Welcome to the website of Blessed Frédéric Ozanam Parish
Hello and welcome to our parish family website dedicated to Blessed Frédéric Ozanam! I hope you will consider this site to be a valuable information resource, especially as we begin our journey of growing and nurturing our new parish in the Markham East area of the Archdiocese of Toronto. Your questions, comments and suggestions are always appreciated.
We are the first Catholic parish in North America that bears the name of Blessed Frédéric Ozanam. He was the founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. As many of you know, this organization cares for the poor and less fortunate in the world with an emphasis on respecting the individual dignity of each person and treating everyone as sons and daughters of our loving God. The annual feast day of Blessed Frédéric Ozanam was designated by the Church as September 9, so every year going forward, we will be honouring and remembering him, particularly on that day.
The excitement of building a new parish also comes with some apprehension of the daunting task before us. First and foremost, we are here to build and nurture a faith filled community and to this end, I know God will guide us well. Then, together with every little bit everyone contributes of their time, talent and resource, we will feel God’s loving presence in this new parish that one day will be built for us and for generations to come.
If you live in the area, or the boundaries of our parish, I hope that you will come and join us in gathering together as God’s family for Mass.
We are currently celebrating weekend Masses at St. Julia Billiart Catholic Elementary School, at 2070 Bur Oak Ave, Markham. Mass times are: Saturday, 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. and 12 noon.
For Masses during the week, we are back at St. Brother Andre Catholic High School chapel (located on the second floor) on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 am. We are also introducing a weeknight Mass every Friday evening (except for school PA days) at 7:00 pm – this will take place at St. Julia Billiart. Please consider joining us if you are able.
As we launch year 2 of our journey together, I continue to ask for your prayers and humbly assure you of mine. During this past summer, I asked all families of the parish to consider praying 1 Hail Mary for the intentions of the growth of Blessed Ozanam Parish, both physically and spiritually. Thank you for believing in the power of prayer, particularly as we consecrate the whole parish to Mary’s motherly gaze.
God bless and protect you always,
Blessed Frederic Ozanam… pray for us.
Father Joseph Grima