With the arrival of a sizable number of Orthodox Syrian Christians to Canada from India and via the Middle East in the 1960s, Toronto became the focal point for the formation of the first Orthodox Syrian Christian Parish in Canada.
The first Holy Qurbana was conducted on Christmas Day in 1969 by Rev. Fr. Dr. N.K. Thomas.
In 1970, after the official recognition as the first Parish in North America, Rev. Fr. K.C. George [later very Rev. K.C. Geevarghese Ramban] was appointed as our vicar. On October 3, 1970, at a meeting of the parish members, it was decided that the parish would be dedicated to Parumala Thirumeni, our Patron Saint It was also decided to conduct Holy Qurbana at least once every two months at the Trinity College Chapel, 6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto.
08:00 AM : Morning Prayer
09:00 AM : Holy Qurbana
4th Sunday : English Service
All other Sundays : Malayalam
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Saturday, July 17, 2021
CANCELLED for this week
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
08:00-09:00PM : Choir Practice Session
Virtual session through webex
Link will be sent to participants
Thursday, July 22, 2021
07:00PM : Gregorian Seniors Forum Monthly Meeting
Virtual session through webex
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There will be a general church cleaning on Saturday July 17 starting at 09:00 am.
All organizations are requested to participate. The cleaning areas include the church interior, sanctuary, shrines, basement, rooms, storerooms, parking area, garden, and the stone cross station. Acolytes, Choir, Senior Citizens Forum, OCYM, MMVS, MGOCSM, and Sunday School are requested to kindly assure their participation. Especially responsible members of organizations shall be expected to be there while cleaning specific areas where they have their office accessories and utilities kept. We request you to please join.
Kerala Christian Ecumenical Fellowship St Thomas Day virtual celebration will take place on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 06:00 pm. A presentation from our parish shall be there in the program. We request all our members to join the meeting.
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As we have entered 40 days of mourning on the falling asleep of our Beloved Bava Thirumeni, the scheduled Town Hall meeting shall not be conducted on Sunday, July 25th, 2021.
We will be looking for a meeting date after the 41st day of Thirumeni’s parting. We will also look for the possibility to conduct a Parish General Body instead of a Town Hall meeting. Updates shall be sent after checking with the Provincial COVID guidelines.
The choir practice has been rescheduled to Wednesdays from 08:00 to 09:00 pm.
We request choir members and Acolytes to ensure their participation. This applies especially to those who are scheduled to take part in Holy Liturgy on respective Sundays.
HH Baselios Marthoma Paulose II entered eternal rest on Sunday, July 11th 2021 at 02:35 am IST at Parumala. He was the 91st Primate in succession to the Apostolic throne of St Thomas, the 21st Malankara Metropolitan, and the 8th Catholicose. His interment was conducted on Monday, July 12th at Devalokam Aramana Chapel where he is laid close to HH Baselios Geevarghese II, Augen I, Mathews I, and HG Thomas Mar Makarios Metropolitan of eternal memory.
His Holiness was a man of prayer, where he lived with true conviction. He was philanthropic in actions, delighting and reconciling in talks and speeches. He was also uncompromising in faith with a simple and genuine lifestyle. He was easily accessible to everyone and keen on extending his helping hands to reach out to the needy. There is a video of Thirumeni receiving two kids at a railway station, carrying the boy in his arms who suffers from cerebral palsy. He took them to Aramana and served them food. He has been supporting them since then. Parumala Cancer Centre was his initiative and he continued supporting the poor patients with the project called ‘Snehasparsham’. During his time, the historic Supreme Court’s final verdict on the age-old church disputes came out which would remain as the point of reconciliation and unity among the Malankara Orthodox Church and the Antiochene faction. Under his leadership, the church progressed much in the ecumenical, inter-church, international, and pan-religious relations. Thirumeni made visits to Egypt, Ethiopia, Russia, UK, Ireland, Rome, the USA, and the Middle Eastern countries which brought the churches closer together. He stood for the freedom and sovereignty of the Malankara Orthodox Church. His absolute reliance on God and intercession of Mother Mary with Parumala Thirumeni kept him strong in spirit. He was compassionate and a loving father to his flock.
Thirumeni visited our parish church for its consecration in 2015 on July 11th, exactly the date of his passing away. The consecration was on the 12th, the date of his burial on which we conducted the Holy Liturgy in his memory on the same Altar. Thirumeni had special care for our parish and always revealed his affection for us. Even after being diagnosed with cancer, he was pleasant and active, and busy with his ministry. His funeral service was proof of how much he was loved by the members of the church and all people of various faith and culture. Messages were pouring in from leaders of churches and countries on his parting. The Malankara Church will be ever thankful to God for giving us such a great leader and shepherd whose memory shall be eternal. May we pray for his soul and be sheltered through his continuing prayers.
Please find below the upcoming MMVS Diocesan programs. Note the dates in your calendar and assure your participation.
Saturday, October 02
Saturday, October 09
Every Thursday 8.30 – 9.30 pm. The study is based on the books Amos – Malachi led by Rev Fr VM Shibu (Vicar, St Gregorios Orthodox Church Bensalem).
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