A Short History of Parappukkara Church

Catholic Church at Parappukkara

The pilgrimage centre of St. John's Forane Church occupies most prominence in Parappukkara in 3 Villages. This is one of the most ancient churches. It is believed to be established in A.D. 400. Thanks to St. Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus , who came to Crangannore alias Kodungallore which place is located 30 km. away from Parappukkara. The Dedication of the church is changed from St. Mary to St. John Nepumcian after the canonization of the Saint in 1729. Very ancient paintings of eighteen hundreds are kept in intact. The cross erected in about AD 1600 is of historical importance.

The Church at Parappukkara had been dedicated to Mother Mary. It is widely believed that the Arch Bishop of Verapoly had ordered a statue of St. John Nepumcian for the Catholic Church at Parappur; but when it imported it is brought by mistake to Parappukkara because of the resemblance of the names. Then the church at Parappukkara is dedicated to the Saint. The paintings of eighteen hundreds on the walls of the old sanctuary depicts the life of the Saint.

Green leaves and fruits are squeezed to mix with some gum to form a natural paint. Such paints are used in the historic monument of the paintings in the old sanctuary of the church which is kept intact.

St. Francis Xavier had paid a visit to the church at Parappukkara and a granite-stone-cross is erected in A.D. 1600s for the memory of the historic visit. This monument enriches archeology together with the ancient paintings aforementioned.

When the foundation stone of the renovated church is laid on 08-09-1978 by Mar Joseph Kundukulam, the ancient church was about 600 years old. The blessing of the renovated church is done by Mar James Pazhayattil on 27-04-1980. It is a blessing that holy sanctuary with ancient roof-engineering and ancient paintings, statues and granite cross are preserved.

St. Mary's Church dedicated to St. John Nepumcian

The Church at Parappukkara had been dedicated to Mother Mary. It is widely believed that the Arch Bishop of Verapoly had ordered a statue of St. John Nepumcian for the Catholic Church at Parappur; but when it imported it is brought by mistake to Parappukkara because of the resemblance of the names. Then the church at Parappukkara is dedicated to the Saint. The paintings of eighteen hundreds on the walls of the old sanctuary depicts the life of the Saint.

Ancient Paintings

Green leaves and fruits are squeezed to mix with some gum to form a natural paint. Such paints are used in the historic monument of the paintings in the old sanctuary of the church which is kept intact.

Ancient Cross

St. Francis Xavier had paid a visit to the church at Parappukkara and a granite-stone-cross is erected in A.D. 1600s for the memory of the historic visit. This monument enriches archeology together with the ancient paintings aforementioned.

Renovation of the Church

When the foundation stone of the renovated church is laid on 08-09-1978 by Mar Joseph Kundukulam, the ancient church was about 600 years old. The blessing of the renovated church is done by Mar James Pazhayattil on 27-04-1980. It is a blessing that holy sanctuary with ancient roof-engineering and ancient paintings, statues and granite cross are preserved.

Age Old Activities

I. The Church started an school for primary education in eighteen hundreds and later it is handed over to the government. Years after, government bought a piece of land and shifted the school to that plot.

II. The church took initiative to start a High School later. Now it is managed by a committee in which church is an ex-officio member of honour.

III. Recently church has started an English Medium School named St. John’s Public School

IV. Church had taken the lead to start a Tile-Factory to produce job-opportunities. Now it is run by shareholders.

V. Church took initiative to start a medical dispensary for Medicare under the Religious Congregation of Sisters of Charity. Now it is a hospital run by the same Religious Congregation- Assisi Mission Hospital.

VI. Recently church is taking pain to establish a social shelter for the unwanted and the helpless. Now Religious Congregation of Sisters of St. Martha is working hard to make it a Social Institute called "Agathimandiram"

Parishes in the Forane

1. Little Flower Church, Anandapuram 0480-2881365
2. St. Mary's Church, Anandapuram 0480-2881895
3. Vimala Matha Church, Kuzhikattukon 0480-2822491
4. Assumption Church, Mupliyam 0480-2780220
5. St. Mary's Church, Nandikara 0480-2753594
6. St. Mary's Church, Nellayi 0480-2721770
7. St. Mary's Church, Thottipal 0480-2793362

In Brief

Parish

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Parappukkara

Forane

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Parappukkara

Construction of First Church/Filical Church

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AD 400

Consecration of the First Church

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Presbytery

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Consecration of the renovated Church

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27-04-1980

School of the Parish

:

1

Convent / Religious House / Institute

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2

Family Units

:

Catholic Families

:

700

Catholic Population

:

4200

Priests Parish

:

28

Religious Sisters

:

94

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