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ST GREGORIOUS ORTHODOX CHURCH – MIRA BHAYANDAR

BRIEF HISTORY

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Thirty five Orthodox Christian families residing at Mira-Bhayander, who were the members of St George Orthodox Church Borivali, felt the need for a separate parish at Mira-Bhayander. The issue was discussed time and again and finally decided to approach Diocesan Metropolitan for an independent parish and unanimously decided to name the proposed parish after St.Gregorios of Parumala. Accordingly a delegation representing Mira-Bhayander Orthodox Christians met His Grace Philipose Mar Theophilos Metropolitan and His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos Asst. Metropolitan of Mumbai Diocese on several times at Vashi Aramana. After many persuasions His Grace convinced of genuine necessity and permitted to celebrate the feast of St.Gregorios at Mira-Bhayander. The faithful assembled at the residence of Shri K.U Abraham at Asmita Hill View, Mira Road (East) and passed a resolution confirming the erstwhile decision of independent parish and its proposed name and also emulated future plans for raising funds for immediate needs. A delegation met Sr. Johanna of Holy Cross Convent, Mira road and sought her permission to conduct service at their premises and the sister gracefully permitted to utilize the fourth floor corridor of Holy Cross Convent School.

The first Holy Qurbana and feast of St.Gregorios was a celebrated on 4th Nov 1994 at 4th floor corridor of Holy Cross Convent School Mira Road by Rev Fr Paul Mathew of St Paul’s Mission Centre Mavelikara. Therefore Holy Qurbana has been conducted on Sunday evening on the availability of priests from the diocese till declaration of independent parish.

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ST GREGORIOUS ORTHODOX CHURCH – MIRA BHAYANDAR has been declared as independent parish with effect from 1st June 1995 comprising members of erstwhile St George Orthodox Church Broivali who resides at Mira-Bhayander and all other Orthodox Christians resides in Mira-Bhayander by an order of Diocesan Metropolitan and appointed Rev Fr. C.J Varghese as its first Vicar. The Holy Qurbana has been conducted on every Sunday morning at 4th floor corridor of Holy Cross Convent School Mira Road. Meanwhile members under the guidance and leadership of vicar restlessly searched for a suitable place for worship. A trust Viz., ST GREGORIOUS ORTHODOX CHARITABLE SOCEITY is registered vide Reg No MAH/479/96 THANE DT 31/1/1996 under Bombay Public trust Act. By the Grace of God Almighty matter was negotiated with M/s Rainbow Realtors and consented to construct present church building through the parish had no substantial balance fund for purpose. Bestowing faith in Almighty and our patron saint, foundation stone was laid on 8th June 1997 by late Lamented His Grace Philipose Mar Theophilos, then the metropolitan of Mumbai Diocese which was His Grace last official function. The construction work has begun. Members offered their contributions as well as collected donations from faithful of various churches and also through souvenir, coupon collection etc. Considering the old age of Vicar Rev Fr C.J Varghese Rev Fr M.S. Geevarghese was appointed as Assistant vicar with effect from june1998.

The collection of funds has been rejuvenated under the leadership of Assistant Vicar.

The construction of building was completed by the end of year 1998.The church was consecrated temporarily by His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos on 13th December 1998 and the Holy Qurbana was performed. Despite ill health and old age, Rev Fr C.J Varghese has done a commendable piece of work for building parish and church which is appreciable. Rev Fr M.S. Geevarghese elevated as Vicar with effect from 1st June 1999.

The church was finally consecrated on 8th November 1999 by His Grace Geevarghese Mar Osthathious metropolitan of Niranam Diocese assisted by His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos of Mumbai diocese and His Grace Dr Abraham Mar Severious of Ankamaly East Diocese with presence of Ramban, priest and multitude of faith. At the time of consecration membership of parish has enhanced to 110 from 35.

Our parish blessed with service of following priest as vicars and Asst. Vicar.

Rev Fr Varghese Yohnnan

Rev Fr Jesudasan as Asst Vicar

Rev Fr Koshy Plammmottil

Rev Fr Koshy Alex

Rev Fr Jiji K Thomas

Rev Fr Thomas Kurian

Rev Fr Benjamin S Philip

Rev Fr Geevarghese Abraham

The parishioners appreciate the dedicated services of all Vicars and Asst. Vicar for the temporal as well as spiritual development of parish.

Liturgy services on Moranaya perunal and Saints day have been celebrated since the inception of parish by the faith, aromatic parishioners. The church organs such as Sunday School,Choir,Youth League , MGOCSM, Matha Mariam Vanitha Samajam and Prayer meetings have been programmed and systematically functioned to keep members attached to parish.

A Cross vault constructed and donated by Shri Viju C Varghese and Issac Kottadiyil to parish, was dedicated by His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos the metropolitan of Mumbai diocese on 2nd July 2006.

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Shri Jose Parumala has donated a part of Holy Relics of St Gregorious Parumala gifted to him by Rev Fr K.B Mathews, Karikott, Mattackal to parish which was installed and dedicated on 15th June 2008 by His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos the metropolitan of Mumbai diocese, assisted by Vicar Rev Fr Jiji K Thomas.