Bible Verse

   Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord.” For it is not the man who commends himself that is accepted, but the man whom the Lord commends. (2 Corinthians 10:17-18 RSV)******************

His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Mathews III

Catholicos of the East in Malankara

His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos

Diocesan Metropolitan

Fr Thomas P John

Parish Vicar

Parish History

St. Gregorios Orthodox Church Of TorontoWith 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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Upcoming Events

08:30 AM : Morning Prayer

09:30 AM : Holy Qurbana

4th Sunday : English Service

All other Sundays : Malayalam

2nd Sunday : Intercession to Mother Mary

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Regular Classes:
There will be no classes due to vacation

OVBS
Postponed to Spring 2023

Saturday, August 13, 2022
05:00 – 06:30 pm: Choir/ Acolytes Practice
Through webex

Saturday, August 13, 2022
06:30 – 07:30 pm: Evening prayer at church

Saturday, August 13, 2022
06:30 AM: Evening Prayer
07:30 AM: Holy Procession

Sunday, August 14, 2022
08:30 AM: Morning Prayer
09:30 AM: Holy Qurbana and Celebration of Soonoyo Feast

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Sunday, August 14, 2022
After Qurbana: Choir Monthly Meeting at church

News Update

Sunday School registration for the year 2022-2023 is now open.

Emails have been sent to all parents with the registration and general consent form. Registration Google link and PDF form is provided below. Please complete the registration, sign the form and send it back to the Sunday School office email – sundayschool.sgoct@gmail.com along with the registration fees of $10.00 per child and $ 12 per child for World Vision. Our Sunday School Sponsors 2 children every year via the World vision charity institute. All payments can be sent via interac  e-transfer to this email ID as well. Please ensure that you sent both the completed form and the payment together to avoid confusion.Completed and signed application form is mandatory. Registration form: https://mcusercontent.com/4b0245a10b23c3826466d9a97/files/48d74d31-3254-2aa3-2a08-3e1c9947708b/Sunday_School_registration_form_2022_23.pdfLast Date to submit ; August 22, 2022 (Monday)https://docs.google.com/document/d/13jvvE_6WpDOC2-2QymtMc1wiyBU_ars0/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=116392483820169219363&rtpof=true&sd=true

Sat Aug 13 – Evening Prayer & Procession – 06:30 pm onwards                                             Sun Aug 14 – Perunnal Liturgy, Intercession, ‘Nerchavilampu’- 08:30 am onwardsThe Feast of Dormition (Vangippu) will be on August 15. Please be available for the celebration of her feast on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August. Saturday, there will be evening prayer at 06:30 pm followed by Procession to the Stone Cross dedicated to Mother Mary. Refreshment shall be served after benediction. On Sunday, Morning Prayer will start at 08:30 am followed by Holy Qurbana celebrated by Fr Liju M Varghese. Intercessory prayer will be offered towards the end of the Liturgy. There will be ‘Nerchavilampu’ after the service.  May her intercession be a stronghold for us.

We are initiating a food bank donation by distributing customized collection bags with the parish name on it.

The plan is to collect canned food with minimum 1-year to expiration. Last Sunday, we could hand out such bags to a few members only. Since more bags are available this week onward, we request all our members to pick the collection bag from church; one bag for each family. Let us join hands to feed the needy. Let us be resolute that nobody within our reach will go hungry.

The second volume of Urava will be released on Sunday, August 14
In connection with the Soonoyo Feast, the second volume of Urava will be released on Sunday, August 14. The theme for this issue is ‘Theotokos – The Second Eve’. A copy shall be handed over to Minu Koshy, MMVS Canada Region Coordinator. Sincere thanks to the Parish Management Committee, Spiritual Organisations, Article writers, Icons Painters, Editorial Board, OCYM Office Bearers and Members, Design/Layout Team, Sponsors and all our beloved members for their support and hard work. We believe, Urava copies will be a theological resource and will ornate our home libraries. It is really an overwhelming feeling of joy to see that our members willingly spend time for research and reading to contribute articles and images. Together, we can do a lot more towards producing resource materials beneficial for our future generations. After the release of the second volume, let us be keen on the third and let it continue! We will be looking unto each and every member of our parish to support with write ups and paintings. Big thanks to all in advance!

We may have members, adults or kids, willing to join the Altar Assistance Service.

Whoever wishes to join the Acolytes, please feel free to reach out to the Vicar on (416) 570 5610. We will conduct the training sessions and fix a date for ordination.

MMVS Charity Drive and Honouring of long serving membersIn accordance with NEAD’s directive, our parish MMVS plans to hold a short but beautiful celebration of MMVS Day on August 21st, following the Holy Qurbana. At this gathering, former MMVS office bearers shall be honoured. Details shall be announced soon.As part of MMVS Charity programs for the year, a charity drive shall be initiated. The Ernestine Women’s Shelter in Etobicoke will receive boxes with household goods, children’s/baby necessaries, health and hygiene and other items. A portion of the fund generated through the June bake sale shall be spent for this. MMVS would like to express sincere gratitude to everyone who supported the bake sale. Any help to accomplish the charitable fundraising objective for the year will be highly appreciated.Whoever wishes to donate but was unable to attend the fundraiser event, may send donations to skariahomana@gmail.com. A list of things that will go into charity boxes will be available with MMVS secretary Beena Mathew. Please feel free to contact her on (647) 835 1521 if anyone wants to contribute items. Please encourage each other to participate in this project.Please remember the campaign in our prayers.

MGOCSM Toronto will be holding their annual Kanesh retreat as an in-person event from Friday 19 – Saturday 20, August, 2022 at St. Gregorios Orthodox Church of Toronto.
The meeting will begin at 08:00 am. The theme for this year will be ‘Orthodoxy and Evolving Times’, and our guest speaker Dn. Roby Antony will be at the conference in person. There will be a registration fee of $50 for each person attending and the registration link is open now. Hoping to see you all attend the event! Please access the Registration Link: https://bit.ly/Kanesh2022All our youth members are requested to participate. Donations would be highly appreciated. Anyone who wishes to volunteer and help out the MGOCSM Toronto committee on either Friday or Saturday are also welcome to do so. Those interested please contact Reuben Mathew on (647) 574 6314.

OCYM – 75th India Independence Candle Lighting and Prayer for Universal Peace and Harmonious Coexistence As guided by the OCYM Central Office, there will be a candle lighting and prayer for Universal Peace and Harmony. We believe, prayer will be heard. Prayer can bring the impossible possible. While praying, we also offer all support and assistance towards Universal Peace, acting locally and effecting globally. Let us be tools and mediums for re-establishing peace wherever it is challenged. May we follow what always our Lord greeted his flock “Peace be unto you”.

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