Message from Archbishop Sotirios of Canada – July 15, 2020 (click on the link below to open the message)

Αγια Σοφια – Πενθος Σημερα σε ολους τους Ελληνορθοδοξους Ναους

<<Αυτή είναι η μοίρα σου Ερντογάν και λαέ της Τουρκίας! Να προσκυνάτε μέσα στον μεγαλύτερο ναό της Ορθοδοξίας! Αυτή είναι η δύναμη του Χριστιανισμού της Ορθοδοξίας της Αγίας Σοφιάς ! Χαίρεστε… τι χαίρεστε? Προδότες του εαυτού σας είστε, της πατρίδας σας, της θρησκείας σας!
Οι αγιογραφίες δεν σβήνουν, δεν αποκρύπτονται!! Θα είναι πάντα εκεί να σας θυμίζουν πόσο αδύναμοι, πόσο άδειοι άνθρωποι είστε, χωρίς τα όπλα και το χρήμα σας! Έτσι Τούρκε … Προσκύνα μέσα στην Αγιά Σοφιά, στον ναό της Ορθοδοξίας…Τόσο αμόρφωτος είσαι που δεν σέβεσαι καν τον δικό σου Θεό… και αυτή είναι η διαφορά μας! Έλληνας σε τζαμί δεν θα προσκυνούσε ούτε με την βία … θα έβρισκε τρόπο να πεθάνει…Ευχαριστούμε Ερντογάν που έδειξες παγκοσμίως ποια είναι η δύναμη της Αγιάς Σοφιάς, της Ορθοδοξίας του Χριστιανισμού!>>

St. Paul’s Church Opening (Updated June 11, 2020)

Dear members and parishioners of St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church.

Effective June 11, 2020 the Government of Saskatchewan has made a change to allow more people to attend church services. Specifically, churches may have one-third of capacity up to 150 people. For St. Paul’s we can accommodate up to 100 people (including 10 in the choir loft).

Please carefully read the guidelines and precautions below so that we will stay within the Guidelines for Places of Worship established by the Government of Saskatchewan. 

  1. We are currently allowed a total of 100 people in the church. Considering the priest, chanter, altar server and 2 – 3 council members we can accommodate 90 to 95 parishioners at each service.
  2. Attendance is on a ‘First come, First served’ basis. We will make allowance for those that have previously called and indicated that they will attend a specific service.
  3. Parishioners showing symptoms of COVID-19, those that are ill or whose immune system is compromised should should stay at home and view the services with the live streams provided.
  4. The church doors will be open 15 minutes before each service and will close 30 minutes after the service begins.
  5. Please follow the instructions of the Council Members as it is their responsibility to ensure we follow safety guidelines such as physical distancing of 2 meters (6 feet) and maximum occupancy.
  6. People from the same household may enter the church together and will be seated together. There will be distinct markings indicating which pews are open for you to sit in.
  7. Hand sanitizer is provided, and we ask everyone to use it when they enter the church. Face masks are not mandatory and will not be provided for you, but we encourage you to bring your own.
  8. We are not allowed to pass a collection tray at this time, so we ask that you consider donating at the same time as your offering for your candles or on your way out after the service. Please consider donating for the whole month of June. Let us know and we will continue to light candles for you and your family members throughout the month. You may also donate online on our website, by mailing in your cheque or dropping off your envelope at the church mail slot.
  9. Veneration of the Icons and Gospel Book cannot be done via kissing. Instead make a contactless bow.
  10. Holy Communion will not be offered at this time because the guidelines do not allow the use of a common cup.
  11. Fr. Spyridon will explain how Antidoron will be offered to maintain physical distancing.

To help raise some funds we are having two events over the next few weeks. We will be selling loukoumades and frappe at the Church Parking lot on Saturday, June 20th in the afternoon. We are also holding a Bake Sale on July 3 and 4th (pre-orders only). Please refer to postings on Facebook for more details.

Below is the Church Services Schedule until the end of June.

June 21st – 9:00am- 11:00am Doors open 8:45 am–10:00am

June 24th – 6:30pm-8:00pm Doors open 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm

June 28th – 9:00am- 11:00am Doors open 8:45 am – 10:00 am

June 28th – 6:30pm-7:30pm Doors open 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm

June 29th – 6:30pm-8:00pm Doors open 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm

On behalf of St. Paul’s Community Council,

Chris Perentes, President

St. Paul’s Opening to the Faithful Very Soon

St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church will be opening to the faithful again very soon! We will be posting full details in the coming days on Facebook and on the Church website.

Church services will continue to be live streamed for the foreseeable future.

COVID-19 Update – March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Update – MARCH 17, 2020:

The Community Council together with Fr. Spiridon Vandoros continue to monitor the ongoing pandemic of the COVID-19 virus. The most recent encyclicals from the Archdiocese of Canada ask that those that are 65 years of age and up as well as everyone that is feeling sick or has recently traveled outside of the country should stay home. Furthermore, no more than 50 people will be allowed to attend church services.

Please ensure that this information is communicated to your friends and family members that do not have access to Facebook.

We are currently making arrangements to live stream our services either through YouTube or Facebook. More information will be made available as we have it. We encourage all of the faithful to practice social distancing and limit your exposure to others by staying home and going out only when necessary. We realize how important attending church services is to our members. However, by taking these measures now, we can ensure that we are all healthy and able to attend when the danger has passed.

Church is anywhere that faithful congregate including the home. Let us all pray together with our families for an end to the pandemic.

Chris Perentes, President on behalf of Fr. Spiridon Vandoros and St. Paul’s Community Council

Assemblies of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada July 2019

The 30th Biennial Assembly of our Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada took place in Vancouver June 28 to July 4, 2019. St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Community was represented by Fr. Spiridon Vandoros, 10 Youth (Anthony Parisone, Michele Parisone, Zoe Kourles, Stelios Constantinides, Maria Lygouriatis, Maria Perentes, Constantina Perentes, Katerina Perentes, Yanni Kolitsas and Nikoletta Giannaris), Taya Christidis (MET Youth Chaperone and Council Member), 3 members of Philoptochos (Toula Perdicaris, Voula Danakas and Fotini Gargatzidis) and 3 members from the Community Council (Chris Perentes, George Tsiklis and Spiro Kangles). More information and photos can be found at the following link: https://www.gometropolis.org/website/the-assemblies-of-the-archdiocese-of-canada-took-place-with-great-success/

Delegates of the Youth Assembly presented a “Tree of Life” to His Eminence which represents the youth of our Archdiocese as the branches and the Greek Orthodox Church as the trunk of the tree.
The temporary chapel erected at the hotel when conference attendees attended Divine Liturgy on June 29 and July 1st.
Members of Philoptochos and the Community Council at the Grand Banquet on July 1st at the Hellenic Community Centre of Vancouver. Seated with them are members of the Vancouver Greek Community.
Following the Assembly we had a little time to take in the sights at Stanley Park, Vancouver.

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

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?

 

Job Posting – Greek School Principal

JOB POSTING: Principal – St. Paul’s Greek Heritage Language School

Now accepting qualified applicants

St. Paul’s Greek Heritage Language School is accepting applicants for the position of Principal to begin following the end of the current school year (June/July 2019).

The Principal of St. Paul’s Greek Heritage Language School reports directly to the Greek School Board and its President. The School operates under the auspices of St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Community of Regina.

Following are the minimum requirements to apply for the position:

  1. Must have a proficiency in the Greek language.
  2. Must be a member in Good Standing with St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Community of Regina
  3. Must understand and consistently adhere to the St. Paul’s Greek School policies.

Interested candidates should send their resume to:

St. Paul’s Greek Heritage Language School

c/o St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church

3000 Argyle Road, Regina, SK S4S 2B2

Attention: Selection Committee

or by email to: st.pauls@sasktel.net

Applications and expressions of interest must be received by August 16, 2019.

If you require more information please contact Greek School President Fotini Labropulu at: fotini.labropulu@uregina.ca