Visit of Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios to the Orthodox Communities in Saskatchewan

Twelve Families in Canada Keep Church Doors Open

1. Saskatoon - Sept. 2017

Koimisis Tis Theotokou, Saskatoon

Metropolitan Sotirios, accompanied by Fr. S. Vandoros, Fr. J. Kaoukakis and Head Chanter, Mr. A. Christodouloulis, visited the four communities in the province of Saskatchewan.

On Sunday, September 17, 2017, they celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Koimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Community in Saskatoon. They had a meeting with the Community Council and talked about the construction of the new church and community centre.

Following the Divine Liturgy, a discussion took place in the hall of the church with all parishioners, and a luncheon was offered to all.

On Monday evening, they celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Community in Yorkton. This small community has only 12 families, yet they maintain their church beautifully and Fr. Vandoros visits them once a month to celebrate the Divine Liturgy. Congratulations to them all!

On Tuesday evening, they celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Community in Regina. After the Divine Liturgy, the Blessing of the Waters (Agiasmos) service was held for the beginning of the new Greek School year.

The church was filled to capacity with faithful Christians and many children, all who approached to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

Following the Liturgy and the Blessing of the Waters, everyone went to the hall of the church and had dinner. The president of the Community, Archon Perentes, addressed the participants; amongst those attending the service and dinner was Senator Pana Merchant.

Metropolitan Sotirios spoke at the end of the evening, and everyone chanted church hymns and Christian songs together.

On Wednesday evening, they visited and celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the small but miraculous Community of Swift Current, which also has 12 families and yet maintains a church. After the Divine Liturgy, all participants had dinner together.

All the pious Orthodox Christians of Saskatchewan were enthused by the visit of the Metropolitan and the clergy. At the same time, the Metropolitan was enthused with and congratulated all the faithful for their continued hard work.

Hymns of praise and thanksgiving are sent to the Thrice-Holy God for both the pious faithful Christians and for our wonderful priests, who are working in such a wonderful manner in the province of Saskatchewan, which is five times larger than Greece.

2. Yorkton - Sept. 2017

Holy Anargyroi, Yorkton

3. Regina - Sept. 2017

Sts. Peter and Paul, Regina

Δώδεκα οικογένειες στον Καναδά κρατούν εκκλησία

Ο Mητροπολίτης Σωτήριος, συνοδευόμενος από τον π. Σ. Βανδώρο, τον π. Ι. Καουκάκη και τον πρωτοψάλτη Α. Χριστοδουλούλη επισκέφθηκαν τις τέσσερις κοινότητες της επαρχίας Σασκάτσουαν.

Λειτούργησαν την Κυριακή στο Σασκατούν στον Ι. Ν. Κοίμησης της Θεοτόκου. Είχαν συνεδρίαση με το διοικητικό συμβούλιο και μίλησαν για το κτίσιμο νέας εκκλησίας και κοινοτικού κέντρου.

Μετά τη Θεία Λειτουργία έγινε συζήτηση με όλο το εκκλησίασμα στην αίθουσα του Ιερού Ναού και προσεφέρθη γεύμα σε όλους. Στη Θεία Λειτουργία και σε όλες τις εκδηλώσεις έλαβε μέρος ο Γενικός Πρόξενος της Ελλάδας στο Βανκούβερ κ. Α. Ιωάννου.

Δευτέρα βράδυ λειτούργησαν στον Ι. Ν. Αγίων Αναργύρων Yorkton του Σασκάτσουαν. H μικρή αυτή Κοινότης έχει μόνο δώδεκα (12) οικογένειες, αλλά κρατούν την εκκλησία τους και μία φορά τον μήνα πηγαίνει ο π. Σ. Βανδώρος και τους λειτουργεί. Θερμά συγχαρητήρια!

Την Τρίτη το βράδυ λειτούργησαν στον Ι. Ν. Αγίων Πέτρου και Παύλου Regina Saskatchewan και μετά τη Θεία Λειτουργία ετέλεσαν τον αγιασμό για την έναρξη του ελληνικού σχολείου.

Η εκκλησία ήταν κατάμεστη από ευλαβείς χριστιανούς και πολλά παιδιά, τα οποία προσήλθαν όλα στο μυστήριο της Θείας Κοινωνίας.

Μετά τη Θεία Λειτουργία και τον αγιασμό, όλοι κατέβηκαν στην αίθουσα της εκκλησίας και είχαν δείπνο. Μίλησε ο πρόεδρος κ. Περεντές. Μεταξύ των παρευρισκομένων ήταν και η γερουσιαστής κυρία Παναγιώτα Μέρτσαντ.

Στο τέλος μίλησε ο Μητροπολίτης Σωτήριος και όλοι μαζί έψαλλαν εκκλησιαστικούς ύμνους και χριστιανικά άσματα.

Την Τετάρτη το βράδυ επισκέφθηκαν την μικρή, αλλά θαυματουργή Kοινότητα του Swift Current, η οποία επίσης έχει δώδεκα (12) οικογένειες και κρατεί εκκλησία και ετέλεσαν τη Θεία Λειτουργία. Mετά τη Θεία Λειτουργία εδείπνησαν όλοι μαζί.

Κατενθουσιασμένοι έμειναν οι ευλαβείς χριστιανοί από την επίσκεψη του Μητροπολίτη και των ιερέων, αλλά και ο Μητροπολίτης έμεινε κατενθουσιασμένος και τους συνεχάρη.

Δοξολογία, αίνος και ευχαριστία αναπέμπονται στον Τρισάγιο Θεό για τους τόσο ευλαβείς χριστιανούς, αλλά και τους τόσο καλούς ιερείς, οι οποίοι στην επαρχία αυτή της Σασκάτσουαν εργάζονται τόσο όμορφα . Υπενθυμίζεται ότι, η επαρχία της Saskatchewan είναι πέντε φορές μεγαλύτερη από την Ελλάδα.

4. Swift Current - Sept. 2017

Theotokos of the Lifegiving Font, Swift Current

This article was originally posted on the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto website

St. Paul’s School of Byzantine Music to begin in October

The aim of the school is to introduce the marvel and beauty of the music of our Orthodox faith and tradition. Teaching will be available for children and adults, men and women.
Lessons will be conducted in both Greek and English. A basic knowledge of the Greek language is required. The duration of this school will be a minimum of two years, with the possible continuation for a third year.
The two years will be divided into four semesters of study, two semesters per year. Each semester will be divided into fifteen weeks of teaching, following proficiency exams at the end of each year.
The teaching will take place in the Church Hall and the proposed hours of teaching are at approximately two hours per week.
Tuition for the first year is $200 per semester payable to St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church.
Please contact Thanos Christodouloulis at 306-501-4401 or tchristodouloulis@gmail.com to register and for more information.

Visit by Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios – Tuesday, September 19th

His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios will be in Regina on September 19th.
There will be a Divine Liturgy at 5:30 p.m. followed by the blessing of the Greek School and a dinner in the Church Hall. There is no charge for the dinner, however a collection tray will be passed in support of the Greek School.

Visit by Consul of Greece in Vancouver – Friday, September 15th

His Excellency Athanasios Ioannou, Consul of Greece in Vancouver will visit our community on Friday, September 15th.

Everyone is invited to attend a reception at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church Hall from 7:30 – 9:00 pm.

 

Ο εξοχότατος Πρόξενος της Ελλάδας στο Βανκούβερ Αθανάσιος Ιωάννου θα επισκεφτεί την κοινότητά μας την Παρασκευή, 15 Σεπτεμβρίου.

Καλούμε  όλα τα μέλη της κοινότητας μας να παρευρεθείτε στη δεξίωση στην αίθουσα της Εκκλησίας από τις 7:30-9:00 μ.μ.

I’m Orthodox: What Does that Mean? 30 Questions and Answers – A Concise and Practical Guidebook

In order for us as Orthodox Christians to follow the words of Christ recorded by Matthew the Evangelist, we must be properly educated about the Truth of God and His Church, which is the Kingdom of Heaven realized on earth.

For this reason, together with the many other spiritual offerings of our Holy Metropolis, this small Question and Answer-formatted guidebook was developed to help inform the faithful — and those interested in learning about Orthodoxy — about our Christian faith, which alone leads man to salvation in Christ.

Read this guidebook; contemplate the information provided in it; apply the lessons on a daily basis; become an active Orthodox Christian who prays, fasts, is a cheerful giver, merciful, goes to confession and church services, and lives a sacramental life.

 

Click the following link to open the document in pdf:

I’M ORTHODOX: WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

 

29th Clergy Laity Assembly and Youth Assembly of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto

The National Youth Assembly and Clergy Laity Assembly was held in Belleville, Ontario from May 26 to June 1, 2017. Four member of GOYA Regina attended the Youth Assembly and enjoyed the activities and presentations tremendously. Two members of our Philoptochos attended along with 2 members of St. Paul’s Council together with Fr. Spiridon Vandoros. The conference began with a video message from His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. Greetings were also given by His Excellency Mr. Yiorgos Marcantonatos, Ambassador of Greece to Canada, His Excellency Pavlos Anastasiades, High Commissioner of Cyprus to Canada and His Worship Mayor Taso Christopher who is of Greek descent.

This year there were presentations on the following topics:

  • All of us are Children of God – How to be Saved
  • Raising Saints – Parents and Children
  • Strategies for Communities – Good Management
  • Reconnecting Families with the Church – Hardware and Software
  • Finances of the Communities and the Salvation of People – Tithing
  • Orthodox Faith & Greek Education – Connecting Salvation with Greek Education

Hi Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios also met privately with the presidents of the various communities in attendance.