Saint Demetrios was a Thessalonian, a most pious son of pious and noble parents, and a teacher of the Faith of Christ.
When Maximian first came to Thessalonica in 303 A.D, he raised the Saint to the rank of Duke of Thessaly. When it was discovered that the Saint was a Christian, he was arrested and kept bound in a bath-house. While the games were under way in the city, Maximian was a spectator there.
A certain friend of his, a barbarian who was a notable wrestler, Lyaeus by name, waxing haughty because of the height and strength of his body, boasted in the stadium and challenged the citizens to a contest with him. All that fought with him were defeated. Seeing this, a certain youth named Nestor, aquaintance of Demetrios’, came to the Saint in the bath-house and asked his blessing to fight Lyaeus single-handed.
Receiving this blessing and sealing himself with the sign of the precious Cross, he presented himself in the stadium, and said, “O God of Demetrios, help me!” and straightway he engaged Lyaeus in combat and smote him with a mortal blow to the heart, leaving the former boaster lifeless upon the earth.
Maximian was sorely grieved over this, and when he learned who was the cause of this defeat, he commanded straightway and Demetrios was pierced with lances while he was yet in the bath-house, As for Nestor, Maximian commanded that he be slain with his own sword.
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)
Parish Priest: Fr. Dimitrios Gianniou
President: Anastasios (Tom) Zafiridis
Vice-President: Frank Spiridoulias
Secretary: Tina Edwards
Treasurer: Dimitrios Nikolaidis
Treasurer for Senior’s Building:
Advisor to the Board: Nathan Hondronicols
Dance Group: Sue Zafiridis and Tony Halkeas
Building Committee: Athanasios Kavouras
GOYA: Sophia Zafiridis-Savruk and Fr. Dimitrios Gianniou
Festivals: George Thersidis
Food, Beverages & Funerals : Frank Spiridoulias
Entertainment: (By Committee)
Board Members: Elias Thersidis, Peter Kourtakis, Fotini Edwards (Greek School), John Kartas, and Eleftherios Tsiliganos
Community Secretary: Ekaterini (Rena) Georgakopoulos
Cantors: Peter Toublis, Nick Miminas and George Sholarchos.
Role of the Community Council
The role and responsibilities of the Church Council members is to represent their parish and the Orthodox Christian faith as leaders of the community. The Council consists of the Priest and the elected members.
Mission of the Community Council
Our goal as the parish council is to practice and proclaim the Orthodox Christian Faith pure by setting an example for the parish and ensure that we provide an enjoyable and comfortable experience through our administration services towards our membership and non-members entering the front doors every day.
As ambassadors of Faith and your council representative, we encourage you to feel free and approach us for any inquiries you may have.
Council Meetings occur on the First Monday of every month at 7:30 pm unless otherwise communicated.
✤ January 5-6 (Epiphany)
✤ Lent and Holy Week
✤ August 1-15 (Fast of the Theotokos)
✤ August 29 (Beheading of St. John the Baptist)
✤ September 14 (Elevation of the Holy Cross)
✤ December 13-25 (Christmas Fast)
✤ Weddings are not allowed on the day before all major Feastdays of the Church, all Holy Days of Our Lord, and Holy Pentecost (see above).
✤ Weddings are not allowed on these days unless absolutely necessary and then only by special permission from the Metropolitan.
✤December 25 – January 6
✤ Holy Week
✤ Major Feast Days
✤ Baptisms are not allowed on these days unless in the case of an emergency or when absolutely necessary and then only by special permission from the Metropolitan
✤ Funeral Services are allowed on any day of the year, except on Sundays, unless absolutely necessary and permission is obtained from the Metropolitan.
✤From Saturday of Lazarus through Sunday of Thomas
✤ All the Feast days of our Lord
✤ On August 15
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