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MOMS Decisions taken in the Central Committee

Decision  taken in the Central Committee on 19th May 2015

  1. Membership: – Enroll maximum number  of  members to Samajam. For that office bearers take the task as a challenge submit the list and fees to the central office before  July 10th 2015. Collect  membership card from the Central Offce.
  2. Annual Meeting:- God willing  Annual meeting will be on 1st August 2015 Saturday from 9.30-2.00 p.m. at Parumala. Please register how many members will participate in the annual meeting  before 10th July 2015.  Registration fees 100/- per head, registration after 10.07.2015 will not be accepted. Dress code Kerala Saree + Green blouse.
  3. Arrange Seminars / classes on  health awareness for women, class on value education for children, Challenges of adolescence  period’, Be personally hygenic’ for youth and family oriented programmes in each dioceses. Send a brief report and photographs.
  4. Central Exam date 2015:-

In India 18.10.2015 Sunday.

In Gulf 23.10.2015 Friday.

  1. Registration Renewal  :- All units must renew  the registration(whether there is examination centre or not).
  2. English Books:- Please inform Samajam Office Secretary the no. of  English  books needed for each diocese.
  3. Regional Meetings:- Central Committee has decided to conduct meeting for leaders . Vice Presidents of Dioceses, Diocese level  office bearers  and Group/Regional Secretaries  please attend the meeting.

a). 13th June 2015, venue Chengannur Bethel Aramana 9.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Trivandrum, Kollam, Kottarakkara-Punalur, Adoor –Kadambanad, Chengannur, Mavelikkara, Niranmam & Thumpamon) Inform no. of participants to Central  Office before 1st June 2015.

b). 23rd June 2015, venue Marth Mariam Vanitha Samajam Central Office, Kanjikuzhy, Kottayam. 9.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Kottayam, Kottayam Central, Idukki, Nilackal, Kochi, Kandanad East, Kandanad West, Angamaly, Thrissur) .Inform before 10th June 2015.

c). Kozhikode Date and venue will be informed later. (Kunnamkulam, Malabar, Sulthan Bathery)

Leaders from Outside Kerala Dioceses and Out side India try your best to attend any one of the three meetings according to your convenience. Please inform the Central Office about your participation.

  1. Snehasparsam Project:-  For giving  helping hands the poor and needy give maximum support. Be part and parcel of Senhasparsam Project.
  2. Sick Aid:- The committee has decided to give sick aid for each diocese. Please submit two applications to the Central Office duly singed before 30th June 2015.
  3. Akhila Malankara Quiz Competition 11th July 2015 9.30 a.m. onwards .Please register one team from each diocese to the central office before 30th June 2015.

 

In Christ

Mary Mathew

 

MGOCSM News

1. MGOCSM EDUCATION ORIENTATION PROGRAM

  • A golden opportunity for the students preparing for X and XII board Exams 2016.
  • Orientation for Academic Excellence by well known educational experts.
  • Motivational session and career guidance by expert counselors.

Date: Saturday, the 13th June 2015; 9 am to 5 pm

Venue: St Thomas Aramana Church, Sector 10, Vashi, Navi Mumbai.

Regn. Fee: Rs. 150/= Last Date to Register: 10th June

(Admission strictly for X and XII 2016 Board Students only)

Registration through MGOCSM Unit Secretaries and Zonal Coordinators.

 

2. MGOCSM LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES

Leadership Program and Orientation for the Leaders of MGOCSM will be held as per schedule given under. The Vice President, Secretary, Jt. Secretary, Treasurer and two members from each unit must attend.

 

  1. Date: Sunday, the 14th June 2015

Dadar, Malad, Surat Zones and Pune Region

Venue: St. Thomas ValiyaPally, Malad     

     

  1. Date: Sunday, the 21st June 2015

Kalyan, Vashi and Nasik Zones

Venue: St. George OSC, Kalyan (E)

             Time: 8.30 AM Holy Qurbana followed by Leadership Conference

 Closing Time: 5 PM

With warm regards

 

Fr Jacob Koshy

Vice President MGOCSM 

Diocese of Bombay                                                                                   

Rev.Fr.Jesudasan celebrated his 83rd birthday.

11096678_1136076086419373_6522285870017119130_nRev.Fr.Jesudasan, one of the senior priest of Diocese of Bombay, celebrated his 83rd birthday on 20th May. On behalf of H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Methropolitan, Priests of Bombay and faithful we wishing a  blessed birthday to our dear Achen.

11327792_10153457607724238_520668157_nMany many happy returns of the day and God bless you dear Jesudasan Achen – Have a wonderful and blessed year ahead;

St. Gregorios Orthodox Syrian Parish, AMBARNATH

HISTORY OF AMBARNATH PARISH

Ambarnath St. Gregorios Orthodox Syrian Parish is a registered body under The Bombay Public Trust Act Vide No-D/55,Thane.Today we have got a beautiful Church, a Community Hall, a Parish Office Room, a Parsonage, a Sexton’s  accommodation room and a Spacious Basement Property in the adjacent building. More importantly all spiritual organizations of our Parish are actively functioning in our Church.

In the year 1965, a very small group of people residing at Ambarnath, who were then members of St.Mary’s O S Church, Dadar, took up the idea of conducting regular church services at Ambarnath to avoid the inconvenience of travelling all the way to Dadar to attend regular church services. They took up their that great desire to the then Metropolitian of Bombay Diocese and the Catholicose of the East, H.H. Moran Mar Baselious Mathews I, who was kind enough to recognize this group as an independent congregation from August 1973 and gave consent to conduct Holy Qurbana at Ambarnath once in month and the same was conducted in the Fatima School Hall.

On 4th Nov, 1979, the then Metropolitian of Bombay Diocese Late H.G. Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilus declared the Ambarnath Congregation, which consisted of some 33 members ass an independent Parish after the Blessed name of St. Gregorios OF Parumala. By November 1980, we purchased a plot land at Ambarnath –West, where the present Church is situated.

On 3rd October 1982, Late Lamented H.G. Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilus laid the foundation stone of the church building. With the dedicated leadership of our then vicar Rev.Fr. P.J.James and the whole –hearted co-operation and support of the parish members, the construction of the ground floor of the Church building was completed by the middle of 1984 and a temporary Consecration of the Church was conducted on 4th Sept, 1984 by Late H.G. Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilus. The parish members then had the vision of constructing a Community Hall on the first floor of the Church building to carry on their allied spiritual activities and hence the formal consecration was deferred to a future date.

Later on a community hall was constructed on the the first floor of the church building and a separate of the Church building and a separate office room of the parish was also built up in the Church premises. By then, with the active co-operation of the Bombay Diocese we got one full time Priest allotted for our Parish to conduct Holy Qurbana on all Sundays and other allied spiritual activities of the parish. We have also purchased a parsonage near the Church for providing accommodation to our Priest.

The final and formal consecration of our church was conducted on 20th and 21st of February, 1999 at the blessed hands of H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the present Metropolitan of Mumbai Diocese.

In 2002, thanks to the keen interest and initiative of the then Vicar Rev.Fr. M.E. Joseph , our Parish was fortunate enough to get the Holy Relics of our patron saint Parumala Thirumeni installed in our Church at the blessed hands of Late Lamented H.G. Dr. Stephanos Mar Thevodosios, the then Metroplitan of Calcutta Diocese on 09-11-2002.

Also in 2006,we could construct a kurishmthotti  adjacent to our Church under the guidance of the then vicar Rev Fr. T.A Daniel and it was consecrated and dedicated to our Church by H.G Kuriakose Mar Clemis, the Metropolitan of Thumpamon Diocese on 17-11-2006.

We have great pleasure to state that by now our Parish had developed into a full fledged Church with 102 subscribing members and fortunate enough to have the services of eminent priest with great administrative acumen and total dedication which helped the continuous growth and progess of our Parish .Rev Fr.T.P.Mathew, Fr. Thomas Kurian, Fr. George Joseph, Fr. P.J.James,Fr.T.A.Daniel.Fr.Jiji  Thomas, Fr. Mathew Mathew,  Fr. Benjamin Stephen, Fr. Benjamin S.Philip. Fr. A.V.Paulose. Fr. M.E.Joseph,Fr. George Varghese and Fr. Kurian Baby rendered their services as former Vicars of this Parish since its inception. Rev.Fr.Koshy  George is the present Vicar and under his leadership and guidance various spiritual Organizations like the prayer group, Martha Mariam Vanita Samaajam, M.G.O.C.S.M  and  Sunday school are functioning  smoothly and effectively

Rev.Fr. Koshy George

Date of Birth : 24th April, 1975
Date of Marriage : 28th April, 2003
Family Name : Anish

Parents Name :

1) Aleyamma George
2) Late. T.K.George

Native Place Address : Koch Thayyil Putthen Veedu, Thumpamon

Home Parish : St. Gregorios Orthodox Syrian Church,Chembur.

Home Diocese : Bombay Diocese

Local Parish : St. Gregorios Orthodox Syrian Church,Chembur.

Qualification : B.Com, GST, BCS.

Seminary Period : 1997 to 2002 (St. Thomas Orthodox Seminary, Nagpur)

Ordination
Sub-Deacon : 09th Jan, 2001
Deacon : May, 2003
Priest : 14th Jun, 2003

Name of Spouse : Liji Koshy (Teacher)

Name of Children :

1) Shyno Koshy (Daughter)
2) Alby Koshy (Son)

Residential Address : Room No-17, Plot no-174, Sector-16A, Darshana CHS,
Nerul, Navi Mumbai-400 706

Parishes Served : 1) St. Gregorios OSC, Tarapur
2) St. Gregorios OSC, Panvel
3) St. Thomas OSC, Vashi
4)St. Mary’s OSC, Rasyani
5) St. George OSC, Kalamboli
6) St. Mary’s OSC, Dadar
7) St. Gregorios OSC, Ambernath

Tel.Land Line : 0251-2688880 Mob: 9970093259

E-mail : fr.koshy.george@gmail.com

Positions Held :

1) Ex-MGOCSM Vice President
2) Distribution Manager of Diocesan Gateway

Baptism of Infants

1375234_464289703684590_467908422_nInfant baptism has, however, been the subject of much dispute. The Church, however, maintains absolutely that the law of Christ applies as well to infants as to adults. When the Redeemer declares (John 3) that it is necessary to be born again of water and the Holy Spirit in order to enter the Kingdom of God, His words may be justly understood to mean that He includes all who are capable of having a right to this kingdom.

But some people delayed their Baptism and thus fell in more sin losing the grace of Baptism. Some people refrained from Baptism as they were hooked to worldly pleasures and wanted more, so they kept postponing Baptism.  Therefore, when Sts. Athanasius, Baselius and Gregory realized the dangers of postponing Baptism, for various reasons, they urged Christians to receive this Holy Sacrament at any stage of their life.  At any rate, Apostolic tradition always stressed the necessity of baptizing both children and adults.  The Holy church received this tradition from the Apostles directly who themselves practiced it.  St. Peter declared on the Pentecost “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is to you and to your children” (Acts 2: 37-39).  This is a clear statement that justifies baptizing children.  Furthermore, when the disciples were preaching the Gospel, they accepted whole families into Christianity baptizing children and adults alike.  St. Paul, for instance, baptized the whole household of Steven and there must have been children among them “I did baptize also the house of Stephan’s  …” (I Cor 1:16).  As mentioned earlier, Lydia, the seller of purple and her family were baptized, and the prison keeper and his family too.

The Holy church deemed necessary the Baptism of children for the following reasons:

Since all people, children and adults alike share the original sin, they all need to be purified and justified to inherit the kingdom of God, and thus baptism is necessary for their salvation.

Children have always been venerated.  Both the old and the New Testaments gave them special honor.  In the old Testament, God filled Jeremiah with the Holy Spirit while a baby in his mother’s womb and so did to John the Baptist (Luke 1:15).  Children received special and affectionate treatment by the Lord Jesus who loved children very much and blessed them saying “Let the children come to me, and do not hide them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Mathew 18:3; 91:4).  It follows that baptism is necessary for children due to their special honor and status.

The Holy fathers of the church present us with strong testimonies supporting the Baptism of children. Origence says “The church received the tradition of baptizing children from the Apostles”.

Children are baptized on the faith of their parents, and they must be baptized at a very early age lest they might die without being baptized, and thus be deprived of the Kingdom of Heaven.  The best time for baptizing children is between the 8th and the 40th day after their birth.  There are those who oppose to the baptism of children on the grounds that one has to believe first, and then be baptized.  How can a child believe when he understands nothing? Does not faith come first and then Baptism? Our answer to these questions are:

1. Yes, faith comes first, and then Baptism, but this is true for adults, not for children, for adults need teaching preaching and persuasion to accept faith.  Children, on the other hand, believe whatever they are told, and so they are baptized on the faith of their parents.

2. If a baptized child rejects the Christian faith when he reaches adulthood, his Baptism will do him no good any way.  But if he confirms the faith of his parents, he is already baptized, and does have the great advantage of being worthy to enter the Kingdom of God if it happens that he dies in the period before his adulthood, because the other conditions of salvation, namely, faith, repentance, and good works do not apply to him.  But, if an unbaptized child dies, although he has not a sin, he still carries the original sin with which he was born, and those who die with their original sin will not be able to enter the kingdom of God.

3. There are those who claim that Baptism should be performed at the age of 30.  But what is magic about the age 30? Why can’t one be baptized at 25, or 20? Does he not understand faith less? We have great thinkers at the age of 20’s.

Moreover, St. Paul (Colossians 2) says that baptism in the New Law has taken the place of circumcision in the Old. It was especially to infants that the rite of circumcision was applied by Divine precept. If it be said that there is no example of the baptism of infants to be found in the Bible, we may answer that infants are included in such phrases as: “She was baptized and her household” (Acts 16:15); “Himself was baptized, and all his house immediately” (Acts 16:33); “I baptized the household of Stephanus” (I Corinthians 1:16).

The tradition of Christian antiquity as to the necessity of infant baptism is clear from the very beginning, as you have read above. The Church received from the Apostles the tradition of giving baptism also to infants. Theologians also call attention to the fact that as God sincerely wishes all men to be saved, He does not exclude infants, for whom baptism of either water or blood is the only means possible. The doctrines also of the universality of original sin and of the all-comprehending atonement of Christ are stated so plainly and absolutely in Scripture as to leave no solid reason for denying that infants are included as well as adults.

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Transfer of Priests in the Diocese of Bombay

H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos,the Diocesan Metropolitan transferred and appointed following priests with effect from 1st June, 2015.

1240243_10201352301702906_1612485821_nRev.Fr.Jiji K. Thomas is relieved from St Thomas Orthodox Valiapally, Kalyan West and appointed as the Vicar of St Thomas Orthodox Valiapally, Kadukki, Pune.

 Rev.Fr. Shaji Chacko is relieved from St George Orthodox Church, Sakkinakka, Mumbai and appointed as the Vicar of St Thomas Orthodox Valiapally,Kalyan West

388558_131041003676130_1661848737_nRev.Fr. Thomas Philipose is appointed as the new Vicar of St George Orthodox Church, Sakkinakka.

 10687033_675260672551027_8652720754269408662_nRev. Fr.P.C. Thomas is relived from the Vicar ship of St Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Dadar and Rev.Fr.Thomas Myalil is appointed as the Vicar .

429134_191460601000400_1192845119_nRev.Fr.Skaria Varghese is relieved from the Vicar ship of St Mary’s Orthodox Church, CBD Belapur and appointed as the Assistant Vicar of Malankara Orthodox Church, Doha.

Rev.Fr.M.E. Joseph is relieved from the Assistant Vicar ship of Malankara Orthodox Church, Doha and appointed as the Vicar of St Mary’s Orthodox Church, Ullasnagar, Mumbai.

Rev.Fr. Presquillas Peter is relieved from the Vicar ship of St Mary’s Orthodox Church, Ullasnagar, Mumbai and appointed as the Vicar of St Marys Orthodox Church, CBD Belapur and Sarvodaya Hospital Chapel, Ghatkopar.

 

 

“There is no future without peace. Peace is the future” – His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II.

 

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“There is no future without peace. Peace is the future” – Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II.

Damascus: His Holiness Ignatius Aphrem II – Patriarch on the Apostolic Throne of St. Peter in Antioch and All East has urged the need for peace and conciliar unity between the Syriac Orthodox Church and the Indian Orthodox Malankara Church. The historic meeting of the Patriarch with Catholicose of the East in Armenian last month ( April 2015) is considered to be a turning point for reconciliation in Malankara.

It was reported that some of the faithful in India expressed their concern to the Patriarch on his meeting with the Catholicos. But His Holiness relied on the need for ultimate peace. We need to find peace not only in Syria and Iraq but also in Malankara reminded the Patriarch.

The Patriarch has stated several times that he wholeheartedly supports peace and reconciliation between the two ancient families of the Oriental Orthodox Communion. Peaceful co-existence is very important and all parties (Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate, Indian Orthodox Malanakra Church, Syriac Orthodox Church in India, sister Orthodox Churches)  will be part of the dialogue process with mutual respect equal participation.

 

Courtesy : News collected OCP Page.

 

Dn Aashu Alexander ordained at Trivandrum

21750_10204365840649370_7115589437974931303_n HG. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan ordained Br Aashu Alexander, 4rth year student of Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam for the Diocese of Bombay to the order of Sub-Deacons (Yavpadyakno) at St George Orthodox Cathedral, Palayam , Trivandrum ,today morning ( 2nd May, 2015). Dn. Aashu have completed is Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St.Xavier’s College, Mumbai.

11178234_10204365872330162_3064697120420779104_nHe is born and bought in Mumbai and his home parish is St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Dadar. After the retirement his parents have settled down in Trivandrum and are members of St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Palayam, Trivandrum. Congratulations Dn Aashu.

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