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Acknowledging the felt pastoral need of the catholic immigrants from Kerala, Kerala Catholic Association of Southern California (KCASC) was organizing community Mass once a month in Syro-Malabar Rite at St. John Eude’s Parish Hall in Chatsworth, Los Angeles for all Kerala Catholics living in Southern California. At the request of Knanaya Catholic Congress of North America(KCCNA) and local community members, Fr. Abraham Mutholath took initiative in organizing Knanaya Catholic Congress of Los Angeles (KCCLA) and Knanaya Catholic Youth League Los Angeles (KCYLLA) in 1992. Later, Knanaya Association of Los Angeles took the initiative to start Holy Masses and all the community activities regularly.

On August 5, 2001 a general body meeting of Knanaya Catholic Congress of Los Angeles was held at St. John Eude's Parish Hall in Chatsworth. The meeting decided to request Mar Jacob Angadiath, bishop of St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago to establish a Knanaya mission in Los Angeles in the patronage of "St. Pius X.

Kerala Catholic Association of Southern California and Knanaya Catholic Association of Los Angeles gave a grant reception to Mar Jacob Angadiath on December 22nd at St. John's Eude's Parish Hall.

KCCSC Committee members met with the bishop on that day and expressed their support to the bishop while emphasizing the importance and need of a establishing a separate Knanaya mission in Los Angeles.

With the permission of Bishop Jacob Angadiath, St. Pius X Knanaya Catholic Mission formally started Holy Masses and other liturgical services from March 17, 2002. The first general body of the mission elected Mr. James Chettiath and Salim Kuzhiparambil as kaikkarans, Mr. Thomas Pachikkara as accountant and eight other Mission council members in the newly constituted Los Angeles mission.

Since then Knanaya Mission took care of all spiritual programs for the Knanaya Catholics in Southern California. Knanaya Catholic Mission and KCCSC welcomed His Excellency Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry on August 17, 2002 along with Msgr. Jacob Kollaparambil, Thomas Chazhikadan MLA, and Stephen George MLA. During the reception, Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry inaugurated the Kid's Club. His Excellency, in his message emphasized the need of safeguarding our age-old Knanaya traditions and bringing up the children in our faith and heritages.

When Fr. Abraham Mutholath moved to Chicago in February 2003, Fr. Thomas Animoottil was assigned as the director of St. Pius X Knanaya Mission(2003-2005) until he is transferred to New York. During his stay in Los Angeles, Fr. Baby Kattiyankel was also rendered his service to this mission. August 25, 2005 onwards Fr. Thomas Mulavanal is appointed as Director of this mission. He served as associate pastor at St. Mary Magdalen church, Los Angeles. Presently he is residing at St.Helen Church, 8912 S Gate Ave, South Gate, CA 90280. He is also working as chaplain at St. Francis Medical Center, Lynwood.

The general body meeting held on 11/06/2005 elected Mr. John Mathew Muttathil and Mr. Jose Vallipadavil as trustees (Kaikarans), Mr. Thomas Pachikkara as accountant and 16 delegates as mission council members. The aforesaid general body suggested for arranging two Holy Masses in a month for our people at the Korean Catholic Church at Saticoy in San Fernando Valley. Accordingly, now we have two masses on second and fourth Sundays for the community since January 2006. Catechism for our kids also started on February 26, 2006 in our mission. On Dec 14, 2008 the general body elected Mr. Thomas Paremkalayil, Mr. Kuriakose Chazhikatt and Mr. Jose Attail as new Kaikarans of the mission.

As the members of the mission live geographically spread out and a good number of them found it difficult to reach San Fernando Valley for the regular Sunday services, we started Holy Mass on every third Sundays at Holy Family Church in Artesia for their convenience.

St. Pius X Mission organized a fundraising event on May 12, 2007 and the contribution from this event is set aside for the establishment of a church facility in the near future.

Since 2006, every year, we solemnly celebrate the feast of St. Pius X, our patron saint on the third weekend of August. This event has become one of the major celebrations of this area and hundreds of people from different denominations come to seek the blessing and join the celebrations.

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Rev.Fr. Siju Mudakkodil
 
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