Priests at the Feast of St.Thomas
The National Shrine of St.Thomas Basilica is built over the tomb of Apostle St.Thomas. St.Thomas one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ came to India in A.D.52, martyred in A.D.72 and was buried here in Mylapore.
There are only three basilicas built over the tomb of an apostle. St.Peter's at Rome and St.Jame's at Spain (Compestella, Santiago) are the other two. There is an underground tomb chapel below the Basilica. His Holiness Pope John Paul II visited and prayed at this tomb on 5th February 1986.St.Thomas who brought christianity to india is considered to be the Father of Indian Christianity.
A new Teleivision channel called "Matha TV" with the blessings of Tamil Nadu bishops conference, has started telecast for the Christian fraternity. It is available in TamilNadu through ARASU cable network. Soon it will be available on other platforms like SCV, Tata Sky, D2H, Sun network. We call upon all faithful to subscribe and help the noble venture.
Eye, Organ and Full body donation
St.Vincent de Paul Society, Santhome council, has started a drive for Eye, Organ and Full body donation. Forms are available at entrance of the Tomb chapel entrance security staff. Interested persons can fill up the forms and submit to Vincent de Paul society office on Sunday morning. Or to the security staff for onward transmission. Please convince two of your close relatives to take the pledge. Donor cards will be issued.
Basilica has published a Hymns book in English for the Holy Mass in English and other Holy services.
The book will be shortly available from the church office or stalls against a donation of Rs.25/-.
Videos from the Basilica
Holy Masses and programmes are available live on the Santhome Live TV on www.santhomechurch.tv Old programmes are available on demand for the benefit of the devotees who missed it on those days. You may follow the link Santhome Videos to watch these programmes.
Tuesdays - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tamil
Fridays - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. English
Santhome church is now on Twitter. Follow through Twitter. See featured links.
Flickr- High resolution photos
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Marriage preparation course
(Read 'Wedding Preparation' link for contact details)
Mobile website : www.santhomechurch.com is now a responsive website catering mobile devices like iPhone, Blackberry and smartphones with GPRS or web browsing facility. Please enjoy Santhome Basilica news on the go.
Free download of Digital edition of the books
These are in pdf format , compatible to e-book readers(Amazon Kindle...), smartphones ( Blackberry, iPhone etc...) and iPad.
A Saga of Fatih - Please click to download
In The Steps of St.Thomas - Please click to download