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September 4, 2011: Sunday School Anniversary

We had our Sunday School Anniversary on Sunday, September 4. There were variety programs from the students and awards for each class. Ms. Ceena Varghese, MTh was the guest speaker and really encouraged the kids.

August 27-28, 2011: Weekend Prayer Meeting & Holy Qurbana Cancelled

As a result of the movement of Hurricane Irene through the Mid-Atlantic and projected flooding, downed trees, and power loss, the Prayer Meeting at Mathew and Shiney's house and Holy Qurbana on Sunday have been cancelled. Plase be safe during this dangerous storm!

August 18-20, 2011: Vacation Bible School!

We will be hosting Vacation Bible School in Virginia on August 18-19 at our current worship location in Clifton. Please contact Merin or Sheela to register.

June 19, 2011: Happy Graduation Day and Happy Father's Day!

The members of St. Mary's recognized all Fathers and the 2011 graduates (Mariam Thomas, Jacob George, Mammen Mathew, and Thomas Chennikara). Special prayers and speeches were delivered on the occassion by Achen and various members. We congratulate all the gradutes and pray for God's blessings and direction in their future. We also pray for all Fathers that God would continue to guide and direct each one.

June 11, 2011: Rousing Area Welcome to Newly Appointed Diocesan Metropolitan

The newly-enthroned Diocesan Metropolitan for Northeast America, HG Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, visited St. Thomas Damascus Church over the weekend of June 11-12. To welcome him appropriately, St. Thasom Damascus sponsored a public meeting after Evening Prayer. A number of visiting archpriests, priests, and community members spoke on the occasion. Representing St. Mary's was our Vicar, Fr. George Mathew, and our Secretary, Anil John, and Trustee, Roy Punnoose. Manoj Varghese, as Area MGOCSM leader, also spoke on the occassion.

June 4, 2011: Annual Picnic A Huge Hit!

St. Mary's NoVA had its annual picnic on Saturday, June 4 and it was a really wonderful event. More than 75 people attended and there was plenty of good food, games, and fun for everyone!

May 8, 2011: Mother's Day

In celebration of Mother's Day, the members of St. Mary's presented roses to all the mothers. In his message, Achen also spoke about the love of a mother as seen in 1 Cor 13. We appreciate all our mothers have done and do each day. May God bless all mothers on Mother's Day!

May 1, 2011: St. Mary's 6th Anniversary

St. Mary's celebrated its 6th Anniversary on Sunday, May 1, 2011. Fr. Dr. P.C. Thomas of St. Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur, celebrated Holy Qurbana. It was six years ago on New Sunday that the congregation was established. Though there have been ups and downs, normal for any new organization, the parish has been steadily improving and atracting new members. All glory to God for His continued grace and mercy that is being showered upon this parish!

April 17-24, 2011: Palm Sunday and Holy Week Services

Hoshana Palm Sunday service will begin at 8:15am on April 17, 2011. Fr. Philipose Sakharia (Holy Trinity Monastery, Ranni) will be the chief celebrant. There will be evening prayer each night during the Holy Week. Please see the Holy Week Schedule for more information. Have a blessed Holy Week!

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March 23, 2011: Prayers for Japan

The Vicar and members of St Mary's Indian Orthodox Church of Northern Virginia offer our deepest condolences and prayers for the families affected by the devastation in Japan. Our parish is in the midst of fundraising efforts to donate whatever we can to help in the relief efforts. Please continue to remember the many families who have lost everything and are visible to the whole world. May God have mercy on them and allow us to be merciful and compassionate!

March 12-13, 2011: Annual Lenten Retreat Weekend

We had our Annual Retreat on Saturday, March 12, 2010. Fr. George Panackamattom, a senior priest from Niranam Diocese and father of Fr. Laby George, was the guest speaker. Achen spoke on the importance of repentance, confession, fasting, prayer, and charity during Great Lent. Achen conducted Holy Qurbana on Sunday March 13 as well. Guests from neighboring parishes also attended and appreciated the Retreat.

March 7, 2011: 50-days Great Lent Commences

The Fifty day Great Lent begins on Monday, March 7. Pray for real renewal and transformation during this time of fasting, repentance, and union with God. A blessed fast to all.

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