Pastors of OLPH 1930 - 1953

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1930 - 1953: Msgr. William A. Egan, Third Pastor

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March 25, 1930

Fr. William A. Egan was appointed the pastor. The church was under construction, with rising costs and the stock market crash greatly reducing the invested parish funds. The debt inherited by Fr. Egan was estimated to be between $250,000 and $300,000, said to be the largest in the Archdiocese. He saw his pastorate as one of nurturing the spiritual growth of the parish and paying of the massive debt. Through his business acumen and fiscal conservatism the debt was paid off in 20 years.

June 15, 1930

At 11:00 a.m., Archbishop Neil McNeil presided over the opening and blessing of the new church and celebrated the first Mass. The Solemn High Mass was sung, accompanied by the choir of St. Michael's Cathedral directed by Fr. J.E. Ronan, Rev. Dr. Leo O'Reilly of St. Augustine's Seminary delivered the morning address. In the evening at Solemn Benediction the speaker was Fr. S.A. Corrigan of St. Mary's Cathedral, Kingston.

April 4, 1937

The new organ was officially inaugurated when, the Catholic Register reported, "the church was filled almost to capacity". Healey Willan, the distinguished composer, organist, choir director and educator, played the new organ, and Fr. J.E. Ronan spoke about the role of music in the liturgy of the church. Solemn Benediction followed. The organ was a Franklin Legge-Eaton instrument built in 1905 for the People's Church on Bloor Street East. The church bought it for $5000 on the recommendation of Dr. Willan.

December 3, 1937

Archbishop James Charles McGuigan ordained six men of the Scarboro Foreign Mission Society at the church. One was an OLPH parishioner, Fr. John H. McGoey, S.F.M. His mother lent the family's living room rug to cover the terrazzo floor in the sanctuary. After the ordination, Mrs. McGoey remarked that it wasn't the first time she had seen her son lying on the rug.

April 22, 1946

Fr. Egan was invested in the robes of Domestic Prelate, with the title of Rt. Rev. Monsignor.

Late 1940s

The first large stained glass window was installed in the nave. The Annunciation was the work of Marjorie Nazer, a textile designer and stained glass artist. Many parishioners did not like the window, finding it too "modern". Nazer's commission was cancelled even though she had completed the sketches for the other five windows. The firm of Thomas G. Browne Church Interiors decorated the interior; a highlight was a painting of the Crucifixion in the domed ceiling of the sanctuary.


The rectory at 78 Clifton Road was demolished and a new rectory, designed by architect Robert A. Servos, was built on the site. During the demolition and reconstruction, the clergy and the domestic staff resided at 57 Rose Park Drive, a house owned by the church. The new rectory cost about $120,000, half of which was raised by a parish building committee established for that purpose.

March 1, 1953

Msgr. Egan died at age 76. He did not live to see the completion of the new rectory.

Latest Parish News

  • Parish Lift in Operation!
  • OLPH Youth Ministry for Grades 5-8 and OLPH Youth Band
  • OLPH Lenten Mission held on March 2018
  • Catholic Mom's Group
  • Many pictures posted in (Picture) Gallery

The New Parish Lift
I am pleased to inform you that the new lift is now fully approved and operational. All the parish staff have keys to the lift and can assist you if you need to use the lift. Over the next few weeks, the parish ushers, along with other parishioners, will be trained on its use so that there should always be a sufficient number of people who can assist anyone needing to use it.

- Msgr. Jim Hannah


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Edge – Youth Ministry!

Edge is a program for children in grades 5-8, held on the last Thursday of every month. Registration is ongoing and forms 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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OLPH parishioners recently took part in a 3-day Lenten Retreat by Jesuit Priest, Fr. Ahil, from Martyr’s Shine!

 We thank the parish Mother's Group and our online parish Lenten Study members for providing the refreshments.

Pictures may now be viewed in the 2018 gallery.

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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 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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Saint Quotation for Pentecost

To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him, the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.

Saint Augustine of Hippo