Source: Gigi Samuel, Bangalore; Dec 2009
No. 13, Queen's Road
Bangalore - 560052
Phone: + 91 80-2267243
Cathedral Web Site: http://www.bsmcathedral.org
From City Bus Stand take Bus No. 290 to 303 and disembark at CSI bus
||Sunday 7:00 am
||Sunday 8:15 am
||Saturday 6:00 pm
||Friday 10:00 am
Shunoyo (Assumption of Virgin Mary) on August 15th is the main
feast day celebrated. The feast day of St. George on May 6th is a minor
Fr. Kuriakose Maniyattu is the vicar of the church. Fr. Kuriakose is
a native of Marady (E) near Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district. He completed
his priestly studies at Malekurishu dayro. He earlier served the churches
in Thokkuppara (Idukki), Kothamangalam, Bombay and Muscat. Before assuming
pastoral responsibilities at St. Mary's Church, Fr. Kuriakose was the
vicar of St. Ignatius Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Krishnarajapuram,
The Syrian Orthodox Christian community of Kerala started migrating to
Bangalore and the surrounding places in the early 1930's. The early Jacobite
Christians, who did not have a worship center of their own, joined a common
prayer group. There after Holy Qurbono was offered in the churches
belonging to sister congregations until the late 1970's. The tireless
effort of the congregation under the leadership of the then vicar Fr.
M.K. Thomas (now H.G.
Mor Themotheos Thomas) realized this dream in the form of St. Mary's
The new church was consecrated by the Catholicos of the East H.B. Baselios
Paulose II, of blessed memory. A period of religious, cultural and
economic growth followed. As years passed by, the congregation grew and
spread to the suburbs of Bangalore. As a result, churches were established
at Mathikere and Krishnarajapuram.
The present church building comprises of the church, parsonage, Bishop's
suite, a Public School and an Opportunity school. The church has also
started a Mission center at Anagalapura village, about 20 kms from the
Holy Qurbono is offered on all Sundays and moronoyo festivals.
Various spiritual organizations like the Sunday school, Martha Mariam
Vanitha Samajam (Women's Association) and Youth league are very active
in the church.
- St. Mary's Public School
The school was started in 1983 and has classes from Std I to X (ICSE).
Today the school has more than 800 students enrolled and has maintained
100% success in the public examinations.
- St. Mary's Opportunity School
The church and its members, without resting on the past achievements
felt the need to do something even more substantial in the field of
education, in serving the needs of mentally handicapped children. With
this vision, an opportunity school was started on st June 1998. The
scarcity of funds did not deter the members of the church, who had immense
faith in the belief that 'God will provide' and that they could count
on the support of generous members of the society. The donations, in
cash and kind, have come spontaneously, and have gone a long way in
sustaining the project.
The school has progressed well. Presently there are 13 mentally handicapped
students. The next academic year holds the promise of more children
being enrolled and requires financial resources.
The first steps in the long journey of service to the less fortunate
have been taken. We now appeal to everyone of you to pray and contribute
towards this task, to be a part of this humble service to our lord Jesus
Christ. Anyone who wishes to support this endeavor may send payments
by cheque/DD drawn in favour of St. Mary's Opportunity school, No.13,
Queen's road, Bangalore - 560052.
- Anagalpura Mission Center
The church started mission work at Anagalpura village situated in the
outskirts of Bangalore. Under the guidance of our Diocesan Bishop H.G.
Mar Themotheos Thomas and with the help of some well wishers of the
church, we could aquire more than 2 acres of land and started a center
to co-ordinate the mission activities. After witnessing the dedicated
services of our community, one of the villages has come forward and
donated 1.25 acres of land to extend our work for the glory of the Lord.
This village is surrounded by five villages with about 5000 families,
the majority of which are Hindus by faith. The illiterate poor and under
employed people lack basic necessities like School, Medical Facilities,
Transportation and even a Post Office.
For the service of these under privileged the Mission has a Mission
center, Chapel, St George Primary School, Vocational Training courses
and Medical Help.
The efforts mentioned above serve our mission to witness the Lord. We
appeal to our brethren to join us in our mission in many ways such as:
- Praying for this mission work.
- Sponsoring educational expenses of children (approx. Rs. 1500 or $30
per year for a child).
- Sponsoring vocational training expenses of youth (approx. Rs. 1000
per year for each student).
- Supporting the purchase of a sewing machine (approx. Rs. 2000).
- Supporting health care activities, particularly to acquire an Ambulance
and open a Medical Clinic.
Cheques or DD should be drawn in favour of "Mission Center, Anagalapura".
For more details please write to us at:
Fr. Paulose Mangalath
Dodda Gubbi P.O
Bagalur, Bangalore - 526149