A brief history of the Oman Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in the Sultanate of Oman
The Oman Syro Malankara Catholic Community has grown in to its present form with the founding steps taken by Rev.Fr.Gheevarghese Mannikkarottu Cor-Episco during his short visit to Oman in 1998. After his interaction with the Malankarites in Oman, he brought the spiritual needs of the community to the notice of the then Bishop His Excellency Bernard Grimoli OFM Cap and that resulted in starting a Malankara Mass in Ghala Parish in 1999. In the succeeding years Malankara masses have been started in Ruwi and Salalah parishes too. The community started growing in an organized structure by 2000.The Pastoral care and leadership provided by Rev. Fr. JosephTyagaraj, Rev. Fr. Varghese Manalel, Rev. Fr. Chacko Mannisseril, Rev. Fr. Santhosh Karingattil, Rev.Fr. Jerome Peedikparampil, Rev. Fr .George Vadakkuttu, Rev. Fr. Peter Kadamancodu, Rev. Fr. Mathai Iranithara and Rev.Fr. Varghese Chempoli, were always remembered with gratitude.
Our long cherished dream of getting a Malankara priest was materialized in 2008 by the arrival of Rev. Fr. Christudas Charummoottil OIC as the Assistant Parish Priest of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Ghala. The community has taken in its present form during his three and half years of commendable services here. After his going back to India, Rev. Fr. Mathew Marottimoottil replaced him and he served the community for about one and a half years. Rev. Fr. Antony Plamparampil from Trivandrum Major Archdiocese appointed in 2013 and served the community till November 2016. Rev. Fr. Thomas Moothanteth replaced him and he served the community for 2 years . We place on record our sincere gratitude to these priests for their valuable and dedicated services rendered for the growth of the community. Now the community is growing under the spiritual guidance of Rev. Fr. Philip Nellivila from Puthur Diocese.
Now we have two Masses in Ruwi, three in Ghala, one in Salalah, one in Nizwa and one in Sohar in a month respectively in addition to one monthly prayer meetings for the units separately and one common prayer meeting coordinated by the central. We also have a regular monthly study class on ‘Malankara Liturgy’ in order to make it meaningful to our community members especially to our younger generations. We also used to conduct cultural competitions for our Children and Youths based on the Holy Bible and the Malankara Liturgy named as ‘Malankara Fest’and used to bring all our members of the entire Sultanate once in year under the banner ‘Malankara Meet’.
During these years His Beatitude Moran Mar Baselioc Cleemis Catholicos visited thrice and Most. Rev. Dr. Thomas Mar Koorilos, Archbishop of the Arch Dioces of Thiruvalla and Most. Rev. Dr. Joshua Mar Ignatios, Bishop of Dioces of Mavelikkara visited once and many of our priests visited us on various occasions like holy week celebrations and anniversary celebrations.
We take this occasion to thank our Head of the Church Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos for His parental care and support providing to us and to our bishop His Excellency Paul Hinder OFM Cap for the support and assistance providing for our growth. We also place on record our deep sense of gratitude and thanks to all the priests serving in the entire Sultanate of Oman.
We wish to express our deep gratitude to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Sayed for His generosity and open mindedness for giving permission to carry out all our activities in the entire Sultanate of Oman.
A brief description about the OSMCC Units
Sts. Peter and Paul Parish – Ruwi Unit:- This unit consists of 386 members with 104 Families and 22 Bachelors . We have two scheduled masses here of which one is on the first Sunday’s at 8 p.m. and the second one on the third Friday’s at 11. 30 a.m. in every month. Monthly prayer meetings on fourth Saturday at 8p.m.
Holy Spirit Parish- Ghala Unit:- This unit consists of a total of 196 members with 39 Families and 58 Bachelors. We have three scheduled Masses here of which one is on the first Thursday’s at 8.30 p.m, the second one on the second Friday at 3.00 PM and the third one is on fourth Saturday’s at 8. 30 p.m. in every month. Monthly prayer meetings on first Tuesday at 8.30 p.m. Also our Director is residing in Ghala Parish.
St. Francis Xavier Parish- Salalah Unit:- This unit consisits of a total of 183 members with 37 Families and 42 Bachelors. Salalah is about 1000 kms away from Muscat and is a very popular place having natural scenic beauty like Kerala. We have one scheduled mass on every fourth Friday’s at 8.00 am and their unit prayer is used to conduct on every fourth Thursday’s evening.
Nizwa Unit:- In Nizwa we have no Church at present and hence we used to conduct the mass in the authorized locations on first Saturday’s at 8 p.m. Their unit prayer is used to conduct on the third Saturday’s. There are 82 members with 15 Families and25 Bachelors.
St. Antony’s Parish- Sohar:- This unit is one of the newly formed units of the community due to the fact that the members are staying at a far away distance from the Church premises. There are at present 76 identified members with 12 Families and 34 Bachelors. We have got permission to start one mass in a month and we are planning to have it on every second Friday’s. Their unit prayer is used to conduct on every first and third Friday’s in the residence of the members.