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The Lector serves the liturgical assembly by proclaiming the Sacred Scripture during the Liturgy of the Word. The worthy exercise of this role enables the Church to hear the Word of God more clearly and receive it with more open hearts. Such regular public nourishment with the biblical Word helps to sustain the community and contributes to its ongoing conversion and mission.

Mandatory Activities/Responsibilities

  • Prepare for your role by rehearsing, praying over and coming to an understanding of the biblical text assigned for the particular liturgical celebration
  • Participate fully in the liturgy as an active member of the assembly
  • Read one or both readings, psalm and prayers of intercession as required
  • Proclaim the biblical text with clarity, conviction, dignity and understanding
  • Express reverence and decorum in carrying out this and other aspects of your role according to the general liturgical norms e.g. procession handling of book, etc.
  • Show up when assigned to fulfill your responsibility or ensure that a replacement has been found to ensure that the communities' liturgical needs are adequately served.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications

  • Must be a baptized member of the Catholic Church
  • Prepared for this ministry and understand the place of the Liturgy of the Word within the Eucharist and their role as Lector
  • Commissioned by the pastor for their role
  • Must be a fully initiated member of the community, they them must have received baptism, eucharist and confirmation
  • Must be able to read clearly, distinctly, slowly and with meaning
  • Able and willing to attend a yearly training session in the parish

Personal Traits and Qualities

  • Must have a love for the Word of God
  • A desire to share the Word with others
  • A willingness to grow in their understanding of the scriptures through study, prayer and reflection
  • Must be reliable, punctual, well-groomed and appropriately dressed
  • Must be committed to prayer, gospel values and growth in personal holiness

Orientation and Training

  • The standard parish orientation program
  • Purchase and weekly use of the Lector's Workbook

Participant Group

The Lector will be serving the who Liturgical assembly every time they read

Support, Supervision and Evaluation

  • Support comes from the Lector Coordinator, the other Lectors and the Pastor
  • Supervision comes from the Lector Coordinator and the Pastor
  • Evaluation takes place at the end of the ministry appointment

Length of Ministry Appointment

  • Two years with possibility of renewal

Benefits and Working Conditions

  • The Lector will make a very significant contribution to the liturgical celebration on behalf of the whole community
  • Will develop public speaking skills
  • Will develop a better appreciation of the Sunday Scriptures
  • Will be better prepared personally to enter into the whole celebration of the Eucharist

Screening Measures

  • This is a low risk position
  • The Lector must complete the Volunteer Information Form and the Ministry Covenant Form


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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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!


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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