Annual Servants Meeting

FACING LIFE’S ISSUES WITH A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE

” Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”(John 4:13-14)

The annual servant’s meeting this year will be held on Nov 7th to 9th. It will be held on Friday, Nov 7, at the church, combined with the family meeting, and at the cathedral on Saturday and Sunday, Nov 8 & 9. This will be the first event at the cathedral after its consecration. During these 3 days, we will be joined by Mrs. Marguerite Rizk, who will present to us many contemporary issues that we face as servants on a daily basis – Annual Servants Meeting – Schedule

We look forward to seeing you all in the retreat.

The Arrival of Fr. Kyrillos Fakhouri

Fr. Kyrillos

Our dear Fr. Kyrillos Fakhouri will arrive on October 18th, 2014. The church has arranged for several events that day to celebrate his arrival. The schedule is available below. May the Lord bless his service.

3:00 pm : Bus departing from St. Mark’s to greet his reverence at the airport.

3:40 pm: Flight arrival, Pearson Terminal 1 Flight 8144 from Dallas.

5:30 pm: The rites of the reception of a new priest will start at St. Mark’s Church

7:00 pm: Reception dinner in the church culture centre

The History of The Coptic Orthodox Church In North America

Front cover of the bookThis book is issued on the occasion of the golden Jubilee of the Coptic Orthodox Church Journey in North America (1964-2014)

It was a daring venture, the mother Church took a venture based on solid trust in God, an adventure emanating from the Church awareness of her responsibility toward her children wherever they settle. An adventure stemming from a heart affectionate to everyone in Jesus’ flock, a risk with submission and trust, confident in Jesus Christ’s Promise, who said “Go therefore… I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Mathew 28:19-20).

My beloved, you read in this book God’s work in His Holy Church and His Eminent planning. You read about the hostility of the enemy of every good deed to this Church even when she was still unborn baby. You read also how God exalted her and gave her endurance and success. He strengthened her, so she bears plentiful fruits for the kingdom of God. Also you read in this book the Church evolution and revival in all aspects of her services as she developed roots for her, then expanded to all corners of this continent and other countries. Truly Jesus foretold about her when He Said “it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches(Luke 13-19). 

We ask our Lord Jesus Christ to continue His miraculous works under the guidance of:

His Holiness Pope Tawadrous II

May God keep his life for many peaceful years to come. “Amen”

This book is now available at St. Mark’s Bookstore and Gift shop for purchase.

St. Mary Revival Week

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The Coptic Church venerates St. Mary as the “Theotokos,” i.e., the Mother of God, whom the Divine Grace chose to bear the Word of God in her womb by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35). Since she is considered to be the exemplary member in the church, and the interceding mother on behalf of her spiritual children, she is exalted above heavenly and earthly creatures. Therefore, the church does not cease glorifying (blessing) her, and celebrating her feasts in order that we imitate her and ask her intercessions on our behalf. 

ScheduleENGLISH – ARABIC

2014 Papal Visit

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September 4-7th, 2014 – Click here for more information

St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church will be hosting a Coptic Festival in September. While this is an annual event, this particular festival will be extra special as it will commemorate the Golden Jubilee (50th anniversary) of the establishment of the Coptic Church in North America. In addition, we have the added privilege of hosting our Patriarch His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, who will be attending the celebrations. We look forward to hosting a brilliant event that will showcase the larger Coptic community and our contributions to Canadian society. Several dignitaries are expected to attend the event, including the Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Mayor Frank Scarpitti of the City of Markham, other dignitaries from Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments, and the leaders from neighbouring communities