IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR PARISHIONERS - PLEASE SHARE:
Please be advised that effective immediately and for the duration of the lockdown, the limit of 10 individuals in the church will be strictly enforced.
Holy Communion and Holy Unction will be distributed following services as previously communicated (and as outlined in our church's website schedule page) until 12:00 pm, however this means that we will not be able to accommodate parishioners to remain in the church during services, given the anticipated traffic.
Parishioners will still be able to come in and venerate thr icons, and light candles however.
Palm leaves will be distributed following Palm Sunday Services at the front of the church and antidoro will be available at the front of the church likewise.
For memorial services kolyva etc will need toner brought prior to the beginning of service and collected after the memorial. We cannot permit the distribution of kolyva at this time.
Council members will be available to conduct parishioners appropriately.
All services will continue to be streamed live on our Facebook and YouTube platforms, and our schedule of church services is available on our church website:
We thank you all for your understanding and cooperation as we navigate these difficult times.
May God continue to bless all of you with health on our Journey to Pascha.
Dear Parishioners, Community Members, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is with mixed emotions that we announce the coming retirement of our Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Demetrios Gianniou, Protopresbyter after 36 years of faithful service to the church in Canada.
Fr. Dimitrios Gianniou was ordained into Priesthood by Metropolitan Sotirios on September 11, 1984. He received his Offikion of Economos in 1990 and his Offikion of Protopresbyter in May 2016.
Father Gianniou has served many communities across Canada, including the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Thunder Bay (1984-1989), Panagia Greek Orthodox Church in Hamilton (1989-1991), Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Laval, QC (1991-1997), St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Winnipeg (1997-2008) and St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Hamilton (2008-present).
Father Gianniou is a teacher of Byzantine music and taught at the Metropolis’ Theological Academy in Toronto for seven years (2008-2015). He has also taught Byzantine music in the Communities he has served across Canada (Holy Trinity in Thunder Bay, Panagia in Hamilton, Holy Cross in Laval, St. Demetrios in Winnipeg and St. Demetrios in Hamilton).
On behalf of the Community council, the parishioners, the community cultural organizations, and the volunteers of the Greek Orthodox community of St. Demetrios in Hamilton, we would like to wish Rev. Fr. Demetrios and Presvytera Asimina well in retirement, and thank them for their dutiful service to all of the communities, including our own, that they touched.
Fr. Demetrios Gianniou would like to thank all of the faithful in the communities he served, as well as the various cultural organizations who helped to spread and continue the good works of the church and for Greece.
Our new Parish Priest will be announced in the near future.
Farewell Dinner for Fr. Demetrios Gianniou hosted by Agia Triados Ladies Philoptochos.
We are a religious community, with ecclesiastical and cultural programming centered around the traditions and values of our Holy Orthodox faith.
We offer opportunities to explore our faith through engaging and immersive programming such as Sunday School / Catechism, and Greek Language Instruction for youth and adults, Greek Dance and Folklore instruction, as well as bible study and Byzantine chanting.
We offer many opportunities to engage with the community, such as Philanthropy through our Holy Trinity Philoptochos Society, volunteering opportunities at festivals and events, and youth social activities through G.O.Y.A and community excursions and religious retreats.
Your support and contributions will enable us to continue to offer engaging programming, religious instruction, and philanthropic endeavors. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
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We are open! We are allowed a maximum of 10 individuals as per Provincial Order. This number includes the priest, chanter(s), volunteers, etc.
Services will continue to be live streamed on YouTube and FaceBook.
Masks must continue to be worn at all times, and all individuals must disinfect upon entering and leaving the church. Social Distancing protocols remain in place.
Please stay tuned for further communication.