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Emergency Restrictions from Eparchial WorshipSafe Guidelines for the Province of Ontario. ADDENDUM (2021-01-13)
On January 12, 2021, Premier Doug Ford announced that the Province of Ontario will be entering a state of emergency in an effort to address the increasing number of positive Covid-19 cases in the province. In light of this announcement and other developments we are updating our Eparchial WorshipSafe Guidelines for the Province of Ontario:
- The latest provincial restrictions do not impact our current limit of 10 persons present inside a place of worship at any time (including celebrant and those assisting with ministry). The existing “lockdown” measures relating to places of worship have been extended by the province until at least Thursday, February 11, 2021.
- The province has also instituted a “stay-at-home order”, effective Thursday, January 14, 2021, asking people to remain at home whenever possible, going outside of the home only for essential activities. These include: shopping for groceries, medical appointments, exercise, etc.
- It is our firm belief that spiritual sustenance is essential for the spiritual, mental, and physical well-being of the faithful, and that our Church offers essential support for many who are isolated or vulnerable. During this period of pandemic, parishes in our Eparchy should continue to offer livestream services and other creative outreach ministries. With due regard for safety protocols, parishes may continue to remain open for the celebration of Divine Liturgy, other services or private prayers. Our WorshipSafe guidelines are to be strictly followed, with participation limited to no more than 10 people inside the church building at any given time, with participants designated beforehand to avoid a situation where someone needs to be turned away.
- Pastors/Administrators should also make it clear to the faithful that the dispensation from being physically present in church to fulfill their Sunday obligation remains, but that the Lord’s Day continues to be a day of prayer and rest, as do major feasts. Those who have access to social media should make every effort to participate in worship as a family, preferably with their own parish community. It must be emphasized that individuals who are symptomatic, have a compromised immune system or are at a greater risk of infection, should remain home.
- Funerals and other services must follow earlier issued Addendums to Eparchial WorshipSafe Guidelines as well as all current additional restrictions. At present, baptisms, weddings and funerals are also limited to no more than 10 persons, including those presiding and assisting.
Parish Offices and Employees
- As long as “stay-at-home” regulations are in force, pastors/administrators should assess the necessity of bringing employees and volunteers onto church property.
- If a task is deemed absolutely necessary, employees and volunteers may be called into service, as long as physical distancing, masking and sanitation rules are observed.
WE ARE LIVE STREAMING OUR LITURGICAL SERVICES on
EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 23, 2020 until FURTHER NOTICE: NEW RESTRICTIONS IN THE CITY OF TORONTO.
Gathering limits for religious services: 10 person capacity
Beginning Monday Nov. 23, 2020 the parish liturgical services will not be open to the public due to the limit imposed by the government on religious services.
Our Saturday evening and Sunday services will only be available through live stream on our Facebook page.
For the possibility of a private baptisms, weddings or funeral – please contact the parish office for details.
If you would like to request any intentions, such as health or for the departed please don’t hesitate to call the parish office. You may also send requests for prayers by email. If you need to speak to a priest for counselling – our phone lines are open.
Please consider making a donation or payment using the button below. You can pay through Paypal or by Debit/Credit Card. Use the drop down menu to choose your selection. Liturgy intentions are stipends and are not issued tax receipts, only donations receive tax receipts. For instance, to request a liturgy intention, first enter the amount and method of payment then press donate to enter the details. Please write a brief description or provide the name for the intention where it says “Write a note” before entering your payment details. When making a donation in “Memory of”, please provide the name of the deceased. Thank you.
Щоб скласти свої добровільні датки, просимо натиснути жовту кнопку “Скласти Пожертву”. Ви можете це зробити за допомогою Paypal або кредитної картки. Якщо подаєте прохання про молитву/намірення на Службу Божу, перш ніж вводити платіжні дані, прохання стисло описати ваше намірення або подати ім`я/імена, де написано “Написати замітку“. Щиро дякуємо!
You may also consider arranging a Pre-Authorized Debit for regular offerings. Just download the form below, fill in the required information and mail it to the parish with a void cheque from your bank.
- Rt. Rev. John Tataryn
- Rev. Ivan Palisa
- Rev. Peter Shumelda
- Rev. Bohdan Swystun
- Rev. Nestor Yurchuk
- Rev. Michael Melnyk
- Rev. Eugene Doroniuk
- Rev . Gerry Andrenacci
- Rev. Greg Dutkiewicz
- Rev. Myron Dyczok
- Rev. Shawn Goldman
- Rev. Mark Stoiko
Become a Member
If you regard St. Demetrius as your parish, then you should become an official member by filling out a registration form. There are no registration fees. Here are some reasons to register: If you need any administrative assistance membership saves you time; you may join any parish or the parish council; you will receive our parish calendar free of cost and other mail-outs we do during the year. Also, you will be given a set of donation envelopes so that any donations you make will qualify for an income tax receipt.