Andheri Parish is celebrating its 35th Annual feast of Patron saint, John the Baptist from 22nd to 25th January, 2015.
His Grace Dr.Zacharias Mar Aprem, Metropolitan of Adoor-Kandambanad will the main celebrant of the feast. Rev.Fr.Koshy John Adhichanelloor, Kollam,will lead the Gospel convention on 22nd and 23rd. On 25th, there will be a ‘felicitation function’ for meritorious students.
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Rev.Fr.Jacob Thomas Karakkal,
Apostolic Blessings to all the Clergy and the faithful of Diocese of Bombay,
Here is an invitation to all of us to receive, respond and own the living Word of God, in an through the grant spiritual fellowship in the coming days across our Diocese. The milestone event, ‘The Bombay Orthodox Christian Convention 2015’ shall be a celebration of the reviving flame of the Word of God in all of us, who came together with faith, hope, pure love and prayer with willingness to submit. The fire of the living word shall be lit and its glow be translated from heart to heart. It shall be a personal encounter with the Lord, the One who declared: “I am the light of the world”. Let this Light glow in us and transform our lives. The Light of the Word of God shall illumine our hearts, homes, dreams and relationships. Let us take up His mandates and radiate this Light of the Gospel to others those who have not yet known His Love, adhering to His last Commandment.
We urge you all to attend the Gospel Proclamation events with family and the Mega Event on Sunday the 25th January at Vashi with devotion and prayers. We expect about 4000 of our people to make it a great blessing. All our parishes should arrange sufficient number of vehicles and ensure the participation of maximum number of people.
We are glad and grateful to H.G.Dr.Yuhanon Mar Chrystomos, the Metropolitan of Niranam and the President of the Mission Board who be the main speaker. H.G.Zacharias Mar Aprem, the Metropolitan of Adoor-Kadampanadu will also bless the big gathering at Vashi. Mr.Manoj Mathew, who is the Director of Mission, will brief the future activities. A few converts and aspirants to join the Orthodox Faith will also have their testimony.
All the glory and praise be to the Almighty and blessings in abundance upon our Diocese and all our families. Our good wishes to the organizers and all the participants.
Your Shepherd in Christ
Mar Geevarghese Coorilos
Metropolitan of Bombay
The Diocesan Assembly of Bombay Diocese will be held at 9th January (Friday), 2015, under the presidentship of His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan at Vashi Aramana at 10.am.
Main agenda of the meeting are following.
Presidential address,Presentations of minutes of the previous meetings, Annual reports, accounts and audit reports
Appointment of Internal and statutory auditors for the year 2014-2015, To discuss about the vision and Mission of the Diocese (Spiritual Revival Evangelism and mentally challenged children project Roha.
His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan, in his Kalpana No. 72/2014 advised all the the representatives elected from the Parishes to the Diocesan Assembly along with the Vicars to attend the meeting on time.
The first time in the history of Diocese of Bombay,Bombay Orthodox Priest’s conference held at IIBM,College, Sanpada, Naviv Mumbai from 25th to 27th, December, 2014. The conference started with evening prayer, Public meeting and Christmas eve celebrations. Rev. Fr. O.Thomas (Faculty of OTS, Kottayam) lead classes on Family Relationships and Family Problems. There were different sessions for Priests and their wives, for Priests alone, for Kochamma’s by Mrs Leelamma Jolly. Sessions for Kids was by John Jesusdasan and Basil. Rev.Fr.Joshy P Jacob (Faculty of STOTS, Nagpur) lead the retreat. Confession session was also arranged.
Rev.Fr.Varghese Thomas, the junior most priest of the gathering celebrated Holy Qurbana.
After that Fr.O.Thomas took his 3rd session on the theme, followed by Question answer session. Conference was concluded with Noon Prayer and lunch at 1 P.M.
New Testament accounts of the advent and nativity of Jesus stress the all-encompassing nature of the Christ event. Without reservation, the Biblical text says that God’s grace appears to all, offering the promise of forgiveness, healing and reconciliation with God in heaven and with our neighbors on earth.The grace of God has appeared in the person of Jesus Christ. He appears for the sake of marginalized shepherds and their families in his homeland. He attracts the attention of well-to-do scholars in distant nations. He appears to Mary and Joseph as a gift of God’s mystery. Through these faithful witnesses, and the proclamation of good news down the ages, Jesus appears to us. We, too, are called to respond to his presence among us today.
This is the season of Holy Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ, there is no “Santa” there is only St. Nicholas! everyone can be “Santa”, you can give gifts and presents at any moment of any day not only in this period that was transformed to a commercial event by the evil hands…and it dangerously plug the love of the materialism to children, this period is a period of strong prayers, fasting and a holy event that makes the faithful closer to God! The Satanic forces of the world are using the X to spread their message that says that there is no Christ, be aware of that evil trick… it’s Christmas not Xmas!
May the grace and peace of God appear to many more through this season of Christmas! I wish you well at the turning of this year, and I pray for God’s blessing on our heavenly pilgrimage in the years to come.
Fr.Thomas Philipose, Web Manager
His Holiness Moran Mar Baselius Marthoma Paulos II, Catholicos of the East appointed, Rev.Fr.Joshy P Jacob as the Syriac faculty of STOTS Nagpur..
Rev. Fr. Joshy Pallattu Jacob, an alumnus of STOTS, Nagpur of the 2002-2007 Batch, joined the STOTS family as a faculty member early this year. He is also given the charge as the Asst.Warden of the Seminary. He hails from Meenadom, Kerala and a member of St. George Orthodox Syrian Church, Meenadom.He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration & Syriac (SEERI). He also serves as the vicar of St. Gregorios Orthodox Syrian Church, Dhule under the Diocese of Bombay. After his seminary studies Fr Joshy served in the churches of Bombay diocese and served as the in charge of Gregorian Community, Roha. With the permission of H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos Metropolitan, He successfully completed in MA in Syriac from SEERI, Kottayam.Congratulations Achen.
BOMBAY REGIONAL WINTER CAMP FOR OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN WILL BE HELD FROM 28TH TO 30TH OF DECEMBER AT VASHI.
His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan,visited Rahuri and celebrated Holy Qurbana on Sunday 7th December, 2014.
A gathering of around 150 faithful attended the Holy Qurbana. This is the first time, a Orthodox Metropolitan visiting this area. Orthodox Church is having around 22 families settled in Rahuri, Sreerampur, Shirdi, Coppergaon
. His Grace arrived around 6 PM at Syro Malabar Church, Rahuri, there the faithful gave a warm welcome to His Grace, under the leadership of Catholic priests working in that area. and Fr John, Vicar of Syro Malabar Church, presented a shawl to Hihs Grace as a token of love.
A group of 30 people from Nashik Church also accompanied His Grace under the leadership of Fr.Thomas Philipose. After the Holy Qurbana, a small meeting convened. His Grace declared this as an official congregation of Orthodox Church under Bombay diocese. His Grace gave instruction to Fr.Thomas Philipose to conduct Holy Qurbana on every second Saturday morning, either in Rahuri or in sreerampur.
Fr.Thomas Philipose visited Rahuri on 18th August 2013, and conducted Holy Qurbana, first time, in the history of Rahuri congregation.
Marth Mariam Samajam, Bombay Diocesan level Arts Competitions held at Vashi Aramana on 30th November, 2014.Congratulations to winners.
|Solo song||1st Prize: Rincy Saji (Vapi)
2nd Prize: Sheba Kurian (Dadar)
|1st Prize: Ruby Roy (Malad)
2nd Prize: Susan Babu (Kalyan)
|1st prize: Leegi Alexander (Vashi)
2nd prize: Susheela Varghese(Dadar)
|Elocution||1st Prize: Rincy Saji (Vapi)
2nd Prize:Lissy George (Kalyan)
|1st Prize:Lissy Sunny (Malad)
2nd Prize: Bini Job (Vashi)
|1st prize:Gracy Mathews (Dadar)
2nd Prize: Mary Paulose (Nashik)
|Quick Bible reading||1st Prize: Asha Ebin (Malad)
2nd Prize: Annie Saji (Kalyan)
|1st Prize:Sindhu Achenkunju (Kalyan) & Annie Samkutty (Malad)
2nd Prize: Mercy Alex (Dadar)
|1st Prize: Thankamma Raju (Kalyan)
2nd Prize: Aleyamma George (Malad)
1st Prize: Malad Zone
2nd Prize: Pune Zone & Vashi Zone
1st Prize: Suja T Thomas & Group, Malad
2nd Prize : Lissy Thomas & Group, Vapi