POOTHAMKUTTY: Arrangements for the 29th Grand Poothamkutty Bible Convention and Ettunombu perunal are progressing pretty well. St. Mary’s Jacobite Syrian Christian Church, Poothamkutty is one among the illustrious Marian Pilgrim Centres of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Christian Church. From a humble beginning with a membership of 30 families, the Church has grown into a full- fledged Parish with considerable number of memberships and subsequent developmental activities. As in the previous years, this year also there are a series of various spiritual, cultural and medical programmes in connection with the Ettunombu Perunal. The perunal programme will start with the inauguration of Grand Poothamkutty Bible Convention on 31st August 2012. In addition to a titanic number of dignitaries and renowned personalities from different walks of life, Prelates of various Christian denominations would also decorate the podium with their esteemed presence and felicitations.
H.B. Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I Catholicos would inaugurate the Cultural evening on 1st September, 2012 which is also the memorial day of late lamented Catholicose Aboon Mor Baselios Paulose II. The centenary celebrations of Baselios Thomas I will be inaugurated by Shri. Anoop Jacob, Hono’ble Minister for civil supplies, Kerala State. As part of ettunombu celebrations, meetings of the Martha Mariam Vanitha Samajam and Youth Association and Elders Forum will be held along with various competitions. One Day meet of the Widows will be an added attraction this year. A three-day Family renewal retreat has been arranged for the spiritual purification and upliftment of families which will be led by the St. Thomas Retreat Centre, Keezhillam from 3rd September to 5th.
On 7th September, Pachor Thulabhaaram, a traditional custom of the parish will be held in the evening in which hundreds of people irrespective of caste, creed and colour would partake with prayers and proper preparations followed by veneration of Holy Soonoro (portion of the Girdle of St.Mary, Mother of God) kept at the Church in separate mausoleum.A grand procession will be held in which thousands of faithful would participate with lighted candles and traditional items.
Metropolitans their Graces Dr. Abraham Mor severios ( Angamaly Region of Angamaly Diocese and Abbot of Mor Gabriel Dayro), Yuhanon Mor Militheos ( Thumbamon Diocese, Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Pathros Mor Osthatheos ( Asst. Metropolitan of Banglore Diocese), Paulose Mor Irenius ( Kozhikode Diocese and President of the Youth Association), Yacob Mor Anthoniyos ( Honavar Mission and Manglore Diocese), Dr. Elias Mor Athanasios ( Metropolitan Trissur Diocese and Antiochean Faith Movement), Zacharias Mor Polycarpus ( Asst. Metropolitan of Delhi Diocese), Mathews Mor Anthimos ( Asst. Metropolitan of Muvattupuzha and Idukki Dioceses) would bless the occasion with their presence on various days. For the smooth functioning, various committees have been elected under the guidance of the Vicar Rev.Fr. Alias Ipe Parackal.