St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (Ecumenical Patriarchate)
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Pascha 2020 - 04/27/2020

This year the Paschal celebrations at St. John's were very different.  We were blessed to be able to serve the services, but in the absence of a congregation.  Thanks to the efforts of Vlad Sauchanka and Greg Hooper we were able to live stream the services, which were sung very beautifully by Fr. Yuri and Matushka Nikyla Hladio as well as Dobr. Tania.  On the Sunday following Pascha Father and Dobrodiyka went to the cemeteries for the traditional grave blessings, which were again done without the presence of the faithful.  

We hope and pray that pandemic crisis will abate soon, so that we will again be able to open our parish to the worshipping community.

If you would like to enjoy the Paschal services again you may do so by visiting our parish YouTube channel (the link is provided on the first page of our web-site).

Christ is Risen!  He is Truly Risen!


2018 Parish Autumn Retreat

On November 10th St. John's hosted a parish spiritual retreat.  Fr. Dr. Timothy Chrapko from Calgary offereda  presentation on "The Liturgy after the Liturgy;" Yuri Hladio of Hamilton spoke about narrative in the Church and popular culture; and Dr. Peter Kondra offered thoughts on how to maintain a healthy Orthodox faith in our family lives.  Over 85 participants from St. John's and Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church in Oshawa, as well as participants from other parishes in the GTA enjoyed the fellowship as well as the spiritual lessons offered.  The retreat concluded with Vespers.

On Sunday morning Fr. Timothy concelebrated the Liturgy with Fr. Bohdan at St. John's and offered the homily.  The weekend was spiritually uplifting and beneficial for all.  

St. John's wishes to thank the St. Volodymyr Cathedral Foundation, as well as the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada foundation for their generous financial support in making this retreat possible.

Orphanage Mission Trip - 01/04/2019

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Holodomor Commemoration - 11/25/2018

On Sunday, November 25th, St. John the Baptist Parish commemorated the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor, the artificial Famine-Genocide perpetrated against the Ukrainian people by the Soviet Regime in 1932-33.  Our youth set up a "black flag" display in front of the Church the week before, on the 18th, and on the 25th we had our annual commemoration with a Requiem Service (Panakhyda) for the innocent victims of the Holodomor, followed by a symbolica lunch of a piece of bread and a cup of borscht.  The fillm "Stalin's Secret Genocide," which is part of the curriculum in Ontario schools, was shown, and parishioners who had lived through the Holodomor were acknowledged as well.

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Black Flag Display
Holodomor Banner
Panakhyda
Black Flag Display

Groundbreaking for New Parish Hall - 04/29/2019

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Upcoming Services
Friday, 25 July / 7 August
6:30 PM - Small Compline with Akathist
Saturday, 26 July / 8 August
5:00 Great Vespers
Sunday, 27 July / 9 August
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy
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Events
  • Pascha 2020
    04/27/2020
    This year the Paschal celebrations at St. John's were very different.  We were blessed to be able to serve the services, but in the absence of a congregation.  Thanks to the efforts of Vlad