Father Roman Galadza says that when the St. Elias the Prophet Parish church in Brampton burned down, it was like experiencing a death in the family.
The website for the Orthodox church is soliciting donations for the rebuilding fund.
Sunday religious services were moved to a nearby school. No one was injured in the blaze.
The Ontario Fire Marshal is investigating.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper tweeted his regret about the fire, calling it awful news.
Click on the image above to watch Shannon Martin's story about how the parishioners plan to rebuild.