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!
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.