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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Just before this newsletter went to press, a donor came forward offering to sponsor the holy table for the altar of St. George's church in Brantford. This news means that, as soon as renovations are completed and the altar table is received and in place, it will now allow the Holy Liturgy to be served at the new church. May the Lord bless the donor and family for this blessing to the new church at Pascha!


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A Mount Athos Pilgrimage
with guest speaker Konstantin (Slawomir) Sawin
Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

Alaskan Holiness: In the footsteps of the Saints of North America
with guest speaker Reader Michael Ivanovich
Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Pastoral Notes

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 (905) 309-6968 or

QUESTION HOUR will take place following the potluck luncheon on Sunday, May 29th, and Sunday, June 19th. 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, May 22nd, and Sunday, June 19th (Pentecost).

WE WISH MANY BLESSED YEARS to George K. (May 6 Namesday), Reader George (Gerrit) L. (May 6 Namesday), George T. (Apr 23/May 6 Namesday), Father Mark L. (April 25/May 8 Namesday), Irene F. (May 5/18 Namesday), Irina C. (May 5/18 Namesday), Reader Sean R. (May 22 Birthday), Bethany (Juliana) R. (May 30 Birthday), Sara F. (May 17/30 Patron Saint - St Melangel), Zoran R. (June 1 Birthday), Samantha (Justina) P. (June 1 Namesday), Konstantin S. (June 2 Birthday, May 21/June 3 Namesday), Kosta R. (May 21/June 3 Namesday), T. (May 21/June 3 Namesday), Tina (Constantina) T. (May 21/June 3 Namesday), Caleb (Theodore) L. (June 8 Birthday), Natasha G. (June 8 Birthday), Justina D. (June 15 Birthday), Melanie P. (June 8/21 Namesday), Sasha M. (June 29 Birthday). Please advise the priest of any other occasions.

PARISH BULLETINS are now available online at Whether you did not receive one at Liturgy on Sunday, were away, or missed church, you can access the parish bulletins through a simple download from DropBox, through the parish website link.

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.

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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