A Note on our History
SHKRCC is established as a chaplaincy by the Archdiocese of Toronto with a registered charitable
status, for the Kerala Latin Catholic Community residing in its juridical territory. It follows the rules
and regulations given by the Archdiocese of Toronto for the Spiritual welfare and nourishment of
the Community. It functions also as a registered charitable organization under CRA (Canada
Revenue Agency). Rev Fr Pious Malliar, is the present Chaplain and pastor in-charge of the community. He has taken
charge as the Chaplain on 29 th June 2017.
It was a long cherished dream of the Latin Catholics living in Toronto, to have a Holy mass in Malayalam. August 20, 2011 was a historic moment, while a Malayalam Mass in the Latin Rite was celebrated at St. Norbert Church by three priests Rev. Fr. Benedict Plavila from New York, Rev. Jossy Mullassery OFM from Montreal and Fr. Stephen G. Kulakkayathil from Kollam, Kerala. It was a great success. A coordination committee was formed to mobilize the community and enable them to participate in the Holy Mass. The community gathered under the banner of "Kerala Roman Latin Catholic Canadian Community." His Excellency McGatten, the Auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto, granted permission to celebrate Holy Mass in Malayalam on every first Sunday of the month. Since the participation of the community at the Holy Mass was so successful that permission was granted to have a permanent priest from Kerala. In January 2014 Fr.Stephen Gilbert Kulakkayathil from the diocese of Quilon was appointed as the Pastor in charge of the Latin Catholic Community in Toronto. Establishment of the Chaplaincy: It was a milestone that the Archdiocese of Toronto established a Chaplaincy for the Latin Catholics of Kerala living in Toronto, under the name "SACRED HEART KERALA ROMAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY". We have been raised to Chaplaincy from a language group. Cardinal Thomas Collins established the Chaplaincy on 15th August 2015. The Chaplaincy has given us the privilege of having a new name, Finance Council, Pastoral Council, a bank account and charitable status for the Chaplaincy. The Mass to mark the official inauguration of the Chaplaincy was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Ivan Camilleri the chancellor of the Archdiocese of Toronto on 1st November 2015. Fr. Stephen G. Kulakkayathil was appointed as the first Chaplain of the community. Mr. Jose Valiaparambil took charge as the Parish council secretary and Mr. Anjalose Varghese as the Vice chairman of the Finance council. We continue to have Holy Mass on every 1st Sunday and Eucharistic adoration and prayers on every 3rd Sunday of the month. We celebrate Christmas, Onam and other special occasions to strengthen our community. This year we celebrated the feast of Christ the King on 22nd November for the first time. We are very grateful to God, Cardinal Thomas Collins, Msgr. Thomas Kalarathil and other officials of the Archdiocese for the elevation of our community from a language group to Chaplaincy.
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