Welcome to the St. Gregorios Orthodox Church of Austin Website! Our Church belongs to the South West Diocese of America under the Malankara Orthodox Church led by H.H. Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, the Catholicos of the East and the Malankara Metropolitan. Our present diocesian metropolitan is His Grace Alexios Mar Eusebius.
Rev. Fr. P. A. Philip, deputy secretary of Ministry of Human Empowerment (MOHE) talks about the projects of Ministry of Human Empowerment of the Malankara Orthodox Church. From 2009, MOHE has been doing a commendable service in enriching families through its projects focused at the various units of the families. Click here for the brochure of the projects of MOHE.
On October 31st 2015 KFC (Kids for Christ) kids were so fortunate to visit Casa Marianella, a transition shelter for immigrant homeless woman and children.
Our KFC kids did an amazing job decorating and filling the bags with lot of goodies that are useful for the kids at the shelter. KFC Kids got a firsthand experience about the life of kids at the shelter.
Spiritual Organizations Anniversary 2015
Click the icons to view the videos. Enjoy the great performances by the spiritual organizations and an inspiring message by Rev. Fr. P. A. Philip.
Perunal 2015 - Saturday
Click the icons to view the videos of perunal.
Our part is very simple -
- Get the box from church
- Choose if you want to send it to a boy/girl and what age group,
- Pick quality gifts to put in the box,
- Pray for the box when you finished packing,
Bring the box back to church by Nov 7th.
Every year, we receive many applications as part of the GFC, which contain life situations and stories of tragedies of ordinary people. This year was no different. Sharing a few of the stories that help each of us reinforce how our help is making a difference: A child (studying in 1st grade) crosses the road seeing her mother after getting off a school bus and a KSRTC bus hits her and goes over her leg and finally doctors had to amputate her leg, a student gets 96.7% marks, but is unable to continue her education since her parents can’t afford her higher education, Multiple widows living in houses that could collapse any time or having no houses to live in, having to deal with disabled children, losing husband to cancer, having to deal with brain tumor treatment of their children, and many more and the list goes on.
Thanking our Lord for all the blessings he has given us, we continued our tradition of using the Good Friday offertory to help people in need.
To learn more, attached below is the GFC 2015 report.
When a task is huge, the chance that we all might have heard at some point some one saying - 'dont try to solve the world hunger'. Every time I hear it, I have thought, what an excuse. And on the other end of the spectrum, is Mother Teresa's quote.
"If you can't feed a hundred people, feed just one".
Six days a week, that is what keeps volunteers roll their sleeves and cook food at the Caritas of Austin Soup Kitchen for the scores of homeless people.
The volunteers of St. Gregorios Orthodox Church joined hands with the volunteers of Caritas in its fight against hunger by serving at the Soup Kitchen.
St. Gregorios Austin volunteers joined the Manor ISD Student and Family Support Services department during its 15th Annual School Resource Fair and helped pack school supply kits that was distributed at the School Supply Distribution event at the Manor New Tech cafeteria. It served more than 2,000 students on Friday, August 21, 2015.
Read more at Manor ISD website
It’s been a year since we launched the Pidi Ari project, a monthly food drive project to support the local foodbanks and pantries in their fight against hunger and homelessness.
A year, ago, after the completion on a Sunday school food drive, which took couple of months to reach its goal, a thought came to few volunteers: why can’t we do this every month and create a culture of sustained giving in the church.
Learning from our traditions of our grandmothers: Our grandmothers had a rich tradition of sharing by taking a handful of rice every time they cooked rice and kept it in another container. At the end of the month, the altar boy from the church went door to door collecting this rice. This rice was distributed by the church to poor families who did not have enough for their daily meals. It was called Pidi Ari. (a handful of rice)
Giving Back Corner
Pidi Ari Project
Making a Difference, one can, at a time...
of canned food donated since the start of the project. Thank you!