kabasura Kudineer to fight the Covid 19 infection as it has some beneficial effects against this virus. Today, 11th May, Thoothoor parish in association with TSSS has arranged distribution of Kabasura kudineer in front of St. Antony’s Shrine in Thoothoor bus stand where Indian bank customers and consumers of vegetable market were present. Thoothoor parish priest Fr. John Dall, parish council secretary Mr. Francis Cruz, TSSS volunteers and other well-wishers joined for this.
Nigin is back with a new blog, 'My drop out story'. The blog goes like this “I knew people who failed in academic because of their imbalance in academic and sports ...”. Nigin Binish from Thoothoor is a self-taught adventurer / blogger / story teller / waveboard artist, and TEDx Speaker.
During the lockdown period, fishing was banned from the beginning. Few days back when central government cleared way for fishing, Colachel fisheries office allowed each coastal villages to do fishing only on the specific 2 days in a week on a rotation basis allotted to each coastal places. Many coastal villages agreed to this and started going for fishing using country boats and kattumaram. Thoothoor parish raised concerns to these restrictions as fishing on a particular day depends on so many factors including the weather and so on, and so send request letter to the fisheries office to remove the restriction of 2 days and allow everyday fishing. Similar request was raised by few other coastal places too.
Considering all these, Colachel fisheries office send a circular today, 6th May, allowing country boats and kattumaram alone to do weekly 4 days of fishing with redefined regulations. Special arrangements are done by each coastal places to control the crowd and enforce social distancing during the course of fish catching and selling. The Colachel fisheries office circular attached.
Government is preparing to arrange transit for the migrants who are planning to travel to India from abroad during this Coronavirus lockdown period. All such migrants are requested to register their details with government given websites without fail.
At this moment, Trivandrum Diocese Migrants Ministry is collecting the details of how many migrants from Thoothoor forane are planning to travel to India from abroad. They are requested to submit their details to the Diocese Migrants Ministry by filling the form given below. These details will be used by the ministry to speak to the authorities.
Fr Michael Boniface from Vallavilai who was serving as a priest at Pundri mission area in Haryana died on 28-04-2020 due to heart attack. Due to lockdown guidelines, the funeral mass was conducted in the Pundri Church at 8.50 AM today, 29th April. The body is now taken to his Simla diocese in Chandigarh for burial. Fr. Michael is son of Mr. Boniface from Vallavilai. His mother Mrs. Babinamma died just recently on 31-03-2020 and Fr. Michael could not attend her funeral due to the lockdown. Simla diocese has arranged for live streaming of the burial scheduled to happen at 1 PM today at the Simla Bishop’s house cemetery, the live streaming link is given below.
Thoothoor parishioners always stand in frontline during any crisis. During the recent Kerala flood, our people donated around 1.3 tons of rice and huge quantity of essential food & materials for the needy people. Kerala described the flood as 'Snehathintre Pralayam' after seeing the huge support they received from everywhere. A very similar experience is happening in Thoothoor today!
During the ongoing Coronavirus lockdown, at one side many families and individuals in our parish are struggling to satisfy even their basic need due to lack of income for the last many weeks, and at the other side many among us are donating generously to help these needy people to overcome this crisis. This gives us the confidence that we can definitely defeat the 'Corona Thotru' with the 'Anbin Thotru'. Praying to Almighty that let this 'Anbin Thotru' spread among every one of us. With such support, we have distributed more than 4500 free masks to our parishioners as well as for even people from other places. Free food & essentials bags are being distributed to around 260 needy beneficiaries since last few days. Other donors are also joining hand with us with their contributions in the form of food bags. Parish is also helping poor people who do not have money for basic lifesaving requirement such as medicines, essential supplements for babies, and hospital visit, and so on. We are arranging all these at free of cost for these poor people. As a new initiate based on demand from many well wishers, around 30 old age people were identified who are mostly living alone and struggling for food during this lockdown. It is decided to arrange daily food for them from tomorrow (29th April) with the help of Annai Theresa Sabhai (breakfast), Vincent De Paul Sabhai (lunch), and Legion of Mary Sabhai (dinner). Parish will support with materials and money based on the need. Let us pray to the God for the success of all such parish initiates.
Your continuous support in the form of donations and materials are highly appreciable.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 28-04-2020 (night)...
Thoothoor assistant parish priest Fr. Soosai Antony and Thoothoor son of soil Fr. Marthoma Alexander are celebrating through prayer, the first anniversary of their priestly ordination. They were ordained as priest on 25th April, 2019 at St. Joseph Metropolitan Cathedrel Church in Palayam. Let us wish them a blessed spiritual life through our prayers!.
Thoothoor parish is using a separate relief fund account to raise fund and support the people who are suffering due to absence of income. Many generous people are supporting these initials by donating money and materials. Already few services are being done but it is necessary to widen these services as the situation is worsening further due to extended lockdown and there is no hope for a complete recovery in the near future. Please listen to this message from Thoothoor parish priest and try to contribute generously.
Thoothoor Pius XI Higher Secondary School SSLC 1991-92 Batch-mates distributed food and essentials packs to poor people across Thoothoor Panchayat. They have raised a good amount by contributing themselves and used that money to distribute food and essentials to around 200 poor people across Thoothoor panchayat from Eraviputhenthurai to Erayumanthurai. In Thoothoor, the assistant parish priest Fr. Soosai Antony distributed these bags to the identified beneficiaries. Some visuals below...
Sisters of St. John’s convent in Thoothoor helped selected poor people in Thoothoor parish by distributing food and essentials during the ongoing lockdown crisis. Some very poor families were identified and the sisters visited the houses personally and gave the packages to them directly. Few photos below...
Praying for everyone who are supporting our initiates to protect our parish from the spreading of Coronavirus. We have identified 106 poor families until now in Thoothoor as a first step to give food and essential kits at a cost of Rs.1000 each. Special thanks to Mr. Antony Jayaraj and family for coming forward to sponsor whole kit expenses for 103 families. We are also receiving donations from few more and thanks to all such contributors. Request others also to come forward and contribute, with such supports we can help many genuinely needy people in our parish during this lockdown period and also plan many other good initiates to tackle this effectively. Thoothoor PHC started collecting blood samples for testing Coronavirus based on symptoms and observations, and these samples will be send to other labs for testing. Many people reached Thoothoor from Chennai in the last couple of days; VO and PHC Health Inspector met these people today and enforced the quarantine procedures for all of them. Tomorrow is Divine Mercy Sunday, and request everyone to pray at 3 PM for the Mercy of God.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 18-04-2020 (night)...
During this lockdown, many Police personals are extending their support to public beyond their regular duties even when they are serving day and night with lot of pressure. Sub Inspector of Police, Mrs. Charlet from Thoothoor (widely known as Moly) received appreciations from many for her pleasing work while on the lockdown duty. She offered free face masks on her personal capacity to people travelling on road without masks for essential services, and advised them to give more importance to wear masks. Click here or on the image for the Dinakaran report on the same.
When the government is taking many new steps to contain the Coronavirus spread, some violations in our parish are disturbing and putting everyone under threat. Parish is putting effort to motivate our people to follow strict self discipline during this lockdown period for our collective benefits. There is absolutely no need to take such measures in personal way. Around 150 poor families in Thoothoor were identified through bcc units who need help. Distribution os free reusable masks, assistance in medicine purchase are going fine. We need more relief fund to achive all these and request everyone to genourously support financially.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 17-04-2020 (night)...
Government is doing more arrangements in Kanyakumari district as the district has been classified as a hotspot. This is a serious warning that the deadly virus is very much active in our district. Many people returned from Chennai in the last 2 days, and they have to undergo quarantine for the next 2 weeks. Some people are going to remote hospitals for even nominal health issues which should be avoided. We have reached a very serious point where social distancing must be followed strictly and expecting everyone’s cooperation.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 16-04-2020 (night)...
We have to seriously practice more self-restriction and social distancing in our parish as government has added our district as a red alert region. We should practice all the 7 guidelines from PM Modi. Happy to see that many people are collecting masks from the parish office. We are also taking list of poor families from our parish in each bcc units who may need help, and planning to give food items for them. Requesting everyone to support this noble cause by making generous donations. Fishermen from Thoothoor have decided not to go for fishing during this lockdown, and hence there will not be any fish selling in Thoothoor from tomorrow.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 15-04-2020 (night)…
District administration has send a notification that fishermen can go to sea for fishing only in country boat twice in a week on a rotation basis between different parishes. Days allotted to Thoothoor was Tuesday and Saturday. But in a meeting conducted among stakeholder and the parish council, it is anonymously decided not to do fishing as the associated regulations enforced were unrealistic and looks like a subset of the proposed fisheries bill that we are opposing. Based on that decision, it was decided to send a reply letter to district administration with our concerns and decision taken. Attached below is the copy of the letter sent.
Coronavirus is spreading at a high ratio in Tamilnadu. The lockdown is extended by the government. It is alarming that many people in our parish are losing their self-discipline. Our medical team is continuing their job in an appreciable manner. Pius XI 1991-92 Batch Mates have formed a group and distributing food and essentials kits at a cost of Rs. 1000/- per kit to selected poor people from all villages in Thoothoor panchayat including 25 poor people in Thoothoor alone. Thoothoor parish has distributed around 2000 free masks to beneficiaries with the help of financial donations from few generous well-wishers and free of cost stitching support from tailors. We need around 10,000 masks for distributing it to all people. Also it is decided to distribute food and essentials to needy poor people in our parish. Those who are willing can please come forward to donate for these causes.
District administration send a notification that fishermen can go to sea for fishing only in country boat twice in a week on a rotation basis between different parishes. Days allotted to Thoothoor was Tuesday and Saturday. But in a meeting conducted among stakeholder and the parish council, it is anonymously decided not to do fishing as the associated regulations enforced were unrealistic and looks like a subset of the proposed fisheries bill that we are opposing. It was also decided to submit a petition to the government to give compensation to our people.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 14-04-2020 (night)…
Everything has its own day, and Easter is that day for Pius XI HSS Thoothoor Ground. Reputed football teams from six Indian states such as Tamilnadu, Kerala, Pondicherry, Karnataka, Goa, and Maharashtra had played in this ground in the past. Prominent guests from all fields had visited this ground on Easter day in the past, including former ISRO Chairman Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, former DGP of Tamilnadu Police Shri. Walter Devaram IPS, Indian Team Player Sanju Samson, Shri. Sylendra Babu IPS, Shri. Rajendra Rathnu IAS, Shri. Marvin Alexander IPoS, district Collectors, district Superintendents of Police, ASPs, many Police Officers, district Sports Officers, Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assembly, Artists, Sports Persons and many more.
But in spite of 12-04-2020 being an Easter day, Pius XI HSS School Ground was found completely empty without any trace of human in and around it becasue of the national lockdown announced by the government to overcome the epidemic outbreak of Coronavirus. This picture was taken at 5 PM on 12-04-2020.
Thoothoor panchayat is taking many steps to keep the panchayat locality clean during this lockdown period. Earlier, panchayat personals had put bleaching powder besides the main and sub roads. Apart from that, they had also requested the fire force to help with spraying medicines to kill disease causing germs. Based on that, Fire Force did medicinal spray using fogging machine from Eraviputhenthurai to Erayumanthurai few days ago. Fire Force repeated the same today, 11-04-2020. Below is a photo...
Holy week services in Thoothoor St. Thomas Forane Church will be offered without people’s participation. The time schedules of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Night mass are given below. These services will be live telecasted and webcasted via Nanban TV and www.thoothoor.com website.
Maundy Thursday: 5 PM on 09-04-2020 Good Friday: 3 PM on 10-04-2020 Easter Night Mass: 11 PM on 11-04-2020
Our fight against the spreading of Coronavirus is continuing. The fact that many are still not cooperating with the lockdown is disturbing. We have started stitching re-usable mask for giving it to needy people. Tailors in the parish are helping with cutting and stitching these masks. Few well-wishers have come forward and gave some donations for this. Those who are willing can please donate for this so that we can give these re-usable masks to more people in our parish and protect our people in this tough time.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 08-04-2020 (night)…
Day 07-04-2020 was not satisfactory as there were more movements found all over. Police or parish priest cannot control everyone all the time, if people are not ready to show self-disciple. Hence, it is everyone’s duty to call your known ones over phone and ensure that they are staying at home during these days. Parish medical team is doing wonderful job since its formation, we can be proud of this team as they are helping our neighbours also during this tough time. Every youth in our parish should raise above lazy mind-set and spread awareness to others. Weather we will be successful or not depends on the youth of our parish. Let us all keep in mind that self-discipline and self-restriction is key for us to protect our people from this pandemic desease.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 07-04-2020 (night)…
The closure of Thengapattinam harbour after the finding of 2 Covid-19 positive cases in Thengapattinam is giving trouble after trouble to our fishermen. After lot of struggle and multiple meetings, an agreement is arrived with government and Erayumanthurai parish to sell the fish. Then comes the price part where boat owners had no option but to sell fish at extremely low prices due to restricted transport all over the country. Now some boats that had reached the shore many days before are facing yet another challenge because merchants are rejecting their fish due to delay. Read the report below for more information...
Day 06-04-2020 was not satisfactory as there were some movements found all over. Hoping that once the ration distribution and fish selling at Erayumanthurai harbour is completed, things will become better. But we cannot leave it like that, we all should join together by self-restricting ourselves and also by repeatedly forcing others to follow the lockdown seriously. Police also started taking strict action against lockdown violators. In our fight against Coronavirus, it is necessary for everyone to practice self-discipline. Let us all continue our unity and cooperation in this mission.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 06-04-2020 (night)…
Parishioner's response to lockdown on 05-04-2020 was very satisfactory, as our streets and common places were mostly empty throughout. One problem that is disturbing is some people are not informing their return to Thoothoor from other places. Travel is the most dangerous part when we talk about a spreading disease, and hence reporting is very important. So those who returned after any kind of travel, their family members, relatives, and neighbours should all come together on this effort.
The Palm Sunday mass and Way of cross were offered in the Church without public participation. These services were telecasted and webcasted via Nanban TV and www.thoothoor.com website.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 05-04-2020 (night)…
Thoothoor parish is live telecasting and webcasting the Holy week services at St. Thomas Forane Church through NANBAN TV CHANNEL, WWW.THOOTHOOR.COM website, and the YOUTUBE channel. Palm Sunday Morning Mass (7.30 AM), Palm Sunday evening Way of Cross (5 PM), Maundy Thursday Services (5 PM), Good Friday Services (3 PM), and Easter Night Mass (11 PM) will be covered in this live. Please use the below URL for the live.
The distribution of ration and money, the arrangements for selling fish at Thengapattinam harbour caused lot of movement among the people today. One good news is that a person from Thoothoor who was admitted in Asaripallam hospital 2 days back with mild symptom is tested negative. Since we are moving towards more critical stage, more awareness is needed in the coming days and let us all join together to spread the awareness.
The Holy week starts from tomorrow, Sunday 5th April and let us all prepare for this and be part of it from our respective houses.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 04-04-2020 (night)…
Our fishermen who are returning to the shores from deep sea during the lockdown are on the verge of facing a huge loss with no traders at fishing harbours to purchase the fishes. Due to restricted transport and other reason, merchants are not interested in buying the fish.
Surprisingly in the morning, people lost control and gathered particularly in the beach side and it was controlled by 11 AM by making Church announcement. Distributions of ration and cash is ongoing in both the ration shops. The issue of no ration for single person ration cards are discussed with government officials and a positive result is hopefully expected on this soon. Medical Volunteers team helped more than 25 families in purchasing medicines. Health volunteers are talking to the quarantined people and submitting report on a daily basis. Hiding travel details in order to avoid quarantine, gathering inside some common houses for playing cards, inviting guests from other placed into our houses are activities that will defeat the purpose of lockdown. It is everyone’s responsibility to report such cases from your neighbourhood to the health officials or the parish priest, and expecting everyone’s cooperation on this.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 03-04-2020 (night)…
Somehow 02-04-2020 witnessed many people losing control and roaming around especially in the morning hours. Thengapattinam harbour is closed for all businesses, people are allowed inside harbour only to drain water from the boat. Distribution of ration items and Rs.1000/- started in the ration shops in slot basis by ensuring social distancing. Tahsildar, Village Officer, and other officials visited Thoothoor today. Since Thengapattinam harbour is closed, tons of fish costing crores is kept in the boat stores, and people are waiting for a good decision for this. Thoothoor PHC Health Inspector Prakash is working hard and following up all the quarantines people in person and on phone. Medical Volunteers are doing good job in purchasing medicines and distributing medicines from the PHC to the respective patients. From tomorrow, Police is planning to use drone camera to watch people's movement and file case against violators.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 02-04-2020 (night)…
The Times of India article analyses all the problems our fishermen are facing due to the lockdown. The problems varies from the tons of fish waiting to be sold, no auction and hence throwaway price, more new boats are on its way back to shore before Palm Sunday, and the migrant workers. Boat owners have no other way other than selling the fish at throwaway prices, even finding a slot to sell their fish at throwaway price is a challenge due to restrictions such as only few boats are allowed to sell fish each day. Read the article at the below link ...
Day 01-04-2020 was another better day in terms many good initiates to ensure the lockdown. The medical volunteer team performed well by arranging medicines to more than 25 families on its first day of operation itself. Thoothoor PHC handed over medicines of the regular patients to the parish that also were distributed to the respective parishioners. Due to the Corona positive detection at Thengapattinam, the harbour is closed. Police is helping boat owners to sell fishes directly to companies before 4 PM each day through special arrangements. Vegetable/fish market functioned well. The Corona lockdown subsidy from government for families will be distributed from 2nd April through ration shops.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 01-04-2020 (night)…
Thoothoor parish had its first death since the Coronovirus lockdown on 31-03-2020. 58 years old Mr. Clarence (widely known as Parakka) who was under treatment for severe diabetes died in the late afternoon. Due to the lockdown regulations, the funeral was performed on the same day evening with very minimum number of people in the Church. Parish priest appreciated the family members of the diseased for their cooperation in the funeral.
Special arrangements has been done by Thoothoor parish to help parishioners to purchase medicines during this lockdown period. Parish came up with this idea based on people’s request. 5 Volunteers from Thoothoor such as Mr.Sijin, Mrs.Receema, Mr.Donus, Mr.Lijin, and Br.Fimesh came forward for this and the parish priest issued identity cards to these volunteers with authorization from Police. Those who need medicines can approach the parish priest or these volunteers. Mr. Sijin will coordinate this effort.
Day 31-03-2020 was good with better cooperation from people on social distancing especially in the fish and vegetable market. Based on request from the Panchayat President, Fire Force did medicinal spray using fogging machine from Eraviputhenthurai to Erayumanthurai. Special arrangements has been done by the parish for purchasing medicines based on people’s request. 5 Volunteers from Thoothoor came forward for this and identity card has been issued to these volunteers with authorization from Police. Thoothoor parish had its first death today since the Coronovirus lockdown and due to the lockdown regulations the funeral was performed in the same day evening with very minimum number of people in the Church with the full cooperation from the family members of the deceased. Since, 2 people from Thengapattinam is tested positive for COVID-19, more restrictions will be expected in our region in the coming days.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 31-03-2020 (night)…
District administration has announced that two persons from Thengapattinam have been tested positive for Covid-19. Both had returned from Delhi after attending a conference. This conference is being discussed as a national topic because of the fact that attendees of this conference have gone back to various part of the country and all such regions are on high alert now.
The existence of Covid-19 in Thengapattinam is viewed as a threat to Thoothoor region due to our people's close association with Thengapattinam harbour. Hence more restrictions are expected from the government in our region in the coming days and our people should also practice more precautions.
Day 30-03-2020 was in general good with better arrangements for social distancing. People followed the queue and the marked waiting points in the bus stand area for buying fish and vegetables. Token system for buying fish at Erayumanthurai harbour became operation from 30-03-2020. Police allowed an '11 AM to 1 PM' time window for boat owners to arrange people to drain water from the boat, nobody will be allowed beyond this time window.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 30-03-2020 (night)…
Nowadays many migrant workers are working in our fishing boats. These Hindi speaking people are mostly from the north east states. Due to the Coronavirus related lockdown, the fishing boats that are coming back from sea are not allowed to go for fishing again and hence the number of migrant workers in Erayumanthurai harbor are increasing day by day. Police intervened in this matter and gave instructions to the boat owners to continue taking care of their respective migrant workers. Nithiravilai Inspector Mr. V. Raj assembled these migrant fishing workers for giving required instructions. INFIDET President Mr.Justin Antony gave the message in Hindi to the migrant workers regarding staying safe during this Coronavirus lockdown period. A phot below…
Day 29-03-2020 was in general better in terms of people’s support for the lockdown. Nithiravilai Inspector Mr. V. Raj along with his team and the parish priest and committee executives have visited the homes of the quarantined people in Thoothoor and encouraged them. Also one change was made in the fish and vegetable selling locations at Thoothoor based on the feedback from the fish-seller women regarding uneven demand at different terminals which were allotted in the previous days. Hence from 30th March onwards, all fish and vegetable sellings are moved to one place at Thoothoor auto stand area where sufficient queue marking and waiting points were marked by calculating safe distance between people. Hope to see better results from tomorrow.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 29-03-2020 (night)…
Day 28-03-2020 was little disappointing as instances like more people roaming around and gathering for socialising were found at few places. Thoothoor parish priest is urging all global Thoothoorians to jump into action by calling their dear ones in Thoothoor over phone and strictly instruct them to stay at home.
Colechel ASP Vishwesh B Shastri IPS along with Nithiravilai Inspector Mr. V. Raj and other Police personals have visited Thoothoor for the second time in this week and conducted an aggressive inspection particularly in the beach. Many people jumped into sea after seeing the police, and later few of them came back following severe warning from the Police. Police took assurances from all of them in the name of St. Thomas that they will not repeat this in future.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 28-03-2020 (night)…
As decided by the parish, fish seller women in Thoothoor started selling fishes from the identified seven terminals in Thoothoor. Parish level volunteers marked queue lines in each terminals and instructed buyers to wait for their turn to buy instead of rushing together. Some visuals below.
Day 27-03-2020 was overall good in terms of people’s response to the lock down. However, it was identified that few Chennai return parishioners have not reported their entry to the health department and was roaming, for which strict instructions were issued. The crowd in the fish market was controlled by marking waiting points for vegetable buyers and by allotting multiple fish selling terminals elsewhere across Thoothoor. An agreement was arrived with the Police to sell the huge quantities of fishes currently kept in the boat store in Thengapattinam harbour. According to this agreement, 20 boats will be allowed per day to sell their fishes. Also for daily fish buying, 10 fish-seller women from each villages will be given token and they can go to the harbour and buy fish on behalf of all fish-sellers.
Most people joined with Pope in the one hour prayer from 10.30 to 11.30 in the night.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 27-03-2020 (night)…
26-03-2020 was an action filled day in Thoothoor with various initiates. Parish priest visited many bcc units and requested the bcc executives and selected volunteers to ensure that everyone in their bcc are obeying to the section 144 by not going out. Around 13 bcc units were covered today and this will continue to other bcc units in the coming days. Police started action in Thoothoor to warn and take action against the violators of Section 144. Some regulations were formed to control the crowd in the fish market.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 26-03-2020 (night)…
It was notified by the health officials to Thoothoor parish that the crowd in Thoothoor fish market is very high and something should be done to minimise it. This proposal and various solutions were shared by many well-wishers through the WhatsApp group named ‘Corona team of Thoothoor’, a WhatsApp group started by Thoothoor parish priest Fr. John Dall one week ago for all Corona related coordination in the parish. Thoothoor parish priest immediately insisted for action to address this fish market crowd and accordingly a meeting was conducted in the parish office today, 26-03-2020 at around 8 PM, in which 15 fish seller women attended. Parish council executives and assistant parish priest Fr. Soosai Antony were also present in the meeting.
Following decisions were taken which will be implemented from tomorrow, 27-03-2020. Vegetables alone will be sold from the fish market. On experimental basis, fishes will be sold from 7 terminals such as Near Agathammal Shrine, Near the Parish Hotel Building, Near St. Antony Shrine, Near Dennis Viapari’s house, Near Bethel Bakery, Near Arokia Matha Shrine, and Near Sharon Sarees at St. Thomas Nagar. There will be 2 or 3 sellers sitting at each of these terminals and parishioners are requested cooperate by buying fish from their nearest terminal. Parish level volunteers will also be present in these terminals during the first one or two days for assisting the sellers and the buyers.
Police department is working hard to enforce the government declared nationwide Section 144 in Thoothoor region. Violators were strictly punished by the Police by verbal warning and by giving different punishments. In the meanwhile, Colechel ASP Vishwesh B Shastri IPS along with Nithiravilai Inspector Mr. V. Raj and other Police personals have visited Thoothoor on 26-03-2020 in the evening hours and conducted inspection of the situation. Later the ASP met the parish priest in the parish office and discussed further course of actions for the coming days. Parish priest requested the ASP to provide some solution to the problem of tons of captured fishes kept in the boat store areas as the harbour is closed for auctioning or selling. ASP assured for a solution within a day or two.
Since many people reached Thoothoor from various parts of the country and abroad in the last couple of days, Thoothoor PHC Health Inspector along with their volunteers force are in continuous touch with them and assessing their isolation status. Essential shops are kept open and people are going to such shops individually and buying the essentials. Overall the lockdown call is giving good result in our area as most of the people are obeying to it. Specific violation cases are being handled separately and efforts are ongoing to end that.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 25-03-2020 (night)…
The cooperation from people of Thoothoor village for the 'stay safe at home' call is improving day by day. More new poeple reached Thoothoor from various part of the country today due to the government lockdown and they were asked by the health department officials to quarantine for the next few weeks.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 24-03-2020 (night)…
People in Thoothoor mostly obeyed the guidelines issued by the government and the parish on Monday, the next day after Janata Curfew. By evening, few violations were found at some places such as kids playing and people gathering. These were brought to the knowledge of the parish priest by various well-wishers and thus strict instructions were issued by the priests via announcement and by visiting the spots.
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 23-03-2020 (night)…
Due to Coronavirus regulations, all Church services are stopped based on information from the Bishop and the Government. By using this opportunity, many volunteers and the youth from th eparish joined together today, 23-03-2020, to deep-clean St. Thomas Forane Church both inside and outside. Few labours were also hired for this. The work will continue tomorrow also. More photos in the below link.
Janata Curfew was successful in Thoothoor overall with very few incidents of violation attempts, which were managed by timely interventions. Parish priest is requesting people to continue this social-distancing in the coming days and also use the Parish Coronavirus Coordination Number to inform him any information on this. Fighting Coronavirus is the responsibility of everyone!
Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall on 22-03-2020 (night)…
Thoothoor Parish priest Fr. John Dall has announced 9488414291 as the Parish Contact Number for Coronavirus Coordination. Calls made to this phone number will be received by the parish priest or the assistant parish priest Fr. Soosai Antony. Please save this number.
Below is a photo of the Sunday mass offered at St. Thomas Forane Church in Thoothoor parish on 22-03-2020, in which no parishioners were allowed in the Church. Sufficient sound system facilities were implemented across the parish through which people followed the mass from their respective houses. Parish priest will use this improved sound system facility to communicate authentic information regarding the Coronavirus updates to the people whenever nessassary. (Click on the below image to see the bigger image)
Medical officers have updated Thoothoor parish that 4 families in Thoothoor were quarantined based on certain travel history and mapping information. Members of this family are asked not to interact with others for 2 weeks. They are under daily surveillance. This information is not to create panic but for us to understand the seriousness of the issue.
Kindly inform everyone in your contacts to stay safe by self-isolating themselves until everything becomes normal. No kids playing, no group chatting, no tuition, no roaming outside unless it is extremely necessary. If you find any crowd, as them to disperse. Let us be wise.
Thoothoor parish priest Fr. John Dall is putting lot of efforts and taking many steps in the parish to prepare the parishioners to face the challenges of Coronavirus. Below is an audio message from Fr. John Dall in this regards for the parishioners.
The impact due to Covid-19 or the Coronavirus is taking serious turn across the country and our region is no different. People are requested to stay safe at home instead of roaming outside unnecessarily. Washing hand with soap and water is instructed by the government as the most effective solution to protect people from Coronavirus spread. Thoothoor parish in association with Netaji Library Thoothoor, has enabled facilities in the bus-stand for people to wash their hand with soap and water. Two such facilities are available in the bus stand such as one besides NLT and St. Antony’s Shrine, and another near the BSNL Tower. Some photos below…
Parish is also planning for Awareness Notice to be distributed among parishioners and also an Awareness Banner to be erected in the bus-stand. These will be made available shortly.
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Thoothoor Episcoral Vicar Fr. Andrews Cosmos has sent letter to all the parish priests in Thoothoor forane to close the Church due to the precautions on corono virus spread. Priest will offer daily holy mass in the churches, but no laity be allowed to participate. Believers are requested to be attentive and hear the holy mass in their respective houses through the loud speakers. Some parishes are taking efforts to use digital facilities to help people to participate in the Church services. All the religious ceremonies except deaths are suspended, and for death too, only blood relatives will be allowed to attend funeral related rituals.
St. Joseph feast was celebrated in Thoothoor parish on 19-03-2020 with a feast mass at 5.30 PM. After the feast mass, the parish priest Fr. John Dall arranged for a cake-cutting feast celebration for the assistant parish priest Fr. Soosai Antony who inherit the saint's name. Parishioners and the sisters' of St. John's convent joined for the same.
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Thoothoor village panchayat is taking many efforts to prevent Corona virus spread in the panchayat region. This includes cleaning of littered locations across the panchayat, showering of bleaching powder on both sides of main road, and many more. These preventive operations are being done by Thooimai kavalar Green squads.
NLT has put up Corona virus related Do's & Don't list in the public notice board to create awareness among the people.
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The whole world is fearing about the spread of Kovid 19 . But in Thoothoor region situation is different . Scare of corona virus forced the people to believe the rumor spread out through whattsup and facebook . Tamil nadu government ordered to close the big malls where large crowd gathered. So almost all the big shopping malls are closed . Some people misunderstand the news and spread the fake news that all the shops are going to close . So some of the housewives in Thoothoor region started buying and keep storing bulk quantities of grocery and eatery items. This causes sales increased in super markets., Civilians not confirming the news spread out through the social media true or fake ; but simply believing it due to the corona virus scare.
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Miss Adheena ,first year B.com of student of St.Judes college ,native of Eravi puthenthurai released a poem book titled 'IYARKKAYIN KANANGKAL' Miss .Adheena daughter of Mr.Kumar residing near St.Joseph shrine Eravi Puthenthurai
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Day by day corona virus infected fever Covid-19 number is increasing . So the central government of India declared it as 'National disaster 'and taking lot of efforts to prevent the wide spread of virus. Tamil nadu state government announced holiday for all educational institutions till 31st march,2020. But allowed to conduct exams for SSLC ,+1 and +2 . TN govt closed all tasmac wine shops and advised the religious heads to avoid religious meetings in church ,masque and temples.In India 120 people tested positive covid 19 .
The free WiFi facility was an iconic feature Netaji Library Thoothoor is having since 2014. The Qatar Thoothoor Community (QTC) brought this facility in NLT to uplift Thoothoor as a Smart Village. The basic idea was to help students to gather education related information and job seekers to find job related information from various portals.
During the mid of 2019 time period, it was brought to the attention of the NLT executives that some kids are misusing this facility by using it during late night hours and also during the catechism time in the Church. Based on further discussion, a timer was installed at NLT to switch-on WiFi from 7 AM to 9 PM (weekdays) and 11.30 AM to 9 PM (Sundays). This was all going fine for the last few months.
Again recently, both QTC and few other well-wishers approached and suggested NLT to re-think on free WiFi facility altogether or at least stop it during this annual exam time. Based on these requests, NLT has taken an executive decision to restrict WiFi to only those who are actually in need instead of making it free for everyone. This change is implemented with immediate effect and thus free WiFi is temporarily stopped at NLT until further notice. Those who need the WiFi facility will be screened by the Library Officer before enabling connection to that specific device. NLT requests everyone's cooperation on this.
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Tamilnadu Chief minister Honourable Edappadi Palanisamy ordered to close educational institution offering primary education that is Pre-kg to v standard in order to prevent Covid 19 until 31st march ,2020 .He also asked to close cinema theatre ,shopping malls located near Kerala state to prevent the spread of kovid 19 .In Kerala there are 24 Diagnosed positive of Kovid 19 . Central government declare coronovirus infection Kovid 19 as National disaster and asked the health department of all the state to be in high alert.
Vijay Sesula from Erayumanthurai has published his 4th poem book titled 'UYIRULLAVARAI...' on 13-02-2020 at Assisi Arangam in Nagercoil. Many dignitaries from the Tamil literature world attended this function and greeted Vijay Sesula on his contributions to Tamil literature. Vijay Sesula is a fisherman, writer, poet, and waiting for his turn to go high as a poet. Let us wish him all the best for his every step towards achieving his dream.
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Until last week, day time heat affected people badly, but night snow fall gave relief to them. Thus people had some balance between day and night. But now weather condition changed suddenly to unbearable hot throughout day and night. Thus day time heat affects people's normal life and night time heat effects people's sleeping.
Now people are worried that if this is the case in March itself, how would it be in May?
More than 600 fishermen from Kanyakumari district including few from Thoothoor region and many more fishermen from other coastal districts of Tamilnadu are suffering in Corona hit Iran. They have send information to their relatives in homeland to take steps to rescue them and bring back as they are suffering there without even proper food. Requests are send to government based on these information and the rescue efforts are underway. Since the developments so far around the rescue mission are not satisfactory, relatives of these fishermen along with other activists demonstarted a hunger protest in front of the Collector's office at Nagercoil on 11-03-2020. Read the newspaper reports on this protest in the below links …
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Fishermen involved in deep sea do not know what is going on in our land. Some of the fishermen recently went for deep sea fishing chat with other fishermen who already doing fishing that “Are you doing fishing here ? your relatives have been affected by korona fever - Fishing harbours are closed what you will do these fishes “ this is only chat made it for fun . Other fishermen were in the same wireless channels believed it and spread it . Fishermen recently return to native came to know it is fake news spread out in deep sea. Besides they told that those who are in the deep sea still believed message and with sad heart they are doing fishing In few districts in Kerala State declared holiday for educational institution and closed cinema theatre for precaution … because few of the malayalis who return from abroad diagnosed KOVID 19 Positive .So for No other industry affected .In India only 64 doiagnosed positive including foreign tourists. No death registered . In all fishing harbour in Kerala and Tamil nadu doing normal business until now .
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Sarbath kadai business is a seasonal business in Thoothoor region . Sarbath here means mixed banana fruit juice. Kadai means petty shop .Every year during the Holy week these kinds of petty shops would appear and after the Good Friday it would disappear .Every people from Thoothoor region would never failed to drink a banana sarbath on holy week season . But this year 35 days in advance to Holy week . A seasonal business man started a sarbath kadai near Thoothoor bus stand opposite to Dennis Vyabari house getting good patronage from the villagers side . This shop’s banana Sarbbath is hand made one . So it attracts Villagers. Men and Women from Erayumanthurai to Eraviputhenthurai coming & drinking banana sarbath and bringing parceled to their homes .
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Few bike riders from Thoothoor region posted a passionate video in youtube few years ago for fun. This video titled “Ktm vs RoyalEnfield” with description “Mad people are doing mad things.. actually both are damaging their bikes” has gone viral since then and more than 2 million people have viewed this video until now. Link to this video below…
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As per the request of Thoothoor Parish priest Fr.John Dall, the family apostolic ministry of Latin arch diocese of Trivandrum conducted three different programme to Physically & mentally challenged persons, pregnant women and for widows. The team consist of Fr.Carvin (Family Apostolic Assistant director, Sister Animator, BCC Thoothoor forane co-ordinator, Fr.Soosai Antony Assistant parish priest, Superior Sr.Veena, St.John's convent Thoothoor sisters, and well wishers.
On 5th march, 2020 at 9.30 AM they visited the houses of differently abled and mentally challenged people; motivated them and given gifts. At 11 AM they have conducted Elisha retreat for pregnant women; At 2.30 PM they have called a gathering of widows and conducted cultural programme and counselled for their bright future.
TFCYM, Thoothoor Forane Catholic Youth Movement, using its special fund had organised dress and toiletries distribution program for poor people in the parish. Around 30 such economically very poor people were identified and TFCYM visited these homes personally last week and distributed the kit. People appreciated TFCYM for taking up such humanitarian activities and also expressed their happiness that both parish priests are giving more importance to youth ministry by creating opportunities for youths to involve in such activities.
The ongoing construction work of St. Thomas Community Hall in Thoothoor has reached an important milestone as the concrete roofing work is completed. The final stage that is the concrete filling work is started at 3 PM on 4-3-2020 in the presence of the parish priest, asst parish priest, the architect, the contractors, the members of the construction committee, parish and finance councils, and the parishioners. The parish priest Fr. John Dall lead the blessing prayer before the start of the work. This work happened throughout the night and ended by 9 AM on 5-3-2020.
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Pius XI Primary school Thoothoor is managaed by Thoothoor and Chinnathurai parishes sharing the appointment by 1:1 ratio .It is administrated by St.Anne's Convent Chinnathurai sisters .Pius XI Primary school is the decades old pioneer educational institution is Thoothoor region .It paved way for basic education to fisher folk community .Many students benefited out of it .Once this school having huge pupil strength . Now students strength is very less . When the parishes were bifurcated all parishes started educational institution in their respective parishes also advent of the English medium schools too the reason for less strength in school . But the school teachers taking efforts to increase the pupil strength . On 4th March,2020 school annual day celebrated in impressive manner in the open stage concept . Student's parents ,brothers and sisters, friends and relative and public were crowed in large number . Students cultural programme attracted the crowd . Thoothoor and Chinnathurai Parish priests Fr.John Dall & Fr. Donny were called as special guests . They talked to motivate students also distributed academic & sports achievements prizes. Annual day begun at 5.30 pm ended at 9.00PM.
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Monsignor C.Joseph is appointed as the Public Relation Officer & Official spokesman of Latin Arch diocese Trivandrum. Existing PRO Msgr.Eugin Perara is promoted to Labour Secretary of All India Bishop Council .On 11th March,2019 Very Rev. Msgr. C. Joseph took charge from the Archbishop as the new V.G. of the archdiocese.
The 5th annual Trivandrum Diocese level Presbyter's Cup Shuttlecock Tournament was held as a day night tournament on 2-3-2020 with participation of around 72 priest from Trivandrum Arch Diocese. The tournament was held in 2 categories such as 'Above 45' and 'Below 45' at the venue J4 Indoor Stadium at Vallavilai. In the Above 45 category, the Fr. Anto Nixon & Fr. Justin Judin partners won the Winner's Cup, and Auxiliary Bishop. Rev. Christhudas & Fr. Cleetus partners won the Runner-up Cup. More photos in the below link.
Arch Bishop of Latin Diocese of Trivandrum His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Soosa Pakiam, along with the Auxiliary Bishop Rev. Christhudas met the parish priest Fr. John Dall, assistant parish priest Fr. Soosai Antony and the executives of the parish and finance councils. Thoothoor Episcoral Vicar Fr. Andrews Cosmos, Diocese Finance Officer Mr. Francis were also present in the meeting. The meeting was held at the Forane House in Kirathoor on 2nd March 2020 in which planning for the forthcoming year was discussed. Both Bishops conducted the similar meeting with all parishes from Thoothoor Forane on the same day.
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Thoothoor St.Jude’s college’s Zoology department organised a national seminar on ‘ BIO INFO MATRIX ’. The national seminar chaired by Dr.Henry ,principal and chief guests were Mumbai DY deemed University Prof. Shine & S T Hindu college Prof.Raja jeyasekar . Seminar’s Souvenir was released by Fr.Sylvester moraise .Prof .Dalin Mary welcomed . Students and professors from various colleges participated in this seminar .finally Prof.Bathrasenan thanked .Prof.Barvin vino , Prof.Shankar, Prof. vidhya were the part of organising team
The tobacco habit is becoming a bigger challenge in many of our coastal villages including Thoothoor. A large number of people including youths are addicted to this practice. Even though it is banned, these are available in black market network, and certain small shops in our locality are selling this secretly to their customers. In spite of many warnings from the parish and the priests, these shops continue to sell this secretly. TFCYM took this matter and visited all small shops in Thoothoor few days ago in Februvary'2020, irrespective of whether they are selling it or not, and educated them regarding this evil substance and instructed them to stop selling it if at all they are selling. Thoothoor assistant parish priest Fr. Soosai Antony accompanied these youths in this good cause. A TFCYM member said that, they will repeat this shop visits again and again until this secret selling is completely eliminated from Thoothoor.
The first way of cross of this Lenten season is offered at St. Thomas Forane Church Thoothoor at 5.30 PM on 28-02-2020. Thoothoor assistant parish priest Fr. Soosai Antony led the way of cross in which the parish priest Fr. John Dall and sisters of St. John’s convent and large number of parishioners participated. After the way of cross, the parish priest lead the regular Friday Charismatic Prayer Meeting. A photo of the way of cross below.
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Kalikkavilai Grace Hospital and Thoothoor TSSS unit jointly organising a free medical camp at Thoothoor St. Thomas Forane Church campus on 29th February, 2020 Saturday. The camp begins at 10 AM and and will happen until 1 PM. Those who attend the camp will get an opportunity to undergo any major treatment and operation at Grace hospital Kaliakkavilai under Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's Insurance plan.
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Central government of India is planning to pass 'Marine Fisheries Regulation and Management Bill' in the Parliament. The Bill is already drafted and sent for the public opinion hearing along all coastal districts of the respective states, as part of it similar opinion hearing meeting was held in nNagarcoil on 26-02-2020.
This bill is against the deep sea fishing as it allows to do fishing within the limit of 22.2 Kilometers (12 nautical miles). This bill will severely affect the traditional fishing practices of all kanyakumari district fishermen. Thoothoor regional fishermen are known for deap sea fishing practices, and hence will be affected in large scale. Our fishermen always do fishing away from 12 nautical miles from on shore. Thus, the proposed bill severely affect the Thoothoor regional fishermen's livelihood.
An opinion hearing meeting was conducted at Nagercoil for the proposed National Marine Fisheries (Regulation and Management) Bill, 2019. The meeting was presided over by the district Collector, in which fishermen from all coastal villages from Kanyakumari district including many from Thoothoor region participated. A TV Report below
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A day before Ash Wednesday ; in Thoothoor regional villagers celebrate Chaampal vilayattu. Chaampal means ash. Once our villagers were economically backward & followed the traditional practices. Now it is changed to city styles . Until 1998 many of the household having used firewood for cooking purposes it resulted large collections of ashes had in every houses. In chaampal vilayattu ' were played by all age group .In this celebration they make liquid contains ashes mixed with water that liquids are flow it or shower it to dear & nears or any body who cross through. Children and adolescent make ' Cozhi chaayai' from cactus .
But now our villages are changing to city standard and following western culture. only one percent of the household using firewood . So the required quantity of ashes not getting . In school children using different colours of inks , college students are using florescent colour powders . Now a days this chaampal vilayattu are played by only younger generation.
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Lent is the period of forty days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar, traditionally a time of fasting and reflection .All over the world ,Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 26th February,2020 . . In Thoothoor region churches also observed to spiritual life . On ash Wednesday previous years Palm sunday used palm leaves would collected and fired , then that ashes are used to draw holy cross symbol on the forehead of believers , and priest or sisters told them to repent from sins and remember that - from ash you came to world and as ash you depart ,so believe the gospel and do the holy the life . On Wednesday morning all the churches from Thoothoor forane observed this religion custom .
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On Saturday unexpected rain cool down the heat wave on day time. In recent weeks Thoothoor regional people have been very much affected by the hot sun rays. It causes some deceases to women and children. Surprisingly on 22-02-2020 Saturday cloudy sky poured water, this drizzling started from morning and ended at afternoon. Due to this rain -day time heat somewhat declined.
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Every Friday evening 6.PM to 8 PM, Charismatic Prayer service is being conducted in Thoothoor St. Thomas Forane Church. Thoothoor parish priest Fr.John Dall & assistant parish priest Fr. Soosai Antony conduct this prayer.
This Charismatic Prayer is started in October-2019 and since then it is gaining more and more participation every weeks. Now a good number of believers participating in this prayer service. This prayer meeting consists of three sessions such as First - Holy Mass, Second - Bible Message as well as charismatic prayer, and Third - Eucharistic blessing. The service will end with personal prayer by the parish priest for the believers. In chinnathurai parish, similar charismatic prayer service happens on every Wednesday 6 pm to 8 pm at St.Judes Church Chinnathurai.
Special prayer service for the sick was offered at St. Thomas Forane Church Thoothoor on 16-02-2020. Around 96 sick persons from Thoothoor parish, who were already identified, were brought to the Church in the evening for these services with the help of women groups and youths in the parish. Thoothoor parish priest Fr. John Dall and assistant parish priest Fr. Soosai Antony lead all the services for the sick which includes Confession, Eucharist and Mass. A cultural program by kids was performed to entertain them at the end of all spiritual services. Below video is made using all the available video clips put together (please don’t expect continuity in the video).
Based on the pastoral notification from the Bishop's house, Thoothoor parish is offering special services in the Church followed by a cultural program for the sick people from the parish on Sunday, 16th Feb 2020. A total of 96 sick people were identified for this from the parish who cannot come to Church on their own due to their sickness. This includes specially-abled persons, sick and immobile persons, and persons suffering due to age-related ailments.
Arrangements have been done to bring these sick persons to Church on this day for which the youths in the parish and auto owners of Thoothoor will cooperate with the parish. These events will start at 4 pm on that day. Those who are interested to support this special cause can contact the parish priest (Fr. John Dall - 9400004494) and support this noble service via donations.
Due to unavoidable circumstances, the orientation session on Competitive Exams scheduled to happen at St. Jude’s College Thoothoor will be held on 22-02-2020, Saturday instead of the already announced date. All other details remains the same. All are invited to attend this orientation session where experts in the field will share more details about planning for the competitive exams.
The weekend classes for Competitive Exams will be started after the orientation session. Anyone who is a graduate (final year students included) and less than 38yrs of age can attend the weekend classes to reap the full benefit out of it. It is a great opportunity for our students to crack various competitive exams.
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Indian bank started their branch at Thoothoor in 2009 and the same was functioning from St. Thomas Tower building near Thoothoor bus-stand. St. Thomas Tower building is owned by Thoothoor parish. Thoothoor Indian Bank branch is one among the few top performing branches in Kanyakumari district in terms of number of account holders and business turnover.
Due to the increasing business volume, the bank wanted to upgrade their services and add more staff, for which the existing space was not sufficient. Based on the request from the bank and further discussions between the bank and the parish council, it is agreed by the parish to do the renovation work as per the requirement from the bank and in return the bank agreed to increase the monthly rent from the current Rs.4000 per month to Rs.15000 per month. The work is currently ongoing and expected to be completed by this month. The bank will continue with the interior and air conditioning work and will inaugurate their improved operations very soon.
Kanyakumari district administration has agreed to the demand to conduct coaching classes for our coastal students to crack competitive exams such as TNPSC Group 1, 2, 2A & 4. As per the plan, classes will be conducted on every weekend at St Judes College Thoothoor. Experts in the field will be invited to take classes. The program begins with an orientation session on 15/2/2020 (Saturday) at 10am in St Judes college auditorium. District officials (Sub Collector et al) will be giving motivational lectures to the participants. All (school students, graduates, married/unmarried, parents etc) are invited for the orientation class on 15th.
Anyone who is a graduate (final year students included) and less than 38yrs of age can attend the weekend classes to reap the full benefit out of it. It is a great opportunity for our students to crack various competitive exams.
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In Thoothoor region daytime heat increasing day by day . The sun rays heat causes different kinds of skin related ailments to women and children .Other side demand for water contented fruit like watermelon,palm fruit ,tender coconut etc..increased ,it prices also increased.
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Latin Catholic Fishermen Society running St.Jude's College Thoothoor .Fr.Lucian Thomas was serving as the Secretary of the college till December 2019. His tenure is over by that date. As per the society norms The General body has to select the new office bearers for LCFS and College. But so far general body meeting was not convened . Both the bishops of Trivandrum and Kottar talking to convene the General body meeting. . January month's salary to Staff and non-teaching staff not yet released because college secretary must sign on the Salary register .
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Thoothoor Forane Catholic Youth Movement conducted 'drug abuse' awareness campaign in Thoothoor on 6th February,2020. All the members of Youth movement participated in this rally. also they requested petty shop owners not sell any products which causes danger to health .
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Two years back Thoothoor Welfare Association (TWA) installed a solar light in Thoothoor community hall bridge junction . During the night time people were scared to go through that area . TWA came to know the issue and drafted a projected and sanctioned Rupees 40,000 to install solar supported tower light . It had been helpful to all Thomas nagar and Alphonsa nagar residents. People walked through without fear. But few months back it was not working . Some theft and chain snatching incidents were done in that location because of failure of light . Now TWA taken action and repaired the solar light .
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This February month also day time heat is severe and night snow fall too . It disturb people's normal walk of life . During day time many women using umbrella to safe guard themselves from the sun heat .
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In the beginning of January month 2020, the highway department begun to the reconstruction concrete road work from Thoothoor east . They had reached the 100 meters long road work before Pongal holiday at Government hospital junction . After that few days no work had carried out . So the public enquired contractor about it he said because of labours went for Pongal holidays the work stoped ,when Pongal holidays are over it will resume . But till date the road construction work yet to restart
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The last three years panchayat administration was under the control of Munchirai BDO (Block Development Officer) , special officer was appointed to oversee the office and field activites. Whenever people or public welfare organization approached the special officer about the public issues,he simply replied “I will take action soon “ but that was not came into practice .Thus people has faced many difficulties of inaction on public issues by the special officer. Now Thoothoor village panchayat under the leadership of Mrs Lyla has taken action to repair the street lights and public water tapes. All public water taps were repaired in January month ; also started to repair the damaged street lights and hanging new LED light on all electric poles .So far works are over in Erayumanthurai and Poothurai villages .At present work in progress in Thoothoor village.
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Thoothoor St.Thomas forane church successfully implementing the Ban on death related banquets . This ban came into effect from 1st January,2020 . So far 10 funeral rituals , about 20 death related mass offered . The kin and kith of deceased wholeheartedly supported the ban and co-operated with church decision in ban on death related banquets. They also obey the decision of ’ ban on plastics’ , they used the steel tumbler instead of plastic cups, also avoided plastic cover wrapper for covering baker buffs .
Kottar Bishop Most Rev. Nazarene Soosai and Kuzhithurai Bishop Most Rev. Jerom dhas Varuvel joined for a demonstration against CAA in front of the Collector’s Office at Nagercoil on 27-01-2020. The protesters raised slogans against the CAA - Citizenship Amendment Act, which is being opposed by the people widely across India. This protest is organised by United Christians’ Forum along with All Muslim Jamaaths. Kanniyakumari MP H. Vasanthakumar, MLA N. Suresh Rajan, other MLAs S. Austin, J.G. Prince and S. Rajesh also have participated in the demonstration. The protesters later submitted a petition to Collector Prashant M. Wadnere. Check the link below for a media report on it.
Bishop Hendrikus Marie Gerardus Smeets, the Bishop of Roermond – Netherland, has visited Thoothoor parish on 22-01-2020 along with Mgr. Jan Vries, the parish priest of Our Lady of Star of the Sea Church, Maastrict in Netherland. They were on a short trip to India and also have visited Thoothoor parish along with Fr. Marthoma of Thoothoor who is currently deputed to serve as a priest in Netherland. Thoothoor parish priest Fr. John Dall, assistant parish priest Fr. Soosai Antony along with the members of the parish council have received them to the parish and honoured them with memento. After a small discussion over soft drinks, they visited the Church and the beach. While leaving, both the Bishop and the priest expressed their happiness over the good time they had in the parish. Few photos in the below link.
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The existing main road in Thoothoor is a cement concrete road .It was constructed by the 50 percent government fund and 50 percent Thoothoor people's fund under 'Namakku Naame ' scheme . 50 percentage behalf of people's fund was donated by Dr.Jeppiar. In 2009 Dr.Jeppiaar visited Thoothoor village and seen the condition of the road, it was very bad , soon he took action to construct a good road and sought government's fund .It was sanctioned . Dr.Jeppiaar used his own machineries ,labour ,cements and sand .It was constructed in a very good condition and guaranteed 15 years life for the road . Still the road is in good a condition .But 2019 government already sanctioned fund to reconstruct the concrete road. Contractors started the work on September 2019 ,but the standard of the road is very bad when compared to the existing road .Immediately Parish council stayed the road work and made complaint to District collector that existing road in a good condition no need for the reconstruction instead of that please use the same fund to widen the road but they replied that this fund must be used for this purpose only ,so it cannot be used for widening purpose they added that, please allow us to start the work we will arrange fund to construct favour block on the both side of road . Parish council agreed with highway officials . In the first week of January month 2020 reconstruction work started from Thoothoor east ,before pongal holidays it reached government hospital junction .
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Parish priest and parish council accepted the request of devotees who visited Thoothoor church for various pious purposes. Their main request for public toilet and drinking water facilities . Drinking water facilities already arranged. It has good response from the devotees .Now Two toilets are constructed near the church office west side of medai. They have the plan to increase the number of toilets in future by seeing the usage of it . Also in west as well as north side of cemetary hand washing facilities arranged . During the funeral of dead bodies our custom to put three punch of sand (moonu kutthu mannu)on the coffin- after that our hand having stains . Now the hand washing facility help us to be clean .
The Tamilar Special Pongal Festival was celebrated by Thoothoor parish on 15-01-2020, when the same was celebrated by Tamil people across the world. After the morning mass, the Pongal was done in front of the Church in which the parish priest, parishioners, and members of parish council, youth, and other ministries. During this event, pongal and sugarcane were distributed to everyone and people expressed their happiness over such events that values our traditions. More photos in the below link.
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In this new year, Parish priests and council taking a good number efforts under 'go green' and 'eco friendly ' concepts. They discourage the one time usage plastics. Already death memorial banquets banned . Those who would like to provide tea for those occasions parish office providing steel tumbler instead plastic cups. Also they have installed traditional mud pots contains purified drinking water at every door sit outs in church building .They have more plans to implement, for that they seek the support and co-operation of the parishioners .
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Thoothoor parish council celebrated the birthday of parish priest Fr. John Dall on 14-01-2020 with cake cutting and distribution of chocolates. This small event happened at the parish office after the morning mass. Sisters of St. John’s convent, and members from the parish council, youth movement, and various ministries joined for this small event and extended their good wishes to the parish priest on his birthday.
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The Panchayat meeting for the election of Vice President for Thoothoor Village Panchayat is conducted on 11-01-2020 in which all elected ward members (15) and the president have voting right. Thoothoor village panchayat is having 15 wards; 1st ward starting from Eraviputhenthurai and 15th ward is in Erayumanthurai.
In the same meeting, Mrs.Lyla has taken charge as the President of Thoothoor village panchayat. After this ceremony, vice president election was conducted under the supervision of Special Electoral officer. At the end of the election, Mrs.Sara Erayumanthurai is selected as the vice president with 7 votes. Other contestends were Mr.Jeyaraj Erayumanthurai (5 Votes) and Adv.Jose Bilbin Thoothoor (4 votes). Mrs.Sara is the second time ward member in the panchayat.
Mr. C. Rajan from Chinnathurai has been honoured with 'Best School Teacher Award' in his academic excellence having adjudged during the academic year 2019-2020 by Nature Science Foundation. Nature Science Foundation is an NGO having a vision to be the leading research and development centre for Academicians, Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, Entrepreneurs, Social Workers and Volunteers in Nature Conservation, Education and Socio-Economic Innovations. Rajan is married in Poothurai and is working as a PG Assistant in a government higher secondary school in Chennai. A photo below…
Students across India are protesting against the cruel attack by the masked goons that left many students and faculties in Delhi Jawaharlal Nehru University severely injured.
To extend their support for these chain of protests, students from St. Jude's College in Thoothoor went on strike on 8th Jan 2020 and raised their voice against the cruel attack and demanded the government to take severe action against the attackers.
Below is the complete results of panchayat elections with respect to Thoothoor
Mrs. Lyla from Poothurai became the first Woman Panchayat President of Thoothoor Village Panchayat. Seven women candidates contested for this post.
Out of the total of 15 village panchayat wards, 4 wards are from Thoothoor. The winners in these 4 wards are Mrs. Benedy (Village Panchayat Ward-7 – unopposed), Mr. Jose Bilbin (Village Panchayat Ward-8 - elected), Mr. Decorson (Village Panchayat Ward-9 - elected), and Mr. John Alocious (Village Panchayat Ward-10 - elected).
Mr. Titus from Thoothoor (independent candidate) is elected as the Munchirai Union Panchayat Ward Member from Union Panchayat Ward-17. This union panchayat ward includes all of Thoothoor village and half of Chinnathurai village.
Mr. Rajesh Babu (BJP candidate) won as the District Panchayat Ward Member from District Panchayat Ward-5. This district panchayat ward consist of many other panchayat regions including all of Thoothoor panchayat region. BJP contested in this ward in alliance with ADMK. Congress and DMK fielded separate candidates in this ward as they couldn’t form an alliance. After the counting, Congress came second and DMK came third.
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Two times panchayat ward member, Mrs.Lyla from Poothurai, will be the president of Thoothoor village panchayat for the next 5 years.
Tamil Nadu local body election results were announced on 2nd January,2019. The counting happened till night 10' O clock. Finally, Mrs.Lyla of Poothurai who contested with Aeroplane symbol is elected as new President of Thoothoor Village Panchayat. She will be the first women president of Thoothoor village panchayat. She will take charge on next week.
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Mr.Jelastin (39) fisherman residing in Alphonsa Nagar Thoothoor. His father and one of his brothers died 2018 November & december months. He decided to arrange their first death memorial mass and subsequent banquet in a grand manner on 27th December 2019 because he loved his father and brother very much. On 8th december, 2019 during the sunday mass Thoothoor parish priest Fr.John dall announded ' Ban on death related banquets' with the effect from 1st January,2020 . When priest explained the importance of ban; that has touched Mr.Jelastin . The date of ban is not effect to him because first death memorial mass would be on 27th December,2019. But he would like to do things differently to remember his father and brother. He has canceled all the arrangement for banquets and has given- that Rs.50,000 to a kin of Mr.Moise who recently died in the deap sea his body was not yet recovered . Thoothoor parishioners appreciated the move of Mr.Jelastin , they have taken the oath to do so. . Thus Mr.Jelastin has set role model to follow the 'Ban' before the period it commences . Date of ban came into effect from 1st January,2020.
Dr. Sajeen Arulees from Thoothoor is the author of this article titled 'An Investigation in to the Death Memorial Rituals and their Repercussions'. Dr. Sajeen bring this article in light of the ban for all death memorial related banquets in Thoothoor parish from 1st Jan 2020. The article analyses various aspects of a death and death memorial events in our place. Visit the Articles section for this article or use the direct link below.
Dr. Sajeen works as a Assistant Professor, PG and Research Department of History, Government Arts College, Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu, India.
List of Delegates Participated in year: 2020
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