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Obituary: Mrs. Thankamma Philip

It is with deepest regret we inform you of the passing of our Mrs. Thankamma Philip, Mother of Mrs. Omana Zachariah. There will be a memorial prayer held at the Zachariah residence, tonight, Friday 8/1/2014 at 7pm.
Address:28793 Hearthstone, Novi, MI 48377
Please keep the bereaving family in your prayers and May God give them strength and healing during this most difficult time.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give your rest.” St. Mathew 11:28 OSB

Obituary: Mrs. Mariamma Chacko

It is with a sorrowful heart that I inform you of the passing of Mrs. Mariamma Chacko, the mother of our Member Mr. John Chacko.
She passed away at the age of 79 and is survived by 5 children. Mr. John Chacko, wife Mrs. Mary Chacko (Veena) and son Alex Chacko are currently in Kerala. There will be a memorial prayer held after Qurbana this Sunday, July 6.
Please keep the bereaving family in your prayers and May God give them strength and healing during this most difficult time.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His holy ones.” Psalms 115: 5 OSB

Obituary: Mr. C. V. John

It is with a sorrowful heart that we inform you of the passing of Mr. C. V. John, the father of our Member Mr. Abey C. John.  Mr. C. V. John was a Managing Committee Member of the Kollam Diocese and a University Register at Mahatma Gandhi University. He passed away of age related issues at the age of 70.  Mr. Abey John will be leaving for Kerala tomorrow and the funeral is scheduled for Saturday.
Please keep the bereaving family in your prayers and May God give them strength and healing during this most difficult time.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His holy ones.” Psalms 115:5 OSB

Obituary: Mr. E.G. Yohannan

It is with deep regret, we inform you about the demise of Mr. E.G Yohannan, Uncle of Mrs. Annamma George. Please keep the bereaving family in your prayers.
Viewing Schedule is as follows:
02-02-2014 (Sunday)
Time  : 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where : Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home
13650 E. 15 Mile Road
Sterling Hgts., MI 48312
02-03-2014 (Monday)
Time : 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Where : St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Church
730 E Auburn Road
Rochester Hills Michigan – 48307
Funeral will be at Kerala, India.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. St. Matthew 5:4

St. Thomas Detroit Celebrates its 35th Annual Perunal & Convention

On July 6th and 7th, 2013, St. Thomas Orthodox Church of India, Warren celebrated its annual feast of its Patron Saint, St. Thomas the Apostle in addition to its 35th Church Perunal and Convention. His Grace Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan of the Bengaluru Diocese, was the chief celebrant for the blessed weekend.
On Saturday, July 6th, the evening began with evening prayer followed with a devotional message by thirumeni. He reminded us of the importance of celebrating the feast of our Patron Saint each year. Thirumeni also taught us about the unique qualities of St. Thomas that are important to remember when celebrating his blessed feast.
Following the devotional, members of the St. Thomas Chenda group performed a Chenda Melam for everyone. Seraphim thirumeni inaugurated this performance with a brief message on the purpose of chendas. He taught us that in olden days, before the days of microphones and speaker systems, chendas were used to announce things of importance by kings or other public figures. It is a part of the traditional Kerala culture that our malayalee faithful participate in. He also told us that while some may choose to separate culture and religion, it is wrong and we should intertwine the two. He was very supportive of the members of the Chenda group encouraging them to continue using their talents to bring glory to the Kingdom of God. The performance was greatly enjoyed by all. A special thank you goes out to all of the organizers and members of the St. Thomas Chenda group.
To end the night, fireworks were launched into the sky and children enjoyed playing with sparklers. Despite the light rain, the beautiful colors lighting up the sky were still a great way to end the celebratory evening.
On Sunday, July 7th, festivities continued with Holy Qurbana celebrated by His Grace Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim, followed by a rasa. All members of the congregation participated in this colorful parade including around the church. Upon return to the church, members that are 70 years of age and above were honored with a special ceremony. It was a first for the church, but hopefully remains a tradition for years to come. These members were the foundation of St. Thomas, Warren and their hard work and dedication to the church is truly appreciated. The members honored include: Mr. John Panicker, Mr. Mathew Panicker, Mr. Chacko Abraham, Mr. Stephen Kuruvilla, Mr. George Thomas, Mrs. Gracy Thomas, Mrs. Ammini Yesudas, Mrs. Aleyamma Parekh, Mr. James Parekh, Mr. Samuel Mathew Sr. In addition, following people were honored this year, but weren’t able to attend the event: Dr. Jacob Ninan, Mr. Mangalasseril Allan, Mr. P.J. Thomas, Mrs. Leelamma John, Mrs. Gracy Philip, Mrs. Annamma Panicker. Thirumeni adorned each honorable member with a special Ponnada and Rev. Fr. Philip Jacob gifted each individual with a small memento as a token of our appreciation. Thank you once again to each of these members for the years of prayers, love and hard work to the church.
The weekend ended with a great luncheon for all followed the annual anniversary of spiritual organizations. The high school graduates of 2013 were also honored. Congratulations to the following individuals for the accomplishments and best wishes for the future endeavors: Mr. Bevin Thomas, Mr. Jeffin Panicker, Ms. Jissa Mathew, Ms. Angela Varghese and Mr. Kenny Manoj.
All glory to God for a blessed and memorable weekend. Special thank you to His Grace Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim for presiding over the events of the weekend, Rev. Fr. Philip Jacob, Rev. Fr. James Cheriyan, all managing committee member s and all those who prayed and helped out for the success of the weekend. A special gratitude to Rev. Dn. Anoop Thomas who was with us through out all the festivities.


 
 
 

Obituary: Mr. V.O. Idiculla

It is with deep regret, I would like to inform you about the passing away of Mr. V.O. Idiculla (73) in India. Mr. V.O. Idiculla is the brother of Mr. Oommen Varapadathu Sr., Mr. V.I Zachariah, Mr. Oommen Idiculla & Mr. V.I Chandy.
Please keep the bereaving family in your prayers and may God give them strength and healing during this most difficult time.

2013 Perunal & Convention

St. Thomas Orthodox Church of India, Detroit will hold its annual Feast of Our Patron Saint, St. Thomas, Church Perunnal and Convention on July 6th & 7th, 2013.  His Grace Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan of the Bengaluru Diocese, will be the chief celebrant for all the events and celebrations.
Our program will start on Saturday with Evening Prayer & Convention followed by Chendamelam & Fireworks.  On Sunday, we will have Holy Qurbana, followed by Rasa & Luncheon.  As part of this years perunnal, we are honoring all of our members that are 70 years old and above with a  special ceremony.
We encourage all the faithful to attend with prayers to receive the blessings through the intercession of St. Thomas the Apostle.
Click here for the Perunnal Flyer

Obituary: Mr. V. M. Zachariah

It is with deep regret, I would like to inform you about the passing away of Mr. V.M. Zachariah(80) in India.  Mr. V.M. Zachariah is the father of Mr. Mathews Zachariah and Mr. Sunil Zachariah.
Please keep the bereaving family in your prayers and may God give them strength and healing during this most difficult time.

Obituary: Mrs. Jini Mathew (1955-2013)

Mrs. Jini Mathew, the fourth child of the late Mr. Abraham Mathew and the late Mrs. Kunjamma Mathew, was fifty-seven years of age.
Her childhood was in Konni, but she was raised in Nilambur (Edakkara). She worked and lived in Mumbai before marrying Mr. Baby Mathew in 1978. They moved as a family to Singapore in 1989, migrated to the U.S. in 1998, and moved to Michigan in 1999. She was a devoted wife and mother who actively participated in church activities. She was a very prayerful woman who valued truth and honesty in everything. Devoting all her time and energies to raising her children brought her immense joy. Her love for others was manifested in every aspect of her life. She enjoyed music, the arts, movies, traveling, cooking and having family & friends over. She was lovingly called “Kochamma” by young and old here in Michigan. Her genuine, kind, loving and forgiving persona will always be remembered.
Mrs. Mathew is survived by her loving husband Mr. Baby Mathew, son Rev. Fr. Mathew T. Mathew (Shaun), and her daughter and son-in-law Mrs. Sharon & Mr. Davis Mathew. She is also survived by three brothers, four sisters and their families.
1/13/2013  – It is with heavy heart and deep regret, that we inform you about the demise of Mrs. Jini Mathew (57) this afternoon at the hospital. Please keep the bereaving family in your prayers and may God grant them strength and healing during this difficult time.
Once the family have finalized the funeral arrangements, we will communicate that out to our everyone.
We will keep this page updated as more information are available.
1/14/2013- Below is the finalized the funeral arrangements for Mrs. Jini Mathew (57) who left us this afternoon to rest with the Lord.
Please continue to keep the bereaving family in your prayers and may God grant them strength and healing during this difficult time.
Tuesday
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Viewing at St. Thomas Orthodox Church of India
Wednesday
7:00 AM –  Morning Prayer
7:30 AM –  Holy Qurbana
9:30 AM –  Funeral Services
10:30 AM –  Procession to Guardian Angel Cemetery
11:00 AM –  Burial Services at Cemetery
1:00 PM –  Luncheon at St. Thomas Orthodox Church of India
Address(s) to all the events:
St. Thomas Orthodox Church of India
2850 Parent Ave.
Warren, MI 48092
(586) 558-4555
Guardian Angel Cemetery
4701 Rochester Road
Rochester, MI – 48306
(248) 601-2900
Again, we continue to ask you to keep the bereaving family in your prayers. Finally, due to limited parking and the expected high traffic during the viewing and funeral procession we encourage everyone to please car pool.

Ordination of Dn. Mathew T Mathew (Shaun) to the Order of Holy Priesthood

By God’s mercy, H.G. Alexios Mar Eusebius has decided to ordain Dn. Mathew T. Mathew (Shaun) to the Holy Priesthood (Kasheesho) on Saturday, December 22, 2012, at our church, with the Puthen Qurbana to be offered the next day. Morning prayer will start at 7:00 AM followed by Holy Qurbana and the Service of Ordination.
Puthen Qurbana will be held on December 23rd, 2012 with Morning Prayer starting at 8:30 AM, followed by Holy Qurbana.

  • Dn. Shaun Mathew is Graduate of Orthodox Theological Seminary, in Kottayam, India
  • Dn. Shaun Mathew was ordained as a  Sub-Deacon (Yaupadiakono) at St. Thomas Orthodox Church of India, Detroit by HG Mathews Mar Barnabas in May 2009
  • Dn. Shaun Mathew was ordained as a  Full-Deacon (Mshamshono) by HG Alexios Mar Eusebios on Feb 12, 2011 at Karmelkunnu church in Piravom, Kerala
  •  In 2012, Dn. Shaun Mathew completed his Master of Arts in Syriac Language and Literature

Please keep Dn. Shaun Mathew in your prayer as he prepares himself to serve our Lord.

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