Welcome to Our New Parish!
Welcome and thank you for visiting our parish family website! We 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 worldwide that bears the name of Blessed Frederic 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 a particular 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 Frederic Ozanam was designated by the Church as September 9, so every year going forward, we will be honouring and remembering him on this 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, talents and resources, we will feel God’s loving presence in this new parish, where all will be welcomed to come home to our Father’s House!
If you are living in the area, I hope that you will come and join us in gathering together as God’s family each Sunday. I am pleased to announce that beginning September 10, 2017 we will be celebrating Masses at St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School, on 388 White’s Hill Ave. in Markham at 10 a.m. and 12 noon.
Till then, I ask for your prayers and humbly assure you of mine.
God bless and protect you always,
Blessed Frederic Ozanam… pray for us.
Father Joseph Grima