New Year's Eve Service - Wed., December 31st @ 6:30pm

There will be a New Year's eve Service on Wednesday, December 31st at 6:30pm.  Please make every effort to attend the candle light service to end 2014 and begin 2015 with prayers.

We are coordinating some light refreshments after the Holy Qurbana, so we are requesting our families to bring some snacks. Please contact Mr. Sodharan Varughese at (310) 895-6186, if you would like to bring something.

Gospel Dec 28 - 1st Sunday After Christmas

Matthew 2:9-15, 19-23

When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way. Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”  Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child's life are dead.” Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.” 

Christmas Service Begins at 7:30am, Thursday

The Christmas Service will begin at 7:30am on Thursday.  Please remember to bring your dry palm leaves.  We request everyone to arrive early for the Holy Qurbana and partake in this Blessed event. 

God still guides seeking hearts to the One True Light.
As the world around us grows darker, the Light of Jesus Christ shines even brighter. He is the Light of truth, of hope, of purity, and of beauty. His Light shines through the faces of those who know Him, through the eyes of those who see Him, through the character of those who walk with Him, and through the hearts of those who love and serve Him.

Wishing you and your family a joyous Christmas!  A King is born!

Miracle Of Christmas Program - Sat., Dec 20th @ 4pm

Miracle of Christmas Program will be held on Saturday, December 20th at 4pm at the Bellflower Civic Auditorium.

The evening will be filled with many entertainment programs by our children, youth and adults. 

Please invite your family and friends to join us and celebrate in the Christmas Spirit.  See you all there!

William Bristol Civic Auditorium
16600 Civic Center Dr.
Bellflower, CA 90706

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is a time to reflect and be thankful for all that God has given us.  Before we begin the sumptuous Thanksgiving feast, we must remember to offer our thanks to the Supreme Being who has showered us with blessings and fortune. In our prayers, let us remember those who have barely enough to feed or clothe themselves. Let the kindness in your heart reach out to the millions of starving souls.

We often question the presence of God and his miracles. But we must acknowledge that every day is a miracle, and His merciful benevolence has seen us through the tough times. The Thanksgiving feast is the proof of His love and we are blessed to share the feast with our loved ones.

The St. Thomas Orthodox Church of Los Angeles wishes you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Last Prayer Meeting of 2014 - Sat., November 22nd @ 6:30pm

A General Prayer Meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, November 22nd at 6:30pm at church.  Evening prayer will begin at 6:30pm followed by a devotional message. We request all our families to attend and participate in the prayer meeting.  This will be the last prayer meeting for this year.

Please contact Mr. Abraham Mathew, Prayer Coordinator, if you wish to host a prayer meeting at your home or at church.

Sunday School Restarts September 7th @ 9am

The 2014-15 Sunday School will begin on Sunday, September 7th.  If you have any books from last year, please bring them with you.  All students and teachers are to meet in the downstairs hall at 9am for an assembly.  We will disburse the students to the classes after the assembly.  If you would like to register your child starting this year, please complete this online form.  Please bring your students on time.  

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Mathew Varughese, Principal. 

Special Prayer for All Students - Sun., August 24th

There will be a special prayer on Sunday, August 24th, for all students before starting the new academic year.  All students are requested to prepare and take Holy Communion on Sunday and participate in the special prayer.

The Passing of Very Rev. Dr. M.E. Idiculla Cor Episcopa

With faith in Christ and in the hope of resurrection, the Diocesan Office would like to inform you of the passing away of Very Rev. Dr. M.E. Idiculla Cor Episcopa, officiating priest at St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Tampa (Wesley Chapel).  Achen resided in Fort Myers, Florida and was one of the earliest settlers of our community in America, serving the American Diocese for many decades. Achen’s home parish is Prakkanam St. Mary's Valiyapalli. Achen was ordained as a priest on July 10th, 1979.  Two weeks ago, the Very Rev. Cor-Episcopa was given the sacrament of Holy Anointing of the Sick and Holy Eucharist by Rev. Fr. George Paulose in Tampa.

Funeral arrangements will be conveyed as soon as they are finalized. Please remember the departed soul of our beloved Achen and his extended family in your prayers.  May the memory of Very Rev. Dr. M.E. Idiculla Cor Episcopa be eternal!

Pictures from Church Picnic


Holy Qurbana to end Shunoyo Fast - Fri., August 15th @ 6:30pm

A Holy Qurbana is scheduled for Friday, August 15th at 6:30pm to end the Shunoyo Fast (Assumption of St. Mary).  Please plan to attend with your family.


The Theotokos had now reached an advanced age. Her fervent and unceasing desire was to leave the body and be with her beloved Son and God. The Mother of God did not fear death, nor did she seek to avoid it. She knew that death had already been overcome by her Son and God. At that time she still lived in the house of John the Evangelist on Mount Sion. She often went from there to the Mount of Olives to offer fervent prayers. As she was thus praying on the Mount of Olives that the Lord quickly take her to heaven, there appeared before her the archangel Gabriel and disclosed to the Theotokos the following: “Thus says your Son: The days are approaching when I will take My Mother unto Me”. Thus the Virgin heard those much longed for words which she received with gladness.

St. Thomas Day and Church Perunal Celebrations - July 6th

The St. Thomas Day and Church Perunal will be held on Sunday, July 6th.  We will be having a Mooninmel Qurbana for the celebration.  H.G. Dr. Gabriel Mar Gregorios, Metropolitan of Trivandrum Diocese, will be our chief celebrant for Holy Qurbana assisted by H.G. Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan of Bangalore Diocese and three other achens.

Please don’t miss this occasion and plan to attend with your family.


Mother of Sodharan Varughese Has Passed Away in India

We are very saddened to inform you that the mother of Sodharan Varughese, Ammini Idiculla, Aswathi George and Vilasini Simon, has passed away today.  Sodharan will be going to India for the funeral services in a few days.  

The St. Thomas Orthodox Church gives our heart-felt condolences Sodharan and all the families.  Please keep them in your daily prayers as they pass through this difficult time.

Funeral Details for Lilly Kochamma's Mother (Rachel Kuruvilla)

Public Viewing: Sunday., June 1st 1:30 – 5pm

Prayer Service: 5-7pm


St. Thomas Catholic Church, Santa Ana
5021 West 16th St.
Santa Ana, CA  92703

Funeral service will be taking place in India

HH Baselios Marthoma Didymus I (Valiya Bava) Enters Eternal Rest

His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Didymos I (valiya Bava), former Catholicos of the East, entered eternal rest on May 26, 2014, at the St Gregorious hospital in Parumala in Kerala.

Baselios Marthoma Didymos was the Catholicos on the Apostolic Throne of St Thomas and Metropolitan of Malankara who lead the ancient Orthodox Church of India from 2005 to 2010. He retired from the throne due to health conditions and was undergoing medical treatment for the past four years.

Catholicos was well known for his prayerful life, piousness and spiritual leadership. Catholicos Baselios Dydimos is succeeded by Catholicos Baselois Paulose II who is currently leading the Church.

Holy Liturgy of Passion Week - Hosanna to Easter (Malayalam, Manglish and English)

Please click the link below to access the full liturgy of Passion Week from Hosanna to Easter. This is very useful for our youth and anyone that cannot read Malayalam.  If you have a tablet, you can download and open the PDF in either iBooks (Apple) or Kindle Fire (Android).

Good Friday (Page 51-213)
Click Here to view Holy Liturgy of Passion Week 

Pictures from Palm Sunday 2014

Wishing everyone a Blessed Palm Sunday from St. Thomas Orthodox Church of Los Angeles.


Holy Qurbana - Fri., April 11th @ 6:30pm

40th Day of Lent and Lazarus Saturday

This is a reminder that there will be Holy Qurbana tomorrow, Friday, April 11th at 6:30pm.  We encourage all our families to attend and participate.

MGOCSM and Sunday School Lenten Retreat and Confession Day - April 5th

A Lenten Retreat for MGOCSM and Sunday School has been scheduled for April 5th at church.  Teachers and students should all participate as per the schedule below.  Dn. Saju Varghese and Fr. Yohannan Panicker will be the leaders.
 
TIME
GROUP/EVENT
1:00 PM
Retreat
MGOCSM and Sunday School (Grades 8 and above)


4:00 PM
Retreat
Sunday School (Grades Pre-KG to 7)


5:30 PM
Holy Confession for all
Charity Project (Grades Pre-KG to 7)
Make hygiene kits for Orange County Rescue Mission


6:30 PM
Evening Prayer
Lenten Message

Father of Jolly Varughese Passes Away in India

We are very saddened to inform you that the father of Mrs. Jolly Varughese (Culver City) has passed away in India early this morning.  Both Sodharan and Jolly were in India when her father passed.  Our prayers go out to Jolly Varughese and her family.  

The St. Thomas Orthodox Church gives our heart-felt condolences to the families.  Please keep them in your daily prayers as they pass through this difficult time.

Great Lent Prayer Meeting - Sat., March 15th @ 6:30pm

A prayer meeting has been scheduled at church this Saturday.  Evening Prayer will begin at 6:30pm and a devotional talk after.  Please make every effort to attend with your family.

If you wish to host a prayer meeting at your home or at the church, please contact Mr. Abraham Mathew, Prayer Coordinator.

Week 2 of Great Fast - Devotional & Scripture

Devotional based on abridged Homilies of St. John Chrysostom “On Fasting” – part 2

For there exist, there really exist, ways which are even more important than abstinence from food which can open the gates which lead to God with boldness. He, therefore, who eats and cannot fast, let him display richer almsgiving, let him pray more, let him have a more intense desire to hear divine words. In this, our somatic illness is not a hindrance.
Let him become reconciled with his enemies, let him distance from his soul every resentment. If he wants to accomplish these things, then he has done the true fast, which is what the Lord asks of us more than anything else. It is for this reason that he asks us to abstain from food, in order to place the flesh in subjection to the fulfillment of his commandments, whereby curbing its impetuousness.
But if we are not about to offer to ourselves the help rendered by the fast because of bodily illness and at the same time display greater indifference, we will see ourselves in an unusual exaggerated way. For if the fast does not help us when all the aforementioned accomplishments are missing so much is the case when we display greater indifference because we cannot even use the medicine of fasting.

CALC Food Sale - Sun., February 23rd


The CAlifornia Leader Camp (CALC) Committee will be holding a food sale this Sunday, February 23 following the Holy Liturgy. We ask that all our families join together with us in this luncheon.  All proceeds will go towards funding of the California Leadership Camp, which will be hosted on July 23-26, 2014. This annual leadership camp of the Mar Gregorios Orthodox Christian Student Movement (MGOCSM) is a great opportunity for the young generation of the United States to be trained as future leaders of our communities and churches. We ask that you keep the progress of CALC in your prayers, and we appreciate all aspects of support that you have provided us.

MMVS Meeting - Sat., January 25th @ 4pm

The first meeting for MMVS of this year will be held on Saturday, January 25th from 4 to 6 pm at the Church. Very Rev. K.O. Philip Cor-episcopa will preside the meeting and give a devotional talk.  

Also, there will be a cooking class after the meeting mainly for our young adults.  For the cooking class, Mrs. Aleyamma Mathew will teach how to make Kerala style Fish Curry.  All the ladies are invited.

Mrs. Susan (Ammukutty) Varughese's Sister Passes Away

We are very saddened to inform you that the sister of Mrs. Susan (Ammukutty) Varughese, has passed away in India this evening. There will be a prayer meeting at the home of Mathew Varughese (Viji) tomorrow, Tuesday at 6:30pm. Please join us for the prayer.  

The St. Thomas Orthodox Church gives our heart-felt condolences to the family.  Please keep the family in your daily prayers as they pass through this difficult time.

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