Let us pray, peace be with us:

"The Cross that has been the cause of our good and by which our mortal humanity was set free,
O Lord, be for us a strong fortress. And by this Cross, we shall overcome the wicked one and All his devices."

(Syro-Malabar Qurbana)


GUIDELINES FOR PASTORAL CARE OF THE MIGRANTS(Cf.Synodal News, Vol. 17, Nos. 1 &2, December 2009)



10. Priests doing pastoral care for the migrant community, whether in India or abroad should undergo a short term training offered by the commission. They should personally meet the Major Archbishop/the Chairman Bishop of the commission before taking up their ministry.


12. The Sacred Liturgy and the Sacraments celebrated for our migrant communities shall always be the Syro-Malabar liturgy using the approved texts and adhering to the rites and the mode of celebration approved by the Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church.


14. The pastors/chaplain shall take interest to guide the community to preserve the Syro-Malabar heritage especially in the practice of fast, abstinence and penance, celebration of the major feasts and in conducting various spiritual exercises for the community. They shall organize regular catechism classes for the children and youth using the texts approved by the Synod. Great importance should be given to the proper catechetical formation of the faithful as per the tradition and heritage of the Syro-Malabar Church. (But there was no Qurbana in Delhi on the day of Denha!!!)


15. The pastors / Chaplains need to be in regular contact with Major archiepiscopal Commission and should send it annual reports regarding the state of the community, the apostolic activities and events in the parish.


20. Normally, the parish priest/chaplains presented by the Major Archbishop may  be appointed for a period of three years. Their term may be extended for another period of two years. After that they may be called back or appointed in some other place with the agreement of their own hierarchs/ordinaries. In case of necessity, they may even be called back during this period by the chairman of the Commission (for the Pastoral Care of Migrants) sending an advance notice of two months to the local hierarch/ordinary to the effect. Similarly, the local hierarch/bishop may, in serious cases, with due information to the commission, send back such a priest replacing him with another Syro-Malabar priest presented by the Major Archbishop.


Mount St Thomas Kakkanad                                  Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil

23, January 2009                                        Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church