Priests at 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.
Feast of Mylai Matha
Mylai Matha feast is celebrated from 15th August to 24th August 2014.
15th August Friday - Flag hoisting
23rd August Saturday - Car Procession.
24th August Sunday- Lowering of the flag and Crowning of Matha
Free eye checkup camp
St.Vincent de Paul Society Santhome unit is organising a Free eye checkup camp by Sankara Nethralaya, Nungambakkam, on 24th august 2014 Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon at Santhome Basilica premises.
Important days of this week
18th Monday - Helena
19th Tuesday - John Eudes
20th Wednesday - Bernard - M
21st Thursday - Pius X - M
22nd Friday - Queenship of the Bl.Virgin Mary
23rd Saturday - Rose of Lima
Law Awareness Camp
St.Vincent de Paul Society, Santhome and St.Vincent de Paul Society of South Zone Churches jointly conducts a Law Awareness Camp
Date : 02-08-2014,Saturday.
Time : 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
Venue : National Shrine of St.Thomas Basilica,Santhome.
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.
Web TV or Internet TV
Santhome Basilica have started a Web TV for live telecasting of Holy Services for the benefit of
Internet patrons. This is operational and your patronage is solicited. Please click here.
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
We are uploading high resolution photos to Flickr for the journalism, printing and publishing industry. These photos are available under creative common licencse. You may download and publish it without any restriction or fee except to give credit to photographers name in your publication. Please click Flickr Photo link on the Main Menu on the left.
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
Sunday Readings - 24th August 2014
Feast of Mylai Matha : Isaiah 22:19-23,Romans 11:33-36,Matthew 16:13-20.