Parish Response to the Pandemic

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Following the instruction of Most Reverend Bishop Bryan Bayda and civil restriction concerning the gatherings of persons, all weekday, Sunday and Feast Day Divine Liturgies are hereby closed to the public. This means that our priests will continue to celebrate these liturgies with limited assistants, such as a cantor, for the given intentions, especially for the parish, the sick and deceased. The faithful are dispensed by the Bishop from the canonical obligation to attend Sunday and Feast Day Liturgies.

During this time of trial let us raise our prayers to the Lord, Physician of our body and soul, for the spiritual strength and bodily health so much needed in these days. May He help us through his peace to overcome our anxiety and fear. Through the prayers of the Mother of God and all the saints.

In Christ,

Rt. Rev. John Tataryn, Pastor.

To read Bishop Bryan’s Pastoral Letter, click here.


What is a Dispensation from Liturgies?

A dispensation from the diocesan Bishop releases Catholics from fulfilling their Sunday obligation (Divine Liturgy). Since public Liturgies are cancelled in the Eparchy of Toronto until further notice, this means that if you live in the Eparchy, the right thing to do is to stay home for your safety and the safety of others. Though there is a sadness for not being able to participate in the Divine Liturgy the faithful are encouraged to offer up their suffering for the sake of those who are seriously ill and for those who have died.

  • What should I do if I can’t go to Church on Sunday?
  • How Do I Make a Spiritual Communion?

The answers to these questions are on our Liturgy and Prayer Page.

Read the article: How can we be the body of Christ when the coronavirus closes our churches?


Holy Mysteries

All baptisms (Rites of Initiation) are cancelled until further notice.

Baptism, confession and anointing of the sick will only be administered in danger of death. Please call the parish office in such emergencies to make arrangements.

For weddings please call the parish office.

Parish office tel: 416-244-5333

The Holy Mystery of Reconciliation (Confession)

Bishop Bryan has issued a decree on General Absolution which the pastor may administer over the next several weeks.

The conditions for receiving General Absolution are:

  • do an examination of conscience in advance.
  • have contrition for sins and a resolution to do better with God’s help.
  • to follow up with individual confession at the nearest opportunity.

To receive general absolution you must ask for it when coming to bless your baskets on Easter Saturday. See the schedule below for times.

To read Bishop Bryan’s Decree on Absolution click here.


The Divine Liturgy  and Holy Eucharist

Please continue to pray and set-aside some time every day to read scripture and pray, especially on Sundays. Some helpful prayer and links are found on our Prayer page, below is the Prayer for Spiritual Communion. As well, make efforts to connect with friends and family by phone and in prayer. Please remember that the clergy of our parish continue to pray for you, and we ask that you remember us in your prayers.

If you would like to dedicate a Divine Liturgy for a particular intention please do not hesitate to call or email the parish office.

Tel 416-244-5333 or email: st.demetrius@stdemetriuschurch.ca

Prayer for Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things,  and I desire to receive You into my soul.  Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,  come at least spiritually into my heart! I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Click here for more spiritual resources.


Funerals

We strongly recommend that all funerals be conducted in funeral homes. Gathering restrictions must be followed, in consultation with relatives of the deceased. Persons who are at risk should not attend.
A memorial liturgy can be planned for a later date. Public receptions following a funeral are not to take place on church property.


Liturgical Schedule

  • Lenten Mission – listen online on March 30, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Information for all other Lenten and Easter Services will be posted closer to the actual dates.
  • Parish Sviacheny has been postponed.

Donations

Dear parishioners and friends,

Please keep in mind that the parish office is still open, the clergy and staff are still hard at work.  The parish has ongoing expenses and bills have to be paid.

You can still make your regular donations by mail, in person or donate online. If you are sending donations by mail (cheque only, no cash), please indicate the purpose of the donation. Your Easter gifts of love for the clergy can also be mailed in or dropped off in person.

We are still taking intentions and donations for vigil candles as well. Our clergy will continue to pray for intentions and our staff will light the vigil candles for you in the church as you pray at home.

Please consider making a donation online by clicking on this button. Thank you.