CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS - 3
Establishment of Knanaya Region to the establishment of St. Mary's Parish.
2006 April 28
Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath established seven regions in St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago. One of these regions is for all Knanaya Catholics in the diocese. “The formal Knanaya Catholic missions and the faithful of the Knanaya community living in other places where no formal missions are established will make one region.” Vicar General Rev. Fr. Abraham Mutholath is appointed as the director of this region.
2006 April 30
Mar Jacob Angadiath officially declared the establishment of Knanaya Catholic Region at OLV Church Chicago and appointed Vicar General Rev. Fr. Abraham Mutholath as Region Director.
2006 May 25 – 28
First Solemn feast celebration of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus at Community Center, OLV Church, Thaft High School Auditorium, and St. Joseph’s Church Addison. Archbishop Emeritus Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry and Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath were main celebrants.
2006 May 25
Mar Jacob Angadiath announced that the patron saint of the proposed new church would be the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the name of the parish would be “Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Parish.”
2006 June 24
Fr. Abraham Mutholath revealed the location of the first church to be bought during the Music Concert by Rev. Fr. Paul Poovathumkal at Thaft High School Auditorium.
2006 July 1
Mathachan Chemmachel took charge as program coordinator and Roy Kannothara, Joy Nediyakalayil, Jose Pinarkayil, and Alex Kannachamparambil took charge as trustees (Kaikkarans) of the mission.
2006 July 9
Started full pages multicolor printing of the Parish Bulletin.
2006 July 15
Originally planned date of inaugurating former St. James Church in Maywood as Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Church for Knanaya Catholics in Chicago. Instead, a concelebrated Mass was offered at Addison School Hall by Archbishop Mar Kuriakose Kunnachererry, Archbishop Mar Mathew Moolakkatt, and Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath.
2006 July 16
Originally planned Parish Inauguration Banquet at Crown Jewel Banquet Hall in Des Plaines. During this banquet, Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath announced his decision to purchase St. James Church in Maywood for Knanaya Catholic Mission. The decision to purchase the church was suspended because of the objection from many members of the community. At the request of the bishop, more than 400 families signed in favor of purchasing the church.
2006 September 1, Friday
First Mass at St. James Church in Maywood for Knanaya Catholic Mission at 7:00 P.M.
2006 September 2, Saturday
First administration of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Chrismation, and Holy Communion) at St. James Church in Maywood for Knanaya Catholic Mission.
2006 September 3, Sunday
Inauguration of Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Church in Maywood at 10:00 A.M. by Vicar General Rev. Fr. Abraham Mutholath and parish council members.
2006 September 22
Purchase of Church property from the Archdiocese of Chicago.
2006 September 24
Blessing of new interior architectural work of Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Church and declaration of Knanaya Catholic Mission as Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Parish and appointment of Mission Director Rev. Fr. Abraham Mutholath as pastor or vicar of the parish by His Excellency Mar Jacob Angadiath. Installation of the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Church by Mar Jacob Angadiath. His Excellency Bishop Thomas Paprocki inaugurated the meeting and City Mayor of Maywood was another chief guest.
2006 December 25
Vicar Fr. Abraham Mutholath sent a circular announcing the formation of St. Mary’s Unit for those Knanaya Catholics who attend OLV church for their pastoral needs with effect from January 1, 2007.
2007 March 10
Combined Religious Education Festival of Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s Religious Education Schools at Thaft High School auditorium. Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath was the chief guest.
2007 April 29
First Holy Communion and Chrismation of St. Mary’s Unit at St. John’s Church in Niles.
2008 March 1
Religious Education Festival of Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s Religious Education Schools at Mather High School auditorium. Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath was the chief guest.
2008 May 4
First Holy Communion and Chirsmation of St. Mary’s Unit at OLV Church.