Pastors of OLPH 1953-1978

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1953-1978: Msgr. Lucius F. Barnett, Fourth Pastor

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September 9, 1953

Fr. Lucius F. Barnett was appointed pastor, and arrived in the parish on September 12. It was his only pastorate. Fr. Barnett had been a professor at St. Augustine's Seminary, and had held several key positions on the Toronto Marriage Tribunal.


Five large stained glass windows, designed by F. Mayer of Munich, were installed in the nave. Several smaller stained glass windows were installed throughout the church and in the sacristy.

September 9, 1957

Fr. Barnett was invested in the robes of Domestic Prelate, and on September 28, 1957 was appointed Vicar Forane (Dean) of North Toronto. In 1970 he was elevated to Prelate of Honour.


Architect Harold Rambusch of New York City designed a major renovation of the church, in association with Roy Orlando of Toronto. Highlights were the marble altars, communion rail and baptistry, and the lindenwood statues of St. Anthony, St. Anne and St. Joseph. Also installed were the gold-leaf carvings of the Statues of the Cross, the large medallion of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, and the massive light fixtures. Rambusch and Orlando also renovated the sacristy in 1961.

Around 1965

The carving of Pontius Pilate was stolen from the first Station of the Cross. The replacement did not quite match the other figures in scale or finish, nor was it as imposing a figure of authority.


The sanctuary was renovated. A new freestanding marble altar table was built, and the old altar was redesigned to become the Blessed Sacrament altar.

June 10, 1973

The parish celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding by inviting Archbishop Philip Pocock to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving and deliver the homily. No other functions marked the occasion.

September 12, 1978

Msgr. Barnett retired, 25 years to the day of his arrival in the parish.

Latest Parish News

  • December Mom's Group - Gifts for the Homeless
  • Canned Food Drive - Nov. 17 & Nov. 24, 2018
  • Parish Lift in Operation!
  • OLPH Youth Ministry for Grades 5-8 and OLPH Youth Band
  • Catholic Mom's Group
  • Many pictures posted in (Picture) Gallery

December Mom's Group - Gifts for the Homeless

Thank you - from the Mother's Group

On December 6, our moms gift-wrapped 75 mitts and hats for those in need. Thanks to our generous parishioners for donating toward the purchase of materials. These will be delivered by our moms with their families to those in need over the Christmas season.

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Thank you - 2018 Ecumenical Christmas Food Drive

A sincere thank you to all those who contributed to the 2018 Ecumenical Food Drive and the many hard working volunteers who made this wonderful community endeavor happen once again.

We collected close to 15,000 items which is higher than last year. This is a remarkable result given that it takes place on one day and also recognizing that there are now more similar events within the GTA.

Also, $3800 was contributed to allow for further bulk purchases
by the food banks to meet their needs.

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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. 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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 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 2017 and 2018 pictures have been posted in the "Picture Gallery" under the "Gallery" Top Nav menu.

These include pictures in the following areas:

  • Mother's Group
  • Parish BBQ
  • 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