St. Antony’s Karunalayam, Karanchira
St. Antony’s Karunalayam is a home for the Aged women. This home is situated in Karanchira 23 Kilometers away from Thrissur Town on the way to Kattoor. This home is surrounded by different casts of people mainly Hindus. St. Francis Xavier’s Church is the Parish and it is near by the institute.
The home is developed with the concept of ensuring safety and convenience for its residents through accommodations with necessary comforts, personal support services, health care, social and recreational activities and treatment facilities and to stimulate light in the hearts of our desperate elders, those who spent their life and energy for their beloveds.
Heavenly Patron: St. Antony is our heavenly Patron; Feast June 13
Under the Archdiocese of Thrissur, the Pazhuvil Parish had started a retreat centre namely ‘St. Mary’s Retreat Centre’ and it registered under charitable trust act. This trust happened to open an old age home for the senior grandmas at Karanchira. In the year 2002 it was blessed by Mar James Pazhayattil by name ‘St. Antony’s Karunalayam’. 3 months after its functioning the authorities found difficult to continue the home smoothly. At the request of the trust Nirmala Dasi Sisters took charge of the home for few months. On 1st April 2007 the trust entrusted 25 cents of land and a small uncompleted building freely to our society with 4 inmates. After 2 years the society renovated the building to accommodate more inmates. The Institution has registration from Kerala State Orphanage Board (Reg.No.1664/2014.).
At present 35 inmates getting care from our institute. It can accommodate 30 grandmas. 6 of our Sisters are working for the care of the inmates. Usually we give admission to the poorest widows, and the abandoned, irrespective of the cast, creed or religion without any discrimination.
As we age, we often face additional needs and challenges connected to getting older. Allow them to be as independent, while respectfully helping him with the tasks that have become difficult. The intended activities we are to provide whatever possible healthcare and safety, physical and financial, medical and educational and other social needs to offer good community living.
Establish a schedule: Planning out a schedule for senior citizens will prevent them from becoming bored, will give them something to look forward to, and will prevent depression. Whether it is a hobby that they enjoy, lunch with friends or family, or a game of cards, a schedule will make a senior citizen’s life more pleasant.
Entertainment: There are a variety of activities scheduled in our programme that some senior citizens enjoy, walking out in the sun, watching Televisions, walking out of the home, celebrating holidays with family and friends and recreations in the nights and social nights.
Parish Ministry: One of the apostolate of Nirmala Dasi Sister’s Community is service in the parish ministries. We try to find Christ in the less privileged and marginalized in Society. We extend our services to the various parish ministries by availing ourselves for family visits, teaching catechism, conducting awareness Classes for women, and children etc. The Sisters do pastoral activities in the parish, teaching catechism, preparing for first Holy Communion and confirmation and visiting the families and spreading the word of God.
Source of Funds
Karunalayam is purely maintained with the help of grant from Ministry of Social Justice and empowerment and its well wishers.
2006-2007 Sr. Rosily Theethai
2007-2008 Sr. Kochuthressia Vazhappilly
2008-2014 Sr. Marykkutty Poovakkulath
2014-2016 Sr. Chinnamma Kunnakkatt
2016-2016 Sr. Silvy Chackalackal
2017- Sr. Susha Kalayil