SMCC - Event , Seminar on Funeral Planning on March 17, 2013

Seminar on Funeral Planning on March 17, 2013

A seminar on Funeral planning was conducted after the inauguration Ceremony at the Parish Hall. The topic of the seminar was Simple Steps to Advanced Funeral Planning which was presented by Mr. Darren Malone who is the President of Fidelis Funeral Consultants.

Darren is a licensed funeral director and has worked in the funeral industry for over 25 years. He had the privilege to help thousands of families with funeral planning and funding, and he brings a wealth of knowledge on the subject. Darren has spoken nationally to many organizations, churches and professional industries educating them on the importance of advanced funeral planning and funding. Darren has also authored many articles for senior publications and also assisted many companies in the training and development of their staff concerning end of life planning. About 300 parishioners participated in the event. Many people including young adults and the senior citizens of our parish actively took part in the seminar. Majority of our community has a very limited knowledge about the funeral planning. During any unexpected incidents of our dear and near ones, our emotions overrule and we completely rely on the guidance of others. The event revealed that with proper planning, we can deal with unbearable situations in a dignified manner. We express our profound gratitude to Mar Joy Alappatt for inviting Mr. Darren Malone for this Seminar. We also thank the entire SMCC Members of Chicago chapter who took the lead in inaugural session of the newly constituted Chapter, and for all the help in organizing the funeral planning seminar.

Free Cook County Health Insurance Distribution and Health Screening on May 12, 2013

On Sunday, the 12th of May, 2013 our Chapter had successfully conducted free Cook County Health Insurance distribution and health screening at the Parish Hall. This was a medicaid program sponsored by the Cook County Health & Hospitals System for uninsured adults living in Cook County area called “County Care”. This program provides coverage for tens of thousands of uninsured patients living in Cook County. This event was co-sponsored by SEIU, Local 73, SEIU Doctors Council and the Cook County Health and Hospital Systems. SEIU Research Director Mr. Dan Boris along with Mr. Roy Chavady helped us in organizing this event. About 150 uninsured Cook County residents enrolled on this day. Also, the free Health screening provided by Cook County doctors, nurses and other health professionals was the highlight of the event. Women‟s forum representatives along with the SMCC Committee members supervised the event and for a successful completion.

 

SMCC National Family Convention and Young Professional Meet, Detroit June 28-30, 2013

SMCC Chicago Chapter Executive Committee representatives participated in the 2013 SMCC National Family Conference held at Detroit. The Vicar Mar Joy Allappat led the Chicago team along with the families of the Executive Committee members. His Excellency Mar Jacob Angadiath inaugurated the Family Conference on Friday, June 28, 2013.

The Family Convention gave us an in-depth knowledge about the role of SMCC in our Church. Various speakers presented their ideas and stressed the role of laity in the Syro Malabar Church. There was an open dialogue on the “Role of Laity in the Catholic Church-Opportunities and Challenges”. The prominent speakers including His Excellency Mar Jacob Angadiath, Mar Joy Alappatt, Rev. Dr. Augustine Palackaparambil, Rev.Dr.Sebastian Vethanath, Dr.James Kurichy, Mr.Chacko Kalarickal, Savy Mathew and George Mathew and many other dignitaries spoke on various topics. The topics including the “Role of Laity according to the documents of the Catholic Church-as per Canon Law and Second Vatican Council”, “Role of SMCC in the origin and growth of our Diocese”, “Views and Opinions on Lay leadership in Syro Malabar Church” and “Importance of SMCC in Syro Malabar Church” were well presented and were the highlights of the event. Representatives from young adults and children from our chapter participated in the various Youth activities and Cultural programs. One of our executive Committee members Mr. Kuriakose Chacko has been nominated to the National executive Council.

Obama Care Health Insurance Enrollment Fair on February 16, 2014

The Cook County Health Insurance fair gave us a platform to run an insurance program which is affordable to all people living in the Chicago area not confining to a single County. On February 16, 2014, SMCC Chicago Chapter had conducted Obama Care event at the Church. Obama Care also known as Affordable Care act is a US law aimed at reforming the American Health care system. Obama Care‟s main focus was to provide more Americans with access to affordable health insurance, improving the quality of the health care and health insurance.

Informative Seminar on new requirements and changes on Income Tax reporting in the USA, February 23, 2014

Seminar on income tax reporting and the intricacies associated with the annual income tax filing were conducted on February 23, 2014, at the Cathedral parish Hall. Three Prominent CPA‟s from the Chicago area, Andrews P Thomas, Jose Chamakala and Ouseph Thomas presented their views and expertise during the seminar. Tax Seminar was inaugurated by His Excellency Mar Joy Allappat at 9:30AM in the Parish Hall. An overwhelming number of attendees packed the Parish Hall during the Seminar. Three different topics were dealt by each one of the CPA; Andrews Thomas CPA explained the importance of foreign financial assets and income reporting for legal citizens living in the country.

Reception to the Auxiliary Bishop Elect His Excellency Mar Joy Allappat on August 10, 2014

The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed our Vicar and the spiritual director Rev.Fr. Joy Alappatt as the Auxilliary Bishop of the Chicago Syro Malabar Diocese on July 24, 2014. The SMCC Chicago Chapter has taken the lead to give a grand reception to the newly elected Auxiliary Bishop His Excellency Mar Joy Allappat on August 10, 2014. SMCC Chicago Chapter joined the entire Syro Malabar Community in the USA to congratulate Mar Joy Allappat and thanked the almighty God for this abundant blessing. The reception meeting started with a prayer song by Kunjumon Illickal and the meeting proceeded with a welcome note by General Secretary Dr. Salbi Chennoth. The Chapter President greeted Mar Joy Alappatt with a flower bouquet and spoke on behalf of the Chicago Chapter. Rev.Fr George Nanghachuvattil was also present during the ceremony.

Financial Support

The Episcopal ordination ceremony of His Excellency Mar Joy Allappat was held on Saturday September 27, 2014 in our Cathedral. SMCC joined with all the Syro Malabar Faithfull living in USA and Canada to support the Episcopal Ordination. Executive Committee members of the Chapter visited the Chicago Diocese Curia office on September 7th, 2014 to convey the wholehearted support and Prayers. Chapter President Joseph Thotukandathil handed over a small token of support to the General Convener of the Episcopal Ordination Ceremony, Rev. Dr. Augustine Palackaparambil.

The Financial contribution from the SMCC National Committee was handed over by Kuriakose Chacko, SMCC National Committee member. Chancellor Rev.Dr.Sebastian  Vethanath, Procurator Rev.Fr Paul Challissery, Dr. Salbi Chennoth, Shibu Augustine, Johnson Kannookadan and Joychen Puthukulam were also present during the occasion.

Reception for Shajan Kuriakose on September 21, 2014

SMCC Chicago Chapter proudly introduced one of our youth members of our Church Shajan Kuriakose, who is running for the Alderman of Chicago‟s 50th ward. Chicago city council consists of Mayor along with fifty Aldermen elected from fifty different wards of the Chicago area.

Chicago Chapter Membership Campaign

The Chapter had successfully completed the membership Campaign for 2015-2016 periods. The membership campaign was open for two Sundays, November 9th and November 16th respectively. We had the opportunity to reach out to most of the Parishioners during this period. There were 126 members registered during this period. This including both individual and family membership.

 

 

 

Pastors

Vicar Fr. Augustine Palackaparambil
Asst. Vicar Fr. James Joseph SDB
 

Trustees

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Joseph Kanikunnel
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