The church of The Virgin Mary and St. Athanasius started in April 1974 when four Coptic families organized a weekly prayer meeting for Coptic families and youth. The group met every Friday evening at one of their homes. The first meeting, in May 1974, was led by Father Marcos of St. Mark's Church in Toronto. The meeting was named " St. Athanasius " after our Coptic father the defender of the Christian faith. Bible studies.
VALLEY OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
Christian Retreat Centre, serving church groups, Christian schools, Christian retreats/conference, families and individuals. The Valley is a place dedicated to offering Christian teaching, spiritual renewal, physical refreshment and mental relaxation. In a Biblical Christian spirit,
The Valley of the Mother of God is located on 308 acres, part of the Niagara Escarpment, situated on top of one of the highest hills of the beautiful Hockley Valley.
PATRON SAINTS ST. MARY
St. Joachim a righteous man and his wife St. Anna (Hannah) were stricken in years and had no children for Anna was barren. The children of Israel used to insult them because they had not begotten a son. Because of this, these two saints were sad, and prayed continually, and entreated God by day and by night. They vowed that the child they would beget would be made a steward for the temple.
He was born to pagan parents about the year 295 - 298 A.D. It happened that when he was in school, he saw some Christian children acting the Christian rituals some as priests, some as deacons and one of them as a bishop. He asked their permission to participate with them, but they refused saying: "You are pagan, and you are not allowed to mix with us." He answered them: "I am from now on a Christian." They rejoiced with him, they made him a patriarch over them in the play, they enthroned him on a high place, and they offered him honor and respect. At that time pope Alexandros passed by, when he saw them, he said to those who were with him about Athanasius: "This child would be in a great position one day."
“He is not served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything” (Acts 17:25).
“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).