April 21, 2023:
Along with the joy that the long-awaited spring brings us, we also wish to celebrate the feast of Saint Great Martyr George, an opportunity to also honor all those who bear the name of this great Christian hero of the early centuries. On this occasion, on Sunday, April 23rd, after the Holy Liturgy, we invite you to the social hall for a feast prepared in honor of Saint Martyr George and all those who bear the name of this great saint.
March 22, 2023:
We would like to remind you that on Saturday, March 25th, we will celebrate the Annunciation. On this day, the Holy Liturgy will begin at 10 am, followed by a general commemoration service. During this fasting period, we will pray to God for our health and the health of our loved ones during the Holy Unction Service, which will take place on Saturday, March 25th, starting at 6 pm. On another note, we would like to remind you to bring joy to those in need by donating according to your means. There are many people who are waiting for a little ray of light, and it is in our power to bring a little smile and a tear of gratitude for the good we have done.
March 8, 2023:
On International Women's Day, we would like to direct our thoughts, respect and all our love towards our faithful women in our lives. The 8th of March reminds us every year to thank God for the gift that He brought into the world, first and foremost through His Mother, and then through the myrrh-bearing women, martyrs, venerable women, and last but not least, through all women in our lives: mothers, wives, daughters, friends, acquaintances to whom we extend our entire appreciation. We will always be grateful to God for the fact that women exist in our lives and because they make our lives more beautiful and brighter. On this day, we would like to wish to all our ladies a beautiful spring with plenty of sunshine and filled with all our love wrapped up in a small bouquet of flowers.
March 5, 2023:
We appeal to your kindness now, at the beginning of the Great Lent, especially because we are all indebted to the Lord for His great mercy poured out on us, particularly through His Holy House: the Church. On this occasion, we would like to inform you that we will need volunteers for the spring cleaning of the church. This activity is planned for Thursday, March 30, starting at 4:00 pm. Your donations and contributions are also welcome. Interested volunteers are asked to contact Mrs. Daniela Plavosin by March 23, such that we can organize ourselves timely.
February 11, 2023:
We would like to inform you that we intend to change the coverings on the Holy Table, as well as on the doors of the imperial icons, because the ones we currently use are quite old and worn out. To this end, we have identified a company specializing in this field in Vaslui, Romania and we found out that the price for a complete set is 7650 lei. The amount is quite high, but we would like to indicate that the coverings produced by this company are exceptionally beautiful. For this reason, if it would be possible to purchase them, we would need two sets: one for the period of fasting (in purple), and the other for the remaining period of the year (in white). Due to the high cost, we hope that several families will be able to raise the necessary funds in the form of donations (please specify "Holy Table Vestments" explicitly on the amount donated for this purpose). We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and may God reward your sacrifice with heavenly gifts.
February 2, 2023:
Please be reminded that the General Assembly of the parishioners is scheduled for February 12 at 1 pm. Also, we would like to invite you to the agape feast to take place on February 19 after the conclusion of the Holy Liturgy.
January 5, 2023:
Through the mercy and the help of God, we have taken the first steps into the new year. On this occasion, we wish you a Happy New Year in good health filled with lots of joy as well as professional and spiritual accomplishments.
The Members of the Parish Council have decided that the General Assembly of the parishioners will take place on Sunday, February 12, 2023, after the conclusion of the Holy Liturgy.
December 22, 2022:
We are delighted to invite you to a concert of carols featuring Giulia and Ilie Medrea. This is a special gift to our church to which we welcome you with open hearts. The concert will take place on Monday, December 26, starting at 7 pm. The attendance to this carol concert will be by donation, as a way to show our gratitude to the two artists who will perform beautiful Romanian carols for us.
December 11, 2022:
The holy celebration of Christmas is approaching rapidly and magic moments will soon unfold in our holy church where young and not so young carolers will meet and celebrate together the birth of our Lord. This holy time of the year will conclude with the Theophany of our Lord Jesus. According to our traditions, we plan to baptise your homes between New Year and Teophany such that we will all receive Lord's blessing as soon as the year started. Those who would like to receive the visit of the priest between January 1 and 5 are asked to send an email to email@example.com. The message should include the following info: name, home address, phone number, availability (the day and time when the priest could visit your house) and should be sent prior to December 25.
On another note, we would like to remind you that 2022 is almost over such that those who would like to pay their membership for this year should do it on or before December 31. Finally - as mentioned already - the confessions will start on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 11 am. This earlier start is meant to accommodate the busier caroling schedule of church's choir.
December 5, 2022:
On Sunday, December 11, an agape feast celebrating Holy Hierarch Nicholas will be held in the social room. This meal was donated by those bearing the name of the Holy Hierarch. We would also like to remind you that the confessions that used to begin at 5 pm will start at 12 pm for the reminder of the Christmas Lent.
At this time, we would like to renew our past appeal for donations for those in need who are living in Romania. Please do not disregard our continous calls for donations because they bear a large human value and they are meant to will bring us the mercy of our Lord.
November 30, 2022:
Since December 1 is Romania's national holiday, we would like to wish a "Happy Romania Day" to all of our parishioners. Same as in the past lents, we will pray to the Lord for our health and that of those dear to us on Friday, December 2, when the service of Holy Unction will be officiated. On another note, we would like to remind you to bring joy to those in need from "home" by donating according to your capabilities. There are many people waiting for a small glimmer of hope and we believe that it is in our power to bring a smile on their faces.
November 10, 2022:
Through the grace of God we are quickly approaching the time of carols. For this purpose, we are all preparing to receive our Lord in the manger of our soul through words, deeds and - last but not least - through what we inherited from our ancestors, namely our holy carols. This year, we are planning to continue our traditions and to announce the arrival of the Divine Infant through our old Romanian carols. Those who are interested to join the group of carolers are asked to attend the rehearsals to happen at the church on every Friday evening starting with 6:30 pm. Ms. Mara will take care of scheduling of the visits for caroling. She will contact soon all those who have received the group of carolers in the past years. If you are not on the list but you would be interested to receive the group of carolers, please contact Ms. Mara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every year, around the Feast of Holy Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael we are preparing to celebrate those who bear the names of the Holy Archangels, but we are also preparing for the beginning of the Nativity Fast. For this purpose, we would like to invite you to to participate to our agape feast to be held on Sunday, November 13, after the conclusion of the Holy Liturgy.
Same as in the past years, the approaching celebration of the Nativity of our Lord remembers us about those who were less fortunate in life. For this purpose, we would like to collect funds to be then donated to those in need. If you are aware of such persons, please let us know and we will do our best to bring a glimmer of hope and joy in the lives of those who do not have anyone else around them. Through them, those who are in suffering and in need, Christ is asking us to give a little from our own such that we will all receive a lot more in heaven.
May it be that the Nativity Fast will bring us the peace, the joy and the spiritual lifting that we all need.
October 4, 2022:
We are continuing to collect funds for the repair of the north side of the roof. Because of this, we will hold a bake sale during the Thanksgiving weekend. The cake plates will have to be ordered until October 7 the latest and they will be available for pick up at the church on Sunday, October 9, between 1 pm and 2 pm. Each plate will include amandines, honey cake, doughnuts, croissants, choix a la creme, cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies. Same as in the past, the payment can be made in the form of donation. For orders, please contact Mrs. Daniela Plavoșin, Mrs. Ioana Vlădău or send an email to email@example.com.
October 3, 2022:
Unfortunately, the inflation and other factors have led to increases in the costs of the hand painted icons we have ordered in Romania. Because of this, the painter told us that he will be unable to paint the remaining icons at the costs that were previously communicated. As such, once we will know the new costs, we will need to ask once more for your support in covering the cost difference. This will be necessary in order for us to be able to finalize this project. Until now, there are twelve paintings completed (nine are already in the church and another three are completed and will have to be brought from Romania).
On October 16 we will attempt to hold the agape feast celebrating Saint Parascheva. Because of this, we are asking again for your assistance with the preparation and organization of the community meal. These agapae are meant to bring us together in order to rejoice under the holy protection of our Church.
August 29, 2022:
No religious service will be held between August 30 and September 3 as well as between September 9 and 10 because the priest will be away from London. The second absence is owed to his participation to the Episcopal Congress to which all priests are asked to attend. Those who are interested to participate to the Holy Liturgy in Cleveland (Ohio) are asked to contact the priest. On September 11, the Holy Liturgy will be held according to the usual schedule.
On September 14, we will celebrate the Feast Day of our church. Same as every year, we will try to organize an agape and for this purpose, we will again need volunteers. Because of this, we would like to renew our older requests for you to become involved with our agape feasts that are an important component of our parish's life. As we announced in the past, the agape will take place on September 18.
August 3, 2022:
On Sunday, August 21, all parishioners are invited to attend the agape feast to be held after the end of the Holy Liturgy. We would be both glad and thankful if some of the parishioners would be willing to volunteer for the organization of the monthly agape feasts to be held at the church for the remainder of the year. In this regard, it would be great if three or four families (or more) would agree to take care both of the actual food preparation and cleaning of the social room where the agape feast will be held. The agape feasts to be held for the rest of the year are listed below, in the announcement dated May 17, 2022.
July 1, 2022:
Since the parish priest will be on holidays between July 7 and 26, those who will need priest's services in this period are being asked to contact Ms. Daniela Plavoșin who is in contact with alternate priests.
On another note, the Most Reverend Dr. Nathaniel has visited the property and the church in Lambeth and he suggested us to not proceed further with their acquisition since we might have issues in the future because of the cemetery that is adjacent to the church. His recommendation was then further discussed within the Parish Council and it was agreed to listen to the wisdom of our spiritual leader and thereby to not proceed with the purchase.
June 20, 2022:
Starting with June 20, we have entered one of the great lents of the year, namely the Lent of Saints Peter and Paul. According to our custom, the service of the Holy Unction will be officiated on Friday, June 24, starting with 6 pm. The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist will also be celebrated on this Friday.
On Sunday, June 26, we are happy to receive the visit of two high hierachs from the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, namely the Most Reverend Dr. Nathaniel (Archbishop of Detroit and The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America) and The Right Reverend Andrei (Bishop of Cleveland and Vicar Bishop of The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America). The two hierarchs will arrive around 9-9:30 am so we would like to ask you to make a small effort to arrive earlier to church. After the Holy Liturgy, all those in attendance are asked to proceed to the celebratory agape feast to be offered in the social room.
June 1, 2022:
With the blessing of the Most Reverend Nathaniel, Archbishop of Detroit and The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, a new Special General Meeting of the parishioners is called for Sunday, June 5, at 1 pm. Same as the meeting held on the previous Sunday, this meeting will be focused on the possibility of acquiring the vacated Anglican Church in Lambeth. All parishioners - but members in particular - are asked to attend this very important meeting. Those who cannot attend the meeting in person will be offered the possibility to attend it virtually (Zoom connecting details were distributed via a general email announcement).
May 28, 2022:
A Special General Meeting of the parishioners will take place on Sunday, May 28, starting with 1 pm. The meeting was called to reach a decision with respect to the acquisition of the Anglican Church in Lambeth. Those who cannot attend the meeting in person will be able to attend it virtually via Zoom (connecting details were sent this evening via email). Those who are members will be able to cast their vote at the end of the meeting.
May 17, 2022:
An agape feast will take place on Sunday, May 22, to celebrate the Equal-to-the-Apostles and Emperor Constantine and Empress Helen. The donations collected will be used to repair the roof of our church. For a better organization of our agape feasts, we would like to propose the following schedule:
May 10, 2022:
As a result of the letter sent out by the Parish Council to all local congregations, the Anglican Church informed us that they have a church for sale in Lambeth. The church will be open for visits on Saturday, May 14, starting with 3 pm. This is the only day in which the church will be available for us to visit it. The church is located at 4307 Colonel Talbot Rd., London, ON N6P 1R2 (Trinity Lambeth Anglican Church is at the intersection of Main St and Colonel Talbot Rd in Lambeth). The general meeting in which this potential acquisition will be discussed will take place on May 29.
April 7, 2022:
The regular liturgical schedule will resume on Friday, April 8, when the service of Holy Unction will commence at 5 pm. For more details on April's liturgical schedule, please refer to this webpage. On Palm Sunday, an agape feast will be held in the social room after the conclusion of the religious service. Those who would like to donate "to the needy ones" (for details, please read the announcement below dated April 24) are asked to do so prior to Palm Sunday such that the funds can reach their recipients prior to Easter.
April 2, 2022:
On Sunday, April 3, Matins will start at 10 am and will be succeeded by the service of Akathist to the Resurrection of Christ. Those who would like to confess can do so starting with 9 am. The communion can be taken after the conclusion of the Akathist. We hope to be able to resume the service of Holy Liturgy as of next Sunday, April 10.
March 24, 2022:
We would like to announce you that the Holy Liturguy and the community lunch scheduled for Sunday, March 27 are cancelled. With God's help, we hope to be able to resume the service of Holy Liturgy starting with April 3.
We would also like to use this occasion to announce you that we have started to collect funds for "Izvorul Tămăduirii" ("Life-Giving Spring") Orphanage from Oarda de Jos, Alba County, Romania. A certain amount of the funds collected will be directed to the Ukrainian refugees. Please specify on the donations made for this purpose "to the needy ones". For donation means, please consult this webpage.
March 19, 2022:
Due to an illness situation, religious services are suspended on Sunday, March 20 as well as between March 21 and 26. An update on the matter of next Sunday's service will be announced towards the end of next week.
March 9, 2022:
We are glad to announce the reopening of the social room of our church. Along these lines, would like to invite you at our first gathering of the year. This will be held on the day when we will be celebrating the Announciation of our Lord (Sunday, March 27, after the conclusion of the Holy Liturgy). On this occasion, we would like to ask you to bring only lenten food for sharing purposes. For details and a better coordination of our activities on that day, please contact Ms. Daniela Plavoșin either directly or on the general email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 7, 2022:
We would like to ask for your assistance during Spring Cleaning to take place at our church on Monday, March 21, starting with 4:00 pm. Any kind of help - in the form of donations, cleaning products, direct participation on cleaning day - is welcome. Please consider this as one of the first occasions to do good deeds during this year's Great Lent. Volunteers are asked to contact Ms. Daniela Plavoșin (either directly or on the general email address email@example.com) until March 14 such that we can adequately plan our activities.
March 1, 2022:
On Sunday, March 6, the youngest members of our parish will present a small show held in advance of the International Women's Day (March 8) that is celebrated in Romania as Mother's Day. The event will be held after the conclusion of the Holy Liturgy and everyone is invited.
February 21, 2022:
The Annual General Meeting of the members has been postponed for February 27, 2022 after the conclusion of the Holy Liturgy. The meeting will take place in a hybrid format in a sense that both in person and virtual participations are permitted. For the coordinates of the Zoom meeting, please refer to the last community announcement distributed via email.
January 7, 2022:
Parish Council decided that the Annual General Meeting of the members will take place on February 13, 2022 after the conclusion of the Holy Liturgy.
December 1, 2021:
As we reenter a period of gradual return to the prepandemic normalcy, we are extremely glad to announce on this page more joyful events: on December 19, after the conclusion of the Holy Liturgy, the children enrolled in our Sunday School and led by Ms. Veronica Pavalache and Ms. Nicoleta Mayer will deliver a Christmas Carol Concert titled "Gifting a Smile for Christmas", a charitable event meant to collect funds for a long term care home in Mediaș, Romania. More details are available in the Romanian language flyer available here. In addition to this, we are extremely pleased to invite you to the concert to be held by Ms. Giulia Medrea on Christmas Day (after the conclusion of the Holy Liturgy). Last but not least, we would like to announce you that in the weekends preceding the Christmas Day, the Church Choir will bring the joy of Christmas Carols to our parishioners' homes. For requests/invitations, please contact Ms. Mara Mohaupt via the general email address of the church, namely: firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 3, 2021:
As a result of Ontario entering phase 2 of reopening (June 30), the maximum occupancy limit of the church has increased to 25%. As mentioned in our June 17 announcement (below), if more than 25 parishioners will come to the church, some of them will be able to listen to the religious service either in the basement or in the outdoor yard.
June 17, 2021:
Starting with June 11, according to Phase 1 of Reopening Ontario, the in-church attendance is limited to 15% of the room capacity (100 persons for the main room of our church). To facilitate the in person attendance of religious services for as many parishioners as possible, Holy Liturgy will be broadcasted on speakers both in the basement room and the outdoor yard of the church. As such, if more than 15 persons will arrive at the church to attend the religious service, then only 15 of them will be able to attend it in the main room of the church, whereas the rest of will be able to listen it either in the basement room or in the outdoor yard. Regardless of the location from which parishioners will be attend the religious service, the current physical distancing rules remain in effect. Starting with June 20, there will be no longer needed to register in advance in order to attend the Holy Liturgy. For those who cannot attend the religious service in person, we will continue to broadcast online the Holy Liturgy both on Sundays and on Saints and Feasts days.
April 20, 2021:
Owed to the new restrictions that are currently in place, we will offer the parishioners the possibility to pick up the holy bread both on Saturday (May 1) between 3 and 6 am and after midnight on Easter night. On Saturday, the holy bread can be picked up from within the church whereas on the Easter night the holy bread will be left on a table outside the church, just to make it easily accessible.
April 19, 2021:
In agreement with the local and provincial guidelines, we would like to announce you that the maximum number of persons allowed in the church has been lowered to 10. Because of this, we would like to reiterate our request to notify us in advance about your intention to attend religious services in person. This can be done by emailing email@example.com and indicating the date of the religious service to be attended as well as the number of persons to participate. We would like to continue to ask those whose plans are changing to notify us that they will no longer be able to attend the booked religious service, such that we can release their seats to the next persons on the waiting list. We would like to thank you for your understanding and cooperation under these difficult times.
April 3, 2021:
After the entire province entered lockdown on April 3, the maximum degree of occupancy for the church was lowered to 15% and this means a maximum of 30 persons, including those in the social room. Owed to the low number of parishioners that can attend the religious services in person, we would like to reiterate our request to notify us in advance about your intention to attend Sunday's services, Saturday morning's general commemoration services or the one taking place on the day of St. George's Feast (April 23). This can be done by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and indicating the date of the religious service to be attended as well as the number of persons to participate. We would like to continue to ask those whose plans are changing to notify us that they will no longer be able to attend the booked religious service, such that we can release their seats to the next persons on the waiting list. We would like to thank you for your understanding and cooperation under these difficult times.
February 2, 2021:
The General Meeting of the members will take place on February 14, starting with 2 pm, whereas the meeting of the Ladies Committee will take place on February 7, starting with 4 pm. Because of the current restrictions, both meetings will take place virtually, by means of Zoom. For meeting details, please check the corresponding announcement distributed via email (Subject line: "Liturgical schedule - month of February") or contact the Parish Council at email@example.com
December 24, 2020:
As you know, the area in which we are living has been placed under lockdown restrictions as of December 26. As such, the indoor capacity of the church has been reduced to a maximum of 10 persons. Because of this, we have created an email address firstname.lastname@example.org at which we would like to ask you to announce your intention to participate to a certain religious service. Those who cannot be allowed to attend in person due to capacity limitations will be be notified and will be placed on a waiting list. Along these lines, we would like to ask those whose plans are changing to notify us that they will no longer be able to attend the booked religious service, such that we can release their seats to the next persons on the waiting list. We would like to thank you for your understanding and cooperation under these difficult times.
December 15, 2020:
As the area in which we are living has entered the red zone of health restrictions, the capacity of the church will be limited to 30% (maximum 30 persons). In addition to this, we would like to ask all parishioners to follow strictly all health recommendations as indicated by authorities, including but without being limited to: monitoring of the personal health, physical distancing, mandatory wear of mask in all indoor spaces, etc.
October 11, 2020:
A General Meeting of all parishoners has been called on October 25, 2020. The meeting will take place after the Holy Liturgy. The main purpose of the meeting is to communicate details pertaining the sale of the property located on Dingman St.
June 11, 2020:
We are glad to inform you that through the grace of God, the church will reopen on June 12, 2020. The official recommendations regarding physical distancing and cleaning will be strictly observed in order to ensure the safety of all those attending religious services.
Apr. 1, 2020:
The church remains temporarily closed until normality returns and official directives will allow its reopening.
March 21, 2020:
Following the ROEA directive and according to the strict recommendations made by Canadian federal and provincial health officials, the religious activity is suspended until March 31, 2020.
Excerpt from AN EPISCOPAL DIRECTIVE CONCERNING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: "Owed to the uncertaintities associated with the identification of those who are infected with the virus, we are cancelling all gatherings in the parishes (liturgical, administrative and social), at least until March 31 when we will review again the status of the pandemic, as determined by medical and government sources."