St. Gregorios Day Celebrated

St. Gregorios Day was celebrated on Sunday, November 7th. Special Prayers, Rasa, taking down the flag and a great feast was provided to all that attended. This Perunal was the first after the inauguration of our new church. During the taking down of the flag, a chenda mela was provided to end all festivities. We thank all the members and families that worked hard to make this event a grand success.

Parish General Body Meeting - Nov 14th

A Parish General Body Meeting has been scheduled on Sunday, November 14th after the Holy Qurbana. All eligible members have been posted on the church bulletin board. The main agenda for the meeting will be electing office bearers for 2011. Please make every effort to attend.

Central Region Prayer Meeting - Sat., August 21st @ 6pm

A regional prayer meeting has been scheduled at Mr. John Varghese (Vinu) and Jesse's home in Cerritos on Saturday, August 21st. All members in this region as well as from the nearby cities should plan to attend.

Address: (click here for directions)
13017 Palm Place
Cerritos, CA 90703
(562) 921-1866

Sunday School Day Celebration and Competitions - July 11th & 18th

This year's Sunday School Celebrations and Competitions will be held after the Holy Qurbana on July 11th and 18th. Please prepare your children for the competitions. July 4th is the deadline to sign up for the July 11th competition and July 11th is the last day to sign up for the July 18th competitions. Please contact Sunday School Director, Dr. Nebu John and sign up as early as possible. Please visit our website for detailed information.

Address for New Church

The address for the new church is:

14121 Coteau Dr.
Whittier, CA 90604

Click here for directions.

Evening Prayer at New Church

An evening prayer at the new church before beginning Services is scheduled on Saturday, May 29th at 7pm. All are requested to partake in this evening prayer.

Last Holy Qurbana at Montebello Church - May 23rd

Sunday, May 23rd will be our last Service at the Montebello Church. We have been at this church since September 1986. Many of us have grown up in this church and have great memories that we take with us. Achen has requested that all our members attend this last Service and take Holy Communion.

This will also be Pentecost Sunday so please make every effort not to miss this last Service at the Montebello Church.

New Church Consecration

September 4th Weekend (Tentative)
Our new church consecration is tentatively scheduled for the September 4th Weekend. H.G. Alexios Mar Eusebios, Diocesan Bishop, will conduct the Consecration Services. Details will follow in the coming months.

Please continue to pray for our church during this transition period.

First Qurbana at New Church

Sunday, May 30th
Our first Holy Qurbana at the new church will be held on Sunday, May 30th. More details will be provided in the coming weeks.

Church Moving Schedule

Saturday, May 22nd (Packing/Moving)
Pack all items from Montebello Church.
Sunday, May 23rd (Move Items)
All items will be moved to the Whittier Church after Holy Qurbana.
Saturday, May 29th (Unpacking)
Unpack all the items at the Whittier Church and prepare for first Holy Qurbana.

We need everyone's help in making this memorable event a success. Please volunteer your time with Mr. Mathew John, Secretary as soon as possible.

Prayer Meeting @ Mr. Rajan Varughese's Home in Monrovia

A Prayer Meeting has been scheduled at Mr. Rajan and Sheela Varughese's home in Monrovia on Saturday, May 15th at 5:30pm. All members in the Valley Areas, Culver City, Los Angeles, Glendale, Arcadia and nearby areas should plan to attend.

Address:
1160 Norumbega Dr.
Monrovia, CA 91016
(626) 239-6125

Please click here for directions.

Marcus Mathews' Sister-in-law Passes Away

Mr. Marcus Mathews' sister-in-law, Mrs. Perm Elias, passed away Sunday in Dallas, Texas.

The St. Thomas Orthodox Church gives our heartfelt condolences to Mathews and Family. Please pray for the family during this difficult time.

Palm Sunday Video

Please see the pictures and video from this year's Palm Sunday Service. We thank Mr. Winson Varghese for putting this together.

Sunday School Students Records a New OVBS Song

The Sunday School Children with the assistance of Mr. Kirk and Sheba Edwards have accomplished a great task for this years' OVBS. First time ever, the students have recorded an OVBS song. This song will be submitted to the Diocese so it can be included in the OVBS CD's that will be distributed to all the churches outside Kerala. We congratulate all that worked hard and participated to make this a success.

Please download the music and share with your family.

Happy Easter!

Wishing all our members a Happy Easter!

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Service will be held on March 28th at 8:30am. Please make sure to bring flowers for the Osana Service.

Feed the Poor Day - March 27th

The Sunday School along with the Youth League and the MGOCSM will be making sandwiches on Saturday, March 27th after the Holy Confession for the poor. The plan will be to deliver the food to a local mission afterwards. Please bring your children and partake in this giving during our Great Lent. Please contact Dr. Nebu John if you need any further details.

Confession Day - March 27th @ 10am

A confession day for the Sunday School and all our members have been scheduled for Saturday, March 27th at 10am. Please prepare prior to coming and bring all your family to partake in the sacrament of Holy Confession.

Prayer Meeting - Sat., March 27th @ 5:30pm

A South Region prayer meeting has been scheduled at Soomodh and Anitha's home in Fontana on Saturday, March 27th at 5:30pm. This will be our last Lenten Prayer Meeting. All members in the nearby cities should make every effort to attend.

Address: Click here for directions
7208 Oak Tree Pl., Fontana, CA 92336

Prayer Meeting Central Region - Sat., March 20th @ 5:30pm

A Central Region Lent Prayer Meeting has been scheduled at the home of Mrs. Seema and Saji Geevarghese's home in Cerritos. Please make every effort to attend.

11606 Bos St.
Cerritos, CA 90703
(562) 402-7087

Mid-Lent Service - Wed., March 10th @ 6:30pm

The Mid-Lent Service will be held on Wednesday, March 10th at 6:30pm. Please plan to attend with your family. This is the day we erect the Golgotha.

Prayer Meeting North Region - Sat., March 13th @ 5:30pm

A North Region Lent Prayer Meeting has been scheduled at the home of Mrs. Reeba and Mathew (Sajan) John's home in Simi Valley. Please make every effort to attend.

2158 Fig Street,
Simi Valley, CA 93063

Prayer Meeting South Region - Sat., March 6th @ 5:30pm

A South Region Lent Prayer Meeting has been scheduled at the home of Mrs. Kunjumol and Peter Palal's home in Cypress. Please make every effort to attend.

11409 Provedencia St.
Cypress, CA 90630

Great Lent Prayer Meeting (North Region)

A prayer meeting has been scheduled at Mr. Thankachen Varghese's home in Culver City on Saturday, February 20th at 5:30pm. Please make every effort to attend.

11208 Ryandale Dr., (Click here for directions)
Culver City CA 90232
(310) 390-4587

7 New Bishops Elected

Malankara Association held today at Sasthamkotta Elected the Following 7 Candidates as Bishops.

1. Fr. Dr. V. M. Abraham (40) - B.Sc. B.D, G.S.T, M.Th, D.min, General Secretary (MGOCM of India), St. George Valiya Pally, Eram, Thumpamon Diocese.

2. Fr. Dr. George Pulikkottil (42) – B.Sc, B.D, M.Th, DTh, Professor, St. Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary Nagpur. Member St. Mathias Church, South Bazar, Kunnamkulam.

3. Fr. V. M. James (56) – M.A, G.S.T, B.D, M.Th, Dip in Theology manager, Mar Elia Chapel, Mount Horeb Ashram, Sasthamkotta. Member of St. Elias Orthodox Church, Dudhannoor, Chengannoor Diocese.

4. Fr. Dr. John Mathews (57) – B.A, M.R.E, Phd. Professor, Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam. From St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, Kollam.

5. Very Rev. Dr. Nathanel Ramban (57) – M.A, B.D, M.Th, DTh. Principal St. Pauls Mission Centre, Mavelikkara. Member Mar Baselios Church, Vazhuvady Mavelikkara Diocese.

6. Fr. Dr. Sabu Kuriakose (43) – B.Sc, G.S.T, B.D, M.Th, D.Th. Principal Secretary to His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Didymus I. Member St. George Valiyapally, Chungathara.

7. Very Rev. Yuhanon Remban (47) M.A, B.D, G.S.T, S.T.M Superior,Holytrinity Ashramam, Ranni. Member St. Thomas Valiya Pally, Pandalam, Chengannoor Diocese.

Titus Areeckal's Mother Passes Away

The mother of Mr. Paulose (Late), Elias, Varghese, and Titus Areeckal has passed away on Thursday, February 4th. Mother is also survived by four daughters, Salomy, Baby, Alice and Gladis (All are in New York). Viewing arrangements are scheduled for Saturday, February 6th between 4pm and 7pm at Del Angel Funeral Home, 1001 N. Maclay Ave., San Fernando 91340. St. Thomas Orthodox Church gives our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Areeckal and all the families. Please pray for the families during this difficult time.