The church in Northeast Philadelphia welcomed Auxiliary Bishop Edward Deliman and members of the Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara Catholic rites for a special Mass on Sunday, Aug. 12. It included blessings for married couples as well as a celebration of Indian culture and Catholic faith that traces back to St. Thomas the Apostle in the first century. Read all about the day here. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Father Vinod George (left), pastor of St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Church, Auxiliary Bishop Edward Deliman and Father Renny Abraham, director of the St. John Neumann Syro-Malabar Knanaya Catholic Mission in residence at Assumption B.V.M. Parish in Feasterville, process into church for Mass celebrating Indian Catholic Heritage Day.
Katlyn Das and Maximus Damian pray the intercessions at Mass.
From left, Biji Jose, Elizabeth Jose and her cousin Prijo Kovoor pray during Mass Aug. 12 at St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Church, Philadelphia.
Bishop Edward Deliman blesses Father Saji Mukkoot for his 25th anniversary in the priesthood.
Bishop Edward Deliman blesses married couples celebrating their silver wedding anniversaries.
Charly Chirayath, president of the Indian American Catholic Association of Philadelphia, brings up the offertory gifts to Bishop Edward Deliman.
From left are Father Renny Abraham of Assumption Parish in Feasterville, Father Saji Mukkoot of St. Jude Syro-Malankara Church in Philadelphia, Bishop Edward Deliman, Father Shaji Silva of Corpus Christi Parish in Lansdale and Father Vinod George, pastor of St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Church in Philadelphia.
Rachel Zachariah and Asha Philip pray during Mass.
The Indian Latin Catholic Youth Choir sings during Mass for Indian Catholic Heritage Day at St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Church in Northeast Philadelphia.
Bishop Edward Deliman presents an award to Sister Jocelyn Edathil on behalf of the Indian American Catholic Association of Greater Philadelphia.
Aksa Joseph receives Communion from Bishop Edward Deliman.