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For the Dormition fasting schedule of services, please e-mail Father Nicolaie at info@stjohnsmission.org.
Please note there is a special Great Vigil Service planned for the Feast of the Transfiguration.

COVID-19 Community Updates

 • The present church attendance is limited to 30% of the space that can accommodate the congregation. This translates to numbers that we feel are still too high to safely welcome people, given our size. We ask persons (visitors, friends, inquirers) who are interested in attending the different Liturgies throughout the week at the Mission to contact Fr. Nicolaie at info@stjohnsmission.org, or 416 466 1357 to speak to him directly.

 • St. John The Compassionate Mission has been open throughout the lock-down, hosting the most vulnerable of the city. Due to this history, we have acquired knowledge and experience, and developed strict practical protocols and guidelines for both admission and cleaning. Recently, we have purchased a ‘Oxivir’ disinfectant that is the latest state-of-the-art equipment used in public buildings for deep disinfection. We thus provide as far as possible a ‘safe environment,’ that along with physical distancing practices, allows for relatively safe congregation.

 • Nothing in this world is 100% sure, so we caution anyone who is not feeling well to wait until they are feeling better before inquiring about attendance. For those who are at risk of infection due to pre-disposing conditions, we advise to seriously consider not entering or participating in the services, until the province lifts all restrictions.

St. Silouan of Athos Chapel

We are an Apostolate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, “Mother Church of Christ’s poor,” under the Omophorion of Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa (ACROD).

The liturgy before the Liturgy

“The journey toward the world is not simply the result of the Eucharist; it is also the pre-condition for it. In other words, we do not need only a ‘liturgy after the Liturgy’ but also a ‘liturgy before the Liturgy.’

The ‘liturgy before the Liturgy’ is the sacrament of love.

If solidarity, the journey towards the Other, and inviting the Other into the Kingdom, are not conditions and constitutive elements of the Liturgy, then the Liturgy risks lapsing into the sheer ritualism, meaning a conviction that the performance of rites and cults without further conditions automatically produces salvific results.”

— Athanasios N. Papathanasiou

Come, O true light! Come, O eternal life!
Come, O hidden mystery! Come, O indescribable treasure!
Come, O ineffable thing! Come, O inconceivable person!
Come, O endless delight! Come, O unsetting light!
Come, O true and fervent expectation
of all those who will be saved!
Come, O rising of those who lie down!
Come, O resurrection of the dead! Come, O powerful one,
who always creates and re-creates and transforms
by your will alone!

— St. Symeon the New

Not long ago in the Church everything was provided for and we could remain passive. From now on, history requires us to be active and inventive and to search out new reforms of ecclesial life that pertains to all Christians. Don’t be afraid because as St. Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

— Father Sergei Bulgakov


Serving Clergy


Fr. NicolaieFr Nicolaie Atitienei, parish priest at St. John the Compassionate Mission, also serves as spiritual father at St. Zoticos and is available for confessions and sacraments. He is also a social worker, and does family and individual counselling. Originally from Romania, he is married and has four children.

Dn. PawelDeacon Pawel Mucha

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. LukeBr Luke O’Neil serves as an ordained Reader and leads the weekly daily services at St. Zoticos Mission. He came to Orthodoxy from the United Church of Canada.

Starosta MiroslavaStarosta Miroslava.

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