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SYRO-MALABAR CATHOLIC CHURCH

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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.

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History of  Syro-Malabar Community  in Townsville
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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 John KUNNATHUMADAPPILLIL OCD,

Fr Thomas PULICKAL OCD,

Fr Abraham CHERIPURAM,

Fr Sibichan KAIPPANPLACHAL and

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.

Mary Mackillop Church, Mundingburra

Major Archbishop Cardinal Mar George Alencherry

in Townsville December 2012

 

THE SAGA OF SYRO-MALABAR CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA

 

 

CATECHISM ANTHEM TOWNSVILLE

 
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OUR PATRON

ST.ALPHONSA

 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.

LIFE OF ST.ALPHONSA

 
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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."

 

Holy Mass Schedule

We meet at Mary Mackillop Church on Ross River Road

Come Worship with us!

Monday

5.30 pm Adoration.

6.00 pm Holy Mass

Tuesday

 Intercessory prayers at 5.00 pm.

Adoration and Confession at 5.30 pm.

6.00 pm Holy Mass

Wednesday

8.30 am Adoration

9.00 am Holy mass.

Thursday

8.30 am Adoration

9.00 am Holy mass.

Friday

Confession-5.30pm

6.00 pm Holy Mass and Adoration.

Saturday

8.30am Adoration

9.00 am Holy Mass & Novena

Sunday Holy Mass

9.30 am Holy Mass

5.00 pm Adoration

5.30 pm Holy Mass

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POPE FRANCIS

Pope Francis is the 266th and current Pope.

 

Cardinal Mar George Alencherry

Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.

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Mar Bosco Puthur

Our Bishop

First Bishop of the Syro Malabar Catholic Diocese of Melbourne, Australia

 
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Rev.Fr. Francis Kolencherry

Vicar General

Syro Malabar Catholic Diocese of Melbourne, Australia

Most Reverend Timothy Harris

Bishop of Townsville

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Our Parish Priest

Fr.Manoj Kunnath C.Ss.R.

Fr.Manoj Kunnath C.Ss.R. is the current Parish Priest for St Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Parish Townsville.

He took charge of the parish on the 13th of September 2020.

Fr Manoj belongs to the Redemptorist Fathers.

 
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Rev.Fr. Mathew Kochupurackal

Chancellor

Syro Malabar Catholic Diocese of Melbourne, Australia

Catechism

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.

Vision 

 

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

Mission

 

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

 

Former Parish Priest

Previous Chaplains

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

Rev.Fr. Mathew Areeplackal

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Rev.Fr. Jose KOYICKAL CM

Rev.Fr. Thomas PULICKAL OCD

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Rev.Fr. Sibichan KAIPPANPLACHAL

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Rev.Fr. John KUNNATHUMADAPPILLIL OCD

Rev.Fr. Abraham CHERIPURAM

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Rev.Fr. Joshy JOHN OCD

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Catechism schedule

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

Sunday school Principal

Mrs.Silvy Robin

PH- 0450731868

 

Staff Secretary

Miss. Ann Rose Sevi & Angel Mathew

Sunday School Teachers and their classes

Mrs. Jincy Siby - Year:1

Miss. Angel Mathew - Year:2

Mr. Sarath Vincent - Year:3

Mrs. Sweetly Joy - Year:4

Mr. Roshan Stephen - Year:5

Mrs. Philomena John - Year:6

Mr. Christian Mathew - Year:7 

Mrs. Jancy Shyjan - Year:8

Mrs. Mingle Joby - Year:9 & 10

Mrs.Silvy Robin- Year:11 & 12

 

Substitutive Teachers

Mr. Aneesh J.S

Mr. Jobichan U Varghese

Mr. Anthony Kuriakose

Mrs.Seena Sheen

Mrs. Annie Anil

Mrs. Vinitha Sijish

Mrs. Trissa Joyce

Miss. Ann Rose Sevi

Prep Teachers

Mrs. Leena Shibu

Mrs. Bincy Bobi

Miss. Roslin Johny

Miss. Anita Antony

Miss. Angel Thomachan

Mrs. Aida Jerish

Mrs. Liya Micheal

Miss. Doniya Johny

 

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

Mr. Christin Mathew

Ph- 0478297007 

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.

 

 

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If you have any queries

Please email Diocesan Safeguarding  Office

safeguarding@syromalabar.org.au

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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
E: cbrereton@tsv.catholic.org.au

Queensland Professional Standards Office - Catholic Church

Ph: 1800 337 928 (free call)
E: psoqld@catholic.net.au

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 

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President - Rajesh Mathew

Secretary- Mary Poly

Monthly Family unit Prayers - On every 3rd Sunday at 7.00PM

Number of Families - 18

St. Thomas Family Unit

Area- Riverside Ridge

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President - Aida Jerish

Secretary- Laly Sunny

Monthly Family unit Prayers - On every 1st Saturday at 6.30PM

Number of Families - 19

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St. Mary's Family Unit

Area- Bohle Plains, Kirwan and Bushland Beach

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St. Alphonsa Family Unit

Area- Pimlico, Mundingburra, Aitkenvale, Cranbrook & Idalia

 

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Chavara Family Unit 

(St. Chavara Kuriakose Elias)

Area- Annandale

President: Shibu Cherian

Secretary: Reeja Anil

Monthly Family unit Prayers - On every 4th Saturday

Number of Families - 26

President: Gigi Thomas

Secretary: Tessy Joy

Monthly Family unit Prayers - On every 3rd Saturday 

Number of Families - 26

President: Bincy Bobi

Secretary: Molly Britto

Monthly Family unit Prayers - On every 1st Thursday

Number of Families - 10

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 social activities of the church.

 

Office Bearers:

 

Joma Joby -President 

Saji Stephen- Vice President 

Jincy Jose-Vice President 

Tessy joy -Animator 

Gigi Thomas - Animator 

Sandhya Shiju -Animator 

St.Vincent de Paul Society

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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: Josemon Mathew 

Secretary: Jobichan Varghese 

Treasurer: Joy Joseph

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 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.

http://smymaus.smcim.com/

 

SMYM Office Bearers

 

Director- Fr.Manoj Kunnath

Animator- Jobichan U Varghese

 

SMYM Coordinator- Alfin Sabu

Assist. Coordinator- Angel Thomachan

Secretary- Swetha Vincent

Joint Secretary- Kevin Benoy

Finance Coordinator- Christian Mathew

Intercession coordinator- Donia Johny

Outreach/Media Coordinator- Sharin Sunil

 
 
 

OFFICE BEARERS 2020-2021

 

PARISH COMMITTEE MEMBERS

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PARISH SECRETARY

ANTHONY KURIAKOSE

PH- 0469801739

KAIKARANS

 

JOSEPH MECHERIL KURIAKOSE (JOHNY)

PH- 0422886299

 

THOMAS PALATTY

PH-0470404481

VINCENT C.V

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BABU LONAPPAN

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JOBY THOMAS

LIJO AUGUSTIN

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PASTROL COUNCIL MEMBER

JOBICHAN U VARGHESE

PH-0469813895

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