The Annual Feast of St. Anthony’s Church in the Kachchativu Island was held on Sunday March 12, under the guidance of Jaffna Diocese Vicar General Rev. Fr. Joseph Vass Jebaratnam, who conducted the mass.
The religious events commenced with the hoisting of the flag on Saturday. Around 6500 Sri Lankan devotees took part. The new St. Anthony's Church in Katchatheevu, built by the Sri Lanka Navy, was bestowed on the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jaffna on 23rd December 2016. All the facilities including the supply of drinking water, electricity, sanitary facilities were provided by the Sri Lankan Navy, who ensured their overall safety. The devotees travelled to Katchchativu in boats from Jaffna, Mannar, Negombo, Chilaw etc., and around 50 media personnel also visited the place.