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Pastoral visit by Cardinal
The Syro Malabar Eparchy (Diocese) was established in October 9, 2016, two years back. Cardinal George was the principal celebrant at this event and for the episcopal ordination of Bishop Joseph Srampickal, the first bishop. This is the first visit by our Cardinal to England to observe the diocese and its progress. He does this as the part of his duty as the supreme head of the Syro Malabar Church. The British Syro-Malabar diocese is growing steadily and it now forms mission centers in different places. Previously there were 173 Holy Mass centres within a 25 mile radius, these form as mission centres named as Mission Centers. The British diocese has restructured into 75 Missions Centres and their inaugurations will be taking place during the pastoral visit of Cardinal in different places. These mission centers eventually will change into Syro-Malabar parishes when it meets the requirements of a parish. Hopefully not to far in the distant future.
Cardinal George started his visit on 23 November from Scotland and made his way to England. It will be completed by 9th of December. During the visit the Cardinal will visit the Apostolic, Nuncio, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, other bishops of the different dioceses.
We had a wonderful celebration at Good Shepherd Church, Arnold, where the Cardinal declared 2 missions with Fr. Biju Joseph Kunnackattu as its mission director. St. Gabriel Mission, Derby include people from Derby and Burton-on-Trent. St. John's Mission includes people from Nottingham, Mansfield, Clay Cross and Worksop. The Mission Centres will celebrate regular Holy Masses during the weekends. For St. John's Mission in Nottingham this will take place at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Lenton Boulevard. St John's mission will take place at St. Gabriel Derby, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Derby.
Along with Cardinal George Alencherry, Bishop Patrick McKinney, Bishop of Nottingham, Bishop Joseph Srampickal, Bishop of Syro Malabar Eparchy of Great Britain, Fr. Sajimon Malayilputhenpurayil, Vicar General of Great Britain Diocese, Canon Antony Dollan, Fr. Wilfred Pereppadan, Fr. George Thomas Chelackal, Fr. Fanswa Pathil, Fr. Biju Joseph Kunnackattu, Mission Director were Concelebrants with Cardinal. People from Nottingham, Mansfield, Scunthorpe, Boston, Clay Cross, Worksop, Burton on Trent and Derby were present to witness the historical declaration.
The gathering was further enhanced by the laying on of wonderful Indian cuisine in the parish centre. The excitement and joy was very evident as families and friends shared this evening together marking this important occasion in such a lovely communal manner.

Submitted by Fr Biju Josep
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