St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (Ecumenical Patriarchate)
Our Parish Youth
Our Parish Youth Group
Our Parish Youth Group
Our Parish Youth Group
On Our Corn Maze Adventure
On Our Corn Maze Adventure
On Our Corn Maze Adventure
Bringing Christmas Joy
Bringing Christmas Joy
Bringing Christmas Joy

Our parish is blessed with a wonderful youth group.  Our older youth are organized under the auspices of CYMK/Ukrainian Orthodox Youth, and as such often participate in common events throughout the Greater Toronto Area.  In addition, we regularly host retreats and other spiritual, social, and service events and activities here in Oshawa.

Our younger children are benefitted by Sunday School lessons and participation in age-appropriate events along with our older youth, including Christmas Caroling for our older or infirm parishioners, pysanka writing workshops, etc.

Our older youth are very involed in both the parish as well as the community at large.  Every year they take part in the "Coldest Night" walkathon and the "Ride for Refuge," and they also volutneer at St. John the Compassionate Mission, an Orthodox Christian outreach to the homeless and marginalized in Toronto.  All the youth help out in church, and help organize and run our advent and lenten activities, serve at parish meals, etc.  A favourite event of everyone is our annual celebration in honour of Holy Father Nicholas on December 18th.

The greatest joy of our parish is that our youth actively participate in our liturgical life, reading and singing in the choir, serving in the altar, and helping out wherever and whenever needed.

We are proud of our youth, who actively work to make our parish, our community, and our world a better place.

"Malanka" Ukrainian New Year's Dance

Our Odessa Dancers are sponsoring a Ukrainian New Year's dance - "Malanka" - on Friday, January 17th.  It will feature a wonderful dinner, a live band, and performance by our dancers.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact the Odessa Dancers at odessadancers@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing you!

Наша Школа Українського Народнього Танцю "Одеса" запрошує Вас на новорічну забаву "Маланка," яка відбудеться у п'ятницю, 17-го січня 2020.  Квитки можете набути від танцюристів, odessadancers@gmail.com,  Пропонуємо прекрасну вечерю, українську оркестру, танцюристи виступатимуть тощо.  Ласкаво просимо!

Orthodox Christian Family Fellowship

Our Orthodox Christian Familly Fellowship is a program for parents with young children.  Our participants include both Orthodox and non-Orthodox, Ukrainian and non-Ukrainian families, who meet on average twice a month for spiritual support, fellowship, and Christian formation.  The gatherings are held on Saturdays, beginning at 3 PM with fellowship, followed by various educational, cultural, and spiritual activities, and concludes with Vespers at 5 PM  (which is served in English).  Our final gathering before Pascha takes place on April 4th, and will begin with the Divine Liturgy at 10 AM, followed by a fellowship pot-luck brunch.

We invite everyone with younger children, from toddlers through early primary school, to participate.  

Upcoming Services
Sunday, 10 / 23 February
Meat-fare Sunday
10:00 Divine Liturgy
Parish Annual General Meeting to follow
Saturday, 16 / 29 February
Orthodox Christian Family Fellowship 3 - 5 PM
5:00 Great Vespers
Sunday, 17 February / 1 March
10:00 Divine Liturgy
6:00 PM - Forgiveness Vespers
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Events
  • Nativity Celebration
    01/12/20
    On January 6th and 7th our parish again celebrated the great feast of the Nativity of Our Lord according to the Julian Calendar.  Royal Hours were officiated on the morning of the 6th, and then a
  • New Hall Construction Project
    01/06/20
    An exciting event in the life of our parish is quickly approaching - the completion, blessing, and grand opening of our new Parish Hall. For decades the Odesa Hall was the community centre of our par
  • Sisterhood Charitable Assistance
    12/30/19
    Our Parish "Holy Protection" Sisterhood has always been actively aupporting charitable causes in our community.  This past autumn the Sisterhood organized two very successful drives, first in Aug
  • 2019 Autumn Spiritual Retreat
    12/27/19
    On Saturday, November 30th, our parish sponsored its annual Autumn Spiritual Retreat.  Due to the fact that our new parish hall is not yet completed the retreat was held again at Evangelismos Gre
  • Orthodox Christian Family Fellowship
    12/27/19
    Our Orthodox Christian Family Fellowship has had an exciting and fulfilling autumn season.  Besides our regular activities which include singing, folk dancing, religious lessons, art, crafts, and
  • Pascha 2019
    05/11/19
    On Sunday, April 28th, our parish celebrated the Bright Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord.  Following the Lenten Fast and the solemn services of Holy Week, the Paschal services were a source