St. Mary's Soonoro

Patriarchal Cathedral

church soonora
Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church
Patriarch of Antioch & all the East H.H Moran Mor Ignatius Zaka I Iwas

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Women’s League

Right from the days our blessed chapel started off as a modest building sheltered by palm leaves, its Vanitha Samajam has been a very active association. The Vanitha Samajam comprises the vicar (president of the Vanitha Samajam), and the general body elected office bearers, including, the vice-president, general secretary, joint secretary, treasurer, and other committee members. The selfless contributions of Mrs. Rajamma Varghese, Mrs. Molly Joseph, Mrs. Molly Mathen, Mrs. Valsala Zachariah, Mrs. Usha Babu and Mrs. Nidha Thampi, towards the Vanitha Samajam require a special mention.

 

The Vantitha Samajam pursues the noble tasks of strengthening the bond between God and Man through prayer, nurturing the spiritual growth of families, and being a haven of refuge for the impoverished and needy in the community through humanitarian activities. 'He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.' (Micah 6:8)

 



Moratha Mariam Vanitha Samajam Memebers

 

Over the years, the Vanitha Samjam has been keenly involved in various activities including providing educational scholarships to deserving students in two seminaries. The members regularly visit hospitals and homes for the destitute to spend time with the patients and the inhabitants and offer much needed aid and succour. The Vanitha Samajam also visited the Vettikkal-Bethel Karunyabhavan to distribute schoolbags, notebooks and other stationery apart from financial assistance for day-to-day existence. The Pelican Centre in Kulayitingara, which houses mentally disturbed patients, is one of the main beneficiaries of the Samajam.

 

The Samajam currently sponsors the education of two children in the Agappa Charitable Trust Orphanage, and provides all its inhabitants with 'onakodi' and 'onasadya' during the festival of Onam. Clothing collected from the congregation is regularly distributed in such orphanages. The Samajam was also pivotal in the construction of a house for a widow who lacked the means to support herself. Other beneficiaries of financial aid include Chitrapuzha Snehabhavan, Piravom Kristuraj Orphanage, Malayidamthuruth Snehatheeram, Thamarachal Snehatheeram and Perumbavoor Boys' Home.

 

The Samajam offers monetary assistance for medical treatment, wedding expenses, educational aid, and house construction, to those in need such as patients suffering from cancer, diabetes, heart and kidney diseases. Accident victims from impoverished families also benefit from the monetary assistance provided by the Samajam.

 

The Samajam also partners with the Youth Association in its camps for distribution of school uniforms and notebooks to students, and footing the expenses for the wedding of two young women hailing from impoverished families. Moreover, the Vanitha Samajam is instrumental in organizing various sales to collect money for its humanitarian activities from the congregation. Profits arising from the sale of lockets embossed with the images of Mother Mary and Jesus Christ went into the construction of the church's entry door by the foyer.

 

Apart from supporting the St.Paul's Gospel Mission, the Samajam organized divine retreat sessions with the cooperation of the Thuthutti Divine Retreat Centre during the famous eight-day Lent. Any programmes conducted by the Sunday School, Youth Association and other congregation members also gain the unstinted support of the Vanitha Samajam as do Nerchas(offerings) during holy days such as Christmas, Good Friday and Easter.

 

A substantial part of the funds for the working of the Vanitha Samajam comes from donations by the congregation, 'paid breakfast' on Sundays, and sales of Christmas cakes. Certain parishioners enthusiastically support the Samajam by sponsoring their programmes via monthly financial contributions. The assistance provided by Mrs. Repsy Vijayan, Mrs. Alice Mani, Dr. Susannah Mohan, Mrs. Nidha Thampi, and Ms. Rohini Paulose, has been invaluable to the Samajam.

 

The Vanitha Samajam continues to serve those in need in the most capable and efficient manner by the grace of Mother Mary's blessings.