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Welcome to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church

Whether you are visiting from another parish, another city, renewing your faith after an absence or just considering to return home to the Catholic Church, we are pleased to have you visit our web site. We also hope you will be able to come and worship with us. Hopefully you will find our parish a source of spiritual comfort and inspiration.

The church is open on Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. with daily mass at 12:10 p.m. (rosary at 11:50 a.m.). Masses are at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9:30, 11:00 and 4:00 on Sunday. Confession is heard on Saturday between 4:15 and 4:45 or by appointment. If your absence has been for a while, you may find some things have changed during the celebration of Mass as well as Holy Days of Obligation. While all Catholics are obliged to attend Mass on Sundays, there are now just two additional Holy Days of Obligation in Canada – Dec. 25 (Christmas Day) and Jan. 1 (Feast of Mary, Mother of God).

The wording of some of the prayers has changed but by following the Mass using the Sunday Missals found in the pews, you will feel “right at home”. You will discover in-depth information on prayer, spirituality, sacraments and ministries as well as details about our parish – staff biography, parish history, photos from parish events, etc. You will also discover links to many wonderful Catholic/Christian sites and organizations.
Thank you for visiting with us – whether in the church itself or on our web site. We hope you have enjoyed your visit and that you will join us again soon.

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Latest News

  • More renovation pictures added to (Picture) Gallery (Jul-Oct 2016)
  • Refugee Update of Sept. 6, 2016 (re. brother-sister refugee family)
  • Update from Office for Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto (Aug. 10, 2016)
  • 2015 Financial Report & 2016 Budget
  • Refugee Update of July 2, 2016 (One Family moved to Australia)
  • Many pictures posted in (Picture) Gallery
  • Refugee Update (Letter to MP) April 8, 2016
  • Prof. John Berkman's talk on "Physician-assisted Dying" (April 3/16)
  • Parishioner appointed Assistant Dean - Campus Life at St. Mike's

Many more renovation pictures have been posted - including beautiful painting of the ceiling and ongoing exterior work to build a new outdoor elevator.(covering the last six months).

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Hello OLPH parishioners (& Refugee Committee members),

We are encouraged to report progress in the case of the Iraqi refugees who have been waiting for months in Amman for clearance to come to Toronto under the auspices of OLPH. They have now been interviewed by authorities and, after they receive health and security checks, we are optimistic that they may be approved for travel in the next few months. Given the unpredictable nature of the process, we have geared up activity.

Mia Toth, co-chair of volunteers, has asked anyone who signed up to confirm their commitment and availability (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or to let her know if you want to volunteer. This will help in organizing specific tasks and coverage. We have a bulging storage locker of donated items. We have scouted appropriate accommodation. We have been in regular touch with the brother and sister we are hoping to host. They are in good spirits and anxious to settle in Canada. And so we anxiously await word on the next step in their journey.

Larry Pick, Co-chair, OLPH Refugee Committee

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Archdiocese of Toronto - MEMO:

TO: All Parishes, Catholic Pastoral Centre & Satellite Office Staff

FROM: Fr. Ivan Camilleri, Moderator of the Curia

DATE: August 10, 2016

RE: Office for Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto

In February, some important changegs were announced regarding the Office for Refugees to further enhance its capacity and advance its good work. I'm pleased to provide a progress report on the implementation of initiatives to help the office and the people it serves.

In April, the Office for Refugees relocated from Scarborough to 1220 Yonge St., right across from the Catholic Pastoral Centre. The new office space was officially opened and blessed by Cardinal Collins in June.

The office's technology has been improved with updated equipment and integrated into the archdiocese's computer and telephone systems. Additional staff were hired to manage the increased workload. The central location of the office has also improved access for clients and stakeholders. Most information sessions and seminars are now conducted at the conveniently located St. Peter's Parish Centre at Bloor and Bathurst streets.

Current projects include a new database, a revised volunteer recruitment provess, and enhanced internal provesses and policies.

Throughout, Dr. Martin Mark, Director, has continue to expand his efforts to raise awareness of the archdiocese's commitment to refugee resettlement, devoting more of his time to representing the archdiocese and advocating on behalf of the needs of refugees. Most recently, Dr. Mark appeared before a House of Commons committee in Ottawa to speak about the plight of refugees and displaced persons in the Middle East and Africa. We are very grateful for Dr. Mark's expertise and continued dedication to these issues.

As noted in February, John Ecker was appointed to serve as Interim Operatirions Director, leading the implementation of the above-noted major enhancemnts at the Office for Refugees. His work has been very successful and we very thankful of his excellent leadership during a hectic period of transition for the Office for Refugees. In the mcoming weeks, John will shift his full-time focus to the Family of Faith campaign and additional special projects for the archdiocese. Accordingly, we begin a recruitment process for his replacement, in the form of an Operations Manager.

Lastly, I would like to express the archdiocese's appreciation to all the staff, colunteers and parishioners who continue to demonstrate daily their commitment to the mandate of the Office for Refugees.



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These two items were included in the June 26th paper bulletin as well as the June 26th e-Bulletin.

If you need a paper copy, please contact the Parish Admin Assistant, Theresa Daley at 416-489-1540, ext. 221.



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Hello OLPH Refugee group volunteers,

Please see the attachment below - an update on one of our refugee families.

 To be frank, we wish we were emailing you with different news but am pleased to know that this family will be safe, the kids will know education and their family will have a more stable life.

God bless you and yours,

Mia Toth & Jamie McGrath
Volunteer Coordinators


Dear volunteers, OLPH Refugee Committee:

We need to inform you that one of our two families (the family of four, with two adults and two children) has been accepted for immigration and has moved to Australia from Amman.

We were given indications recently that this was imminent, but did not want to publicize it until the family's safe status was confirmed.

Bassam and Hala expressed their sincere gratitude for all the effort and care we have shown them. They had been receiving weekly phone calls from our interpreter, Bushra, outlining the Committee's progress and inquiring about their welfare. This seemed to be of significant help to the family.

They felt that they could no longer wait for approval by Canada at a time when Bassam was running out of money to support his family. There was little hope for either work or education for their children, while remaining in Amman.

They departed for their new home with gratitude for our offer of shelter said they will keep us in their thoughts and prayers and that they are very grateful.

We continue to stay in touch with our second family and are exerting our best efforts with both ORAT and the office of MP Chrystia Freeland for their eventual arrival.

Shelley Zucchi

Bob Lewis

OLPH Refugee Committee, Communications

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Many 2016 pictures have been posted in the "Picture Gallery" under the "Gallery" Top Nav menu. However, due to some technical issue, they were posted under the Year 2015. This has been resolved and the 2016 gallery is now updated on its own.

These include the following area:

  • renovations in the church, including large scaffolding
  • some Holy Week service
  • Confirmation and First Communion
  • OLPH School students & families.

If you find any captions to be incorrect or needs improvement, please contact the webmaster.


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While there is no new development to report regarding the two refugee families, the OLPH Refugee Committee met with MP (University-Rosedale) Chrystia Freeland last week. Attached is the follow-up letter (PDF) sent to her and Immigration Minister John McCallum on April 8th,



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At Fr. Jim's request, parishioner Prof. John Berkman gave a talk on "Physician-assisted Dying" as part of the homily at the April 2-3 weekend masses. Prof. Berkman teaches moral theology at Regis College in Toronto..

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Congratulations to OLPH Parishioner Oriana Bertucci as she was recently appointed Assistant Dean - Campus Life at St. Michael's College at the Univ. of Toronto. She had been the Director of Campus Ministry at Ryerson University for the last 5 years. More info at this St. Michael's link - Oriana was profiled in the OLPH e-Newsletter in Sept. 2015.

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Beyond the Parish News

  • Christian, Jewish & Muslim Perspectives on MERCY - presented at SFM during March 2016
  • Directory of Interfaith groups in the GTA
  • Annual Christianity & The Arts Lecture - Wed April 13, 7:30 pm
  • Two upcoming Events at SFM (March-April 2016)

Presentations were made by three prominent leaders in each Abrahamic faith tradition on three consecutive Tuesday evenings. It was organized by Sr. Lucy Thorson, nds and colleagues in the SFM Interfaith Dept. There was a large turnout (100+) each evening to listen to the inspiring and challenging talks by Dr. Murray Watson, Rabbi Edward Elkin & Imam Hamid Slimi. An overview, text (PDF) and a few pictures of the presentation is available in the News Section of the SFM website -

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Marianne McKenna will be giving this lecture " Designing St. Michael's Cathedral Block" with an intro by Fr. Michael Busch, Rector of St. Michael's Cathedral. Ms. McKenna is the founding partner at KPMG Architects. The lecture will be given at St. Michael's College, Muzzo Family Alumni Hall, 121 St. Joseph St., Toronto. Reception to follow. It's free and open to the public.More info at .

Marianne McKenna's bio: a founding partner of KPMB Architects, has directed many award-winning projects including the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with its widely acclaimed Koerner Hall, the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo. She also led the multidisciplinary team that produced the master plan for Ryerson University, recipient of the prestigious American Institute of Architects Honour Award in 2009.

A leader and role model in her profession, Marianne is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has been named one of the top 50 Most Powerful Individuals in Canada by McLean’s.

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"Mercy": Jewish, Christian & Muslim Perspectives - three Tuesday evenings March 8, 15 & 22, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Scarboro Missions -


Reflection on "Catholic-Jewish Relations - A Jewish & a Catholic response to the New Vatican Document on Catholic-Jewish Relations - Tues. April 12, 2016, 7:00- 9:00 pm at Regis College -


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Bible Quote of the Day

Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed; I am your God. I will strengthen you, and help you, and uphold you with my right hand of justice.

Isaiah 41:10