Thursday, November 3, 2011

Visit to St. Martin de Porres Parish on His Feast Day - New Pastor of Constance Bay

Saint Martin de Porres, Religious
o God, who led Saint Martin de Porres by the path of humility to heavenly glory, grant that we may so follow his radiant example in this life as to merit to be exalted with him in heaven. Through our Lord.

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On Sunday morning at 11, I presided at Father Michael Ruddick's installation as pastor at St. Gabriel's Church, Constance Bay, with a reception afterwards. 

Some photos:

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Father Frank Scott is the Pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish, Bells Corners, which will celebrate its Golden Jubilee in 2012. 

In recent years, the parish undertook to raise funds so as to renew the church's entrance as the exterior stairs were crumbling and risked causing serious injury.  Instead of simply redoing the stairs, a new accessible entry was planned and it--along with new doors--will be blessed at the close of the 7:30 PM Mass this evening on the patronal feast of the parish (there is even a newly acquired statue that graces the staircase).

Father Joseph Muldoon, E.V. and I began a Parish Visitation last Thursday and will complete it on the weekend.  Photos taken at the two schools and five seniors' residences last week will be in tomorrow's post. 

Meantime, here are several pictures of the new threshold of the church and the interior of the church:



  1. Archbishop, why isn't Jesus (The Holy Eucharist) at the center of the altar? He should be and many Catholic churches are not doing this.

  2. @Anonymous, I suggest you leave to those responsible questions about the placement of the tabernacle and the like. With all due respect, given your focus on criticizing, you miss the good that is highlighted by the Archbishop's post: an upcoming 50th anniversary for the parish; the fact that the parish has assigned to it a Pastor, Fr. Scott (many parishes in Ontario have no Pastor); the willingness on the part of parishioners to pay for capital improvements, and in the process finding a place for a new statue of their patron, etc... On the other hand, imagine if St. Martin de Porres parish church were crumbling and no one was willing to make repairs, and there was no Pastor, etc...; fortunately, that is not the case. For this we should be thankful.

  3. You know Mik, if we cannot question and this is a serious question then we're just blind sheep. Moving to another point in your comments still doesn't address my question. But thanks anyways.