Welcome to the new Roman Catholic Parish of Blessed Frédéric Ozanam
A Blessed Summer to all of you and welcome to our parish family website! 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, 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 live in the area, I hope that you will come and join us in gathering together as God’s family for Mass.
We are 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.
During the summer months, up until September 10th 2018, we are also celebrating weekday Masses at 9:00 a.m. every Monday and Friday at AMICA retirement centre, in Swan Lake, Markham. 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.
God bless and protect you always,
Blessed Frederic Ozanam… pray for us.
Father Joseph Grima