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 Divine Liturgy (Hours begin at 9:45 AM)

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

Weekdays
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.

News

PARISH BULLETINS are now available online at www.asna.ca. 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.

ICON SPONSORSHIP: Completing Our Church in 2015

This year, it is our hope to complete the main iconography in the church, adding three new icons of female saints to the 'north' side of the nave, where female saints are traditionally depicted, facing the Mother of God on the icon screen.

Within days of our first appeal, a faithful sponsor contacted the church to offer to sponsor the icon of St Mary Magdalene - thank God! May God bless the sponsors for their gift.

There are now two icons for which sponsors are needed:

Saint Catherine of Alexandria - an early female martyr under pagan Rome, she is the patron saint of learning and education, and one of the best-known early martyrs. Her relics rest at Mount Sinai, in the monastery bearing her name. (Full sponsorship $3000)

Icon of the Holy Napkin (Image of the Lord - bottom image) to be placed above the Royal Doors. (Shared sponsorship $1000)

Gifts to the Icon Fund - For all who would like to support the purchase of these icons, these gifts in any amount will be used to make up any shortfall in reaching the icon sponsorship goal for this year. Gifts in any amount are appreciated, and bring with them the blessing of God for those who make even the most modest sacrifice to help adorn Christ's holy temple.

Please contact the priest regarding sponsoring a specific icon, or send along your general gift to the icon fund. Many thanks to those who have already participated!

Events

View Pamphlet Iconography Summer Institute 2015 - June 22 to 26, 2015 A.D.


THE SAINT GEORGE FESTIVAL will take place on Sunday, May 10th, the Sunday following the feats day of Saint George, patron saint of Canada.

Saint George bears the distinction of being one of the most popular patron saints worldwide including in the nations of Bulgaria, Canada, Catalonia, England, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, Serbia, the cities of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Moscow (Russia), Amersfoort (Netherlands), Aragon (Spain); Beirut (Lebanon), Cappadocia and Constantinople (Asia Minor); Calabria, Ferrara, Genoa, Modica, and Venice (Italy), Gozo (Malta), Haldern and Heide (Germany), and Lod/Lydda (Palestine).

In marking the feast of Saint George in Canada, it would be suitable to bring for the parish luncheon any of the international fare used to celebrate his feast: lamb in the Georgian tradition, Calabrese bread, specialties from Ethiopia, and undoubtedly Red Rose tea!

OUR PARISH FEAST DAY will take place on Sunday, June 14th, 2015. We are blessed to have a parish feast which always falls on a Sunday, which allows so many of our parish members, family, and friends to be present for the Divine Liturgy, and to join us for the potluck luncheon following.

Please make every effort to join us to celebrate this patronal feast day of All the Saints of North America, to meet the friends and faithful of the parish, and to be blessed through the prayers of our heavenly patrons who intercede before the throne of God for our health and salvation.

Also please plan to prepare something special to share at the potluck lunch this Sunday, to suitable welcome all our guests as we share this special day.

CHINESE MISSIONS DINNER with Hieromonk Vladimir (Lysak) - Sunday June 28th, 2015

VACATION CHURCH SCHOOL - Monday July 27th to Friday July 31st, Panagia Greek Orthodox Church.

Pastoral Notes

ORTHODOX CIRCLE and ORTHODOX CHURCH SCHOOL take place each week (except holy days) following the Sunday Potluck. Children (4-7 / 8-12) and Youth (13+) are encouraged to attend these 30 minute spiritual education sessions. Dear Parents: Please make time to stay after Liturgy to allow your young family members to learn their faith!

QUESTION HOUR will take place following the potluck luncheon on Sunday, May 10th, and Sunday, June 7th. 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 10th, and Sunday, June 7th.

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 bmaggs@yahoo.com

WE WISH MANY BLESSED YEARS to those celebrating birthdays and namesdays, to Gerrit (George) L. (Apr 23/May 6 Namesday), George T. (Apr 23/May 6 Namesday), Irene F. (May 5/18 Namesday), Irina C. (May 5/18 Namesday), Reader Sean (May 22 Birthday), Bethany (Juliana) (May 30 Birthday), Sara H. (May 17/30 Patron Saint's Day - St Melangel of Wales), Zoran R. (June 1 Birthday), Samantha (Justina) P. (June 1 Namesday), Konstantin S. (June 2 Birthday, May 21/June 3 Namesday), Eleni O. (May 21/June 3 Namesday), Kosta R. (May 21/June 3 Namesday), Costas T. (May 21/June 3 Namesday), Tina T. (May 21/June 3 Namesday), Caleb (Theodore) L. (June 8 Birthday), Natasha K. (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.

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 korzg@hotmail.com to forward requests for prayer to our Orthodox Prayer Circle, a circle of faithful sisters who will pray daily 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 korzg@hotmail.com.

Contact Us

Parish Telephone
(905) 318-6436

Parish Priest
Rev. Geoffrey Korz, Priest-in-Charge
(905) 387-6907
korzg@hotmail.com

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