St. Joseph's Syro-Malabar Catholic Church

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Season of Lent

The passion, death and resurrection of Jesus mark the climax of His salvific acts. The seven weeks between Denha and the feast of Easter are set apart for prayer, fasting, abstinence and reparation. The basis of this lenten season is the forty days fast of Jesus. Still, we call this period ‘Anpathu Nombu’(50 days’ fasting). Probably, because St.Thomas Christians fasted and abstained from ‘pethurtha’ Sunday to Easter Sunday. The Syriac term ‘pethurtha’ means ‘looking back’, ‘reconciliation’ etc. Lent is a season set apart mainly for repentance and reconciliation.

We who became God’s children and new creation in baptism drifted away from God by committing sin. During this season we meditate upon man’s sin and its consequences, the need for repentance and conversion, the infinite love and mercy of God towards repentant sinners and the passion, death and burial of Jesus Christ. Lenten season calls our attention in a special way to the need for reconciliation with God and fellow beings. Therefore, in this period, the Church persuades the faithful to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.

The Church reminds us to spend the lenten period in fervent prayers, sincere fasting and generous almsgiving and to eradicate our evil desires. Like Jesus who conquered death and entered into life, let us also die to sin and enter into eternal life.

A Dream Come True

"How good it is, how pleasant, where the people dwell as one" Ps. 133:1

StJosephSMCC Concelebrants

This church of ours is proof of how the dreams of a group of people united in Christ, living together in faith inherited from Mother Church, get realized through prayer and hard work!

I am blessed to be a part of this vibrant community that prays hard, works hard, and be a witness to miracles. The enthusiasm, energy, and commitment of the people of this community is not of this world, but rather, it is Heaven sent, and I thank God for it!

Now that we have our own Church, our dream for the next generation is closer to reality. Many of us are here with our strong faith and Christ centered lifestyle because of the ecclesial, liturgical, cultural, and social heritage that we received from our parents. It is now our responsibility to proclaim our faith, live our tradition, and pass these Christian values and heritage on to the next generation.

I thank everyone who has helped to make this church a reality, and invite everyone to participate even more actively in our mission.

May God Bless us all.
Fr. George Maliekal (Vicar) 


Welcome Message

St Joseph's Syro Malabar Catholic Church of central Florida, Tampa invites and welcomes you all to worship with us. All you are called to constitute the mystyical body and share the life in Christ. Our parish is a wonderful community of faithful people whose primary desire is to worship God , nurture the faith of Children and our families. Let us gather together to celebrate the life in Jesus. And we welcome everybody to join the community.

Syro Malabar Church is an apostolic Church which traces its origin to the Apostolate of St Thomas who, according to the tradition landed at Cranganore in 52 A.D and founded 7 Christian communities at Palayur, Cranganore, Kokamangalam, Kottakavu(parur), Quilon, Niranam and chayal.  It is one of the 22 sui juris oriental churches in Catholic communities with its own particular characteristics expressed in worship, spirituality and disciplinary laws. Now we the St Joseph Syro Malabar community of tampa is formed under the territory of Syro Malabar diocese of Chicago. As members of Syro Malabar Community it is our privilege to foster our customs, traditions and heritage for the benefit of our future generations.

Our Bishop

Mar Jacob AngadiathMar Jacob Angadiath was born on October 26, 1945 at Periappuram in Elanji Panchayat of Ernakulam District, in the State of Kerala, India. His parents were Ulahannan and Mariam Angadiath and his mother was from Veluparampil family, Elanji. His home parish is St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Periappuram, in the diocese of Palai. He has two brothers, A. Andrews Angadiath and A.U. Joseph Angadiath who are at Periappuram and one sister, Mrs. Aleykutty Augusthy Champamalayil at Matholapuram. His father died in 1948 and thereafter his mother and immediate family raised him.

St. Antony’s L.P. School, Kalluvettamada, Mulakulam was his first school were he received formal education for two years. Then he was transferred to Namakuzhy Government High School where he completed his high School in 1962. He was very active in literary practices of the school and catechism and Mission League activities of his parish.

Every Sunday we have our prayer meeting starting from 9.00 AM to 10.15 AM conducted at Church Chapel. Everyone is welcome to join us also encourage others do the same.

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Angels Army

Children with ages between 2 and 10 are welcome to join with us. We meet every 2nd Saturday @ 10.00 AM starting with Holy Mass.

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09.30 AM - Prayer Meeting.
10.30 AM - Malayalam Mass.

Tuesday - Friday
6.30 PM - Malayalam Mass.

10.00 AM - Malayalam Mass followed by Adoration.


CCD classes are held every Sunday from 9.00 AM to 10.15 AM. By the special providence of God, and the support of the parents, we are constantly growing in strength and brotherhood.

Holy Rosary

All are welcome join us Holy Rosary (English / Malayalam) over Telephone, every night at 9.00 PM. Dial access number 1-218-895-3179. Enter passcode 203050# when prompted.

If you have not registered with the SJSMCC, please do so ASAP. This is mandated by the diocese. Regardless of your membership with KCACF, separate registration with SJSMCC is required. SJSMCC has to maintain its own record. SJSMCC can provide any reference or document only if you are a member of the church.

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