Holy Family Syro-Malabar Catholic Church will host its first Inter-Parish Sports Festival at Millwood Public Schools field house Friday through Sunday.
The primary aim of the sports festival is to provide an impetus for church members to discover, develop and promote skills in sports and games and to recognize outstanding athletes in the Texas and Oklahoma region of the Chicago Syro-Malabar Diocese.
The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, with its roots from Kerala, India, is the second-largest Eastern Catholic Rite in communion with the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis.
All eight Syro-Malabar churches in the region — Holy Family in Oklahoma City; St. Alphonsa’s, Coppell, Texas; St. Thomas the Apostle, Garland, Texas; St. Joseph’s, Houston; St. Mary’s, Pearland, Texas; St. Thomas, San Antonio; St. Alphonsa’s, Austin, Texas; and Divine Mercy, Edinburg, Texas — are participating.
About 350 players will compete for trophies in basketball, volleyball, throw-ball, table tennis, shuttle badminton, chess, caroms, card games and tug of war.
Competition hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Millwood field house, 6130 N Martin Luther King Ave..
About 3,000 people are expected to gather in Oklahoma City for the event. Preparations are under the direction of the Rev. Paul Kottackal, parish priest, and coordinators Sibimon Michael and Jobby Joseph.
The sports festival is based on the vision of the Bishop of Chicago to transform churches into a second home for all, by creating avenues for overall physical, emotional and spiritual development. The slogan “A sound mind in a sound body” has been selected for the event.
Jose George is public relations officer for Holy Family Catholic Church.