Our Lady, Queen of all Creation, Roman Catholic Church
Adeyfield, Hemel Hempstead
3pm, Fourth Sunday of the Month
Parish Priest: Fr. Paul McDermott
Malayalam Priest: Fr. Saju Mullasseriyil (SDB), London
There are approximately 40 catholic families from Hemel Hempstead attending the Malayalam Mass every 4th Sunday. Malayalam is the language spoken (as their first language) by these families who migrated from Kerala, a southern state of India. The majority of the catholic population of India settled in Kerala. Their Christian beliefs are very rich and traditional.
It is believed that St Thomas the Apostle landed at Kerala in 52 A.D. St Thomas is said to have preached and established Christian communities in different parts of India. He died at Mylapur in 72 A.D. It is also believed that St Thomas founded seven churches or communities in Kerala.
Thousands of Kerala catholic missionaries, including nuns and priests, are contributing their services all over the world. Hundreds of students are joining seminaries and convents every year in Kerala. 90-95% of Kerala Catholics are practising their faith by attending mass, performing charitable work, gathering for Christmas and Easter, celebrating other saints’ feasts and attending bible retreats and conventions. They pray the Rosary in May and October months and the Stations of the Cross during Lent in their homes.
The 40 Kerala catholic families in Hemel Hempstead are divided into four groups (units) of ten families. Each month one of these units of 10 families takes the responsibility of organizing the mass and arranging the altar, tea after the mass etc. So each unit of families has this responsibility three times in the year.
In addition, members have been selected to cover special ministries at each mass.
A committee has formed to co-ordinate the Malayalam mass, Sunday catechism, rosary, Stations of the Cross and the bible retreats and conventions. The committee members include the unit leaders, representatives from each ministry and three nominated members for communication, mass preparation and finance. Every month there will be a committee meeting and the general body meeting will be held twice in a year. Parish priest Fr. John Byrne will be the head of the committee.
A new committee has been formed for the Malayalam Community for 2016:
President – Joseph Elukunnel
Vice President – Vincent Joseph
Secretary – Jojy Paul
Treasurer – Johns Jose
Eucharist – Sheela Tony
Altar Service – Rejina Sony
Catechism – Ebby Johns
St. Thomas – Biju George & Biji Pathikkal
St. Luke – Tony Kothanikkal & Teeja Joseph
St. Xavier – Santhosh Abraham & Aji Abraham
St. Alphonsa – Sanju Sebastian & John Mathew
One day Bible Retreat – Fr. Bosco Njaliyath
Venue: Benetts End Community Hall
Date: Sunday 14th February 2016 9am – 6pm
In addition, once a month, the families gather in homes for family prayer.
The prayer is ‘seasonal’ e.g. in Lent it will be the Way of the Cross, the Rosary in May and October.
Contact: Jojy Paul 07877 264 255
malayalam @ boxmoorcatholic.org