Mother of H.G. Alexios Mar Eusebius Passes Away

We are very saddened to inform you that Mrs. Chinnamma Daniel, (82 yrs), wife of Late. Y. Daniel and beloved mother of our H.G. Alexios Mar Eusebius Metropolitan entered in to eternal abode last night.  Funeral service will be at St. George Orthodox Church, Puthoor on Thursday noon. Orthodox TV will broadcast the Funeral service.

On behalf of the parish, we express our deepest condolences and prayers to our beloved Thirumeni and the bereaved family Members. We pray that God Almighty grant eternal rest to the departed soul. Please keep Thirumeni and his family in your prayers.

The live stream of the Funeral services will be held tonight, Wednesday, December 21st at 8:30pm (IST Thursday 9.00 AM).

The website:  www.venadtv.com

2016 Christmas Service

The Christmas Service will begin at 8:30am on Sunday.  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!

2016 Christmas Program - Sat., December 17th

Our 2016 Miracle of Christmas Program will be held on Saturday, December 17th at 4pm, in Norwalk. Please make sure to let your family and friends know and invite them to attend.  More details to follow soon.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help out, please contact Mr. Winson Varghese, Program Coordinator.

Location:
Matiya Patidar Center
15311 Pioneer Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650

Christmas Carol Schedule for 2016

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Artesia, Norwalk, Bellflower, Lakewood, Cerritos, Cypress, Buena Park, La Palma, Stanton, Long Beach, Los Alamitos and nearby areas.

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Carson, Harbor City, Lomita, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Irvine, Foothill Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita and nearby areas.

Saturday, December 10, 2016 [MGOCSM]
Chatsworth, Northridge, Sherman Oaks, Lake Balboa, Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura, Glendale, Arcadia, Culver City, Los Angeles and nearby areas.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Santa Fe Springs, Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Fullerton, Placentia, Brea, Yorba Linda, Chino Hills, Corona, Upland, Fontana, Loma Linda, Rialto and nearby areas. 

Tuesday Viewing and Service for Mr. Polachira Mathai at 5:30pm

Tuesday evening Viewing (Wake) and Funeral Service can be viewed by Live Stream using the below link starting at 5:30pm pacific time.

Tuesday, November 15
05:30-08:30pm – Public Viewing (Wake)

Location:
St. John Coptic Orthodox Church
21329 E. Cienega Ave, Covina, CA

http://www.mystjohn.org/live-stream-2/

Funeral Details for Mr. Polachira Mathai

We are very saddened to inform you of the passing of one of our dearest members, Mr. Polachira Mathai, Upland, on Wednesday, November 9th. Please keep aunty, Maya, Aby and the children in your prayers as they pass through this difficult time.

Prayer meeting and funeral details are below.

Saturday, November 12
05:00pm – Evening Prayer
Location: 2025 Sunnycreek Court, Upland

Sunday, November 13
05:00pm – Prayer Meeting;
Location: 2025 Sunnycreek Court, Upland



Monday, November 14

06:00pm – Evening Prayer;
Location: 2025 Sunnycreek Court, Upland

Tuesday, November 15
05:30-08:30pm – Public Viewing (Wake)
Location:
St. John Coptic Orthodox Church
21329 E. Cienega Ave, Covina, CA

Wednesday, November 16
10:00-10:45am – Funeral Service
Location:
St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Los Angeles
14121 Coteau Dr., Whittier, CA 90604

There will be police escort from the St. Thomas Church to Forest Lawn Cemetery (Covina).

12:00-12:30 – Burial

Location:
Forest Lawn Cemetery – Covina Hills
21300 Via Verde Dr., Covina, CA 91724

Lunch to be provided afterwards at:
Forest Lawn Cemetery
(21300 Via Verde Dr., Covina, CA 91724)

Holy Qurbana - Feast of the Holy Cross, Wed., September 14th @ 6:30pm

In September we are at the ‘Sleeba Perunnal’, the feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the instrument of salvation, on the 14th. This feast marks the discovery of the Holy Cross on which our Lord was crucified. In Greek and Latin this feast is called the ‘Exaltation of the Holy Cross of our Lord’. All Oriental Orthodox Christians, especially the Armenians and the Ethiopians observe this festival with utmost devotion, although the Ethiopians celebrate this feast on Meskel (the Holy Cross) day as per their Julian calendar tradition.

Holy Qurbana to End 8 Day Fast - Wed., Sept. 7th @ 6:30pm

Nativity of the Theotokos

There will be a special Holy Qurbana to end the 8 day fast on Wednesday, September 7th at 6:30pm.  Please make every effort to attend and get the blessings.

Read more about this Fast

2016 Retreat Schedule

FRIDAY (September 2nd)
6:00 PM
Evening Prayer
6:30 PM
Introducing the Theme, Rev. Fr. P.C. George
7:30 PM
Dinner
SATURDAY (September 3rd)
10:00 AM
Prayer
10:15 AM
Morning Session, Rev. Fr. P.C. George & Dn. Saju Varghese
11:45 AM
Noon Prayer
12:00 PM
Lunch
1:00 PM
Afternoon Session, Rev. Fr. P.C. George & Dn. Saju Varghese
3:00 PM
Confession/Absolution
3:45 PM
Coffee Break
4:00 PM
Evening Prayer
SUNDAY (September 4th )
9:00 AM
Morning Prayer
9:45 AM
Holy Qurbana and Retreat Concluding Session
12:15 PM
Lunch

Church Retreat - Fri., Sept 2 - Sun., Sept 4th

Our Church Retreat will be held at our Parish from Friday, September 2nd to Sunday, September 4th.
We are so blessed to have renowned speaker, Rev. Fr. P.C. George, St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Detroit to lead the retreat. We encourage all our families to attend.

Registration fee will be $20 per person (above 3 years)

Theme: A Great Cloud of Witnesses (Hebrews 12:1)

For registration and further details, please contact Mr. Jijo Koshy, Retreat Coordinator at (310) 325-1104.

Fr. Joel Mathews Visits LA - Aug. 21st

Fr. Joel Mathew will be visiting Los Angeles and will celebrate Holy Qurbana on Sunday, August 21st.   He is currently the Assistant Vicar of St. Thomas Cathedral, Houston.  Please plan to attend and with your family.

2016 OVBS - August 5-7


The 2016 OVBS will be held at our church from Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7.  Please bring your children on time.

Theme:  “Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy.”
- Psalm 43:4

Schedule:
Friday - 9:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday - 10:30am - 4:30pm

Sunday - After Holy Qurbana

Holy Qurbana (Feast of Transfiguration) - Friday., August 5th @ 6:30pm

A special Holy Qurbana will be held to celebrate the Transfiguration of Our Lord on Friday, August 5th at 6:30pm.   Please make every effort to attend this special Qurbana.

Please read more details about the Transfiguration of our Lord.

Prayer Meeting - Sat., July 16th @ 6:30pm at Church

There will be a prayer meeting on Saturday, July 16th at 6:30pm.  Prayer meeting is hosted by Mr. MathewVarughese and family.  The family invites all our members to attend.

St. Thomas Day flag hoisting will be held after the prayer meeting.  

Harvest Day - Sunday, July 17th

This is a reminder that we will have our Harvest Day celebration along with the St. Thomas Day Perunal this Sunday after the Holy Qurbana. We request all our families to participate and bring any items harvested at your home or wish to donate.

Prayer Meeting - Sat., July 9th Culver City

This is a reminder that a prayer meeting will be held at Mr. V. Mathai's home today at 6:30pm in Culver City. The family invites all our families to attend. 

3443 McManus Ave. 
Culver City, CA 90230

Prayer Meeting Saturday - June 25th @ 6:30pm

H.G. Yuhanon Mar Meletius, Metropolitan of Thrissur Diocese, will be visiting our church on Saturday and Sunday.  There will be a prayer meeting on Saturday evening and Holy Qurbana on Sunday at normal time.  

Prayer meeting is hosted by Mr. Abraham Varughese and family.  The family invites all our members to attend.  Please make sure to attend with your family and get Thirumeni's Blessings. 

MMVS Meeting - Sun., June 12th

The next MMVS meeting will be held on Sunday, June 12th after the Holy Qurbana.  We request all women to attend and participate.

Please contact Mrs. Reni Mathew, Secretary, for more information.

Feast of Ascension Holy Qurbana - Wed., May 4th @ 6:30pm

A Holy Qurbana will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 4th at 6:30pm to celebrate the Feast of Holy Ascension.  Please make every effort to attend the Service and pass the information to our members in your area.

The Church celebrates the feast of Ascension on the 40th day after the resurrection of our Lord from the dead. The Ascension feast is one of the seven Major Feasts of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Ascension feast is where our Lord Jesus Christ ascended by His own divine power into heaven. He ascended in the flesh in a glorified manner to the highest heaven and sat on the right hand of the Father—at the right hand of the power of God.


Diocesan Counseling Survey

Our Diocese's Department of Counseling wants to address the mental health needs within our community better, therefore, please complete this short anonymous survey as honestly and completely as possible.

PLEASE help us get a better understanding of all the issues facing you and your families.

Click on this survey link!

Sunday School General Assembly - Sun., April 17th

A Sunday School General Assembly will be held on Sunday, April 17th after the Holy Qurbana.  This will be an opportunity for our children to share what they learn in their classes as well as discuss the upcoming Sunday School Activities.  All students, teachers and parents are requested to attend.

Our children are the greatest gift that God has given us!

Lenten Retreat - Sat., March 19th 10am-3pm

Please join us for our Lenten Retreat that's scheduled for Saturday, March 19th from 10am to 3pm at church.  Rev. Fr. Phillipose Sakharia from Kollam, Kerala, will be our guest for the Lenten Retreat and Holy Week.  Please prepare to take Holy Confession during this day after the Retreat.

An evening prayer will also be held at 6:30pm.

Please click below to view the 2016 Lenten Schedule.
2016 Lenten Schedule

Confession Day - Sat., March 12th @ 10am

A confession day has been scheduled on Saturday, March 12th at 10am. 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.

Mid-Lent Service - Wed., March 2nd @ 6:30pm

There will be a Mid-Lent Holy Qurbana on Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:30pm. Please make every effort to attend this Special Service.

This is the day we erect the Golgotha in the middle of the church. There are several significances to the erection of Golgotha.

The Bible Reading says: "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3: 14-15. Jesus predicted his eventual crucifixion to his disciples in this verse.
Moses lifted up the bronze serpent in the middle of the desert (wilderness) around the middle of the Exodus, the journey of the Israelites from slavery to their promised land. He lifted up the serpent so that those who are bitten by the snake might look at it and have life. Similarly the cross (Jesus) is lifted up in the middle of the church so that we are reminded that those who are bitten by sin can look at Jesus and gain eternal life by the Him.

The Golgotha and erection of cross in the middle of the church also signifies that God came down from heaven and dwelt among us in this world. This is why the Golgotha is in the middle of the church with us, the common folks, and not in the Madbaha as we normally expect to find it. It is going to be in the middle of the church till Good Friday (representing the Public Ministry of Jesus) when it will be taken to Calvary and then buried. On Easter, Jesus will rise from the dead and then the cross will be placed in the Madbaha for another 40 days till the Feast of Ascension. Between the Easter and Ascension, Jesus only revealed to selected people (no public ministry as earlier), so the veiled cross will be seen only in the Madbaha during this time.

Great Lent Canned Food Drive - Ends March 20th

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 20th. 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.

First FOCUS Meeting - Sat., February 13th @ 4pm

A meeting for the FOCUS group has been scheduled for this Saturday, February 13th from 4-6pm at church.  Please plan to attend!  For more information, please contact Mr. George Mathew (Madhu) 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.


MGOCSM/Youth League Meeting - Sun., Jan. 24th

The MGOCSM/Youth League will be having a meeting on Sunday, January 24th after the Holy Qurbana to elect new office bearers and also to plan out activities for 2016.

Please remind and encourage our youths to participate and help them to make a difference. For more information, please contact Mr. Roy George, MGOCSM Coordinator.