Synaxis of St. Archangel Gabriel July 26th

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We would like to inform you that on Sunday, July 26, 2019 is the Feast-day (Slava) of our Parish Church: Synaxis of St. Archangel Gabriel.

On that day the Divine Liturgy will be followed by the consecration of the wheat and breaking of the Slavski Kolač, after which the Slava dinner will be served.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the Slava of our Parish Church while respecting all instructions concerning gatherings within enclosed public spaces in York Region:

  • Mandatory wearing of masks or face coverings
  • Attendance indoors limited to a maximum of 50 people or 30% of the building capacity, whichever number is greater (100 people outdoors)
  • Maintaining a physical distance of 2m/6ft

(All interested to help with the preparations and serving of the Slava dinner please contact office@arhangelgavrilotoronto.com.)

– Governing Board of St. Archangel Gabriel Parish in Richmond Hill

Mandatory Use of Face Masks and Coverings starting July 17, 2020

As of Friday July 17, 2020, masks or face coverings are required inside enclosed public spaces in York Region.

All businesses and other organizations in York Region must have a policy in place to prohibit people from entering if they are not wearing a face mask or covering. Customers, employees and visitors who enter enclosed public spaces must wear a face mask or covering.

This instruction applies to Churches and other places of worship.

Therefore, if you plan to attend services at St. Archangel Gabriel Parish in Richmond Hill, please make sure you are equipped with and wearing a face covering!

Also, the attendance is still limited to no more than 30% of the building capacity, with physical distancing of 2m/6ft in effect.

For more information:

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

– Governing Board of St. Archangel Gabriel Parish in Richmond Hill

Orthodox Youth Reading Club – First Meeting

Dear High-school and College students,

Помаже Бог!

Hope you’re all handling these restrictions and enclosures well.

With Fr. Ljubo’s blessing, we’re starting a youth reading club for our parishioners and friends, where we will be reading a book at a time on some Orthodox Christian topic that was published in English, and meet once a week to talk about what we have read: share impressions, questions, opinions, criticisms and hopefully try to learn more about our Faith (and life in general).

We will start with reading Clark Carlton’s “The Faith: Understanding Orthodox Christianity, An Orthodox Catechism”, which you can find at https://www.amazon.ca/Faith-Clark-Carlton-ebook/dp/B0088RDBKS/ (contact me directly if you are not able to use this format).

  • We will be meeting through Zoom on Sunday, April 26 at 11AM:
    • The zoom meeting link will be emailed out directly to those interested to join the call.
    • You will need to make sure you have the needed application installed on your computer or cellphone before the meeting
  • Please make sure you have read the following before the meeting:

If interested to participate, please contact me directly by email at zoranradisic@yahoo.com so I can send you the meeting link and details, as well as help out with the getting a hold of the book itself.

This was envisioned for a younger readership (e.g. late teens and early 20s), but anyone interested to join is, of course, more than welcome.

Looking forward to hear from you.

Best regards,
Zoran Radisic

Statement regarding Church Services in the Diocese of Canada

Click on the link below for a PDF copy of the statement.

Bp No 68 2020 Canada

 

Very Reverend and Reverend fathers,

 

In response to the newest developments regarding the COVID-19 virus we issue the following instructions and blessing:

Holy Liturgy, according to the Tipik, is still to be served in ALL churches of our Diocese on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays of each week. Due to the limitations placed over the weekend in the province of Quebec, and the limitations taking effect in the province of Ontario at midnight tonight, where most of our diocese gathers to pray, as well as the practice of our brethren Orthodox bishops worldwide, not the least the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej, we instruct our clergy to perform all services with the help of a chanter, and altar server ONLY. The faithful are not to attend these services in person. We make this decision after consultations with the Public Health Departments of the City of Hamilton, Region of Waterloo, City of Niagara Falls, and the Premier’s office.

We have an obligation to strictly adhere to the instructions of our civil authorities, as we have done to date. If there are changes in this regard you will be duly notified. All priests must be available for their flock in this time of need to bless their homes, commune the sick, and comfort the scared – should it be requested.

Clergy who have indications of illness should, as all others, seek professional medical help and need to inform the Bishop of the same. Be reasonable and avoid unnecessary gatherings.

We continue to follow the developing situation worldwide, but especially in Canada, and unceasingly pray to the Lord, the only One who is capable of healing our souls and bodies, to aide us in keeping our faith strong. We must follow the instructions of civil authorities, but we cannot allow worldly temptations to shake our hope in the Omnipotent Lord. We clergy should be an example to the faithful of the need to multiply our prayers, fasting and petitions to the Lord. We pray for our leadership, all those working in the medical field, and all those directly afflicted in this difficult time.

 

With hierarchical blessing,

BISHOP OF CANADA

MITROPHAN