CHRONOLOGY 2006-2008

CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS

2006-2008

Establishment of Knanaya Region to the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Knanaya Catholic Mission in Chicago

2006 April 28
Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath established seven regions in St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago. One of these regions is for all Knanaya Catholics in the diocese. “The formal Knanaya Catholic missions and the faithful of the Knanaya community living in other places where no formal missions are established will make one region.” Vicar General Rev. Fr. Abraham Mutholath is appointed as the director of this region.

2006 April 30
Mar Jacob Angadiath officially declared the establishment of Knanaya Catholic Region at OLV Church Chicago and appointed Vicar General Rev. Fr. Abraham Mutholath as Region Director.

2006 May 7
First Holy Communion and confirmation at St. John Brebeuf Church, Niles, for both Addison and Chicago Rel. Education Students officiated by Vicar General Fr. Abraham Mutholath. Dinner was provided at White Eagle Banquet Hall.

2006 May 12
Strategic Planning meeting for Young Adult Ministry (Ages 21-35) by Knanaya Catholic Mission at KCS Community Center.

2006 May 25 – 28
First Solemn feast celebration of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus at Community Center, OLV Church, Thaft High School Auditorium, and St. Joseph’s Church Addison. Archbishop Emeritus Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry and Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath were main celebrants.

2006 May 25
Mar Jacob Angadiath announced that the patron saint of the proposed new church would be the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the name of the parish would be “Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Parish.”

2006 June 24
Fr. Abraham Mutholath revealed the location of the church to be bought during the Music Concert by Rev. Fr. Paul Poovathumkal at Thaft High School Auditorium. The music concert was a fundraising program organized by women ministry for the purchase of the new church.

2006 July 1
Matchan Chemmachel took charge as program coordinator and Roy Kannothara, Joy Nediyakalayil, Jose Pinarkayil, and Alex Kannachamparambil took charge as trustees (Kaikkarans) of the mission.

2006 July 9
Started full pages multicolor printing of the Parish Bulletin.

2006 July 15
Originally planned date of inaugurating former St. James Church in Maywood as Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Church for Knanaya Catholics in Chicago. Instead, a concelebrated Mass was offered at Addison School Hall by Archbishop Mar Kuriakose Kunnachererry, Archbishop Mar Mathew Moolakkatt, and Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath.

2006 July 16
Originally planned Parish Inauguration Banquet at Crown Jewel Banquet Hall in Des Plaines. During this banquet, Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath announced his decision to purchase St. James Church in Maywood for Knanaya Catholic Mission. The decision to purchase the church was suspended because of the objection from many members of the community. At the request of the bishop, more than 400 families signed in favor of purchasing the church.

2006 September 1, Friday
First Mass at St. James Church in Maywood for Knanaya Catholic Mission at 7:00 P.M..

2006 September 2, Saturday
First administration of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Chrismation, and Holy Communion) at St. James Church in Maywood for Knanaya Catholic Mission.

2006 September 3, Sunday
Inauguration of Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Church in Maywood at 10:00 A.M. by Vicar General and mission director Rev. Fr. Abraham Mutholath and parish council members.

Starting of novena of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at the parish.

2006 September 14 – 16
Pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico by 52 parishioners to ask for the intercession of Our Blessed Mother for our church and to purchase statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe from there and get it blessed in the Basilica.

2006 September 22
Purchase of Church property from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

2006 September 24
Blessing of new interior architectural work of Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Church and declaration of Knanaya Catholic Mission as Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Parish and appointment of Mission Director Rev. Fr. Abraham Mutholath as pastor or vicar of the parish by His Excellency Mar Jacob Angadiath. Installation of the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Church by Mar Jacob Angadiath. His Excellency Bishop Thomas Paprocki inaugurated the meeting and City Mayor of Maywood was another chief guest.

2006 October 1
Starting of prayer group in our parish. The group meets every Sunday after Holy Mass. Coordinator: Jose Thazhathuvettathu. Leaders: Sabu Madathiparambil and Rosamma Accathara.

2006 October 6 – 8
Retreat at Maywood church by Fr. Michael Panachickal.

2006 October 20
Starting Holy Mass on Friday evenings at 7:00 and Saturday mornings at 10:00. Adoration is held on every First Friday of the month after Holy Mass. Novena of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is held every Saturday after the Holy Mass.

2006 October 29
Inauguration of Religious Stall of the parish by Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath.

2006 November 10
Starting of novena to St. Michael once month in our church.

2006 December 8
First Feast celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe in our parish church.

2006 December 25
Vicar Fr. Abraham Mutholath sent a circular announcing the formation of St. Mary’s Unit for those Knanaya Catholics who attend OLV church for their pastoral needs with effect from January 1, 2007.

2006 December 26 – 29
First Youth Retreat of the Parish at Bishop Lane Retreat Center in Rockford. It was an “amazing experience” for the participants and they began to involve actively in the parish.

2007

2007 January 1
Start date of St. Mary’s Knanaya Catholic Parish Unit in Chicago.

2007 January 14
Starting of separate English Mass in the Syro-Malabar rite for youngsters at Maywood Church.

2007 February 1
Starting Holy Mass at 8:00 A.M. on Sundays on a trial basis.

2007 March 10
Combined Religious Education Festival of Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s Religious Education Schools at Thaft High School auditorium. Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath was the chief guest.

2007 March 22 – 25
Annual Retreat by Fr. Michael Vettikkatt and Fr. Mathew Manakkatt.

2007 April 11
Inauguration of Men Ministry in the parish by Fr. Abraham Mutholath after a seminar of the role of the ministry. The coordinators are Joy Varakalayil, Sunny Indikkuzhy, and Sabu Elavumkal.

2007 April 22
First Meeting of St. Vincent de Paul Society in the parish.

2007 April 14
Fundraising drama “Velicham Tharatha Deepangal” organized by Women Ministry for the building fund of Youth Center.

2007 April 29
First Meeting of Senior Citizens’ Ministry at Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Church.

First Holy Communion and Chrismation of St. Mary’s Unit at St. John’s Church in Niles.

2007 May 6
First Holy Communion and Chrismation of 21 students of Sacred Heart Religious Education School at the parish church.

2007 May 24 – 27
Annual Retreat by Shalom Retreat Team lead by Bro. Benny Punnathura at KCS Community Center on Friday and at Sacred Heart church on the other days.

2007 May 27
Parish Appreciation Dinner for the volunteers. Chief Guest: Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath.

2007 May 31
Purchase of Rectory from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

2007 June 1
Dedication of Knanaya Catholic Parish Cemetery at Queen of Heaven Cemetery by Bishops Mar Jacob Angadiath, Bishop of Miao Mar George Pallipparambil, and Most Rev. Dr. Thomas Paprocki, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

2007 June 1 – 3
Solemn Feast Celebration of Little Flower at the parish church in Maywood sponsored by Nediyakalayil family. Bishops Mar Jacob Angadiath and Bishop of Miao Mar George Pallipparambil were main celebrants.

2007 June 3
Our parish became the sponsor of the Catholic Diocese of Miao in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. The pastor Fr. Abraham Mutholath handed over two checks of 10,001 each for the construction of Sacred Heart Church and Sts. Peter and Paul Church in the Diocese of Maio to Mar George Pallipparambil. The fund for Sacred Heart Church was raised from a second collection today and the fund for Sts. Peter and Paul Church is personal contribution of our Vicar Rev. Fr. Abraham Mutholath.

2007 June 6
The first burial in the Knanaya Catholic Cemetery. Mr. Lukose Koduvathara who died on June 2nd was buried here today.

2007 June 7
The first funeral service in our parish church. Mr. Abraham Pinarkayil who died on June 4th had his funeral service in this church and was buried in Mary Hill Cemetery.

2007 June 10
Family Fest with outside activities: Food, fun, games.

2007 July 1
Kannachamparambil Alex took charge as program coordinator and Aikkarapparambil Thomas, Chemmachel Mathachan, Karickal Baby, Varakalayil Joy, Vettathukandathil Sunil (St. Mary’s Unit) took charge as the trustees (kaikkarans) of the parish.

2007 July 2
Cardinal Varkey Vithayayil, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church visited our parish and offered Holy Mass along with Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath. Cardinal blessed the foundation stone for the proposed Youth Center of our parish.

2007 July 4 – 7
Second Youth Retreat of the parish at Bishop Lane Retreat Center in Rockford. Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath also was present for this retreat to guide our youth.

2007 July 29
Feast Celebration of St. James and Chrismation of eight persons by Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath.

2007 September 8
Senior Citizens’ Ministry outing to Chicago Botanical Garden.

2007 September 20 – 23
Retreat by Bro. Benny Punnathura and other members of Shalom TV Team.

2007 September 28
First Meeting of Knanaya Region held in our parish. Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath, Vicar General and Region Director Rev. Fr. Abraham Mutholath, Priests and lay representatives from Knanaya Missions in the U.S. participated in it.

2007 October 7
First visit of Archbishop Mar Mathew Moolakkatt in our church.

2007 October 31
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago terminated their Early Childhood Development Program at Sacred Heart Church school building.

2007 November 18
Inauguration of the Silver Jubilee Year of Knanaya Catholic Mission of Chicago by lighting 24 candles at Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Church by Vicar Fr. Abraham Mutholath and parish council members.

2007 November 30 -  December 2
Retreat by Aravindakshamenon.

2008

2008 January 11 - 23
Parish Pilgrimage to the Diocese of Miao for the inauguration of Sacred Heart Church in Miao sponsored by our parish and SS. Peter and Paul Church in Miao sponsored by our vicar Fr. Abraham Mutholath.

2008 January 19
Rev. Fr. Abraham Mutholath blessed Sacred Heart Church in the Diocese of Miao sponsored by Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Parish in Chicago. Thirty members from Chicago Knanaya Catholic Parish participated in the function.

2008 January 20
Rev. Fr. Abraham Mutholath blessed Saints Peter and Paul Church in the Diocese of Miao sponsored by Fr. Abraham Mutholath. Thirty members from Chicago Knanaya Catholic Parish participated in the function.

2008 January 21
Participants of pilgrimage from S.H. Knanaya Catholic Church Chicago, along with the St. Vincent de Paul Society of our parish sponsored the construction of St. George Church as the Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee Souvenir of Bishop George Pallipparambil.

Rev. Fr. Abraham Mutholath sponsored the construction of St. Jude Church for the immigrants in Miao from Bangladesh.

2008 January 23
Holy Mass at the tomb of Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta by Vicar Fr. Abraham Mutholath and 29 other participants from Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Parish.

2008 March 1
Religious Education Festival of Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s Religious Education Schools at Mather High School auditorium. Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath was the chief guest.

Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath inaugurated Sacred Heart Productions, the media unit of the parish.

2008 March 7-9
Annual Retreat by Devine Retreat Center, New Jersey, the U.S. Branch of Potta Devine Ministry. Fr. Anthony Thekkanath V.C., Fr. Martin Kalamparambil V.C. and Toby Manimaleth.

2008 March 11
Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin.

2008 April 5
Agreement signed by Fr. Abraham Mutholath, pastor and Ms. Rose Hilson, CEO of God Loves Little Children Inc., for lease of Sacred Heart Church School facility for the use of Early Childhood Development Program of God Loves Little Children Inc.

2008 May 3
First Holy Communion and Chrismation at Sacred Heart Church.

2008 May 4
First Holy Communion and Chirsmation of St. Mary’s Unit at OLV Church.

2008 May 23 - 25
Solemn Feast Celebration of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath was the main celebrant on Friday.
Sponsors: George Thottappuram, Sunny Thekkepparambil, Sunny Mutholam, Sabu Mutholam, Joy Nediyakalayil, Benny Vachachira, Sunny Indikkuzhy, Sabu Kattappuram, Sabu Ellankiyil, and Kurian Nellamattom.

2008 June 7
Manikilukkam 2008: Fund raising program for Sacred Heart Church at Gateway Theater, Chicago.

2008 June 21
One-day trip to Wisconsin organized by Sacred Heart Senior Citizens ministry for Senior citizens.

2008 June 22
Summer Fest celebration at Sacred Heart church.

2008 June 27
Faith, Food and Fun program organized by Men's and Women's Ministry at Sacred Heart Church.

2008 June 28
Maintaining Your Knanaya Identity Through Faith: A one-day seminar organized by Sacred Heart Youth Ministry and Teen Ministry. Discussion led by Mr. Mark Nino, Dr. Tony and Dr. Honey Mattathilparambil, Toby Manimaleth and Jenson Kollaparambil.

2008 June 29
Better Family Day 2008 at Sacred Heart Church, Awareness Seminar on Improving your Family Life and Formation of Children. Seminar Led by Rev. Fr. Saji Chakkittumuriyil and Rev. Fr. Winson Kuruttuparambil.

2008 July 1
New Volunteers take charge, New trustees are Chemmachel Mathachen, Kannachanparambil Alex, Kattappuram Sabu, Naduveettil Sabu and Pinarkayil Jose.

2008 July 5
Blessing of St. Thomas Syro- Malabar Dioceses of Chicago Cathedral.

2008 July 13
Holy Mass at OLV Church for St. Mary’s by Bishop Mar Joseph Pandarasseril, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archeparchy of Kottayam.

Blessing of Knanaya Cemetery Shrine by Bishop Mar Joseph Pandarasseril.

2008 July 20
Health Awareness Day Observance at Sacred Heart Church.

Monthly Syro-Malankara Mass started at Sacred Heart Parish.

2008 August 3
Silver Jubilee Celebration of Knanaya Catholic Mission at Sacred Heart Church.

Guests: Mar Mathew Moolakkatt, Mar Jacob Angadiath, and Mar George Pallipparambil, Mr. Thomas Chazhikadan M.L.A., Mr. Baby Kanatt, President, Knanaya Catholic Congress of the Archeparchy of Kottayam.

Release of Jubilee Souvenir of Knanaya Catholic Mission in the public meeting.