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.
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It is with great sorrow that we inform you the sad demise of Abraham Joseph (Bose). Abraham Joseph (56 years) passed away on Thursday February 25, 2021. He is the beloved brother of David K. Joseph (Mohan) and Stanley Joseph (Babu).
Abraham Joseph & family used to attend our parish. Please uphold his wife Meena and children Merina and Merlin in your prayers.
Visitation will be on Sunday March 7th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, followed by burial service 8:00pm to 9:00pm. Burial is scheduled for next Monday March 8th at 11:00am.
Our sincere condolences to the bereaving families. May the God Almighty console the departed soul and comfort the family and friends during this time of bereavement.
Visitation & funeral details will be posted once decided.
a) We are glad about conducting the Lenten Evening prayer at church. We have commendable participation from our members. We highly appreciate the way our Altar Servers, Choir members, Technical Support team and Devotional speakers assist, support and complement our community’s spiritual journey.
b) The Lenten Devotional Talk Series is acquiring momentum and every talk offers a lifting up to our souls and spirits. We do Sincerely thank Robin Philipose, Manu Abraham, Mridula Liju, Lian Gijo, Jemy Jose and Rishona Koshy for their spiritually enlightening talks. We pray that this initiative will bring more fellowship and spiritual bliss to our community. For future speakers, we request to follow the guidelines. Should you wish to attend the evening prayer at church, please contact the Vicar or the parish office. Please remember that the talks will be live-streamed.
c) On Saturdays, except during the Holy Week, our evening prayer will continue as usual through Webex.
d) As we are observing our fast, the money saved from the food expenses shall be collected and used for charity. We request our members to take this opportunity to help the needy and change their lives in whatever way we can. We will have a charity fundraiser towards the end of the Great Lent and the proceeds will be donated to a local charity.
e) Details of Great Lent / Passion Week services will be announced later.
Gregorian Seniors Forum is initiating a charity drive ‘Share Your Blessings’.
God has blessed us abundantly. The Bible constantly teaches us to share what we have with those who are less fortunate than us. Also, sharing gives us an elevated sense of responsibility towards our society. Share what you have to show how much you care and remember when you care for others the Almighty Lord cares for you more. The fund collected shall be donated towards Mental Health Wellness in Peel Region. Our share can be transferred to email@example.com.
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16
The government has announced Provincial emergency effecting from 14th Jan.
Community and Worship centres can go ahead with 10 member participation. We hope that the current restrictions would help in bringing down the spread of infection to zero. Many of our members who are working with the Dept of Health have received vaccine which gives us some relief. Let us keep on praying for the whole world. God shall protect all his children everywhere.
We have started receiving Emails from members with details of their beloved departed.
We have also started adding them to the list. Please respond. We would like to keep the list for remembrance on respective Sundays as we do for Birthdays and Wedding Anniversary Days.
It is high time for all our members to support our parish by making monthly paying of $100.
All beloved members are requested to set up direct debit with the bank to parish account. We require a good credit score for our bank account too. We had collected about 60,000/- from offertory in 2019 whereas we could collect only below $25,000/- in 2020. See the difference. How could we cover it without any other income provision? Please think about it seriously and respond at the earliest.
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