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Brief History of Malad Parish In the middle of 20th century, there was an exodus of Syrian Christians to other parts of India either in search of job, business or studies. Accordingly a large number of Syrian Christians landed in Mumbai. The only place of worship was at St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Cathedral at Dadar and the people who were scattered all over Western Suburb felt it very inconvenience to attend the Sunday Mass at Dadar and also for their spiritual needs. Accordingly a band of dedicated Orthodox Syrian Christians started a Sunday School in the year 1958 at the residence of Mr. P. K. Joshua at Goregaon (W). Subsequently X’mas Carol groups were formed and further Youth League were formed steer-up the activities of Orthodox Syrian Christians spread over right from Vile Parle to Virar.

The idea of having a separate Parish was noted out in the minds of devotees and a committee was formed in the month of September, 1962 under the able leadership and guidance of late Rev. Fr. K. K. Punnoose (Later Lamented H. G. Dr. Stephanos Mar Theodosius). A request was made to Dadar Parish to provide a separate service in Western Suburb and eventually the first Service was celebrated on St. Thomas Day in 1967 at St, Thomas Church (Roman Catholic School Hall at Goregaon (E)) The first service was celebrated by late Rev. Fr. C. V. John, the then Vicar of St. Mary’s O. S. Church at Dadar. This practice was continued till 1970 and an ad-hoc committee was formed to find out suitable place of worship and to construct separate parish building for that purpose.

Further, a memorandum was submitted to the Metropolitan, Outside Kerala, H. G. (Dr.) Mathews Mar Athanasius and ultimately the request was considered sympathetically and a separate parish was formed vide Kaplana No. 551/71 dated 28/12/1970 and Rev. Fr. P. Philipose was appointed as the first Parish priest of St. Thomas Orthodox. Syrian Church, Malad (W). On 17/1/1971 the First Mass was celebrated and First General Body Meeting was held on 31/1/1971 and the office bearers and area-wise committee members were elected with the ultimate aim of finding out a suitable place to construct a Church building.

The General Body held on 25/7/197 entrusted late Shri M. M. Mathai then the Chairman, to purchase a plot of land and accordingly a piece of land at Chincholi, Malad (W) was purchased at a total cost Rs.56,000/- admeasuring 1981 sq. yards (wherein the present beautiful church was constructed and consecrated on 5/2/1910 & 6/2/2010). The Foundation Stone was laid on 12/2/1972 by the then Diocesan Metropolitan late lamanted H. G. Mathews Mar Athanasius – the construction was started on 9/9/1972 and completed within a record time of one year and it was consecrated on 19/8/1973. Time has passed with its length and breath, the stability of the church bldg. started deteriorating and the General Body held in the month of March, 1999, decided to reconstruct the church and to add four more storeys to the existing school building. Mr. K. Abraham Baby was unanimously elected as the General Convenor of the project.

The old church bldg. was demolished and reconstruction work along with the extension of school bldg. was started. The ‘Kurisumthotti’ was also renovated with a magnificent ‘Kodimaram’ and ‘Kalvilakku’. The consecration of church and ‘kurisumthotti” was celebrated on 5th & 6th Feb. 2010 by H. B. Paulose Mar Milithios, the Catholicate Designate later our H. H. Moran Mar Baselius Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicose of the East and Malankara Metropolitan along with H. G. Thomas Mar Athansios, Chengannur Diocese, H. G. (Dr.) Mathews Mar Sevarious, Kandanad Diocese and H. G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Bombay Diocese.

 

REPORT OF ALL THE SPIRITUAL  ORGANISATIONS – IN SHORT

Spiritual Organizations offers a valuable platform to all members of parish irrespective of age or gender to learn, explore, strengthen and imbibe our faith and orthodoxy culture by enrolling themselves. We are glad to report that the organisations such as Sunday school, Marthmariam Vanita Samajam (MMVS), Mar Gregorios Orthodox Christian Students

Movement (M.G.O.C.S.M), Youth Movement, Elders Fellowship, AMOSS and Church Choir are actively functioning in our church.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

A team of dedicated teachers ( our Parish members) conduct the classes every Sunday after the Holy Qurbana. There are eleven classes from Nursery to Std. X with a strength of 150 students and 14 teachers. All the children attending the classes are provided with light refreshment on every Sunday after the Holy Qurbana. The Half yearly and Annual Examinations are conducted in the month of July and December respectively. Students securing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the final (Annual) examinations are felicitated and awarded with Prizes and Trophies. The students and teachers receive the Holy Qurbana on their special occasions. Many times our unit has hosted the zonal level One Day Conference, “A Day with Thirumeni” in the presence of our Diocesan Metropolitan, H. G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, etc. Our students participated and performed excellently in all Zonal and Diocesan level competitions and won many prizes.

 

Orthodox Vacation Bible School (OVBS), a part of Sunday school activity, we conduct OVBS during Diwali vacation.  Around 100 students and 15 teachers actively participating. Decon from Nagpur St. Thomas Theological Seminary leads the programme along with our vicar. We are grateful Headmistress, teachers for this great endeavor of imparting the Christian principles to our children and also extend our appreciation to the parents and all other members for their continuous support provided for the Sunday school activities. One day retreat for Sunday School children during Great Lent; 100 students attended the session and undergo Holy Confession.

MARTHMARIAM VANITHA SAMAJAM (MMVS)

MMVS stands for the spiritual and social nourishment of the lady members of our church. Besides having their monthly meeting on 4th Sunday of every month after the Holy Qurbana, as per request, they also conducted the cottage meetings on every 2nd Saturday at the residence of Samajam members. Special prayer meetings were also conducted in the houses of members who were sick. Every year, the MMVS celebrates Vanitha Dinam. On that day, Old Testament reading and Vachana Sishrusha were performed by MMVS members. On the same day, they organise some special activities also.

 

Usual this year also our member’s alongwith members of MGOCSM and Youth Movement under the guidance of Vicar Rev. Fr. Jacob Thomas visited Dehu Road Balikagram and spent good time with the inmates. The needy members of our Parish as well as outsiders were provided with necessary aid / assistance during the year.

Our unit participated in several competitions including a talent competition. We are happy to report that Mrs. Sally Mathew secured 1st rank (Akhila Malankara) and Mrs.Aleyamma Yohannan was 2nd Rank (Diocesesan level Super senior).  

MAR GREGORIOS ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN STUDENTS MOVEMENT (M.G.O.C.S.M.)

Regular meetings are held on every Sundays immediately after the Holy Qurbana which includes Songs, Bible study & discussion on various topics of interest.

Other activity:

  • They publish on yearly named “Manna” in every month of July.
  • Organized Diocesan level Dance competition (Elan 2011) at this parish on Biblical/Christian topics.
  • Every year a joint seminar of students of SSC & HSC was held with a special class on Personality Development, pressure and stress, effective communication, etc.
  • Every year our students celebrate ‘Easter’ & ‘Christmas’ with street children at YMCA, Juhu.  The students also perform some variety entertainment and thereafter had dinner with them.
  • This year also our students group visited the homes of children of our parish appearing for their SSC & HSC examinations and offered prayers for their success. Our students also participated in the leadership camp, Regional and Annual conferences, cricket & football tournaments conducted at the zonal and diocesan level.

YOUTH MOVEMENT

The Malad unit of Youth Movement meets every Sunday after the Holy Qurbana. The total number of members in the youth movement is 35 and increasing every

year. This year, the unit of our parish, actively participated in Social and welfare services of the trust. The arrangement implemented by youth movement of providing refreshments to all after the Holy Qurbana from the contributions made by church members is a huge success and is carried on till date. The youth movement took the initiative to build a beautiful shelf which is visible in the centre of the church to place the Qurbana Kramam in an orderly fashion. Further, this year too our unit undertook the initiative to conduct “ONAM SADHYA” to all members of parish in co-ordination with other spiritual organization.

 As a part of the social responsibilities, the youth movement organized a One Day visit to Ballikagram in Dehu Road on 26th January 2012, which included the MGOCSM, MMVS and also o