Statement regarding Church Services in the Diocese of Canada

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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,




Sunday Feb 23: “Caravan of Happiness” + Palačinke!

“CARAVAN OF HAPPINESS”: a promotion of children’s collection of poems “Radoznalica” [Curious] and “Neka Raste Naše Drvo” [Let Our Tree Grow] by Gordana Petković Laković

On February 23. starting at 12:30PM, at St. Archangel Gabriel Serbian Orthodox Church in Richmond Hill.

Admission is free for all children big and small, while parents and grandparents are more than WELCOME to join. In this quaint literary playroom, through the collections of poems “Radoznalica” [Curious] and “Neka Raste Naše Drvo” [Let Our Tree Grow] children will have the opportunity to enjoy poetry, music, dance and stories in Serbian, learning something new along. Come to hang out with us! Let the kids take you on the wings of their imagination just as we once flew!

Please note: our Kolo Sisters will be preparing palačinke (crepes), while our Sunday School class for children will be cancelled that day.


Latest St. Archangel Gabriel Parish Newsletter

Dear Parishioners,
Please find below the link for the latest newsletter of our Parish.
Additionally we would like to remind you of the upcoming events in our Parish:
  • Sunday, February 23: after the Holy Liturgy: Gordana Laković, poetry for children and Pancake party.
  • Saturday, Feb 29: commencing at 7pm. Special Diner organized by Luka Vukoje prior to the start of the Great Lent.

Please click on the link to for a copy of our most recent Newsletter.

St Arh. Gabriel Newsletter Issue 4 Feb 2020

Schedule of Feastday Services in December 2019 – January 2020

Date (Old Style) Time Service
Jan 5 (Dec 23) 10AM Divine Liturgy (Fathers day)
Jan 6 (Dec 24) 10AM Christmas Eve – Divine Liturgy
Jan 6 (Dec 24) 6PM Vespers with bringing in the Badnjak
Jan 6 (Dec 24) 7PM Lightning of the Badnjak, followed by dinner with šumadian tea
Jan 7 (Dec 25) 10AM Nativity of Jesus Christ: Christmas – Divine Liturgy
Jan 8 (Dec 26) 10AM Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos – Divine Liturgy
Jan 9 (Dec 27) 10AM Holy Protomartyr Archdeacon Stephen – Divine Liturgy
Jan 11 (Dec 29) 7PM New Years Party
Jan 12 (Dec 30) 10AM Divine Liturgy
Jan 14 (Jan 1) 10AM Circumcision of Our Lord, St. Basil the Great (New Year) – Divine Liturgy
Jan 18 (Jan 5) 10AM Feast of the Holy Cross – Divine Liturgy with the blessing of the water
Jan 19 (Jan 6) 10AM Theophany – Divine Liturgy with the great blessing of the water
Jan 20 (Jan 7) 10AM Synaxis of Saint John the Baptist – Divine Liturgy
Jan 26 (Jan 13) 10AM Divine Liturgy
Jan 26 (Jan 13) 12PM Sunday School Show in honour of St. Sava
Jan 27 (Jan 14) 10AM St. Sava – Divine Liturgy

Sat 01/11: Serbian New Year’s Eve Party

Dear brothers and sisters,

We invite you and your friends and family to join us for a traditional Serbian New Year’s Eve party.

The celebration will be take place on Saturday, January 11th, starting at 7PM, at our Parish Hall, 49 N Lake Rd, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 2Z8

With a delightful dinner and a great atmosphere, Miško and Danijela will entertain you with song and music.

Ticket price $80 per person. Tickets may be reserved on Sundays at our church following the Divine Liturgy, or directly with Srđan by phone at 647-409-6289.

Join us in celebrating the upcoming Julian New 2020 Year!

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