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.
09:00 AM : Morning Prayer
10:00 AM : Holy Qurbana
4th Sunday : English Service
All other Sundays : Malayalam
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Saturday, November 21, 2020 :
07:00 – 08:30 PM : Weekly Prayer Meeting
Virtual Prayer Meeting Through Webex
Sunday, November 22, 2020 :
03:00 – 05:00 PM : Virtual Hall Meeting
Virtual Session Through Webex. Link will be sent by e-mail
Thursday, November 26, 2020 :
08:00 – 10:00 PM : Seniors Meeting
Virtual Session Through Webex
Saturday, November 28, 2020 :
07:00 – 08:30 PM : Weekly Prayer Meeting
Virtual Prayer Meeting Through Webex
SGOCT Parish Virtual Town Hall meeting on Sunday, November 22, 2020
The virtual Town Hall meeting will be held this Sunday, November 22 starting at 3:00 pm on Webex. The link will be sent closer to the meeting day. Please pray for our coming together. Feel free and keep the sense of being one single body of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Please join the meeting which is meant for all our members. Let us see and greet each other in the love of Christ. May this meeting further strengthen our fellowship and bring more closeness to the Apostolic fraternity.
Face mask is mandatory inside the church and should be brought by parishioners. We request parishioners to leave the church premises after attending the Liturgy and please refrain from gathering or socializing.
When our members are at Church, we suggest all to maintain physical distancing in the parking lot, church entrance and within the Church. Pews/chairs and aisles have signs to remind participants to distance physically. Family members who live together will be allowed to sit together, but distance must be maintained from other members.
Following are the guidance to be adhered when we visit Church:
1. Strongly recommend congregants to use online self-screening tool (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/) before every visit to Church. We discourage any person to visit Church when they are feeling unwell.
2. Members should not attend in person if they are experiencing the most common symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat).
3. Congregants are prohibited by law from entering in the Church with symptoms of COVID-19, individuals who have travelled internationally in the last 14 days.
4. Family/members to sit at the marked designated place in the Church.
5. Request parents, families to keep children younger than two be kept close and not allow them to wander.
6. Physical distancing should be followed throughout the Church premises.
7. We encourage all to follow hand hygiene. We have hand sanitizer at the entrance or wash their hands in washroom.
8. We encourage all attendees to wear properly fitted non-medical masks & gloves.
9. Shaking hands, hugging, touching, or passing items between people is prohibited in the Church.
10. Everyone in the place of worship should follow proper respiratory etiquette practices at all times. These practices include coughing and sneezing into the elbow or a tissue, discarding tissues into a garbage bin and washing hands afterwards.
11. No socializing is permitted in Church premises or outside.
12. Please avoid unnecessary moving within the church.
13. There will be no kiss of peace, but a mutual bowing instead.
14. No Kaimuthu (kissing of the cross) shall be conducted for dispersal.
15. Please limit taking Holy Communion if only absolute necessity. For Communion, disposable spoons and cups shall be used.
Our Parish will be organizing a carol service at church on three consecutive Sundays starting on November 29th as per the schedule below.
We will be following the past practice of dedicating carol singing to area members. The carol singing will be done at Church after the Holy Liturgy. We can suggest carol songs. Donations are welcome and highly appreciated.
November 29, Sunday – St. Paul’s area prayer group
December 6, Sunday – St. Mary’s area prayer group
December 13, Sunday – St. George’s area prayer group
Christmas celebration shall be conducted on December 19th in the evening starting with evening prayer at 6:00 pm.
Sunday School and other spiritual organizations could either sing or do presentations while maintaining COVID-19 protocols. I do believe that all organizations have started practicing for their presentations. If we cannot make it on stage, there is possibility to do it virtually. Most probably this could be the first and last Covidian Christmas! Let us not miss it. We have reasons to praise and thank the Lord for His dwelling with us! Hallelujah!!!
The directory will be delivered to our members soon in feasible ways .
The new Parish Directory was officially released on November 01, 2020 (Perunnal day), handed over to Mr. John Varghese, our senior member.
As we have planned earlier, the names of those who have contributed towards the Church Renovation Project shall be exhibited on plaques in the Church basement area.
We have different categories based on the total amount given, starting with a $5000 contribution. It may be feasible for those who have already contributed below $5000 to pay the rest and get into the list. Those who wish to upgrade could make the rest of the payment corresponding to the category they wish to be in. For those who haven’t contributed yet, there is still time to contribute and have their names inscribed on the plaque. November 30, 2020 will be the deadline for finishing the payment. It would be a great support to our parish especially during this prolonged pandemic period. Each dollar will be carefully spent for the best of purposes. Please make use of this opportunity to declare our love, dedication, and solidarity towards our Parish.
The list of eligible members whose names will be inscribed on the plaque has been posted on the parish notice board in the basement. For any clarification, please check and contact the Treasurer at (647) 887 4010.
We are in process of buying articles required in the Church.
Because of the Covid restrictions, there could be delays in getting things delivered. We do hope that the articles shall be ready to use for us soon. I am really glad about the inquiries made by a few of our members after sending the request to buy church articles. We have purchased a Baptismal Font, Crystal Containers, Candle Wick Holder, and Taksa Stand. We have also placed orders for Chalice and Paten, Arulikka etc. Those who wish to donate, please call or text the vicar on (416) 570 5610.
Baiju and Jiny have been blessed with a baby boy! Praises and thanks to God for His Graces and Blessings. Joshua and Joanna are thrilled to see their new play mate! They will both be a wonderful big brother and sister to the newcomer! Hearty congrats to the parents, grandparents and Joshua Chettan & Joanne Chechi! God bless!
Please find an invitation from St Thomas Orthodox Church Toronto. It would be beneficial for our members. Please respond if convenient.
The FOCUS group of the St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Toronto will be hosting a one-day virtual conference exploring the family unit and how it can be considered as a living church. The event is geared towards young couples, as well as individuals who are considering marriage.
Our guest speaker will be Rev. Fr. Anoop Thomas, vicar of St. Barnabas Indian Orthodox Mission, Washington D.C. Please join us on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at 11 AM for online interactive discussions, Q&A, and liturgical prayer.
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