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St. John the Compassionate Mission is dedicated to outreach and care for vulnerable individuals and families in Toronto, especially those living in poverty or on the margins – all are welcome! We’re an apostolate of the Orthodox Church of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. (See our history and mission.)
Daily Orthodox Church Services in English – see the schedule on our Saint Silouan’s Chapel page.
 
We’re happy to report that St. John’s Bakery has been named one of Toronto’s Best Bakeries by Toronto Life.
 
Lest we ignore this fact: over 9 million people died of hunger worldwide in 2020. (According to the international relief agency Mercy Corps.)

“In the gospel of Judgment Day, Christ does not tell us that we have to heal the sick, but to visit them. He does not tell us that we need to solve the problem of inequity in the world, but to share with the one that comes our way. He does not tell us that we need to change the justice system, but to reach out to those whose freedom was taken away, by sharing with them the freedom of being together. The care and the good news of the gospel are personal.” — Father Nicolaie

Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew A historic joint statement has been issued by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Pope Francis, and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, on climate change.
See also the Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the Fifth World Day of the Poor.
 
COVID-19 Community Updates – here are our opening hours
  • • Tuesday 5am-8:30am, 5am - 8:30am Breakfast
    • Wednesday 5am-6pm, 5am - 8:30am Breakfast, Dinner 5 pm
    • Thursday 5am-4pm, 5am - 8:30am Breakfast, Lunch 1:30 pm
    • Friday 5am-4pm, 5am - 8:30am Breakfast, Lunch 1:30 pm
    • Saturday 9am-1pm
 

Today is the 35th year we celebrate the feast of our patron saint.

Light streamed into the chapel as in the narthex as people slept on the floor or where they were eating breakfast.

Beautiful fresh cut flowers adorned the original icone of St. John the Compassionate. These flowers were brought by two teenage girls living on the street as they came to pray in the chapel for their friend who had just died of an overdose. In the morning light as the liturgy is celebrated even this tragedy is transfigured.

 

Christmas Fast

Sock/mitten drive!

November 14 until Dec 24

....please drop Socks off at 155 Broadview Ave, they will also serve Good Neighbours site in Scarborough.

Socks are such a small inglourious item, but a pair of socks touches the heart of a person through the soles of the feet!

Please, in this season before Christmas, in spite of Covid, feel some compassion for people on the street.

Happy Fast!

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

The Rule
A new edition of the Rule of the Mission is now available. Let us know if you would like to find out more, and see ordering information on our multimedia page.
 

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155 Broadview Avenue, Toronto M4M 2E9
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