Indian Catholic Movement

Brief History

The Indian Catholic Movement (ICM) is a parish organization of the Church of the Risen Christ , which was inaugurated in July 1972 with the encouragement of Rev Fr Adrian Anthony for the spiritual needs of the Tamil speaking community.

Since September 1972, a three day mission in Tamil was organized to serve as a retreat for the

Tamil Speaking community. This mission coincided with Feast of Our Lady of Velankanni. Catholics and Non- Catholics all over island come to renew their faith and their devotion to Our Lady of Velankanni.

This Feast is celebrated annually in September. The Feast of Our Lady of Velankanni has been the climax event for the movement, since its inauguration. Preparation for this Feast begins as early as January each year.

Monthly Tamil Mass was celebrated on the First Saturday of each month at 5.30pm since 1974. In

December 1987, the Tamil Mass was shifted to the First Sunday due to rescheduling of Mass times in the parish and subsequently to the Second Sunday of each month.

The ICM also participates in the operation of the Church Canteen since 1989. We also take part in all activities organized at the parish level, Food and Fun Fair, Parish Feast Day, Lay Apostolate Weekend and Parish Rosary Devotion.

The Indian Catholic Movement is represented by two members in Archdiocesan Commission for Tamil Speaking (ACTS). The commission reach out to the Tamil speaking in the Archdiocese of Singapore to provide Liturgical services, cultural and social activities and coordinating with various Tamil communities in other parishes and in the Archdiocese under the umbrella of the Commission (ACTS).


The Tamil Choir was formed in our parish with the help and guidance of M I Joseph. The choir sings at the Monthly Tamil Mass, Annual Feast of Our Lady of Velankanni and other programmes organized by ICM. The Choir also gave performances in Television and Radio programmes during Christmas and Easter Celebrations. The choir in collaboration with other parish choirs, has produced Tamil hymn cassette tapes and compact disc. Rex Fernando was the Choir Master from 1997 – 2003. In 2000, being the Jubilee Year, compact disc was produced entitled, “Amutha Ghanam”. Presently the Choir is under the Leadership of Jeremiah Joseph.


The Indian Catholic Youth Movement was formed in 1985 with the help of Br Anthony Pillai, then a

Seminarian attached to our parish. The ICYM has since been playing an active role. They take part as

Lectors at the monthly Tamil Mass and Feast of Our Lady of Velankanni. ICYM also prepare the Themes and Liturgy for the Feast of Our Lady of Velankanni and help in the various activities of the Indian Catholic Movement. In 2006 they formed a sub ministry “Children Wings”. The objective of the ministry is to teach our faith and simple prayers in a fun- learning way to little children.


To serve the spiritual needs of the Tamil speaking community.

Who can join

Tamil speaking Catholics


1st Friday of Every month



Agnes M Dass






Joseph Rogers



Janet Joseph



A. Bernadette



Anita John