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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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:
Abin Babu

Office-Bearers 2018-2019

Chairman : Fr. Dr. Saji Mukkot 917-673-5318
Co-Chairman : Fr. Geevarghese Jacob 732 272 6966
Religious : Fr. Reni Abraham 267-366-2092
Secretary : Abin Babu 215-206-0218
Joint Secretary : Binu Joseph 267 235 4345
Treasurer : Shalu Punnoose 203-482-9123
Asst Treasurer : Thomas Chandy 201-446-5027
PRO : Jeemon George 267-970-4267
Charity : Soby Itty 267 888 1373
Choir : Sabu Mathew 267 258 3220
Youth : Gladwin Mathew 267 982 1634
Souvenir : George M.Mathew 215 870 0800
Programs : Shyla Rajan 267-231-2930
Women’s Forum : Jaya Ninan 215-485-0331

Office-Bearers 2017-2018


Chairman : Fr. Saji Mukkoot
Co-Chairman : Fr. K.K. John
Secretary : Mr. Koshy K. Varghese
Joint Secretary : Mr. George Oalickal
Treasurer : Dr. Kurian Mathai
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

World Day of Prayer 2017

WDPFrontPageThe  ‘World Day of Prayer’ 2017 organized by the Women’s Forum of the Ecumenical Fellowship of Indian Churches in Philadelphia (EFICP) will be held on Saturday, March 4th 2017 at St Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, 1009 Unruh Ave, Philadelphia from 9.00 am (EST) to 1.30 pm (EST). The 2017 World Day of Prayer is based on the theme “Am I Being Unfair to You?” based on the lives of people in the Philippines. The main speaker of the event is Rev. Sr. Jocelyn Edathil SIC, MD, PhD.

The Ecumenical Women’s Forum cordially invites you and your families to join our neighbors in celebrating World Day of Prayer for the women and children of Philippines those in conflict and difficulties. Join women from 170 countries and observe World Day of Prayer to support ecumenical efforts toward justice, peace, healing, and wholeness. Your presence will take the event to a different height and it will be an encouragement and blessing for all of us. Hoping to see you all!
Dr. Binu Shajimon
EFICP Women’s Forum Coordinator

World Day of Prayer 2017

WDP2017BannerWorld Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women with many traditions who come together each year to observe a common day of prayer. On March 4th, 2017, The Ecumenical Women’s Forum will join our neighbors in celebrating World Day of Prayer in solidarity with the women of the Philippines at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, 1009 Unruh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA from 9am to 1:30pm. The Keynote Speaker for the event is Sr. Jocelyn Edathil SIC, MD, PhD. Sr. Jocelyn is a practicing physician and professor at Temple University Hospital. She is also the first American born religious sister of Indian origin in America. She has been active in the ecumenical community since childhood. Sr Jocelyn is a well-known and highly esteemed devotional speaker nationally and internationally.

The Ecumenical Women’s Forum cordially invites all to join the women of the Philippines in prayer and song to support ecumenical efforts toward justice, peace, healing, and wholeness. The WDP choir plays a big part in the program. Please contact the WDP coordinator for those who are interested in joining the English and Malayalam choir. The first practice for all programs is scheduled on January 22nd at St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, 608 Welsh Road, Philadelphia at 3 pm. We kindly request the participation of youths and adult members in the WDP activities. May God bless you all!
Dr. Binu Shajimon
EFICP Women’s Forum Coordinator