News Update

November 20, 2020 / Parish

Parish Virtual Town Hall Meeting

SGOCT Parish Virtual Town Hall meeting on Sunday, November 22, 2020

Please join the meeting which is meant for all our members. Let us see and greet each other in the love of Christ. May this meeting further strengthen our fellowship and bring more closeness to the Apostolic fraternity. Please be aware that God shall be in our midst and His Grace will be the ground of our unity. In the same way He had called Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, He has called us to this world for His mission and service. We are the current heirs to listen to Him and to respond in Holy Spirit.
 
The virtual Town Hall meeting will be held this Sunday, November 22 starting at 3:00 pm on Webex. The link will be sent closer to the meeting day. Please pray for our coming together. Feel free and keep the sense of being one single body of our Lord Jesus Christ.

November 20, 2020 / 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 socializing.
 
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.

November 20, 2020 / Parish

Christmas Carol Service

Our Parish will be organizing a carol service at church on three consecutive Sundays starting on November 29th as per the schedule below. 

We will be following the past practice of dedicating carol singing to area members. The carol singing will be done at Church after the Holy Liturgy. We can suggest carol songs. Donations are welcome and highly appreciated.

November 29, Sunday – St. Paul’s area prayer group
December 6, Sunday – St. Mary’s area prayer group
December 13, Sunday – St. George’s area prayer group

November 20, 2020 / Parish

Christmas Celebration

Christmas celebration shall be conducted on December 19th in the evening starting with evening prayer at 6:00 pm.

Sunday School and other spiritual organizations could either sing or do presentations while maintaining COVID-19 protocols. I do believe that all organizations have started practicing for their presentations. If we cannot make it on stage, there is possibility to do it virtually. Most probably this could be the first and last Covidian Christmas! Let us not miss it. We have reasons to praise and thank the Lord for His dwelling with us! Hallelujah!!!

November 20, 2020 / Parish

Parish Directory Delivery

The directory will be delivered to our members soon in feasible ways .

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

 

November 20, 2020 / Parish

Plaque of Contributors

As we have planned earlier, the names of those who have contributed towards the Church Renovation Project shall be exhibited on plaques in the Church basement area.

We have different categories based on the total amount given, starting with a $5000 contribution. It may be feasible for those who have already contributed below $5000 to pay the rest and get into the list. Those who wish to upgrade could make the rest of the payment corresponding to the category they wish to be in. For those who haven’t contributed yet, there is still time to contribute and have their names inscribed on the plaque. November 30, 2020 will be the deadline for finishing the payment. It would be a great support to our parish especially during this prolonged pandemic period. Each dollar will be carefully spent for the best of purposes. Please make use of this opportunity to declare our love, dedication, and solidarity towards our Parish.
 
The list of eligible members whose names will be inscribed on the plaque has been posted on the parish notice board in the basement. For any clarification, please check and contact the Treasurer at (647) 887 4010.

November 20, 2020 / Parish

Articles required for the church

We are in process of buying articles required in the Church.

Because of the Covid restrictions, there could be delays in getting things delivered. We do hope that the articles shall be ready to use for us soon. I am really glad about the inquiries made by a few of our members after sending the request to buy church articles. We have purchased a Baptismal Font, Crystal Containers, Candle Wick Holder, and Taksa Stand. We have also placed orders for Chalice and Paten, Arulikka etc.  Those who wish to donate, please call or text the vicar on (416) 570 5610.

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 31, 2019 / OCYM

2019 OCYM office bearers

Mr. Soney M John (Vice president)
Mr. Lejin Chacko (Secretary)
Mrs. Jemy Anna Jose (Joint Secretary)
Mr. Binu Koshy (Treasurer)
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