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,
10:30 AM Divine Liturgy

(All times are approximate)

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

AKATHISTS: The Prayerful Hymns of Christ's Church for Souls in Need

AN AKATHIST will be offered EACH WEDNESDAY at 6pm for the needs of the faithful, families, and friends.

The original Akathist Hymn was composed by St Romanos the Melodist, for the purpose of asking the prayers of the Mother of God, and it continues to be the most commonly used akathist to this day.

The saints of God offer up their prayers for the needs of the world. In praying the Akathist service, we ask them to intercede with God for our particular needs. Saint John Maximovitch is known for his prayers for travellers and missionaries, St Seraphim of Sarov for his prayers for those suffering from a variety of problems, including addictions, St Mary of Egypt for those enduring sexual passions, St Nectarios of Aegina for those suffering from cancer and other conditions, and St Xenia of St. Petersburg (Russia) for those seeking a home, a job, or a spouse.

While there are many situations in which we seek help for ourselves, or seek to offer help to other people, perhaps the most effective thing any faithful person can do, is to first and foremost ask for the mercies of God and the prayers of His saints.

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Interested in a CHURCH PEW for your home, office, or cottage? St. George's, Brantford, is offering five (5) of the unutilized pews (nine feet long) remaining after the church renovation. These are available for purchase at $300 each on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Michael Duboy at (519) 209-3013. for details and arrangements.

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CanadaHelps.org Helps Orthodox Mission Work

Over the last year, we've set up an online connection at the Hamilton parish website, asna.ca, which allows individuals to make both one-time donations, as well as regular monthly donations. For small and medium-sized donations, CanadaHelps is an excellent, efficient way to ensure your help in our mission efforts can be put to use right away. Arranging monthly online donations are a particular help to the work of the church, since they provide stability to maintain everyday, necessary administration and site functions (including covering the ever-growing cost of utilities), leaving our clergy and faithful free to concentrate on the main work of the holy services, catechism, and Church outreach.

Each donation is subject to a processing fee, plus a surcharge of about 3% of the total amount - thus, for a gift of $100, about $3 dollars will go to the fee, another $3 dollars will go to the surcharge, and about $94 will go to the church. As such, those wishing to make a larger donation to the mission work of the Church are encouraged to make it directly to the parishes, using cheque or money order, in order to avoid substantial loss due to the fee structure.

For most donors, CanadaHelps provides a smooth and ideal option to regularly support the work of Christ's Church, minimizing the inconvenience of scheduling donations each month and preparing cheques or donation envelopes.

Please visit CanadaHelps.org, donations to St. George's can also be made through this page: simply include a memo stating your intentions), and sign up for this worthwhile service.

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A Note to Our Donors

Saint George's Orthodox Church in Brantford currently functions under the missionary umbrella of All Saints of North America parish in Hamilton. As such, all donations (receiptable and otherwise) are required to go through the account and charitable oversight of All Saints of North America. Please make cheques to parish payable to "All Saints of North America Orthodox Church", for both the Hamilton and the Brantford parishes, and include a memo to indicate any funds to be directed to the Brantford parish. Charitable receipts will be issued at year end, and both churches are under the incorporation and charitable number of the Hamilton parish.

Please note that in a few instances, banks have refused to accept cheques made out to "ASNA" or "ASNA Orthodox" - please use the full name of the parish. Your help is much appreciated.

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ICONOGRAPHERS PAINT FULL-FIGURE ICON FOR CHURCH IN CANADA
- from Catalogue of Good Deeds Website, Minsk

An icon of Saint Mardarije of Libertyville and Saint Sebastian of Jackson will soon appear in the church in honour of All Saints of North America in Hamilton, Canada. Our Convent has already made numerous icons for the parish church, including the Image of Christ Not-Made-By-Hands, the Mother of God of the Sign, and the Grand Princess Elisabeth.The Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia canonised Bishop Sebastian (Dabovic) and Bishop Mardarije (Uskokovic) in 2015. The Russian Orthodox Church did the same in 2017.

Artyom Glibchuk who painted the images of Saint Mardarije and Saint Sebastian told us that icon painters differentiate between an 'icon painter' and an 'iconographer'. The former simply copies established images, while the latter creates new images. One has to draw up new images for newly-canonised saints in conformity with the Orthodox theology. Artyom has been painting icons for seven years; it was thanks to his experience that he was entrusted with this project.

"When you see images of people who lived not long ago in church, you feel the living faith and realise that holiness is something that every believer should strive for," Artyom says. "I've painted icons of St Gabriel (Urgebadze) and St Paisius of Mt Athos recently... St Sebastian of Jackson was the first Orthodox priest born on American soil... It was thanks to (St Mardarije) that the first Serbian Orthodox monastery in North America was established.

Nun Jadranka (Uskokovic) from our Convent is St Mardarije's granddaughter. When she saw the icon of her saintly grandfather, she remarked that the image was almost photographically accurate, even though the icon was strictly canonical.


Events

View Pamphlet Reserve Tickets Orthodox Institute on the Family - Conference Series 2018

ORTHODOX INSTITUTE ON THE FAMILY 2018-2019

Giving Thanks Through Clenched Teeth
Friday, November 23rd with Hieromonk Philip (Speranza)

Dealing with Family & Friends from Other Faiths (and None)
Friday, December 7th with Father Bohdan Hladio

Cultivating Faith & Love in Our Children
Friday, January 11th, 2019 with Father Geoffrey Korz

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SANTA LUCIA FESTIVAL - Sunday, December 16th, 2018 following Divine Liturgy
Traditional Baking - Saint Lucia Procession - Music
A Wonderful Day to Invite Guests to Visit Our Parish and the Desert Wisdom Book Room

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NATIVITY SERVICES at All Saints of North America
Eve of Nativity - Sunday, January 6, 2019
Vespers 5pm - Potluck 6pm - Christmas Eve Concert (Bring Your Music, Poetry & Stories!), Great Compline 8pm
Musicians, singers, and poets - both children and adults - are invited to be part of the Christmas Eve Concert

Nativity of Christ - Monday, January 7th, 2019
Hours 10:00am, Liturgy 10:30am
Christmas Lunch to follow (reserve ahead)

Pastoral Notes

SPECIAL THANKS 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 you for your contribution to strengthening our church!

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: bmaggs@yahoo.com

COFFEE TALKS will take place following the potluck luncheon on: Sunday November 18th and Sunday December 23rd at the Hamilton parish. All who are interested in deepening their understanding of the Orthodox Christian faith are invited.

A CHURCH-RELATED SPIRITUAL TALK will take place following potluck on Sundays November 4th, December 2nd and 30th at St. George's, Brantford. All are welcome.

CHARITABLE WORKS COLLECTIONS in support of those in need in our community will be taken at the Hamilton parish Sunday November 18th and Sunday December 16th. Funds collected go directly toward meeting requests for assistance with groceries from those inside and outside the parish. If you know someone in need who may be too shy to make this known, please tell the priest, and help will be made available.

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 Archpriest Father Geoffrey at: korzg@hotmail.com for any needs requested, and for immediate requests for prayer to be circulated by e-mail to our Orthodox Prayer Circle. Our prayers for each other are important - please pray daily for each member of the parish, and for the departed.

WE WISH MANY BLESSED YEARS to Konstantin S. (Nov. 5 Namesday), Claudia A. (Oct. 27/Nov. 9 Namesday - St Claudia Procla), Matushka Linda (Oct 29/Nov 11 Namesday - St Ermilindis), Justina A. (Nov. 15 Namesday), Victor I. (Nov 16 Birthday), Reader John J. (Nov. 20 Bday. Dec 3/16 Namesday - St John the Silent), Angelica C., Michael D., Michael (Mike) P. & sons Michael and Gabriel, Michael D. - Nov 8/21 Namesday (Archangels), Maria T. (Nov 8/21 Namesday), Deacon Sean R. (Nov 9/22 Namesday), Michael D. (Nov 30 Birthday), Alexander P. (Dec. 2 Bday), Zeina N. (Dec. 6 Bday), Julia R. (Dec. 10 Bday), Meagan (Marina) L. (Dec.13 Bday), Andrei D. (Dec. 13 Namesday) , Kira S. (Dec. 4/17 Namesday - St. Kira of Petersberg), Nicholas M., Reader Nicholas F. (Dec. 19 Namesday), Ioanita Family, Orlic Family (Patron Saint Slava - Dec. 19), Virginia (Anastasia) Hill (Dec 9/22 Namesday), Daniel P. (Dec 17/30 Namesday), Chrysanthe K. (Dec. 27 Bday). Please advise the priest of any other occasions.

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 Archpriest Father Geoffrey 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 Archpriest Father Geoffrey at: korzg@hotmail.com.

Contact Us

Parish Telephone
(905) 318-6436

Parish Clergy
Very Rev. Geoffrey Korz, Archpriest
(905) 387-6907
korzg@hotmail.com

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