Centralized Written Competitions - October 22nd

The Sunday School Centralized Written Competitions will be held Sunday, October 22nd.  The competition topics and guidelines are below for your reference.  The drawing competition will be from 9am - 9:45am so please arrive early.  All the other categories will be held after the Holy Qurbana.

Topics and Guidelines

Deadline for Registration:
 Sun., October 8th

Registration Form

Sunday School Begins September 10th @ 9am

The 2017-18 Sunday School year will begin on Sunday, September 10th at 9am.  All children 3 years and older should be attending our Sunday School.  If you haven't registered your child, please fill out the form below with all the details.  Please remember to bring your children on time.

If you have any questions, please contact Mathew Varughese.

REGISTER YOUR CHILD

ONAM FEAST - Sunday, September 3rd

An Onam feast is being coordinated after the Holy Qurbana on Sunday, September 3rd. If you have our traditional Kerala style outfits, please wear to church.

 Women/Girls – Kerala sari, churidhar or white/light colored dress
 Men/Boys – Mundu/Jubba

Mr. Lalu Kurian and Mrs. Saramma John are coordinating the food for the feast, so if you would like to help in any way, please contact them so we can make it a success.  We request all members to attend and participate.

CHURCH PICNIC - Cerritos Park East, Sat., August 19th @ 8:30am


The church picnic is scheduled for Saturday, August 19th at Cerritos Park East. There will be lots of fun and games along with food for everyone. This is a time for all of us to close the Summer and enjoy some family time together. The cost for the picnic is $5/person.  Please click on the RSVP link below and sign-up your family so we can plan the event better.

Time: 8:30am
Location: Cerritos Park East, Cerritos, Shelter #3
Address: 13234 166th Street., Cerritos CA 90703
Click here for directions
Click here to RSVP

Prayer Meeting - K.C. Varughese (Camarillo), Friday, July 21 @ 6pm

A prayer meeting has been scheduled at Mr. K.C. Varughese's home in Camarillo.  We request all families that can attend to join with the family in prayer.

Date:  Friday, July 21st
Time:  6PM

Address:
330 Calle Converse
Camarillo, CA 93010

Funeral Details for Aleyamma Varghese (Camarillo)

MOTHER OF SUSAN VARUGHESE (MOLLY – CAMARILLO) PASSES AWAY 

We are very saddened to inform you that Mrs. Aleyamma Varghese, mother of Mrs. Susan Varughese (Camarillo), entered into eternal rest.  Please see the viewing and funeral service details below.

On behalf of the parish, we express our deepest condolences and prayers to the family. We pray that God Almighty grant eternal rest to the departed soul. Please keep the family in your prayers as they pass through this difficult time.

Viewing/Funeral Services:
Saturday, July 22nd, 1pm
Griffin Family Funeral Chapel
1075 E Daily Dr,
Camarillo, CA 93010




Burial Service/Final Resting Place 
Saturday, July 22nd at 2:30pm 
Conejo Mountain Memorial Park
2052 Howard Rd.
Camarillo CA 93012

The family requests all to join in refreshments at the home after the  burial service.
330 Calle Converse
Camarillo, CA 93010

2017 OVBS, July 28-30

The 2017 OVBS will be held at our church from Friday, July 28 to Sunday, July 30.  Please register your children by using the link below by July 21. We need everyone to register on-time so we can plan and prepare properly. Please make sure to include your child's t-shirt size correctly while you register.  All 12th graders and above will be volunteers so if you would like to help, please contact Mathew Varughese.

Theme:  “Do good to one another”
- 1 Thessalonians 5:15

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

Sunday - After Holy Qurbana

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

8th Annual Diocesan Day Celebration - June 11

As we celebrate our 8th Annual Diocesan Day, a brochure has been prepared by the Diocese for all our families.  Please click the link below to view the brochure. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW DIOCESAN BROCHURE

Sunday School Final Exam - June 11th @ 9am

The Final Exam will take place on Sunday, June 11th at 9am.  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.

Feast of Pentecost - Sun., June 4th @ 8:30am

The Holy Feast of Pentecost will be celebrated on Sunday, June 4th.  The morning prayer will begin at 8:30am followed by Holy Qurbana.  Please plan to attend early with your family.

Sunday School
No classes will be held on Sunday, June 4th due to Pentecost Service.  Final exam will be held on June 11th so please prepare your children and plan to arrive before 9am.  If you have any questions please contact your child's teacher or Mathew Varughese.

Bala Balika Samajam Meeting
A meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, June 4th after the Holy Qurbana.  Please encourage your children to attend and participate.


Happy Easter!

Christ is Risen! Indeed He has Risen! On behalf of the St. Thomas Orthodox Church of Los Angeles, we wish you and your family a blessed and Happy Easter!

Holy Week Schedule

DATE/TIME
SERVICE/EVENT
Saturday, April 8
6:00 PM
Evening Prayer & Devotional Address
Fr. Dr. John Thomas, Karingattil 
Theological Seminary, Kottayam

Palm Sunday, April 9
8:30 AM
Holy Qurbana (Palm Sunday/Hosanna)
(Lunch will be served)
No Sunday School

Monday, April 10
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Confession
Evening Prayer/Devotional Talk

Tuesday, April 11
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Confession
Evening Prayer/Devotional Talk

Wednesday, April 12
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
6:30 PM


Confession
Holy Qurbana & Passover Service
Friday, April 14
9:00 AM
Good Friday Service
(Traditional Kanji will be served)

Saturday, April 15
9:00 AM
Holy Saturday Service
(Remember all departed)

Sunday, April 16
8:00 AM
Holy Qurbana & Easter Service
Easter Egg Hunting for children
(Lunch will be served)
No Sunday School

South Region Prayer Meeting at Home of K.M. Mathew, Placentia - March 18

A Lenten Prayer Meeting has been scheduled for the South Region at the home of Mr. K.M. Mathew and family in Placentia on Saturday, March 18th at 6:30pm.  The family invite all members in the region to attend the prayer meeting.

Address:
1202 N. Ventana Ln.
Placentia, CA 92870
Phone No. (714) 646-9590

If you would like to host a prayer meeting at your home or at church, please contact Mrs. Annie Mathew, Prayer Coordinator.

Sunday School & MGOCSM Volunteer Event - Sat., March 25th

There will be a volunteering event during our Great Lent for the Sunday School and MGOCSM on Saturday, March 25th from 8:30am to 10:30am.  Please be on time since this is our time slot for our group.  This is an opportunity for us to give back to the community so don't miss out.  We request all students 5th grade and above to participate.  Adults are always welcome so please join with your children.  We request everyone to register online so we can provide a count to the coordinators.

REGISTER FOR EVENT

Lenten Prayer Meeting at Church - Sat., March 11th @ 6:30pm

A Prayer Meeting will be held at church on Saturday, March 11th. The prayer meeting is hosted by Dious Mathew and family.  Please make every effort to attend and participate in the Lenten Prayer Meeting.  The family invites all members to attend.

If you would like to schedule a prayer meeting either at your home or at church, please contact Mrs. Annie Mathew.

Bala Balika Samajam Meeting - Mar. 5th after Holy Qurbana

There will be a Bala Balika Samajam monthly meeting after the Holy Qurbana on Sunday, March 5th.  We request all young children to be present and participate in all the activities.

First Sunday of 50 days Lent (Kothine Sunday) - Feb 26th

Pethratha of the Great Lent

The Great Lent starts by commemorating the first miracle performed by Jesus i.e. turning water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana of Galilee. The Gospel reading for each Sunday of the Great Lent is about a miracle performed by Jesus.

Evening
St. John 3: 1- 6

Morning
St. Luke 16: 1-18

Before Holy Qurbana
Exodus 20: 1-21
Joel 2: 12-20
Isaiah 58: 5-14

Holy Qurbana
Acts 11: 19-26
OR
Revelations 2: 1 -7
Colossians 3: 1- 17
St. John 2: 1-11

Great Lent Prayer Book

Please download the Great Lent Prayer Book using the URL below. You can print copies for your family and use for the daily family prayers.

Great Lent Prayer Book

Feast of Vattasseril Thirumeni & Makarios Thirumeni

Feast Day: February 23rd


St. Geevarghese Mar Dionysius Vattasseril

Vattasseril Geevarghese Mar Dionysius is popularly known as Malankara Sabha Bhasuran (The Great Luminary of Malankara Orthodox Church) which our Church has bestowed on him in recognition of his rich contribution to Malankara Orthodox Church. Vattasseril Thirumeni was a man of prayer, determination and dynamism. He was a saint who never stooped before falsehood.

As our Church pays its profound respects to the sacred memory of Mar Dionysius VI, it should dedicate itself to follow his example and build on what he had begun. May the remembrance of his saintly life be a blessing to the Church as a whole and to its members individually.

H.G. Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios

He was instrumental in the growth of our church and have been part of many of our lives.  Let us all pray and remember the great things he has blessed us with on this special day.  May his memory live with us forever.

The Stream - Diocesan Newsletter for 2017

Please click on the link below to view the Diocesan Stream.

The Stream

Holy Qurbana - Wed., Feb 8th @ 6:30pm (Ending 3-Day Nineveh Fast)

There will be a Holy Qurbana on Wednesday, February 8th at 6:30pm for the ending of the Nineveh (3 Day) Fast.  Please make every effort to attend and inform any members in your area.

The fast of Nineveh is a three-day lent recognized by the Orthodox Church. During this fast, we remember the three days Prophet Jonah spent in the belly of a large fish as penance for his disobedience to God and the atonement of the sinful city of Nineveh.

During these three days, we should look at our lives and show remorse for our disobedient natures and follow in the footsteps of Prophet Jonah and the people of Nineveh.  As with all other fasts/lents of the Holy church, the fast of Nineveh is observed by refraining from the intake of all dairy and meat products.

May the Lord God accept your prayers, repentance and fasting. May He reward you and shower His blessing upon you.

Sunday School Mid-Terms - Sun., January 29th

Sunday School Mid-Terms will be held on Sunday, January 29th from 9am to 9:50am.  Please prepare your children and bring them to church on time. 

If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or Mathew Varughese, Principal.

Sunday School Re-Starts January 8th

Sunday School will resume on Sunday, January 8th at 9am.  Please make sure to bring your children on time and arrive by 8:45am. 

Sunday School Mid-Terms will be held on Sunday, January 29th.  Please mark your calendars and prepare your children for the exam.

Baptism of our Lord (Danaha Perunal) - Thu., Jan. 5th @ 6:30pm

Danaha Perunal (Epiphany - The Baptism of our Lord) is on January 6th, however we will have the service on Thursday, January 5th along with the Holy Qurbana. The Danaha Service will start at 6:30pm.

Please make every effort to attend with your family.