Our Lady of Velankanni Festival

Our Lady of Refuge | Sep 10, 2022 - 6:30 pm

About the Event

Sacred Heart Tamil Catholic Group celebrates the 8th annual Festival Celebration of Our Lady of Good Health, at Our Lady of Refuge 2165 Lucretia Ave, San Jose, CA 95122. The Flag Blessing & Hoisting will be on Fri, Sep 2 2021 at 7:00 PM, followed by Holy Mass at 7:30 PM in the church. All are welcome to join.

About Velankanni

Human beings are happy when they enjoy good health. But God has created man with a body and soul. While the body is mortal, the soul, which has been created in the image and likeness of God, is immortal. The soul of man is enriched by God's grace, which enables him to lead a holy life. His intimacy with his creator, by a life of grace, caused him to enjoy peace and inner joy. There are, however, dangers to ruin the happiness and well being of humans in all these three spheres of life-his physical, spiritual and social. Mary our Mother of good health shows her deep concern for all her children who suffer from every kind of ailment and obtains healing for them from her Divine Son. Mary sets right such shattered relationships when her children approach her for help with absolute trust in her powerful intercession. Ever since our Blessed Mother set foot on the sacred soil of Velankanni some 400 years ago, she has been pouring out her tender Motherly care and compassion on all her children who are tossed about on the sea of suffering and who come to her shrine at Velankanni seeking her help. Innumerable are the favours obtained by her devotees, who approach her, irrespective of their caste or creed. That is why she is revered in Velankanni as the Mother of Good Health.


Schedule of events

Sep 2 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Novena, Flag Blessing, Hoisting and Holy Mass
Rev. Fr. Chandrasekar Paulraj
Venue: Our Lady of Refuge
Novena, Flag blessing and hoisting to begin the nine day prayerful celebration of Our Lady of Velankanni festival.
Flag hoisting will be followed by Holy Mass
Sep 2 2022 - Sep 9 2022
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Novena (Zoom call)
Venue: Zoom call
Novena prayer through Zoom
Sep 10 2022
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Final Day Novena, Holy Mass, Solemn Procession, Fellowship and Dinner
Venue: Our Lady of Refuge
Holy Mass presided by Most Rev Bishop Jude Paulraj
Con-celebrants: Fr. Chandrasekar Paulraj, Fr. Maria Joseph, Fr. Hugo Rojas, and Fr. Anthony Tan Nguyen,
Candle light procession, Rosary in multiple languages
Lowering of Flag
Fellowship and Dinner


This year, the diocesan Bishop, the Most Rev Jude Paulraj is the chief celebrant. Rev. Fr. Chandrasekar, Fr. Maria Joseph, Fr. Hugo Rojas, and Fr. Anthony Nguyen will concelebrate with the Bishop.

  • Sacred Heart Tamil Catholic Group

    Most Rev. Jude Paulraj

    Retired Bishop, Palayamkottai Diocese


    Sacred Heart Tamil Catholic Group

    Fr. Chandrasekar Paulraj

    Parochial Vicar of St Anthony's church, Hughson CA

    Sacred Heart Tamil Catholic Group

    Fr. Maria Joseph

    Doctorate Student, Santa Clara University

    Sacred Heart Tamil Catholic Group

    Fr. Hugo Rojas

    Pastor, Our Lady of Refuge

    Sacred Heart Tamil Catholic Group

    Fr. Anthony Tan Nguyen

    Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Refuge

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