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♦ Pictures from Easter Vigil with Baptism/Confirmation (April 4, 2015)

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♦ Pictures from Ecumenical Good Friday Walk (April 3, 2015)

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♦ The National Catholic Mission 2015 - Mon-Tues March 30-31 at 6 pm and repeated at 10 pm

“Beware the Holy Spirit!” will be broadcast on VISIONTV. You may recall it was taped at OLPH on April 1st evening. You may be on TV! It will be hosted by Fr. Pat Fitzpatrick and feature Spiritan Fr. Anthony Gittins.

♦ Help from Meals-on-Wheels

Meals-on-Wheels can help seniors or anyone who is disabled and having difficulty shopping or preparing food. If you want assistance, please call Yorkminster Park Meals on Wheels at 416-482-0549.

♦ Pictures from Pancake Breakfast 2015 - Feb. 8

A few pictures shown below but many more can be seen in our Photo Gallery.

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♦ Pictures from parishioner's trip to Nunavut (Dec-Jan 2015)

Obviously this is "beyond the parish" but the trip was made by parishioner Dr. Anthony Liscio on a recent dental visit way up north (he's currently busy as a key organizer of the OLPH Capital Campaign). He has made several such volunteer trips providing his dental skills for the First Nations Reserve in Northern Ontario and then to the Inuit people in Igloolik, Nunavut. They appreciate his visits as it's difficult and expensive to travel. A previous Nunavut trip in January 2013 was covered in the - 2013 Easter e-Newsletter. Below are some photos (and captions) from Anthony from his most recent trip. Anthony's picture is included so you know who he is. This is obviously not in Nunavut but in the warm kitchen during Panake Breakfast 2015. Click on the image to get an enlarged version plus caption.

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♦ Pictures from the children's 5 pm Christmas Eve mass (Dec. 24, 2014)

As in past years,Fr. Dan Donovan, has quite a strong following with the OLPH children. Pictures were taken by OLPH website member, Patricia Quintero who issues the weekly e-Bulletin & quarterly e-Newsletter. Can you spot her 5-yr son in the large crowd?

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♦ Pictures from the Christmas Cheer (Dec. 14, 2014)

Few pictures shown below but many more are posted in the Photo Gallery.

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Upcoming Events

♦ Confessions at OLPH

Monday March 30 - 7 pm in Church

♦ Northmount School for Boys - Open House

On Wed. April 8, 2015 9:30-11:00 am

♦ Next Preparation Course for Baptism - date to be announced

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♦ Celebration of Confirmation - Sat. May 2 at 5 pm mass

♦ Celebration of First Communion (Group 1) - Sun. May 3 at 11 am mass

♦ Celebration of First Communion (Group 2) - Sun. May 10 at 11 am mass

Archived Parish News (2014-2008)
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♦ Report and Pictures from the Ecumenical Canned Food Drive (November 29, 2014)

The 43rd Annual Food Drive was carried out with Flyer Distribution (Nov. 22) and Canned Food Pickup (Nov. 29). Some 15,000 cans were collected plus about $1000.00 in cheque/cash (tax deductible). The separate Sobeys Food Drive is starting now and will go on during Christmas time and into early January, so you can still participate through Sobey's (Yonge/St. Clair and Leaside).

Few pictures are shown below but many more are posted in the Photo Gallery.

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♦ SOCIETY OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL

The OLPH conference needs new members for home visits to help people in economic need within our parish boundaries. Time Commitment: up to 12 hours per month, flexible schedule. A car would be helpful, but not essential. For further info, please contact:Bey Grieve at 416-778-6144 or blgrieve@pathcom.com

♦ SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

Jesuit Spiritual Directors, William A. Barry and William Connolly define Spiritual Direction as helping a person identify his or her relationship with God. They suggest that what God wants with adults is a relationship that matches their maturity. A friendship at whatever level that person is capable of.

If you would like more information about Spititual Direction, from a lay person’s perspective, please contact Patricia Frederick at 416-481-0949 or Frederick@rogers.com who recently completed the Spiritual Direction Program at Regis College.

♦ Prizes for Raffle Tickets - in support of Family of Faith Campaign

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♦ Pictures of Craft Sale on Nov. 9 after the 9:30 & 11:00 masses

Few "sample" pictures here but some 24 pictures in the Photo Gallery

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♦ Family of Faith Campaign Update - inserted with the Oct. 26, 2014 bulletin:

♦ Family of Faith Capital Campaign - launched Oct. 19, 2014

OLPH has engaged M & M International (www.mminternational.ca), a professional fundraising company to conduct a Planning Feasibility Study over the next few weeks. This study will gain insight from a cross-section of the parish on the current capital and ministry expenses facing the parish through face-to-face interviews.

For this purpose, Open Forums were held after all masses on the June 1st weekend to discuss and receive feedback on these plans from all interested parishioners. It was conducted by Ms. Martha Asselin of M & M International who provided copies of various documents and drawings of the proposals in this new Section "Parish Capital Campaign" - www.olphtoronto.com/Parish_Capital_Campaign/index.php

♦ Pictures from First Communion Preparation on Oct. 5

Similar pictures of this large group of the children (and parents) to start preparing for their First Reconciliation & First Communion next spring.

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♦ Pictures from Baby Baptism on Sept. 28th

Few pictures from the baby Baptism at the 11:00 mass. Amongst the many who witnessed the happy event were these two special parishioners Kevin Humphrey (on wheelchair) and Bruno Kuemin (on electric scooter).

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♦ Few pictures from "Welcome Back" Social - Sept. 14

Here are some pictures from this social after the summer break.

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♦ OLPH Pastoral Council Report - Sept. 2014

This important document was inserted with the Sept. 7th Bulletin. Click here to read the 2-page document.

♦ Thanks to all parish Donors

Thank you to all who donated to the following:

♦ Second Collage presented for Fr. Jim' 40th Anniversary

A large collage was presented by the school children on June 22nd to mark Fr. Jim's 40 years of ordination. But a second collage was made and recently presented to Fr. Jim. While this is only 11x17" size, it gives a good pictorial history of Fr. Jim (and of OLPH church) during his 12 years since he became pastor in July 2002. Space limitation made it challenging but the highlights of the main events during that period are covered, starting with the most recent ones at the top.

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♦ Spiritual Growth in the Second Half of Life (Part 2) - starting Sept. 17

As we mature, our potential for spiritual growth increases. This 4-part program explores aging as an opportunity for unparalleled inner growth. Each week will include short presentations, guided reflections and conversation. It is not necessary to have participated in Part One of this series to join in Part Two. Those who attended Part One found it a very rich and meaningful experience.

The program will be held in the parish hall beginning at 1:30 p.m. and lasting about 1.5 hrs. They will be held on:

The facilitator for the program will be, as before, Sr. Mary Rose Marrin, CSJ. Sister Mary Rose holds certificates in Spiritual Gerontology and Lifelong Faith Development from the Johnson Institute in St. Louis MO.Registration at your earliest convenience is appreciated but walk-ins are also most welcome. To register, please call the parish office at 416-489-1540 ext. 239 and speak with Karen Corcoran. For those wishing to attend the 12:10 mass on these four Wednesdays, we invite you to bring a lunch and join one another in the hall following the mass to share lunch and conversation before the program begins.

♦ Children`s Liturgy Program - 9:30 mass starting Sept. 21

Registration for the children’s liturgy program will take place next weekend (Sept. 14) before and after the 9:30 a.m. mass on Sunday. If you have a child from kindergarten to grade five and you wish them to participate in the program in the months ahead, one parent must register the child in the parish hall next weekend.

♦ Emailing of Weekly Bulletin right to your Inbox

A new parish initiative was launched last Sunday May 11, as requested by Fr. Jim on the recommendation of the Pastoral Council. The main purpose is to improve communication within the parish while reducing paper usage (but printed bulletin will still be available for those without email). The bulk emailing of the weekly bulletin (to almost 700 currently) is handled by a new member of the OLPH Website Committee with a colourful presentation. If you are not receiving the bulletin by email but wish to do so, please notify the OLPH webmaster at webmaster@olphtoronto.com

♦ Many pictures from Parish BBQ & Fr. Jim's 40th Anniversary Celebrations (June 22, 2014)

A wonderful day under ideal weather was enjoyed by parishioners at this double-event day. At the end of the 11:00 mass, Angela Stirpe (on behalf of the Pastoral Council) thanked and congratulated Fr. Jim for his dedicated 40 years of priestly service. Secretary Helen presented him with a "secret-collection" gift of about $4K (and growing). The OLPH School children sang and presented Fr. Jim with a very large photo collage of his 12 years at OLPH. Some pictures are shown below but many more (is 125 enough?)are posted in the Photo Gallery, taken by hired photographer from Marypics.com

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♦ Pictures from First Communion (Group 2) - May 11, 2014

Some 25 more received their First Communion in this second group - with four pictures shown here.

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♦ Our Family of Faith Campaign: Open Forums – Your feedback is valuable!

OLPH has engaged M & M International, a professional fundraising company, to conduct a Planning Feasibility Study over the next few weeks. This study will gain insight from a cross-section of the parish on the current capital and ministry expenses facing the parish through face-to-face interviews. In this process, we are holding Open Forums on the weekend of May 31 and June 1 after each Mass to discuss and receive feedback on these plans from all interested parishioners. Please join us after each Mass in the Hall for a brief overview and the opportunity to provide your feedback.

♦ Pictures from First Communion (Group 1) - May 4, 2014

Some 41 received their First Communion in this group with eight pictures shown here.

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♦ “Spiritual Growth in the Second Half of Life”, started May 29

There was a good turnout for the first of this 4-part program exploring aging as an opportunity for unparalleled inner growth. There will be three more Thursday sessions, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, facilitated by Sr. Mary Rose Marrin, CSJ. You can still join by calling Karen at 416-489-1540 ext. 239. Topics for the series are:

A few pictures from the first session "A New Vision for the Retirement Years"

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♦ Pictures from Confirmation - May 3, 2014

Some 42 candidates received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Fr. Jim Hannah (as the bishop was unavailable) during the Sat. 5 pm mass. Eight pictures are shown here, with a couple of the entire group.

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♦ Passing away of OLPH Parishioner and Civil Rights League Director Joanne McGarry

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♦ For Mothers of Infants

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♦ Pictures from Ecumenical Good Friday Walk - April 18

The 21st Annual Good Friday Walk took place, sponsored by the Churches-on-the-Hill including OLPH. A few pictures shown below but many more are posted in our Photo Gallery.

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♦ Pictures from Easter Triduum - April 17-19, 2014

Four pictures each from Holy Easter, Good Friday and Easter Vigil are shown here but many more are posted in our Photo Gallery.

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♦ Visit of Bishop Botean to the Romanian Catholic Mission

The Annunciation Byzantine Roman Catholic Mission is the "sister" church of OLPH, celebrating their weekly Sunday 12:30 mass in the same church building. Here is info about their Byzantine Rite church on this OLPH site. More info about their former pastor Fr. Emil Jude and current pastor Fr. Ionel Maier is in - April 12th OLPH e-Newsletter. On April 6, they had an important visit from Bishop John Michael Botean who is the Bishop of all Romanian Catholics of Byzantine Rite in USA and Canada.

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♦ Pictures from Two Baby Baptism on March 30th

Some pictures from the two baby Baptism that took place at the 9:30 mass.

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♦ Pictures from Pancake Breakfast held on March 2nd

The start of the annual ShareLife Campaign was marked by the Pancake Breakfast after the 9:30 and 11:00 masses. As usual, all the preparing, cooking, serving and cleaning were provided by the men and young boys of the parish. A few pictures are shown here but many more are in the Photo Gallery....Pictures after the 9:30 mass were taken by OLPH webmaster Roy Sakaguchi and those after the 11:00 mass by former web member Kent Fines. Paper prints of some 10 pics are posted on the Bulletin Board in the vestibule - please let your fellow-parishioners know about it, those without computer/Internet.

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♦ Pictures & Videos of Christmas Eve Mass (10 pm, Dec. 24, 2013)

The Ice Storm of Dec. 21-22 caused power outage to thousands of GTA homes, including OLPH church/rectory. Thankfully power was restored at bout 3 am on Dec. 24th so the two Christmas Eve masses (5 pm & 10 pm) proceeded in bright lights and warmth. But the Dec. 23rd funeral for long-time parishioner Mary Shea was only by candle power.

A new online outlet for OLPH videos (and photos) has been set up via Picasa Web to handle video's on this website - https://picasaweb.google.com/106753129059730262941/. This Christmas Eve album contains videos of the four hymns (all at end) plus the above 8 still pictures. There are currently only two other albums - the OLPH Choir's St. Patrick'Day Concert (May 17, 2013) with 9 videos and the 2012 Christmas Eve mass (with 2 videos)...If you cannot connect, copy this link to your address box of your Internet browser (or contact webmaster).

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♦ Evangelii Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel (2013)

We recently hear much about this document - the 2013 apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis on "the church's primary mission of evangelization in the modern world". It has been described as a "remarkable and radical document, one that ranges widely and challenges complacency at every level," as well as "the manifesto of Francis" and a "Magna Carta for church reform." It is a little long but why not read the document.

♦ DEFIBRILLATOR ON SITE - IN SACRISTY

There was a good turnout of parishioners (about 50) who attended the professional-level training of how to use the Defibrillator that is now on site - in the Sacristry.

♦ EMERGENCY PROCEDURES DURING MASS

  1. If someone has hurt themselves or fainted but is breathing, please DO NOT disrupt the mass but call 911 if it is determined that the person’s condition is serious enough to warrant professional assistance.
  2. If the person is NOT BREATHING, please stand up, interrupt the mass and in a clear voice announce that we have a medical emergency. Ask that someone call 911 immediately and ask that someone else go to the sacristy to get the parish defibrillator and begin to treat the person appropriately for the condition until help arrives.

♦ Big Ice Storm of 2013 - starting overnight Dec. 21

A bad ice storm swept through Toronto and southern Ontario on its way to the Maritimes. It left 250,000 households without power including the OLPH church. So the three Sunday masses were held with the help of candles - for the brave souls who made it to the church over icy streets and sidewalks. But two parishioners, Dorlean Rotolo and Renee Greening got a few closeupictures of the ice-covered trees and branches to share with fellow parishioners.

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♦ Decorating the Church for Chrismas - Dec. 21

A number of parishioners showed up on Saturday morning starting at 9:30. Within about 90 minutes, they had decorated the altar area, two large trees and distributed the 125 beautiful pointsettas.

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♦ Pictures from Christmas Cheer held on Dec. 15, 2013

A good turnout after both the 9:30 and 11:00 masses filled the parish hall. Four pictures are shown here but many more are posted in the Photo Gallery

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♦ Report from the 2013 Ecumenical Christmas Food Drive - held on Nov. 30, 2013

The total was about 16,100 items, slightly higher than the 15,500 last year. In addition, over $1,300 in cash and cheques were received for further purchases by the food banks. A special thanks to all those who contributed and also to those who volunteered....If you were missed or forgot about this event, you can still donate at the local Sobeys store via its $10 pre-packaged bag scheme that is presently underway and will continue until early January.

Pictures taken by Colette Lapointe-Kearney - four are shown here but many more are in the Photo Gallery.

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♦ Baby Baptism at 9:30 mass on Nov. 24

Newer parishioners Sahand and Julia Sojoodi were happy to have their baby Benjamin baptized at this 9:30 Sunday mass. Godmother is at the left in the second photo.

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♦ Confirmation Enrollment Ceremony - November 17th

Some 10 young members were enrolled at the 9:30 mass in their preparation to receive Confirmation next spring. A similar ceremoney took place at the 11L00 mass.

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♦ Craft Sale held on Nov. 3rd

Good sale took place of many crafts made by OLPH Craft Circle ladies (Margaret, Mary, Carol, Janet and Barbara). They meet on the first Friday of each month to work on a variety of crafts. Photos taken by Margaret Boland.

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♦ Cardinal Collins celebrating OLPH's 90th Anniversary (Oct. 6)

While OLPH has been celebrating our 90th Anniversary by various activities through the year, this was the more significant one with the 11 am Sunday mass celebrated by Cardinal Thomas Collins. He delivered his fine homily (listen in Bull/Homilies page) and kindly participated in the Reception that followed - although he had another major event soon afterwards, the 100th Anniversary celebration of Catholic Charities with a 2 pm mass at St. Paul's Basilica.

Some pictures are shown here but many more are posted in our Photo Gallery.

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♦ Officers of Knights of Columbus installed at OLPH (Oct. 5)

To help honour OLPH's 90th Anniversary, the officers of the KofC Toronto Council 1388 for 2013-14 were installed at the Saturday 5 pm mass. The KofC are dedicated to the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism with more 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the world.

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♦ Parish Ministries seeking new members

♦ 28th Annual Altar Server Awards Ceremony - held on Oct. 12th

Four altar servers from OLPH parish received the Bishop’s Altar Server Award for Service from the Most Reverend William McGrattan, Auxiliary Bishop – Central Pastoral Region of the Archdiocese of Toronto during the 28th Annual Bishop’s Altar Servers Awards Ceremony.

We offer our sincere thanks and congratulations to the following altar servers:
Conrad Mahony, Shannon Mahony, Christian Pierobon and Nicholas Valentine

The parish is truly grateful to all of its altar servers for their participation at the celebration of the Eucharist and ceremonies throughout the Church year. The Altar Servers Awards Program is sponsored by the Serra Clubs of the Archdiocese of Toronto, a long established organization in the archdiocese whose purpose is to foster and promote vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.

♦ Pictures of Children's Liturgy & Preparing for First Reconciliation & Communion (Sept. 29)

It was wonderful to see a very large gathering of young kids - for the usual Children's Liturgy as well as for those preparing for their First Confession & First Communion. Books of gospel were also distributed to each child.

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♦ OLPH Bible Study Program - Thursday mornings starting Oct. 3 (Thurs), 10:30 - 11:30

Beginning this Fall, OLPH will be having a Bible Study Program. The program will consist of 6 sessions throughout the Fall and Winter Term and will be held in the Library. The program will allow a maximum of 10 people. If you are interested, please register early in order to ensure a place in the program. Contact Karen Corcoran at 416-489-1540 ext. 239 or email karen@olphtoronto.com. The focus of the program will be on the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles. The dates for the Bible Study Program are as follows:

♦ Humanitarian Relief – SYRIA

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

♦ OLPH Choir's CD still available at parish office

The new CD that was launched after the March 17th Concert is available $15.00 - in the parish office - 416-489-1540, ext. 221. They can make great gifts for relatives and friends. Proceeds from these sale will go to the ongoing church improvement fund.

♦ Many beautiful flowers around Church Property

As the temperature is dropping (sometimes) with days getting shorter, enjoy the pictures of the many nice flowers planted around the church and rectory.

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♦ Panoramic view of the Inside of OLPH Church

OLPH has received a special gift providing a fantastic panoramic view of the sanctuary of OLPH. Below is the introduction to the panoramic, showing in one image, the straight-ahead view plus the right and left views. The actual panoramic view is here - www.alexanderpomnikow.com/panorama/canada/Churches/olph/tour/olph_5.html.panoramic_flattened

This panorama was prepared by Alexander Pomnikow who specializes in panoramic views of - various churhes (click "i" for Info about church). His other productions can be seen on his own website - www.alexanderpomnikow.com - other panoramic and still views of different places but many from Africa. Many thanks to Alexander for helping us celebrate our 90th Anniversary this year!

The panorama "controls" are straightforward - zoom in/out and rotate right/left & top/bottome (just don't rotate too fast as you can make yourself dizzy!). Click right-most button to enjoy the full-screen version. The background music should be familiar as it's from the recent CD of our own OLPH Choir.

♦ Baby Baptism at 9:30 am mass - June 30, 2013

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♦ St. Vincent de Paul seeking urgent help for specific client

A mother with two severely autistic twin boys needs gently-used bedding (single/double) as well as towels and the like for the bathroom. In addition, she would like area rugs/carpets plus scattered ones in good condition. For more info, contact Brian Kearney at 416-972-0585.

♦ Seeking help at the Food Bank

The Food Bank working out of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church is in need of volunteers especially on Wednesdays. This involves only one Wednesday a month 10:30 - 12:30 a.m. You will be mostly greeting clients or working in the kitchen. If you can help out please call Operation Base 416 967 3842 at Timothy Memorial Church and ask for Annette.

♦ Seeking help at Yorkminster Park Meals-on-Wheels

They require volunteer drivers and runners to deliver Meals on Wheels in this community during the months of July and August. Meals are delivered between 10:30am and 12:15pm daily, Monday to Friday. Please call 416-482-0549 if you can spare two hours weekly or on an occasional basis to help on any of the delivery days.

♦ Canada Day Weekend

Living in this vast land has been a journey of discovery since the days when people first came here. Long before there was a Canada, this land was already amazing.

Canadian Catholics, and really all people of faith, need to see that in this amazing place, that is our Canada, we find God’s dominion as well as the spiritual dimension of our citizenship. On this Canada Day weekend, let us ask God to help us build on what is best about our country: our multicultural society, our racial tolerance and our role in peacekeeping in and between war-torn countries.

It would be a wonderful thing if the Eucharist would become a part of how Canadian Catholics thank God for this country as we celebrate July 1 every year.

♦ Pictures from Family Fair (OLPH's 90th Anniversary) - June 9, 2013

Blesssed with a lovely sunny day, all the children and adults enjoyed one of this year's highlights, to mark OLPH's 90th Anniversary. Some pictures of the kids' activities at the OLPH School (see next item) and everyone at the BBQ are shown below. Even a fire truck was at the School to let kids climb up on the truck. Many more pictures are now posted on our website's Photo Gallery - plus a few paper prints in the vestibule for those without computer.

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♦ Many pictures from the Kids Activities at the OLPH School (June 9) - via Dropbox link

Over 130 pictures of the kids' activities were provided by Emily Murphy. Instead of posting them in our Photo Gallery, a link to all those pictures is provided via Dropbox - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8z9jr97a6bjazse/SjWJlvSnXv

♦ Presentation of gifts to Roman (Parish Caretaker) - June 9th

At the end of the 11 am mass, Fr. Jim presented Roman with a gift in envelope and a set of three framed pctures of the churhc. OLPH is blessed that his younger brother, Edward, has taken over already since the beginning of June.

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♦ The Retirement of Roman Pietraszkiewicz (our Parish Caretaker) - from June 9th Bulletin

As many of you may have heard by now, our parish caretaker, Roman, is retiring as of the beginning of June after serving this parish for 22 years. While I celebrate Roman’s well-deserved retirement, I am saddened to see him leave. It has been a joy to have been blessed to work with him for the eleven years that I have been pastor here. Roman knew his job and did it. When we were renovating the parish rectory, the contractor said to me that he had worked in a lot of parishes but he had never seen a caretaker work as hard as Roman. Roman never stopped and never needed to be told what to do next. It was a real gift to me to have someone who was both so competent and so dedicated to entrust the care of the buildings and property.

Roman took great pride in knowing that the church was well maintained, clean and beautiful. And he did this not just for us but for God. Roman is a man of deep faith and that faith showed in his work and in his care for the parishioners who visited the church every day - either for mass or just for a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. I am sure that there are many who could share personal stories of how Roman helped them when they were in need and of the gracious way in which he did it. So he will be missed by all of us.

On behalf of all of us I want to thank Roman for all he has given over so many years and to ensure him that he will be in our prayers. I also want him to know that he is always welcome here and that I hope he visits us often in the months and years ahead.

♦ Fr. Jim's new brigade of young church cleaners

Fr. Jim started off his new crew of volunteers (from Mrs. Martin's Grade 1 class at OLPH school) to get their Community Service on May 23rd.

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♦ Update on Parish Refugee Family

Just this past week, we heard from the brother of the father of our parish refugee family. They fled from Iraq into Syria and while we had some contact with them initially, we eventually lost all contact. But we have now found out that the family did get out of Syria and are now in Australia where it is our understanding that they are going to stay. We thank God that they are safe.

In response to the question of whether or not we are going to ask to be given a new family, the immediate answer is “no”. In order to receive a family, it is essential that a good number of people are available during the daytime hours to spend time with the family and accompany them to all the various appointments they will have and to help them with things like learning to shop and use public transit, etc. Until such time as we are certain that we have the human resources we need to meet these needs, we will not be requesting another family.

♦ Sr. Virgina Varley's Painting group at OLPH Parish Hall (May 2013)

As you may know, OLPH parishioner, Sr. Virginia Varley, is not only a Sister of St. Joseph but an accomplished painter. Her informal Group of Painters (3 to 6) meets Thursdays in the OLPH parish hall to do what they love to do.

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♦ Pictures from First Communion - Group 2 (May 12, 2013) + Some Picture "Outtakes"

Under a cool overcast day on this Ascension Day, a second group of some 34 children made their First Communion. This was a stark change from last Sunday's first group under gorgeous weather. In fact, the group picture was taken just in time as heavy rain started within minutes of taking family pictures.

As soon as the formal pictures were finished, the cherubic kids (especially the boys) all took on different poses (look at expanded version in second row of pictures, compared to the first row).

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♦ Memories of the Parish Jazz Night

Pictures of the enjoyable Jazz Night on May 3rd can be found both on the OLPH Website's Parish News & Photo Gallery plus paper prints on the Bulletin Board in the Vestibule of the church. Check it out! Also a few pictures from the First Communion groups of May 5th and May 12th.

♦ Anniversary of Ordinations to the Priesthood

The month of May is a special month as it is the anniversary of Ordinations to the Priesthood. Please remember and pray for our clergy at OLPH for their years of service as they continue the Mission of Christ.

♦ Pictures from First Communion - Group 1 (May 5, 2013)

Under a gorgeous sunny sky, some 31 children made their First Communion. This is only the first half, with the second group scheduled for next Sunday. Fr. Jim now has it well organized that the children process out and are neatly lined up for the professional photographer to first get good group pictures - before all the "paparazzi" parents/family swoop in to get their pictures!

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♦ Pictures from OLPH Jazz Night posted here & in Photo Gallery (May 3)

An enjoyable evening of good music with good food, drinks and fellowship was had by a good turnout of over 150. Some highlights are shown below but many more are now posted in the Photo Gallery

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♦ Pictures from Sacrament for the Sick (April 20)

As one of OLPH's parish celebrations for our 90th Anniversary, this special Mass was conducted to incorporate the celebration of the Anointing of the Sick. It was a reaching out to all parishioners who are struggling with their health for various reasons - as well as to pray for our relatives, friends and neighbours whom we know to be not well.

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♦ Pictures from Easter Vigil mass (March 29, 2013)

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♦ Pictures of Mark Grant's special day at the Easter Vigil mass (March 29)

At this Easter Vigil, Mark Grant had a triple-event day - received into the Catholic Church, received Sacrament of Confirmation and received Holy Eucharist for first time. We congratulate and welcome Mark to our OLPH parish.

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♦ Pictures from Good Friday Ecumenical Walk with Cross (March 29, 2013)

Some representative pictures from the Walk but many more photos are posted in the Photo Gallery.

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♦ Pictures from Good Friday Service (March 29, 2013)

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♦ Pictures from Holy Thursday (March 28, 2013)

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♦ OLPH Choir's CD still available at weekend masses and parish office

The new CD that was launched after the (above) March 17th Concert is available for purchase ($15.00) - in the vestibule after the weekend masses starting March 24th. They are also available from the parish rectory. Proceeds from these sale will go to the ongoing church improvement fund.
Here are 30-sec sampling of some of the music found on the CD - Widor Toccata   Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring   Ave Verum Corpus   Glory to God

Some CD details - front and back covers and list of organists & choir members.

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♦ Pictures from OLPH Evening of Musical Celebration (March 17)

OLPH Church was filled with beautiful music provided by the OLPH Choir and Organists. It was appropriately entitled "Make a Joyful Noice unto the Lord" as it included music for St. Patrick's Day. The 15-member choir and the two organists (Peter Daly and Frank O'Grady was led by the Music Director, Carolynne Davy Godin.

A couple of pictures below with Program but many more are posted in the Photo Gallery with numerous short videos on Picasa Web http://picasaweb.google.com/115270280982994338177. If it does not connect by clicking on link, please copy it to your browser.

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♦ The Holy Week Triduum

Over the next week we join Christians around the world in celebrating our most holy and important religious moments in the year. Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter are without question the celebration of the heart of our Christian faith, namely the death and resurrection of Christ. Our whole liturgical year leads up to these days and our faith flows out of them.

The “Triduum” is the name given to the celebration of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter and in particular the Easter Vigil. Too often we see these three celebrations as three separate events when in fact they are a celebration of one event only and that is the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Each day celebrates a different dimension of what is called the Paschal Mystery which is the name given to Christ’s passion, death and resurrection.

Because the Triduum is a three-fold celebration of the one Paschal Mystery it is important, if it is at all possible, that we as Catholics attend all three of the celebrations in order to participate in the whole Mystery. And of particular importance is the Easter Vigil, which is without question the most important liturgy we celebrate as Catholics. Thus, I encourage everyone to make an effort to come to church on Holy Thursday and Good Friday, but even more so to the Easter Vigil. You won’t be disappointed that you did.

♦ Lectures on Vatican II by Prof. Meg Lavin ended March 21st

As part of OLPH's 90th Anniversary celebrations during this year, this 4-lecture series on Vatican II was provided by Prof. Meg Lavin of Regis College. Much of her talk was based on her own recent book "Vatican II: Fifty Years of Evolution and Revolution in the Catholic Church". The first lecture started on a stormy evening of Feb. 7th which ended on a calmer day on March 21st with good attendance each evening. A few pictures below from the last evening including refreshment break in the vestibule.

For those who missed her lectures, Prof. Lavin will be giving a more comprehensive 8-wk course at Regis College starting Thurs. May 2nd, 11:00 - 1:00 - more info at www.regiscollege.ca/Windows_On_Theology

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♦ Confirmation Session #4 for all Students held on March 6th

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♦ New Custodian

As many of you may know, Roman Pietraszkiewicz our parish custodian, will be retiring at the end of June 2013. I am pleased to announce that we have now hired a new custodian to take over from Roman when he retires. Our new custodian is Edward Pietraszkiewicz and he is Roman’s younger brother. We are very fortunate to get Ed as he brings with him many of the same skill sets that made Roman such a wonderful caretaker for us. I want to welcome Ed to OLPH and to wish him well in his new position. Roman and Ed will be working together for the next few months so that Roman can show Ed all that needs to be done to keep the church, rectory and grounds in good order and fine repair.

♦ 2012 Financial Report & 2013 Financial Budget

This Report/Budget with a covering letter from the OLPH Finance Council were inserted with the Feb. 24, 2013 Bulletin.

♦ Few pictures below from Pancake Breakfast (Feb. 10) - with many more in Photo Gallery

There was a good turnout after the 9:30 and 11:00 masses despite the bad snow storm just two days earlier. This event was to launch ShareLife with all services provided by the male parishioners - preparation, cooking, serving, cleaning up and more.

Thanks to pictures received from parishioners Renee Greening and Nadine Maxwell (new OLPH website member). Another new website member is Kent Fines who was helping after both masses at this Pancake Sunday....If you see any incorrect captions (especially with names), please send email to OLPH webmaster at webmaster@olphtoronto.com


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Archived Parish News 2012

♦ Pictures from Christmas Eve masses - with more pictures now posted in the Photo Gallery

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♦ Many pictures from the Dec. 9th Christmas Cheer in Photo Gallery

If you were at the Christmas Cheer after the 9:30 or 11:00 mass, there is a good chance you'll be in one of some 40 pictures that are posted in the Photo Gallery (Left menu). Please take a look.

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♦ Canned Food Drive held on Nov. 24, 2012

This annual event took place under a sunny but cool Saturday morning. The tentative count is about 15,500 cans, about 15% down from previous years for various reasons (other food drives, etc). Councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam & Josh Matlow came to help out. Few pictures below but please take a look at many more in the Photo Gallery.

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♦ Gigantic Afghan made by parishioner Margaret Boland

This afghan was presented to Fr. Jim on Nov. 2nd for OLPH use - he's thinking about how best to utilize it. Some quick facts - it's good for king-sized bed, over 72" in diameter, made of bernat satin (wool material from money from the OLPH Craft Cbrcle group). It took a few months (June - Sept) to finish it in this fantastic shape and colour....The design is based on the Stained Glass windows in Our Lady of Chartres Cathedral near Paris, shown below at right. For better view, go to their website and scroll down half way to "Rose Windows"

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♦ Neighbour's Branch fell on Rectory Roof

Neighbour's large branch fell on Rectory Roof during the storm connected with Hurricane Sandy during the night of Oct. 29-30.

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♦ Helping Christian Palestinians through purchase of hard-carved crafts

After the Nov. 18th weekend masses, someone for the Christian Palestinians spoke about the serious problems they are facing. Jean-Francois Bourgeois mentioned the percent of Christian Palestinians has dropped from 30% over 50 years ago to a mere 1.6% now - due mainly to religious persecution and economic hardship (lack of tourists). Their main source of income are hand-carved crafts which were displayed in the parish hall for sale. Although the crafts were only available that weekend, they can be ordered through their website - Holy Land Direct - www.holylanddirect.com
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♦ Young parishioners starting their confirmation preparation - Nov. 18th

There were a total of 9 candidates (including 3 altar servers) at the 9:30 mass preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
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♦ Two Baby Baptism at the 9:30 am mass on October 28, 2012

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♦ An Evening of Inspiritional Organ Music - Oct. 14, 2012

This evening was enjoyed by the many music lovers who braved the cool wet Sunday evening - to listen to six organists from the Churches-on-the-Hill. A few pictures below from that musical evening.

The participating organists were - Stephen Fraser (Grace Church-on the-Hill), Peter Daly (OLPH), Frank O' Grady (OLPH), Anita Gaide (St. John's Lutheran Latvian), Rachel Mahon (Timothy Eaton Memorial) and William Maddox (Yorkminster Park Baptist).

History of the newly revamped OLPH organ Built in 1905 by Karn-Warren for The People's Church, Toronto, this beatuiful organ made its way to OLPH in 1937, on the advice and under the supervision of Healey Willan. The T. Eaton Company, Organ Division, did some major repais in 1956 - not on the pipes, but on the chests and other sundry items. Then came Casavant ranks from Deer Park United Churched added in 1971, at which time the organ was largely re-voiced by Thomas Fitches. A complete cleaning and tuning was done in 2011, with the addition of new console and additional digital ranks completed in 2012 by Rodgers Organs. This information was provided courtesy of Talan T. Jackson.

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♦ Announcing The Year of Faith

This article by Fr. Jim Hannah was inserted with the bulletin of Oct. 14th. Read the article

♦ Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan – Communication from Cardinal Thomas Collins

This weekend, as we celebrate the feast of St. Michael, patron saint of the Archdiocese of Toronto, we are distributing copies of a pastoral letter from Cardinal Thomas Collins. This communication provides background on the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan that will be shared with our catholic community in the New Year. Please take a moment to read the online version of the cardinal’s letter and pray for the ongoing work of all those involved in this important process.

♦ Children preparing for First Communion with families on Sept. 30, 2012

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♦ Children's Liturgy at 9:30 mass on Sept. 23

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♦ Homepage of OLPH Website completely Overhauled

The Homepage of the Parish Website has been completely re-designed - new headings, colours, and format including changing flash pictures. Please take a moment to check it out – www.olphtoronto.com. While the rest of the pages have not been revised at this time, we believe that it’s still a very comprehensive site and provides extensive information on the parish, matters of faith, donation options and more.

♦ Update about OLPH Refugee Sponsorship Program

The following update was emailed on August 20th to all OLPH Parishioners on our current email list. If you did not receive it or missed it, click here for the update from Krysta Davies Foss of the OLPH Refugeee Committee.

For a summary of what the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) spokesperson said at the Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva in mid-July, click here

♦ Former OLPH Pastor Fr. Cyril Robitaille passed away on Aug. 12, 2012

The seventh pastor was at OLPH from 1998-2002 when he retired.

♦ Surprise Party for Fr. Jim's 10th Anniversary as OLPH Pastor - June 10, 2012

Few pictures below but 40+ pics in the Photo Gallery
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♦ Continuing Refurbishment of the Church (from May 27th Bulletin)

The next step we will be taking in the church is the widening of the centre aisle at the front of the church. Towards the end of June, we will be taking approximately one and a half to two feet off the first two or three pews on each side of the centre aisle. For events like weddings and funerals, the centre aisle at the front is simply too narrow with the result that it can be very congested making it awkward for people to move around. Making the pews slightly shorter will make a significant difference and give much more room for movement.

Once that is completed, we need to think about having the church roof re-insulated. There is still insulation in parts of the ceiling but a lot of it has been shifted either by contractors over the years or simply by gravity with the result that many areas of the roof are now without insulation. Addressing this issue will go a long way in helping to reduce our gas bill in the winter as well as making it possible to address the issue of the marks all over the interior ceiling of the church. The marks are not the result of water damage but rather shifted insulation. Where there is no insulation any longer you get hot and cold spots that attract dust leaving the marks we can see when we look up. We cannot paint the ceiling until we deal with the insulation or the marks on the ceiling will return in just a few years. So we will be looking at what is involved in addressing our need for insulating the ceiling.

♦ Many Refurbishment pictures now posted in Photo Gallery

As mentioned in our Insider's Easter Greetings last Sunday, many pictures of the Refurbishment (Nov. 2011 to present) are now posted in our Photo Gallery. They have been separated, for convenience, into the following phases:

Wherever possible, comparisons have been made with those before Refurbishment started. More pictures will be posted as futher refurbishment continues, so please continue visiting our Photo Gallery.

♦ First Communion - Group 2 on May 13th

On another beautiful day at 11 am mass - May 13, 2012. Pictured at the back are OLPH School teacher, Fr. Jim, Karen Corcoran and OLPH School Principal Lillian Kurnick
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♦ Confirmation on May 12th, 5 pm mass

Confirmation for the 40 candidates on the near and far sides of the central aisle, was administered by Fr. Jim. Boys pictures courtesy from Peter Mastromarini
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♦ First Communion - Group 1 on May 6th

Pictured in this group photo outside is newly-arrived seminarian Joshua Roldan, Fr. Jim, Karen Corcoran and Fr. Guenter
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♦ Sacraments for Kevin Willis and Kent Fines - Easter Vigil (April 7)

At the Easter Vigil mass, Kevin Willis and Kent Fines were received into the Church as well as receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion.

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♦ Decorating the Altar area and Alter Servers' Practice - April 7 (Sat)

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♦ Good Friday Cross Walk - April 6 (Fri)

Few pictures at the start of the annual Good Friday Cross Walk, starting from OLPH. Young parishioner Rory Greening is carrying the cross.

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♦ Pictures from Two Baby Baptism at 9:30 mass on Feb. 26th

Congratulations to Nicholas & Karla Brown of their baby boy's baptism and to Maura Kukaric of her baby girl's baptism by Fr. Jim.

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♦ Pictures from another successful Pancake Breakfast - Feb. 12

To launch the 2012 ShareLife campaign, many male parishioners helped out with Pancake Breakfast - setting tables, making and serving pancakes and cleaning up afterwards. A few pictures shown below but a total of 28 are shown in the Photo Gallery.

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♦ Refurbishment of Church is continuing

Our Lady's statue (to the right of the altar area) was re-painted with beautiful colours in mid-January 2012, part of the ongoing major refurbishment of the church.
Another phase started on Jan. 23rd with the removal of the last pew to provide more space to move at the back. Also the removal of the carpets started in the centre and side aisles and in front of the Eucharist and in the baptism font area. See many more pictures in the Photo Gallery.

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Archived Parish News 2011

♦ New Calendar of Events and Meetings

A new and better Calendar has been recently introduced. It’s quite obvious how to use it:

The different types of events/meetings have been colour-coded to make it easier to identify:

♦ Globe & Mail article about major refurbishing of the OLPH Pipe Organ

A comprehensive 3-page writeup by Peter Power appeared in the Dec. 24th issue with numerous large photos of the pipes being overhauled and refurbished. Read full article. The online version has a 2.5 minute video of some of the renovation plus a photo essay with 18 photos.

See OLPH's own set of numerous pictures taken during this period in - The Photo Gallery

♦ Ecumenical Christmas Canned Food Drive (Nov. 26th) - now Sobeys $10 bag

The residential component saw close to 18,000 items collected, about the same as last year. In addition the Saint Vincent de Paul Society received cheques and cash totalling slightly over $4,000. A special thanks to all those who contributed and also those who volunteered.

A few pictures are posted to show the "cycle" of the entire operation - delivery of flyers the previus Saturday (Nov. 19), the picking up of canned goods, the boxing into donated beer boxes in the OLPH Parish Hall, the carrying up to the waiting vans to take to various food banks. Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam for Ward 27 (Toronto Centre Rosedale) - www.toronto.ca/councillors/wong_tam1.htm dropped by to give a hand. She had apparently helped with St. Vincent de Paul in past years.

If you have not already given or may have missed the residential Drive, you can still participate by donating at the Sobeys store on St. Clair Ave. East near Avoca Ave. that has again agreed to hold a Drive via a pre-packaged bag scheme - More info in this flyer.. Simply give the appropriate amount to the cashier when checking out and the bag will be set aside for pick-up for delivery to area food banks. This Drive will continue until early January.

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♦ Monsignor BARNETT (Pastor 1953 to 1978) Recalls the 1960's Renovations

In March 1959, discussions began with Mr. Harold Rambusch of New York and Mr. Roy Orlando, a local architect. Renovations began in January 1960 and continued throughout that year. The marble steps disappeared with the extension of the sanctuary. A massive carved walnut reredos serves as a background for the main altar of Italian marble, on which is specially designed bronze tabernacle. On the reredos hangs a crucifix of olivewood, with the corpus of carved ivory. The sanctuary is carpeted and furnished in walnut with a marble communion rail. Over the centre of the sanctuary hangs the medallion of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, enamel on copper in a hand-carved wooden frame of adoring angels.

The two side altars are of marble, one decorated with a Venetian mosaic depicting Christ the King and Priest; the other with a carved lindenwood statue of St. Joseph, surrounded by carved wooden and polychromed representations of the Canadian Coat of Arms, as well as those of the ten provinces and the territories.

The Baptistry, behind heavy bronze gates, is of Verde Issorie marble with a hand-wrought bronze of John the Baptist baptizing Our Lord in the Jordan. The stations of the cross are individually carved wooden figures embellished with gold leaf. They are outstandingly beautiful.

Two lindenwood statues of St. Anne and St. Anthony are installed to decorate the front vestibule. Stained glass windows, with rock glass, feature the story of the picture of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. The pipe organ was fully renewed in the 1950’s, and the tone brightened with new pipes in the 1970’s. In 1961 the sacristy was renovated with a massive vesting table and new stained glass windows.

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♦ More Info about using new Roman Missal - started 1st Sunday in Advent (Nov. 27)

Changes are coming to the way we celebrate Mass. Although this is mainly for English mass, it’s still useful for all of us to know about these changes. Beginning with the start of Advent (new Church year), the Mass will undergo its biggest change since Vatican II. There is a lot of useful information about this Third Edition of the Roman Missal in the Archdiocesan website - www.archtoronto.org/romanmissal/:

♦ Cleaning OLPH Icon and Refurbishing Organ & Pipes

Work on this major project started in November. The repairing of the organ and re-painting of the many pipes started in early November and will take more time. The cleaning of the Icon started on Nov. 14th and was finished during the week but Fr. Jim left it at the lower height so parishioners could see better the front and back of the Icon. Few pictures below but many more are posted in the Photo Gallery (Left Menu).

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♦ Baby Baptisms at OLPH on Oct. 30th

The Sunday 9:30 mass on Oct. 30th was a busy one with the baptisms of 4 babies, including twin girls. But the 3 girls and 1 boy behaved well with no crying from any of them - kudos to Fr. Jim's good job too! The individual family pictures are very similar to the ones on Homepage but slightly different (look closely at the baby directions!)

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♦ More Info about using new Roman Missal - started 1st Sunday in Advent (Nov. 27)

Changes are coming to the way we celebrate Mass. Although this is mainly for English mass, it’s still useful for all of us to know about these changes. Beginning with the start of Advent (new Church year), the Mass will undergo its biggest change since Vatican II. There is a lot of useful information about this Third Edition of the Roman Missal in the Archdiocesan website - www.archtoronto.org/romanmissal/:

♦ OLPH Ministry Fair held on Oct. 15-16 weekend

Thanks to everyone who came to the Ministry Fair and inquired and or signed up for various ministries.

If you did not have an opportunity to come to the Fair, see the attachment in this bulletin regarding the various ministries. Fill out the sheet and indicate the ministries that you are interested in and return it to Karen, one of the priests, put it in the collection basket or drop if off at the office.

The special prize for all the participants who came to the Ministry Fair was won by Mary McGrath. A few pictures from the Fair.

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♦ Pictures of some new Registrants on June 5, 2011

The Pastoral Council had designated this Sunday to acknowledge some 80 new parishioners from last October to April inclusive. Fr. Jim blessed those who came to the 9:30 mass. Coffee and snacks were enjoyed by them and other parishioners.

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♦ First Communion at OLPH - Group 1 (May 1, left pair) and Group 2 (May 8), 2011

As there was such a large number (74) receiving this sacrament, it was split into two consecutive Sundays at the 11 am mass. As in the Confirmation ceremony below, Karen Corcoran worked very hard (with numerous helpers) to organize these three events.

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♦ Confirmation By Bishop McGrattan at OLPH - May 4, 2011

Pictures of Confirmation by Bishop William McGrattan, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto.

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♦ Anniversary of Ordinations to the Priesthood

During the month of May which is set for such anniversaries, please remember and pray for our clergy at OLPH for their years of service as they continue the Mission of Christ:

♦ Pictures from COTH's Good Friday Walk held on April 22

The 18th Annual Good Friday Walk, organized by the Churches-on-the-Hill (COTH), started with a decent number starting at OLPH. But it grew in the Yonge/St. Clair area as more participants joined it. The Eastern Route started at OLPH at noon, then to Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Chist Church Deer Park Anglican Church, Calvin Prersbyterian Church/Deer Park United Church and Timothy Eaton Memorial Church (United). The Western Route started from Holy Rosary church. Some sample pictures are shown below but many other pictures are in the Photo Gallery.

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♦ Pictures from COTH's Lenten Service held on March 29

The Churches on-the-Hill (COTH) held an ecumenical Lenten Service at the 143-yr old Bishop Strachan School - http://bss.on.ca. Although Fr. Jim was attending, OLPH was represented by Pastoral Associate, Karen Corcoran, who did a great job of reading the Gospel.

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♦ 2010 Financial Report and 2011 Budget

The OLPH Finance Council has issued the 2010 Financial Statement and 2011 Budget plus the covering letter (inserted with the March 27th bulletin). This same information will be retained in the Parish Info/Parish Admin Section (Left menu).

♦ Pictures from Saint John's Bible presentation at OLPH on March 24th

A presentation of the Saint John's Bible was made by Fr. Gordon Rixon, sj, Dean of Regis College and a Jesuit scripture scholar. He was assisted by Jesuit seminarian, Matthew Livingston, for "turning" the pages carefully with white gloves. They brought two of the 7 volumes that were presented to Regis College a year ago - the Pentateuch (first 5 books in the Bible) and the Prophers. Fr. Rixon gave a talk entitled “Remembering Sacred Scripture: Growing in the Word”. See more pictures from that evening in the Photo Gallery

The Saint John's Bible is the first-handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in Minnesota in over 500 years. Each volume is large, measuring 2 ft high by 3 ft wide when opened and weighing 20 lbs each. Its handwritten lettering and stunning artwork truly present the Word of God in an engaging and inspirational way. It is a truly beautiful bible that is a work of art in itself. More info about Saint John's Abbey & University can be found at www.saintjohnsbible.org

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♦ March 6 — Pictures from Pancake Breakfast on March 6

A large turnout after both 9:30 and 11:00 masses to kick off ShareLife 2011 (see below). Sample pictures are shown below - many other pictures in the Photo Gallery. Names of young children are excluded in captions for their safety as this is on the public Internet.

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♦ February 12 — Update on OLPH's Craft Circle

We meet on the first Friday of each Month at OLPH. We do crocheting, knitting, sewing, jewellery making and other crafts. We have a pre-Christmas Sale and we also donate items to charity. You are welcome to join us for social chat & coffee. Donations of any wools or fabrics are welcome. We would also appreciate receiving crafts made at home at your own convenience. To contact us, leave your number at the church office, 416-489-1540.
See some pictures of the group from Nov. 26th in the Archived News section, further down on this web page.

♦ January 30 — Two Baby Baptism at the 9:30 mass

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♦ January 20 — Update of Ecumenical 2010 Christmas Food Drive

The Saint Vincent de Paul Society, as lead organizer and one of the recipient agencies, advises that the final total was 31,000 items (30,000 in 2009). This is an additional 13,000 subsequent to the residential drive in late November and is largely the result of the partnership with the two area Sobeys which held in-store drives on our behalf as well as bulk discount purchases from cash donations plus one-time special collections. Thank you for your caring and generosity for those needy members of our community. Update was submitted by Brian Kearney, chairperson of Canned Goods Drive Campaign - brian.kearney@sympatico.ca

♦ January 18 — Fr. Jim reads gospel at Sgt. Ryan Russell's funeral

As chaplain for Toronto Police Divison 53, Fr. Jim was invited to read the second reading (gospel) at Sgt. Russell's very large funeral at the Metro Convention Centre. A few pictures taken from the telecast are shown below. The complete video of the 2-hr ceremony can be viewed at www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/Featured_Videos/1555003082/ID=1750519643. This is under "Police officer's Funeral" under "Featured Videos" on the Homepage of CBC News. Click on "Full Screen" icon at bottom right. The first reading was quite early in the ceremony but Fr. Jim's second reading was about 1.5 hours from the start after numerous speeches.

Read more about this event including comments by Toronto Police Service head chaplain, Rev. Walter Kelly who was conducting the funeral service in this Catholic Register's Jan. 26th article

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Archived Parish News 2010

  • December 5 — Pictures from Christmas Cheer Sunday

    There were good turnouts after the 9:30 and 11:00 masses. The band from the 236th Scout Group from Holy Name Church entertained with Christmas carols. The draw for the winners of the Raffle Tickets took place. An amazing amount of $3,675.00 was raised for the Church Organ Fund through the sale of hundreds of raffle tickets - thanks to the hard work of secretary Helen, who also obtained the donations of the prizes. Samples shown below - many other pictures in the Photo Gallery.

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  • November 27 — Pictures from St. Vincent de Paul's Canned Food Drive

    An army of 200+ descended on OLPH on Nov. 27th to help in this annual Christmas Food Drive - from picking up canned food in the neighbourhood, carrying them down to the Parish Hall, emptying and re-packing them in carton boxes, taking the boxes up to a waiting truck which takes them to different food banks. Some 18,000 cans were collected, excluding many more expected via Sobeys (below). Some sample pictures of the whole process were taken - please take a look at many others in the Photo Gallery of our website.

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  • November 26 — Craft Circle sale at SPRINT

    The Craft Circle social activity at OLPH is expanding from meeting at OLPH to another location - at SPRINT (Senior People's Resources in North Toronto), located at 140 Merton St., 416-481-6411 -www.sprint-homecare.ca. Pictures were missed of their Nov. 7th sale at OLPH but some pictures from another sale at SPRINT on Nov. 26th were taken by member Margaret Boland.

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  • October 24 — Pictures from "Welcome New Parishioners" Sunday

    Please take a look at pictures from this Sunday to introduce and welcome the new parishioners who had registered during this year. Go to Photo Gallery in Left Menu.

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  • May 30 — Pictures from Parish Spring BBQ

    Numerous photos from this Spring BBQ, hosted by the Finance Council, are posted in the Photo Gallery (Left menu). Please take a look - you may be looking at yourself in some pictures!

  • May 8 — Confirmation at OLPH

    Some 25 candidates from OLPH received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Fr. Jim Hannah at the 5:00 mass on May 8th. Lay Pastoral Associate Karen Corcoran was busy again preparing them all to receive this sacrament.

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  • May 2 — First Communion at OLPH

    A total of 57 students from OLPH School and other schools (public and non-Catholic private ones) received their First Communion at the 11:00 mass on May 2nd. Our Lay Pastoral Associate, Karen Corcoran, was busy preparing all the candidates for their big day.

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  • April 31 — Young Parishioner's article "A Kenyan Experience" now published

    Parishioners with good memory may recall that two years ago, Jackie de Santis made an amazing trip to Kenya with the "Leaders Now" organization. Read it online in the March-April 2010 issue of the Scarboro Missions Magazine - www.scarboromissions.ca/Scarboro_missions_magazine/Issues/2010/Mar_Apr/kenyan_experience.php.

  • April 17-18 — Archbishop Collins' Message on Sexual Abuse and the Church

    Addressed to all archdiocesan priests and faithful, his letter was read at all parishes on April 17-18 weekend. You can hear the Archbishop in his own words on YouTube at www.archtoronto.org. Or you can read it on the Archdiocesan website - www.archtoronto.org/pdf/abuse-april10eng.pdf.

  • April 3 — Baptism of Chris and Melissa on Easter Vigil

    At the Easter Vigil mass at OLPH, Chris Lee and Melissa Leonituk (left picture) received three Sacraments - Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist. They had been taking the RCIA course since last September, with the RCIA team led by Lay Pastoral Associate Karen Corcoran. Click on any picture to obtain an enlargement view.

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  • March 24 — Presentation of the Saint John's Bible at OLPH on March 24

    Fr. Scott Lewis from Regis College spoke about "According to Scripture: Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament". He brought three huge volumes of this Saint John's Bible to OLPH, each about 25 x 16 in. They are reproductions of the first complete edition of the Bible to be hand-scribed and hand-illuminated in over 500 years! More info at www.saintjohnsbible.org

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  • Feb. 1 — Haitian Earthquake Relief - donations were accepted by ShareLife (via Caritas Internationalis) for relief efforts following the Jan. 12th catastophic earthquake in Haiti. A special archdiocesan collection was also taken up at all parishes on Jan. 24-25. An ecumenical Prayer Service for the earthquake victims was held on Feb. 1st at St. Paul's Basilica with representatives from faith communities throughout the GTA including Archbishop Thomas Collins.
  • Jan.24 — Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 17-24) - the main ecumenical service was held on Jan. 24th at the Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. The major Christian leaders and city-wide clergy attended with Archbishop Thomas Collins preaching at the service.

Archived Parish News 2009

  • Dec. 6 — Two new Sections "Parish Donations" and "Planned Giving" were added to our website. The first method is by Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) or the weekly Sunday envelopes - read more. Besides these methods, there are numerous other methods to support your parish, e.g., stocks, estate, life insurance, etc. - read more.
  • Oct. 18 — Special Fund-raising Campaign via PAG donations - This campaign arose out of a pledge by a generous OLPH parishioner who matched, on a one-time basis till December, the dolloar amount obtained from new Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) donors or from increases to amounts contributed by existing PAG donors.
  • July 19 — Summer Issue of The Icon Newsletter was published with interesting articles about parish activities and even about our pastor. You can still read it at the very end of the "Bulletins/Homilies" section (Left Menu)
  • April 19 — Surprise Party for Fr. Jim's 35th Anniversary - The surprise was kept intact till after the 9:30 mass when he was ushered down to the parish hall. It was repeated again after the 11:00 mass but not a surprise by then. Enjoy pictures from the two parties
  • March 29 - April 1 — Parish Lenten Mission - This 4-day event (7:00 - 8:15 pm each evening) helped the parish to prepare for Easter through spiritual growth and renewal. It was conducted by Fr. Steve Vasek & Sr. Jean Fitzpatrick from Buffalo, NY, supported by Mission Teams of about 25 parishioners. Audio versions of each evening are available in the Bulletins/Homilies section (Archives). See pictures from each day of the Mission
  • February 16 — A Holy Hour of Prayer was held in preparation for the Parish Lenten Mission (late March). It was conducted by Fr. Steve Vasek & Sr. Jean Fitzpatrick. see some pictures from that evening
  • January 25 — Stopping the e-Newsletter The Insider. Based on the results of the Jan. 11th online survey, it was decided to stop the bi-weekly publication but use it for as-needed communication, e.g. important timely matters. But much of what was in the e-Newsletter would be provided via two new sections on the website: (a) Parish News and (b) Community News (news and events beyond the parish).
  • January 9 — Former OLPH pastor, Fr. Wilfred Firth, died peacefully in his 86th year. His funeral mass was held on Jan. 15th at Blessed Trinity Church which he built in the mid-1960's. Read more about Fr. Firth

Archived Parish News 2008

  • Sept. 14 — The OLPH Parish Mission Statement was issued, now shown on Homepage of this site
  • Sept. 7 — OLPH parishioner and high school student Jackie de Santis had an amazing trip to Kenya in July 2008 with the "Leaders Today" program. Read about her experience with many pictures

  • Sept. 7 — A new electronic Calendar of Events & Meetings added to website in a monthly or yearly format with the following colour-coded groups: (a) Events (within and beyond parish), (b) Ministry meetings (Pastoral council, RCIA, etc), (c) Sacramental preparation (Reconciliation, First Communion, etc) and (d) Baptism dates and preparation
  • July 6 — A new section "Know our Faith" provides many links to various aspects of our Faith including Catholic Social Teaching. Please take a look
  • February - June — Fr. Guenter Petricek gave a series of monthly talks/seminars following the Thursday 12:10 mass - including Church History, Lenten reflections, about Mary and about St. Paul (for Pauline year starting June 28, 2008)
  • April 26-28 — OLPH School celebrated their 150th Anniversary - see many pictures from the numerous weekend events
  • March 21 — The 15th annual Good Friday Walk had a good turnout, visiting and praying at the participating Churches-on-the-Hill. See pictures from the walk in Photo Gallery
  • March 9 — A new bi-weekly e-Newsletter "The Insider" was launched by the website committee. The purpose of this newest form of parish communication is to inform parishioners by email of what's going in the parish and archdiocese and beyond.
  • February 6 - March 19 — A Lenten Pilgrimage of Sacred Spaces 2008, organized by the Yorkminster Park Baptish Church and joined by the Churches-on-the-Hill. This ecumenical Pilgrimage visited six churches and one synagogue throughout the city. Read more