Parish Activities

The Thanksgiving celebration culminates with the yearlong ‘Lonnie a day’ charity drive. Each family takes a charity box home and the funds raised through this ‘Lonnie a day’ drive are utilized for various charity initiatives earmarked by the General Body of the parish.

For the last few years we have continued to sponsor two needy children through “World Vision” and donated to the Sick Kids Hospital, Sister Susan’s St. Gregorios Ashram in Kerala, and participated in relief activities during international disasters like the Tsunami, Haiti Earthquake etc.

Our Parish members have been generous in their contributions, and every year the highest contributing family is presented a plaque in recognition of their generosity.

Loonie-a-day award 2017

Every year by the middle of November, the parishioners enthusiastically prepare for one of the most enjoyable activities for all families. The musical instruments are dusted, the song books are rebound and a school bus is hired to go caroling. Each Sunday after the Holy Qurbana, one busload of men, women and children visit the parishioners homes in one particular area to spread the Good News of the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The bus ride is particularly enjoyable as the time spent on the bus is used to learn new songs, have singing competitions or just to have a good time. Every house they visit, they are well-received by the family members with a variety of snacks and the lunch and dinners for that day are also organized by the families in the area.

The culmination of the Christmas caroling is the Christmas program at church which is usually held on the weekend before Christmas. The carol group sing a selection of carols for families that they were unable to visit. On this occasion the Sunday school organizes the Christmas Night with songs, skits and Christmas message followed by dinner.

The St. Gregorios Orthodox Church of Toronto is one of the founding members of the Kerala Christian Ecumenical Fellowship (KCEF) of Toronto which includes 20 member parishes of different denominations. In the year 2010-2011 we were fortunate to lead this fellowship as our Vicar served as the President of the KCEF. Our parish actively participates in all activities like the Choir festival, St. Thomas Day. Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Ecumenical Choir – 2019

Ecumenical Choir – 2014

Ecumenical Choir – 2013

Ecumenical Choir – 2010

Ecumenical Choir – 2008

The annual feast of St. Gregorios (Parumala Thirumeni), our Patron Saint, is traditionally celebrated on the first Saturday and Sunday of November with the same solemnity and faith as in our home parishes in India. The “kodiyettu”, “rasa”, devotional address, benediction. Holy Qurbana, and “nercha vilambu” on the two days make this annual event a blessed occasion for all families in the Parish and other sister parishes. In addition to the Perunnal, the solemn feast of St. George is celebrated in May, and from 2012 onwards the parish will also celebrate the feast of St. Mary the Mother of God in August.

St. Gregorios Feast – 2014

The Parish Night is the fun-filled celebration of the talents of the parishioners, organized by the MMS members of the parish and led by the managing committee. This is an evening of songs, dances, skits, comedy, socializing and of course sumptuous snacks and dinner arranged in a banquet hall which is the usual venue for this annual event. Friends and families from sister parishes and also the community are invited to join us in this celebration.

Parish Night Photos

Summer is the time for the parish picnic which is usually held in the nearby Wildwood Park. Parishioners spend the day organizing sporting activities for all age groups. Managing committee members make arrangements for breakfast, lunches and the inevitable barbecue. Prizes are awarded to the winners of events at the end of the day. Members organize auction of donated items. Overall, everyone has a good time.

Church Picnic Photos


Church Picnic Videos

Church Picnic – 2019


The parish celebrates Onam every year by organizing an ‘Onam Sadhya’ after the Holy Qurbana. This is to give our youth a taste of the most important festival of Kerala. We also celebrate Thanksgiving’ by organizing a typical Canadian Thanksgiving lunch. The parish also celebrates the 60th birthday of the parish members.

Onasadhya – 2015

2015 - Onasadhya