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

  • 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