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Fullerton, St. Gregorios Orthodox Church perunnal on Nov.5

LOS ANGELES: The third Parish Feast and the 109th Memorial Feast of St. Gregorios of Parumala will be celebrated on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Fullerton St. Gregorios Orthodox Church.

Fr. Philip Abraham, vicar of the parish hoisted the flag after Holy Qurbana on Saturday, October 29, marking the beginning of the Perunnal.

The Perunnal will begin with Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m followed by Holy Qurbana . Fr. P.C. George (Vicar, St. George Orthodox Church, Vancouver, Canada) will be the chief celebrant for the Holy Qurbana. Special intercessory prayers and holy Rassa will be held thereafter.

On Friday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m after the Evening prayer Fr. P.C. George will deliver devotional speech.

Nercha vilambu and harvest festival auction will be held after the service. The perunnal will be concluded officially by lowering flag around 1:00 p.m.

The Managing Committee under the leadership of Fr. Philip Abraham, Lalu Kurian (Treasurer), P.T Homas (Secretary), Mathai Polachira Vivek Nambiar Annie Pothen, Accamma Thomas, Sunil Kuruvilla and Paulose Ittiavira is working for the success of the perunnal function.

For special prayer request, e-mail to:

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Global Inter-Religious Meeting held in Italy

ITALY: Dr. Mathews Mar Thimothios Metropolitan of Diocese of Uk, Europe & Afirca represented the Malankara Orthodox Church in the Global Inter-Religious Meeting in the Umbrian hilltop town of Assisi in Italy. Pope Benedict XVI presided over meeting on Thursday.

The meeting was held on October 27 in the Vatican. Over 300 spiritual leaders, including Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists, attended the meeting to make a common call for peace. The meeting also condemned terrorism and violence in the name of religion.


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St Stephens Church Convention in Salalah from Nov 7

SALALAH : Dr Zachariah Mar Aprem, Metropolitan of Adoor-Kadampanaadu Diocese will be the main speaker for the 5-day convention from November 7 to 11, 2011 at St Stephens Church, Salalah.

The event will also celebrate the 109th birthday celebrations of St Gregorios of Parumala and the 4th Dukhrono of Late Lamented Dr Stephanos Mar Theodosius.

The program schedule for November 7 to 9, 2011:

Nov 7, 10 am: Arrival in Salalah from Muscat
7 pm: Evening Prayers
7.30 pm: Singing by choir group
8 pm: Vajana Shishrusa by Dr Mar Aprem

Nov, 10 (Thu) 7.30 pm: Evening Prayers
8pm: Remembrance speech on St Gregorios by HG Dr Mar Aprem

Nov 11, (Fri) 8 am: Morning Prayers
8.30 am: Holy Qurbana by Dr Mar Aprem
Pradeekshanam, Neercha Vellambu

Nov 12: Dr Mar Aprem back to Kerala from Salalah International Airport

For details contact: Fr Issac Thomas, Vicar, GSM: +968-99581774
Varghese Mathew, Trustee or Jacob Mathew, Secretary.
Contact No: +968-23235825

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Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius enthroned as the Metropolitan of the diocese of Calcutta

BHILAI: The enthronement ceremony of Dr Joseph Mar Dionysius as the Calcutta diocesan Metropolitan was held at the Bhilai aramana Chappal where the Calcutta diocese’s first Metropolitan is laid to rest by His Holiness the Catholicose.

Catholicose and Malankara Metropolitan Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II celebrated Holy Eucharist. Dr. Mathews Mar Severios, secretary to Holy Episcopal Synod assisted the Pontiff at the enthronement services.

All the priests and representatives from different parishes Pronounced “Oxios” along with HH Catholicose when Mar Dionysius was raised on throne by the Priests of the diocese. Priest Trustee, Fr. Johns Abraham Konat read out the bull from the Catholicose that proclaims the enthronement of Metropolitan Mar Dionysius.

Sri. Joy P O.Ommen, the Chief Secretary to the Government of C.G inaugurated the Public Meeting. His Holiness the Catholicose presided over the meeting. Dr. Mathews Mar Severios, Mathias Ramban Cor-Episcopos, Gee Varghese Ramban, Fr .P S Varghese and Fr. K.A Abraham felicitated the Metropolitan. Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius in his reply speech thanked every one of his diocese towards their love.

Earlier HH the Catholicose was given a warm welcome at the Raipur Airport under the leadership of Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius.

HH the Catholicose upon his arrival, was declared a Special guest by the Government. HH also met the Governor of the state H.E Shekar Dutt at his residence Raj Bhavan.

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St. Mary’s Church, Rockland won the ever rolling trophy at Annual Sunday School Talent Show

New York: The Sunday School Talent Show and Competitions of Northeast American Diocese was held on October 22nd , 2011. The event was hosted by the Sunday school of Sts. Baselios & Gregorios Church,New Brunswick, NJ.

Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, the Diocesan Metropolitan inaugurated the Talent Show by lighting the lamp.

St. Mary’s Church, Rockland won the overall ever rolling St. Gregorios Memorial trophy for highest points (Church Level) and Sarah Pothen of St. Mary’s Church, Rockland won the individual trophy for most points (Very. Rev. Thomas P Mundukuzhy Memorial Trophy).

Sunday School Association congratulated the Sunday Schools at Sts. Baselios & Gregorios Church,New Brunswick, NJ(2011 host Church) and St. Thomas Church Unruh, PA(2010 Host Church) for their hard work and dedication for the success of the Talent Show and Competitions.

Plaques in appreciation was received by Rev. Dr. Mathew C. Chacko and Rev.Fr. Geevarghese John vicars of the respective churches.

Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios memorial cash awards were given to the first and second Rank holders of the 2011 centralized Examinations.

St. Gregorios Church Queens Elmont,St. Stephens Church Long Island and St Mary’s Church Rockland sponsored these awards.

Following Students won the awards.

5th Grade –
1st Rank Jenny John St. Mary’s, White Plains
1st Rank Shishira Philip St. Thomas, Unruh Ave., PA
2nd Rank Abel Ninan St. Gregorios, Queens
2nd Rank Christa George St. Mary’s, Rockland

8th Grade –
1st Rank Mathew Alexander St. Gregorios, DC
2nd Rank Annette Kuruvilla St. Mary’s, Bronx

10th Grade –
1st Rank Marina Mathew St. John’s, Delaware Valley
1st Rank Reshma George St. Thomas, Mascher St, PA
2nd Rank Sharon Shaji St. Gregorios, New Hyde Park
2nd Rank Tiffany Oommen St. Gregorios Queens, Elmont

12th Grade
1st Rank Christal Kuriakose St. Mary’s, Rockland
2nd Rank Minnu Suresh St. Thomas, DC
2nd Rank Jocelyn Philip St. George, SI

For teachers training Certification Following teachers won the first and second Rank!
1st Rank Bindu Alexander St. Gregorios, DC
2nd Rank Jolly John St. Thomas, Canada

Mrs. Kiran Prakash welcomed the gathering and Mathew Samuel (PA & DC Region Coordinator) delivered the vote of thanks.

The Sunday School Children from New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington, Connecticut, Boston and Canada areas presented very outstanding programs at the Talent Show.

Sunday School Director Fr. Dr. Raju Varghese led the function. Thomas Mathai & Mathai Chacko served as coordinators for the program.

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Dr Mar Aprem, chief celebrant at Muscat Maha Edavaka Harvest, Parish day celebrations

MUSCAT : Dr Zachariah Mar Aprem, Metropolitan of Adoor-Kadampanaadu Diocese and Assistant to the Malankara Metropolitan, arrived in Muscat on October 27 for a 17-day visit to Sultanate of Oman.

Dr Mar Aprem will be the chief guest at Muscat Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka’s Harvest, Parish day celebrations on November 4 at St Thomas Church, Ruwi.

The Metropolitan will be the chief celebrant at the holy Trimass on November 4, Friday.

The programme schedule:
Oct 27: 09.30 am: Arrival at Seeb International Airport
Oct 28: Holy Eucharist
7 pm: Evening prayers
7.30 pm: Vajana Shishrusha by Fr Dr Jacob John Kallada
Oct 29: Vajana Shishrusha
Oct 30: Holy Eucharist at Chapel
Oct 31, Nov 1, 2: In Muscat
Nov 3: Rasa, Vajana Shishrusha
Nov 4, 9.30 am: Chief celebrant at Holy Trimass
12.30 pm: Chief guest & inauguration of Parish Day celebrations
12.45-5 pm: Fete & sale, variety entertainment, auction of first fruit offerings
Nov 5: Leads Family Conference at Sohar St St George Orthodox Church
Nov 6: Holy Eucharist & Dukhrono of Late Lamented Dr Stephanos Mar Theodosius
Nov 7-11: Visits St Stephens Orthodox Church, Salalah
Nov 12: Departure for Kerala

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Cherry Lane St. Gregorios Church perunnal from Oct.30

NEW YORK: The annual Feast Day of St. Gregorios of Parumala at Cherry Lane St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Church from October 30 to November 5, 2011.

Flag Hoisting on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 12:00 PM by Dr. P. S. Samuel, Cor-Episcopos will mark the begining of the weeklong annual feast.

The church is located at 175 Cherry Lane, Floral Park, NY.

Perunal Program

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
6:30 PM Holy Qurbana
Celebrant: Rev. Fr. Andrew Daniel
(Vicar, St. Thomas MOC, Washington, DC)

Thursday, November 3, 2011
6:30 PM Evening Prayer
7:00 PM Devotional Address
Speaker: Rev. Fr. Alex K. Joy
(Vicar: St. George MOC, Staten Island, NY)

Friday, November 4, 2011
6:30 PM Evening Prayer
7:00 PM Devotional Address
Speaker: Rev. Fr. Samji George
(St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary)

Saturday, November 5, 2011
8:30 AM Morning Prayer
9:30 AM Holy Qurbana
Very Rev. Dr. P. S. Samuel, Cor-Episcopa
Rev. Fr. Alex K. Joy
Rev. Fr. Samji George
Rev. Fr. Gregory Varghese
12:00 PM Nercha Vilambu

For more information contact:
Dr. P. S. Samuel, Cor-Episcopos, Vicar (516-355-0003)
Fr. Gregory Varghese, Assistant Vicar (914-413-9200)

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Mar Polycarpose would lead Tampa St. Gregorios Church Perunnal on Nov.6

TAMPA: The 109th commemoration perunnal of Parumala Mar Gregorios and parish Anniversary Celebrations will be celebrated at Tampa from October 30 to November 6 at St. Gregorios Orthodox Church.

Yuhanon Mar Polycarpose, Metropolitan of Ankamaly Diocese will be the chief celebrant for the Perunnal celebrations.

The celebrations would begin with the hoisting of the flag by the vicar Fr. George Paulose after the Holy Qurbana on October 30.

On Saturday, Nov. 5 at 6pm a warm reception will be given to the Metropolitan Mar Polycarpose. At 6.15pm Evening Prayer will be followed by devotional message by Mar Polycarpose. Parish Anniversary Celebrations would begin at 7.30 pm

On Sunday, Nov. 6, at 8.45am Perunnal celebrations will begin with Morning Prayer. Metropolitan Yuhanon Mar Polycarpose will be the chief celebrant for Holy Qurbana. At 11.15am, the ceremonial procession (Rassa) would be conducted. With the feast lunch, perunnal celebrations will be concluded.

For more information contact
Fr. George Paulose (Vicar) 813-991-4728
Binu Cheriyan – 813-957-6432
Manoj Max Palakkat – 813-919-9797

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Orthodox liturgical life is the best holistic medicine : Dr Mar Yulios

Ahmedabad Diocese celebrates Diocese Day on Oct 30, Kudosh Etho feast
Stress on canonical prayers, Holy Communions, sermons
Share one day’s income as tithe to the diocese
Visited all parishes, families last year
Prayers on to buy suitable land for Diocesan Centre
Urges seriousness towards spiritual life

AHMEDABAD : The Ahmedabad Diocese will be completing one more Liturgical Year to its ministry and witness on October 30. It is time to celebrate again, the Ecclesiastical New Year, called the Feast of Kudosh Etho or Sanctification of the Church.

Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan Ahmedabad Diocese, in a Kalpana No 80/11 dated October 17, 2011 says that since 2010, as per decisions of the Diocesan Council and Assembly, it has been decided to celebrate Diocesan Day every year along with the advent of the ‘Ecclesiastical New Year’, or the Feast of Kudosh Etho.

The Metropolitan notes that with earnest and prayerful support, the Diocese has crossed several milestones in the outgoing year and are planning forward towards many more things for the coming year.

The ministries will cater to the spiritual nourishment of the faithful and serve fellow human beings. So far, His Grace has visited all parishes and families during the last year. The Diocese has been blessed which enabled them to buy property at Abu Road, Rajasthan and Moti Khavdi, Gujarat, to build parish centers for the newly constituted congregations. Also, the process is on towards purchasing an ideal land to develop the Diocesan Centre.

While ardently requesting all to pray for the diocese, Dr Mar Yulios, has highlighted a 4-point principle for spiritual life to be followed (see Kalpana)

Firstly, it pertains to observing five canonical fasts which will keep us away from temptations and to be punctual and earnest in our daily canonical prayers at home

Secondly, it deals with Holy Communion and completion of canonical prayers, fasting and true repentance is the basic requirements for receiving Holy Communion

Thirdly, there is no need for any extra payers after the liturgy and special intercessory prayers apart from the Qukkilions should be discouraged

Lastly, priests should take sermons seriously and should equip the faithful with good enthusiastic liturgical sermons.

Dr Mar Yulios has urged the spiritual children to share with the Diocese, a one-day’s income and donate a part of the tithe to the diocesan day collection. From this year, the Council members and the diocesan secretary will pay a visit to each of the regional centres to receive the collections from January 2012.

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Bengaluru Diocese launches ‘Christian Parenting’ project

BENGALURU : Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan, Bengaluru Diocese, inagurated the Christian Parenting programme for Bengaluru Diocese.

The programme was held on October 22, Saturday, at St Gregorios Orthodox Cathedral, Hosur Road.
At a simple function, Dr Mar Seraphim lighted a traditional lamp to inaugurate the program.

T K Thomas, Cor Episcopa, John Thomas, Cor Episcopa, Abraham Marettu, Cor Episcopa, Fr K M Jacob and other dignitaries took part in the program.

The Ministry of Human Empowerment of Malankara Orthodox Church had launched the Christian Parenting Project, “Pathiravaruthu Ee Kathirukal” (Let not these grains turn in to chaff) on October 2, 2011 at St. Ignatius Orthodox Cathedral, Chengannoor.

Malankara Metropolitan and Catholicos of the East His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, had inaugurated the programme.