Painting of the altar ceiling – call for donations

Dear parishioners,

you are cordially invited to make a donation to finance the painting of 36 mural icons on the altar ceiling:

12 icons of Old Testament prophets,
12 icons of angels and archangels,
8 icons of winged seraphim,
4 murals of the firmament with the sun and the moon.

Each icon costs us $CA 280. You may leave your donations at the candle booth, where you will get a receipt for income tax purposes. The names of the sponsors will be printed on the icon sketch displayed in the lower church hall. Continue reading Painting of the altar ceiling – call for donations

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Christmas Sale “The Second Life of Books”

On December 28th our parish will host a Christmas Sale, “The Second Life of Books”. We kindly ask you to donate any old or new books, for adults or for children, in Russian, English, French, or Ukrainian, on the following topics:
–       Spirituality and religious teaching;
–       History of the Church;
–       History of culture;
–       History of philosophy;
–       Lives of saints;
–       Tales for children;
–       Cooking recipes;
–       Sewing, embroidery, and knitting;
–       Gardening, plants, and pets;
–       Dictionaries and illustrated albums;
–       CDs, DVDs, or records with music or literary, spiritual or educational material.
We accept all books in good condition, no matter their age. You may bring your donations until December 22nd on Saturdays and Sundays to the lower church hall with the note “Christmas Sale”.
All funds raised are for the benefit of the parish.






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Parish Annual Fall Lottery

Dear parishioners, supporters and all who frequent our services,

The Parish Annual Fall Lottery is coming soon and our Rector and Parish Council once again appeal to you for support in purchasing and selling the tickets.
The Annual Lottery is not a gamble as we do not distribute any profit from income or deficit. This is just another way to donate to our parish. The Lottery has been in practice for several years proving to be appreciated by parishioners as a successful tool to raise additional money and to make up for the shortfalls, especially after less active summer months. The construction, charitable, and church funds that support and maintain our Cathedral and Rawdon parish life are usually the recipients of the Lottery proceeds.
The number of “old” parishioners, who used to bear most of the burden of maintaining our parish, is slowly dwindling. For example, from 240 individuals in 1980 the number had fallen to 188 by 1990; then down to 110 in 2002, and in 2012 only about 100 active parishioners participated in the Lottery. So we appeal, in particular, to all you – “new” parishioners and all other 500 families of our constant Church goers – to support our parish.

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A new gift to our church

On Sunday 13 July our father rector installed a new icon, an icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, named the Gatekeeper, in the centre of the church.

This icon was executed and consecrated in Athos, the Greek mountain monastery, and was recently offered to a pilgrim named Valery with the instruction to leave it in the first church where he would pray. Thus, this icon of the Most Holy Theotokos Portaitissa of mount Athos  ended up in our place a few days ago. Father Anatoly accepted this gift with the gratitude from the whole parish. We need now to make a kiot for this icon, which will be hung in the left transept of the church.

This same person had previously offered our church an icon of the Holy Matron of Moscow and  funded the making of a kiot to enshrine it.

We warmly thank all those who financially contribute to adorning our cathedral. We wish everyone to benefit from the spiritual help and the intercession of the Theotokos.

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Charitable event – June 15

On Sunday June 15 after Divine Liturgy there’ll be a charity event – coffee from our St. John of Kronstadt society – to raise funds for orphans in in Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Belorussia et Canada.

You are all invited!

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Appeal for The Saint Arseny Orthodox Christian Theological Institute

Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus

On Sunday, June 22nd, the Saint Arseny Orthodox Christian Theological Institute is making its annual appeal for support. This appeal is approved by
His Grace, Bishop Irenee.

As you may know, Readers, Sub deacons, Deacons and some new priests have taken courses from Saint Arseny Orthodox Christian Theological Institute as part of their required training. You may even have someone in your parish or a sister parish near you who has graduated from one or several courses. The St. Arseny Institute was formed ten years ago, with then Bishop Seraphim’s blessing, because theological education was not accessible, affordable or possible for many who were willing and called to serve in the Church, as well as for interested laity. This situation has not changed significantly over the past ten years, so that there remains a great need for such affordable, accessible education within the Archdiocese, and those who initiated and have carried on the work of the Institute, along with those who have come forward to help, continue to share a vision to provide grassroots efforts toward the sustaining and growth of the Archdiocese of Canada and its mission within this country.

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Charity sale in our parish

On April 13th there’ll be the Palm Sunday charity sale after the Divine Liturgy.
You can buy koulitchi, Easter gifts and decorations. There’ll be also a workshop for children.
All funds collected will be donated to families raising children with severe diagnosis.
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Charity concert

On April 6 there’ll be a charity concert given by McGill musicians to raise funds to pay for the treatment of Anastasia Kalitenko (18 years old) diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Not long time ago we already collected donations for this young girl in our parish and we thank you all heartily for your generous gifts. Now we invite you to attend this volunteer concert on Sunday April 6th at 6 pm that will be held in Jewish centre of Russian-speaking community 8530, Bourret ave, Montreal, H3X1J2.

The ticket costs $15.




Treatment has been started in Israel, in Hadassah clinic but her condition is very serious.
You can read more about Anastasia in the document attached, and read all medical documents translated in English in Facebook group.

A.Kalitenko information English (Word)


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Restoration of an ancient icon

An ancient icon brought from Solovki once, has been offered to our church by a family parishioners . It’s quite a large icon, about 40 by 50 cm , written on a blackboard in the middle or end of the19th century. The icon represents Deisus ( which means ” petition “, ” prayer ” in Greek ): in it center, Jesus Christ is depicted. On His right and left are John the Baptist and the Godmother represented in a traditional gesture of prayer intercession. Behind the altar of Jesus are two angels. The Apostles Peter and Paul are also depicted with St. Nicholas and the founders of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Solovetsky monastery – Sts. Savvaty and Zosima. The icon was not painted in the artistic style common to the iconography of the 19th century , but in the manner of 16th-century painters .

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Gift to the temple. Thanks.

Our long-standing parishioners Kulakov – Alexei and his son Dionysius – donated to our church in 2004, our decorated forged metal fence around the church. They also installed a fence between the rectory and the parish.

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