Chicago St. Mary's Knanaya Catholic Church Song.

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Our Mission

St. Mary's Knanaya Catholic Parish of Chicago commits to serve the pastoral needs of the Knanaya Catholics in the state of Illinois, having domicile on the Northside of the Expressway 90 and those having domicile in the state of Wisconsin, in communion with the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago and the Archeparchy of Kottayam, especially by providing liturgical services in the Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara Rites, offering Religious Education and spiritual formation, organizing pious associations, Ministries for all ages, koodara yogams (ward prayer meetings), promoting Knanaya traditions, and developing a spirit of Christian love.

Brief History

The Knanaya Catholics living in the northern part of Chicago desired to buy a church facility in that area because a major part of the Knanaya people in Chicago are living in this area. The search for the second church facility in Chicago was realized by buying a Jewsih Synagogue in Morton Grove on January 14, 2010. Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath, along with His Grace Mar Mathew Moolakkatt and Mar Joseph Pandarasseril consecrated this church and established it as a parish on July 18, 2010. This synagogue was then remodeled according to the Syro-Malabar tradition of the Catholic Church. This is the second parish church established for Knanaya Catholics in Chicago. This church is part of Knanaya Region and Chicago Sacred Heart Forane under the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago. This parish serves around 750 families. This parish established a Knanaya Catholic Cemetery adjacent to Mary Hill Cemetery in Niles.
Pastoral Services

Malayalam Qurbana:

  • Morning Mass: Monday through Friday at 8:15 A.M.
  • Evening Mass: Monday through Thursday at 7:00 P.M.
  • Mass on Saturdays at 10:00 A.M.
  • Sunday Holy Mass at 8:00 A.M, 10:00 A.M. and 5:30 P.M.

English Mass:

  • Friday at 6:00 P.M.
  • Sunday at 11:45 A.M.


  • St. Anthony on every Tuesday after 7:00 P.M. Holy Mass.
  • St. Jude on every Thursdays after 7:00 P.M. Holy Mass.
  • St. Michael first Wednesday of every month after 7:00 P.M. Holy Mass
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help on every Saturday after 10:00 A.M. Holy Mass


  • Perpetual Adoration every day 9:00 A.M. through 9:00 P.M. at the Adoration Chapel.
  • Night Vigil every second Thursday after 7:00 P.M. Qurbana


  • One hour before daily Mass

Main Feast

  • Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the weekend of August 15. (Aug. 13-20, 2023).

Religious Education

  • Class will be from 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.
  • DRE: Saji Poorthukayil (847-293-9409)
  • Number of Students: 445
  • Youth and Adult Teachers: 60

Pious Associations & Ministries

  • Men Ministry
  • Women Ministry
  • Youth Ministry
  • Little Flower Mission League (LFML)
  • Teens Ministry
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Legion of Mary
  • Prayer Group, Anna Maria Mothers Prayer Group
  • Darsana Samooham
  • Angels Prayer Group for kids

Other Activities

  • Annual Retreat
  • Faith Fest (Summer Camp)
  • Parish Day
  • Pilgrimages
  • Parish Weekly Bulletin.
Contact Information

  • Pastor / Vicar:
    Rev. Fr. Thomas Mulavanal

    Parish Secretary:
    Sr. Silverius S.V.M.

  • Associate Pastor:
    Rev. Fr. Lijo Kochuparambil

    Trustee Coordinator:
    Sabu Naduveettil

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