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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 Parish News

  • Meeting Iraqi Refugees in Parish Hall (Feb. 5, 2017)
  • Welcoming Iraqi refugees to Canada at Airport (Jan. 31, 2017)
  • Parish Survey - All Parishioners 15+ Asked to Complete
  • Refugee Update of Jan. 18, 2017 (brother-sister family arriving Jan. 31, 2017 (tentatively)
  • 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

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) -

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".

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Welcoming Iraqi refugees to Canada (Jan. 31, 2017)

At long last, the Iraqi refugees finally arrived at Pearson Airport on Jan. 31, 2017. The brother-sister family, Fadi & Mallak, was warmly welcomed by some members of the OLPH Resettlement Committee - Larry Pick (co-chair). Bob Lewis (Communications) and Marie Millien (Comm. Secretary). The other committee members were busy preparing to help the new arrivals settle into their accommodations, etc (below). They were also welcomed by their relatives from Brampton, i.e., Makram and his sister, Makarum, interpreter and future neighbour Hazar, a recent Syrian immigrant herself.

Pictures taken at the welcoming at the airport are posted in the Slider pics on Homepage. Additional pictures will be posted shortly in the Picture Gallery under "Gallery" in the Top Navigation Menu.

Numerous activities have been planned for the new arrivals.

  • They were first driven to Quaker House and shown to their room on the arrival day - with the welcome basket in place from Committee member Jaime and her team. Fadi and Mallek were in good spirits but naturally tired after the long trip. A soft snow fell through the evening and the City looked warm and comforting. We are very lucky to have the help and open arms of Quaker House.
  • Fadi and Mallak have federal health papers, SIN, permanent resident papers and passport with Canadian Visa.
  • Tomorrow Jaime will pay a visit in the morning. We will make arrangements later tomorrow to have Fadi and Mallak sign the lease and hopefully pick up the keys to the apartment.
  • On Thursday, Feb. 2nd, we will arrange the move of furniture and effects into the new apartment. We have the cube van and driver/owner Paul Pierobon from OLPH, together with a moving team courtesy of Scott Samuel the OLPH Youth Minister. Larry will have a car for members of Scott's team (4 seats).
  • On Friday, co-chair Linda Tyndall will meet with Fadi and Mallack to arrange banking and financial affairs.
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The parish survey is now live and ready to be completed. It is vitally important that all parishioners over the age of 15 take the few minutes required to complete the survey in order for us to get the best possible picture of where we are as a parish and how we can move forward into the future.

If you did not receive the link by e-mail, you can go to and this link will take you to the survey. We now also have paper copies of the survey for those who do not have e-mail. You can let any of the parish staff know that you would like a paper copy and we will get one for you or you can call the parish office to request one.

The deadline to complete the survey is March 24, 2017.

-Father Jim Hannah

Further info and FAQ's are contained in CLI document ("A Pilgrim People -- Our Journey of Faith")

(Poduced by the Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI), inserted in the paper copy of the Jan. 22/17 bulletin).

-Father Jim Hannah

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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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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