Thought for the day
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8
Adv. Fernandas Rathina Raja, the General Secretary of the Church of South India (CSI), demanded stringent action against the police personnel involved in the alleged custodial murder of Mr. Jayaraj and Mr Fenix at Sathankulam, Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu. In an open letter to The Chief Minister of the State and The Vice- Chairperson of the National Commission for Minorities, Adv. Fernandas emphatically pointed out that the police personnel who used the excessive force did not follow the guidelines in the law and procedures issued by the Hon’ble High Courts and Hon’ble Supreme Court. The letter draws the attention to the fact that the Duty Doctor who gave the fitness certificate has deliberately ignored and violated the rules in issuing the certificate. It further appears that the Hon’ble Magistrate who remanded them has not exercised his judicial conscience.
The General Secretary categorically stated in the letter that the Church of South India along with the general public at large, expect the personal intervention of the Chief Minister and the Minority Commission Chairperson will initiate firm action against all the culprits in accordance with the law and take stringent measures so that such brutal incidents does not take place in future.
The victims, Mr. Jayaraj and Mr Fenix, were the members of the Thoothukudi- Nazareth Diocese of the Church of South India.
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Coimbatore Diocesan leadership and the local churches have been actively involved in the lockdown relief activities in full swing. CSI Immanuel Church in Coimbatore has been extending support to the needy in the society by giving special attention to the homeless. They have done the relief work more than twenty- five days during the lockdown by distributing at least 300 packets a day. CSI Christ Church, Press Colony in Tirupur Area extended support to the needy people in the area under the leadership of the area chairman.
Kizhakkuvalavu And Thindoorpatti villages near Kollimalai in Salem Area received help from the DBM dept of CSI Coimbatore diocese. The Department distributed provisions and dry rations at Kollimalai. Sulur, Tirupur, Perundurai and Gobichettipalayam are the mission areas of the diocese which received support from the DBM Department during the lockdown.
CSI Christ Church NGGO Colony supported its members at Kunnathur Village. CSI Christ Church in Bhavani shared rice and grocery for more than ten days in Bhavani Devapuram and Kalingarayanpalayam areas. In another round of extending help, the Church supported the aged people and helpless children. The Women’s Fellowship of the Church was also actively involved in the relief work.
CSI College of Engineering in Ketti, under the auspices of the Coimbatore Diocese, which is a member of UNA (Unnat Bharat Abhiyan), conceptualised by IIT, Delhi and nurtured by RuTAG (Rural Tech Action Group) participated in a National Workshop sponsored by CAPART (Council for Advancement of Peoples Action and Rural Technology) has distributed provisions and dry ration to 65 Tribal families in now, in response to the request of Melur Panchayat President. The mechanical engineering department of the College designed PPE equipment and brought to the submitted to the Nilgiris District Collector for approval. Later the College handed over masks, sanitizers, and other articles to the Collector. The NCC cadets of the College assisted civil administration in the Nilgiris district.
CSI Brough Memorial Church in Erode has been providing support through various deeds during the lockdown. The branch of the Church in Ponnandaanvalasu also been part of these activities. They have provided rice, cooking oil, Dal, and Idli rice. CSI St. Paul's church, Thiruppur served groceries to 100 downtrodden and needy.
CSI St Peter’s Church in Rathinapuri provided rice and adequate rations to homeless and helpless families at Vellakinar- an outstation of the pastorate. The church leaders went deep into Sirumagai forest to help the tribes with dry ration. On the request of the Inspector of Police, Tudiyalur Police Station, this Church distributed food kits in the suggested areas. The members of the Men's Fellowship of Church distributed 100 kilos rice and groceries to the transgender sisters living at Kavundampalayam area.
CSI St Peter’s Rural Pastorate in Erode Area provided help to the poor in the remote villages in Erode. CSI Yesu Ratchagar Aalayam in Varadharajapura came forward to help the helpless and the vulnerable.
CSI Ramanathapuram Pastorate in Coimbatore Area provided dry ration and provision to over 150 persons while CSI Varadharajapuram Pastorate in Coimbatore provided provisions and dry rations.
CSI All Souls' Church in Coimbatore distributed groceries for 15 days to 120 North Indians stranded in the city.
Namakkal HIV AIDS Project received the nutritious supplement for over 120 beneficiaries from a collaboration of this church and CSI Christ Church, in Trichy Road. They have covered the areas such as Rayampalayam, Vannanpalli, Kosavampatti, Alanganatham Pirivu, Erumaipatti, Senthamangalam, Thathampattimedu, Namakkal Town, Pudupatti, and Valayappatti.
CSI Lechler Memorial Church in Salem came forward and provided food for over 300 people, in cooperation with the Salem Corporation, mainly to the Sanitary Workers. The Church extended help to the Transgender community too.
CSI Christ Church in Perur in the Coimbatore Area provided provisions for food for more thousand people. CSI Kavindapadi Pastorate in the Erode Area provided 10 Kg of rice to more than 175 families hailing from the underprivileged section in the society. Sundarapuram Pastorate, on behalf of CSI Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Coimbatore, provides food for over 350 Migrants for almost every day. CSI Church, in Mettur in the Salem Area, provided protective masks in different phases to the concerned government officers in Charge.
CSI Church in Cheran Managar in Coimbatore provided help to the needy. CSI Yesu Ratchagar Aalayam distributed dry rations to the needy.
CSI Primary School, Sulur provided dry ration and provision to the needy. and the CSI Christ Church Press Colony also extended the help to the needy at this time of crisis.
The diocese and the local congregations are engaged in the relief work on a day to day basis, which is commendable.Back
CSI Pastorate Church Keezhkulam food kits were distributed to hundreds of families in different phases. CSI Kumarankudy Church of Poovancode District shared their resources in helping needy families. CSI Maruthancode District Church shared God's love in helping the needy. CSI Devicode District Church helped the needy in their locality.
CSI School for the Blind provided kits contains essentials to the differently-abled families.
CSI Chemponvilai Pastorate Church of Neyyoor District helped the needy in their locality. CSI Kunjacode Church extended support to the needy by providing food items.
Aruguvilai East Church had given corona relief fund for the church members.
CSI Church Araikulam provided grocery items needed for 140 families in the town on behalf of the United Association of the church. CSI Puthoor Church of Kaliancaud District helped the needy by providing food items.
CSI Suvisesha Puram Church, Thovalai of Aralvaimozhi District helped 50 families in their locality. Eathamozhi CSI Church of Kaliancaud District shared rice packets in two phases. CSI Cherukole church supported 70 families with food packets.
CSI Payanam church identified 75 needy families of our area gave Rs 1000/- each and getting ready for second round helps. St. John's CSI Church in Anbarpuram distributed food bags and dry rations to the needy during this pandemic. Pilankalai Church distributed essential provision kits to its needy members and also needy people of their locality.
Paruthivilai Church of Kallukootam District shared rice packets and vegetables in their locality. CSI Nullikadu Church of Maruthamcode District helped the needy in their area. CSI Philipspuram Pastorate Church, Nagercoil offered 5 kg rice, groceries and Rs. 500 to the needy people in the church and the neighbourhood. Motta Kaalai Church of Chirakkara District shared needed help to the people in their locality.
Sahayanager Pastorate Church of Christ Church District, Nagercoil, distributed food packets to the needy. Neyyoor Home Church distributed rice bags and grocery to needy families. CSI Kamarajapuram Church Committee has initiated philanthropic help to economically deprived brothers and sisters of its locality. Lockdown affects the economy of the people Pray for the restoration of normalcy.
Cheramangalam Pastorate Church of Neyyoor District took initiative and distributed rice packets and vegetables. Meadpuram Pastorate Church of Nagercoil Home Church District distributed vegetables and groceries to 15 families in and around the Church. Mylaudy District Church distributed 5kg rice packets and vegetables to the families and needy.
Kunjanthandalar Memorial CSI Church Saralvilai, Maruthoorkurichi, shared their love to nearly 75 families at Maruthoorkurichi.
CSI Irenipuram District Church shared extended support to the needy.
Child Development Center at Kanniyakumari CSI Perinpapuram, Palliyati, which has 345 poor students, was supported with the essentials.
CSI Kanyakumari Diocesan Schools gave rice and groceries to the needy students and their families. LMS High School, Jamestown, Christucoil LMS HSS, Palliyadi and CSIVV HSS Irenipuram helped the needy students and their families. The Corporate Manager, Correspondents, Teachers and Heads of the Schools took this initiative in helping needy.
Welfare schemes were provided on behalf of CSI Iyer Regional Council in Ilavuvilai.
Kanyakumari Diocese of the Church of South India handed over 243 beds in the diocesan hospital in Neyyoor to the District Corona Prevention Team including the ICU units.
The rural congregations of the Diocese are the worst affected during this lockdown period. Most of the congregation members are farmers and depending on daily wages. Considering this situation, the Diocese launched a project on Corona Relief Aid for Rural Congregations. The rural congregations under the 41 District Churches were identified, and relief works started today by the Diocesan Bishop.
The commendable activities of the Diocese, especially the provision of the relief fund, is continuing.Back
Madurai- Ramnadu Diocese has been doing relief work in the lockdown due to COVID 19 in the rural areas of the diocese. The diocesan leadership provides food kits and other materials to the needy. The Diocesan Bishop gives leadership.
On behalf of the Periyakulam North and Periyakulam West CSI Churches, help was extended to the sanitary workers and health workers. CSI Usilampatti Congregation gave rice and other provisions to the needy church members. Under the leadership of Madurai Kaimedu Abhisheganathar CSI Church, Food kits were distributed.
CSI Cathedral Parish provided provisions for food to the needy and the poor. The Holy Immanuel Church in Aruppukottai, Men's Fellowship donated Rice, Dal, Oil & Vegetables for 100 needy families on 05.04.2020 Sunday. Aruppukottai Town Law and Order Police Inspector Mr Balamurugan and Men's Fellowship members participated in this program.
CSI Diocese of Madurai-Ramnad donated 2500 Medical Masks and 100 hand sanitizers to Madurai Collector office.
Christian Mission Hospital in Madurai under the auspices of the Madurai Ramnad Diocese handed over an isolation ward prepared for the COVID 19 patients to the government authorities.
The Diocese and local congregations are continuing with the relief work in a commendable manner.Back
CSI Piravom Congregation of the Diocese distributed food kits to the needy during the lockdown. CSI Pullikkallu Congregation distributed vegetable kits to the needy in two phases and preparing for the third phase. Kumplampoika CSI Pastorate extended financial support to the needy in the outstations of the Pastorate. CSI Nedumkunnam North Congregation distributed facemasks to families. CSI Kallara congregation distributed food kits.
Tholassery CSI St Thomas Church contributed the organic vegetables from the parsonage compound, which were the result of the effort of the Vicar of the church. These vegetables were handed over to the officials for the use in the community kitchens.
During the lockdown due to COVID 19, the teachers and non-teaching staff of the CMS High School in Kanam supplied 250 food kit for the needy students of the school.
Muttuchira CSI congregation distributed vegetable kits to the needy. Mundiyappally CSI Church gave financial support to the govt community kitchen, which functioned for the needy during the COVID 19 lockdown.
The Diocese distributed drinking water to the state police who are working relentlessly during the lockdown.
The Youth Movement of the CSI Mallassery Church distributed food kits. They distributed free facemasks as part of combating COVID 19. CSI East Meenadom also distributed food kits for the needy. The Youth Movement members of the CSI Koorumala St Peter’s Church distributed groceries. The members of the CSI Njeezhoor Pastorate, and Peruva and Perumpadavam outstations received vegetable and provision kits with the support of the Piravom Church.
Bishop Moore Vidyapit, Kayamkulam distributed food and vegetable kits to the members of the Kadambanadu CSI Church, one of the pastorates of the diocese. St. Andrews CSI Church youth movement offered helping hands in this distribution.
The youth movement members of the Madhya Kerala Youth movement joined hands with the Pathanamthitta District administration in Kerala in fighting CORONA. The volunteers of the youth movement joined to help police, excise and health medical team who collect the details of the interstate travellers and find out whether they have the symptoms of CORONA. This task force is formed by the District collector.
The Diocesan Youth Movement came up with the #MillionFacemaskChallenge with the vision that even after the lockdown people should be wearing masks to completely wipe out the ill- effect of COVID 19.
CSI Retreat Centre of the Diocese was handed over to the state govt to be conveyed as a quarantine centre for the those who are coming back to Kerala from abroad in the wake of COVID 19. The first group of non- resident Indians from abroad (Dammam) has already arrived.
The commendable work of the diocese will continue until the lockdown is over or beyond.Back