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

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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NEW CRAFTERS CIRCLE STARTS IN NOVEMBER! - Starting in November, a group of sisters in the parish will begin occasional meetings of our new CRAFTERS' CIRCLE. This new group will be using their interest and skill in arts and crafts to produce selected, quality items for the parish Desert Wisdom Books store. If you are interested in being part of this group, speak with one of the sisters at lunch following Sunday Liturgy, and join the Crafters' Circle on the scheduled Saturday afternoons in November and December. May God bless all participants for their efforts in support of Christ's Church!

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New Titles Have Arrived at Desert Wisdom Books!

Just in time for early Christmas gifts, our friends at Potamitis Publishing in Greece have released the first titles in their new children's series on Icons of the Mother of God. These beautiful, full-colour kids books feature vivid tellings of the stories behind miraculous icons and the people whose lives they have touched.

Along with the new Icons series, Potamitis are continuing their top-selling Patericon Series on the Lives of the Saints. These world-renown "Little Orthodox Books" have become a favorite gift for children, offering in cheerful, miniature icon-style drawings the lives of over sixty saints and feast days. The latest books feature well-known saints like the Apostle Luke, Saint Marina, the newly glorified Saint (Elder) Porphyrios of Greece, and Canada's own patron, Saint Brendan the Voyager.

The secret story behind the success of this series (now published in Greek, Serbian, Russian, Romanian, and a dozen other languages) can be found in their double audience: the books share the complex spiritual and personal history behind each saint and feast using simple, easy-to-understand language for young readers, while offering the spiritual depth that appeals to parents, grandparents, and other adult readers.

At only five dollars per title, the Patericon Series has been our best seller ever, and is sure to be snapped up well before the Christmas season begins!

Events

View Pamphlet Reserve Tickets Orthodox Institute on the Family - Conference Series September to December 2017

ORTHODOX INSTITUTE ON THE FAMILY CONFERENCE SERIES:
Anger & Arguments in the Christian Home - Friday November 17th - Father Bohdan Hladio
The Demon of Noonday: An Orthodox Approach to Depression & Health - Friday December 15th - Father Geoffrey Korz
Register Online at www.asna.ca

AKATHIST at ST. GEORGE'S, Brantford, followed by Refreshments and/or ORTHODOX COFFEE TALKS & CATECHISM - Fridays at 7pm (See schedule)

SANTA LUCIA FESTIVAL - Sunday December 17th, 2017 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

NATIVITY SERVICES
Eve of Nativity, Saturday, January 6, 2018
Vespers 5pm - Potluck 6pm - Christmas Eve Concert - Great Compline 8pm
Musicians, singers, and poets - both children and adults - are invited to be part of the Christmas Eve Concert following dinner

Sunday, January 7th, 2018
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 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: bmaggs@yahoo.com

QUESTION HOUR will take place following the potluck luncheon on Sunday November 5th, Sunday November 19th, and Sunday December 10th. All who are interested in deepening their understanding of the Orthodox Christian faith are invited to attend.

CHARITABLE WORKS COLLECTIONS supporting those in need will be taken up on Sunday November 19th and Sunday December 17th.

ORTHODOX COFFEE TALKS will continue each Sunday following the potluck luncheon, into November. Each session will be about 90 minutes in length. These talks are essential catechism for our catechumens and inquirers, and offer an ideal opportunity for all those seeing to deepen their knowledge and faith. Contact Archpriest Father Geoffrey to register.

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 M. Linda (Oct 29/Nov 11 Namesday), Reader John J. (Nov 20 Birthday), Angelica C., Michael D. Michael P., Gabriel P., Michael D. (Nov 8/21 Namesdays), Maria T. (Nov 8/21 Namesday), Reader Sean R. (Nov 9/22 Namesday), Michael D. (Nov 30 Birthday), Julia R. (Dec 10 Birthday), Andrei D, (Dec. 13 Namesday), Reader John J. (Dec 3/16 Namesday), Nicholas (Kyle) M. (Dec 6/19 Namesday), Virginia (Anastasia) H. (Dec 9/22 Namesday), Daniel P. (Dec 17/30 Namesday). 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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