Children's Liturgy — Adult Coordinator

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Overview

This position involves the coordination of the Liturgy of the Word for children from ages 4 to 11 during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Eucharist. This celebration of the Word for children gives the children who participate the opportunity of hearing the Sunday scriptures in a language that is more suitable to their age level. It also provides them with the opportunity to reflect on the Word in ways that are both engaging and useful for their learning. The program begins the first Sunday after Labour Day and ends on Pentecost Sunday. No program is held on Christmas Day or Easter Sunday.

Mandatory Activities/Responsibilities

  • Overall coordination of the entire program so that there is continuity from week to week
  • Either handling the preparation and delivery of each Sunday session or finding and delegating that responsibility to another person
  • Ensuring that there is a lesson plan for each Sunday based on the two Sunday Readings including reflection questions based on the scriptures. Currently there is a "Sunday Weekly Leaders Guide" to assist with this task.
  • The Coordinator controls the interaction and dialogue with the children and attempts to reinforce the Liturgy lesson with games, arts and crafts and other activities suited to the children.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications

  • A practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church
  • A member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish
  • It can be helpful for the Coordinator to have some familiarity with the flow of the Church's Liturgical Year
  • The Coordinator should also have an interest in scripture and a willingness to learn about the meaning of the scriptures
  • This person should be able to work with groups and especially with children
  • They should have a familiarity with children of the varying ages involved in the program including such things as character traits, cerebral skills, and attention spans
  • They should have some organizational skills and be able to design and execute a lesson plan

Personal Traits and Qualities

  • An ability to listen
  • Friendliness and ease with children
  • Flexible and able to adapt to changing circumstances
  • Good sense of humour
  • Enjoys working with people, especially children

Orientation and Training

  • The Coordinator needs to become familiar with the children's liturgy program
  • They need to meet and come to know any other team members
  • They need a clear understanding of the procedures necessary to protect children and to safeguard the reputation of other facilitators
  • Orientation and training will be provide by the Pastoral Staff along with other resource persons who might be called upon for consultation and input

Participant Group

  • The primary participant group in the Children's Liturgy Program is the children, ages 4 to 11, of the parish, who chose to participate in the program.

Support, Supervision and Evaluation

  • Support will come from the parish pastoral team, the parents of the children in the program and other adults who volunteer to assist in the program.
  • Supervision will be provided by the constant presence of more than one adult while the program is in operation. Also, on a sporatic basis one of the members of the Pastoral Team will drop in to observe and/or participate in the program.
  • Evaluation will take place at the end of each yearly cycle of the program. This will involve the Coordinator and the Pastor and other members of the program team. Evaluation will also be done by consulting, on a yearly basis, the parents of the children who participate in the program.

Length of Ministry Appointment

  • Two years with the ongoing possibility of renewal

Benefits and Working Conditions

  • The Coordinator will develop planning, leadership, public speaking and organizational skills.
  • The Coordinator will also benefit from the ongoing exposure to the enthusiasm, faith and energy of children.
  • The Parish Team, along with parent of the parish, will be available to the Coordinator for support and assistance.
  • If materials are needed these will be purchased by the parish
  • The parish will make space available for the program and make sure that the program is well promoted and encouraged.

Screening Measures

  • Because this program involve ministry to children it is by its very nature assessed as a high risk ministry.
  • Completion of the Volunteer Information Form is required along with three references and a police Criminal Reference Check.
  • Also, an interview with members of the Parish Screening Committee will be required.
  • The Coordinator must also complete the Ministry Covenant Form

Contact

Parish Office at (416) 489-1540, Ext 221 or Click Here.

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

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Last December, moms in our parish mother’s group wrapped mitts and hats for the homeless. These gifts were personally delivered by our Moms and their families during Christmas to the homeless and those in need.

Due to the project's success, we will repeat the activity again in December. Last year, many parishioners donated to help defray the cost of materials for this activity. Jenny and Alison are asking once again if you would consider donating $10 toward the Mother’s Group Christmas activity.

This weekend, please place your donation in the collection basket in an envelope labelled ‘Mother’s Group’ along with your name and address or just your envelope number for a tax receipt. All donations are gratefully accepted; every little bit will count. Thanks for your support of our parish mother’s group and our homeless brothers and sisters this Christmas!

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 2018 CANNED FOOD DRIVE

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The annual Food Drive is rapidly approaching. This is the 47th year of helping those in need within our Community.

Sat. November 17, 9:30 a.m. - noonwe deliver Flyers

Sat. November 24, 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. we collect Food, sort and then deliver them to recipient food banks and agencies

Meeting place: OLPH Church basement

Students earn community volunteer hours!

Upwards of 200 volunteers are required. 

Please contact Brian Kearney by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if further details are required

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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!

https://www.archtoronto.org/catholic-outreach/calendar-events

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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