Gurdwara Programs and AGM Cancellation – Until Further Notice

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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Sangat Ji,

In order to continue to minimize impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and to keep the health and well being of the community a priority, please note the AGM and the regular gurdwara programs will be cancelled until a new notice is issued.

Gurdwara Program Cancellations:

CANCELLED: Annual General Meeting (AGM)
The AGM  will be postponed at this time.   A notice will be sent when a new date will be rescheduled.

CANCELLED:  All Sunday Diwans from March 15, 2020 until further notice

CANCELLED:  All Thursday evening Simran programs until further notice

New notices will be sent when diwans will re-open or if anything changes.

The gurdwara will remain open for individual moments of prayer.

Please continue to wash hands often, keep social distancing and follow recommended health guidelines.  Also, continue to self-isolate and follow travel restrictions as recommended by government health officials to protect yourself and everyone around you.

English link – Government of Ontario COVID-19 health info
https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Punjabi link –  Government of Ontario COVID-19  health info
https://files.ontario.ca/moh-coronavirus-info-sheet-punjabi-2020-02-18-v2.pdf

Public Health Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph
https://www.wdgpublichealth.ca/

Please don’t panic and keep hope that we will get through this crisis no matter how difficult it seems at this time.  Take care of yourself, self monitor and remain positive and reach out for help if needed.

In stressful times many do turn to prayer.  We hope that in your daily life, that you will remain strong and heed the Guru’s words and pray, do paath and listen to kirtan.  We are all in this together the world over, so let’s pray for everyone.

Nanak Naam Chardi Kala Tere Bhane Sarbat Da Bhala

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Funeral Notice: Deep Singh Hira – March 16 2020

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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Sangat Ji,

It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of  Sardar Deep Singh Ji Hira. He passed away peacefully on Saturday March 14, 2020 with family at his side.  He will be deeply missed by all his family, relatives and friends.  We offer our sincerest condolences to Mrs. Sat Kaur Hira and the entire Hira family and all relatives and friends for this difficult loss.

obituary link :

https://memorials.gilbertmacintyreandson.com/deep-singh-hira/4134207/index.php

Mr Deep Singh Hira was a pillar in the Guelph community and was amongst the first few Sikhs in Guelph and helped so many people in so many ways.  He came to Canada in 1970 and remained in Guelph for the last 50 years. His father-in-law Atma Singh Sood and brother-in-law Balvir Singh Sood had migrated from Britain to Guelph in 1968 and Deep Singh had joined the Sood family to settle in Guelph.

Deep Singh Hira was a long time life member of Guelph Sikh Society and participated actively with his family in the Gurdwara sewa and operations.  We are grateful for his strength and legacy for the services and support he provided. He was involved in sewa in the Gurdwara programs, annual meetings and encouraged everyone involved in the new Gurdwara building development to make it happen.  We will miss him deeply.

Please read below for further details to join with the family to pay final respects during their time of loss. Thank you.

Visitation and Funeral Service 

 Monday March 16, 2020

Location: Hart Chapel –  Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Homes

1099 Gordon Street, Guelph, ON N1G 4X9

1:30PM – 2:30PM  Visitation and Prayers

2:30PM  depart for Woodlawn Cemetery (Crematorium)

762 Woolwich St. Guelph, ON N1H 3Z1

3:00PM:  Prayers and Cremation at Woodlawn Crematorium

4:00PM prayers at Guelph Gurdwara & Aramb of Akhand Paath Sewa
70 Stevenson St. S. N1E 5N4 Guelph, ON

Akhand Paath Sewa
Aramb: Monday March 16 : 4:00PM -5:00PM:
Bhog:Wednesday March 18: 2:00PM- 4:00PM

Once again, we offer our deepest condolences to the entire Hira family and all relatives and friends.  May Waheguru give peace to the departed soul and the guidance and strength to the family to deal with their loss.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Cancellations of Regular Gurdwara Programs to March 28, 2020

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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Sangat Ji,

Please be informed that, effective immediately, regular gurdwara diwans and Guru ka langar will be suspended for the upcoming weeks until further notice.   Currently, this includes regular Sunday programs and Thursday evening simran program suspended from March 14 to March 28 inclusively.

This decision has been made by the committee to minimize any impact of the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic as the health and safety of the community is vital.

The gurdwara will remain open for individual moments of prayer.  Please continue to wash hands often,  and use safety measures,  and follow travel restrictions as recommended by government health officials to protect yourself and everyone around you.

Gurdwara Programs: 

CANCELLED: Sunday Diwan March 15, 2020
CANCELLED: Sunday Diwan March 22, 2020
CANCELLED:  Thursday evening Simran – March 19 & March 26

In difficult times many do turn to prayer. We hope that in your daily life, that you will remain strong and heed the Guru’s words and pray for the well being of all.

Also,  remember when,  prasad was made at home, and family would sit together to recite Japji Sahib paath, Rehraas Sahib paath, Ardaas and then distribute the prasad at home.  This is the perfect time to act on this routine especially when children will be at home.

Take care and have a safe new year as we mark start of year, Nanakshai calendar, Samat 552.

Nanak Naam Chardi Kala Tere Bhane Sarbat Da Bhala

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Akhand Path Sewa – March 2020

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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Sangat Ji,

Please note we have Akhand Path Sewa started this weekend.  Please join in sewa and simran for the chardi kala of all.

Tax receipts for 2019 donations are available now for the monthly pledges. Please come and pick them up on Sundays or throughout the week at the reception desk. If you are unable to come personally please contact us so we can arrange to send a copy by email.

We look forward to your participation in the gurdwara programs. Please book sewa for the upcoming weeks in March. Thank you.

Gurdwara Programs:

Akhand Path Sewa  – February 28 to March 1st 2020
Aramb: Friday Feb 28th at 10:00 AM
Bhog: Sunday March 1st  9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Sewa by sangat

Sunday Diwan March 8, 2020
Sewa is available
please call gurdwara to book

Saturday March 14, 2020 – Aramb Month of Chet
New Year’s Day Nanakshahi calendar

Thursday evening Simran weekly
From 6:00PM to 7:00PM each week

410 Clair Rd Gurdwara fundraiser:

Many trades are working in parallel to complete the gurdwara construction.  Continuous cash flow is a must at this stage.

If you or your adult children are working full time, please start a monthly pledge. Also if you are able to commit to a financial loan, please contact a committee member.

Nanak Naam Chardi Kala Tere Bhane Sarbat Da Bhala

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Programs to February 9, 2020 – Monthly Pledges

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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Sangat Ji,

Simran during the month of Maagh continues each evening to remember the sacrifices of the 40 Muktey until February 13.

Please take advantage of the many benefits of Naam simran meditation and sewa.

Gurdwara Programs:

Simran every evening Jan 14th  to Feb 13th, 2020
Rehraas Sahib: 5:30PM to 6:00PM
Waheguru Simran: 6:00PM to 7:00PM

Sunday Diwan: Feb 2,  2020
From: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sewa by Gurleen Singh Sandhu and family

Sunday Diwan:  Feb 9, 2020
From: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sewa by Sukhwinder Singh Jassal and family

410 Clair Rd Gurdwara fundraiser:

In the last two weeks of January we have completed several Radio Fundraisers.  We are looking to raise a Million dollars more to help finish our Gurdwara construction project at the earliest.

We thank you for your support and many in the GTA and surrounding cities who made a pledge on the radio.

If you or your adult children are working full time, please start a monthly pledge. Also if you are able to commit to a financial loan, please contact a committee member.

Please support the 410 Clair Road gurdwara construction project and ask your families and friends to contribute. Below are 2 options.

1.  Send an Etransfer to gssdonor@gmail.com 

2. Click on link to download a monthly pre-authorized pledge form
http://guelphsikhsociety.ca/guelph-gurdwara-pre-auth-form-with-b-cards-rev-r2-jan-10-2020/

Satgur Ki Sewa Safal Hai Je Ko Kare Chit Laye

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Maagh Month Simran – Radio Fundraiser – Programs to January  26, 2020

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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Sangat Ji,

This Tuesday we commence evening simran that will continue 7 days a week for the month of Maagh in memory of the 40 Muktey.

‘Maagh majan sa(n)g saadhooaa dhooRee kar isanaan ||’
In the month of Maagh, let your cleansing bath be the dust of the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy.

‘Har kaa naam dhiaai sun sabhanaa no kar dhaan ||’
Meditate and listen to the Name of the Lord, and give it to everyone.
(Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji – Ang 133)

Please take advantage of the many benefits of Naam simran and meditation.
Also note below the radio fundraiser happening this Monday.

Gurdwara Programs:

Simran every evening Jan 14th  to Feb 13th, 2020
Rehraas Sahib: 5:30PM to 6:00PM
Waheguru Simran: 6:00PM to 7:00PM

Sunday Diwan: Jan 19th , 2020
From: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sewa by Jivtesh Singh and family

Sunday Diwan:  Jan 26th , 2020
From: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sewa by Iqbal Singh and family

Radio Fundraiser on Monday January 13th , 2020:
Please tune into 530 AM radio station  at the following times on Monday.
11am to Noon
2pm to 4pm
6pm to 8pm

Please support the 410 Clair Road gurdwara construction project and ask your families and friends to contribute. 

Satgur Ki Sewa Safal Hai Je Ko Kare Chit Laye

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Parkash Ustav of Guru Gobind Singh Ji – Programs to January 12, 2020

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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Sangat Ji,

We wish everyone Lakh Lakh Vadhaiyan on the Prakash Utsav of Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Ji,  Sahib-E-Kamaal!  Please join this weekend’s Gurpurab celebrations.

Bhai Nand Lal’s  poetry of praises for Guru Gobind Singh Ji
original is in Persian – few verses below  as translated:

SHAAMIL AL-ASHFAAQ GURU GOBIND SINGH
KAAMIL AL-AKHLAAQ GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh’s blessings are unending; he is virtue personified.

ROOH DAR HAR JISM GURU GOBIND SINGH
NOOR DAR HAR CHASHM GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh is the soul of every one; he is the light of every eye.

JUMLA ROZI KHWAAR GURU GOBIND SINGH
FEIZ-E HAQ AMTAAR GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh provides sustenance to all; he showers His graces.

SAA-EL AZ IN-AAM GURU GOBIND SINGH
KHAAK-E PAAK IQDAAM GURU GOBIND SINGH
Nand Lal is begging to get the gift of holy dust of Guru Gobind Singh’s feet.

BAAD JAANASH FIDAA-E GURU GOBIND SINGH
FARQ-O BAR PAA-E GURU GOBIND SINGH
His (Nand Lal’s) life may be sacrificed for Guru Gobind Singh and Nand Lal’s head may always remain at his feet.

http://zafarnama.com/ganjnama/

Gurdwara Programs:

Parkash Ustav of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji
Akhand Paath Sewa

Friday January 3rd to Sunday January 5th, 2020
Aramb: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Fri Jan 3rd
Bhog: 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM Sun Jan 5th

Sewa jointly by sangat & Amalok Singh Janjua & family

Food  Bank Donation:
At the gurdwara we will be collecting dry goods or cash donations for the Food Bank this weekend. Your donation will help those in need. Thank you.

Thursday Evening Simran continues weekly 6-7 PM 

Sunday January 12th, 2020 Diwan
Sewa is available
Please call gurdwara to book at 519-822-1112.

Donate Your Time:
Let’s start the new year by helping out in langar sewa, cleanup sewa, fundraising and maintenance.  Please come and help out any way you can.

Kirit Karo Naam Japo Vand Chhako

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Welcome 2020 – Construction Update – Programs to January 1st 2020 

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Welcome 2020 – Construction Update – Programs to January 1st 2020 

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Sangat Ji,

As we close out this year, we are very grateful for your continuous sewa and support throughout  2019.   We would like to thank all the volunteers for their hard work, time and effort to keep the daily operation running smoothly and everyone working tirelessly on the 410 Clair Rd E construction project.

410 Clair Rd E Project Update:

Many trades are working in parallel to complete the gurdwara construction.  Continuous cash flow is a must at this stage.  

Volunteers are going out of town to raise funds currently.   Please make a year-end tax deductible donation and connect with family and friends to help complete our Guru’s project.

Remember most of us will get about 30% or more back in tax credits.  For example for every $1000 donated you can get back $300 or more in tax refund based on income.

Construction items completed in 2019:

Around 90% exterior is completed

  • Exterior walls, stonework,  windows, doors & grading
  • Roof installation and domes
  • Floor leveling, basement drop ceiling & drywalling
  • Interior stair & elevator structure, decorative stonework
  • Rough plumbing, and utility supply connections
  • Interior decorative stonework and hall partition framework

Construction items in progress :

  • Main hall and lobby drop ceilings
  • Electrical work, wiring of sound,  media room,  internet and security systems
  • Kitchen, langar hall and washroom construction
  • Finishing of stairs, tiles, painting, carpet, lighting
  • Stage work , palki  and sach khand
  • Interior windows,  doors
  • Rooms for jathas, bride & groom , library and education classrooms

We appreciate your continuing encouragement and financial support.  Thank you to all!

May Waheguru bless everyone with a safe and prosperous 2020!

‘charan saran gur ek pai(n)ddaa jai chal satigur kot pai(n)ddaa aage hoi let hai ||’

A disciple who walks one step towards the Guru to take his shelter and goes to him with devotion and humility, the Guru advances to receive the devotee by taking million steps    
(Vaaran – Bhai Gurdaas Ji)

Gurdwara Programs:

Akhand Paath – December 29th to December 31st 2019
Aramb: Sunday Dec 29th at 6:00PM
Bhog: Tuesday Dec 31st from 5:00PM-6:00PM

New Year’s EVE Diwan  December  31st
6:00PM to Midnight – Kirtan by sangat and hazoori ragi
Ardaas @ 12:01am January 1st  2020
Sewa jointly by students

New Year’s DAY Diwan – Wednesday January 1st 2020
Sukhmani Sahib Path 8:30-10AM
followed by katha and kirtan
Bhog at 12:30 PM and ardaas
Sewa is available

Let’s get together to say farewell to 2019 and start the new year 2020 in Guru’s abode.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Parnaam Shaheeda Nu – Programs to December 31st 2019 

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Parnaam Shaheeda Nu – Programs to December 31st 2019 

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Sangat Ji,

Starting on Monday December 23rd to Sunday December 29th,  sewa will take place daily to mark the historic shaheedi week.   We will remember and pay tribute to the sacrifices made by the Guru’s sikhs, beloved mother ji, Mata Gujar Kaur Ji, and the Chaar Sahibzaade.

The Guru’s family and small army was outnumbered, tired, and hungry. However, with limited supplies and the endless power of Gurbani, they marched on leaving Anandpur Sahib behind.
They fought tirelessly, but did not give up their faith and belief in what was just and right.  They left everything on the battlefield and made the ultimate sacrifices.

We are indebted to them forever and ever.   Parnaam Shaheeda Nu!.  

Please book time for sewa,  be it for single or multiple days,  and listen to paath in remembering our distinguished shaheeds.

Gurdwara Programs:

Sunday December 22nd 2019  Regular Diwan
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Sukhmani Sahib Paath & Kirtan
Sewa by Iqbal Singh Teham and family

Mon Dec 23 to Wed Dec 25 2019 Akhand Paath Sahib
Remembering Shaheedi of Elder Sahibzaade
Aramb: Monday Dec 23  @ 10:00 AM
Bhog: Wednesday Dec 25 @ 10:00 AM -11:00 AM
Sewa by all sangat.

Note: We kindly request sangat ji to make a financial donation that can be used for supplies that are needed. Thank you for your co-operation.

Thu Dec 26 to Sat Dec 28 2019  Akhand Paath Sahib
Remembering Shaheedi of Mata Gujri Ji and Sahibzaade
Aramb: Thursday Dec 26  @ 10:00 AM
Bhog: Saturday Dec 28 @ 10:00 AM -11:00 AM
Sewa by all sangat.

Sunday December 29th 2019  Regular Diwan 
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Sukhmani Sahib Paath & Kirtan
Remembering bhai Sangat Singh Ji and all shaheeds of the battlefield
Sewa by Amrik Singh Kainth and family

EVENING Sunday December 29th
Akhand Paath Sahib Sewa  

Aramb: Sunday Dec 29 @ 6:00 PM
Bhog: Tuesday Dec 31 @ 4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Sewa by students.

Year-end Fundraising :

TAX TIME 2019: You have a less than 10 day left to get a charitable Tax receipt for year 2019.   Remember most of us will get about 30% or more back in tax credits.  For example for every $1000 donated you can get back $300 or more in a tax refund.

Use Your Connections: Please talk to families and friends over the holidays to help us raise funds for our building in construction. Ask them to give a gift of donation for the Guru’s project.

Online Donations: Anybody out of town can donate online securely via our website or by sending a cheque to the Gurdwara.

The Khalsa belongs to Waheguru! The victory belongs to Waheguru!

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Programs to December 1st 2019 and Construction Update  (Domes Installed)

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Programs to December 1st 2019 and Construction Update  (Domes Installed)

Sangat Ji,

We are happy to announce that the domes have been installed onto the rooftop at 410 Clair Rd E gurdwara building this week.

We appreciate the work of all the volunteers and the installer from Punjab and our committee members for helping to put the domes together.   The domes add to the beauty of the building.  Please see Construction Images in the Media gallery.

We look forward to your participation in the following programs taking place this weekend. We have Akhand Paath sewa with bhog on Saturday and our regular Sunday diwan.

Gurdwara Programs:

Akhand Paath – November 28th to November 30th 2019
Aramb: Thursday Nov 28th at 11:00 AM
Bhog: Saturday Nov 30th at 11:00 AM
followed by kirtan and ardaas at 12:30PM
Sewa by Baljit Singh Nijjar and family

Sunday December 1st 2019 Diwan 
Sukhmani Sahib Path 8:30-10AM  then katha, kirtan
Bhog at 12:30 PM
Sewa by Bhajan Singh Sangha and family

Weekly Simran continues on Thursday evenings 6PM to 7PM

As always,  we thank you for your continued support and participation.  It’s a busy season but please take time out for sewa and simran in appreciation of everything we are blessed with.

‘satigur kee sevaa safal hai je ko kare chit lai ||’
Fruitful is service to the True Guru, if one does so with a sincere mind.

naam padhaarath paieeaai achi(n)t vasai man aai ||’
The treasure of the Naam, is obtained, and the mind comes to be free of anxiety.
 (Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji  Ang 552)

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh