Bible Verse

   Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, (Ephesians 5:25-26 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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Every Sunday:
Regular classes in church after Holy Qurbana

August 10, 11 and 12, 2022
OVBS

Saturday, June 18, 2022
05:00 – 07:00 pm: Choir / Acolytes joint practice

Through webex. Link will be sent to participants

Saturday, June 18, 2022
07:00 – 08:00 pm: Evening prayer at church

Sunday, June 19, 2022
After Qurbana: OCYM monthly meeting

Meeting will be conducted in church

Sunday, June 19, 2022
06:00 – 08:00 pm: MMVS monthly meeting

Through webex. Link will be sent to participants

Saturday, July 09, 2022
Location: Heart Lake Conservation Park, Brampton

News Update

June 16-29, Apostles LentWe are in the Sleeha Nompu. Intercession of the apostles is powerful. Their life can be really inspirational if we seek to learn from them. They were ordinary people before they met Jesus. After joining the Lord, they learned how every word and act could become preaching of the Kingdom. Wherever they knocked, heaven got opened. They earned souls for Christ. Their words inspired by the Holy Spirit changed hearts. We can also similarly transform hearts and lives.

We share the deep grief of Philip Shiby George and family on the passing away of their beloved mother Ponnamma George (84 years), Puthenpeediakail House, Kurampala South PO, Pandalam.

She was the beloved wife of Late P. Philip George and is survived by Philip Shiby George, Bindu Philip, Sharon Philip and Hayden Philip & Ann Sheena George, Ashlyn Shaji, Angel Shaji & Irene Shaji. Funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, June 18 at 01:00 pm at the residence followed by the fourth order at St George Orthodox Aramanappally, Paranthal. May the comforting presence of the Lord be with the family, relatives and friends at this time of bereavement. May the departed soul find eternal peace in the heavenly court.

Our Church picnic will be on Saturday July 9, 2022, at Heart Lake Conservation Park, 10818 Heart Lake Rd, Brampton, ON L6Z 0B3.

The cost per family will be $40 and individuals $15, which includes entrance fee for all confirmations received online.

Please register by visiting the link given below:  Link to the sign up form : https://forms.gle/EQZZ56PL18VGfgEz9  

Link to the flyer : https://mcusercontent.com/4b0245a10b23c3826466d9a97/files/65f47ce9-bde0-016b-ce73-3117677867bf/SGOCT_Picnic_2022.pdfLet us be ready for a great time together. 

The location is nice and beautiful. It provides the best in outdoor entertainment. Our parish members and friends are welcomed. Everyone will have a great time to rejoice and spend memorable time together. There will be a variety of sporting events, as well as food and BBQ.

KCEF has scheduled to celebrate St. Thomas Day on Saturday July 16, 2022.

The event will take place in hybrid mode from CSI Church, Toronto starting at 6.00 pm. The program will be livestreamed via YouTube, a link to which will be made available a few days before the event. KCEF coordinators have invited us to the event. A video presentation can be made by our parish. The last date to receive the program video will be 5th July, 2022.

MMVS Bake Sale – Sunday June 12The bake sale was a grand success. We sincerely thank all our members who have made and brought food, and whoever has contributed and supported in their own way.

OVBS 2022 is planned for August 10, 11, and 12th.  Requesting the participation of all students.

The second volume of Urava will be released on Sunday, August 14 connecting to the Soonoyo Feast.

We are inviting all organizations of our Parish to contribute articles to be featured in the Journal. The articles are expected to reflect the theme selected for this issue “Theotokos – The Second Eve”. The last date for submission of articles will be 30th June 2022.Please find below – the subthemes selected for each organisation:1. Sunday School i) Life of Saint Mary ii) “Behold, Thy Mother.”2. MGOCSM i) “Here I am” ii) Intercession of Mother Mary3.OCYM i)‘Joseph’, a Male Model for Women Empowerment ii) ‘Mary’, More than a shell4.MMVS i) Women Leadership towards Salvation ii) Sword through the Heart5. Senior Forum i)”Hail Mary, Full of Grace” ii) Mary – An Initiator of Miracles6.Choir i) Magnificat – A Revolutionary Anthem ii) St. Mary in the Orthodox Liturgical Hymns7. Acolytes i) Various Symbols of St Mary in the Temple ii) Model for Diakonia – from Altar to Street Please send the articles to below email id with the subject line “Urava Volume 2 – Article – Organization Name”. Email id: ocymtoronto@yahoo.com

The parish vicar will be away on holidays in India – May 30 to June 30.

Arrangements have been made to cover Sundays and other days. For any pastoral needs, please contact the parish office, Thomas Joshua, Treasurer on (647) 887 4010 and Gijo Peter, Secretary on (647) 778 2119. The vicar can be reached through WhatsApp or Email: fr.thomaspjohn@gmail.comPlease find the Local Indian contact: +91 9188 634833.Requesting prayers from all our beloved members.

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.

Communicants Counting Machine, Wave your hand ‘ONCE’ pleasePlease wave your hand once between the sensor poles of the counting machine if you are to take Holy Communion. Please do not wave if you are not taking Holy Communion. Thanks to everyone for your cooperation.

How to come for Holy CommunionFor receiving Holy Communion, please come in an orderly manner (bench by bench) to avoid crowding and to keep physical distance. If you need to leave church early, please come to the front through the side aisles (not middle aisle) to receive Holy Communion.

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