Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can I join St Jude Syro-Malabar Catholic mission in Northern Virginia?
Fill out the form with your address details and give it to the priest or to the council members.


How can I be a “Participating Member” in the St Jude Syro Malabar Mission/parish?
A Participating Member is defined as a household contributing regularly to the parish (at least monthly). St. Jude recommends you to join Faith Direct.
How to join Faith Direct: Those who have not registered with Faith Direct so far,  please visit to sign up today. Our parish code is VA492. Faith Direct enables us to make our church contributions to direct debit to your checking account. A weekly offering of $25 is recommended towards the Land & Building fund.
Sunday Collection: In order to provide you with a receipt at the end of the year, cash contributions must be made in an identifiable form. If you wish a receipt at the end of the year for your cash donations, please use the envelope system or put cash in an envelope with your name and address. If you have a check with your address details, simply put it in the collection basket. Please write the check payable to ‘St. Jude Syro Malabar Catholic Church’.


I have already enrolled my kids in the local parish or I want to continue to send my kids to the local parish at least for another year. How can I accommodate them to the catechism in the St Jude Syro-Malabar church?
We encourage you to register your kids for the catechism class. Whenever you come to the church drop the kids to the class. This way our kids will be exposed to our culture, religious practices and prayers occasionally. There is no problem in continuing your existing catechism in the local church if you prefer so. Our intention is to provide benefits to our children without impacting any additional programs that you wish your child to be enrolled in.


Is there any fee charged for catechism class?
No fees are charged for the catechism. There are very minor expenses for the education materials. The teachers are volunteers.


What are the future areas of focus for the children of the community?
Our focus is to help them identify their Catholic Identity, and relate to their faith. We hope that in the future our children are able to connect with other Syro-Malabar Parishes of North America to widen their spiritual, social and cultural faith-based activities. Our grown-up children are lacking the opportunity to network among other parishes to find their life partners. We are hoping to have a greater involvement for our Children in the Parish, so they will have the sense of belong to their own Church. We hope they will develop an identity as Syro-Malabar Catholics, which they will proudly carry all through their life.


How can I contribute to the refreshment on Sunday?
Please contact the kaikarans or family unit representative for more information.


How do I make my Mass request?
Mass requests will be taken by the parish priest in a written form. You can contact the priest during our regular Sunday gathering or call Fr. Justin Puthussey @ 703-634-8575 or Email( The payment can be done to our parish secretary/trustees once the priest approves the request.


How can I make the mass Intention and what is the customary offering for a Mass Intention?
The customary donation is $10.00 for each intention; however, we DO NOT prevent Mass intentions for lack of payment. The intention should be given to the priest in a written form and the payment can be done to the secretary/trustees once the priest approves the request.


Mass Intentions Guidelines
Canon law states “In accordance with the approved custom of the Church, any priest who celebrates a Mass may accept an offering to apply the Mass for a specific intention. The faithful who make an offering so that Mass can be celebrated for their intention, contribute to the good of the Church, and by that offering, they share in the Church’s concern for the support of its ministers and its activities. Separate Masses must be applied for the intentions of those for whom an individual offering, even if small, has been made and accepted (Canon law 948) Accordingly, we can only accept one intention per Mass offering. We do accept intentions for deceased family members.

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