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Kaduwela Road,
Battaramulla,
Sri Lanka
Tel. 0112 866 256

The Church...

Church of our Lady of Fatima.

The history of the Parish of Battarmulla portrays the faith, commitment and travails of  a flock of God's People.

With the coming of the Portuguese to Sri Lanka in 1505 A.D. Kotte Sri Jayawardanapura became the cradle of Catholicism in Sri Lanka. Nevertheless the recent history of Catholic activity in Battaramulla, an immediate suburb of Sri Jayawardanapura, commenced in the nineteen fifties with the introduction of two housing schemes by the government at Battaramulla.

To the Catholics of this little town, that did not have a place of public worship, Rev. Fr. J. Nissen OMI, a French National and Parish Priest of Kotte, started celebrating the Sunday Mass in a house in the Housing Scheme. This was obstructed by misled groups that threw volleys of stones on the roof of the house concerned. Government jobs of Catholics were at stake with warnings together with a ruling by the Department of National Housing that no religious activities were to be held in residential houses of the schemes. A second attempt to have the mass in a house outside the housing scheme, resulted in the house-holder having to shift his entire residence out of Battaramulla to avoid confrontations and harassment by mischief-makers. Undaunted by such happenings and backed by an enthusiastic community, Fr. Nissen was successful in getting a house on the outskirts of Battaramulla for a monthly rental of Rs.60/- This house "Ratnayake Walauwa" by name (Waluwa is the Sinhala equivalent for Villa) on a scenic hillock by the main road, dilapitated and uninhabited for some time, but with an inbuilt altar on a side, was to become the hub of Catholic activity in Battaramulla in the years to come. On 26th July 1959, the Feast day of St. Anne, placing a statue of Our Lady of Fatima by the side of the altar Rev. Fr. Nissen had the first Eucharistic Celebration in this house saying that if any day this house came to by owned by the Church, the church to be built should be dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima. Regular services on Sundays were held thereafter.

 


 

 

 

 

How to Find Us

The Church of our Lady of Fatima located at Battaramulla.

Address :

Church of our Lady of Fatima.
Kaduwela Road,
Battaramulla,
Sri Lanka
Tel. 0112 866 256

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