On Pentecost Sunday, the Syro-Malankara Catholic Community in the Diocese of Cork and Ross gathered to celebrate Holy Eucharist in the Syro-Malankara Rite for the first time in the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne.
Fr. Shinu Varghese was the main celebrant. Fr. Cherian Thazhamon from Dublin was also present.
35 families from the Syro-Malankara Community in the Diocese of Cork and Ross participated in this historic celebration. This number will continue to grow as new families will continue to join this weekly celebration.
Fr. Varghese is currently Curate pro tem in the Parishes of The Cathedral and Blackpool/The Glen/Ballyvolane until the summer while at the same time allowing him time to look after the pastoral needs of the Syro-Malankara Catholics in Cork and Ross.
In welcoming this first celebration of Holy Eucharist for the Syro Malankara Community in the Diocese, Bishop Fintan said how they will enrich the Diocese of Cork and Ross. He also spoke of the importance of the Syro-Malankara Rite retaining its identity as one of the Eastern Rites within the Diocese.