James 1:27, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress."
St.Thomas Mission, the outreach ministry of our Cathedral initiated a "Sponsor A Child Program" in April 2017.We are currently sponsoring children from six orphanages from India including Children from Attappady St.Thomas Ashram , B.M.P Balagram, Kalhandi, St. Gregorios Balagram at Yacharam, St George Balikagram at Dehu Road, St. Pauls Ashram & Balabhavan Puduppaddi and St Pauls convent & Balikabhavan Puduppaddi. These are some of the most needed areas. We selected these institutions, with an evangelism outreach and these are predominantly non-Christian orphan children from street or from broken families. We have the option to expand our sponsorship program to other needed areas. The expense to sponsor a child is $25 a month, which include accommodation, food, tuition and other basic needs. The sponsor will get a picture of the child and other details. We are currently sponsoring 78 children and the program will continue to be available to those like to participate. We hope and pray all of us who can afford, support this sponsorship program and make a difference in the lives of these orphan children, thereby sharing the Love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I was in prison and you came to visit me. [ Mathew 25.36]
St.Thomas Mission has decided to establish a Prison Ministry at our Cathedral in coordination with Eastern Orthodox Church Prison ministry[OCPM]. Representatives from OCPM came to our Cathedral in our first combined meeting on August 5, 2017.
St.Thomas Mission participated in The Annual Advent Party on December 16th,2017 for the Children of Prison Ministry organized by OCPM at St Joseph Orthodox Church, Houston.
Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry of Houston provided gifts this Advent Season to the children of incarcerated parents who live Houston and surrounding areas. Children with parents locked away in prison are the silent victims economically, socially, and spiritually. Without some intervention, 70% of the children will be incarcerated in their lifetime.
We need more volunteers and support from all spiritual organizations for the success of this ministry.
I was sick and you looked after me [Mathew 25.36]
St.Thomas Mission has decided to establish an ongoing Medical Mission Health Fair for the needy and the less fortunate people in Stafford and surrounding communities in coordination with IDC Charity Clinic, Houston.The first Health Fair was held on December 9, Saturday from 9AM-1 PM. Forty five patients received preliminary screenings, medical advice and referral by experienced doctors and health care professionals.
For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in [Mathew 25.35]
St.Thomas Mission has decided to establish a food ministry at our Cathedral in coordination with Houston Food Bank to serve the needy and the less fortunate people in Stafford and surrounding communities. The program is expected to launch in January 2018.
St Thomas mission as part of prison ministry is supporting Pastor Rod Walsh in his prayer and worship session conducted in Impact Baptist Church, Downtown Houston. Initiation of this project started on Evening of Good Friday giving food to Ex prisoners who are struggling to find jobs, homeless persons & Parol prisoners. The first endeavor was a great success & will continue the support every month which has 5th Friday weekend. St Thomas mission is thanking all donors and supporters for this noble cause.
St. Thomas Mission, the out-reach ministry of St.Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, under the guidance of Diocesan Metropolitan H.G. Alexios Mar Eusebius and under the leadership of Vicar Very Rev. Gheevarghese Aroopala Corepiscopa hosted a Thanksgiving Day lunch on November 24th,2016
This is an effort to reach-out, in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, the needy and less fortunate in local communities.
Our Diocesan Metropolitan H. G. Alexios Mar Eusebius, Hon. Mayor Leonard Scarcella from the City of Stafford and Hon. Mayor Pro-Tem, Ken Mathew, member of St. Thomas Cathedral participated in this event.
Through this project we were able to provide lunch for some 150 people on the Thanksgiving day
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