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Indian Christians rally to show 'solidarity' with raped elderly nun

This is the article copied from ucanews.com. For the readers, sharing the article.

“Thousands of Christians rallied in Kolkata on Monday in a show of outrage over the recent gang-rape of an elderly nun.Some 4,000 Christians, including nuns and priests clutching lit candles, sang hymns and said prayers as they gathered in a public park.

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Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of the Archdiocese of Calcutta, the main organizer of the rally, called it a “solidarity rally, not a protest rally”. He said he wanted to show that Christians in Kolkata stood united at a moment of “pain and sorrow”.“We definitely protest the crime, and demand the arrest of the culprits at the earliest,” he told ucanews.com. “Such a crime should not take place at any place, at any time.”Florence Gonsalves, a woman who attended the rally, said they could only pray “for peace and that people grow to respect each other as human beings”. The attack on the nun, 71, occurred last Friday after robbers broke into her convent in the town of Ranaghat, some 80 kilometers from Kolkata.Police said Monday that 10 men have been detained for questioning but no arrests have been made, even though the faces of four of the robbers were captured on CCTV footage.

Savarimuthu Sankar, spokesman of Delhi archdiocese, urged a swift response from authorities but bemoaned the lack of arrests.

“There cannot be any result unless the local police show sincerity,” he said.

Fr Sankar said the nun’s rape should not be dismissed as an isolated incident.

“We should know that there is already a vicious atmosphere against Christians in the country, which encourages criminals to attack Christians,” he said.

The assault on the nun is the latest in a string of high-profile rapes in India and comes after a spate of attacks on churches that prompted Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi to promise a crackdown on religious violence.Priests and other Christian leaders have blamed those attacks on religious hardliners, who are said to have become emboldened since Modi swept to power at general elections last May.Modi had been heavily criticized for not speaking out earlier against religious violence and has also faced flak for remaining silent about a spate of mass “re-conversions” of Christians and Muslims to Hinduism.The Prime Minister’s Office has asked for an “immediate report on facts and actions taken” regarding the rape and another attack on a church in Hisar in the northern state of Haryana, according to a spokesman for the prime minister.

The junior federal minister for home affairs, Kiren Rijiju, also told ucanews.com on Tuesday that the government has asked for a detailed report from the West Bengal state government on the attack on the convent school.”We have asked the West Bengal government to provide details of the existing security arrangements at convents and other Christian educational and social institutes in the state,” he said.”

Additional reporting by AFP

 

'The Gregorian Special School' - for the Special Children in Roha.

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The Gregorian Community conducted a survey and identified about 400 plus children in Roha who are mentally challenged and need a special school to help make them self reliant. We believe that the availability of a Residential Special School in Roha will relieve the burden of anxious parents by supporting them throughout the upbringing process.
We humbly request every well-wisher, corporate firm & individual to reach out and lend a helping hand to support the Gregorian Community to provide maximum service to these very special children.

New Six Deacons will ordain for Bombay Diocese on April 23rd

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On Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, H. G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan has consented to ordain six students studying at St. Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur (STOTS) for the Diocese of Bombay to the order of Sub-Deacons (Yavpadyakno) at St. Thomas Aramana Chapel, Vashi. These six candidates have become eligible for Ordination on the successful completion of four years of training in the Seminary. A unique aspect about all of them is that they are brought up in Mumbai. Since they belong to five different Parishes, the Ordination service will be held at the Diocesan Centre. These six candidates are:

  1. John Mathew (St. Thomas Orthodox Vallyapalli, Kalyan West)
  2. Anish Chacko(St. Thomas Orthodox Vallyapalli, Kalyan West)
  3. Jobin Varghese (St. George Orthodox Syrian Church, Kalyan East)
  4. Bejoy George (St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church, Ulhasnagar)
  5. Raji Varghese (St. George Orthodox Syrian Church, Mulund)
  6. John Mathai (St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church, Dombivili)

We request the prayers of all faithful for the blessed Ordination Service and future ministry of all these six candidates.

 

Pre marital counselling at Pune on 14th and 15th March, 2015

Malankara Orthodox Church

Diocese of Bombay – Pune region

Marriage Counseling- 2015

 

Date: 14-15 March 2015 (Saturday, Sunday)      Venue:  St Gregorios OSC, Dighi

Time Class Subject
Saturday, 14 March 2015
8.00 am Registration, Singing session & Inauguration (30 minutes)
8.30 am Class I Sacraments (45 min)
9.15 am Break (30 min)
9.45 am Class II Church History (45 min)
10.30 am Class III Personality Development & Maturity for Marriage (45 min)
11.15 am Break (15 min)
11.30 am Class IV Home Management & Family Budget (45 min)
12.15 pm Class V Lifting the Mask of Married Life: Problems & Solutions (45 min)
1.00 pm Noon Prayer and Lunch (45 min)
1.45 pm Group Discussion: Marriage – Past & Present (15 min)
2.00 pm Class VI Marriage: Biblical Perspective (45min)
2.45 pm Break
3.00 pm Class VII Importance of Prayer in Married Life  (45 min)
3.45 pm Tea & Dispersal
Sunday, 15 March 2015
8.30 am Holy Qurbana
11.00 am Class VIII Interaction with Doctors/Psychologists
12.30 pm Lunch
1.00 pm Concluding session and Certificate Distribution.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. This course is conducted as per the order of H. H. Bava Thurmeni and the Diocesan Metropolitan.
  2. Two daysClass Attendance is Compulsory.
  3. Class Time is 8.00 am to 4.00 pm on 14th Mar 2015 and 11.00 am to 2.00 pm on 15th Mar 2015
  4. Certificate will be issued on the merits of the course performance.
  5. Incomplete application will be rejected. 
  6. Registration Fee. Rs. 750/-
  7. Vicar’s counter signature is required on application form.
  8. Two passport size photos must be attached along with application.
  9. Please bring a Bible, Note Pad and Pen.
  10. Complete the following assignment and bring it along with you. “Expectations of Husband and Wife

            In Biblical Perspective” Ref: Prov Ch: 31:10 & I Timothy Ch: 3:1-14. 

Also submit a short course summary after the completion of your course.

  1. IF YOU MISS ANY CLASS, CERTIFICATE WILL NOT BE ISSUED.
  2. If any one wishes to halt here for a day, arrangements can be made if intimated to us in advance.

 

I request all Vicars to announce this course in your Parish.  The course is conducted every 3 months.  All children of marriageable age can attend this course which is valid upto 2 years.  Applicants may send your application form either directly to St Gregorios OSC, Dighi or via mail to tmyalil42@yahoo.com

 

Yours in the Lord

 

Fr Thomas Myalil

Coordinator (Pune Region) Tel: 7709867706

 

Address:   MGM School/ St Gregorios OSC, Vishrantwadi Kalas Road, Near Muslim Dargah

Bombay Diocesan Sunday School Circular 2015

DIOCESAN CIRCULAR 2015

                          ( For All Vicars and Sunday School teachers of Bombay Diocese).

 

A.Text Books:

As suggested by OKR, it was decided to continue with the old syllabus for Std. VIII to X where as new syllabus ( as per OSSAE) is to be followed for  all other classes including XI and XII (only for 2015 pending a final directive from OKR.)

Books to  be obtained from Kottayam directly or from Nagpur or through Fr. Paul Mathew at Vashi Aramana . Hope all of you have received the portions for Half yearly exam. and Annual Exam.     

  1. Inter-Diocesan competition

Since there was no Diocesan competition in 2014,  our participation in Inter-Diocesan competition 2015 at Nagpur., will not be there.

  1. OKR GENERAL BODY will be held at Nagpur Seminary on 12th& 13th of September 2015. The Director made a fervent appeal to all s.s. units to participate in large numbers. As in the past, it was decided to bear the train fare ( 2nd class or 3rd AC) to and fro Nagpur of H.M. and one teacher from each s.s. unit going to attend the AGM.
  2. OKR website: The website ( www.ossae-okr.org) will be updated and upgraded soon. It is our fervent hope that this will facilitate our efficient functioning and effective communication. All the important information will be posted in the website once it is upgraded and will be able to download all necessary forms  that need to  be sent back to the OKR Office.

 

  1. Sathyajyothi online Course

 

The Sathyajyothi online course introduced by the Church through St. Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur will definitely enrich our teachers by providing necessary information about the Bible, church traditions and faith of the Church. It is recommend that all teachers  register for this course taking into account the challenges we face now a days in terms of the faith and practices of the Church.

  1. Long Service Teachers Award

 

At  the next General Body Meeting scheduled on September 12th& 13th 2015, teachers who have completed 20 years or more  will be honoured for their dedicated, long  service. However, teachers who have received such an award in the past are not eligible for this. The application for the award should reach the OKR office by July 31st. The application form can  be downloaded from the website. All s.s.units are encouraged to send applications , if any.

  1. Appointment of New Teachers

 

As per the decision of the Annual General Body meeting held on 13th September 2014, a diploma in Divyabodhanam or the Sathyajyothi course is a pre-requisite for a person, coming from any Christian denominations other than ours, to be appointed as a Sunday school teacher in our Sunday schools. It was decided to follow this requirement in our Diocese also as far as possible.

H . Annual Examinations 2015

SSFC and Class XII examinations will be held district-wise on December 6th Sunday from 2 pm 5 pm. Venue for these  examinations will be decided by the District Committees. The annual examination for all other  classes up to IX and for XI will be  held on December13thSunday after the Holy Qurbana. Question papers for these exams will be made available from the Director’s office. It was decided to request OKR to send  the forms required for the internal assessment directly to  the respective HMs and the question papers  to the District Inspectors.

 

The units should send the applications for Registration of students for 10th and 12th Exams.to OKR office on or before 15th October 2015. All units has to maintain this deadline strictly. In normal case applications will not be accepted after this date. An additional amount of Rs.100/ (hundred only per student) will be charged as late fee after 15.10.2015. The application must carry the full postal address of the Vicar and HM as the hall tickets and examination materials will  be sent to the units/directly. Those who send the application via email has to inform OKR office about the fee payment. There will not be any separate reminder for the application. The HMs is advised to inform the students about their application for board exam in advance. The fee structure of examination is as follows:

Regular student Rs.150/-

Private student Rs.200/-

The unit fee will be as shown below:

1-10students Rs.200/-

11-25students Rs.300/-

26 and above Rs.500/-/

 

The first, second and third rank holders (10th& 12th Std as per results announced in Feb.2015)  should send a passport size photo to OKR office soon after the publication of result.

 

Half-yearly Exams are to be held on 26th July 2015 by all units. Question papers for the same to be prepared by the respective class teachers.

 

  1. Diocesan Competition 2015

 

Sunday school students should have at least 50% attendance in the current year for participating in the arts competition. H.Ms. are requested to adhere to this rule strictly. The categories (groups)  will be based on age.

 

          Groups:                                    Events:

Sub juniors (up to 7 years) Born on or after 1/1/2008

                                    Solo Singing- English (3 mins)(Any Christian Song)

                                    Solo Singing- Malayalam (3 mins) (            “        )

                                    Story telling English– Any miracle of Jesus from Holy Bible (5 mins)

                                    Story telling Malayalam – Any miracle of Jesus from Holy Bible (5 mins)

                                    Bible Verse – Oral (English) (10 Mins.) Part A (from the prescribed book only)

                                    Drawing: Topic: A star with five corners (Crayons only) Time: 1 hour 30 mins.

Juniors (7 to 10 yrs.) DOB (1/1/2005- 31/12/2007

                                     Solo Singing- English (3 mins)     (Any Christian  Song)                                                                                                                

                                     Solo Singing- Malayalam (3 mins)    (      “       )

                                     Story telling English – Story from the Bible on HUMILITY (5 mins)

                                     Story telling Malayalam –Story from the Bible on HUMILITY (5 mins)

                                     Bible Verse – Oral (English) (10 Mins.) from Part B of prescribed book only)

                                     Drawing: Topic: Christmas tree(Crayons only)    Time: 1 hour 30 mins.

Intermediates: (10 to 13 years) DOB (1/1/2002- 31/12/2004

                                      Solo Singing – English (3 mins.)- Any Christian song

                                     Solo Singing – Malayalam (3 mins) Any Christian Song

                                     Bible Verse – Written (30 mins.) from Part C of prescribed book only

                                    Elocution (English) (5 min)

                              (Topic: “The one who is righteous will live by faith.” (Rom 1:17)

                                    Elocution (Malayalam) (5 mins.) (Topic:  Same as above)

                                       Drawing: Topic: Abraham’s sacrifice ( Lamb in the bush, Isaac on fire log and    

                                                                  Knife) (Crayons only) Time: 1 hour 30 mins.

Seniors: (13 to 16 yrs.)  (DOB 1/1/1999- 31/12/2001)

                   Solo Singing – English (3 mins) (Any Christian Song)

                   Solo Singing – Malayalam (3 mins) (           “                )

                  Elocution – English (5 mins)  

                         (Topic: “For as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ” (1Cor 5:22).

                  Elocution – Malayalam (5 mins) (Topic: Same as above)

                  Bible Quiz – (English) (45 Mins)

                                Book of Judges-15%, Psalm 22- 5%, Gospel according to St. Mathew-25%

                                Letter to James- 15%, Church history up to 4th century – including

                                Ecumenical synods -20%, Service of Easter – 20%

               Essay Writing :–English (30 mins.)

                                     (Topic: Your body is the temple of Holy Spirit: Contemporary context)

                  Drawing: Topic: St. George (Water Color only)   Time: 1 hour 30 mins.

Secondary: (16 to19 yrs.)-DOB 1.1.1996 – 31.12.1998 (Students of Std. XI and XII only)

                    Solo Singing- English (3 mins) ( Any Christian Song)

                    Solo Singing – Malayalam (3 mins) (            “           )

                  Elocution – English (5 mins)

                              (Topic: “Blessed are the Peace makers” (Mat 5:9)

                  Elocution – Malayalam (5 mins) (Topic: Same as above)

                  Bible Quiz- English (45 mins.)

                        The book on Maccabees – 10%, Ruth–10%, I& II Thessalonians – 25%

                        1 Peter – 15%, Malankara Church History from 16th century to date -20%

                        Service of the Holy Qurbana – 20%

                  Essay – English (30 mins)    

                                (Topic: “Malankara Orthodox Church in 2020”)

                  Drawing: Topic: Mother Mary with child (Pencil sketch only) Time: 1 hour 30 mins.

Group Song – Buds (up to 8 yrs.) (3 mins) –Songs from Holy Qurbana

Group Song – Premiers (9 to 13 yrs.) (3 mins.) – Service of Good Friday

Group Song –Teens (14 to 19 yrs.)(3 mins.  )  –   Funeral service of Children

No. of participants: Minimum 3 and Maximum 10. The timing of 3 minutes given is the singing time.

                            No mixing permitted.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS:

Drawing has to be done on “Full size drawing paper” (A-3).Outer border can be with sketch pen. 

The winners at unit level will have to draw again at district level competitions. Likewise for essay

also.

Solo Song – Any Christian Song.

Elocution – Too much action by hand may earn minus marks. Body language, posture, facial

                              expressions, eye contacts, voice modulation etc. will earn points.

Exceeding time limit for all events will attract minus marks.

Bible Verse books are available in plenty with the Director.

Competitions for the Sub-Junior group are only upto District level.

Unit level competitions to be completed by end of September 2015. District level by end of October 2015 and the Diocesan level competition will  be held on 22nd November at Vashi Aramana.

The district inspectors are authorized to conduct the district level competitions smoothly, coordinating with the HMs and parish Vicars. A central observer will be sent to District level competitions.

The decisions of the judges will be final and binding on all. There shall be no interference of any sort from the parents/teachers. It was unanimously decided that no outside judges will be brought as we should have faith in the integrity  of judges from among our church members.

Grievance Committee: In the event of any grievance on the conduct of the competitions at the Diocesan level, a grievance committee comprising of Rev. Fr. Santhosh Varghese, Dr. Sunny Pariyaram and Prof. Dr. Bright Philip can be approached and their decision will be binding on all .

  1. O V B S: All units are requested to hold OVBS during Diwali holidays. During Christmas holidays we are planning winter camp.
  2. WINTER/SUMMER CAMP (RESIDENTIAL) for Sunday school Students 2015

There will be two separate camps this year (one for Mumbai region and one for Pune Region). Dates will be announced later.

  1. SUNDAY SCHOOL DAY cover collections: The matter of sending the entire collection to OKR was discussed. However, the members felt that this was not practical and hence unanimously decided that the units should  send the 30% of the collections directly to OKR ( deposit in Federal Bank A/c.)and the balance should be handed over to the district inspector after retaining 10% for the unit. District inspectors will retain 20% and hand over 40% to the Director. All units should submit to the Director details of total collection and amount given to OKR and District Inspector. 
  2. TEACHERS’ CONFERENCE are to be held one for Bombay Region and one for Pune Region. All District Inspectors should organize a district-wise teachers’ conference somewhere in the middle of the year.
  3. SUNDAY SCHOOL DAY is to be celebrated on Sunday 6th December 2015 by all units. On that day please request the parish Vicar to celebrate H.Q. in English, hold special prayers for the Sunday Schools/students/teachers/officials /OKR/OSSAE etc., allow s.s.students the readings of that day and allow one student to give the sermon on that day.

CONCLUSION: All teachers are earnestly requested to do everything possible to attract students to the Sunday School., make the classes interesting to retain the students, sustain their interest in coming to s.s., periodically refresh your knowledge of the syllabus portions, help students to  understand and experience God’s love for them and help  the students to come  closer to our Lord and Master Jesus Christ.

 

Rev.Fr.Skaria Varghese (Vice Presisdent, Sunday School, Diocese of Bombay)

  Dr. Sunny Pariyaram (Director )

                                                                                                                 

 

The new book "Valiya Nombile Prarthana" Released

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The new book “Valiya Nombile Prarthana” published by Rev. Fr. Shaji Chacko, Vicar St. George Orthodox Syrian Parish Sakinaka, Mumbai. A gift to the youngsters those who are born and brought up out side Kerala. This book was released by H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos , giving the first copy to Rev.Fr.Bobby Jose Kattikkad,during the Priest retreat at Vashi Aramana

H.G Geevargese Mar Coorilos Visiting Baharin

H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan has arrived at Baharin for  a few days visit. His Grace was received by Rev.Fr.Varghese Yohanan Vattaparambil, the Vicar , Mr Ano Jacob Kachira (Trustte), Moncy Geevarghese Karipuzha (Secretary) and the Managing Committe members of the  St Marys Orthodox Cathedral, Baharin.

H.G Geevarghese Mar Coorilos at Baharin

H.G Geevarghese Mar Coorilos at Baharin

 

ബഹറിന്‍ സെന്റ് മേരീസ് ഇന്ത്യന്‍ ഓര്‍ത്തഡോക്സ് കത്തീഡ്രല്‍ ഇടവകയുടെ സന്ദര്‍ശനാര്‍ത്ഥം ബഹറനില്‍ എത്തിയ മലങ്കര ഓര്‍ത്തഡോക്സ് സഭയുടെ ബോംബെ ഭദ്രാസനാധിപന്‍ അഭിവന്ദ്യ ഗീവഗ്ഗീസ് മാര്‍ കൂറിലോസ് തിരുമേനിയെ കത്തീഡ്രല്‍ വികാരി റവ. ഫാദര്‍ വര്‍ഗ്ഗീസ് യോഹന്നാന്‍ വട്ടപറമ്പില്‍, ട്രെസ്റ്റി അനോ ജേക്കബ് കച്ചിറ, സെക്കട്ടറി മോന്‍സി ഗീവര്‍ഗ്ഗീസ് കരിപ്പുഴ, എന്നിവര്‍ ചേര്‍ന്ന്‌ സ്വീകരിക്കുന്നു. കത്തീഡ്രല്‍ ഭാരവാഹികളും മറ്റ് വിശ്വാസികളും സമീപം

Fr Skaria Thomas (Siby achen)

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Fr Skaria Thomas (Siby achen)

Dob – 30/10/1985
Dom – 27/05/2013
Family name – palathadathil
Parents name – Babu Zacharia & Susan Babu

Native place – Kundara
Home parish- st.Gregorio’s OSC Mira Bhayander / Mumbai Diocese

Qualification- B.com (Mumbai university) ;
BD; GST

Seminary period : 2008-2013

Ordination:
Sub deacon: 28/04/2012 @ Mira bhaynder st.Gregorio’s OSC
Deacon- 07/06/2013 @ mar Elia chapel, mount Horeb, sasthamkotta
Priest- 08/06/2013 @st. Thomas OS valiyapally, Kundara
Name of spouse : Feba Siby
Res address : 101, kaka Baptista Sadan, Navghar, Uttan P.O., Bhayander (w)
Thane (dist).
Maharashtra 401106
022- 2845 0063
+91 9637 5124 36
sibyachen1985 @gmail.com

Parish serving:
St. Mary’s OSC Karad,
St.Mary’s OSC Hubli,
St.Mary’s OSC Dandeli
St.Gregorio’s OSC Belgaum

Gloria 2015...Orthodox Convention at Pune

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“I am not sitting, I am on a journey”.

One of the best known of the Desert Fathers of 4rth century, travelled once on pilgrimage to Rome. Here he was told of a celebrated recluse, a woman who lived always in one small room, never going out. Skeptical about her way of life- for he was himself a great wanderer- called her and asked “Why are you sitting here? To this she replied: “I am not sitting, I am on a journey”.

I am not sitting, I am on a journey. Every Christian may apply these words to himself or herself. To be a Christian is to be a traveler, our situation, say the Desert Fathers, is like that of the Israelite people in the desert of Sinai: we live in tents, not houses, for spiritually we are always on the move. We are on a journey through the inward space of the heart, a journey not measured by the hours of our watch or the days of the calendar, for it is journey out of time into eternity”. (Kallistos Ware in the Orthodox Way)

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