At Wentworthville, in the Diocese of Parramatta, the Malayalee Catholic Community meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month to celebrate Holy Mass in Malayalam at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. The La Salette Fathers pastorally support the community, and the community receives enormous support from the Malayalee Catholics in and around Parramatta.
During the early years, the families received pastoral support from different parishes. St. Oliver Plunkett’s Parish, Harris Park was the venue for the first Malayalam Holy Mass in 2007. The community is grateful to Fr. Joseph Thomas Karuplackal for his generosity to give his parish and time to celebrate Holy Mass in Malayalam. Malayalee Catholic Community in Parramatta Diocese had the privilege of getting various priests including the visiting bishops to celebrate monthly Holy Masses.
Fr. Joseph Thomas got transferred from Harris Park church, and the community had to find a new place to celebrate monthly Holy Mass. Around this time, His Excellency Bishop Gregory Karotemprel was the Chairman of Syro-Malabar Synodal Commission for Evangelization and Pastoral Care of Migrants. Bishop Gregory entrusted Fr. Jaison Mulerikkal CMI to assist the Catholic Community of Parramatta and celebrate Masses for the community. Fr. Jaison took a particular initiative and held meetings with O’Carm congregation Provincial at Melbourne. Fr. Jaison’s efforts made it possible to get Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Parish at Wentworthville to conduct regular Holy Masses for the Syro-Malabar Community. The community is delighted to have Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Parish, Wentworthville, as the venue for bi-monthly gathering for Holy Mass and other religious activities. With the help of His Excellency Bishop Gregory Karotemprel and Fr Jaison, the committee approached the Diocese of Parramatta to get a Malayalee priest trained in Syro-Malabar Rite to lend pastoral support to the community. The Bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta, as an interim arrangement have entrusted the responsibility of helping Syro-Malabar Catholic Community in Parramatta to La Salette Fathers in the diocese. Fr. Joby Kadambattuparambil is the current chaplain for supporting the Syro-Malabar Community in Paramatta Diocese. Fr. Joy Chukkananickal, Fr. Mathew Manjaly, Fr. Sunny Poovathumkudy and Fr. Joy Porathur also helped the Syro-Malabar community of Parramatta Diocese in the past.
His Excellency Mar Sebastian Vadakkel, Bishop of Ujjain Diocese, India and Chairman of Commission for Evangelization & Pastoral Care of the Migrants celebrated Holy Mass for the community on 9th October 2010. Mar Sebastian Vadakkel officially launched the website of Syro-Malabar Parramatta at that time.
In July 2010, Bishop Mar Sebastian Vadakkel announced the appointment of Fr. Francise Kolencherry as the National Coordinator for Pastoral Care of the Syro-Malabar faithful in Australia. Fr. Francise also helped the community to streamline the pastoral activities in association with the La Salette Fathers.
The first batch of 15 children has completed coaching for First Holy Communion in 2011. Currently, more than 150 children are attending classes for catechism.
In March 2012, The St Alphonsa Community warmly welcomed Mar Mathew Arackal, Bishop of Kanjirappally and Chairman of Syro-Malabar Church Commission for Laity, and Advocate V. C. Sebastian, Secretary to the Commission for Laity. Their visit was the beginning of scheduled Laity Conferences of the Syro-Malabar Church across various cities of Australia.
Pope Francis has then established the new Eparchy (Diocese) of St. Thomas the Apostle of Melbourne of the Syro-Malabars (Australia) and has appointed its first Eparchial Bishop Bosco Puthur in early 2014. Fr Francis Kolencherry then became the first Vicar General of the Eparchy. Another appointment within the Eparchy was that of Fr. Thomas Alukka as the Episcopal Vicar for Sydney NSW. The installation of the new Syro-Malabar Eparchy was at St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, 25th March 2014. A committee of representatives from each zone ably supports the Chaplain and the Episcopal Vicar.
The Syro-Malabar community celebrates all the main feasts - Easter, Christmas, Feast of St Alphonsa, St. Thomas Day and other regular liturgical celebrations.