– AGM will be held on Friday November 27, at 7:00 pm, via ‘’Zoom meeting”.
– Pre-Registration for the ‘’Zoom AGM meeting” shall be on line, or in person at the office.
– Deadline for registration shall be Sunday November 22.
– Verification of all registrations and eligibility to vote shall be done on Monday November 23.
– The confirmation of the registration as well as the link and the code shall be sent on Tuesday November 24, via email.
– All reports will be presented and discussed as usual, during the Zoom AGM.
– Physical attendance in the church will be limited with no more than 25 persons, and that will include:
Priest, parish council members, leaders of the organizations, nomination committee, and technicians who may help handling the online streaming.
– Nomination committee: As usual, a nominating committee shall be formed accordingly with the parish constitution, and announced no later than November 2. The nomination committee will welcome any suggested names who are eligible to serve on the parish council, and presents its report at the AGM.
– Election of 3 new members will be done in two phases: Nomination and Voting.
Phase 1: Nomination.
– Criteria for eligibility are mentioned below.
– The Nomination committee will announce its report and the names of a minimum of three nominated persons.
– Additional nominations from the floor for eligible persons may also be accepted, whether the nominations come from people who are physically present or from those attending online.
– No one may be nominated unless he (she) is physically present at the AGM or registered and attending the AGM via Zoom. After all, the nominated person must publicly accept the nomination.
Phase 2: Voting:
– Voting will be anonymously during the Zoom meeting, by choosing only three candidates.
– The System will automatically show the results and the nominating committee will verify it.
Criteria for eligibility to serve on the parish council:
– Must be registered and have a file number in the church.
– Must be an orthodox Christian whether by baptism or Chrismation.
– Must be a member in good standing in the church (partaking regularly in the holy Sacraments and has no impediments for the full sacramental life of the church)
– Willing to dedicate his/her time, abilities and efforts to serve the parish for at least a term of three years.
– Must have paid the membership dues for 2019 and 2020.
– Must be 25 years of age or over.
Beginning Monday September 21, St Mary church will begin with a third phase of welcoming back parishioners to the liturgical and sacramental life of the parish.
These are the directives that must be followed in every liturgical service:
* The same directives shall be applied on all services: Divine Liturgies, Vesperal Liturgies, Vespers, Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals.
* Attendance in church shall be no more than 25 people including: 1 clergy, 1 chanter, 1 altar server, 2 parish council members, and 20 others who sign up and their names are submitted ahead of time.
* Signing up for services shall be made on line for no more than one service every 2 weeks.
* Physical distancing shall be kept throughout the nave, and selected pews and seats are to be reserved accordingly.
* Weekly services are as follow:
– Wednesday at 7:00 pm: Evening Divine Liturgy
– Saturday at 11:00 am (Orthros at 10:00 am): Divine Liturgy.
– Saturday at 6:00 pm: Vespers.
– Sunday at 11:00 am (Orthros at 9:45 am): Divine Liturgy.
* Parishioners may come to church for Confession or individual prayers, by
appointment only and at the discretion of the pastor .
* Non-liturgical gatherings are not to resume at this point. Such gatherings or meetings shall continue to be held on line.
* All doors will be closed except the main entrance (on Gouin Blvd) which will be closed immediately after the Divine Liturgy starts.
* Only 1 washrooms are is available.
* The following safety precautions will always be preserved:
– The church will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected – especially pews and other highly-touched surfaces and items – after each service.
– Hand sanitizer will always be available at the entrance for the faithful to use upon entering and leaving the church.
– The faithful should be highly encouraged to wear face-coverings.
– There should be empty rows of pews between the faithful to allow appropriate social distancing between persons not living in the same household.
– Announcements should be made and signage posted in the narthex asking those who feel sick or have a fever to stay home and asking everyone to observe proper hygiene practices – no hugging, handshakes, or kissing, proper handwashing, cough/sneeze into shoulder, etc.
– Those who are elderly or at-risk must remain home for services. To receive Communion and Confession, they may visit the church by appointment.
– Announcements to the faithful will always be made, that we will continue to offer Communion according to our Tradition, but all should allow the priest to pour the Body and Blood by opening their mouths wide and not closing their lips on the spoon.
– An usher will be assigned to direct people in line for Communion or Antidoron spaced appropriately. Tape will be placed on the floor to further help with spacing.
– The priest will cleanse his hands periodically through services – especially right before “Holy Things are for the Holy” and once again before giving Communion to the faithful.
– Antidoron shall be given by the priest who must wear a plastic glove. The priest will also wear a face covering to hand out antidoron and greet the faithful after the service.
– There should be no passing of collection trays. The trays may be stationed in the narthex.
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Matins every Sunday at 10:00 AM. Divine Liturgy every Sunday at 11:00 AM.