Feast: 3rd July
Family Unit Meeting: Second Saturday
Thomas, surnamed ‘Didymus’ (the twin) was a simple fisherman in Galilee who was called by Jesus to become one of his twelve apostles. A glimpse of Thomas’ great love for his master is shown to us at the time when he was ready to accompany Jesus to the house of Lazarus, saying, ‘we shall also and die with him’. He has come to be called the ‘Doubting Thomas’ from his refusal to believe that the Lord had appeared to the other apostles. More than this doubt, Thomas was expressing his disappointment at not being present at the Lord’s apparition. The Lord did take note of this and rewarded Thomas with another apparition where he uttered that timeless act of faith: ‘My Lord and My God’. The missionary zeal and love for his master brought St. Thomas to India, landing at Kodungalloor in AD 52. He preached the Gospel and established churches / communities in Kerala. While he was in Mylapore, he was stabbed to death in AD 72 at Chinnamalai. He was buried at Mylapore, later his mortal remains were transferred to Edessa in Syria and later to Orthona, in Italy, from where the fragment of the relic was brought to Kalyan in the Eparchy of Kalyan and was deposited at St. Thomas Pilgrim Centre on 15th December, 2002.