Altar Server

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The altar server assists the members of the liturgical assembly by presenting or arranging vessels and other items used in the celebrations. Their reverent and efficient service enables other ministers to attend to their own roles while the liturgical actions unfold, with calm, order and appropriate decorum. As members of the assembly who are often visible to all, the altar servers also model good liturgical participation

Mandatory Activities/Responsibilities

  • Assists with the preparation of the sanctuary and sacred vessels before the liturgy and proper care afterward
  • Carries and or presents various items used in the rite (cross, candles, incense, sacramentary etc.)
  • Prepares altar or assists the deacon in doing so before the presentation of the gifts
  • Assists the priest and deacon in receiving the gifts at the altar and help to complete the preparation rite
  • Assists the priest and deacon with books and other altar accessories as needed and responds to special circumstances that may arise during the rite
  • Performs special tasks with dignity and otherwise participates fully as an exemplary member of the assembly
  • Exhibits responsibility by serving when scheduled and taking part in rehearsals

Skills, Experience and Qualifications

  • Is a baptized member of the Catholic Church and is already a participant in Eucharistic communion
  • A youth or adult who has the necessary skills and sufficient maturity to serve the liturgical assembly in the way outlined in this position description
  • Has learned to participate fully as a member of the liturgical assembly
  • Has participated in training sessions that (a) includes reflection on the importance of the Church's liturgical celebrations and the meaning of service to the community, (b) reviewed the names and placement of furnishings, vestments, books, vessels etc. and (c) involved rehearsals of the ceremonial procedures of the community

Personal Traits and Qualities

  • Desires to serve the community and to commit time and talents to this ministry
  • Welcomes opportunities to keep growing in understanding and appreciation of the liturgical rites, which they help the community to celebrate
  • Has a spirit of generosity
  • Has sufficient maturity to focus on the liturgy and exercise his or her ministry with proper behaviour and attention

Orientation and Training

  • Standard parish orientation program

Participant Group

Other altar servers, the priests, deacons. liturgical ministers, lectors and other parishioners

Support, Supervision and Evaluation

  • The Altar Server coordinator is the first level of support, supervision and evaluation
  • The parish priests and deacons also exercise this role in their work with altar servers

Length of Ministry Appointment

  • Two year renewable term

Benefits and Working Conditions

  • Will directly contribute to the liturgical experience at the parish
  • Will develop team working skills and a greater knowledge of the liturgy
  • This is a volunteer position requiring 1-2 hours per week
  • Must be able to attend the orientation session and the training sessions

Screening Measures

  • This is a low risk position
  • Completion of an information form is required
  • Training and orientation are required
  • There will be supervision and periodic evaluations


Parish Office at (416) 489-1540 or email Click Here.

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Prayer and Reflection Group for Healthcare Professionals
Are you a physician, nurse or other medical professional? OLPH Parish has a prayer and reflection group for you!

Why? As health care professionals we are frequently confronted with diverse and complex moral issues that can leave us unsure as to how, as a person of faith, we should respond. 

What? As a group, we will support one another and explore these issues and the meaning of suffering and human flourishing from the perspective of our faith. Our conversations will be anchored by the use of scripture and other relevant theological/philosophical texts. We will pray for one another and for the sick we serve as well as their professional care-givers.

When and Where: Once a month after the Sunday 11 a.m. Mass (1.5 hours) | Parish Hall

Who: Facilitated by Ann Sirek MD PhD. Ann has spent a life-time in the practice of medicine (internal medicine/endocrinology) and has recently completed her doctoral studies in theology.

If interested, please contact the parish office at 416-489-1540 ext. 221 for more details.

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Edge – Youth Ministry!

Edge is a program for children in grades 5-8, held on the last Thursday of every month. Registration is ongoing and forms can be found at the back of the church; please complete and return to Scott Samuel or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Youth Ministry is pleased to announce the formation of a youth band. We are currently looking for singers, guitarists, drummers, bass players, string players, horn players and musicians of all kinds. This band will be a community where OLPH youth will be free to casually jam, learn popular songs and put on music showcase nights here at the parish.  Interested youth musicians of all ages are encouraged to contact Scott Samuel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details. 

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 Moms of all ages are invited to attend our Mother’s Group meetings which are held once a month on Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Come to be refreshed and inspired with other moms over coffee, tea, and goodies.

For more information, please contact Jenny McGrath or Alison Endrizzi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or visit

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The New Parish Lift
I am pleased to inform you that the new lift is now fully approved and operational. All the parish staff have keys to the lift and can assist you if you need to use the lift. The parish ushers, along with other parishioners, will be trained on its use so that there should always be a sufficient number of people who can assist anyone needing to use it.

- Msgr. Jim Hannah

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Many 2017 and 2018 pictures have been posted in the "Picture Gallery" under the "Gallery" Top Nav menu.

These include pictures in the following areas:

  • Mother's Group
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  • Holy Week services
  • Confirmation and First Communion
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If you find any captions to be incorrect or need improvement, please contact Alison Endrizzi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Click on the link below for a full list of ongoing activities and events beyond OLPH parish and around the Archdiocese of Toronto!

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Saint Quotation for Pentecost

To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him, the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.

Saint Augustine of Hippo