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Condition Report Summary

A condition survey of the church and rectory buildings of OLPH was undertaken in March 2003 by Larkin Architect Inc. Included in the survey is a detailed report by Brumar Engineering on the church building's mechanical system.

While a number of the issues raised in the report are considered discretionary, the report notes that improvements to elements concerning life safety should be made a priority.

Concerning the building's exterior, several of the items noted are comparatively minor in nature and are typical of ongoing maintenance required of any older building. These would include such items as replacement of cracked roof tiles, repair of broken glass, minor repairs of masonry, painting of exterior handrails and refinishing of wood doors. Among the more costly exterior items is the replacement of the original rectory windows with more energy efficient units.

Within the church building, the report recommends repainting throughout, including the basement. It suggests refitting the nave lighting fixtures with a warmer light source. General lighting of the narthex, circulation areas and meeting rooms also requires improvement. Circulation fans in the nave are far too small to be effective. Carpet located in parts of the basement should be removed. Underlying terrazzo could be buffed or linoleum could be placed over terrazzo.

The mechanical system is discussed in detail. The heating piping and radiators are original and are now well beyond their life expectancy. Consideration should be given to replacement in a phased program. A thorough check for boiler "carry-over" should be completed and any findings should be addressed. A knowledgeable control individual should review the boiler system on a regular basis. The unused air conditioning unit in the parish hall ceiling could be re-commissioned. Small capacity water heaters and mechanical ventilation could be added to the washrooms. The rectory washroom fixtures should be replaced.

With respect to the rectory, the report notes that its layout is outdated and, in some instances does not meet current code standards. It suggests that revisions to the layout should be considered to better serve the staff and parish. Lighting within the rectory is generally considered substandard. Finally, the report suggests that the exterior doors of the rectory are problematic with respect to security. The existing opaque glass should be replaced with a clear, sealed, double panel glass unit to allow visual supervision of visitors. Secondary entrances should also be altered for reasons of security.

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 www.CatholicMomsGroup.com

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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