Thanksgiving Gratitude—The Key to Opening the Narrow Gate!

Decorative ImageThanksgiving is a North American holiday. If I remember my school lessons correctly, it derives from the experience of the first European settlers here in North America and their experience of their first few years here on this continent. The way we were taught about this holiday when I was in elementary school recalled how difficult these first Europeans found the bitter winter to survive on their own and how unprepared they were to make it through this difficult climate. They were so unprepared for the conditions they found on this continent that it was only with the help of the Indigenous People, who knew the land and the ways of growing here, that they were able to make it through those initial days. Once they had learned to grow crops in this territory and figure out how to survive the conditions on this continent, they were so grateful that they began to have a special feast called “Thanksgiving” at the end of the growing season to celebrate the goods of this land and the great opportunities that they had discovered here. From my school days, I recall a part of those initial Thanksgiving celebrations involved celebrations with the Indigenous People who had helped these first settlers to make their lives possible here. That is why so many of our celebrations still highlight the many vegetables and local products that were handed over to the Europeans by the Indigenous People to help them survive.Continue Reading Thanksgiving Gratitude—The Key to Opening the Narrow Gate!

“The Lord Upholds My Life” – Building on 125 Years of Discipleship!

Decorative ImageOn July 14, 1904, a young 14 year-old girl, by the name of Anna Warde, drowned near Juddhaven Muskoka attempting to save a younger child who was drowning. Anna was a member of this parish’s choir and was away on her summer holiday when she drowned. Anna would have sung in the choir in the first of the three churches that have served our community. The plaque which is at the doors of our church today to commemorate Anna’s life, would have been in all three of our parish churches: the one first constructed after the parish was established in 1896, the second church that was built in 1906, and this present building that has stood here since 1925. The plaque was placed there by Anna’s parents who must have been devastated by the death of their daughter. After her death, they came to worship in this church so that as the Psalmist says in today’s readings, the Lord might uphold their lives.Continue Reading “The Lord Upholds My Life” – Building on 125 Years of Discipleship!

Public Celebration of Mass to resume at St. Peter’s Beginning Wednesday, June 30th at 25% Capacity

Decorative ImageBeginning Wednesday, June 30, 2021, as the Province of Ontario moves into Stage Two of its Re-opening Plan, the parish will be permitted to celebrate Mass publicly with 25% occupancy

We will return to our normal Mass schedule of celebrating weekday Mass Monday to Friday at 8:00 a.m., Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15 a.m.

Confessions will be celebrated in the side chapel Saturday from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. As Fr. Michael is alone, he will need to stop hearing confessions at 4:30 p.m. to prepare for Mass.

For the time being, those who come to Mass ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK. Please remain at home and watch Mass on television or our livestream if you have a fever, have been exposed to someone with COVID 19 or are sick.

In order to keep our parishioners safe, all those who had exercised the ministry of greeting and “safe worship sanitizers”, are kindly requested to resume their duties. THANK YOU in advance to all those who exercise this important ministry at this time.

Let us pray that this is the beginning of our safe return to “normal.”

We look forward to being with you again in church!

Each morning at 7:30 a.m., Cardinal Collins is livestreaming the celebration of Mass, the Rosary and the Angelus for the day. You can access these events live, or watch them at your own convenience, by visiting the Archdiocesan website at:

There are many other spiritual resources that you can find on television or online. The Canadian Catholic network, Salt and Light, has Mass and many other devotions each day.  Vision Television also has many Catholic and Christian broadcasts. Some may also wish to access the American Catholic television station EWTN—the Eternal Word Television Network. All of these provide excellent Catholic resources to feed us at this time when we are unable to visit our parish church and celebrate the Eucharist with our faith community.

I will post my Sunday homily each week on the website.

Please, also, if your situation allows it, remember the financial needs of your parish during this difficult and challenging time. Contributions can be mailed to the parish, left in the mailbox of the Sisters of Life door, or made online through “Donate Now” at the website of the Archdiocese of Toronto—  If you donate through the Archdiocesan website, please be sure to select your parish for the donation—St. Peter’s Church – Toronto.

Please do not hesitate to be in touch with me if you wish. Be assured of my prayers for you and your families and I ask you to keep me in your prayers.

Please do not hesitate to be in touch with me if you wish. Be assured of my prayers for you and your families and I ask you to keep me in your prayers.

Reduction in the Hours that the Church is Open

Decorative ImageOver the past few years, St. Peter’s Church has been blessed to have a guard to watch the church and allow it to be left open in the day time. This guard was paid for by the Archdiocese of Toronto and his main job was to watch over the access to the archives and computer lab  that were in the basement of the church. As these now move to the Centre next door, the parish will no longer have a guard and it will not be possible to leave the church open all day.

The church will now be open only in the morning for Mass or the daily communion services Monday to Friday from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m., Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 8:30 till 11:30 a.m. Please adjust your visits to the church accordingly.

A Guided Tour of St. Peter’s Church!

Every year the parish normally gives a guided tour of the church to the young people who are preparing for First Communion. This is to help them feel more at home in their parish church. This year, because the preparations are online, the tour was pre-recorded for them. You can also download a pdf tour of our stain glass windows here.  If you have been missing St. Peter’s, please join us for a video tour of your parish church. Although the church is open every day for prayer, we are very much looking forward to when we can be back together for the celebration of Mass. Hope to see you soon!!!

Email Impersonation Scam Targets Our Parishioners

​The Archdiocese of Toronto has received reports from parishioners who have gotten suspicious emails supposedly from our priests or staff members. These emails attempt to start an online conversation or they have a suspicious document attached to the message. 

These emails are not from the Archdiocese of Toronto. Online fraudsters are impersonating members of the archdiocese and we ask you to be on the lookout for online scam attempts.

For this fraud effort, it is helpful to look at the sender’s information to determine if an email is legitimate or not. The fraudster is unable to access the email accounts of our priests or staff, so they are using other email services to impersonate archdiocesan clergy and employees. For instance, the name in the “from” line will seem familiar, but the email address listed after the name will not be that person’s usual account. Or the “from” line will list the familiar person’s regular email address (instead of their name), but the email address listed after it will be another address entirely.  

If the sender information seems odd or if the message is out of character for the sender, do not reply to the message or download any of its attachments. Please report the email to the sender at a known email address or by phoning them. 

If we are vigilant with our online security, these fraud attempts should stop soon.

Email Subscription Sign Up

If you would like to receive weekly parish updates during the Covid-19 pandemic, please fill in the below contact sheet.  Thank you!

    Please select what you would like sent to you

    - Children's Liturgy Worksheet

    - Parish Bulletin