You are a Blessing to St. Alphonsa Church. Thank You.
Dear Friends of St. Alphonsa Catholic church,
“Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established “. (Proverbs: 16:3)
St. Alphonsa Catholic parish community greatly appreciates and thanks you for taking part in its immense growth and progress over the years since 1992. On behalf of the church, I thank all the sponsors, benefactors, advertisers and those who purchased tickets for the fundraising program ‘Solid Fusion Temptation 2015'. You all have been a great blessing to St. Alphonsa church. I thank all those who worked for the success of this program. Hope you all enjoy this musical night. Thank you to one and all.
I understand from the history of the parish that numerous persons worked hard tirelessly, sacrificed time and energy, put their hearts and souls together and shared their resources for the growth of this community. The growth began in 1992 when a few individuals took the initiative to arrange Malayalam Mass. As the number of people increased, Syro Malabar rite Holy Mass was celebrated weekly. The desire to then own a facility for this growing community, was materialized in 2003 with the purchase of six acres of land and a small building that was fully funded by individual contributions by its members. A catholic mission was established in the same year. And in 2004, a full time Director was appointed. The community continued to grow much more intensely and in 2006 the present church was inaugurated. In 2010 the church acquired six more acres of land with a building, so now we have 12 acres of land.
I want to thank all the people for their selfless work, dedicated leadership and support.
Since then, the community has grown to 305 families with 1400 members and we are in need of expansion of our facilities with a church and educational building, to meet our various religious and social needs, especially those of our children and youth. We are envisioning a church of 1100 square feet with a worship space to hold 500 people, a sacristy, daily worship chapel, cry room etc. We are hoping to materialize this project with an estimated cost of 3 million dollars. A building committee was formed to work on this project and they are working with determination, trusting in the Power of God and focusing on the needs of the community. I know it is challenging but believe that with the blessing of God and the powerful intercession of St. Alphonsa, we can make this happen. ”For nothing will be impossible with God.”(Lk: 1:3)
Why this project?
The present church was built as a multipurpose hall which later turned into a worship space. Our community has grown from 90 families to 305 families, so we need a larger and beautiful space exclusively for worship. Church is a Sacred and Holy place, but presently, on many occasions, we are forced to use it as a social place which is displeasing to God as it loses its sense of sacredness. Most of the time we are at the mercy of the weather when we organize religious and social functions. Also, we are blessed with talented children, youth and adults but the opportunities for them to perform and showcase their talents are very limited due to the lack of facilities at the church. Most importantly, St. Alphonsa church is now a forane church, which means, it is a center for all Syro-Malabar Catholics in Atlanta, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky .
An Appeal to all:
I humbly request everyone, to take part in this project of our community with your generous donations and contributions to St. Alphonsa Catholic Church, towards the accomplishment of our goal. We need your support and it does not matter how small or big, every penny is counted in the eyes of God who will bless your family abundantly.
Once again thank you to all for your love and support.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Mathew Elayadathamadam,msfs, Forane Vicar
St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.
Mar George Alencherry was born on 19th April 1945 in the parish of Thuruthy in the archdiocese of Changancherry as the sixth child of the ten children of Mr. Philipose and Mary Alencherry of whom two others are priests (Fr. Jose Alencherry and Fr. Francis Alencherry, SDB) and one, a religious sister (Sr. Cherupushpam, S.A.B.S.). Geevarghese is his baptismal name. Mar George Alencherry had his primary schooling at St Mary’s School, Thuruthy and secondary education at St Berchman’s High School, Changanacherry read more...