The Feast of Ascension: Holy Liturgy on Wednesday, May 12 at 06:30 pm in our church.
The Feast of Ascension will be on Thursday May 13. The Holy Liturgy shall be conducted on Wednesday May 12 with evening prayer starting at 06:30 pm in our church. The service shall be live-streamed. Please join virtually.
There will not be RSVP and confirmation until further notice. Worship will continue with 10 members only and to be live-streamed until church gets full access.
As you are aware, the Ontario Government has tightened the restrictions to worship services effective Monday April 19, 2021, and extended the stay-at-home order. Considering the seriousness of the Covid-19 spread, we are restricting the attendance for the Holy Liturgy effective April 18, 2021. Therefore, we are not sending confirmation to the RSVP respondents for tomorrow’s service at church – please attend virtually.
There will not be RSVP and confirmation until further notice. Worship will continue to be live-streamed until church gets full access.
Please take extra measures to prevent the virus spread, and obey the guidelines from governments and medical authorities.
We have monthly meetings of Acolytes, currently virtual, for fellowship and training.
Every field of work/service would demand refresher training and practice with appraisal to check on efficiency. We need to practice and refresh to serve at the Altar better. We earnestly request all the acolytes to attend the scheduled meetings with commitment. Whoever wants to have training for taking the censor, preparing the Altar, dispensing of vestments, reading and chanting, we have provision to avail it on Sunday after the service. We can also have virtual training during monthly sessions or we can schedule special meetings too. Please find this as a reminder for the upcoming meetings. If we have any suggestions regarding the time and date, please feel free to share with Santosh Varughese or with the Vicar.
The Feast of St George shall be celebrated at our church this Sunday, April 25.
Due to the current restrictions, we will not be able to have a gathering or procession. If we have names for intercession, please send them early. If anyone wishes to offer ‘nercha’, please contact the parish office for guidance.
St George the Martyr was beheaded under the persecution of Emperor Diocletian in 303 AD. He lived in Cappadocia, present-day Turkey and was serving the Roman Army. He held his love for Christ over everything. He could have earned a fortune by yielding to the Emperor’s offers, but he refused to do so. He preferred to have Christ as his most incredible fortune and never wished to denounce his Master and Saviour. The executioners used various tools to torture him, and he survived many until he was decapitated. After his martyrdom, many churches have been built in his name worldwide. The Malankara Church, too, has many churches under his patronage. Many innocent souls have been saved from evil forces through his intercession like the virgin girl was saved through him killing the dragon. The faithful of Christ should find themselves seated on the horse -ready, alert and equipped- to fight against evil with the Armor of God shielding them. Word of God will be the lance, the tool of victory. Let us hold on to it and be ready to fight against all kinds of evil, negative forces which might come against us. May the intercession of St George be a fortress to us.
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
We do sincerely apologise for missing the Technical Support team from the thanks list in the previous weekend mail. Though we had acknowledged it on Easter Sunday, it was a mistake missing in the weekend mail. Binu Abraham and Varghese Daniel have been helping us with the live-streaming of Liturgical Services and Lenten Evening Prayers. With their dedicated work and support, our parish has now got an excellent facility for live-streaming with necessary devices and equipments. They were taking turns to come to church every evening and early in advance. We do sincerely thank and highly appreciate their hard work, dedication, sparing of their valid time and skill, consistency and selfless service.
Our parish Lenten Retreat went well with a spiritually edifying message by Fr Thomas Raju.
We sincerely thank Achen for uplifting us in Spirit. We do highly appreciate the prayerful participation of our beloved members. Thanks to Binu Abraham and Varghese Daniel, the technical support team for arranging the virtual connectivity merging with the live-stream. They are doing a highly commendable service for our community.
MGOCSM unit of our parish had raised a fund by selling face masks.
The collected amount has been handed over to ‘Youth without Shelter’ project in Mississauga. We have enquired on the need of any more voluntary assistance. They have other projects too. After the restrictions lifted up, our parish organisations can arrange for reach out programs for the homeless and needy. Highly appreciate MGOCSM members for initiating this charity. Sincere thanks to our beloved members for their support.
We really appreciate the benevolence of our members in supporting Edwin for his surgery. We have sent $3,000/- to their account in India.
Edwin’s parents Sony and Simi were working outside Kerala. Edwin is their only child for whom they had to take clinical assistance and to wait for many years. Due to his hearing inability from birth, they had to visit various hospitals and to consult doctors. They had no option than to quit their job. Later, Sony started a business but he couldn’t focus on it. He had to close it. It did cost him a huge sum of money. Now they both are jobless.
The surgery will be done at JIPMER Pondichery. JIPMER will be doing the surgery free of cost. But the device will cost around Rs 20,00,000/- (Twenty Lakh). Two times they had to move the surgery date due to scarcity of fund. The next date for surgery will be April 10. Sincere thanks to all our members for supporting this child. Please keep Edwin, Sony and Simi in our daily prayers. May we believe, the Lord will touch him and he will be able to hear perfect. Kurielaison, Lord, have mercy…..
March 11 has been observed in Canada as Remembrance Day in tribute to 2.6 million people around the world who died due to COVID-19 with more than 22,000 of them in Canada. The loss is unimaginable. The tears and pathos of families and communities worldwide could make an ocean. We offered incense yesterday at church after the evening prayer. Let us declare solidarity with all those who suffer from their loss and be resolute that we will try our best to never allow any infections through keeping the environment unpolluted and pure.
Our deepest condolence to Mr Thambi Chaly and Family on the passing away for his brother’s wife Mrs Lucy Chaly (72 years) on Monday March 08, 2021 at 09:00pm in Long Island, New York, USA. Funeral service will be held on March 13th.
Mr Thomas Chaly and Mrs Lucy Chaly has 2 children.
May the God Almighty console the departed soul and comfort the family and friends during this time of bereavement.
The viewing and prayer service for Mr Abraham (Bose) Joseph will be held on Sunday March 7, 2021. Due to the current Covid protocols, this will be a private event for in person visitation; however, it will be streamed online via ZOOM from 8:00 pm- 9:00pm (EST).
The Three Days Lent (Nineveh Lent, ‘Moonnu Nompu’) has been observed by our parish community.
We had evening prayers, devotional talk and Holy Liturgy live-streamed. Sincere thanks to Fr Abraham Thomas for his edifying message. We do express sincere thanks to the Altar Servers, Choir members, technical assistance team, MC members and all the members for their participation. We would also thank beloved Sam Thankachen Achen for joining us and offering the Holy Liturgy. Let us feel blessed and look forward to the Great Lent starting on February 15th.
The Covid Info Seminar organised by SGOCT Gregorian Seniors Forum was appreciably conducted and well attended.
The presentation by Dr. Silvy Mathew was superb and highly informative. We hold great regard for her readiness to answer the questions and clearing our many doubts. We will look for more opportunities where we can make use of the talents and skills of our young members who are serving various departments and fields in Canada and elsewhere. Sincere thanks to Dr. Silvy for her wonderful presentation. We do thank our members who had sent their questions which made the meeting more fruitful. Sincere thanks to Seniors Forum for this initiative. We do thank all our beloved members for their valuable participation.
Spiritual Organisations of the Parish have elected new office bearers for the year 2021.
We highly appreciate them for holding the meetings regularly and taking decisions on the choice of office bearers. Please find the list:
Gregorian Seniors Forum: new office bearers for 2021
Vice President: Ben Varughese Nellithara
Treasurer: James Vaidhyan
Secretary: George M George
Event Coordinator: George Varughese
Refreshments Coordinator: Saramma Thomas
Public Relations: Mariamma Varghese
Charity: Babu John
Membership Drive: Geevarghese Mathai
MMVS: new office bearers for 2021
Vice President: Susan Benjamin
Secretary: Jaya Mary Sony
Treasurer: Anni Varughese
Joint Secretary: Beena Mathew
Joint Treasurer: Aleyamma Skariah
Area representatives: Aleyamma George (Scarborough), Mary Vaidhyan (Mississauga), Mini Thomas (Brampton)
Thanks to the 2020 Joint Treasurer Annamma Kurian for her leadership and guidance.
MGOCSM: new office bearers for 2021
Vice President: Sandra Shaji
Treasurer: Sam Abraham
Secretary: Emil Mathew
Committee Members: Lian Gijo, Eva Mathew
Spiritual Advisor: Amy Anand
There will be more committee members elected in due course.
Thanks to the 2020 office bearers:
Vice President: Reuben Mathew Treasurer: Nathan Mathew Secretary: Jonathan Mathew
Committee Members: Manu Mathew, Emil Mathew, Sam Abraham, Ashna Samson, Sandra Shaji & Riya Panicker
Spiritual Advisor: Alisha Varghese
OCYM: new office bearers for 2021
Vice President: Binu Joshua
Treasurer: Liju Thomas
Secretary: Suna Cherian
Joint Secretary: Jemy Anna Jose
Thanks to the 2020 office bearers:
Vice President: Titus Vaidhyan Treasurer: Liju Thomas Secretary: Philip Philips Joint Secretary: Suna Cherian
Choir Leader – Anand Joseph T
Choir Assistants – Liza Thomas and Jemy Praveen
The New Year’s service was conducted on Thursday Dec 31 evening.
We had the vigil conducted along with the Holy Liturgy. Sincere thanks to acolytes and choir members for leading the vigil. We do thank K T George, Amy Anand & Emil Mathew for translating the vigil prayers and litany to English. We do thank Soney M John for his apt New Year message.
We had a wonderful Christmas celebration on Saturday (Dec 19, 2020) evening accompanied by extraordinary presentations by many organisations, and virtual participation of the majority of our families.
This virtual coming together has given us a good picture of our talents- many unused- and a sense of pride about our resources. We do thank and congratulate all the performers, organisers, technical supporters, leaders, script writers, all the Sunday School kids, Seniors, Youth, MGOCSM, MMVS, Choir, Managing Committee and the excellent host Anjali! Though we had some initial connection issues, we were able to surpass it. Thanks to Lejin Chacko, Binu Abraham and Varghese Daniel for their joint effort. When Covid-19 is over, I hope we will be able to fully utilise the many skills and talents of all our competent members.
1. We are looking for nominees from our region to be a part of the MGOCSM Toronto Area Core team which leads the Area council, and oversees all regional activities. There are three positions available: Diocesan Council Member, Area Secretary and Area Treasurer. These positions are for 2 years and would ideally require someone who has been involved with the regional level activities in the past. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone for any of the roles, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than Wednesday, December 23, 2020 by 11:59 PM. We will be speaking with the nominees and will forward details on finalizing a team towards the end of the month.
2. As per the Kalpana sent out to all the churches in our diocese on December 2, 2020, the annual Unit Registration for each church for its MGOCSM chapter is due by the end of the month. Please prepare the registration form and $100 USD to forward to your Church Rep as soon as possible, and it will be mailed out on your behalf to the diocese.
Please feel free to contact us by replying to this email, or through your Church Rep if you have any other questions or concerns regarding either of the updates.
Please keep this ministry in your prayers, and we hope you have a blessed Nativity season.
Yours in Christ,
MGOCSM Toronto Core Team
The North East American Diocese Canada region MMVS is conducting a Virtual Annual Regional Conference and Bible Study through Google Meet on Saturday, December 12, 2020 starting at 09:15am to finish by 12:30pm.
Holy Trinity Transfiguration Retreat Centre is a prestigious meeting place of the Diocese of North East America. It requires our support, especially at this time of pandemic. Our holy father Bava Thirumeni has asked all the members of the Malankara Orthodox church to support this spiritual renewal centre. Please find the link to offer our support.
Join us, #GivingTuesday, December 1, 2020, in donating to Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center, a ministry of the Northeast American Diocese. 10% of the funds raised will go to support the seminarians studying for the #NEDiocese. Give now: https://bit.ly/Give2HTRC
By God’s Grace, we had the Virtual Town Hall Meeting of the SGOCT Parish the last Sunday.
There were about 65 families that participated. We started at 03:00pm and finished by 05:00pm. It was a joyful gathering. We appreciate all our members and thank you sincerely for taking part in it. Thanks to those who have sent questions and suggestions, which we value a lot. We had convened this meeting experimentally; this will give more clarity when we convene the next if the lockdown gets prolonged. Let us keep our church affairs in our prayers and offer all the possible support we can give during this difficult time. We appeal all our members to switch to online regular monthly paying of subscription and donations. We are facing scarcity of fund for monthly survival. We love this beautiful temple of God. It is time for us to bring our love into action.
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.
MGOCSM Toronto, Virtual Fall Fellowship on Saturday, Feb 14
As a follow-up to Kanesh, MGOCSM Toronto is organizing a fellowship talk series of which the first session will be on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at 11:00 am. The main speaker of this event will be Fr. Daniel (Dennis) Mathai leading on ‘The Role of a Spiritual Father in our lives’. The meeting link shall be sent to MGOCSM members. Please look for it and attend.
It is highly disappointing to see Ontario is entering the Red Zone with COVID-19’s rising numbers. Let us be more cautious while keeping ourselves without losing confidence. Please be assured that God shall be our protector and guardian. As our ancestors always tend to say, we could also say, ‘Let His Will be Done’. He will spread His wings to keep us safe.
The feast of Parumala Thirumeni has been celebrated in our parish on October 31 and November 01 while maintaining COVID-19 protocols.
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It is a real blessing that the memory of a saint is maintained in a country which is far from where he lived 118 years ago! As the faithful members, we exist here as the living monument to his holy life. It is amazing to see that we have lived here as witnesses to God’s salvation for the past fifty years! Despite our failures, the intercession of Parumala Thirumeni helped us grow in spirit and protected us. We thank all our members for their prayerful participation in the Perunnal services. This includes the evening prayer, convention Raza and Sunday Liturgy. We do thank our parish choir for their beautiful singing of devotional hymns. We greatly appreciate our members for their donations and for serving food. We thank our beloved MC members for excellently coordinating the programs. We also thank beloved Mathew Thomas Achen for blessing us with a meaningful message. Let us hope, in the next year, we will be blessed to come together to offer our dedication towards our patron saint freed completely from the presence of COVID-19.
All Saturdays, SGOCT Prayer Meeting, 07:00-08:30pm
First Sunday, SGOCT Choir Meeting, 07:00-08:30pm
Second Sunday, SGOCT MMVS, 06:00-07:30pm
Third Sunday, SGOCT Sunday School Teachers Meeting, 07:30-09:00pm
Fourth Sunday, SGOCT MGOCSM, 07:30-09:00pm
First Monday, SGOCT Acolytes Meeting, 07:30-09:00pm
Fourth Thursday, Gregorian Seniors Forum, 07:00-08:30pm
First and Third Fridays, SGOCT Sunday School Liturgical Session for Seniors, 06:00- 07:30pm
Second Friday, SGOCT OCYM, 07:30-09:00
Fourth Friday, SGOCT Divyabodhanam, 07:00-09:00pm
Please keep these days in our diary for respective meetings. It would be highly appreciable if we could follow the monthly schedule to avoid confusion, clash, overlapping or overbooking. All the Secretaries of organisations are requested to make sure that all the meetings shall be entered in the Google Sheet and also inform the Parish Secretary and update the meetings.
If you wish to attend the Perunnal services of St Gregorios of Parumala on Saturday October 31 and/or Sunday November 01, 2020 please submit the RSVP form before Friday October 30, 2020 by 5:00pm. Click the below link to submit RSVP. https://forms.gle/EZxUYuurYARdfHhS9
Mandatory Guidelines to be followed:
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.
The North American Diocese annual MMVS conference was held virtually on October 10th.
Congratulations to the SGOCT MMVS quiz team on securing the first place (shared with St. Gregorios Orthodox Church Jackson Heights, NY) in the quiz competition held at the diocesan level. The quiz was held virtually on October 3rd and the results were announced in the annual conference on October 10th. There were 30 teams in the quiz competition. Jessie Vaidhyan, Siju Varghese, Beena Mathew, Santy Thomas & Jaya Mary Soney were the participants from our parish.
The Canada Region MMVS presented a recorded skit in the North American Diocese annual MMVS conference. The skit was based on the life of Deborah. It was recorded in our church basement and was well appreciated. Our MMVS team participated in the skit along with other MMVS teams from sister orthodox churches in the Greater Toronto area. Congratulations to the proud winners of our parish MMVS members for getting first prize in the North East American Diocese Quiz Competition.
With deep sorrow and grief, may it be announced that Mr Varghese Cherian, 63 years, Manalethu Puthenveedu, Aala, Chengannur, beloved father of Renin and father-in-law of Reena Philip has passed away in India yesterday. He was unwell for the last few months. He is survived by his beloved wife Ginny Varghese, two sons and families Renin, Reena, Hezekiel, Renjin, Chriz & Adi.
The funeral service has been conducted yesterday at St Mary’s Orthodox Valiyapally, Aala, Chengannur.
Please keep the departed soul and family members in prayer.
It is with deep grief, may it be informed that V S JOSHUA, aged 80 yrs, beloved father of Binu Joshua and father-in-law of Ansu (Dir Ref: B 07, Address in India: Vilayil House, Thengumkave, Mallassery, Pathanamthitta Dist.) has passed away in India on Tuesday September 22, 00:30 am IST.
Details of Family members:
Wife: Kunjamma, Kunnumpurath, Vazhamuttom.
Children and families: Benson, Suja, Jeswin, Justin (Sharjah), Benny, Reena, Nitha, Neha (Kuwait), Binu, Ansu, Binta, Christa, Austin (Canada).
Siblings: VS Mathews (USA), VS John (USA), VK George, Ponnamma
Funeral: On September 22nd Tuesday 2:00 PM at St.Mary’s Orthodox Church, Mallassery.
Live Stream: https://youtu.be/kq0P1aZaV50 available 7:00 AM (IST) onwards.
Due to Covid restrictions, family members cannot go and pay the rites now. May we all keep the departed and family members in prayer. May the Lord be with everyone and give strength.
There will be a memorial service conducted at our parish church tomorrow Tuesday September 22 at 06:30 pm. While keeping the Covid protocol, we could join the service.
Sunday School has reopened for the New Academic Year 2020
Our parish Sunday School has reopened for the new academic year. If there are any more kids yet to join or yet to register, please find this as the right opportunity to start. Please feel free to contact Elizabeth Vaidhyan on (647) 984 3258 for admission proceedings.
Please find the schedule for September to December 2020:
1. Class times – Each grade teacher will set the day and time for the class time and send the meeting invite to the parents/students.
2. Common time – Once a month we will conduct common time on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 PM; The dates are as follows: October 18th, November 22nd & December 20th
3. Text books and Work books – Each grade teacher will scan the text book/work book and e-mail it to you. Please print as required for your child/children. Information on classes and common time beginning in January 2021 will be provided in December. Thanks to those who have returned the textbooks. We are still waiting for many to return the textbooks. Please arrange to return the textbooks.
Sunday School Needs Volunteers
Our Parish Sunday Schools welcomes our members who are interested in volunteering for Sunday School academic programs. Please contact Elizabeth Vaidhyan on (647) 984 3258. We especially encourage all the graduates from our Sunday School to volunteer.
Our parish Choir is looking for singers, male and female, including previous members and high school students to be part of the church choir. We look for members who would dedicate their time for participating training sessions and church services including Sunday liturgy. Please contact Anand Joseph on (416) 276 5021.
Northeast American Diocese MMVS has scheduled virtual retreats on Fridays between 12:00 and 01:00pm. It will be a good platform for us to meet other MMVS members spread out all over the US and Canada. Those who are working could also conveniently join because the meetings happen at lunch-break.
With deep grief may it be informed that Omana Korah, aged 82, beloved wife of late Korah Thomas Vettiyil and beloved mother of Saji Vettiyil (Directory Ref: S 02) passed away today in Kerala. She is the member of Vakathanam St John’s Valiya Pally. Funeral has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday Sep 19th at Vakathanam Valiya Pally.
May we keep the family in prayer. May the Lord comfort the departed soul.
SGOCT MMVS had requested for donation for surgery of an international student in Canada from Kerala. She was diagnosed with congestive heart failure with only 20% of functioning now. She is in a transitional care centre. She has no OHIP coverage. The target amount was $100,000. Toronto Malayalee Samajam had initiated the fund raising. After MMVS requesting support, our parish could collect $1,500/- in two days. The collection has been transferred to the recipient through GoFundMe. Please pray for her surgery. Sincere thanks to our beloved members for acting so fast. We really appreciate Toronto Malayalee Samajam for taking up this timely charity. Special appreciation to SGOCT MMVS for their fruitful initiative.
Most Rev K I Philip Ramban ‘Malankara Sabha Missionary Jyothis’ has passed away on Sunday September 07th.
He was the backbone of the mission projects of the Malankara Orthodox Church. He stood with HG Osthathios Metropolitan to initiate, establish and develop all the major projects including Kalahandi, Yachaaram Balagram, Puthuppady Ashram, Mandavar Santhigram…etc. His leadership and intervention in Odisha and Gujarat after the worst hit cyclones paved way to more mission ministry in the northern states of India. Gujarat and Odisha governments honoured him for his compassionate works. He made himself available for the needy and poor. He was so keen in housing projects for the homeless. He earned no money or possessions for himself. He lived a poor life but died rich by receiving appreciation and reverence of millions of hearts for the ministry of the Lord. His vision, mission and ministry would need more research and attention for future guidance of the church in reaching out to God’s children. His funeral service has been conducted at St Pauls Ashram Puthuppady on Thursday September 10th. May his memory be eternal.
The Gregorian Seniors Forum get-together will be on Thursday, September 17th at 05:00 PM at the Peace Garden, near St. Mary’s Shrine. Please bring chairs and foldable tables. We will follow the Covid protocol.
September 1-8 is Ettunompu. Though it is not canonically recognised, most of the faithful observe it. The church has high reverence towards Mother Mary. We find her intercession so powerful. Let us observe this lent and keep the whole world in prayer. May we all seek her intercession for healing and rising up of the whole world from Covid 19. There will be Holy Qurbana on Monday, September 7th with evening prayer starting at 07:00pm. Those who wish to send their names for intercession; please send it by Monday morning.
SGOCT MMVS is organising ‘Ettunompu’ vigil, fasting, retreat and prayer on Friday, September 4th, starting at 09:30 am to finish with noon prayer at 12:00 pm. It will be a virtual meeting through Webex. The link will be sent soon.
MGOCSM Annual Kanesh 2020 on Saturday, August 29 @ 09:30 AM
MGOCSM Toronto will be hosting it’s 3rd annual Kanesh retreat, as an online, one-day event. This year’s retreat will be conducted virtually in order to abide by the local public health guidelines.
This year’s theme was chosen based on the feedback from the youth, and will be “Eternal Hope” with a focus on mental health and depression. The bible verse which focuses on the theme is “Bring my soul out of prison to give thanks to Your name” -Psalms 141:8. Our guest speakers will be Fr. Daniel Dennis Mathai, Seminarian Toby John and Ms. Sangeetha Thomas, a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern.
The retreat will be held on Saturday, August 29th, 2020 at 9:30 AM. The details to join the online session will be emailed to the address you provide in this registration form. Registration is free. All youth over the age of 13 are requested to join in! Please contact your Kanesh 2020 committee member for any questions.
With profound grief, may it be announced that Mr K Thomas, the beloved brother of K T George (Dir Ref: K 01) has passed away in India at 03:00 pm on August 28th. His 87th Birthday was on August 27th, just the day before his parting. He was predeceased by his only son and son in law. He is survived by his wife and two daughters and other close family members. The funeral is tentatively scheduled for the coming Sunday, August 30th at his home parish, St Mary’s Oorslem Orthodox Church, Puramattom. K T George was fortunate to see his brother and to stay with him for a few months during his previous visit to India.
May we together pray for the departed soul and also pray for the family members. May the Lord’s loving presence comfort and strengthen everyone.
The second virtual song video made by the SGOCT Choir was released on Sunday 16th August after service. The first one was well received by all. The new hymn is “Vismayasahitham kabarupolinju…” which is a liturgical hymn on Resurrection of the Lord. Congratulations to all participants, technical support team and coordinators for coming together virtually for an expression of unity, oneness, and fellowship.
The trailer was inaugurated by Vicar Fr. Thomas P John on Sunday, August 9th after Holy Qurbana.
OVBS 2020, Theme- ‘We are one in Christ’ (Galatians 3:28)
2020 Virtual OVBS is scheduled for this week August 20 & 21 (Thursday & Friday) with valedictory function on August 23 (Sunday). We request everyone to specially pray for the Virtual OVBS. The theme for this year is “We are one in Christ” Galatians 3:28.
Here is the link to the theme song and the lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGD_BFSf90c
Please encourage your child/children to learn the theme song. You will be receiving a Zoom invite on Wednesday from Anne Alex to join the OVBS sessions for Thursday & Friday with all the instructions on how to join the sessions. Please note there is a change in the morning start time for both days (Thursday & Friday), we are starting at 9:30 AM. Please join in time to help ensure the program runs smoothly. Parents of students in grades 1 to 5 will receive an e-mail from the respective teachers for craft supplies required for the OVBS arts & crafts sessions. The Virtual OVBS Program Schedule is as follows: Day 1: Thursday, August 20, 2020, via Zoom
Morning Session – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
9:30 am – 10:20 am – Prayer & Inauguration (Common Session)
10:20 am – 11:20 am – Classes (Breakout Rooms)
11:20 am – 11:45 am – Art & Craft
11:45 am – 12:00 pm – Noon Prayer (Common Session)
Afternoon Session – 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
02:00 pm – 03:05 pm – Song Session (Common Session)
03:10 pm – 03:25 pm – Closing Prayer (Common Session)
03:25 pm – 04:00 pm – Working on Presentation (Breakout Rooms)
Day 2: Friday, August 21, 2020, via Zoom Morning Session – 10:00 am to 12:00pm
9:30 am – 10:10 am – Prayer (Common Session)
10:10 am – 11:20 am – Classes (Breakout Rooms)
11:20 am – 11:45 am – Art & Craft
11:45 am – 12:00 pm Noon Prayer (Common Session)
Afternoon Session – 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
02:00 pm – 03:05 pm – Song Session (Common Session)
03:10 pm – 03:25 pm – Closing Prayer (Common Session)
03:25 pm – 04:00 pm – Working on Presentation (Breakout Rooms)
Day 3: Sunday, August 23, 2020, via Webex
Valedictory Function – Common Session
04:00 pm – 04:30 pm Salutation, Theme Song. Opening Prayer
04:30 pm – 05:45 pm Class Presentations
05:45 pm – 06:00 pm Closing Prayer
For the valedictory function, you will receive the invite on Saturday from our Church Webex.
As we are in the Lent of Mother Mary, let us keep watch over how to observe her feast with our willingness to transform to her likeness in virtue and way of life.
Those who wish to include names for intercession are requested to send names to the Vicar’s Email: email@example.com.
There will be evening prayer at church on Friday 14th August at 6:00pm followed by Devotional Talk. On Saturday 15th, there will be Holy Liturgy with morning prayer at 9:00am. Intercessory prayer, Holy Procession to St Mary’s Shrine and Incense prayer shall be conducted after the Qurbana. No RSVP necessary for attending the service.
In deep grief, may we announce the sad parting of Ealias Chaly, 79 years, father of Preeya Chaly, father in law of Alex George has passed away on Tuesday Aug 04 in Chennai at 07:30 pm (Indian Standard Time). His burial service was conducted at 4:30 pm (IST) on August 5, at St. Peter’s & St. Paul’s Orthodox Church, Koyambedu, Chennai. Ealias Chaly was the youngest of 5 children in the Chalil family. He was the Head of Department of Physics at St. Agnes College for 36 years in Mangalore. He was born in Malaysia, and was brought up in Mulanthuruthy, Kerala. He has left behind his wife Annie Chaly, 2 daughters Preetha and Preeya, 4 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Alex George is the son of K T George. As we could imagine, this will be really hard for the family to accept, especially as they were unable to go and to attend the service. Please keep the departed soul and the family in prayer. May the Lord console and strengthen everyone.
MGOCSM is planning to organise a virtual choir as it becomes difficult for the members to meet in person. All are welcome. Participants should have their WhatsApp contact ready for all communications. Whoever wishes to join, they can access a link which has been circulated among the members.
Our parish Sunday School will have virtual Liturgical lessons with the first session on Holy Qurbana this Saturday at 11:00 am. It will be open to all who are interested. Whoever wishes to join, please contact Elizabeth Vaidhyan on +1 (647) 984 3258.
May it be informed with profound sadness that Mr K K Kuriakose, 62 yrs, beloved elder brother of Beena and brother in law of Vinod Mathews (Dir Ref: V 05) has been taken to heavenly abode on Saturday 04th early morning at 01:30 Indian time. He was professor (Dept of Commerce) at Baselios College, Kottayam. Funeral service was conducted on Monday at 02:00 pm at Pampady St John’s Cathedral. It will be really hard for the family, especially at this time of restrictions. Vinod and Beena were fortunate to have met him on their visit to India before the Pandemic and he had driven them back to the airport. May I request your valid prayers for his soul. May the Lord comfort everyone in the family who are at loss.
Church is open for members to attend. May I request, whoever willing to join, please send RSVP for the parish office to prepare the list and to send confirmation to the anticipated members. Whoever joins, please come prepared to keep social distancing. I ask the rest of the members, please keep our parish service in prayer.
Sunday School is throwing a party for the students on Sunday, September 1st, 2019 after Holy Qurbana. All parents are invited to bring their children. Lunch will be provided for the students attending the party.
Sunday School is conducting the annual Parent-Teacher meeting on Sunday, September 1st, 2019 after Holy Qurbana. Parents are requested to attend to make suggestions/improvements.
The new academic year for Sunday School 2019-20 will commence on September 8th, 2019 at 9 am. Parents are requested to sign up and bring students on time.
With great sorrow we regret to inform of the passing away of Mr. T.J Jacob (94) on Sunday 18th August’2019 at 6:10 pm. He is one of the senior most members of our parish. He is predeceased by his wife Omana Jacob. He is survived by his children Mrs. Leena Ancheril, Mr. Joseph Jacob, Mr. Verghese Jacob and Mrs. Sheela Jacob, their spouses and grand children.
There will be a prayer meeting on Wednesday, August 21,2019 at 7:30 pm at our parish in honor of the departed soul.
We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. T.J.Jacob. May God almighty console the departed soul and comfort the grieving family.
Viewing and prayers
Friday, August 23rd, 5.30 to 9 pm
St Gregorios Orthodox Church of Toronto
6890 Professional Court, Mississauga
Funeral service (followed by burial at the Cemetry)
Saturday, August 24th at 1 pm
Glen Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery
3164 Ninth Line, Oakville
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the sudden passing away of Mr. Edicheria Eppachan, one of the pioneering members of our parish, at age 77 at 7 pm on April 17′ 2019. Eppachan is survived by his wife Mrs Annamma (Alice) Eppachan, Children Alex and Ashley Eppachan, Jennifer (daughter in law) and Milo Eppachen (grand son). We express our sincere condolences to the bereaving family and may God comfort and console them at this difficult time.
Sunday April 21, 2019 / 4 pm to 8 pm at Glen Oaks Funeral Home, 3164 Ninth Line, Oakville, ON L6H 7A8
Monday April 22, 2019 / 9 am to 11 am at St. Gregorios Orthodox Church of Toronto
Funeral Service – Monday April 22, 2019
Service at St. Gregorios Orthodox Church of Toronto, from 11 am to 12 pm
Interment at Glen Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery, from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Followed by Reception at Glen Oaks Funeral Home, from 1:00 pm to 3 pm
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing away of our parish member Mercy John, wife of John Mathen, in Brampton on Sunday March 17′ 2019. We offer our deepest sympathies to John Mathen and family. May God almighty console and comfort the family, and strengthen them in this difficult time.
Our deepest condolences to our member James Joseph (Sunil) and family on the passing of his father Mr. C. C. Joseph (Sunny), 74 years, on March 10′ 2019 at Parumala hospital, Kerala. Funeral was held on Tuesday March 12′ 2019. May God almighty console and comfort the family, and strengthen them in this difficult time.
It’s with heavy heart that we announce the untimely death of Mr. C.J. John (64) in Muthukulam Nilambur, Kerala. He is a member of St. Mary’s Syrian Orthodox Church, Muthukulam, Nilambur and the beloved father of Mr. Dennis John who is a member of our Church. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to grieving family. May God almighty console and comfort the family, and strengthen them in this difficult time.
Our Vicar is entering the age of 70 in 2019. The Kudassanad YMCA and other cultural organizations in Kudassanad have organized a celebration to mark this milestone. The celebrations for January 20, 2019 are arranged at the Kudassanad St. Stephens Cathedral Parish Hall. A souvenir will be published in connection with the celebration. The list of attendees include…
H. G. Geevarghese Mar Yulios
Oommen Chandy (former Chief Minister)
Ramesh Chennithala (Kerala State Opposition leader)
Our deepest condolences to the family of Mariamma Alex(Molly) for the passing away of Alex Koruthu(65), husband of Molly Alex and father of Amy, Anne and Athena. Mammoottil, Mavelikara on Wednesday, December 5.
Our condolence to the family of Soney Mathew and Jaya for the passing away of Soneys father John, P. Thomas (86) (brother of H. G. Philipose Mar Eusebios) Puthen Parampil Naranganam, Kozhencery on December 1, 2018