Official Website of CSI Parish Kattakada, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Official Website of CSI Parish Kattakada, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
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Announcements & Activities as on 30.11.2014

(For more information, please contact our Presbyters Rev. K.P. Mohan Das, Mob. No. 9446330756 or Rev. R. Shibu, Mob. No. 9495706850, Country Code-091)

1. Protest: CSI Kattakada has a history of 158 years. It was founded in an era when feudal and caste rules were rigid and any movement for social uplift of the downtrodden people had to face violent oppression. Even in those days, the priests who had served in our parish church were respected by all sections of the society and their interferences in the social life helped shape the Kattakada of our times. At present, CSI Kattakada is the biggest place of worship in Kattakada Taluk (Tehsil) with 655 families into its fold. It has played an important role in educational and social progress of the region.
The 27th November, 2014 has been a black day in the history of our society, as a group of hooligans owing allegiance to a political party and its students wing attacked our parsonages and brutally assaulted Rev. K. P. Mohan Das, District Chairman, CSI kattakada and  Rev. R. Shibu, Associate Vicar. Both of them had been hospitalized for three days and discharged on their own request as they have to lead the Christmas celebrations.
The reason for this un-ruly act was an incident in the nearby Christian College, Kattakada. But the priests have not been involved in the issue directly or indirectly. The attack on our spiritual leaders has been protested to by all section of the society irrespective of religion or creed. The people residing in the locality rushed to the spot and helped them get admitted to a hospital in Trivandrum. An First Information Report has been registered with the police. However, the police have arrested only two people included in the team which attacked the priests. Nevertheless, the involvement of the outside sources to destroy the Christian College is evident.
A protest march has been organised in Kattakada on 28.11.2014 in which hundreds of priests and believers took part. The march was addressed by Shri. D. Lawrence, Secretary, CSI, South Kerala Diocese (SKD) and Rev. T. Selvarajan, Vice-President, SKD. As per the exhortation of Rt. Rev. Dharmaraj Rassalam, Bishop, SKD, 30.11.2014 has been observed as a Protest Day. Special prayers have been conducted in approximately 675 parish churches under the SKD, during the Sunday Service.
In our parish, the Protest was read by Shri. Brightsigh Teacher, Church Secretary. He has pointed out that such an incident is un-precedented in entire Kerala. Rev. G. Soman (CSI, Chamavila), who has attended the Sunday Service according to the pulpit change  programme has also expressed his shock and anxiety. Rev. K.P. Mohan Das has mentioned that the incident is an example of the overall degradation of values that is happening in our society.

2. Pulpit Change: A pulpit change has been organised in CSI Kattakada Parish District on 30.11.2014, as a prelude to the forthcoming Thiruvananathapuram Convention. The Convention will be conducted from January 25, 2015 to January 31, 2015. Dr. Sam Kamaleshan, President, FMPB, Chennai will delver the key note message. All are requested to pray for the success of this Convention.

3. Telephone Directory: A telephone directory containing important contact addresses and telephone numbers of our church members has been released on 30.11.2014 during the Sunday Service.  The directory will be distributed to our parish members when the Christmas Carol teams visit their houses.

4.  Christmas Carol: This years Christmas Carol service has been inaugurated by Rev. G. Soman, CSI Chamavila, during the Sunday Service. The Carol teams performed a song. The Carol service will visit the homes of the parish members from 30.11.2014 to 20.12.2014 in two teams.
5. Palliative Care: Shri. Thangamani, Kattakode is suffering from paralysis for the last four years, as he is able to move only his head. The Palliative Care unit in our parish takes care of this young man. He has been residing in a rented house. Recently, the house-owner has demanded him to vacate the house. As he has no place to go, a one-roomed house has been constructed for him by the Palliative Care Unit under the initiative of its Secretary Shri. E. Vijaya Raj. The key of the house has been handed over on 30.11.2014. Anybody interested to help this person may contact our parish vicars.