Annai Velankanni Church
Elliots Beach Road,
Chennai – 600 090.
In 1971, this Church was a substation of St Louis Church, Adyar.Fr PT Arulappa, the then Parish Priest, St Louis Church, Adyar and a great Missionary started Our Lady of Vailankanni Church under trying conditions.The Archbishop of Madras Mylapore, Most Rev Dr R Arulappa, erected it as a separate Parish in 1973. The imposing 97 feet belfry was declared open by the then Chief Minister Dr M Karunanidhi 27th August 1972. On 15th August 1985 a bigger Church was blessed and consecrated by Archbishop Most Rev Dr R Arulappa. By the efforts of Rev Fr PJ Lawrence Raj, several extensions and renovations were made to this Shrine. A beautiful community hall, stalls, Museum and class room blocks were constructed. In May 2000, nearly 8 grounds were purchased and a beautiful stage was erected and dedicated to Jubilee 2000. In 2001 a small Chapel for the blessed Sacrament was built. In 2002 a grotto depicting the miracles of Our Lady of Good Health was created. In 2003, Mother Mary’s Square and Reconciliation Chapel was constructed. From 2000 to 2003, 3 grounds were purchased in which the new Convent building stands. On 8th September 2005 this Church was decreed as a Shrine of the Archdiocese of Madras ‘ Mylapore by the Most Rev Dr AM Chinnappa SDB, Archbishop of Madras ‘ Mylapore.
Mass Timings / Language :
First Sat: – 6.30 am,10.30 am,12.00 noon, 5.45 pm -Tamil
10.00 pm All Night Adoration & 1st Sunday – 4.00 am – Tamil
Every Sat: 6.30 am, 11.00 am, 6.00 pm Tamil & 7.30 am – English
Sunday – 6.15 am, 9.00 am (Church & Children – P T Arulappa Hall)
12 noon – Tamil
7.45 am (Church & Children – P T Arulappa Hall),
6.30 pm – English
Every Second Sunday: 11.00 am – Malayalam