“ St Alphonsa parish community is an active and welcoming Syro Malabar Catholic community proclaiming the Gospel of Christ to all ”
Welcome from Parish Priest
Thank you for taking the time to visit the website of St Alphonsa Cathedral Melbourne. The members of the Cathedral are the Catholics of the Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church, one of the most vibrant Eastern Churches in the Catholic Communion, who live in the North-West region of Melbourne.
The Syro-Malabar Church traces back its origin to the preachings of St Thomas,the Apostle, in India. We are proud to say that we have always tried to keep up the faith handed down to us by our forefathers. We embrace it here in Australia and bring up our children in the same faith despite a number of obstacles created by today’s society. We are happy to observe that our life of faith and practice of religion have inspired people of other communities within Australia.
By the grace of God, in 2014, we established an Eparchy here in Australia, although we have not yet a church to call our own. However, this does not impede us to assemble as a faith community for the regular celebration of the Divine Liturgy, for the administration of other sacraments, for catechetical instruction and social gatherings. Now, it is the ardent wish and constant prayer of our community to have a church constructed here. We need it as a place to receive consolation and strength from God in our journey on earth.
All our faithful, who are spread throughout Australia, are also very interested in the construction of the church as it will be the cathedral of the Eparchy of Melbourne. We move forward with the constant hope that God will prepare everything so that we all can spread out our hands towards that house of God in prayer without much delay (1 Kg 8: 31 – 53).
Our community is thankful to our friends, benefactors and well wishers. May the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Mother Mary intercede for us. St. Thomas, the Apostle and St Alphonsa, our patroness, pray for us.
St. Alphonsa, the first native woman saint of India, who lived as an unknown simple clarist nun within the four walls of the Franciscan Clarist convent at Bharananganam, in the state of Kerala, is now known all over the world. Her extraordinary power of intercession before her beloved Spouse Lord Jesus Christ,made her dear to everyone. Thousands of people from all walks of life irrespective of caste, creed, religion or country flow to the tomb of the saint to pray for their various needs and to pay homage and gratitude for the innumerable favors they received.
The construction of the St Alphonsa Cathedral, Epping, will be another milestone for the Eparchy of St Thomas, Melbourne. Indeed, it will be a source of pride for all Syro-Malabar Catholics, particularly the migrant Syro-Malabar faithful in Australia and New Zealand. God has sent us to these countries to continue our missionary call for spreading the Good News in every corner of the world after our ancestors received our great faith from St Thomas, the Apostle.
Soon a master plan for the site development at Epping will be realised, and in the coming weeks a town planning application will be submitted to the Whittlesea Council for approval. In every sense, the design for the Cathedral will reflect most of the features and architecture of our traditional Syrian churches in Kerala internally, that will cater to sacramental life of the faithful within the diocese.
Craigieburn - 5.30 PM on Sundays
171 Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn
* Catechism at 4.00 pm followed by Holy Masses at 5.30 pm on Sundays
Reservoir - 10.00 AM on Sundays
15 McMahon Road,Reservoir
* Holy Qurbana at 10.00 AM followed by Catechism classes
Epping - 7.00 PM on Wednesdays
13 Davisson Street, Epping
Holy Masses on every Wednesdays at 7.00 pm
Craigieburn - 7.00 PM on Thursdays
171 Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn
Holy Masses on every Thursadays at 7.00 pm & St. Alphonsa’s Novena
6.30 PM: Adoration & Confession
Oak Park - 7.30 pm - 11.30 First Friday ( Night Vigil )
Every first Friday from 7.30 pm – 11.30 pm with Holy Mass
Pesha Thursday, 29 March
Passion Friday, 30 March
Services begin at 10.00 am at the hilltop chapel followed by stations of the cross, Bacchus Marsh (53 Flanagans Drive, Merrimu VIC 3340).
Easter Vigil: Saturday, 31 March
Account Name: St.Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Community
BSB Number: 083 347
Account Number: 12540 2804