Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!
Христосъ воскресе! Воистину воскресе!
Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat!
Le Christ est ressuscité! En verité il est ressuscité!
!المسيح قام! حقا قام
ⲠⲓⲬⲣⲓⲥⲧⲟⲥ ⲁϥⲧⲱⲛϥ! Ϧⲉⲛ ⲟⲩⲙⲉⲑⲙⲏⲓ ⲁϥⲧⲱⲛϥ!
Kristus nousi kuolleista! Totisesti nousi!
Cristo è risorto! È veramente risorto!
¡Cristo ha resucitado! ¡En verdad ha resucitado!
Please find a few pictures from our Joyous evening celebration of the feast of Pascha. We had a crowded church with much joy, singing, and then a sumptuous feast into the early hours of the morning. Congratulations to the newly illumined Nicolai baptised on the Holy Saturday Vesperal Liturgy.
We invite you to join us over the next 40 days of the Paschal Season, you haven't lived until you experience the joy of Pascha!
2022 has been a busy and full Lenten season at St. Silouan’s.
With capacity restrictions lifted, please join us for all that the culminating days of Holy Week and the joy of Pascha.
Check our calendar for the details of all Holy Week services.
Not up to staying up Saturday night for the Paschal services? Consider the Holy Saturday Vesperal Liturgy of St Basil at 1pm on the 23rd.
This year, the Saturday night Paschal services – Midnight Office, Matins and Divine Liturgy -- begin at a family friendly time of 10 pm. Parents, please feel free to make whatever accommodations to allow your kids to rejoice in the feast. Should you like to bring sleeping bags or pillows for them to sleep on, please feel free to do so!
The service will be followed by the blessing of baskets and our traditional feastal potluck! Please sign-up on our parish corkboard to bring a dish or help clean up.
Come let us revel in the night - let it be a sign that we eagerly await the dawn of the Day of the Lord. Christ is risen!
Join us! We’re so looking forward to being altogether again!
Our dear brother in Christ, Michael, was finally laid to rest after nearly two months after his death.
Our sadness was mitigated by the knowledge that in the last days of his life Michael was able to clearly request that he be baptized. Father Paul was able to fulfill his wish, mere moments before EMS came to take him to hospital.
We miss him sorely and pray to God that we will one day meet again where the bitter things of this life no longer encumber us.
We love him and commend him to our God. May his memory be eternal!
In accordance with public health guidelines, we have lifted capacity limits in our church. Feel free to come and join us for our services and share all the joys that Lent has to offer.
We recognize, however, COVID-19 has not gone away. So, to protect our entire community including those who are immune-compromised and the elderly, we will continue practices to help keep everyone safe.
We look forward to visiting us and joining us at St. Silouan's as we look forward to renewing our community outreach and full church life.
As the threat of Covid has greatly reduced we have ramped up our efforts to socialize and gather after liturgy outside. This last month we had our Parish Slava on the feast of St Silouan the Anthonite. With a good attendance and even more who dropped in for the after liturgy potlach in the nearby park.
Our 2021 Great Lent coincided with Ontario's 2nd and 3rd Waves, leading to severely reduced attendance and splitting our church into small weekly and biweekly pods. Despite the challenges, we were grateful to actually worship and all those who devoted their time to keep our prayer lives uplifted. The Pre-sanctified Liturgies where somber and prayerful. Despite only having 10 people for Pascha, a highlight was the dozens that showed up that night in their cars to sing Christ is Risen, have baskets blessed and bring home the light.
Also this year has included both baptisms and funerals. A number of new faces joined with multiple people deciding to explore pitching their tent with us as Catechuman's and 3 adult baptisms planned this year. Some people moved away from our community and some moved in. All this without having our community face to face in over a year. Despite all the darkness, life continued with great beauty and joy. We continue our witness for Christ as a English Orthodox church in the heart of Toronto and Regent Park. Christ is Risen!
We processed around the church with the cross today (April 3). Since Byzantine times the church has processed the Cross out into the streets to proclaim the Gospel and preach healing to those suffering from all sort of illnesses. It seems rather appropriate as Covid-19 picks up a again in our City. While it is western Easter, we are celebrating the feast of the Cross this year at the halfway mark of Great Lent.
Dear young adults, you are cordially invited to attend a Pre-Lenten discussion hosted by St. George Antiochian's YAM entitled, "Give me this stranger" led by our very own Fr. Paul Tadros!
From the time of St. Joseph of Arimathea till our present age, Christians have influenced and radically changed the world because of our insistence and courage to ask for the stranger - to take care of their corporeal needs. Hospitals, orphanages, and education for all were the invention of the Church! Come and discuss what it means to ask Pilate for Christ's body in 2021.
Please RSVP to the St. George Young Adults Event here via Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.ca/.../qa-with-father-tickets...
"Give Me This Stranger".
Protocol No. 35/2020
September 9, 2020
Glory to Jesus Christ!
Dear Very Reverend Protopresbyters, Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers, and Diocesan Faithful,
As I have been, I am concerned about our Diocesan children. I am concerned about their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Of course, we have always been concerned about the well-being of our children, but now, the continued effects of being physically distant from one another are becoming more apparent. If you speak with Child Psychologists, or read the growing amount of literature on the subject, you will begin to understand how difficult physical distancing is for children AND how dangerous it is to their well-being and formation.
We need to be ever more vigilant during this time in watching over our children.
As your Hierarch I am asking you to do 3 things:
We are planning an online event for our Diocesan children, ages 5-18, on Sunday, September 27, 2020 from 6:30 – 8pm. They will have an opportunity to see each other and be together, have some fun together, learn a little, and see the support of their Diocesan Priests and Hierarch.
We’ve learned through our Diocesan and Parish Youth Programs that getting our children together, even in the online environment, is important for them. God works in the online world too. We need only provide the opportunity. Again, help me bring our kids together.
I look forward to the time when we will gather in person. Until then, we will do what we have to do in order to continue to care for our children.
With my blessing I remain
Working in His vineyard,
We have a number of feast days and events over the next week:
Sept 9 :The Holy & Righteous Ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna
Divine Liturgy at 7:00pm (Zoom)
Sept 10: Community Nights in the Park and Canon of Reconciliation
Hot Dog BBQ in Regent Park behind church 5-7:00pm
Canon of Reconciliation and Discussion 7-8:00pm
Sept 13: Sunday before Holy Cross
Divine Liturgy at 10:00am
Sept 13: Great Vespers for the The Elevation of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross
Vespers at 7:00pm
Below is a construction notice informing the Regent Park community of roadwork during the next month. Please note that some of the roads around the church will be affected. (see map on page 2)
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we are delighted to continue our annual tradition - to give thanks to God and our patron St. Silouan for the many blessings we share.
The Zigomanis family has graciously offered their home in Caledon/Kleinburg to host our Parish Slava. The grounds are quite spacious, with a beautiful pond and ample area for kids and adults to pray and play. Parish Council is spearheading the organization of the event and BBQ - thank you kindly to them as well!
Click on the button below to RSVP.
Note: If you are needing a ride up or able to bring someone you can indicate that on the form.
Phos (Church School) is Back
It is with great joy that we will restart our Sunday School program beginning this coming Sunday. Our new Phos director Minja and the team of catechists are creatively finding ways of making catachesis available and possible during these exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in. Classes will be held outdoors immediately following communion.
A link has been created to update and inform parents and catachists of our program: https://sites.google.com/view/cgs-phos-program/home - please check back periodically to get any all up-to-date information.
Please pray for Rd. Bogdan, Andrea and the new baby Teo!
For the souls of Elizabeth (Sandy), Ihor and Elisabeta
Also pray for the number of recent Catechumans that God may reveal Himself and His will to their hearts as they continue their journey with us.
All those who still can not be with us, are isolated, or suffering due to this current Pandemic