All Saints of North America Orthodox Church (Hamilton, ON, Canada)

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397 Melvin Avenue (at Woodward Avenue)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
tel. (905) 318-6436

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Schedule of Services

All Services are in English. We follow the Julian Calendar.

Saturday Evening
6:00 PM Vespers

Sunday Morning
10:00 AM Reading of the Hours, Divine Liturgy to follow

Saturday Vespers, Sunday Liturgies, and all classes/catechisms are held at the church location at 397 Melvin Avenue, in Hamilton.

Some midweek services are held at the domestic chapel. Please call (905) 318-6436 for information.

Parish History

All Saints of North America Orthodox Community was born in 2001 as an informal meeting of several English-speaking Orthodox faithful who assembled for regular Vespers and Typica services with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Ottawa. The community has been blessed to receive many new converts to Orthodoxy over the years. Since May 2003, with the ordination of Father Geoffrey Korz to the priesthood, we have enjoyed regular Liturgies. From September 2003 to December 2005, we moved for Sunday morning Liturgy into the lower level of the St. Stephen's Anglican hall.

In January of 2006, the parish moved to a commercial space above a dental office at 117 Queenston Road in Hamilton. This church location allowed easy access from the local highways, as well as roomy facilities for services, luncheons, and the Desert Wisdom Bookroom, an Orthodox book and supply shop run by the parish.

In January of 2009, a new church building was purchased at 397 Melvin Avenue at Woodward Avenue, in the heart of Hamilton's East End. With the help of many donors, friends, volunteers, and an excellent crew, renovations on the new building took many months of careful labour on the former bank building. The parish moved into the new church in January 2010, now enjoying an accessible building, worthily appointed for the worship of God, with meeting and fellowship space for the faithful. A newly-expanded Desert Wisdom Bookroom opened around Pascha 2010.

Our community continues to grow, and we remain deeply convinced of the need for an Orthodox mission in the English language in this hub of the "Golden Horseshoe" region of southern Ontario, and prayerfully look to Our Lord's Holy Mother and all the saints of North America for their prayers to send to us those who are truly willing to labour in this field.

All Services are in English. We follow the Julian Calendar.



This spring saw the parish move into the next phase of its renovations to the temple, a long-term project begun with the original renovations of the bank building six years ago.

Two years ago the parish entered Stage Two of renovations, in response to a report from Hamilton Police Services regarding the security of the building. Lighting was improved, external speakers for music were installed to deter loitering, and fencing was installed over a two year period to secure the front and side of the property.

Once this stage was completed, the parish was ready for the completion of landscaping work, which had been delayed from 2015. A trench was recently completed along the front wheelchair access slope, and a planting strip was dug along the Woodward Avenue side fence; both these areas are now being prepared for greenery, the front for shrubs, and the side for deciduous trees.

The ultimate goal of these stages of renovation is to bring to completion the centrepiece of the parish's 2014 Raise the Roof campaign: the construction of a proper entry portico, topped with a cupola and cross. This part of the renovation work is the most ambitious and expensive; thankfully, we have received around $25,000 toward this work (about half the cost), and are now awaiting sufficient donors toward the completion of this final stage.

While the springtime discovery of moderate water damage to the foundation, as well as the need for a new roof in 2017, will require our immediate attention in other areas, we are happy to be around 80% complete, with God's help and the generosity of so many faithful and friends.

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The Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of the United States recently released a new publication, "Twelve Facts About the Generosity of Our Church Members". The publication notes some interesting and important findings from the 2015 national study, "Exploring Orthodox Generosity: Giving in US Orthodox Parishes.". The full report can be read by searching online at


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THE PARISH BBQ will take place on Sunday, September 18th following the Divine Liturgy. There will be no potluck lunch on this day. More details will follow.

THE ORTHODOX BROTHERHOOD is back, with its first event scheduled for Tuesday, September 20th at 6pm.

Pastoral Notes

THANK YOU to all who continue to support our parish through Property Care, Potluck Food, Charitable Works, Consistent Tithing, Prayers for those Sick & in Need, Assistance with the Holy Services. May God bless and strengthen you!

Our parish DESERT WISDOM BOOK ROOM is open following most services, and by appointment or request. Please note that due to the simplicity of this parish operation, we are unable to track customer accounts, and as such, the Book Room is unable to offer credit for any purchases (i.e. "Paying later" for a book requested today). Please do not request credit: if you would like to place a book on hold, for pickup and payment at a later date, we would be happy to arrange this for you.

Our Parish Community MEALS Ministry provides meals for people during recovery from surgery, to new parents, and to others in short term need. If you or someone you know is in this situation, please contact our Meals Ministry Co-ordinator Bethany Reid at:

QUESTION HOUR will take place following the potluck luncheon on Sunday September 11th, and Sunday October 9th. All who are interested in deepening their understanding of the Orthodox Christian faith are invited to attend.

CHARITABLE WORKS COLLECTIONS in support of those in need in our community will be taken up on Sunday September 11th, and Sunday October 9th.

THE ORTHODOX COFFEE TALKS will begin again in September, and will take place at 3pm on Saturdays, just before the 6pm Vespers Service.

These sessions are designed for catechumens and inquirers, as well as Orthodox faithful who would like to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith. Please let the priest know in advance if you plan to join us.

AKATHIST PRAYERS will be offered each Wednesday night for particular needs of the faithful. Please see the parish calendar for details, and plan to attend these services, offered in the middle of each week for the health, strength and salvation of the faithful.

WE WISH MANY BLESSED YEARS to Nicholas (Kyle) M. (Sept 2 Birthday), Matushka Linda (Sept 4 Birthday), Kira S. (Sept 5 Birthday), Father Geoffrey (Sept 6 Birthday, Sept 25/Oct 8 Namesday), Adam(nan) D. (Sept 7 Birthday, Oct 6 Namesday), Reader John F., John L. (Aug 28/Sept 11 Namesday), Father Mark L. (Sept 11 Birthday), Laurie W. (Sept 1/14 Namesday, Sept 27 Birthday), Nadezhda (Regina) T. (Sept 17/30 Namesday, Oct 20 Birthday), Michael D. (Sept 19 Birthday), Derek (Demetri) D. (Sept 20 Birthday, Oct 13/26 Namesday), Jordan (Anna) R. (Sept 9/22 Namesday), Dcna. Judy C. (Sept 27 Birthday), Gerrit (Reader George) L. (Sept 27 Birthday), Viacheslav T. (Sept 28 Birthday), Sophia K., Sophia H. (x3) (Sept 17/30 Namesday), Maria D. (Oct 13 Birthday), Justina D. (Oct 2/15 Namesday), Elizabeth (Jelisaveta) M. (Oct 19 Birthday), John D. (Oct 28 Birthday). Please advise the priest of any other occasions.

PRAYING FOR OUR PARISH FAMILY - An insert is included with the mailed version of this calendar - please remember these names daily in your prayers. You can e-mail for any needs requested. Our prayers for each other are important - please pray daily for each member of the parish, and for the departed.

ALL ARE WELCOME to come forward after Liturgy for prayers for their own health, for travel, for those seeking or starting employment or projects, and for women who are expecting a child. Please feel free to speak to the priest privately for these prayers, if this is preferred.

EMAIL LIST: If you would like to add or remove a name from the parish email list, please contact Father Geoffrey at

Contact Us

Parish Telephone
(905) 318-6436

Parish Priest
Rev. Geoffrey Korz, Priest-in-Charge
(905) 387-6907

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