News Update

September 10, 2021 / Parish

Feast of the Cross

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’.

September 10, 2021 / Parish

Communicants Counting Machine, Wave your hand ‘ONCE’

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.

September 10, 2021 / Parish, Sunday School

Sunday School Reopening

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.

September 10, 2021 / Parish, Sunday School

Welcome Santhosh Varughese, Sunday School’s new Principal

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.

September 10, 2021 / MGOCSM, Parish

MGOCSM Canada Region Annual Kanesh Retreat

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

September 10, 2021 / Parish

Choir & Acolytes Joint Practice

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.

September 10, 2021 / Marth Mariam, Parish

MMVS Diocesan Programs

Please find below the upcoming MMVS Diocesan programs. Note the dates in your calendar and assure your participation.

Bible Quiz: 
Saturday, October 02

Annual Conference: 
Saturday, October 09

Bible Study: 
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).

September 10, 2021 / Parish

Covid-19 Guidelines

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.

September 3, 2021 / Parish

September 01-08 ‘Ettunompu’

September 01-08 are days of lent connected to the birth of St Mary, though non-canonical, observed by the majority of faithful in the church.

The intercession of Mother Mary is so powerful. Let us observe the lent with prayer and fasting. May we pray for the whole world. Please remember to send names for intercession.

September 3, 2021 / Parish

Evening Prayer on Saturdays in September

Virtual Evening Prayer shall resume from Saturday, September 11th. 

This Saturday evening prayer shall be conducted at Church at 06:30 pm
 

September 3, 2021 / Parish

Town Hall Meeting

The Parish Town Hall meeting was conducted last Sunday at church after the Holy Liturgical service.

We do sincerely thank our beloved members for their participation and for sharing their valuable thoughts and suggestions.

August 27, 2021 / Parish

Saturday Evening Prayers will be conducted at Church

In August, we will be conducting the Saturday evening prayers at church starting at 06:30 pm.

We have been on a virtual platform with our Saturday evening prayers since the Covid lockdown began. In August, we will be conducting the Saturday evening prayers at church starting at 06:30 pm. Our members, whoever finds it convenient, please come to church. The evening prayer might not be live-streamed.

August 27, 2021 / Parish, Sunday School

OVBS 2021

This year’s OVBS learning sessions have been completed.

OVBS for us is the parish Olympics, which is not because of its competition aspect but because of its overall positivity which can last till the next event. Actually it is a learning program like Sunday School which could have fallen into boredom and monotony, however the way it has been programmed keeps it from going exhaustive. It is just another academic exercise sweetened with music and games and wrapped in glitterati. Everybody enjoys it as it brings neither burden nor worry, only pure joy. We can make an OVBS everyday in our life if we don’t complicate things.
 
We do sincerely acknowledge the efforts and hard work of the dedicated team of our teachers, wonderful participation of our children, tremendous support from parents, excellent assistance from the technical team and all possible support from the Management Committee. Special mention is due to Mridula Liju Thakadiyel for her brilliant coordination of OVBS 2021.

August 20, 2021 / Parish

40th Day Memorial Observance of Bava Thirumeni

Our parish has observed the 40th day since the passing away of HH Baselios Marthoma Paulose II.

Holy Liturgy was conducted on Thursday, August 19 followed by a commemorative meeting. Thanks to the Management Committee, parish choir for their assistance, representatives of all organizations for their tributes, technical support team for their support, members who provided food, and all our beloved members for their participation either at church or virtually. May Thirumeni’s memory be eternal. 

August 13, 2021 / Parish

Soonoyo Lent (15 Days Lent)

Lent Schedule:

Saturday, August 14
Retreat at 09:30 am: MMVS retreat will be starting at 09:30 am led by Mrs Merlin T Mathew followed by intercession and noon prayer. All our members are requested to join virtually.
Evening Prayer, Devotional Talk & Procession starts at 06:30 pm
Evening prayer shall be conducted at church at 06:30 pm followed by devotional talk by Rev Fr Mathew Thomas and procession to St Mary’s stone shrine. Please join either at church or virtually.

Sunday, August 15
Morning Prayer will start at 08:00 am followed by Holy Qurbana and intercession.

August 13, 2021 / Parish

30th Day Memorial Observance of Bava Thirumeni

The 30th Day memorial observance of beloved HH Baselios Marthoma Paulose II Bava Thirumeni was conducted on Monday, August 09, 2021, at St Thomas Orthodox Church Toronto.

Since the Covid lockdown, this was the first event conducted regionally with offering of Holy Liturgy involving all the regional parishes. The Commemoration meeting was a memorable experience. Choir was excellent. Church dignitaries and Ecumenical leaders participated in-person/virtually. Our Diocesan bishop HG Zachariah Mar Nicholovos Metropolitan blessed us with his message. HE Most Rev Dr Philipose Mar Stephanos Metropolitan, Bishop of Syro-Malankara Catholic Eparchy delivered the keynote address. HE Metropolitan Archbishop Soterios Athanassoulas, Archbishop of Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada’s message was read. Rev Sunil Chacko, vicar of St Mathews MTC Toronto and Rev Anish M George, vicar of CSI ChurchToronto shared their reflections. NEA Diocesan Secretary Fr Dr Mathai Daniel Varghese joined virtually and shared his memories with Bava Thirumeni. Fr Philipose Philip, Fr Dr Daniel Thomas and Fr Philipose Philip delivered messages. Parish and regional organisational representatives also shared their thoughts. Sincere thanks to our parish Management Committee, Trustee, Secretary, Organisations, technical support team and choir for their participation and support. Special thanks are due to Susan Benjamin for excellent compeering and Jason Varghese for brilliant photographic coverage of the event. Sincere thanks to the vicar Fr Thomas George and members of St Thomas OC Toronto for hosting the event. We do highly appreciate the leadership by Fr Blessan Varghese, Fr Sam Thankachen and Fr Mathew Thomas in arranging, organising, coordinating the event excellently. The technical support team did an awesome job. We look forward to more events organised regionally with the involvement of all the local parishes and members.

August 13, 2021 / Marth Mariam, Parish

Hearty Congratulations Alvina

Hearty Congrats to Alvina Samson on winning the logo competition for the Diocesan Sunday School initiated in the Diocesan SS newsletter Ma’altho.

The logo design and the talent behind were highly appreciated by the Sunday School jury. This logo will be used by the Diocesan Sunday School now onwards. Alvina will receive a gift cheque from the Diocese. It is indeed a proud moment for our parish and Sunday School. We have other kids who also participated in the competition and revealed their talents. We do express our sincere appreciation to them too for their attempt and showing off their skill. God bless our kids.

August 6, 2021 / Marth Mariam, Parish

Soonoyo Retreat

Our parish MMVS has organised a retreat for all our members during Soonoyo lent on Saturday August 14, 09:30 am – 12:00 noon.

Mrs Merlin T Mathew will be leading the retreat. Merlin Kochamma is a well known speaker and a spiritual guide highly in demand. Let us keep the retreat in prayer. We wish that the retreat will be a great blessing and an occasion for our spiritual renewal. Please remember the date and join.

August 6, 2021 / Obituary, Parish

Obituary – Chinnamma Samuel

Our deepest condolence to Samuel Geevarughese and Idiculla Varughese on the passing away of their mother Mrs Chinnamma Samuel.

Mrs Chinnamma Samuel, 94 yrs, wife of late Mr M G Samuel, member of St Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church Mississauga, has passed away yesterday at her youngest son’s residence in Scarborough. 

She is survived by her sons and daughters and their families:
Samuel Geevarughese, Joseph M Samuel, Idiculla Varughese, Abraham Samuel, Samuel Samuel, Sosamma Samuel (Mercy) and Sosamma Samuel (Raji). 

Please find below the youtube link for the memorial and funeral service of Mrs. Chinnamma Samuel, mother of Samuel Geevarughese and Idiculla Varughese.

Live streaming – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLlCiqvSJkc

Date & time: August 05, 2021 at 9:00am

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.

July 30, 2021 / Parish

Feast of Transfiguration

The feast of Transfiguration will be on August 06. We will have Holy Qurbana on Thursday August 05 with evening prayer starting at 06:30 pm.

July 30, 2021 / Parish

Birth Announcement – David Alexander

Binny Alexander and Jeny Koshy have been blessed with a baby boy David, their second child.

Ethan the elder is excited to have a little one to play with. Hearty congrats to the blessed parents and grandparents! Welcome, newborn! Be a blessing to our community and to the world!

July 23, 2021 / Parish

Church General Cleaning

The church general cleaning really went well on July 17, 2021.

We had a lot of members come in to volunteer. It started at 09:00 and finished only by 05:45 pm. All had to work hard to clean up all areas and storage spaces. Everybody including our smart kids found themselves at work without any break. We do thank and highly appreciate all the spiritual organisations for their participation and for everyone’s hard work. I think we should come together at least quarterly to clean up. It is the Lord’s house and our spiritual home too.

July 23, 2021 / Parish

KCEF St Thomas Day Celebration

Kerala Christian Ecumenical Fellowship St Thomas Day virtual celebration went well on Saturday, July 17, 2021.

Our church presented a talk show in the St Thomas Day programs by the Kerala Christian Ecumenical Fellowship (KCEF). Thanks to the students participated in our program and to MGOCSM / OCYM for coordinating the program. You can watch the programs on the Youtube channel ‘Kerala Christian Ecumenical Fellowship Toronto’.

Please subscribe the youtube channel for upcoming events.

 

July 16, 2021 / Parish

Town Hall Meeting Cancelled

As we have entered 40 days of mourning on the falling asleep of our Beloved Bava Thirumeni, the scheduled Town Hall meeting shall not be conducted on Sunday, July 25th, 2021.

We will be looking for a meeting date after the 41st day of Thirumeni’s parting. We will also look for the possibility to conduct a Parish General Body instead of a Town Hall meeting. Updates shall be sent after checking with the Provincial COVID guidelines.

July 16, 2021 / Parish

Weekly Choir Practice moved to Wednesday

The choir practice has been rescheduled to Wednesdays from 08:00 to 09:00 pm.

We request choir members and Acolytes to ensure their participation. This applies especially to those who are scheduled to take part in Holy Liturgy on respective Sundays.

July 16, 2021 / Parish

Catholicose HH Baselios Marthoma Paulose II is mourned

HH Baselios Marthoma Paulose II entered eternal rest on Sunday, July 11th 2021 at 02:35 am IST at Parumala. He was the 91st Primate in succession to the Apostolic throne of St Thomas, the 21st Malankara Metropolitan, and the 8th Catholicose. His interment was conducted on Monday, July 12th at Devalokam Aramana Chapel where he is laid close to HH Baselios Geevarghese II, Augen I, Mathews I, and HG Thomas Mar Makarios Metropolitan of eternal memory.
 
His Holiness was a man of prayer, where he lived with true conviction. He was philanthropic in actions, delighting and reconciling in talks and speeches. He was also uncompromising in faith with a simple and genuine lifestyle. He was easily accessible to everyone and keen on extending his helping hands to reach out to the needy. There is a video of Thirumeni receiving two kids at a railway station, carrying the boy in his arms who suffers from cerebral palsy. He took them to Aramana and served them food. He has been supporting them since then. Parumala Cancer Centre was his initiative and he continued supporting the poor patients with the project called ‘Snehasparsham’. During his time, the historic Supreme Court’s final verdict on the age-old church disputes came out which would remain as the point of reconciliation and unity among the Malankara Orthodox Church and the Antiochene faction. Under his leadership, the church progressed much in the ecumenical, inter-church, international, and pan-religious relations. Thirumeni made visits to Egypt, Ethiopia, Russia, UK, Ireland, Rome, the USA, and the Middle Eastern countries which brought the churches closer together. He stood for the freedom and sovereignty of the Malankara Orthodox Church. His absolute reliance on God and intercession of Mother Mary with Parumala Thirumeni kept him strong in spirit. He was compassionate and a loving father to his flock.
 
Thirumeni visited our parish church for its consecration in 2015 on July 11th, exactly the date of his passing away. The consecration was on the 12th, the date of his burial on which we conducted the Holy Liturgy in his memory on the same Altar. Thirumeni had special care for our parish and always revealed his affection for us. Even after being diagnosed with cancer, he was pleasant and active, and busy with his ministry. His funeral service was proof of how much he was loved by the members of the church and all people of various faith and culture. Messages were pouring in from leaders of churches and countries on his parting. The Malankara Church will be ever thankful to God for giving us such a great leader and shepherd whose memory shall be eternal. May we pray for his soul and be sheltered through his continuing prayers.

July 15, 2021 / Obituary, Parish

Obituary – K. J. Simon

Our deepest condolence to David Joseph (Mohan), and Stanley Joseph and their families, on the passing away of their brother Mr. K. J. Simon (Shaji, 66 yrs).
 
Mr. K. J. Simon passed away in Kolencherry, Kerala on July 14, 2021 at 9:15am IST. Funeral is on July 15, 2021 at 2.00pm IST at St. Mary’s Jacobite Church in Valamboor, Kerala.
 
He is survived by his wife Moni Simon and one daughter Joicey (UK) and two sons – Sijo (UAE) and Seko (Kuwait) and grand-children.
 
He is brother of David Joseph, Stanley Joseph, late Abraham (Boss) Joseph, and K. J. Thomas (India).  
 
May the God Almighty console the departed soul and comfort the family and friends during this time of bereavement.

July 13, 2021 / Obituary, Parish

Obituary – Aleyamma Varughese

Our deepest condolence to Alex George, Sosamma Alex George (Jessy) and family on the passing away of his eldest sister Mrs. Aleyamma Varughese (Kunjamma, 75 yrs), wife of late M.P Varughese, Edamurickal, Anicadu, Mallappally.

She passed away in Kerala on July 12, 2021. She is survived by four daughters – Sheeba (Calgary), Sheeja (Markham), Sheena (New Jersy) and Sheelu (Pickering).

Funeral service will begin on 15th July 2021, 8:00 am

Streaming Links: 
Web: http://www.netplus.live
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tyR0oHl_Yc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/netplusmedia
 
May the God Almighty console the departed soul and comfort the family and friends during this time of bereavement.

July 12, 2021 / Parish

Holy Qurbana for HH Bava Thirumeni

There will be Holy Qurbana on Monday July 12, 2021 offered at church. Evening prayer will begin at 6:30pm, followed by Holy Liturgy in remembrance of our beloved Bava Thirumeni. 

July 9, 2021 / Parish

Falling Asleep of HH Bava Thirumeni

With unfathomable sorrow and deep grief, we are destined to announce that our most beloved and highly revered Bava Thirumeni HH Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II has been taken to heavenly abode at 02:35 IST ( 12:05 pm Canada time) at Parumala Hospital.

May the Holy Angels assist his journey up. Our cries and prayers for our beloved father.

July 4, 2021 / Obituary, Parish

Obituary – Rajan Abraham

It is profound grief and sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Mr Rajan Abraham (65 years) in Kerala today at 1:30pm (IST).

He is survived by his wife Rani, son Renish and daughter Roshny. The beloved family members will be going to Kerala to attend the funeral.
 
Mr Rajan Abraham was our former member. He is the nephew of late Eppachan uncle, and cousin of our members Shaji Thomas and Raji Padinjarethalackal.
 
May the God Almighty console the departed soul and comfort the family and friends during this time of bereavement.

July 2, 2021 / Obituary, Parish

Obituary – Annamma Mathai

We join the sorrow of the family of George Mathew Panicker (G 05) on the passing away of Annamma Mathai aged 79 years, the beloved sister of Kunjamma M Panicker on Monday June 28th 2021.

The funeral service was conducted at their home parish at Iritty Vayanad.

Please keep the departed soul and the family members in our prayers. May the Lord comfort everyone.

June 25, 2021 / Parish

Lent of the Apostles – ‘Sleehanompu’- June 16-30

Holy Liturgy shall be conducted on Tuesday, June 29th with Evening Prayer starting at 06:30pm followed by Holy Qurbana.

Please remember to send names for intercession at the earliest. RSVP is not required to attend the Holy Liturgy.

June 25, 2021 / Parish

St Thomas Day

Holy Liturgy shall be conducted on Saturday, July 3rd with Morning Prayer starting at 08:00am followed by Holy Qurbana.

Please remember to send names for intercession at the earliest. RSVP is not required to attend the Holy Liturgy.

June 18, 2021 / Obituary, Parish

Obituary – Baby Antony

We regret to inform you the passing away of Mr Baby Antony (76) in Kerala, Father of Santhini John, Father-in-law of John Michael (Babu), grandfather of Priya and Alex.

Funeral will be held on Thursday 17th June at St Mary Magdalene church, Pala. Santhini is in India now.

Our sincere condolence to Babu, Santhini and family.

May God Almighty comfort the departed soul, and give strength and courage to the bereaving family and friends.

June 18, 2021 / Parish

Divyabodhanam Class

Please find the link for the Divyabodhanam Class –  Friday, 25 Jun, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
https://stgregoriosorthodoxchurchoftoronto.my.webex.com/stgregoriosorthodoxchurchoftoronto.my/j.php?MTID=mfc79d157dcd5f8920973cdec5c42ccc9

Friday, 25 Jun, 2021 7:30 pm | 2 hours | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Meeting number: 132 761 9240
Password: wJZ3pagSq33 (95937247 from phones and video systems)

Join by phone
+1-416-216-5643 Canada Toll (Toronto)
Access code: 132 761 9240
Class will be based on Book 1: In the Fullness of Time.

June 18, 2021 / Parish

Diocesan Annual General Assembly

The Annual Diocesan General Assembly will be held on Saturday, June 19 starting at 09:00 am at St Thomas Orthodox Church Long Island.

The Annual report, accounts, budget and other matters of relevance shall be presented for approval. Parish Vicars and elected Diocesan Assembly delegates are expected to attend the meeting. Let us keep the meeting in our prayer.

June 12, 2021 / Obituary, Parish

Obituary – Aleyamma George

We regret to inform you the passing away of Mrs Aleyamma George (Ponnamma), sister of Mariamma Varghese (Kunjumol, Mrs Aleyamma George (86 years) passed away in Thalavadi, Kerala on June 12, 2021.

The funeral will be held on Monday. 

Our sincere condolence to John Varghese, Mariamma Varghese and family. May the Lord comfort the departed soul and give strength and hope to family members at loss.

June 11, 2021 / Parish

Sunday Service Timing Changed

As we switch to summer, we move to summer timing for Holy Liturgy too. From this Sunday of June 13th onwards, Morning Prayer will begin at 08:00 am followed by the Holy Liturgy.

We will continue this timing until the church gets open. Please be aware of the time change and join the service on time.

June 11, 2021 / Marth Mariam, Parish

MMVS Meeting: Talk on Women Care and their Projects

Khadija Kathy Ali, Coordinator Engagement and Volunteers at Earnestine’s Women Shelter will be talking about ‘Women care and their Projects’.

We request all our women members to join the meeting. The link shall be made accessible to our members.

June 11, 2021 / OCYM, Parish

OCYM Webinar on ‘Art of Parenting’

Our parish OCYM conducted a webinar on ‘Art of Parenting’ on Friday, June 11th.

Mr Prasad Nair, MSW RSW, Director at Children’s Aid Society of Toronto led the session. We believe that this seminar was informative and of great help to our parents. Thank you all for your participation.

June 11, 2021 / Obituary, Parish

Obituary – Sunny Zachariah

 

With profound sadness, may we announce the passing away of Sunny Zachariah, aged 74, beloved brother of Babu Zachariah & Renjini this morning (Friday June 11th) in Dallas, Texas.

His death ensued after a prolonged illness. He is survived by his wife Leelamma, son Shaun and his wife Babita, their children Neyda and Zane, his daughter Nisha and her husband Chris. May the Lord comfort the departed soul and give strength and hope to family members at loss. The funeral timing shall be updated soon. Please keep the departed and his family members in our daily prayer.

June 4, 2021 / MGOCSM, Parish

MGOCSM Spring Fellowship

MGOCSM Toronto has hosted Spring Fellowship event on June 4th.

Mrs Ceena Varghese led the session on the theme ‘The Role of an Individual in the Church’ which was highly illumining. All the parish units in Canada Region participated and complemented with their inputs. We do thank our parish MGOCSM unit members for their fruitful cooperation.

May 28, 2021 / Marth Mariam, Parish

MMVS Charity

Our parish MMVS is starting a charity fundraiser for the year 2021. 

Part of the collection will go to GTA charity organizations focusing on the welfare of women & children and the rest will be to a charity organization in Kerala. We expect everyone’s support. Those who wish to support, they can send donations to treasurer@sgoctoronto.org

May 28, 2021 / OCYM, Parish

Immigration Assistance Helpline

OCYM New Immigrant Helpline is active now.

We request our members to pass this info to relevant groups. We hope that this project will be helpful to many. They can send email to newimmigrants@sgoctoronto.org. 

May 28, 2021 / Marth Mariam, Parish

MMVS Regional Prayer Meeting

Our Diocesan Metropolitan His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovas will lead the MMVS Regional Prayer Meeting session for June.

Please join the meeting.

Meeting Date : Friday, 4th, June, 8:30 PM
Speaker : His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovas
Google Meet Details : meet.google.com/wys-qupu-ztw
Meeting ID : meet.google.com/wys-qupu-ztw

May 21, 2021 / OCYM, Parish

OCYM Charity to Covid affected spots in Kerala

Our Parish OCYM has transferred $500/- to OCYM Idukki Diocese to distribute essential food kits in the affected spots.

It will be distributed on the Feast of Pentecost as our gesture of solidarity and oneness in Spirit. Sincere thanks to our members who contribute towards this cause.

May 21, 2021 / OCYM, Parish

Divyabodhanam

Our parish OCYM has organised Divyabodhanam theological training sessions for our members.

It is a two year academic program which covers ten books on various topics in connection with Orthodox Christian living. They include study on Old Testament, New Testament, Epistles of St Paul, Christian Theology, Church and Faith, Sacraments, Church History, Counselling, Other Religions and Environment. The texts are prepared by theologians and professors which can empower us and help to know what we actually believe. This course can clear our doubts regarding faith and practice and also illumine our lives through divine wisdom. This is meant for all members and it will give deeper understanding of the Bible and spiritual life through church.

The next Divyabodhanam session will be on Friday May 28, 2021 at 07:30 pm. The Book for discussion will be ‘In the Fullness of Time’. Those who haven’t joined yet, please feel free to join the next session.
The access link is:
https://stgregoriosorthodoxchurchoftoronto.my.webex.com/stgregoriosorthodoxchurchoftoronto.my/j.php?MTID=ma4049ee04ee15dddb0a3576f9d56aa6d.

May 21, 2021 / Parish

Birth Announcement – Binu Koshy and Santy

Binu Koshy and Santy have been blessed with a baby boy named Jordan this morning.

We praise and thank God for His precious gift. Hearty Congrats to the blessed parents! Jadon and Jeremy, the elders, are excited to have their younger brother Jordan to join and play with them!

May 14, 2021 / Obituary, Parish

Obituary – Very Rev Ouseph Pathical Cor Episcopa

It is with profound grief and sorrow that we inform you the passing away of  Very Rev Ouseph Pathical Cor Episcopa (85 years) today in Perumbavoor, Kerala.

Achen was our former vicar and we fondly remember Achen’s services to our parish during a difficult time.

Please keep the departed soul in prayer. Also pray for the family in grief. May the Lord comfort everyone and fill their hearts with Divine peace and hope.

Funeral Service will be held in India and will begin at 10:00 AM (Indian time) on Saturday, May 15, 2021. 

Please find below the YouTube link for the funeral of beloved Very Rev Ouseph Pathical Cor Episcopa.
https://youtu.be/J8YYAqgaeUM

Very Rev Ouseph Pathickal Cor Episcopa had served our parish from 2003 till 2006. While he was in India, Achen was in the frontline of peace dialogues between the Malankara Orthodox and Jacobite churches. He had very much wished for establishing peace among the Indian Orthodox Community. We do remember and gratefully acknowledge beloved Achen’s service and leadership during his tenure at St Gregorios Parish Toronto. We offer prayers for his soul. May the lord accept his life and ministry and be pleased with him. We do believe that his continuing intercession for us in the heavenly court shall be a shelter for us. May the Lord console and strengthen the family members who are in grief. The funeral service has been conducted in India. There will be a memorial prayer offered during the Holy Liturgy this Sunday at our church.

May 14, 2021 / Parish

Names of Beloved Departed Members

We have started receiving emails from members with details of their beloved departed ones and have started adding them to our list.

Please continue to let us know as we would like to keep this list going forward for remembrance prayers on the respective Sundays just like we do for Birthdays and Wedding Anniversaries.

May 7, 2021 / Parish

Feast of Ascension of our Lord

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.

April 30, 2021 / Parish

Acolytes Meeting and Training

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. 

April 23, 2021 / Parish

Feast of St George

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.

April 23, 2021 / Parish, Seniors Forum

‘Share Your Blessings’- A charity initiative of Gregorian Forum

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 treasurer@sgoctoronto.org.
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16

April 23, 2021 / Parish

Support our Parish

Please support our parish by contributing financially.

May it be reminded to please send the Holy Week contribution and the charity share.

April 16, 2021 / Parish

Great Lent – Updates

Thanks to our Technical Support Team. 

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.

April 2, 2021 / Parish

Parish Lenten Retreat

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.

March 26, 2021 / Parish

MGOCSM Charity donation to ‘Youth without Shelter’

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.

March 26, 2021 / Parish

Assistance to Edwin: $3,000/- has been transferred

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 18, 2021 / Parish

RSVP to attend Church Service on Sunday March 21, 2021

If you wish to attend the Divine Liturgy on Sunday March 21, 2021 please submit the RSVP form before Friday March 19, 2021, 9:00pm (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc2Dfd2vAV0phSp-Nj9Xta6Mbm1hW_PHAy-5sz2JPWXVybasg/viewform). Morning Prayer will begin at 9:00am followed by Holy Qurbana at 10:00am on Sunday. Confirmation to attend the service will be sent out on Saturday March 20, 2021 based on first-come first-serve.
 
Those who attend must follow the Covid-19 guidelines.

March 12, 2021 / Parish

Canada Region Lenten Retreat

Canada Region Lenten Retreat- Saturday March 13, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Please find below the registration link for the virtual Lenten Retreat of Saturday March 13, 2021 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. 
https://forms.gle/QxyzVrQcKYhV1Vr17

Registration closes on March 11th at 11:59 PM. There is no registration fee for this retreat. The ZOOM link to join the retreat will be emailed to the registrants later.

𝐎𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲: Churches of Canada Region (Northeast American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Church)

𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞: March 13th, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 12.00 PM via ZOOM. (Link will be provided to all registrants later)

𝐌𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐫: Rev. Fr. Abraham Thomas (Professor, Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam)

Please find the flyers here: 
https://mcusercontent.com/4b0245a10b23c3826466d9a97/images/ad855def-5864-4754-b075-4db14f511111.jpeg

March 12, 2021 / Parish

Remembering the departed souls lost to Covid 19- March 11

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.

March 10, 2021 / Obituary, Parish

Obituary – Lucy Chaly

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.

March 5, 2021 / Obituary, Parish

Obituary – Abraham Joseph (Bose)

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).

Please find below the online streaming link for the prayer service on Sunday March 7, 2021.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8488076703?pwd=ZWxKUVdpUnh2VHJUaG4yVDQwUVpyZz09
Meeting ID: 848 807 6703
Password: 1234

The family is very grateful for all the love and support and has requested that instead of flowers that the money go towards charity for mental health. The following link will take you to the obituary page for Demarco Funeral Home. You can scroll to the bottom to make donations if you wish.
Abraham Joseph Obituary – Toronto, ON | DeMarco Funeral Home (Keele Chapel) Inc. (demarcofuneralhomes.com)

Please uphold his wife Meena and children Merina and Merlin in your prayers. May the God Almighty console the departed soul and comfort the family and friends during this time of bereavement.

February 1, 2021 / Parish

Obituary – Mathai Skariah

Our deepest condolences to Achenkunju, Omana & family (A.A.Skariah, Directory Ref. S09) on the passing away of his father. Mr Mathai Skariah (97 years) passed away in Kerala today at 5:45 pm (IST).

Funeral will be held on Wednesday Feb 3rd at 2:00pm (IST) at St George Orthodox Church, Vennikulam. Our Niranam Diocese Metropolitan H.G. Yuhanon Mar Chrisostamos will lead the funeral service.
 
May the God Almighty console the departed soul and comfort the family and friends during this time of bereavement.

January 29, 2021 / Parish

Nineveh Fast

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.

January 22, 2021 / Parish, Seniors Forum

Gregorian Seniors Forum – Covid Info Seminar

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. 

January 22, 2021 / Parish

New Coordinators for Area Prayer Groups

It has been decided that the existing coordinators shall continue until we get to meet at houses.

Sen Mathew (St George), Sherly (Raji) George (St Mary’s), and George M George (St Paul’s) will continue their good efforts for the benefit of us all. 

January 22, 2021 / MGOCSM, Parish

MGOCSM Launches Custom Made Masks

MGOCSM has released custom made face masks last Sunday.

It will be distributed soon. Thanks to all our members who have placed orders to support this fundraiser.           

 

January 8, 2021 / Parish

Thanksgiving Day- Best Contributor Award

Please be informed that the highest contributor towards Thanksgiving for the year 2020 is Jason Varghese (J 05).

As a token of gratitude, our parish Vicar Rev Fr Thomas P John awarded plaque to Jason’s parents John Varghese and Mariamma Varghese on Sunday, January 03, 2021 after Holy Qurbana.

January 8, 2021 / Parish

Election of New Office Bearers

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: Leaders
Choir Leader – Anand Joseph T
Choir Assistants – Liza Thomas and Jemy Praveen

Acolytes:
Sacristans: Cleemis Vaidhyan & Santhosh Varughese

January 1, 2021 / Parish, Sunday School

Sunday School Reopening

Sunday School classes will resume this weekend.

Please look for classes scheduled by the teachers. We wish all the teachers and students a fruitful year ahead!

January 1, 2021 / Parish

New Year Service

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.

December 25, 2020 / Parish

Christmas Celebration

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.

December 25, 2020 / Parish

Plaque of Contributors

The plaque of contributors to the church development funds has been installed in the church basement hall.

It was unveiled after the Christmas Service on December 24th. Sincere thanks to all our beloved members for their positive response towards this project. 

December 17, 2020

Nativity Lent (Christmas Lent)

The Nativity lent in preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ began on December 1st and will end on December 25th.

Let us continue prayers and fasting for the Lent season. May the Holy Spirit empower us.

December 17, 2020 / Parish

Christmas Carol Service

The area carols ended this year with a service dedicated to the St. George area last Sunday.

Thank you very much to the carol singers and to the members of the area for their participation. Donations are welcome and highly valued.

December 17, 2020 / Parish

Thanksgiving Charity Disbursal

As planned earlier, we will be disbursing $2,000/- which is the 50% of thanksgiving collection to Mississauga Food Bank.

It will also be handed over after the Christmas Liturgy. Sincere thanks to all members who have contributed towards the fund.

December 17, 2020 / MGOCSM, Parish

MGOCSM Announcement

Please find communication from MGOCSM Toronto.
 
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 mgotoronto@gmail.com, 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

December 11, 2020 / Parish

Welcome New Born: Amelia & Cyrus

1) Kajan & Sheba (J24) have been blessed with their first born, a baby girl, Amelia. God’s wonderful gift!

2) Lejin & Anne (L04) have been blessed with a baby boy, Cyrus. Caleb the elder is excited to have his younger with him!

Congrats to both parent couples and grandparents. May the Lord bless the new borns ! We, the beautiful people of St Gregorios do welcome Amelia and Cyrus into our beautiful community!

December 4, 2020 / Parish

Parish Directory Delivery

The Parish Directory is in the process of distribution. Please contact the parish office to collect your copy.

The new Parish Directory was officially released on November 01, 2020 (Perunnal day), handed over to Mr. John Varghese, our senior member.

 

December 4, 2020 / Marth Mariam, Parish

MMVS Canada Region Virtual Annual Conference

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.

Please make sure our participation.

December 4, 2020 / Parish

Support HTRC

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

#Give2HTRC #SupportOurSeminarians #SupportThisMinistry

November 27, 2020 / Parish

Parish Virtual Town Hall Meeting

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.  

November 20, 2020 / Parish

Welcome New Born

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!

November 20, 2020 / Parish

Invite from St Thomas OC Toronto

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.
 
Please click on the following link to register:
http://bit.ly/focusconference2020

November 13, 2020 / MGOCSM, Parish

MGOCSM Toronto Virtual Fall Fellowship

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.

November 13, 2020 / Parish

Covid Guidelines

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.

November 6, 2020 / Parish

Feast of Patron Saint (Parumala Perunnal)

The feast of Parumala Thirumeni has been celebrated in our parish on October 31 and November 01 while maintaining COVID-19 protocols.

Click below to see more photos:

 

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.

November 6, 2020 / Parish

Thanksgiving

Our sincere thanks are due to our members for contributing to Thanksgiving Day.

As we have been following in the past years, half of the collection will be disbursed for a local charity and the other half will be used for church maintenance.

November 6, 2020 / Parish

Monthly Schedule of Parish Organisations and their Meetings:

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.

October 30, 2020 / Parish

Time Change 2020

For the daylight-saving time, Canada will go one hour back on Sunday, November 01.

Let us be glad about one more hour of sleep! Please set your watches and clocks accordingly. 

October 30, 2020 / Parish

Covid Guidelines for the Feast

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.

October 23, 2020 / Parish

Ecumenical Quiz Competition

Kerala Christian Ecumenical Fellowship conducted Rev Fr Dr P K Mathews memorial quiz competition in a virtual platform on October 17th

12 churches participated in the competition.

Congratulations to the our church team on securing the first place in the quiz competition.

Beena Mathew and  Siju Varghese were the participants from our parish.

 

October 16, 2020 / Marth Mariam, Parish

MMVS Annual Conference

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.

October 16, 2020 / Parish

Altar Servers

Request our Altar Servers to please inform of your availability.

Please call or text Santhosh Varghese on (416) 258 2062 or post it in the group.

October 16, 2020 / Obituary, Parish

Obituary – Varghese Cherian

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.

September 25, 2020 / Obituary, Parish

Obituary – V. S. Joshua

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.

September 25, 2020 / Sunday School

Sunday School Announcement

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.

September 25, 2020 / Parish

MOSC: Catholicate Day collection

The Catholicate Day collection has to be sent by Sept 30 to the MOSC church office. If anyone wishes to contribute, please do so ASAP (note: subscription includes Catholicate Day share).

September 25, 2020 / OCYM

OCYM Charity Fund Raising

SGOCT OCYM is organising the Annual charity drive for the year 2020.  

The Annual Charity drive organised by our parish OCYM is coming to a close by September 30th. Our members those who are willing but yet to contribute, please make it before the closing date.

September 25, 2020 / Choir

SGOCT Choir welcomes new voices

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.

September 25, 2020 / Marth Mariam

MMVS North East American Diocese Friday Retreats

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.

September 18, 2020 / Obituary, Parish

Obituary – Omana Korah

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.

September 18, 2020 / Parish

Ecumenical Virtual Retreat by Rev. Fr. Joseph Puthenpurackal

Kerala Christian Ecumenical Fellowship (KCEF) Annual Convention will be held on Saturday 19 Sept at 7:30pm via Zoom. Theme for the meeting would be “Keeping the spiritual and emotional fabric of the family during COVID”. The main speaker will be Rev. Fr. Joseph Puthenpurackal (meeting ID: 83733864077). Flyer attached. 
https://mcusercontent.com/4b0245a10b23c3826466d9a97/images/75377fdf-225a-4f09-ab1d-98b7425f4c81.jpg

SGOCT Saturday’s prayer meeting has been cancelled to assure the participation of our members in the Ecumenical Annual Convention.

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83733864077
Meeting ID: 837 3386 4077

Or Dial local number : 647 558 0558 (Canada) / 646 558 8656 (US)

September 11, 2020 / Parish

Feast of the Cross, Holy Liturgy

There will be Holy Liturgy on Sunday September 13th on the Feast of the Cross with evening prayer starting at 06:30 pm followed by Holy Qurbana.

Worship will continue to livestream for people unable to attend in person, through the link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDT7tcyQw1yZ1_yCG9AWStA

September 11, 2020 / Marth Mariam

MMVS Fund raising for an International Student

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.

September 11, 2020 / Parish

Most Rev K I Philip Ramban Passed Away

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.

 

An interview with Most Rev K I Philip Ramban:

September 11, 2020 / Seniors Forum

Seniors Forum Get-Together on September 17

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.

August 30, 2020 / Parish

Ettunompu (8 days Lent of St Mary)

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.

August 28, 2020 / Marth Mariam

MMVS Ettunompu Retreat

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.

August 27, 2020 / MGOCSM, Parish

MGOCSM Annual Kanesh 2020

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.

Please follow us on Instagram @mgocsmtoronto

Please find the registration Link: http://bit.ly/Kanesh2020

August 27, 2020 / Obituary, Parish

Obituary – K Thomas

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.

August 23, 2020 / Parish

Church Virtual Choir 2 Vismaya Sahitham Release

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.

 

August 19, 2020 / Parish, Sunday School

OVBS 2020

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.

August 14, 2020 / Parish

15 Days (Soonoyo) Lent

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: fr.thomaspjohn@gmail.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.

August 8, 2020 / Obituary

Obituary – Ealias Chaly

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.

August 1, 2020 / Parish

Peace Garden

Stage 1 is complete with planting. It would require our voluntary assistance in keeping and watering. Sincere thanks to all contributors and voluntary helpers.

July 11, 2020 / MGOCSM

MGOCSM Virtual Choir

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.

July 10, 2020 / Sunday School

Sunday School Liturgical Sessions

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.

July 10, 2020 / Obituary

Obituary – Mr. K. K. Kuriakose

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.

July 10, 2020

Birth Announcement – Hezekiel

Renin & Reena have been blessed with a baby boy on 07th July. They have named him Hezekiel. Hearty Congrats to the blessed parents and grandparents! Welcome Hezekiel to this wonderful world!

June 29, 2020 / Parish

Church is Open

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.

August 31, 2019 / Sunday School

Sunday School

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
August 18, 2019 / Obituary

T J Jacob

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

April 18, 2019 / Obituary

Edicheria Eppachan

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.

Visitation

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

Condolence Message

Please visit https://www.arbormemorial.ca/glenoaks/obituaries/edicheria-eppachan/33008/ to leave message of condolence for the family. Thank you.

April 8, 2019 / Birth

Birth Announcement – Thea Deepak

Congratulations to Mr. Deepak Paul and Mrs. Ann Susan on the birth of their daughter, Thea Deepak on Monday, April 8th, 2019. Congratulations to proud grand parents Saji Vettiyil and Joythi Saji.

April 2, 2019 / Marth Mariam

2019 Marth Mariam Office Bearers

Mrs. Mariamma Varghese(Vice President)

Mrs. Anni Varughese(Secretary)

Mrs. Annamma Kurian(Treasurer)

Mrs. Annie Stephen( Area Representative for Brampton,Vaughan, Thornhill, Etobicoke)

Mrs. Mary Vaidhyan(Area Representative for Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Stoney Creek)

Mrs. Sosamma Alex(Area Representative for Scarborough, Markham, Ajax)

March 17, 2019 / Obituary

Condolences to the family of John Mathen

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.

March 10, 2019 / Obituary

Condolences to the family of James Joseph (Sunil)

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.

February 14, 2019 / Obituary

Condolences to the family of C. J. John

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. 

February 1, 2019 / Obituary

Condolences to the family of John K. Mathai

Our condolences to the family of John K. Mathai who left for his heavenly abode on January 31, 2019. He was a former member of our parish.

January 31, 2019 / Seniors Forum

2019 Seniors Forum office bearers

Mr. George Varughese (Vice President)
Mr. James Vaidhyan (Treasurer)
Mrs. Mary Chaly (Secretary)
January 19, 2019 / Obituary

Condolences to the family of Alexander Vaidyan

Our deepest condolences to Alexander Vaidyan and family for the passing away of A.D.John(97), father of Alexander Vaidyan at Ayoor, Kollam on January 19, 2019.

January 12, 2019 / Parish

Sapthathi celebration of our Vicar Rev Fr. Daniel Pullelil

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)

Pandalam Sudhakaran (former Minister)

Adoor Prakash (former Minister)

Chittayam Gopakumar MLA

MLA M. Murali

ex MLA KK Shaju

ex MLA Mathew Kulathnkal (ex Dist. Panchayath)

Joshy Mathew ( Film director)

Everybody’s prayer is requested. Thank you.

January 3, 2019 / Parish

Election of 2019 office bearers for all ministries

All our church ministries have to conduct the election of 2019 office bearers in January. Ministries are advised to let the Vicar know of their preferred date for election.

January 3, 2019 / Parish

New Funeral Home Plots

We are very happy to announce that we now have a place of some burial lots at the Glen Oaks Cemetery and Funeral Home marked as St. Gregorios Orthodox Church.

January 3, 2019 / Parish

2019 Parish Managing Committee

The 2019 Managing committee of our church took charge on 1st of January at the New Year Service on midnight of January 1. Our Vicar offered special prayers for swearing in of the committee.

December 5, 2018 / Obituary

Condolences to the family of Mariamma Alex (Molly)

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.

December 3, 2018 / Obituary

Condolences to Soney Mathew & Jaya

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