A Nativity Gift from Mother Mary
Ahmedabad: A long-cherished dream of the Syro-Malabar Catholics of St. Alphonsa Qurbana Center Ahmedabad to have a prayer hall cum priest's residence has come true on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 with the consecration of "Alphonsa Bhavan" by Mar Raphael Thattil, Bishop of Shamshabad. Nearly a hundred faithful thronged here to participate in the maiden Holy Qurbana concelebrated by Msgr. Joseph Kollamparambil (Vicar General Gujarat Region), Rev. Fr. Mathew Vengaloor (Vicar), Rev. Fr. Jacob Vellamaruthingal and Rev. Fr. Paul Parapkackal.
Alphonsa Bhavan Qurbana centre welcomes everyone who wish to begin their day on a holy note with the Eucharist, as celebration of Qurbana on weekdays has become a reality.
Mar Raphael Thattil, in his address, congratulated the Vicar General, Vicar, Church Committee members and all the parishioners for this feat and expressed hope that St. Alphonsa Pilgrim Center would become a reality sooner than later. The Gujarat region of Shamshabad Eparchy thanked God for the precious gift on Mother's birthday.
Ever since the Eparchy was erected, the Syro-Malabar Church in Gujarat has come to define its place in the new order by adding facilities for celebration of Holy Qurbana and for conducting other activities. As many as 14 priests play their pastoral role as vicars in different Parishes or Qurbana Centers. These priests include 8 from Eparchy of Palai, 2 from CMI, 2 from MCBS, 1 from MST, 1 from SJ and 1 priest from Palakkad Eparchy.
The Shamshabad is the largest Syro-Malabar Eparchy in India which spread over 2/3 of the country. For effective administration, it is divided into 8 regions. The Gujarat region comprising of Gujarat state and Union Territories of Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The region is consisting of a total of 23 Parishes / Qurbana Centers. Ahmedabad, Baroda and Vapi- Silvassa are the three zones in Gujarath region. The strong catholic population in this region are migrants from southern Kerala.