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, September 11, 2021
04:30-06:00PM : Choir Weekly Practice Session
Virtual session through webex
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Sunday, September 12, 2021
06:00-07:30PM : MMVS Monthly Meeting
Virtual session through webex
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September 14, Feast of the Cross, Holy Liturgy on Monday, September 13, evening
Feast of the Cross will be on September 14. Holy liturgy shall be conducted on Monday September 13 with Evening Prayer starting at 06:30 pm followed by Holy Qurbana, procession and Elevation of the Cross. With the feast day of the cross, the church will be entering the season of the Cross and visibly we shift from the ‘Kymtha Namaskaram’ to ‘Sleeba Namaskaram’.
We have a new electronic counting machine installed within the church at the inner northern entrance near the console. It is meant for taking the count of communicants and not for all participants.
All participants are requested to register their names at the entrance welcome desk in the given form. As you enter the church interior, please wave your hand once between the sensor poles of the counting machine, if you are prepared to take Holy Communion. There is no need to wave if not taking Holy Communion. Thank you for your cooperation.
Sunday School will reopen on Saturday September 11 for the new academic year.
Classes will be conducted on Saturdays and Sundays depending on convenience and availability of students, teachers and devices. Please keep our Sunday School training programs and activities in our daily prayer. Sunday School education shall be viewed and understood as the Ecclesial academic program with excellence involving biblical, sacramental, theological, environmental, ecological, cultural, religious art/music/ and literary exposure to students which will equip them for their bright future. We have all grades open and working with excellent and dedicated teachers. If we look at the life of the faithful, it would be easy to detect the role of Sunday School training behind their success. Every Sunday School class shall be the coming together of Christ and kids where they meet each other, get trained by the Lord, illuminated by the Divine wisdom through the Holy Spirit and enjoy lifelong friendship among themselves. Let us be there for all necessary and possible support.
As Elizabeth Vaidhyan completes her three year tenure and steps down as Principal, Santhosh Varughese assumes the office to be the new Principal.
We would like to acknowledge the brilliance, efficiency, coordination, innovation, energy, zeal, enthusiasm and dedication revealed in the service rendered by Elizabeth Vaidhyan. We would also like to appreciate and acknowledge the progress and growth our parish Sunday School has achieved locally and within the Diocese of North East America under her leadership. We sincerely thank God for all the blessings we have received through her ministry.
We do welcome Santhosh Varughese and wish the best to his service as the new Principal. You can reach out to him over phone on (416) 258 2062 for any enquiry, assistance or administrative need.
We wish the best also to all teachers, students, volunteers, technical support team and all parents and keep everyone in prayer.
MGOCSM Canada Region Annual Kanesh Retreat- Saturday September 18
MGOCSM Toronto will be hosting its 4th annual Kanesh retreat, as a one-day-online event. This event will be held on Saturday, September 18th, 2021 at 09:00 am. The theme this year will be ‘Orthodoxy in the Modern World’, and our guest speaker will be Rev Dn Immanuel Punnoose. The online registration link is now open. Please spread the word, and we hope to see all our MGOCSM members attending the event!
Please find the link: https://bit.ly/Kanesh2021
This is a reminder and request to all our choir members and Acolytes to attend the weekly choir practice currently conducted virtually on Saturdays.
We would wish our choir members and acolytes who will be taking turns on the upcoming Sunday or feast days make sure of their participation for better coordination and harmonious chanting. The link shall be sent prior to the meeting.
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).
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 socialising.
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.
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