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.

Rev. James Hannah

Latest Parish News

  • Holy Week and Easter Schedule 2018
  • OLPH Youth Ministry for Grades 5-8 and OLPH Youth Band
  • OLPH Lenten Mission, March 19, 20, 21
  • Catholic Mom's Group
  • Many pictures posted in (Picture) Gallery


Holy Thursday

Mar 29

7:30 p.m. Mass
No 12:10 p.m. Mass



Good Friday

Mar 30

Ecumenical Cross Walk - 12:00 p.m.
Good Friday Service - 3:00 p.m.


Holy Saturday

Easter Vigil - Mar 31


8:00 p.m. Mass


Easter Sunday - Apr 1, 2018


9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Mass
No 4:00 p.m. Mass


Easter Monday - Apr 2, 2018


Daily Mass - 9:30 a.m. ONLY



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Edge – Youth Ministry

Edge is a drop–in program for children in grades 5-8, held on the last Thursday of every month. Registration is ongoing and packages can be found at the back of the church; please complete and return to Scott Samuel or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information


Our Lady of Perpetual Help Youth Ministry is pleased to announce the formation of a youth band. We are currently looking for singers, guitarists, drummers, bass players, string players, horn players and musicians of all kinds. This band will be a community where OLPH youth will be free to casually jam, learn popular songs and put on music showcase nights here at the parish.  Interested youth musicians of all ages are encouraged to contact Scott Samuel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details. 

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Join us for a 3-night Lenten Retreat at our church facilitated by Jesuit Priest, Fr. Ahil, from Martyr’s Shine!

Each night will include:

  • Celebration of the Holy Mass
  • Reliquary of the Martyrs exposed in the church
  • Individual blessings with the Relics of Sts. Jean de Brebeuf, Charles Garnier and Gabriel Lalemant

Date and Time: March 19, 20 and 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments will be served on Monday sponsored by the parish Mother's Group and on Wednesday by participants of our online parish Lenten Study.

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 Moms of all ages are invited to attend our Mother’s Group meetings which are held once a month on Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Come to be refreshed and inspired with other moms over coffee, tea, and goodies.

For more information, please contact Jenny McGrath or Pastoral Associate Alison Endrizzi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or visit

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Many 2016 and 2017 pictures have been posted in the "Picture Gallery" under the "Gallery" Top Nav menu.

These include pioctures in the following areas:

  • Renovations in the church
  • Holy Week services
  • Confirmation and First Communion
  • OLPH School students & families

If you find any captions to be incorrect or need improvement, please contact Alison Endrizzi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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!

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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