Schedule of Services for January 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Under the current restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19, our worship services will continue to be held regularly with a mandatory maintenance of a physical distance of 6ft and wearing face masks (more details here: https://www.york.ca/wps/portal/yorkhome/health/yr/covid-19/publichealthsafetymeasures/), per the following schedule:

  • January 2 – 28th Sunday after Pentecost – Holy Fathers (Fathers’ Day) – St. Ignatius of Antioch: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • January 6 – Christmas Eve Day: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
    • Christmas Eve: Vespers at 6 pm
  • January 7 – Nativity of Jesus Christ – Christmas: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • January 8 – Second day of Christmas – Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • January 9 – Third day of Christmas – Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • January 14 – Circumcision of our Lord – St. Basil the Great (New Year): Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • January 16 – 30th Sunday after Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • January 18 – Feast of the Holy Cross: Divine Liturgy and Blessing of the water at 10 am
  • January 19 – Theophany (Epiphany) – The Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ: Divine Liturgy and Blessing of the water at 10 am
  • January 20 – Synaxis of St. John the Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • January 23 – 31st Sunday after Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • January 27 – St. Sava, First Serbian Archbishop and Enlightener: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • January 30 – 32nd Sunday after Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10 am

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

Details for Christmas Eve Day and collecting the Badnjak on Jan 6

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

On Christmas Eve day, January 6th, the Divine Liturgy will be served at 10AM, followed by the blessing of the Badnjak (Yule log), which has been provided, as each year, by our volunteers by their selfless efforts.

Parishioners will be able to come and pick up their Badnjak branch between 12-6PM that day handed out by the on-duty volunteer: The Badnjak branches will not be distributed after 6PM!

In order to decrease the number of vehicles, we recommend that our parishioners plan to also pick up the Badnjak branch on behalf of their friends and family too.

Donations prepared in an envelope can also be handed in at that time to the volunteers at the property, or they can be sent by e-transfer at treasury@arhangelgavrilotoronto.com, or mailed in to the address St. Archangel Gabriel Serbian Orthodox Church, 49 North Lake Rd, P.O. Box 2918, Richmond Hill, ON, L4E 1A8

Parishioners unable to come that day, or who have no one to bring the Badnjak branch for them should reach out to Fr. Ljubo at 416-828-4447.

The quota for the Christmas Eve Vespers starting at 6PM that day is already full!

On Christmas day, January 7, as well as on the Second Day of Christmas, January 8, the Divine Liturgy will be held at 10AM.

On the Third Day of Christmas, January 9, is the Feast of St. Stephen the Protomartyr, so those that celebrate their Krsna Slava can bring their Kolivo for blessing and Slavski Kolach for breaking between 8AM-12PM before or after the Divine Liturgy, which will be held at 10AM.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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

Schedule of Services until the end of 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Under eased restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19, our worship services will continue to be held regularly with a mandatory maintenance of a physical distance of 6ft and wearing face masks (more details here: https://www.york.ca/wps/portal/yorkhome/health/yr/covid-19/publichealthsafetymeasures/), per the following schedule:

  • October 17 – 17th Sunday after Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • October 24 – 18th Sunday after Pentecost – Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • October 27 – Venerable mother Paraskeva – St. Petka: Divine Liturgy at 9 am
  • October 31 – 19th Sunday after Pentecost – Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, St. Peter of Cetinje: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • November 6 – Memorial Saturday: Divine Liturgy at 9 am
  • November 7 – 20th Sunday after Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • November 8 – Holy and Glorious Great-martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-gusher of Thessalonica: Divine Liturgy at 9 am
  • November 14 – 21st Sunday after Pentecost – Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • November 21 – 22nd Sunday after Pentecost – Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless Powers: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • November 28 – 23rd Sunday after Pentecost (Beginning of Nativity Fast): Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • December 4 – The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple: Divine Liturgy at 9 am
  • December 5 – 24th Sunday after Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • December 12 – 25th Sunday after Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • December 19 – 26th Sunday after Pentecost – St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, archbishop of Myra (Children’s day): Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • December 26 – 27th Sunday after Pentecost – Holy Forefathers (Mothers’ day): Divine Liturgy at 10 am

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

Assistance to the Eparchy of Budimlja-Nikšić

The Lord’s greeting to all!

I wanted to let you know that I have attended the enthronement of the Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, Joanikije. Despite all the temptations and challenges, it was a magnificent event. Those are the kinds of moments when you wish time could stop: an event I will surely remember for a long, long time. The blessings that those of us who attended have received I wish to pass on to all of you and your families. You were all in my prayers!

I believe that we are all aware how much our monasteries financially struggle, and how difficult it is for the people who live in those areas. We also know how much the monasteries have helped and continue to help the poor: they were always with the people when it was hardest. This time, I also witnessed how many people come to the monasteries seeking assistance, and how many soup kitchens organized by the Church are there that feed the hungry.

We have launched a fundraiser to help the Eparchy of Budimlja-Nikšić, where the newly elected Bishop of Budimlja-Nikšić, our dear Bishop Metodije, was enthroned on September 26 this year.

The situation is not rosy here in Canada either, but we believe that there are still those who are able and willing to help. It is ours to do our best, and the Lord will arrange the rest.

The charitable Humanitarian Foundation “Stara Raška” supports this action: for all contributions of over $50, Stara Raška will issue a tax receipt. The list of all contributors will be submitted to Bishop Metodije.

If you are able to participate in this action, you can send your contributions by:

  1. E-transfer: bgasovic@sympatico.caplease send me your address
  2. PayPal: bgasovic@sympatico.caplease send me your address
  3. Personal Check made payable to “STARA RASKA”. If you choose this option, please contact me directly by email at bgasovic@sympatico.ca, to provide you with the mailing address to send the check to.

Please feel free to forward this appeal to your friends and acquaintances.

All the best to you and your family!

Biljana Gašović

Sunday 9/12: Prayer for our Students and the Start of the Academic Year

Dear Parishioners,

On Sunday, September 12, 2021, following the Divine Liturgy we will pray for all the students of our Parish for the start of the new Academic Year. We invite all parents and students to join us on this occasion!

Of course, we will continue maintaining all prescribed measures: indoor and outdoor religious services, rites and ceremonies are allowed with capacity limited to permit, while maintaining physical distancing of 6ft and wearing face masks (more details here: https://www.york.ca/wps/portal/yorkhome/health/yr/covid-19/publichealthsafetymeasures/).

Additionally, our Sunday School lessons for the youngest (junior and middle school aged) group will resume again, taking place every Sunday following the Divine Liturgy, with the necessary precautions as explained already above

The lessons will be in Serbian and per need in English too: all children are welcome and no one will be left out for simply not knowing Serbian well enough.

You will be updated later on the expected schedule of Spiritual Conversations for Teenagers and Adults.

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