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The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church or Church of Malabar Syrian Catholics is an Eastern Catholic Major Archiepiscopal Church based in Kerala, India. It is a sui iuris particular church in full communion with the Pope and the worldwide Catholic Church, with self-governance under the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. The Church is headed by Major Archbishop Cardinal Mar George Alencherry of the Archeparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly in Kerala.


The Syro-Malabar Church uses the Liturgy of Saints Mar Addai and Mar Mari belonging to the East Syriac Rite, which dates back to 3rd century Edessa,as such it is a part of Syriac Christianity by liturgy and heritage. The name Syro-Malabar is coined from the words Syriac (referring to the East Syriac liturgy) and Malabar (the historical name for Kerala). The name has been in usage in official Vatican documents since the nineteenth century.The Church shares the same liturgy with the Chaldean Catholic Church based in Iraq. It is the third-largest particular church (sui juris) in the Catholic Church (after the Latin or Roman Church and the Byzantine Rite Ukrainian Catholic Church).


On 23 December 2013 Holy Father Francis established The Syro-Malabar Eparchy of St Thomas the Apostle, Melbourne for Australia, the second Eparchy outside the territory after Chicago, USA. Pope Francis appointed Bishop Bosco Puthur, then Curia Bishop of Major Archiepiscopal Curia, Kerala, as the first Bishop/Eparch of the new Eparchy. Bishop Bosco Puthur was installed on 25 March 2014 in Melbourne.

History of  Syro-Malabar Community  in Townsville

St Catherine's Church, Proserpine

On July 3rd, 2009 The first Syro-Malabar Mass for the Syro-Malabar community in Townsville region was celebrated at St Catherine's Church, Proserpine by Fr.Jose Koyickal.


The frequency of Qurbana and the number of faithful attending increased over the years.  Townsville and the adjoining regions such as Burdekin, Bowen and Ingham saw a steady increase in Syro-Malabar faithfuls mainly due to the migration of a large number of Nurses & skilled Professionals from all parts of the world.

The Syro-Malabar faithfuls in Townsville are very much indebted to the services of Bishop Michael E Putney and the Syro-Malabar Priests working for the Diocese of Townsville, especially Fr Jose KOYICKAL CM,





Fr Joshy JOHN OCD.


Fr Mathew AREEPLACKAL was appointed as the first resident Chaplain to the St Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Mission Townsville in March 2018.


On October 4th, 2018 St.Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Mission was raised to the status of a Parish by Bishop Mar Bosco Puthur. Fr Mathew AREEPLACKAL was the first Parish Priest for St Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Parish Townsville.


The Syro-Malabar Community in Townsville is blessed with Holy Mass in Malayalam every day at Mary Mackillop Church, Mundingburra.

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Mary Mackillop Church, Mundingburra

Major Archbishop Cardinal Mar George Alencherry

in Townsville December 2012

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 Saint Alphonsa, F.C.C., (born Anna Muttathupadathu; 19 August 1910 – 28 July 1946) was an Indian religious sister and educator. She was the first woman of Indian origin to be canonised as a saint by the Catholic Church, and the first canonised saint of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic Church based in India. Her feast day is observed on July 28th.


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The Mission of the Church

"Our mission is to know and live the identity and heritage of Syro-Malabar church rooted in the faith transmitted by St.Thomas the Apostle, our heavenly Patron."

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Holy Mass Schedule

We meet at Mundingburra Church on 43 Ross River Road
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6.00 pm Holy Mass


 Intercessory prayers at 5.00 pm.

Adoration and Confession at 5.30 pm.

6.00 pm Holy Mass &

Novena to St. Jude


9.00 am Holy mass.


9.00 am Holy mass.


6.00 pm Holy Mass and Adoration.


9.00 am Holy Mass &

Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Sunday Holy Mass

9.30 am Holy Mass at Mundingburra Church

5.30 pm Holy Mass at Mundingburra Church

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Pope Francis is the 266th and current Pope.

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Mar Raphael Thattil

Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.

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Bishop John Panamthottathil

Our Bishop
On January 2023, Pope Francis appointed Bishop John as the second bishop of the Syro-Malabar Eparchy at Thomas the Apostle in Melbourne.
On May 31, 2023, he was ordained as bishop and installed as the bishop of the eparchy by His Beatitude Cardinal George Alencherry.

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Rev.Fr. Francis Kolencherry

Vicar General

Syro Malabar Catholic Diocese of Melbourne, Australia

Most Reverend Timothy Harris

Bishop of Townsville


Our Parish Priest

Fr. Joseph Ezhumayil is the current Parish Priest for

St Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Parish Townsville.

He took charge of the parish on the 16th of January 2022.

Dr. Ezhumayil hails from St. Mary’s Church Pareekanni of the Eparchy of Kothamangalam. He was ordained on 1 January 2000 for the Eparchy of Kothamangalam. He did his licentiate in theology at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy. He also holds a doctorate in Theology (Ecclesiology) from the Pontifical Institute Aluva. He has been the Eparchial Director of Charismatic Prayer Groups, Family Apostolate, Mathru Deepthi, Catechism,  Spiritual Director of St. Joseph’s Minor Seminary Kothamangalam, and Parish Priest of Different Parishes in the Eparchy of Kothamanglam and Idukki. He served as the Chaplain of Jesus Youth in Kerala, Currently serving as the International Chaplain of Jesus Youth.  

Rev.Fr. Joseph Ezhumayil

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Rev.Fr. Sijeesh Pullankunnel


Syro Malabar Catholic Diocese of Melbourne, Australia


Catechism is a summary or exposition of doctrine and serves as a learning introduction to the Sacraments traditionally used in catechesis, or Christian religious teaching of children and adult converts.



A church in which people feel at home and, inspired by the Holy Spirit and their love for God, align their lives to the gospel of Jesus Christ and thus prepare themselves for His return and eternal life



Reaching out to all people in order to teach them the gospel of Jesus Christ and to baptise them with water and the Holy Spirit

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Former Parish Priests

Previous Chaplains

Priests who have Spiritually supported us in the recent years...

Rev.Fr. Mathew Areeplackal
17/03/2018 - 12/09/2020






Rev.Fr. Manoj Kunnath C.Ss.R.
13/09/2020 - 24/12/2021



Rev.Fr. Abraham CHERIPURAM


Rev.Fr. Joshy JOHN OCD


Catechism schedule

On every 1st, 2nd and 4th Sunday from 4.00pm to 5.30pm. 

Sunday school Principal

Mr. Jobichan U Varghese

PH- 0469813895


Staff Secretary

Miss. Annrose Sevi & Roslin Joseph

Sunday School Teachers and their classes

Mrs. Jincy Siby - Year:1

Mrs. Binci Bobi Mathew - Year:2

Mrs Jaimol Joby & Digitha Sijo - Year:3

Mrs. Sweetly Joy - Year:4

Mrs. Minnu Issac - Year:5

Mrs. Philomena John - Year:6

Miss. Roslin Joseph - Year:7 

Mrs. Jancy Shyjan - Year:8

Mr. Christin Mathew - Year:9 

Mrs. Seena Sheen - Year:10

Mrs. Mingle Jobby - Year:11 

Mr. Rojan Mathew - Year:12


Substitutive Teachers

Mrs. Silvy Robin

Mrs. Vinitha Sijish

Mrs. Trissa Joyce

Miss. Ann Rose Sevi

Mrs. Vinny Christin

Mr. Don Raju

Mr. Jerrin Joy

Mr. Mebin Martin

Mr. Antony Jobby

Prep Teachers

Miss. Saumya Joy

Miss. Aleena Joseph

Miss. Abiya Sibi


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Safeguarding Children


Safeguarding refers to the range of plans and activities that are put in place to protect children and adults who may be vulnerable to abuse and neglect from being exploited or harmed.


Safeguarding in the church community – making our churches safe for children, young people and vulnerable adults – is everyone’s responsibility.


The diocesan safeguarding team provides professional advice and training to parishes to ensure they can meet that responsibility, as well as support those who may have suffered abuse or exploitation in a church setting.


Everyone involved in church life should know what to do in situations where a child, young person or vulnerable adult may have been harmed. Each parish or benefice should have in place a safeguarding person who knows how to respond and where to seek further help and advice.


Anyone who wishes to report abuse or exploitation needs to know that they can do so and receive the support they need.


Parish Safeguarding Officer

Mrs. Jancy Shyjan

Ph- 0423087939

The role of the Parish Safeguarding Officer is to provide support, advice, and information on all matters concerning the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults in the parish.



If you have any queries

Please email Diocesan Safeguarding  Office


Safeguarding Policy

Code of Conduct

Definition of Child Abuse

Disclosure of Child Abuse

Parish Safeguarding Officer

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Craig Brereton
Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator
Catholic Diocese of Townsville

Ph: (07) 4726 3264

Queensland Professional Standards Office - Catholic Church

Ph: 1800 337 928 (free call)

Queensland Police Service

Emergency. 000

Policelink. 131 444 (Request a receipt QPRIME number for your records)

Family Units of the Parish

Mary of Mt. Carmel Family Unit

Area- Douglas 


President - Asha Naveen

Secretary- Tinu Stegin

Monthly Family unit Prayers - On every 3rd Sunday at 7.15PM

Number of Families - 25

St. Thomas Family Unit

Area- Riverside Ridge


President - Mini Rogi

Secretary- Vineetha Christin

Monthly Family unit Prayers - On every 4th Saturday at 7.00PM

Number of Families - 25


St. Joseph's Family Unit
Area- Bohle Plains, Kirwan and Bushland Beach


St. Alphonsa Family Unit

Area- Pimlico, Mundingburra, Aitkenvale, Cranbrook & Idalia



Chavara Family Unit 

(St. Chavara Kuriakose Elias)

Area- Annandale

President: Remya Ronald

Secretary: Sincy Shiju

Monthly Family unit Prayers - On every 1st Saturday

Number of Families - 30

President: Mini Sabu

Secretary: Saumya Jobichan

Monthly Family unit Prayers - On every 3rd Saturday 

Number of Families - 20

President: Jancy Shyjan

Secretary: Diviya Justin

Monthly Family unit Prayers - On every 1st Thursday

Number of Families - 20

Mathru Jyothi


"Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb" (Lk 1:42) was the acclamation of St. Elizabeth when she had met with Mother Mary upon her surprising visit.


Motherhood is such a beautiful gift of God and all those who are blessed by God with children are invited by the Church to organise themselves in prayer, adoration, service and faith formation in the forum of MATHRU JYOTHI.


Mission & Objectives:


Our mission is to grow and share a caring, supporting and encouraging fellowship of mothers by nurturing body, mind, and spirit through friendship, prayers and offering service to each other. The spirit of Mathru Jyothi is to promote happy and devotional families in our parish. This forum provides the mothers a voice in our church community. In essence, Mathru Jyothi contributes to all aspects of parish activities to support and strengthen its vision to grow as one worshiping community.


Objectives :


Promote spirituality and Christian faith among fellow women.

Grow together in faith, sharing, and love.

Take a lead role in charity-oriented work.

Promote the importance of group worship and group thinking.

Visit and console the sick and bedridden.

Participate actively in the social activities of the church.


Office Bearers:



- Vice President 

-Vice President 




St.Vincent de Paul Society


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international organization of Catholic lay men and women of all ages. Its primary mission is to help the poor and less fortunate. It was founded in 1833 by Blessed Fredric Ozanam, a 20 year old law student from Paris, France and his friends. St. Vincent de Paul is the patron Saint of the organization. Today, the Society has about one million volunteers in 150 countries worldwide.



Our Mission 


The St Vincent de Paul Society is a lay Catholic organization that aspires to live the gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.


Our Vision


The Society aspires to be recognized as a caring Catholic charity offering “a hand up” to people in need. We do this by respecting their dignity, sharing our hope, and encouraging them to take control of their own destiny.


Our Key Values


Commitment – Loyalty in service to our mission, vision and values.


Compassion – Welcoming and serving all with understanding and without Judgement.


Respect – Service to all regardless of creed, ethnic or social background, health, gender or political opinions.


Integrity – promoting, maintaining and adhering to our mission, vision and values.


Empathy – Establishing relationships based on respect, trust, friendship and perception.


Advocacy – Working to transform the causes of poverty and challenging the causes of human injustice.


Courage – Encouraging spiritual growth, welcoming innovation and giving hope for the future.


Office Bearers

President: Stephen Kuriakose 

Secretary: Sevi Joseph 

Treasurer: Roji Thomas

Syro-Malabar Catholic Congress,Australia

The political arm of the Church, to join hands with non-Christian organizations

who share the same perspective in their fight for rights.

While the Catholic Congress has no political party agenda,

it will respond to the wrong policies of political parties and governments in power


President - Suresh Paul

Townsville Representative - Vinod K Baby

Secretary - Jose kadamkulam

Syro-Malabar Youth Movement Townsville

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Syro Malabar Youth Movement is the official youth movement of the Syro Malabar Church. The SMYM champions and lives out its mission to follow the tradition and beliefs of the Syro Malabar Church for the Kingdom of God and Society, to strive for the integral development of the youth and to bind together the youth of the

Syro-Malabar Church.


SMYM Office Bearers


Director- Fr Joseph Ezhumayil

Animator- Christin Mathew


SMYM Coordinator- Don Raju

Assist. Coordinator- Saumya Joy

Secretary- Savio Vincent

Finance Coordinator- Aleena Joseph

Intercession coordinator- Roslin Joseph

Outreach/Media Coordinator- Jowin Jesto

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Don Raju


Jancy Shyjan


Anil Devasia


Christin Mathew
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Robin Varughese Kanikidathu
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Josemon Mathew Anatharackal



Sevi Joseph


Rogi Thomas


Joy Kozhuvakandathil

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Ginomon Thomas

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Sunday School Representative

Binci Bobi Mathew

PH- 0423082224

Youth Representative

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