Saint Theresa Church in Chennai celebrates Golden jubilee
St Theresa's Church at Nungambakkam, Chennai celebrates a hundred years this week. The church has been restored extensively and expanded to seat more people. A consecration ceremony will be held today (08.12.12). Parish priest Rev Fr P J Lawrence Raj said, "We are celebrating our centenary year and have carried out major restoration work." "We have also built a new bell tower and imported the bell, weighing 350 kg, from a famous bell maker in Poland," said Lawrence Raj
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In 1912, the Parish of Nungambakkam was established. It was the residence of Archbishop of Madras, Dr John Aelen. Mill Hill Fathers served in this parish till 1929 and later it came under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Mylapore. Rev Fr R Arulappa who was later the Archbishop of Madras - Mylapore, was the Parish Priest from 1948 to 1953.
The right and left sides of the church have been extended by nearly nine feet to seat more people. The church has restored all its beautiful stained glass paintings. They built a new bell tower and placed a new bell weighing about 350 kg which was imported from a famous bell maker in Poland. A towering flag mast has also been constructed. All the wood work in the 100-year-old church has been redone. They also built an adoration chapel where the St Mary's grotto was located. The adoration chapel will kept open till 12pm. They have constructed a small grotto of Mary in the left hand corner of the church compound.
Rev Fr P J Lawrence Raj said they had also created ramps to make the church more accessible to the elderly. There will be no more hymn books as the hymns will be shown on an LCD monitor. The sound system too has been replaced.