Kachchativu being a small distant island of 1.15 sq. kilometers located 20 km away from the Delft island with no humans habitation. However, the fishing community has used this island over the years in order to mend their fishing gear, after sterenuous venture out at sea. Incidentally, the small St. Anthony’s Church in Kachchativu had become their place of reverence during such visits.

According to the records of archaeologists,  Kachchativu island had emerged from water over 115,000 to 130,000 years ago. The Portuguese had first administered this island nation and Sri Lanka has been exercising sovereignty and jurisdiction over Kachchativu and its adjacent waters since 1974 kachchativu Agreement.

This year Kachchativu Annual festival;

Total Sri Lankan Devotees        -     6,404

Total Indian Devotees              -    1,923

Total Indian Boats                    -    62

Total Sri Lankan Boats              -    More than 300

Mass in Sinhala

Bishop of Gall, Rev. Raymond Wickramasingha

Mass in Tamil

Bishop of Jaffna, Rt. Rev. Dr. Justin B. Gnanapragasam

In charge of the feast

The Parish Priest of Delft, Rev.Fr. Emil Paul

Special Invitees

Rear Admiral Jayantha De Silva, Commandar Northern Naval Area.

Mr. Nagalingam Vedanayaham, G.A. Jaffna.

Mr. Nadarajan, Indian High Commission Consulate Jaffna.