St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (Ecumenical Patriarchate)
2019 Autumn Spiritual Retreat

On Saturday, November 30th, our parish sponsored its annual Autumn Spiritual Retreat.  Due to the fact that our new parish hall is not yet completed the retreat was held again at Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church here in Oshawa.  Our main speaker was Hieromonk Michael of St. Gregory Palamas Greek Orthodox Monastery in Ohio, who spoke to the teens and adults about the life and teaching of Mother Gavrilia of Leros, "The Ascetic of Love," as well as about Orthodoxy and the Environment.  The younger participants were led by Jane Pfeil of Toronto in a session during which, through reading and art they explored the Old Testament prophecies about Jesus Christ.  The women of the Evangelismos Philoptochos prepared wonderful snacks, and after Vespers everyone enjoyed the delicious dinner which they prepared.  We were blessed to have Fr. Michael concelebrate Liturgy and preach on Sunday morning, and it was a special treat for him to serve the Holy Liturgy on Monday morning, December 2nd as well, for the feast of St. Porphyrios of Kafsokalyvia.  Everyone who participated in the retreat program as well as the liturgical services was very edified, and benefitted greatly.  A special note of thanks is due to the St. Volodymyr Cathedral Foundation of Toronto who made this retreat possible with a very generous donation.

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Pascha 2019
"Malanka" Ukrainian New Year's Dance

Our Odessa Dancers are sponsoring a Ukrainian New Year's dance - "Malanka" - on Friday, January 17th.  It will feature a wonderful dinner, a live band, and performance by our dancers.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact the Odessa Dancers at  We look forward to seeing you!

Наша Школа Українського Народнього Танцю "Одеса" запрошує Вас на новорічну забаву "Маланка," яка відбудеться у п'ятницю, 17-го січня 2020.  Квитки можете набути від танцюристів,,  Пропонуємо прекрасну вечерю, українську оркестру, танцюристи виступатимуть тощо.  Ласкаво просимо!

Orthodox Christian Family Fellowship

Our Orthodox Christian Familly Fellowship is a program for parents with young children.  Our participants include both Orthodox and non-Orthodox, Ukrainian and non-Ukrainian families, who meet on average twice a month for spiritual support, fellowship, and Christian formation.  The gatherings are held on Saturdays, beginning at 3 PM with fellowship, followed by various educational, cultural, and spiritual activities, and concludes with Vespers at 5 PM  (which is served in English).  Our final gathering before Pascha takes place on April 4th, and will begin with the Divine Liturgy at 10 AM, followed by a fellowship pot-luck brunch.

We invite everyone with younger children, from toddlers through early primary school, to participate.  

Upcoming Services
Saturday, 9 / 22 February
Meat-fare Soul Saturday
9:30 AM - Divine Liturgy with Requiem Service
Great Vespers is cancelled this evening
Sunday, 10 / 23 February
Meat-fare Sunday
10:00 Divine Liturgy
Parish Annual General Meeting to follow
Saturday, 16 / 29 February
Orthodox Christian Family Fellowship 3 - 5 PM
5:00 Great Vespers
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