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November 2021


Meetings with Catechumens Catechumens

  • Every Wednesday, 3:00 p.m.
  • For catechumens only.

Linda, our neighbour for many years, was chrismated on the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross. A well-known activist for the homeless, Linda was herself for some time living in the ravines of Toronto. She was drawn to the Mission by a desire to belong to a community that prays, and by a fervent desire for the Eucharist.
She reminds us all what is really important.

Chrismation of Linda

Join in our regular Bible-study classes

All are welcome!
Click the image to see the PDF poster (~110 kb)
2021-22 Bible studies



  • St. Silouan of Athos Chapel

    Blessed and dedicated by the late Metropolitan Nicholas, of blessed memory, the chapel is part of the Apostolate of the Carpatho-Russian Diocese of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (the Mother Church of Christ’s poor), serving under the Omophorion of Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa (ACROD).

  • Church is open for private prayer
  • Tuesday to Saturday from 5–11 a.m.

  • Sunday Hours

    06:00 Doors open for silent prayer
    07:00 Orthros
    08:30 Divine Liturgy

  • COVID-19

    As of July, with COVID restrictions easing, you no longer need to register to attend our services in person.
    We do ask, however, that you wear a mask and practise physical distancing when inside the church.
    Visitors and newcomers are, as usual always, welcome!
    Questions? Send us a message at business@stjohnsmission.org.

  • You are welcome in our Church!

    “If you’re made mistakes in the past and turned away from God, you are welcome in our Church. If you’ve doubted, been skeptical, and asked questions about faith, you are welcome in our Church. If you are struggling with drugs or pornography or some other addiction, you are welcome in our Church. If you were out drunk all night and party too much, you are welcome in our Church. If you’re having sex before or outside of marriage, you are welcome in our Church. If you are struggling with your gender identity, you are welcome in our Church. If you can’t quit some disappointing habit or disgusting trait, you are welcome in our Church.

    The Church is a hospital for the broken, lost, empty, confused, desperate, and rejected. The Church is a place of healing, a place of renewal. The Church is a place of rest, of refuge, of comfort, of new life. The Church is where we encounter the Living God and find love with His family.

    Everyone who has sinned has a future, and every saint has a past. How do we break the chains of sin, addiction, and bondage? Through loving prayer and Christ-centered fellowship, through prayer for you and prayer with you! There isn’t a single person within the four walls of the Church who doesn’t have something they regret or hate about their past.

    We’ve all made mistakes, and will continue to do so. But by God’s grace and with His mercy we can find new life. God gives us a second, and a third, and a fifth, and a hundredth chance to come to our senses and return to His loving home. So whatever you’ve done, whatever you’re doing, and whatever you will do, don’t despair. God loves us too much to ever give up on us.

    You are welcome in our Church!”

  • Audio recordings
    • The Jesus Prayer, in Malayam, from 2020-10-23 at St. Zoticos at Good Neighbours in Scarborough (length less than two minutes).
    • Psalm 23, sung by Presbytera Mihaela, from 2021-02-01, for the Vigil of the Feast of the Presentation (length 2:31).

  • Sunday Bulletins
  • Sunday Sermons (text)
  • What happens in an Orthodox church at 5 a.m. Christmas morning?

    At St. John the Compassionate . . . (660 kb PDF).

  • Proclaiming the Gospel in the 21st Century

    Text of a presentation by Archbishop Sotirios of Canada, September 2021 (225 kb PDF).

  • Have a peek at our eight-page welcome booklet
    Wecome booklet

Transmitting the Orthodox faith to young children and high school youth at St. John The Compassionate Mission

  • The approach of teaching the Orthodox faith at the Mission is to group children by age. This approach is simple but effective, and is based on recent studies of what keeps youth involved in the church.
  • For children (age 12 and under), religious formation is focused on increasing children’s familiarity with the Scriptures and the liturgical life of the church. This is done through active participation in the liturgical life of the Orthodox Church, supplemented by formal study times. Children are encouraged to be active members of the Church as their community that extends to their family and school life.
  • Teenagers (13-19), we believe, are in a transition time of their development. For this age group, greater emphasis is placed on in-depth presentation of the Orthodox faith, through dialogue and hands-on experiences. A concerted effort is made to help youth see that science and religion are not necessarily in opposition, and to look at how science and religion can work together. Youth are exposed to the Diakonia of the church as something that is at the heart of the gospel. In this way, they are encouraged to grow in the sense that the Orthodox faith calls us to learn from and be with the poor. To support their learning about Diakonia, youth are given real-life opportunities to live the social teachings of the Orthodox Church. Questions and frank discussion are encouraged. Youth are also invited to grow in their appreciation of the importance of beauty in the life of faith.
  • Father Nicolaie is responsible for the content of the youth program, and works with members of the community in discussing and supporting its week-by-week progression.

Serving Clergy

Fr. Nicolaie Father Nicolaie Atitienei is the Spiritual Father and serving priest of St. John the Compassionate Mission. Father was born in Solca, Romania. He attended West University of Timisoara (Romania) Faculty of Letters, History and Theology, where he earned a Masters in Social Psychology and graduated from four years of seminary. His knowledge of Orthodoxy is not only academic or from just reading books, but from having actually lived under Ceauşescu and then the fall of communism in Romania. Father’s experience of Orthodoxy and its influence in society comes from a lived experience, an experience that helps him understand the reality in which the Mission finds itself witnessing the Orthodox faith.
After coming to Canada he earned an MSW from U of T.
After humbly serving over twelve years at the Mission, where all of his four children grew up, he was chosen to lead our community. The community also petitioned our ruling bishop to ordain him to the priesthood. His leadership is in continuity of the original spirit of the Mission, as well as a new deepening of the Mission’s life.
His wife Presbytera Michaela beautifully serves as a cantor.
Under his leadership a new mission-parish opened in Scarbough called St. Zoticos, where he also serves. Father is sought by many people for counseling and as a spiritual father, both in the church and outside the Mission.
He serves and leads by words that are inspiring, but also by a humble nurturing care of each person. He is a prolific writer, winning several literary awards back in Romania. He now publishes a weekly inspirational text for our Sunday bulletin – some of these writings can be heard on Ancient Faith. Our community is deeply grateful for Father’s leadership, and is witnessing a renewal of people and good works.

Dn. PawelDeacon Pawel Mucha came to St. John’s in 2007, planning to stay for one year. Originally from the UK, he previously had a career in teaching. Ordained as a deacon for the Mission in 2010, he is now Prefect of the Lived Theology School at the Mission.

Sdn. ArsenioSub-deacon Arsenio Tibayan, originally from the Philippines, speaks fluent Tagalog, is married and has two children, also serving at St. Zoticos Mission.

Br. LukeLuke O’Neil is a Brother of Mercy who serves as an ordained Reader, and leads the weekly daily services at St. Silouan Chapel. He came to Orthodoxy from the United Church of Canada. He is the community librarian and historian. He has a great knowledge on the lives of the saints, and a vast collection of icons of lesser-known saints. Brother Luke is the regular member of Lourmel house. You can hear his stories of Mission life on the Ancient Faith Parables of Community blog.

Starosta MiroslavaStarosta Miroslava is married, a mother of two, and a recent retiree from the financial world. “I am blessed to serve as Starosta in our humble community. I serve with joy and reverence, with faith in our church and gospel. I care for all people of God, and humbly I am in service of the poor and the church, working along with our spiritual Fathers and the Sobor. With all my heart I rejoice to serve in humility, to help take care of people, to give and receive blessings, and to pray in our chapel. I am truly blessed to be part of our community.”

Presbytera Mihaela Presbytera Mihaela is our cantor. Like her husband, she is originally from Romania. She is a full-time teacher and mother. As well as her beautiful – some say angelic – voice, she brings to the community a practical knowledge of Orthodox liturgical music traditions.
In many parts of the liturgy, we are encouraged to sing as a community.


Books for Sale at the Mission

St. John’s Mission has a wealth of new books available for purchase, with subjects including Orthodox spirituality, saints, and theology. Here’s a sample lists (approx. 1 Mbyte each), or come to 155 Broadview and enjoy browsing at your leisure:

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