Ecumenical Fellowship of Indian Churches in Pennsylvania [EFICP]

Christmas_CelebrationThe various Indian immigrant Christian denominations in Philadelphia share close bonds of love and mutual respect with each other and, under the banner of EFICP have always come together to work for the good of the whole community. This congenial atmosphere is a true blessing from God.

The ecumenical friendship of Indian Christians in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, traces its roots back much before any Church of any denomination of Indian Christians was originated. In fact, until October 1976, there was no denominational congregation in Philadelphia except for an ecumenical Christian group. Now for all the Christian denominations of Kerala origin, there are many Churches and  believers in all of them also increased many fold.

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Souvenir 2018 – Chairman’s Message

ChairmanMessageNewMy heart is full of gratitude for the manifold blessings I have encountered! St. Paul’s instruction, “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philip 4:4) echoes in my mind, during this Holy Season of Christmas. It has been a privilege to work with you as the chairman of the Ecumenical Fellowship of Indian Churches in Pennsylvania (EFICP) for a second term. I am deeply indebted to the clergy and faithful of the ecumenical community for their personal and ministerial support. The executive committee including our Beloved Achens, Mr. Abin Babu, Mr. Shaloo Punnoose, and chairs of various activities deserve to be acknowledged. Their dedication, hard work, and organizational contributions have tremendously helped our fellowship and made this year’s events memorable. Continue reading

32 nd Annual Christmas Celebration – 2018

ChristmasCelebration_2018_HeaderThe Ecumenical Fellowship of Indian Churches in Philadelphia will be celebrating its 32nd annual Christmas celebrations which will be held at the George Washington High School, 10175 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19116 at 3:00 PM on Saturday, December 8, 2018. His Excellency The Most Reverend Philipose Mar Stephanos Thottathil of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, bishop of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Eparchy of the United States of America and Canada will inaugurate the function. A traditional procession accompanied by chendamelam will start at 3:00 PM. Public Meeting, Carols by Ecumenical Choir. To see the detailed flier please click the link below:
CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION 2018 FLIER [PICTURE]
CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION 2018 FLIER [PDF]
Abin Babu
Secretary

Office-Bearers 2018-2019

Chairman : Fr. Dr. Saji Mukkot 917-673-5318 mukkudan@yahoo.com
Co-Chairman : Fr. Geevarghese Jacob 732 272 6966 frgeevarghese@gmail.com
Religious : Fr. Reni Abraham 267-366-2092 rennyabraham@gmail.com
Secretary : Abin Babu 215-206-0218 A712b@aol.com
Joint Secretary : Binu Joseph 267 235 4345 binujkavungal@gmail.com
Treasurer : Shalu Punnoose 203-482-9123 Shalupunnoose@yahoo.com
Asst Treasurer : Thomas Chandy 201-446-5027 thomasachandy@gmail.com
PRO : Jeemon George 267-970-4267 Geemongeorge1@gmail.com
COORDINATORS:
Charity : Soby Itty 267 888 1373 sobyitty@gmail.com
Choir : Sabu Mathew 267 258 3220 Matt.pampady@yahoo.com
Youth : Gladwin Mathew 267 982 1634 gladwinjm@gmail.com
Souvenir : George M.Mathew 215 870 0800 gmmathew133@gmail.com
Programs : Shyla Rajan 267-231-2930 shynraj@hotmail.com
Women’s Forum : Jaya Ninan 215-485-0331 jayaninan@yahoo.com

Office-Bearers 2017-2018

EFICP

Chairman : Fr. Saji Mukkoot
Co-Chairman : Fr. K.K. John
Secretary : Mr. Koshy K. Varghese
Joint Secretary : Mr. George Oalickal
Treasurer : Dr. Kurian Mathai
COORDINATORS:
Religious Activities : Fr. M.K. Kuriakose
Charity/Fund Raising : Mr. George M. Mathew
Women’s Forum : Miss Aksa Joseph
Youth & Sports Activities : Mr. Binoy John
Programs : Mr. Sumod Jacob
Public Relations :Mr. Sajeev Sankarathil
Choir : Mr. Thomas Abraham
Chief Editor : Mr. Daniel P. Thomas
Auditors : Mr. M.A. Mathew & Mr. Stanley John

Sad News – Demise of Mrs. Kathrine Methikalam

KatherinWith profound grief and deep sorrow, we inform you the demise of Kathrine Methikalam (78), wife of Joseph Methikalam and mother of Dr. Blessy, (Blessy’s husband Dr. George Chacko), Dr. Bindu, and grand mother of James, Joseph and Jessica.  She passed away yesterday (3/14/2017) afternoon. Dr. Blessy and Dr. Bindu are our CCD teachers.

We express our deep-felt condolence to Jose Chettan, Blessy, George, Bindu and all other family members. Let us pray for the departed soul, and for all the bereaved family members!

Viewing & Funeral Service information:
3/17/2017 Friday 4:30 pm Viewing starts at our Church, 7 pm Holy Qurbana, Viewing continues to 9 pm.
3/18/2017 Saturday 9:00 am Viewing, 9:30 am Holy Qurbana, Funeral Services, procession to Cemetery.

Cemetery Address:
Our Lady of Grace
1215 Old Lincoln Hwy
Langhorne, PA 19047

By Fr. Johnykutty George

EFICP Charity Distribution / EFICP Soup Kitchen visit

EFICPOur second phase in the distribution of charity, from the funds collected through EFICP 5K Run will take place this month. We are planning to give $ 4,000 each to the below listed two charities in the Philadelphia area:

1. Covenant House: The Covenant house shelters young adults from ages 18 to 21 who are faced every challenge imaginable — physical abuse, sexual abuse, violence, Parents who can’t care for them because of their own addiction or mental health issues. Parents who won’t care for them because they don’t approve of them. It is situated in German town area.

2. Bethesda Project: The Bethesda Project manages a mix of city shelters, church-based shelters, transitional houses, overnight cafes and other forms of housing for the formerly homeless. It is situated in South Street area.

Soup Kitchen: Missionary sister of charity:  This Sunday, March 12, 2017, and Friday, March 17, 2017, we are sending two groups, each of consisting of 7 volunteers, to work in a Soup Kitchen in Norristown. The work at the facility will start at 8:30 AM and everything will be over by 12:00 PM. (You will have to start from the northeast at around 7:00 AM.) Work includes cooking, serving, cleaning all rooms etc. If you are interested to participate please contact me. Address: Missionary Sisters of Charity, 630 DeKalb St, Norristown, PA 19401.

So far, we have spent approximately $28,000 towards charity, first two phases combined. The Charity were beneficiaries were Sunday Breakfast, Back on my feet, Women of Well (through city of Philadelphia) an individual homeless and a surgery situation, Covenant House and Bethesda Project and Missionary Sisters of Charity.
Mathew Samuel
EFICP Secretary