Schedule of Services until the end of 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Under eased restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19, our worship services will continue to be held regularly with a mandatory maintenance of a physical distance of 6ft and wearing face masks (more details here: https://www.york.ca/wps/portal/yorkhome/health/yr/covid-19/publichealthsafetymeasures/), per the following schedule:

  • October 17 – 17th Sunday after Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • October 24 – 18th Sunday after Pentecost – Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • October 27 – Venerable mother Paraskeva – St. Petka: Divine Liturgy at 9 am
  • October 31 – 19th Sunday after Pentecost – Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, St. Peter of Cetinje: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • November 6 – Memorial Saturday: Divine Liturgy at 9 am
  • November 7 – 20th Sunday after Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • November 8 – Holy and Glorious Great-martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-gusher of Thessalonica: Divine Liturgy at 9 am
  • November 14 – 21st Sunday after Pentecost – Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • November 21 – 22nd Sunday after Pentecost – Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless Powers: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • November 28 – 23rd Sunday after Pentecost (Beginning of Nativity Fast): Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • December 4 – The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple: Divine Liturgy at 9 am
  • December 5 – 24th Sunday after Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • December 12 – 25th Sunday after Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • December 19 – 26th Sunday after Pentecost – St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, archbishop of Myra (Children’s day): Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • December 26 – 27th Sunday after Pentecost – Holy Forefathers (Mothers’ day): Divine Liturgy at 10 am

– Governing Board of St. Archangel Gabriel Parish in Richmond Hill

Assistance to the Eparchy of Budimlja-Nikšić

The Lord’s greeting to all!

I wanted to let you know that I have attended the enthronement of the Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, Joanikije. Despite all the temptations and challenges, it was a magnificent event. Those are the kinds of moments when you wish time could stop: an event I will surely remember for a long, long time. The blessings that those of us who attended have received I wish to pass on to all of you and your families. You were all in my prayers!

I believe that we are all aware how much our monasteries financially struggle, and how difficult it is for the people who live in those areas. We also know how much the monasteries have helped and continue to help the poor: they were always with the people when it was hardest. This time, I also witnessed how many people come to the monasteries seeking assistance, and how many soup kitchens organized by the Church are there that feed the hungry.

We have launched a fundraiser to help the Eparchy of Budimlja-Nikšić, where the newly elected Bishop of Budimlja-Nikšić, our dear Bishop Metodije, was enthroned on September 26 this year.

The situation is not rosy here in Canada either, but we believe that there are still those who are able and willing to help. It is ours to do our best, and the Lord will arrange the rest.

The charitable Humanitarian Foundation “Stara Raška” supports this action: for all contributions of over $50, Stara Raška will issue a tax receipt. The list of all contributors will be submitted to Bishop Metodije.

If you are able to participate in this action, you can send your contributions by:

  1. E-transfer: bgasovic@sympatico.caplease send me your address
  2. PayPal: bgasovic@sympatico.caplease send me your address
  3. Personal Check made payable to “STARA RASKA”. If you choose this option, please contact me directly by email at bgasovic@sympatico.ca, to provide you with the mailing address to send the check to.

Please feel free to forward this appeal to your friends and acquaintances.

All the best to you and your family!

Biljana Gašović

Sunday 9/12: Prayer for our Students and the Start of the Academic Year

Dear Parishioners,

On Sunday, September 12, 2021, following the Divine Liturgy we will pray for all the students of our Parish for the start of the new Academic Year. We invite all parents and students to join us on this occasion!

Of course, we will continue maintaining all prescribed measures: indoor and outdoor religious services, rites and ceremonies are allowed with capacity limited to permit, while maintaining physical distancing of 6ft and wearing face masks (more details here: https://www.york.ca/wps/portal/yorkhome/health/yr/covid-19/publichealthsafetymeasures/).

Additionally, our Sunday School lessons for the youngest (junior and middle school aged) group will resume again, taking place every Sunday following the Divine Liturgy, with the necessary precautions as explained already above

The lessons will be in Serbian and per need in English too: all children are welcome and no one will be left out for simply not knowing Serbian well enough.

You will be updated later on the expected schedule of Spiritual Conversations for Teenagers and Adults.

– Governing Board of St. Archangel Gabriel Parish in Richmond Hill

Synaxis of St. Archangel Gabriel: Hierarchical Divine Liturgy July 25th & Divine Liturgy July 26th

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We would like to inform you that on Sunday, July 25, 2021, on the Vespers of the Synaxis of St. Archangel Gabriel, the Feast-day (Slava) of our Parish, His Grace Bishop Mitrofan will serve the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at our Parish at 10AM, followed by the consecration of the wheat, breaking of the Slavski Kolač and choosing of the kum for the next year.

An outdoors BBQ will be served after that, maintaining all prescribed measures: indoor and outdoor religious services, rites and ceremonies are allowed with capacity limited to permit, while maintaining physical distancing of 2 m and wearing face masks (more details here: https://www.york.ca/wps/portal/yorkhome/health/yr/covid-19/publichealthsafetymeasures/).

On Monday July 26, 2021, the Feast-day (Slava) itself, Divine Liturgy will start at 9AM.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the Slava of our Parish Church on the Vespers of the Feast-day, so that together with our Bishop we may pray to the Lord and His Holy Archangel to bless us all.

– Governing Board of St. Archangel Gabriel Parish in Richmond Hill

Schedule of Services until Dormition under Reduced Restrictions

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As of June 11, reduced restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19 have been in effect.

Worship services will continue to be held regularly with a limit of 15% of the chapel’s capacity, mandatory maintenance of a distance of 2m and wearing face masks (more details here: https://www.york.ca/wps/portal/yorkhome/health/yr/covid-19/publichealthsafetymeasures/), per the following schedule:

  • June 19 – Memorial Saturday: Divine Liturgy at 9 am
  • June 20 – Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles – Pentecost – Trinity Sunday: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • June 21 – Pentecost Monday: Divine Liturgy at 9 am
  • June 27 – 1st Sunday after Pentecost – All Saints: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • June 28 – Holy Martyr Prince Lazarus and All Serbian Martyrs – Vidovdan (Beginning of the Apostles’ Fast): Divine Liturgy at 9 am
  • July 4 – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • July 7 – Birth of St. John the Forerunner – Ivandan: Divine Liturgy at 9 am
  • July 11 – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • July 12 – Holy Apostles Peter and Paul – Petrovdan: Divine Liturgy at 9 am
  • July 18 – 4th Sunday after Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • July 25 – 5th Sunday after Pentecost – Vespers of the Synaxis of St. Archangel Gabriel: Divine Liturgy at 10 am, cutting of the Slava Kolač and choosing of the kum for next year
  • July 26 – Synaxis of St. Archangel Gabriel – Parish Slava: Divine Liturgy at 9 am
  • August 1 – 6th Sunday after Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • August 2 – Holy Prophet Elijah – Ilindan: Divine Liturgy at 9 am
  • August 6 – Holy Martyrs of Prebilovci and Lower Hercegovina: Divine Liturgy at 9 am
  • August 8 – 7th Sunday after Pentecost – Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • August 15 – 8th Sunday after Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • August 19 – Transfiguration of the Lord: Divine Liturgy at 9 am
  • August 22 – 9th Sunday after Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10 am
  • August 28 – Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos – Velika Gospojina: Divine Liturgy at 9 am
  • August 29 – 10th Sunday after Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10 am

We remind you that all parishioners who want to attend one of the services or cut their Slava Kolač must contact Aleksandar Cvijetinović in advance by email at sashacvijetinovic@gmail.com or text message at 416-993-0647 to be added to the schedule so that the prescribed maximum number of people in the chapel can be maintained. We kindly request that in case of a change in plans that you please contact Aleksandar in time so that others would be allowed to attend the worship service.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

– Governing Board of St. Archangel Gabriel Parish in Richmond Hill