Strengthening the Caring Community Letter

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I am writing to invite you to a very important meeting for all of our parish volunteers, no matter what ministry you might be involved in.

The purpose of this meeting is to introduce to you a new program that has been mandated by the Archdiocese and which affects all parish volunteers. This program is called, "Strengthening the Caring Community" and it entails a whole new way for us, as a parish, to work with our volunteers. It is a program that has several purposes: first, to ensure that we do all we can to protect the vulnerable people we serve; second, to ensure that we work as effectively as possible with our volunteers, making sure that we have the right person, with the right gifts, doing the right ministry; and third, to do all we can to protect the financial resources of the Archdiocese by ensuring that we protect ourselves from liability when someone decides to sue us. This program involves the screening of all volunteers as well as an ongoing program of good volunteer management.

The fact that this program is being initiated in the parishes of the Archdiocese should not be of surprise to anyone. All organizations that work with vulnerable people are required by society today to have in place procedures for screening and monitoring volunteers. This program was originally introduced in 1999 by the Ontario Provincial Government, in collaboration with a national organization called Volunteer Canada, under the title, "The Ontario Screening Initiative". At that time the Government invited all sports groups, community groups and faith groups to participate. Of the faith groups the Roman Catholic and Anglican Bishops of Ontario and the United Church Presbyteries all agreed to be involved. Thus, not only is the Archdiocese of Toronto initiating this program, but so is every Catholic diocese in the province as well as all the Anglican diocese and the Presbyteries of the United Church.

We want you and all our volunteers to understand what this program will entail and how it is not only for the protection of the vulnerable and the Archdiocese but also for you as well. Since this program affects you directly because you are a volunteer in the parish, I wanted you to hear about the program first before I introduced it to the whole parish community.

Sincerely,
Rev. James Hannah
Pastor

Latest Parish News

  • Community Food Drive - This Saturday November 25
  • Registration Deadline Extended for September 9 Pilgrimage
  • Calling All Mothers!
  • Meeting Iraqi Refugees in Parish Hall (Feb. 5, 2017)
  • Refugee Update of Jan. 18, 2017 (brother-sister family arriving Jan. 31, 2017 (tentatively)
  • Many pictures posted in (Picture) Gallery

COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVE at OLPH

This upcoming community event takes place on November 25th to collect donations which are then sorted, packed in boxes and immediately delivered to recipient food banks and agencies.

Join us for food Pick-up, sorting and boxing: Sat Nov 25, 2017, 9:30 am – 2:00 p.m.

Upwards of 200 volunteers are required and as an incentive generous community hours are available for high school students. Please contact Brian Kearney, at 416-972-0585 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if further details are required.

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OLPH PARISH PILGRIMAGE

UPDATE: We now have a sufficient number of parishioners signed up to ensure the rental of the Coach bus for the pilgrimage on September 9. For this reason, the registration deadline has been EXTENDED to August 28, 2017. 

Come join Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish as we go on a pilgrimage to Martyr's Shrine in Midland, ON -- the National Shrine to the Canadian Martyrs. This holy and historic site honours the eight Jesuit Saints who lived, worked, and died here over 350 years ago. Celebrate your faith with hundreds of other Catholics during this 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese of Toronto. The celebrations will include time for prayer, pilgrimage to holy sites on location, Mass with Cardinal Thomas Collins, and personal time to enjoy the Shrine grounds.

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Cost of Coach Bus: $30 (non-refundable)
Lower rate for family sign-ups. $30 for first adult; $15 for subsequent adults in same family and $5 for children in family
Bus will depart Our Lady of Perpetual Help at 8:00 a.m. and leave the Shrine Grounds toward Toronto at 5:30 p.m.

Please bring your own lunch
Spaces on the bus are limited!
Deadline extended to August 28, 2017. 

Contact the parish office to register at 416-489-1540 ext. 221 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Exciting News! Coming Soon in October…
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish is starting a Mothers Group!
Do you want to be refreshed? Inspired? Meet other Catholic moms? Then keep an eye out for our Mothers Group to come.
Our Mother’s Group will meet once a month on Thursday mornings starting in October.
For more information, visit www.CatholicMomsGroup.com
If you have any questions, please contact Alison Endrizzi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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At the first opportunity after the two Iraqi refugees arrived at Pearson Airport on Jan. 31, 2017, they were welcomed by many parishioners after the Feb. 5th's 9:30 mass. The brother-sister family, Fadi and Mallak were joined by their relatives living in Brampton.

Many pictures are posted on the Homepage Slider-photos as well as under the Picture Gallery (under Gallery in the Top Navigation Menu) - http://www.olphtoronto.com/gallery/picture-gallery/2013-onto/2016.html

There are two events with the Refugees so far - their arrival at the Airport and the Welcoming by Parishioners, They are naturally in 2017 but they are temporarily posted in the "Main Events of 2016-2017".

If you find any captions are incorrect or can be improved, please let the OLPH webmaster (Roy - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) know about them

 

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Good news after a long wait for them and for us!

We have learned that our family of two has been cleared to travel from Amman, Jordan, to Toronto this month. The simple iPhone message from Fadi belied the years of anxiety he and his sister (Iraqi Christians) have faced -- first fleeing ISIS from their home in Iraq, then dealing with  two years of uncertain days in Amman. As he put it stoically "I  just received a call from the embassy that our travel to Canada will be on January 31 and they'll tell us the details of the flight later. See you soon."

The joy we feel is tempered by some anxiety about the task ahead. Our top priority is to find an apartment that Fadi and his sister can afford when our funding support ends after one year. If anyone has any leads, quickly contact Henry Miller (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 416-932-8420). We are partial to areas like Fairview Mall area where there is a large Arab-speaking community, good community services in Arabic for newcomers and a number of agencies who can be helpful.

We will have a number of welcoming tasks, especially in the first two weeks, ranging from touring the city and registering for government services to helping them find work. If you are interested in helping, please contact Mia Toth (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Jamie McGrath (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Appropriately, we received Fadi's email this past Sunday, the Church's “World Day of Migrants and Refugees”..

Larry Pick, Co-chair of OLPH Refugee Committee

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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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Beyond the Parish News

  • Events Around the Archdiocese

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Click on the link below for a full list of ongoing activities and events beyond OLPH parish and around the Archdiocese of Toronto!

https://www.archtoronto.org/catholic-outreach/calendar-events

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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