History
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Fr. Joseph Meledath
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Fr. Joseph Manappurath
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Fr. James Cheruvil
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Fr. Jose Illikunnumpurath
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Fr. Mathew Meledath
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Fr. Saji Pinarkayil
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Fr. Suni Padijarekkara
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Fr. Abraham Mutholath (Pastor)
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Fr. Joseph Thachara (Associate)

HISTORY OF THE PARISH

Fr. Joseph Meledath came to Houston on November 27, 1994 to take care of pastoral needs of the Knanaya community in Houston and Dallas. Bishop Joseph Fiorenza of the Galveston-Houston diocese officially appointed Fr. Meledath as the mission director in 1996. Rev. Fr. Joseph Manappurath was appointed as the mission director on September 1, 1998. Mar Jacob Angadiath officially recognized the Knanaya Catholic Mission of Houston on October 29, 2003, along with nine other Knanaya Catholic Missions in the USA, as a mission of the St. Thomas Diocese of Chicago. He also confirmed the appointment of Fr. Joseph Manapurath as the director of this mission. Fr. James Cheruvil took charge as the director of this mission on January 1, 2007. Rev. Fr. Jose Illikunnumpurath was appointed as the mission director with effect from December 28, 2010.

This mission bought a new church from a Baptist community on August 25, 2011and was consecrated on November 5, 2011 by His Excellency Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath. Archbishop Mar Mathew Moolakkatt was the main celebrant of the first Holy Mass and Bishop Mar Joseph Pandarasseril was concelebrant. Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath elevated this mission as a parish and appointed Fr. Jose Illikunnumpurath as the first vicar (pastor) of this parish during the Holy Mass. Fr. Mathew Meledath was appointed as the second from May 6, 2013. Fr. Saji Pinarkayil served as pastor of this parish from October 18, 2014 to April 30, 2018. Fr. Suni Padijarekkara was the pastor from May 1, 2018 to September 14, 2023. Fr. Abraham Mutholath, the present pastor, took charge on September 15, 2023.

This parish was declared as a Forane Parish of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago on February 18, 2015 by Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath. The official establishment of the forane was held on March 15, 2015 by Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath and inaugurated by Auxiliary Bishop Mar Joy Alappatt at Mary’s Church in Houston.

Fr. Joby Puchookandathil served as the first associate pastor from June 15, 2022 to July 30, 2022. Fr. Joseph Thachara is the present associate pastor from July 30, 2022.

St. Joseph’s Congregation sent three sisters (Sr. Reji, Sr. Joice and Sr. Jossy), to start a new convent in Houston, TX. They arrived in Houston on August 5, 2017. The parish hosted a pre-marriage course of Knanaya Region from November 7-9, 2018.

This Parish serves around 860 families in Houston, Sugarland, Missouri city, Stafford and Southeastern part of Texas.

Contact Information

PASTOR / VICAR:
Rev. Fr. Abraham Mutholath 773-412-6254 mutholath2000@gmail.com

ASSOCIATE PASTOR:
Rev. Fr. Joseph Thachara 832-274-5972 josephthachara@gmail.com

TRUSTEES
COORDINATOR: Jassim  (Jayachan) Thayilputhenpurayil
713-498-0604 jjacob61@hotmail.com
Shajumon Mukalel  832-497-6656 shajumukalel@yahoo.com
Babu Abraham Parayamkalayil 832-971-0907 babuparaymkalayil@yahoo.com
Joppan Poovappadath 281-912-4150 georgebij2019@gmail.com

FACILITY MANAGEMENT
COORDINATOR: Simon Ellankiyil 281-499-5573 sellankan@hotmail.com
Biby Thekkanatt 248-974-5100 bibystephen@gmail.com
Thomas Kanichattumthara 786-216-2938
Mathew Thekkethil 832-661-6305 tt_mathew@hotmail.com

For Zelle payment:
stmarytrustee@gmail.com

Office Secretaries:
Stephen Edattukunnel 832-277-2153
Sr. Joicy SJC 832-679-3724

DRE (Director of Catechism):
Johnson Vattamattathil 201-270-9360 jvtoms@gmail.com

PRO:
Alvin Mukalel 346-702-9498 alvinabraham124@gmail.com

BULLETIN
DIRECTOR: Fr. Joseph Thachara
832-274-5972
COORDINATOR: Alvin Mukalel 346-702-9498 alvinabraham124@gmail.com
Angeline Thannichuvattil 832-898-8448 anjumjose01@gmail.com
Elisha Vattamattathil 346-552-0961 elishathomas2010@gmail.com

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