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50th Anniversary Papal Blessing


past pastors receptions

Photos courtesy of Ed Pecyna, 50th Anniversary Committee, & Bob Chwalyk        


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St Margaret Mary 50th Anniversary logo


MASS SCHEDULE

Sunday Masses:
Vigil - Saturday: 7:00 p.m.
Sunday:
   8:30 a.m. / 10:15 a.m. / 12:00 noon

Daily Masses:
Monday: No Mass
Tuesday: Morning Mass only
   7:30 a.m.
Wednesday: Morning Mass
   7:30 a.m. & Evening Mass - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: Morning Mass only
   7:30 a.m.
Friday: Morning Mass only
   7:30 a.m.
Saturday:
   9:00 a.m. & Sunday Vigil - 7:00 p.m.


SACRAMENT OF
RECONCILIATION:

Saturday: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.


OFFICE HOURS
(starting Monday, July 4th):

Monday - Friday:
   9:00 a.m. - 12 noon / 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Monday & Wednesday:
   5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday:
   10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The office is closed on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.


If you would like to book an appointment with Fr, Bergsma, you can go to fatherbergsma.youcanbook.me.

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Week of Sunday, December 4/2016

upcoming events
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SCHEDULE OF CHRISTMAS MASSES

All day confessions: - Thursday, December 15th 9:00am - 8:00pm
Christmas Mass - Saturday, December 24th
- Sunday, December 25th
5:00pm, 9:00pm, 12 midnight
9:00am, 11:00am
New Years Day - Saturday, December 31st
- Sunday, January 1st
5:00pm
8:30am, 10:15am, 12 noon
Parish Office will be closed on December 26 and 27 as well as January 2, 2017.

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2016 Christmas Tree of Hope
Our "Christmas Tree Of Hope" is up in the Narthex and filled with tags. Your gift for a child or an elderly person will go to the Good Shepherd to be distributed to those in need.

Catholic Women's League Pot Luck Dinner
Tuesday, December 6th, is our Pot Luck Dinner at 6:30pm in the Hearth Room. Once again we are asking for non perishable donations for "Out Of The Cold".

St. Margaret Mary/Fr. Kyran Kennedy Knights of Columbus Council #9553 Christmas Social
The Christmas Social will take place on Tuesday, December 13th in the Hearth Room.

All-Day Confessions
All-Day Confessions will take place on Thursday, December 15th, 9:00am-8:00pm at St. Margaret Mary Parish.

Not Catholic But Curious
Each year a number of requests are received from people who are interested in joining the Catholic Church. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a process based on weekly sessions presented from late September until May. If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact Jeannine Giavedoni at 905-385-0882.

Would you like to volunteer?
As we enter September and the start-up of the many groups that we have in the parish, it is a wonderful time to thank God for the many great volunteers that we have in our parish. Click here for a list of Ministries available serving St. Margaret Mary.

See the Parish Bulletin for more Event details.


some of the many events in the parish
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history
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ground breaking for the new church
In the 1950's the Diocese of Hamilton was faced with a pressing need for new elementary schools due to a rapid increase in population. The Board of Trustees of the Hamilton-Wentworth Roman Catholic Separate School Board purchased land on the east mountain in the planned subdivision of Huntington Park.

father helping drive a bulldozer





Three years later, in September of 1957, St. Margaret Mary School opened its doors. The four room country school, built in the middle of a fallow field, became the foundation of our parish community.

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a blessing given for the new parish
The school was under the aegis of Blessed Sacrament parish. Monsignor Arthur J. O'Brien visited the students once a week to oversee religious instruction. First Communicants and Confirmandii walked from St. Margaret Mary School to Blessed Sacrament Church along Fennell Avenue. Baptisms, marriages and funerals were conducted from Blessed Sacrament Church.

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In 1966 Father Kyran D. Kennedy was sent to found the new parish of St. Margaret Mary and build a new church to house the parishioners. With the arrival of Father Kennedy, the St. Margaret Mary parish community was born. Now, Mass and Baptisms were celebrated in the school gymnasium.

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From 1966 to 1969, a bungalow at 35 Kenwood Avenue served as St. Margaret Mary headquarters. The basement became the office and parochial meeting place. For three years, from 1966 to 1969, the parish focused on the construction of a new church. A group of parishioners formed a building committee to assist in its development. On July 5, 1968, the sale of land adjacent to the school was agreed upon. Just four days after the agreement, the Most Reverend Bishop Joseph Ryan turned the sod.

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Burlington Architect Frank Burcher was contracted to draw up the plans for the new church, which would be built by Patrick Daly Contracting Limited. Father Kennedy said, "Our new church is to be unreservedly contemporary in design". Soon Father Kennedy's thoughts and ideas would be drawn into plans.

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St. Margaret Mary Church would be symbolic and interpretative of Pope John XXIII's vision of the future. The Church is not so much a building as a community of worshippers. Therefore, the structure is almost circular to accentuate the sense of inclusiveness.

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the st margaret mary bell tower

In February 1969, with construction well underway, the cornerstone was laid. On June 15, 1969, at 3:00 in the afternoon, Bishop Ryan held a concelebrated Mass and the church was blessed. Nearly one year after the turning of the sod, the church was complete and the 600 parish families were inspired by the structure that was truly "unreservedly contemporary in design".

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Today St. Margaret Mary Parish is a vibrant, active community numbering 3,000 families, making it one of the largest parishes in the Diocese of Hamilton. The parish serves three elementary schools (St. Margaret Mary, St. Kateri Tekakwitha and St. Anthony Daniel) and one secondary school (St. Jean de Brebeuf). Our priests, staff and numerous lay ministers continue to serve the growing community in a spirit filled with God's love and joy.

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