Syro-Malabar Community

“Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you”. (Matthew 28:19-20)


The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is an Eastern Catholic Church based in Kerala, India. It is a sui iuris (autonomous) Church, in full communion with the Pope and the worldwide Catholic Church. The members of the Syro-Malabar Church are also known as St Thomas Christians, to indicate the Apostolic origins of their Church, as they received the Gospel from St Thomas in the Ist Century AD. The distinctive emblem of the Syro-Malabar Church is the Cross of St Thomas.


A number of families from Kerala settled in Johnstown about 10 years ago and now form a Mass Centre and community of some 40 families. In addition to fully participating in and contributing to every area of parish life, they also have their own Mass in their native language of Malayalam, in Johnstown Church, on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month and great feasts such as Christmas and Easter.