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St Johns Orthodox Church, Andheri

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Brief History

FORMATION AND GROWTH

For want of suitable place for worship, the venue for Holy Qurbana was shifted to the School Hall of St. Xavier’s High School, Vile Parle. After around 5 months, authorities of Holy Family Church, Chakala was good enough to allow us to use their Asankur Hall, Chakala for worship and for other spiritual activities. Meanwhile in Oct. 1979 the congregatIon was regIstered under PublIc Trust Act and Society’s Act.

 

at at Marol was purchased in 1988.The congregation was declared as a Parish with effect from 1st December 1979 by the order of No. 48/79 dated 14th Nov. 1979 of late H.G. Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilos then Metropolitan of Bombay Diocese. Fr. Thomas Kurien was appointed as Vicar of the Parish. In Feb. 1980, Rev. Fr. M.T. Easow took charges as Vicar and served the Parish for the longest period of 8 years i.e. upto May 1988. During his tenure, the membership swelled substantially and this gave rise the necessity of having a Church of our own. Thereafter, Rev. Frs. C.J. Varghese, P.A. Kuriakose, Skaria Varghese, Mathews Thannimoottil, Koshy Alex, Jacob Koshy and M.S. Geevarghese had the privilege to serve the Parish and have made ceaseless efforts to raise the funds for the purchase of a suitable land for construction of the Church Building. Meanwhile, the Parsonage

 

The highlighting aspect of this Parish is its inspiration to do charitable activities. To cite an example is our Free Medical Centre at Sahar Village being successfully run by a Medical team under the able leadership of Dr. Philiph John MD. Apart from this, Parish always help the Poor and needy by financial aid – viz for major Diseases, Surgery, Natural Calamities etc.

LAND ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION OF A CHURCH BUILDING AND CONSECRATION OF THE CHURCH

By the Grace of God, a land admeasuring about 11000 sq. ft. was purchased at Kondivitta, Andheri (F) in Feb. 2002. After vacating the 4 tenants in 2003, the foundation stone for the Church building was laid on 9th January 2005 by H.G. Gevarghese Mar Coorilos, Metropolitan of Bombay Diocese. By the generous contributions / donations from Parish members and others, coupled with the free services obtained from various authorities, the Church Building was completed in 2009 and the consecration was solemnised on 5th and 6th June 2009 by H.G. Thomas Mar Athanasius, Metropolitan of Chengannur Diocese assisted by H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Metropolitan of Bomaby Diocese and large number of priests. It is heartening to say that our Sunday School and other spiritual organisations are in the fore

 

With the unity, faith and love, let us hope that our members will show their true Christian principles in their thoughts, words and deeds. May Almighty God’s grace be with us always. front of various activities.

Our Vicars

  • Rev. Fr. Thomas Kurian
  • Late. Rev. Fr. M.T. Easow
  • Late. Rev. Fr. C.J. Varghese
  • Rev. Fr. P.A. Kuriakose (Alichen)
  • Rev. Fr. Mathew Thannimoottil
  • Rev. Fr. Skaria Varghese
  • Rev. Fr. Koshy Alex
  • Rev. Fr. Jacob Koshy
  • Rev. Fr. M S Geevarghese
  • Ver Rev. Koshy P. Plammoottil Cor Episcopa
  • Rev.Fr.Jacob Thomas Karakka

Schedule of Church Services

CHURCH SERVICES

  • All Sundays – 7.30 a.m. Morning Prayer & 8.30 a.m. Holy Qurbana
  • All Fridays – 8.00 p.m. Evening Prayer & 8.30 p.m. Intercessory Prayer to St. Greegorios of ParumaIa
  • All Saturdays – 7.00 p.m. Evening Prayer

SCHEDULE OF SPIRITUAL ORGANISATIONS

  • Sunday School – Every Sunday
  • Youth Movement – 1st Sunday
  • MGOCSM – 4th Sunday
  • Marthamariam Samajam – 3rd Sunday
  • Elders Forum – 1st Sunday
  • AMOS – 2nd Sunday