History

Formation of the Syro-Malabar Community in Western Sydney dates back to year 2007 with the first Holy Mass in Malayalam celebrated at St Oliver Plunkett’s Parish, Harris Park and have received pastoral support from various parishes during the earlier years. The community is forever grateful to Fr. Joseph Thomas Karuplackal for allowing his time and parish to celebrate Holy Mass in Malayalam. The community had the blessings to have visiting priests including Bishops to celebrate one Holy Mass every month. 

Subsequent to transfer of Fr. Joseph Thomas Karuplackal from St Oliver Plunkett’s Parish, the community was required to move to another church for celebration of Holy Mass in Malayalam. Bishop Gregory Karotemprel, who was the Chairman of Syro-Malabar Synodal Commission for Evangalization and Pastoral care of the Migrants, entrusted Fr. Jaison Mulerikkal, CMI to assist the community to celebrate Holy Masses. With the dedication and initiative, Fr. Jaison successfully facilitated conduct of Holy Mass in Malayalam twice in a month at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Parish, Wentworthville since ______, to the delight of the community. 

The office bearers of the community at that time, with the help of Bishop Gregory Karotemprel and Fr. Jaison, approached the Diocese of Parramatta to secure a Malayalee priest trained in Syro-Malabar Rite to render pastoral support of the community. As an interim measure, Bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta had entrusted the priests from Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salatte to help out Syro-Malabar Community. Fr. Joby Kadmbattuparambil, Fr. Joy Chukkananickal, Fr. Mathew Manjaly, Fr. Sunny Poovathumkudy and Fr. Joy Porathur also have helped the community in the past.

In July 2010, Bishop Mar Sebastian Vadakkel, then Bishop of Ujjain, Chairman of Syro-Malabar Synodal Commission for Evangelization and Pastoral care of the Migrants India, announced appointment of Fr. Francise Kolencherry as the National Coordinator for Pastoral Care of the Syro-Malabar faithful in Australia. The community was privileged to have Bishop Mar Sebastian Vadakkel celebrating Holy Mass for the community at OLMC Parish on 09 October 2010 and launching the community web site.

The first batch of First Holy Communicants comprising of fifteen children were prepared in 2011 by the community catechists. The dedicated catechists prepare children every year for the Holy Sacrament ever since. Catechism classes are conducted every first and third Sundays of every month with more than 120 children in attendance from all age groups.

To serve the community better, nine zones were formed in August 2015 and the first elected Committee was constituted with representatives from the zones, representative of the catechists and Pastoral Council member. The elected committee succeeds the earlier committee of office bearers who were nominated in community general body meeting.