Syro-Malabar Mass in Cathedral
Bishop McKenna will preside in the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. John on Sunday 10th November 2013 at 1.30pm, when Mass will be celebrated according to the Syro-Malabar rite.
The Syro-Malabar Church is one of the Eastern Rite (Oriental) Catholic churches and has a rich history. Founded by St Thomas, one of the 12 Apostles, in 52 AD after he travelled to Kodungallur, on the Kerala coast of India, it has become one of the biggest oriental churches in the world with 4.7 million Catholics.
This ancient rite is one of 23 in the Catholic Church. It is, to this day, celebrated especially in Kerala, India.
"We rejoice in the presence of three priests from Kerala and many faithful in our local Church" Bishop McKenna said.
"We thank God for the way that the unity of the Catholic Church is expressed in the diversity of liturgical rites".
All are welcome to join in this celebration. A 'cuppa' will be available in the Parish Centre afterwards.