Hello beloved in Jesus Christ,
On behalf of St. Peter & St. Paul Malankara Catholic Church, I would like to extend warm welcome to our community. Our community belongs to the St. Mary Queen of Peace, Malankara Catholic Diocese of NewYork & Canada, which belongs to the Syro- Malankara Catholic Church of the West- Syrian (or Antiochene) Rite. We come under the pastoral governance of the Roman Pontiff, the divinely appointed successor of St. Peter in primacy over the Universal Church. Second Vatican document Unitatis Redintegratio (4) clearly states the importance of different traditions and unity in diversity perspectiveof the Universal Church. “ All in the Church must preserve unity in essentials. But let all, according to the gifts they have received enjoy a proper freedom, in their various forms of spiritual life and discipline, in their different liturgical rites, and even in their theological elaborations of revealed truth”.
God graciously allowed us to uphold our traditional liturgical patrimony in the Niagara Region. We would like to thank God for His blessings to gather our Syro-Malankara Catholic Faithful in Niagara Region. Our community was officially established by our beloved Bishop Most. Rev. Dr. Philips Mar Stephans on November 27, 2021 and appointed Fr. Aji Varghese as Pastor of this community. Our families are mainly new immigrants to Canada. They are prayerful, vibrant and God-fearing so they regularly participating in the divine liturgy. By this short period of time, we formed a parish council to assist the pastor in parishadministration. We organized a melodious choir to assist our liturgy. We are blessed to have more than 25 kids among them half of them are members Malankara Catholic Children’s League, an organization in our church which aims at learning the word of God and faith formation. Regular prayer meetings, catechism and children’ activities (one word-one saint) assist our parents to grow their children in prayer, faith & wisdom.
Being a member of this community, we are all trying our best to be witnesses of Christ by solemnly celebrating Divine Liturgy in west Syrian tradition and supporting each other in Christian fraternity.
If you would like to know more about our community or looking for an opportunity to participate in the antiochene liturgy, you most welcome to join us. Please have a look at schedule to know more about the timings of our liturgical services.
Fr. Aji Varghese
Major Archbishop Catholicos
Bishop of St. Mary Queen of Peace, Syro- Malankara Catholic Church in USA & Canada
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