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50th Anniversary Papal Blessing


vintage golferOur 50th Anniversary Golf Tournament Was A Great Success!
All enjoyed a fabulous time on Sunday May 29th at Southbrook Golf Club. Turnout was great, hot but no rain or lightning, and players had lots of fun. The winners of various contests can be found on the smm50.ca website. You can also view there the businesses, various Knights' Councils, individuals and parishioners who were hole and event sponsors, and prize donors. We greatly appreciated their generosity and ask that you support these businesses and organizations.
Click here for details.


fr sanvido reception

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:

Monday - Friday:
   9:00 a.m. - 12 noon / 1:00 - 5:00 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.

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Week of Sunday, June 26th/2016

upcoming events
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50th Anniversary of St. Margaret Mary Parish
For more information on the upcoming 50th Anniversary celebration, click here to visit the 50th Anniversary web site.

Former Pastors: Mass And Reception
The next (and final) occasion is on Wednesday, June 29th, when we will host Fr. Bill Trusz at the parish at 7:00pm.

Canada Day - July 1st
On Friday, July 1st, Canada Day, morning Mass is at 9:00am followed by a reception, hosted by the Catholic Women's League, in the Hearth Room. The parish office is closed for the day. There is no Eucharistic Adoration.

Parish Picnic - Save The Date!
The Annual Parish Picnic will take place on Sunday, July 24th, 2016 at the Catholic Youth Organization's Marydale Park, 5999 Chippewa Road in Mount Hope. Details to follow but make sure to mark your calendars!

Mark The Date!!!! September 18th, 2016 - 50th Anniversary Mass & Dinner Dance
It is our 50th Anniversary Mass with Bishop Crosby at 4:00pm followed by a Dinner Dance at Michelangelo's Banquet Centre. See the bulletin for more details.

Mangia! Mangia! St. Margaret Mary Parish Pasta Supper
St. Margaret Mary Parish Community is planning a Pasta Supper on Sunday, November 13th, 2016, at Michelangelo Banquet Centre. Please mark your calendar. Further information to follow.

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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