A message from Sr. Gabriel

Decorative ImageA sincere and heartfelt thanks to all those at St. Peter’s who prayed for my healing, who visited me, made inquiries and sent cards. God bless you and your families for your kindness to me. I am progressing well and hope to return once my treatments are completed.

United in prayer – Sr. Gabriel Mary Riddle, cps

Eucharistic Adoration Update

Decorative ImageEucharistic Adoration in the Church takes place Monday to Friday after the 8:00 AM Mass until 9:30 AM. Please note that due to security reasons the Church will be closed at 9:30 AM soon after the Blessed sacrament has been reposed.

St. Peter’s 125th Anniversary Celebration!

St. Peter's Church 125 anniversary celebration. September 18 & 19, 2021

All are Welcome!
Please join us for our Celebration at our Sunday Masses:

Saturday, September 18th, 2021

  • 5:00 pm Mass

Sunday, September 19th, 2021

  • 9:00 am and 11:15 am Mass
  • Discipleship Fair and Open House ~ 12 noon to 4:00 pm
  • Solemn Vespers in the Church ~ 4:00 pm

Limited Seating Due to Covid-19 ~ First Come, First Served

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: www.archtoronto.org.

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—www.archtoronto.org.  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.

With Profound Sadness and Heartfelt Sorrow! 

Decorative ImageWith profound sadness and heartfelt sorrow, we the parishioners of St. Peter’s Parish, learned with the rest of Canada of the discovery of another 751 bodies in a cemetery of a residential school in Canada. 

We are deeply sorry that our Indigenous brothers and sisters suffered and died in such a tragic manner in Canada’s residential schools. 

We pray for these innocent children and their families. 

Our community expresses its profound sorrow that this happened in Canada and that members of the Catholic Church participated in this system. 

We are praying for all who continue to suffer because of these tragic events. All will be remembered at our parish Masses.

We pray for reconciliation and healing in our nation and Church.

Public Celebration of Mass to Resume at St. Peter’s on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 15% Capacity

Decorative ImageBeginning Friday, June 11, 2021, as the Province of Ontario moves into Stage One of its Re-opening Plan, the parish will be permitted to celebrate Mass publicly with 15% occupancyFor St. Peter’s, this means a capacity of 115.

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!

Prayers and Sadness at Discovery of 215 Children Buried at Residential School in Kamloops

Decorative ImageWith many people across Canada, the parishioners of St. Peter’s Parish were deeply saddened and sickened by the news of the discovery of the bodies  of 215 innocent young children buried at the Kamloops Residential School.

As the City of Toronto has had its flags flying at half mast in remembrance of these innocent young children for nine days, during these nine days the parish has been praying at all of our Masses for these young children and their families.

We are very sorry for any and all pain caused to our indigenous brothers and sisters by the crimes committed in these schools.

Linked are two statements on this matter: 1) From the Canadian Bishops; and 2) A Statement from the Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto.

Our entire community prays for healing and reconciliation.

The Parishioners of St. Peter’s Parish, Toronto

Thank you Emanuel Kirabo

For the past few years, Emanuel Kirabo has been the guard at the parish. He has been a faithful and friendly presence in our community and a loved member of our parish family.

Emanuel has been here as the guard working for the Archdiocese of Toronto. The diocese has housed archives and a computer lab in our basement. These will be moving and the parish will no longer have a guard.

Emanuel’s last day working on our site will be Friday, June 4, 2021. On behalf of our entire parish community, I would like to thank him for his service and wish him and his family our best wishes and prayers.

Thank you Emmanuel.

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.