Tuesday, November 15, 2011
St. Thomas, East 221 Street
On East 221st Street, Wakefield, between Barnes Avenue and Bronxdale Avenue, is the church of St. Thomas. The address of the parish is 810 East 221 Street, Bronx NY 10467, telephone 1-718-994-4747. St. Thomas the Apostle Syro Malabar Catholic Church serves a Catholic Asian Indian community. The parish website is http://www.stsmcc.org/
The church has roots in Kerala, India, going back to the time of St. Thomas the Apostle. This is a Catholic parish, not under the jurisdiction of the Latin Rite archbishop of New York, but rather through the Syro Malabar bishops. In 2002, the archbishop of New York offered this pastor and congregation this former church of St. Valentine, built in 1937. See pages 236 and 240 Thomas Shelley's book for the foundation of the Polish parish of St Valentine in 1889.