Sunday School Final Exam - June 10th @ 8:45am

The Final Exam will take place on Sunday, June 10th at 8:45am.  Parents are kindly requested to prepare their children and bring them on time. Exams will take place from 9-9:50am, so please don't be late.

Please contact your child's teacher or Mathew Varughese, if you have any questions.

H.G. Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim Visits LA - June 16-18

H.G. Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan of Bangalore Diocese will be visiting our church from June 16 - 18.  We welcome thirumeni to St. Thomas Orthodox Church.  Please plan to attend with your family and receive his blessings on Saturday evening prayer meeting and Holy Qurbana on Sunday.

His Grace was born on 28th December 1969 as the son of Puthenveedu V. A. Mathews and Annie. His Grace is a member of St. George Valiyapally, Eram, Thumpamon Diocese.  After taking his Bachelors Degree in Science from  Mahatma Gandhi University, he joined the  Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, for theological studies. From the Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, he took Graduate Degree in Sacred Theology (GST) and the Bachelor of Divinity (BD) degree at the Senate of Serampore University. After taking his M. Th from  Dharmaram Theological College, Bangalore,  he took  D. Th from  Chikkago Theological Seminary, America.

His Grace took several key positions of the church as General Secretary, Mar Gregorios Orthodox Christian Movement of  India,Member, Managing Committee, Orthodox Church, Member, Governing Board Thadakam Ashram, Coimbatore, Director, Santhinilayam Counselling Centre, Pathanamthitta.

He is elected as the  Metropolitan candidate on   17th February at the Malankara Association held at Sasthamkotta. He is consecrated as Metropolitan on  12th May 2010 at Mar Elia Cathedral, Kottayam.His Grace  is serving the Banglore  Diocese as its Metropolitan.

Live Stream of Wake and Funeral Service of Sitara Phillipose

Wake: Friday, May 18th, 6-9pm
Funeral: Saturday, May 19th, 12 pm
Wake and funeral Location:
St. Gregorios Orthodox Church,
15661 Washington Ave,
San Lorenzo, CA
Burial Location:
Chapel of the Chimes,
32992 Mission Blvd,
Hayward, CA

Live Stream of Wake and Funeral of Sitara Phillipose

Holy Week Schedule

Sat., Mar 24
6:30 PM
Lenten Prayer Meeting (Sponsored by MMVS)
Rev. Fr. Dr. M.O. John (Guest Achen during Holy Week)

Sun., Mar 25
8:30 AM
Palm Sunday Service and Annunciation to St. Mary


Mon., Mar 26
6:30 PM
Evening Prayer Confession at the church

Please arrange time for Confession with Achen

Tue., Mar 27
6:30 PM
Evening Prayer Confession at the church

Please arrange time for Confession with Achen

Wed., Mar 28
6 PM – 8:30 PM
Holy Qurbana and Passover/Maundy Thursday Service

Fri., Mar 30
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Good Friday Service
Kanji Nercha after Service (Please sign-up for nercha items downstairs)

Sat., Mar 31
9:00 AM
Holy Saturday Service
(Remembering all the departed)

Sun., Apr 1
8:00 AM

Holy Qurbana and Easter Service
Egg Hunting for children upto 6th grade
Lunch Feast

Great Lent Canned Food Drive - Ends March 31st

The Sunday School is coordinating a food drive for the Orange County Rescue Mission during Great Lent. Please donate any non-perishable canned foods or cereals to church before March 31st. There are boxes setup in the church hall. This is open to anyone that wishes to donate for the poor and needy.

Thank you all for your support.

Confession Day - Sat., March 17th @ 3pm

A confession day has been scheduled on Saturday, March 17th at 3pm. All Sunday School students, teachers, MGOCSM and FOCUS members should plan on taking Holy Confession during the Great Lent.  As an Orthodox Christian we are reminded that we should take confession at least once a year. Please make every effort to attend.

FOCUS Meeting - Friday, March 9th @7pm

A meeting for the FOCUS group has been scheduled for this Friday, March 9th at 7pm at church.  Please plan to attend!  For more information, please contact Mr. Benoy Eapen or Semmassen.

The Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in the United States (FOCUS) is a ministry of the
Diocese of Southwest America of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, and focuses
on cultivating and educating adults, leading them to the likeness of God and the fullness
of the Faith. The purpose of this ministry is to facilitate and encourage transformation
in all aspects of a person’s life as they become more active in the body of Christ.

Service of Reconciliation (Shubqono) - Mon., February 12 @ 5:30pm

Service of Reconciliation, or the Shubqono (Forgiveness) service. It is traditionally done on Monday, the first day of the Great Lent after the canonical office of the Sixth Hour.

Service will be held on Monday, February 12th at 5:30pm.  Please plan to attend the Service with your family.

Great Lent Prayer Book

Please use the below prayer book for Great Lent.