Labour Day 2014 - Thank You
Thanks to all who made our gathering after Mass on September 1 such a happy occasion. Thanks to the bakers, to the reception team, but most of all to everyone who came to celebrate as a parish community.
Week of Sunday, September 14th/2014
Come and be active!
Following the 12:00noon Mass on Sundays there will be activities set up and games to play for children with your youth group every Sunday.
C.W.L. Bake Sale
The Catholic Women's League is holding their Annual Bake Sale (and 50/50 Draw) the weekend of September 13th/14th after each Mass.
The Craft Boutique Ladies are meeting on Monday, September 15th, 7:00-8:30pm, in the Fr. Kennedy Room for the Parish Bazaar.
Afternoon Social Group
The Afternoon Social Group will meet on Tuesday, September 16th, 1:30-4:00pm in the Hearth Room.
Annual Bazaar Meeting
A meeting concerning our Annual Bazaar will take place on Thursday, September 18th, 7:00pm in the Hearth Room.
St. Margaret Mary Parish Pasta Supper
St. Margaret Mary Parish Community is planning a Pasta Supper on Sunday, November 16th, at Michelangelo Banquet Centre. Please mark your calendar. Further information to follow.
See the Parish Bulletin for more Event details.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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".
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, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha and St. Daniel's) 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