My name is Fr. Theodore Alamanos and I am the Parish Priest of Holy Cross-St Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church, a very small parish in Springwater, Ontario. Like most Canadian Churches and Non Profit Organizations we have had to close our doors in the midst of the COVID 19 Pandemic to adhere to our Provincial, Federal and Medical mandates in an urgent effort to stop the spread and flatten the curve.
We were already a struggling parish financially but managed to get by monthly with parishioners attending our regular weekly services as well as various mid-week services.
Though we are a small parish, we welcome all resident and non-resident Eastern Orthodox faithful. Though our services are conducted in both English and Greek, we are welcoming and culturally diverse with many of our parishioners being non-Greek.
Due to the mandated closure of houses of worship, we have begun streaming all of our services live on Facebook and YouTube. In lieu of a collection plate, we have been asking for online donations by a virtual collection plate (PayPal) during our streamed services, however, with our many elderly parishioners, we have been unable to find a good bridge to close in on our financial gap.
We have our insurance payments and regular bills along with the Priest’s salary that all need to be paid, however, according to our calculations, we will be out of funds by the end of April.
Understanding that many are struggling during this time, I am humbly asking that you open your heart and view a service we stream, donate if you can, and help us to remain open (even via streamed services) to be able to continue to pray for everyone in the world.