8th January 1932 was a great day of jubilation for the Jacobite Syrian Christians of Poothrikka and its surrounding villages. Their long cherished dream was full filled. St. Mary' s Jacobite Syrian Church was consecrated on that day by His Grace Ougen Mor Themotheos the Metro[politan of Kandanad Diocese. Henceforth Syrian Christians in this area are able to participate in the holy mass without break in their own church situated in their own village. Till that time th eSyrian Christians of this area depended on the churches situated in Kolencherry, Vettithara, Neeramugal or Mamalasserry.
The land for the church was bought by Late Shri Puravath Paily of Naduvileveettil family. The permission to construct the church was obtained form the government in May 1930 and the foundation stone of the church was laid by Rev. Fr. Yakob Blayil on 9th September 1930. The construction of the church was completed in Decembert 1935. The church and the church property were subsequently handed over to eighteen devoted elders of prominent families belonging to the Parish.
The main altar of the church is dedicated in the name of Our Holy Virgin Mother Saint Mary . The altar on the north side is dedicated to Saint Peter& Saint Paul whereas the altar on the south side is dedicated to Saint Michael.
As per the decision taken by the general body meeting of the parishners held in January 1962 the church became a public property of all its members. Henceforth in every year the general body of the parishioners elect 16 members to the church managing committee. A managing Trustee is selected from among the members of the committee who along with the Vicar of the Parish controls the day to day administration of the church.
The church celebrated its Silver Jubilee in the year 1957. The Metropolitan of Diocese His Grace Paulose Mae Philaxinos was the chief guest of the occasion and His Grace conducted the Holy Mass on 8th January 1957.
The golden Jubilee of the church was celebrated in the year 1981-82. A new two storeyed parsionage was built and the same was consecrated by His Holiness Moran Mar Ignatius Zakka I . I was, the Patriach of Antioch and all the East on 8th February 1982.
The General body meeting of the parishioners held in 27th March 1988 selected a committee to form the Constitution of the Church. The new constitution was approved by the general body on October 1988 and it came into effect from 1st April 1989 with the approval of HB. Aboon Mar Baselious Paulose II the Catholicose of the East and the Malankara Metropolitan.
In 1994, church was reconstructed and enlarged into a beautiful one. The new church was consecrated by the Catholicose HB Mar Baselious Paulose II in April 1994.
In January 1995 a charitable society (St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Charitable Society) was formed under the church to provide humanitarian assistance to the needy and the suffering people. The Nursery School functioning under the church was upgraded to an English Medium Primary School and brought under the charitable society to cater to the educational needs of the society.
The construction of the parish hall cum school building was a milestone in the progress of the church. The building, Baselious Paulose II Catholicose Memorial Parish hall cum school building was inaugurated by H.B. Baaselious Thomas I, the Catholicose and Metropolitan Trustee on the 26th March 1999.
The general body meeting of the parishners of the church accepted the constitution of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Christian Association on 30th June 2002.
The church functions under the Holy Apostolic saa of Antioch and All the East and the supreme spiritual head of the church is His Holiness Moran Mar Ignatius Zakka I I was; the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East I was, the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian church has become one of the prominent Jacobite churches under the Kandanad Diocese having 425 families on its membership list.
Varios religions and spiritual organizations like the Sunday School, St. Stephens Youth Association, Martha Mariam Vanitha Samajama, Anthiyokia Viswasa Samrakshana Samithy etc. are functioning under the church.
St. George Chapel at Palackamattom functions under the guidance of this church. The construction of this chapel was completed in 1976. Holy mass is celebrated in every alternative Sundays The chapppal was reconstructed and enlarged into a beautiful one in the year 1998.
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