Our Parish

church-entranceSt. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, Kalamassery is a Parish of the Kottayam – Kochi Diocese of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, with its headquarters at Thiruvalla. The parish complex, which is housed in 36.5 cents of plot, is 300 meters away from NH-47, on the right side of Seaport-Airport Road.

Nine families, migrants from Central Travancore and members of Mar Thoma Church, Aluva, decided to form a small prayer group at Kalamassery. Rev. A. P. Jacob, the then Vicar of Mar Thoma Church, Aluva was highly instrumental in forming a prayer group and it became a dream of this spiritually vibrant group.

With an intention of constructing an appropriate building for worship, a plot of 18 cents was acquired near Kalamassery Polytechnic. Consequent to the acquisition of the plot by NH authorities, a plot of 27.5 cents was procured, and this includes the present parish complex. The Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan, laid the foundation stone of the Chapel in 1963, and Late Dr. Thomas Mar Athenasius Suffergen Episcopa on 18th October 1964 dedicated this Chapel, which then had an approximate membership of 125 from 19 families. This Chapel was accorded the status of an Edavaka on 1st May 1966.

In 17th September, 1995, Dr. Alexander Mar Thoma Metropolitan laid the foundation stone for the present church. The construction started on 1st April 1996 and the present Church was consecrated jointly by Rt. Rev. Geevarghese Mar Athanasius Episcopa and Rev. Joseph Mar Bernabas Episcopa on 1st March 1997.

The present Church can accommodate strength of 500 people, and a Parish Hall constructed simultaneously can accommodate the same strength. Six cents of land procured from Mar Thoma Evangelistic Association on 31st March 2000 was used to extend our existing cemetery on the Eastern side. Later a Cellar for 108 families was constructed and dedication prayer ceremony was conducted on 31st December 2005.

With the intention to construct a Parsonage complex, nine cents of land was acquired on 30th December 2000. Foundation stone was laid on 4th March 2001 by Rt. Rev. Geevarghese Mar Athanasius Episcopa and blessed on 1st December 2002 by Rt. Rev. Dr. Issac Mar Philoxinos Episcopa. The parsonage complex comprises of a mini hall in the ground floor, two apartments in the first floor and parsonage on the top floor. On 17th June 2011, a plot of 13.65 cents was acquired to construct an Annex to the existing Cemetery at Thengode. Our Parish from a humble beginning with an initial membership of nine families has grown now to a membership base of 300 families comprising of 1800 members.

Rev.Sam George achan is currently the, Vicar and President of St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, Kalamassery.

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