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St. Mary’s Forane Church, Chalakudy, is one of the 10 Foranes or deaneries under the Diocese of Irinjalakuda, which was established in 1978 by the bifurcation of Thrissur Diocese. Prior to that, Chalakudy was part of Thrissur diocese, the most ancient Diocese of the Syro-Malabar Church. Thrissur diocese has since been elevated to an archdiocese within which comes the Irinjalakuda diocese. There are 16 parishes under the Chalakudy Forane. The people of Chalakudy, mainly in business or service sectors, belong to middle or upper-middle class families. They maintain strong family ties and hold spiritual and traditional values in high esteem. Chalakudy is one of those areas in Kerala with high concentration of Christian population majority being Syro-Malabar Catholics.

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Every parish is a place of love and communion of the people of God. Chalakudy is such a parish. I am proud to be the pastor here. Gratefully I remember those foregone generations and the bygone pastors, priests and religious who worked here and those who are from this parish. Our church is a spiritual powerhouse not only to Christians but to people of all faiths and different walks of life. Let it countinue through the years to come.

- Fr. Jose Palatty

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