News Update

June 17, 2022 / current, Parish

Apostles Lent

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.

June 17, 2022 / current, Obituary, Parish

Obituary – Ponnamma George

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.

June 17, 2022 / current, Parish

Church Picnic

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.

June 17, 2022 / current, Parish

KCEF St Thomas Day Celebration

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.

June 17, 2022 / current, Marth Mariam, Parish

MMVS Bake Sale

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.

June 17, 2022 / current, Parish, Sunday School

Sunday School Updates

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

June 17, 2022 / current, OCYM, Parish

Urava- Parish Journal Volume 2

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

June 17, 2022 / current, Parish

Vicar’s travel to India

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.

June 17, 2022 / current, Parish

Ordination of Acolytes

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.

June 17, 2022 / current, Parish

Holy Communion Arrangement

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.

June 3, 2022 / current, OCYM, Parish

Parish Library and Book Club

Our parish OCYM has planned to launch a Parish Library & Book Club project with the support of other organisations and our members.

We expect books or contributions from voluntary supporters.

May 27, 2022 / current, Obituary, Parish

Obituary – Elizabeth P Varghese

Our deepest condolences to Mr Jacob Mathew K and family on the passing away of Mercy Jacob’s beloved mother Elizabeth P Varghese (86 years) at Chalakudy, Kerala on Thursday May 25, 2022 at 7:00 pm (IST). The funeral service was conducted at St. Sebastian’s Forane Church, Kuttikad, Chalakudy, Kerala on Friday May 26, 2022. May the Lord comfort her soul and strengthen all the family members. Please keep everyone in prayer.

May 27, 2022 / Birth, current, Parish

Birth Anouncement – Vienne Emmanuelle Georgie Varughese

Jobin Varughese and Elizabeth Georgie  have been blessed with the arrival of their second daughter Vienne Emmanuelle Georgie Varughese, born on May 26, 2022 at 8:40 PM. Congratulations to both parents, grand-parents George Varughese & Anni Varughese  and her elder sister Liora! God bless the couple and all our kids.

May 20, 2022 / current, Parish, Sunday School

Sunday School BBQ

We sincerely thank all our members who have participated in the BBQ organised by our parish Sunday school.

Sincere thanks to the Sunday School Teachers, Students and parents for their volunteering and hard work. Thanks to all who volunteered. Sincere gratitude to our members who supported the event by contributing towards this. The food was rich and tasty. We have collected $ 2108.00. Thanks again.

May 20, 2022 / current, Parish

Altar and Shrine Renovation

There will be a presentation on the proposed plan and diagram of Altar & Shrine renovation on Sunday, 22nd May, 2022 after the Holy Liturgy.  

May 13, 2022 / current, Parish

Feast of St George

Feast of St George: Sincere ThanksWe celebrated the Feast of St George on Saturday and Sunday May 07, 08 at church. We do express sincere gratitude to all our members who came in person, joined virtually, brought or offered Appam, refreshment, nercha and for the prayerful participation.

May 6, 2022 / current, Obituary, Parish

Obituary – Susan Varughese

Our deepest condolences to Mr Ben Varughese Nellithara and family on the passing away of his elder sister Susan Varghese, 84 years, on May 05 Thursday in Rochester, New York, USA at 3:00 pm.She is survived by her husband Dr. Husayn Rashid, her children Rola, Hani and Sami, Son-in-law Christopher, Daughters-in-law, Megan and Christina and grandchildren, Devon, Lea, Noura and Vigo.

May 6, 2022 / current, Obituary, Parish

Obituary – V. V. Varughese

With deep grief, may we announce the sad passing away of  V. V. Varughese, 81 years,  Vattamalathekethil, Kottoor P.O., Kaviyoor, Thiruvalla, beloved father of Santosh Varughese passed away on May 3rd Tuesday at 03:57 am Indian time. He is the beloved husband of late Mariamma Varghese. He is survived by Santosh Varughese Sheeba Varghese Karen and Anya, Satish Varghese, Nezrin Varghese , David and Daniel, Suresh Varghese, Manna Varghese and Nathaniya. Funeral service is scheduled to be conducted on Friday May 06 at 01:00 pm at St Mary’s Orthodox Church, Kottoor, Thiruvalla. The service will be lead by H.G. Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrisostomos Metropolitan, cousin of the departed.Please keep the departed soul and family members in prayer.

April 29, 2022 / current, Parish

Kerala Christian Ecumenical Fellowship Office Bearers

The new Executive Board has been elected on 26 April, 2022.
The following members are elected from our Church.President: Rev. Fr. Thomas John – St. Gregorios Orthodox Church of Toronto.Technical Coordinator:  Gijo Peter – St. Gregorios Orthodox Church of Toronto.

April 29, 2022 / current, OCYM, Parish

New Comers WhatsApp Groups

Newcomers WhatsApp Groups initiated by OCYMNew members are added up in the group as we get connected. Mostly they will be looking for guidance regarding accommodation, info about job opportunities, ride to church, and other possible supports. We are trying our best. Parish members can help us by updating about their availability for giving rides, sending info of contacts and advises from various fields of work which might be helpful for the life in Canada.

April 29, 2022 / current, Parish

Spiritual Organisations and WhatsApp Groups

All the spiritual organisations of our parish have created WhatsApp groups for regular communications and updates.

We request all our members to join corresponding groups. If you are not already in, please reach out to organisational secretaries.

Sunday School, Santhosh Varughese: Please note that Santosh’s contact number has changed to (416) 937 8595. Please save the new contact.

Gregorian Seniors Forum, G George: (416) 738 7765MMVS, Beena Mathew: (647) 835 1521OCYM, Suna Cherian: (647) 818 9376Choir, Anand Joseph: (416) 276 5021Acolytes, Cleemis Vaidhyan: (647) 308 2135, Anish Mathew: (647) 818 6125MGOCSM, Emil Mathew: (647) 877 9272, Sandra Shaji: (647) 551 6563

April 22, 2022 / current, Parish

Great Lent & Holy Week

By the abundant graces of God, our parish community had a blessed Great Lent and Holy Week experience. This was the second year we had devotional talks conducted throughout Lent. It was an enlightening experience for all of us with new thoughts and insights shared by our members. We do highly appreciate and thank all the speakers including the children for their dedication and enthusiasm. It reveals the fact that when we dedicate our time and talents to God, it will multiply manifold and become beneficial to all. This time we had a few new participants too who did well as if they were experienced in preaching. Sincere thanks to all.Our Parish choir has helped us a lot in elevating the liturgical offerings to highly pleasing and involving. We had choir members assist the whole Lenten evening prayers. It was really hard for them to come to church every evening after work. In the Holy Week and on Lenten Sundays, we had a good number of choir members joining to offer excellent support. We do sincerely thank each one of them for their relentless efforts.For the liturgical administration, our Acolytes served a great role with their participation in regular evening prayers and Holy Week services. There was brilliant coordination among themselves for all services. They also helped in changing the sanctuary clothes and covers on Palm Sunday and Easter, cleaning after Palm Sunday, preparing the bitter water for Great Friday, flower arrangements, helping in serving communion spoons and water, and leading the prayers and sacramental arrangements. Sincere thanks to our Acolytes.We do acknowledge and thank all families who served or contributed towards serving refreshments and food. God bless them.Kids were excited by offering flowers on Palm Sunday. Please keep your spirit high always for the Lord.All the spiritual organizations helped and volunteered wholeheartedly throughout the Lent. OCYM has coordinated the Lenten devotional talk and Great Friday Vigil which turned out to be a great blessing for all of us. Our members took turns assisting the Lenten noon prayers by saying responses. Sincere thanks to all organizations for their involvement.The Management Committee did a great part in organizing everything required for our services, food serving, meetings, and all other necessary arrangements. We take on record with gratitude for their support and leadership. This was the Lent we had after two years which has given access to members in person to participate. The faithful were desperately longing for a Lent experience at church after missing the last two occasions in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19. The in-person accessibility to church this year allowed and drove a majority of the faithful in Toronto to the church which kept it packed for almost all services. The physical coming together and the energy it brought gave us a new leap regarding our faith life. It has also ruled out any fear of loss of faith as an aftermath of the pandemic which has taken away millions of lives.  We highly appreciate our members for being keen on practicing faith in a far-away land from home. We do thank God for all that we have experienced during the Great Lent. We thank each participant for their dedication and zeal. God bless!

April 22, 2022 / current, MGOCSM, Parish

MGOCSM Alumni

Our parish MGOCSM would like to reach all members whoever had any association with MGOCSM in India or elsewhere.

Please inform whoever worked with MGOCSM. You can either send an email to mgocsm.sgoct@gmail.com copying to the vicar at fr.thomaspjohn@gmail.com or send a message/call to (416) 570 5610.

 

April 15, 2022 / current, Parish

Easter Service

Easter Service:
Easter service will begin with ‘Liliyo’ (Night Prayer) starting at 06:00 followed by Easter announcement, procession, elevation and Holy Qurbana. We request our members to join the services in person.Please click the flyer for detailed schedule

April 8, 2022 / current, Parish

Great Lent Updates

Holy Week: Palm Sunday April 10 – Easter Sunday April 17Please click the flyer for detailed schedule

Good Friday Night VigilGoogle sign-up sheet for Good Friday Night Vigil coordinated by OCYM is open now. We are going to have an in-person vigil. To include senior members, there will be 08:00 – 10:00 pm slot open. We request our senior members who find it inconvenient to join in person, please look for the time to sign up. The Good Friday vigil is adopted from the practice we have at home when a member of the family passes away. We sit close to the mortal remains of the deceased until the body is taken out for funeral service, reading from the Holy Scripture, singing of devotional hymns and chanting of prayers. Holy Week is the time we remember the closest and immediate member of our family, the family of God in which Christ is the First Born and we are His siblings. We reflect on His life and person and be united in the wonderful fellowship we have in the Lord.

Holy Confession every eveningsSincere thanks to our members for taking time to officiate Holy Confession during Lent days. We are entering the Holy Week which will be more busy and tight with Hasa Services. We may not be able to conduct confession every evening in the Holy Week as we did on Lenten days. If our members wish to do confession, please feel free to call (416) 570 5610 to see if there will be a time available.

40th FridayHoly Liturgy was celebrated on Thursday evening on the 40th day of Lent (Naalpathaam Velli).

Lazarus SaturdayHoly Liturgy on Lazarus Saturday will be celebrated on Saturday April 09 with Morning Prayer starting at 08:30 am.

Great Lent, Evening Prayer, Devotional TalksWe are in the last lap of Great Lent. We managed to conduct Noon Prayer every day at 12:00 – 12:30 with 40 kneeling down. We had evening Prayer and devotional talk for the last forty days. We do acknowledge and thank all participants for their dedication and submission. It was really a spiritually strengthening experience to all of us. This time more members have come forward to strictly observe fasting and prayer and joined the noon prayer from home or work place. All the devotional talks were so enlightening and divinising.  Our members took strength and courage to preach in public. They did research, took effort to ponder, found time to come to church in person and to speak for God through the Holy Spirit in Christ. We have almost 40 talks available online based on various themes and texts. It is a rich resource for the coming generations. Thank you all.

April 8, 2022 / current, OCYM, Parish

Newcomers Virtual Meet & Greet held on Tuesday April 05

OCYM-initiated Newcomers WhatsApp Forum had convened a virtual Meet & Greet on Tuesday April 05.

Over 40 members participated. The meeting went well. We sincerely thank the forum volunteers and members for their participation. Further plans shall be updated in due course.

April 8, 2022 / current, Marth Mariam, Parish

40th Anniversary of the Diocesan MMVS in North America

40th Anniversary of the Diocesan MMVS in North AmericaThe Diocese has planned the following events to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the MMVS in North America:1. 40th-anniversary ceremony will be held on October 1, 2022, at St Thomas Indian Orthodox Church in Unruh, Philadelphia.2. Women who were a part of the MMVS prior to 1982 are being honoured.3. Provide educational assistance to 40 children for a year. A raffle voucher sale will be held for this purpose. Each family can purchase a raffle ticket for $40 USD. Please save a dollar every day during Great Lent and participate in the raffle coupon sale. There’s also the option of sponsoring a child for a year. The expense for this is $1500 US dollars.The raffle coupon draw will take place on October 1st, 2022 during the anniversary ceremony.1st Prize: iPhone 132nd Prize: iWatch

April 1, 2022 / current, Parish

Rev Fr George S Mathews will be celebrating Holy Liturgy on April 03

We are delighted to have Rev Fr George S Mathews (Sajeev Achen), Clergy Secretary of South West American Diocese, celebrating Holy Liturgy at our church this Sunday.

Achen will be on his way from Edmonton to Houston Texas, transiting for a day. Achen is from Anandappally Adoor. We can meet and greet Achen after the service and to have a chat before he leaves.

April 1, 2022 / current, Parish

H G Zachariah Mar Nicholovos Matropolitan, new President of the Rule Committee

HG Zachariah Mar Nicholovos Metropolitan has been appointed as the President of the Rule Committee of the Malankara Orthodox Church.

According to the Constitution of the Malankara Church, the Rule Committee proposes to make amendments to the constitution if required. We congratulate Thirumeni on this new appointment. May the Holy Spirit empower and guide His Grace.

March 26, 2022 / current, Obituary, Parish

Obituary – Sabu John

Our deepest condolence to Mr. Stanley Joseph and family on the passing away of Jessy Stanley’s beloved brother Sabu John (49 years) in Kayamkulam, Kerala on Saturday March 26, 2022 at 1:30 pm (Indian time) . The funeral will be held at Kadeesha Orthodox Cathedral, Kayamkulam. Please keep the departed soul and family members in our prayer.May the God Almighty console the departed soul and comfort the family and friends during this time of bereavement.

March 25, 2022 / current, Parish

Thanksgiving Day- Highest Donation Giver

Please be informed that the highest donation giver towards Thanksgiving day collection for the year 2021 is Vincent Yohannan and Jessy Vincent.

As a token of gratitude, our parish Vicar Rev Fr Thomas P John awarded plaque to Vincent Yohannan and Jessy Vincent on Sunday, March 20, 2022 after Holy Qurbana.

March 25, 2022 / current, Parish

RSVP to Cease

We are stopping RSVP for Sunday participation.

Please don’t look for RSVP mail from the parish office from Sunday March 20, 2022 onwards. There will not be data collection at the entrance too. Members can come to church on all Sundays without taking pain to inform the parish office. Let us feel free!

March 25, 2022 / current, Parish

Feast of Annunciation

Feast of Annunciation – celebrated on Thursday March 24th.

As Mary conceived the Messiah through receiving the Word of God, carried and delivered to the world, let us take courage to carry and deliver Christ the Lord.

March 25, 2022 / current, Parish

Congrats Dr Jobin Varughese

William Osler Health System (Osler) has recognised Dr Jobin Varughese along with other two in health service to share Brampton Board of Trade’s prestigious Intrepid Leader award.

The award is presented to individuals in the Brampton community who have been recognized by their colleagues and the Brampton Board of Trade as bold, brave and courageous young leaders making an impact in the community and in their field.Dr. Lillia Fung and Andreea Popescu are the other two sharing the award.As it is presented in the William Osler’s website:Dr. Jobin Varughese, Site Director, Family Medicine, Residency Program: As a family physician who was raised and lives in Brampton, Dr. Varughese provides comprehensive care for patients, from newborns to seniors. His efforts to contribute to his profession are extensive and range from pursuing certifications and teaching new medical residents, to finding ways to improve the larger health care system and facilitating learning for physicians.“We are delighted the Brampton Board of Trade has recognized Dr. Lillia Fung, Andreea Popescu and Dr. Jobin Varughese for the incredible work they do for the hospital and the community,” said Dr. Frank Martino, Interim President and CEO, William Osler Health System. “All three are shining examples of what it means to be innovative, dedicated and compassionate, and they consistently demonstrate leadership and commitment to our Vision, delivering patient-inspired health care without boundaries.”We are proud of Jobin, our member (J 23), son of George Varughese and Anni Verughese (G 08), brother of Jeevan (J 28), beloved husband of Elizabeth Georgie and heroic father of Liora Josephine. Hearty Congrats!

March 18, 2022 / current, Parish, Sunday School

Sunday Service and Sunday School Update

Sunday Service Timing Change, Morning Prayer at 08:30 am from Sunday March 20, 2022. Sunday School will be going in-personPlease note that the Sunday Morning Prayer will start at 08:30 am from March 20 onwards. This is to help the Sunday School to be conducted at church in-person after the Holy Liturgy. We have more morning light now. The new timing will help us to start the Sunday School at 12:00 to finish by 01:00. We request everyone’s cooperation.Sunday School: Please send snack box on all Sundays to avoid any allergic hazards

March 18, 2022 / current, MGOCSM, Parish

MGOCSM Toronto Lenten Retreat

MGOCSM Toronto Annual Lenten Retreat went well with both in person and virtual participation of members from parishes in Canada.

Rev Fr Givargis Koshy enlightened us with his main session and Q&A. The Team MGOCSM Toronto deserves high appreciation for the excellent organising of the event. Sincere thanks to respected Achens and delegates for their participation.