SACRED HEART KNANAYA CATHOLIC FORANE PARISH, CHICAGO
611 Maple Street, Maywood, IL 60153.
Pastor / Vicar: Rev. Fr. Abraham Mutholath
5212 W. Agatite Ave., Chicago, IL 60630
Associate Pastor: Rev. Fr. Boban Vattampurath
541 N. WIllow Road,
Elmhurst, IL 60126.
Holy mass Monday - Friday at 7:00 P.M.
Saturday Holy Mass at 10:00 A.M.
Sunday Malayalam Mass at 9:45 A.M.
Sunday English Mass on Religious Education Class days at 11:15 A.M. (September to May)
St. Alphonsa Novena on First Monday of every month after 7:00 P.M. Mass
St. Michael Novena on third Monday of every month after 7:00 P.M. Mass
St. Anthony Novena on Tuesdays after 7:00 P.M. Holy Mass
St. Joseph Novena on Wednesdays after 7:00 P.M. Mass
St. Jude Novena on Thursdays after 7:00 P.M. Mass
Sacred Heart Novena on Fridays after 7:00 P.M. Mass
Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Saturdays after 10:00 A.M. Holy Mass
Every Tuesday after Holy Mass at 7:00 P.M.
Every Friday after 7:00 P.M. Mass
KOODARA YOGAMS - 8
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION SCHOOL
DRE: Tomy Kunnassery 630-788-0124
Number of Students: 223
Youth and Adult Teachers 71
PIOUS ASSOCIATIONS ∧ MINISTRIES: Men Ministry, Women Ministry, Youth Ministry, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Legion of Mary, Prayer Group, Darsana Samooham.
MAIN FEAST: Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on the weekend close to the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart.
OTHER ACTIVITIES: Annual Retreat, Parish Day, Pilgrimages, Parish Weekly Bulletin.
Knanaya Catholic Mission of Chicago was established in 1983 under the Archdiocese of Chicago. Rev. Fr. Jacob Chollampel took charge as the first mission director and started Holy Mass on October 28, 1983. Rev. Fr. Cyriac Manthuruthil took charge of the mission on May 31, 1988. Rev. Fr. Simon Edathiparambil was appointed as the director on August 16, 1995. Archbishop of Chicago appointed Rev. Fr. Philip Thodukayil as the director on June 25, 1999.
After establishment of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago, Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath reconstituted this mission as part of this diocese on October 29, 2003 extending its boundary to include all Knanaya Catholics living in the states of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. He also confirmed the appointment of Rev. Fr. Philip Thodukayil as the director of this mission. When he returned to Kottayam, Bishop Angadiath appointed Vicar General Fr. Abraham Mutholath as the director of this mission on July 1, 2004.
The mission bought St. James Church in Maywood from the Archdiocese of Chicago in September 2006. Fr. Abraham Mutholath offered the first mass of the mission in the new church on Friday, September 1, 2006. He, along with the parish council members inaugurated the new church on Sunday, September 3, 2006. Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath elevated the mission as a Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Parish on Sunday, September 24th and appointed Fr. Abraham Mutholath as its first pastor (vicar).
When St. Mary’s Knanaya Catholic Parish was established on July 18, 2010, the boundary of this parish is formally restricted to Knanaya Catholics living to the South of 90 Express Way in the state of Illinois and in the state of Indiana. The parish serves around 400 families. The parish church is located at 611 Maple St., Maywood, IL 60153.
Fr. Jose Illikunnumpurath was associate of both Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s Knanaya Catholic Parishes. Fr. Saji Pinarkayil, Fr. Siju Mudakkodil, Fr. Suni Padinjarekkara, and Fr. Jose Chirappurath served as the next associate pastors. Fr. Saji Pinarkayil was pastor of this parish from January 1, 2012. Fr. Abraham Mutholath is the present pastor from October 18, 2014. Fr. Boban Vattampurath is the assoicate pastor from August 21, 2016.
Chicago Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Parish was declared as a Forane Parish of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago on February 18, 2015 by Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath. The official establishment and inauguraiton of the forane was held on March 22, 2015 by Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath during a concelebrated Holy Mass at Sacred Heart Church with Bishop of Balthangady Mar Lawrance Mukkuzhy, Auxiliary Bishop Mar Joy Alappatt, and priests of the forance.
For more details, please visit the website of the parish at www.shkcparish.us