Overview

In April 2003, OLPH introduced a new program that was mandated by the Archdiocese, affecting all parish volunteers. This program "Strengthening the Caring Community" entails a whole new way for the parish to work with volunteers. It requires procedures for screening and monitoring volunteers, as detailed in a letter from Fr. Hannah.

The description of each ministry was developed by the parish Ministry Screening Committee. It was based on the document "Develop a Ministry Position Description" set up by the Archdiocese.

If anyone wishes to volunteer for any of the Ministries listed below, please contact the Parish Office at (416) 489-1540 or Click Here.

Ministries are divided into four groups (simply for convenience).

Pastoral Group

  • Bible Study
  • Lay Pastoral Ministry — Coordinator
  • Lay Pastoral Ministry — Visitor
  • RCIA Team
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
The Bible Study Program is a structured program consisting of weekly meetings of small groups for approximately 8 to 10 weeks per session. During these sessions parishioners are invited to discover more about the Bible. The Bible Study Program Leader is responsible for setting up the program and facilitating the evening sessions. Read More
The Coordinator is responsible for assigning Lay Pastoral Ministry Visitors to shut-in parishioners of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish and ensuring that they make regularly-scheduled visits with them in order to bring them the Eucharist; as well, is required to train new Visitors, introduce them to the shut-in and follow-up on a regular basis with both parties to ensure that the arrangement works satisfactorily. The Coordinator must be available to answer questions or give guidance to Visitors as required and keep the Pastor informed should any irregularities in these arrangements arise. Read More
Lay Pastoral Ministry Visitor make regularly scheduled visits to assigned shut-in parishioners of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in order to share the Eucharist with them; as well, they bring them up-to-date on parish activities and, if required, listen to their concerns and answer questions. Anything outside the scope of the Lay Pastoral Ministry Visitor's mandate should be brought to the attention of the Coordinator or the Pastor. Read More
RCIA parish team members are part of a team, along with the OLPH pastor, who work along with the parish community to guide and direct both non-baptized adults and adults baptized into other Christian traditions in the life of the Roman Catholic Church as they seek the sacraments of initiation into the Christian Community or reception into the Catholic Church. Read More
Members of the Society (Vincentians) provide service to the poor and others in need, as a result of life's challenges. This ministry is about giving yourself and allows you to both answer God's call to service and to respond to needs within your immediate or wider community. Although home visitations have traditionally represented the core work of the members, Vincentians and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul continue to respond to new needs and realities. ("No work of charity is foreign to the Society", The Rule, Schema 1) Read More

Liturgical Group

  • Altar Server
  • Altar Society
  • Children's Liturgy — Adult Coordinator
  • Children's Liturgy — Student Assistant
  • Eucharistic Ministers
  • Lectors
  • Hospitality Ministers
  • Choir Ministry
The altar server assists the members of the liturgical assembly by presenting or arranging vessels and other items used in the celebrations. Their reverent and efficient service enables other ministers to attend to their own roles while the liturgical actions unfold, with calm, order and appropriate decorum. As members of the assembly who are often visible to all, the altar servers also model good liturgical participation Read More
The altar society is a group which takes care of cleaning the church altars, the altar linens and liturgical vessels such as chalices, ciboriums, etc. Included in this is the cleaning of Our Lady's statue, the baptismal font and surrounding areas. Read More
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. Read More
This position involves the assistance provided to the coordinator of the Liturgy of the Word for children. These assistants are from either grade 7 or 8 or high school. This Liturgy of the Word is 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. Read More
Eucharistic Ministers serve the Eucharistic life of the parish community. They are appointed by the Bishop at the request of the pastor to assist with the sharing of the Eucharistic Body and Blood of Christ. Read More
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. Read More
Liturgy is a communal event, the action of a worshipping assembly. When members of the Church are gathered, attention must be paid not only to the persons who gather but also to the common purpose for which they assemble. Special ministers serve the liturgy by helping to establish a climate of welcome, helpfulness and order among those gathered. They assist the assembly with practical details so that it can celebrate the rites with ease and grace. Read More
The role of the parish choir is to encourage, support and enhance the singing of the Assembly gathered for worship. Read More

Social Group

  • Sunday Coffee
  • ShareLife
Sunday Coffee receptions give participants the opportunity to meet and get to know their fellow parishioners and the pastoral team. The Committee's role is to set up the parish hall and refreshments for the gathering. Sunday Coffee occurs once a month between the two Sunday morning masses. Read More
ShareLife is the charitable fundraising arm of the Archdiocese of Toronto. Money raised from the annual appeal goes to support ShareLife's 34 agencies, helping more than 100,000 people each year. Read More

Administrative Group