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Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Forane Parish, Tampa

VICAR: Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Adoppillil, Phone: 914 673 6956

3920 S. Kings Ave., Brandon, FL 33511, USA

Mar Jacob Angadiath established this mission was on January 25, 2009 with Fr. Abraham Mutholath as the mission director. Rev. Fr. Abey Vadakkekara was appointed as the director of this mission on March 9, 2009. Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath appointed Fr. Bins Chethalil as the mission director with effect from July 1, 2010. He became the first pastor of this parish when the mission was elevated as a parish.

The mission bought a church building on March 16, 2010 from the City Church of Tampa under the leadership of Fr. Abey Vadakkekara. The consecration of the church and the elevation of the mission as a parish with Rev. Fr. Bins Chethalil as its first pastor, was held on August 1, 2010 by His Excellency Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath. His Grace Mar Mathew Moolakkatt, Archbishop of Kottayam was the main celebrant of the First Mass offered in this Church immediately after the consecration. His Excellency Mar Joseph Pandarasseril, the Auxiliary Bishop of Kottayam was concelebrant and gave homily during the Holy Mass.

This parish established a Knanaya Cemetery in the name of Sacred Heart Knanaya Gardens in February 2012. It has 150 cemetery plots in Hillsborough Memorial Cemetery in Brandon about five miles from the church.

Fr. Pathrose Champakkara was appointed as the pastor of this parish from May 11, 2011. Fr. Dominic Madathilkalathil was pastor from October 18, 2014. Fr. Joseph Sauriamakil served the parish as pastor in charge from November 6, 2017 to April 30, 2018. Fr. Mathew Meledath was the pastor from May 1, 2018. Fr. Jose Adoppillil is the present pastor from January 1, 2020.

This parish was declared as a Forane Parish of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago on February 18, 2015 by Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath. The official establishment of the forane was held on April 12, 2015 by Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath and inaugurated by Vicar General Msgr. Thomas Mulavanal on April 12, 2015 at Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Church Tampa.

This parish serves around 250 Knanaya Catholics families living in the central and northern region of state of Florida


Visitation Congregation bought a convent house in the city of Brandon, FL on November 10th 2016 and blessed by Mar Jacob Angadiath. Three sisters serve in this convent.
Superior: Sr. Meera S.V.M.
Address: 601 Valle Vista Dr,  Brandon, FL 33511,  Phone: 813-322-3711

Sunday 9:15 A.M. English Mass and Rel. Edu. Class
Sunday 10:30 A.M. Malayalam Mass
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 6:00 P.M.
Tuesday and Saturday at 8:30 A.M.
First Friday 6:00 P.M. English Mass

St. Jude on Fridays
Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Saturdays
Sacred Heart Novena on Sundays

Every Friday 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.


DRE: Jolly Mathew Vettuparappurathu, 813-300-4107, jollyraju62@hotmail.com
Number of Students: 200
No. of staff: 30

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Main Feast, Annual Retreat.


Golden Jubilee Celebrations
Micro Website Launching Ceremony