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CHAZON – Act for Change 2016

MGOCSM Vasai is organizing ‘CHAZON – Act for Change’. It is a platform for the members of MGOCSM of Bombay Diocese to showcase their talents both in story narration and skit presentation. The aim of this unique event is to deepen the fellowship among the parishes and more particularly the Youth Community through and for a thematic team work, inspiring for an ethical change in the society. The Themes must be based on Biblically Inspired Stories.The event will be held on Sunday the 07th February 2016 at BKS English High School Ground, Near Javed Habib Saloon, Manickpur, Vasai Road West. Contacts @ MGOCSM Vasai: Robin – 7387654436; Merlyn 9730201807

AURA 2015

AURA the spectacular Christmas Carol Singing Competition of MGOCSM Bombay
Diocese will be held on Sunday, the 13th December 2015 hosted by the MGOCSM Powai under the auspices of St. Paul’s Orthodox Syrian Church, Powai. Aura, a unique occasion to sing-in the Holy Nativity of our Lord, will be an exemplary musical banquet presented by various Units of MGOCSM across our Diocese. For more details please write to the Diocesan Coordinator robinmvarughese@gmail.com

The 113th Sacred Feast of St. Gregorios

GREGORIAN PILGRIM CENTRE

(DIOCESE OF BOMBAY)

MAR GREGORIOS ORTHODOX SYRIAN CHURCH

SION – TROMBAY ROAD, CHEMBUR, MUMBAI – 71

The 113th Sacred Feast of St. Gregorios

01st to 08th November 2015

Chief Celebrant

His Grace Joshua Mar Nicodimos

(Metropolitan of Nilackal Diocese)

 GregorieschemeburGeevarghese Mar Gregorios, fondly called Parumala Kochuthirumeni was a man of God, who lived not according to the way of the flesh but according to the law of God. Those who met him were deeply touched and impressed by his unassuming life and purity of conscience. On the 2nd November 1902; the spirit of the holy man was committed into the hands of the Heavenly Father. In 1947, The Holy Episcopal Synod canonized and proclaimed him a Saint of the Malankara Orthodox Church. His intercession has been fruitful to thousands of people who sought it, during his life and even after his death. His tomb at Parumala is the refuge for thousands of people from different cultures, languages and religions, who are in distress and seek solace and comfort. Let us glorify God for the sacred life of Mar Gregorios and imitate the spiritual pursuit.

Mar Gregorios Orthodox Syrian Church, Chembur

A Unique Place of Sacred Presence and Intercession of Parumala Thirumeni

For the first time in the history of the Orthodox Community in Mumbai, the Blessed Feast of St. Gregorios was celebrated at Chembur on the 02nd November 1973. It was a golden opportunity for thousands of devotees and faithful in Mumbai to participate in the Feast of the Saint and be blessed.  Thenceforth Chembur Church is popularly known as ‘Parumala of Bombay’. Many people from various Christian denominations and even people of other faith have their own experiences at this place, receiving God’s grace and thereby happiness and healing of body and mind, through the prayers of Parumala Thirumeni.

Gregorian Pilgrim Centre of Bombay Diocese

As the Church was consecrated, a meditation room was set apart later in the year 1996 where the Holy Relics of Parumala Thirumeni is venerably enshrined. Considering the status as the First Church in Mumbai, dedicated to the Sacred Memory of St. Gregorios of Parumala and its popularity and recognition by thousands of faithful as a place blessed with the special spiritual presence and intercession of the Saint, His Holiness Moran Mar Baselius Marthoma Paulose II the Catholicos of the East and  Malankara Metropolitan elevated and declared Mar Gregorios Orthodox Syrian Church Chembur to be the ‘Gregorian Pilgrim Centre’ of Bombay, on 10th November 2013.

People from far and near irrespective of faith, caste and culture visit and offer their prayers and thanksgiving for the blessings they have received by the intercession of the Saint. The Chapel now provides facility to spend quality time in personal prayer and meditation invoking the intercession of Parumala Thirumeni in a tranquil surrounding.

  • Holy Qurbana and special prayers are offered in the Chapel every Friday at 7 PM.
  • Fasting Prayer and Meditation – Every 2nd & 4th Fridays from 9 AM to 11 AM.
  • Special prayers are offered on request by devotees in the intercession of Parumala Thirumeni and in the Holy Qurbana.

We invite and welcome one and all to the sacred presence of Parumala Thirumeni at Gregorian Pilgrim Centre and be blessed through his most valued intercession.

May the prayers of St. Gregorios be a blessing to each one of us to lead a righteous life!

mar nicolos

HG Joshua Mar Nicodimos

Perunal Highlights

01 November Sunday

 

8.30 AM to  11.00 AM

Holy Qurbana

&

Perunal Kodiyettu 

02November Monday   

6.30 AM to 8.30 AM

Tri-Altar Holy Qurbana

Nercha

04 November

Wednesday

 

7 PM to 8.30 PM

 Holy Qurbana

Devotional Procession

05 Nov/Thu

06 Nov/Fri

 

7.00 PM to 8.30 PM

  Evening Worship &

Gospel Message

07 November

Saturday

7.00 PM to 8.00 PM

8.00 PM to 9.00 PM

9.00 PM

 Evening Worship

Commemorative Procession (Rasa)

Apostolic Benediction & Nercha

 

08 November

Sunday

 

8.30 AM to11.30 AM

 Holy Qurbana

HG Joshua Mar Nicodimos

Procession, Kodiyirakku

Benediction and Nercha

Contact – Vicar: Cell: +91-989 212 9033 Parsonage: +91-22- 2520 7251

 

Fr. Jacob Koshy                 Thomas K C                         Paulose VC                Pavalov Chorattil

Vicar/ Chairman          Lay Vice Chairman                Hon. Treasurer               Hon. Secretary

 

Jt. Secretary: Thomas VJ; Managing Committee Members: Saji Mathew, Reny Varghese, Jacob Varghese,

Sajan Thomas, Rex Kurian, James George, Thomas Mathew, Anil George, Shaji Mathai, Aji Mathew, Alexander VP;

Ex-Officio: Oommen T. Alex, Int. Auditor: Chacko CD. Sabha M.C. Member: Shri. PJ Chandy.

His Holiness Baselius Marthoma Paulose II reaching Vashi Aramana today.

His Holiness Baselius Marthoma Paulose II reaching Vashi Aramana today evening. His Holiness is on the way to Doha, Qatar.

Inspite of the very busy schedule His Holiness would be spending a day with all the Priests of Bombay along with H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos Metropolitan.

The priests meeting is scheduled on tomorrow morning 10.30 a.m. No other official programs are  scheduled. His Holiness will leave to Qatar tomorrow evening. His Grace Mar Coorilos,via his Kalpana No. 48/2015, informed all the priests to be present in the meeting on time.

 

MGOCSM Annual Conference 2015 Kalpana, Diocese of Bombay

MGOCSM

MGOCSM Bombay Annual Conference 2015 logo

Bombay MGOCSM Annual Conference 2015 Logo

The logo attempts at embodying the theme Experiencing & Witnessing The Incarnate God.

 

The image at first look conveys the message of a pregnant mother. The pregnant mother i.e. the outer figure symbolizes Mother Mary, the Theotokos. Mother Mary exemplifies the highest form of experiencing and witnessing Christ Jesus, our Lord and God. Here the color blue is used which is regarded as the color of humanity and depicts the qualities of transcendence, truth and humility.

 

The symbol shown in Mother Mary’s womb is Alpha and Omega embeded in a Cross. The term Alpha and Omega comes from the phrase “I am the alpha and the omega” , an addressing of Jesus in the Book of Revelation, which means ‘the beginning and the end’ (Revelation verses 1:8, 21:6, and 22:13). The symbols are considered as a monogram of Christ. The Alpha and Omega are colored red and the cross in Gold. Red is the color of heat, passion, love, life and life-giving energy, thus a symbol of the celebration of eternal Life. Gold symbolizes the divine nature of God himself. Thus, Incarnation of divinity.

 

In short, our logo thus depicts the Almighty Eternal God and the creator of all; incarnating as a human from the womb of the Holy Theotokos, who resembles witnesses and experiences Jesus Christ like no other human.

 

Logo concept conceived by Br. Rijo Geevarghese and created digitally by Reese Sam.

 

Welcoming you all for the Bombay MGOCSM Annual Conference 2015 at Sacred Heart School, Kalyan. To be held from November 10th to 14th, 2015. Online registration is currently open and can be accessed here [Link].

Kindly do pray for the success of annual conference and contribute in-kind and in person. May the Almighty God be with us.

Kalpana No 42/2015 and Kalpana No 45/2015

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PAUL’S ORTHODOX CHURCH, POWAI

St. Paul’s Orthodox Church, Powai has become a full fledged parish in the year 1993 and is an organ of “The Malankara Orthodox Church” of India.

Initially we have started a prayer group of 10 to 15 members under St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Dadar. The very first service was conducted by Rev. Fr. Paul Adai, on 10th March, 1985, at the I.I.T. Community Hall, Powai, and it was continued till the year 1990.

On 25th December 1990, the worship place was shifted to Ray Construction compound. Rev. Fr. Koshy Alex conducted the first Holy Qurbana there. Later this prayer group had been upgraded under the leadership of Rev. Fr. K.P. Lazarus.

In October 1992, a Charitable trust was formed namely “St. Paul’s Charitable & Educational Trust”. On the 1st of April, 1993, by the grace of Almighty God, our Valiyathirumeni (Late Lamented) H.G. Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilus and H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos declared this small congregation as a full fledged parish.

The prayers of the people of Powai was answered by Almighty by showing us a prominent place in the zenith of Powai Hills and we got a permanent place of worship.  Under the dynamic and enthusiastic leadership of our then Vicar Rev. Fr. Scaria Varghese (Santhosh Achen), and the prayers of all the parishioners, we achieved our long cherished desire to have our own place of worship, in the year 1998.

On 14-02-1999, the foundation stone for the proposed Church was laid by H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan of Bombay. The construction of the Church building was completed within a short span of just 3 months. It was temporarily consecrated by Very Rev. K.I. Philip Ramban and the Palm Sunday Service was conducted on that day. i.e.28-03-1999 in the new Church.

After completion of the entire interior works of the Madbaha & the Church, the newly completed Church was consecrated on 1st& 2nd of October, 1999.The chief celebrant of the consecration was (Late Lamented) H.G. Dr.Geevarghese Mar Osthatheos and ably assisted by (Late Lamented) H. G. Philipose Mar Eusebius and H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos.

The cherished aspiration of our members for a new Parsonage near our Church was fulfilled by procuring a Parsonage in Mansarovar C.H.S., in the year 2002.

A newly constructed Cross Vault was consecrated on 2nd October 2008, by (Late Lamented) H.G. Geevarghes Mar Ivanios (Chief Celebrant), & H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilose.

The former Vicars of our parish were Rev. Fr. Thomas Panickar (1993-95), Very Rev. P.J.James Cor episcopa (1995-96), Rev. Fr. Benjamin Stephen (1996-97), Rev. Fr.Scaria Varghese (1997-2001), Very Rev. Thomas Kurian Cor episcopa (2001-05), Very Rev. Yaunan Mulamoottil Cor episcopa (2005-08), Very Rev. P.J.James Cor episcopa (2008-11), Rev. Fr. M.B. George (2011-14). Very Rev. Yaunan Mulamoottil Cor episcopa is a member of this parish.

At present Rev. Fr. Thomas K Chacko is serving as the Vicar since 1st June, 2014.

Today the Church is having a strength of over 128 families and having all spiritual organizations like Sunday School, M.G.O.C.S.M., Youth Movement, Martha Mariam Vanitha Samajam, “Akhila Malankara Orthodox Sushrushaka Sangam (AMOSS), Prayer Groups, Divyabodhanam etc..All these spiritual organizations are working fruitfully and instrumental in all the Spiritual Activities & Charity works. Our Sunday school is one of the best Sunday schools of our Diocese. Our member Mrs. Alice Koshy is serving as the Secretary of Martha Mariam Vanitha Samajam Bombay Diocese.

We have a Charitable Dispensary running smoothly for serving the poor and downtrodden. The needy are getting free consultation & medicines from the Dispensary. Our parish also provides educational, medical and financial helps to the economically weaker section through various endowment funds.

 

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

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