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Community Meeting (Tuesday May 7th, 2019)

The very first St. Agnes St. Thomas Aquinas Canadian Martyrs Parish Community Meeting is right around the corner on May 7, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the St. Agnes Church Auditorium on Mumford Rd.  Here is a brief Agenda for the evening.  If you have questions about the Transition, please submit your question here.

This night plans to be full of prayer, information and a chance to say hello to old friends and perhaps make a new friend or two.  If you are wondering about the 'St. Agnes St. Thomas Aquinas Canadian Martyrs Parish' being a mouthful, at the moment, the only other option is 'Parish 13'.  Come to the meeting and find out how you can help name our new Parish!

The Transition Team have all of the bases covered. There will be snacks for all and a fun zone for the kids.

May 7, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Coffee and gathering                                                6:30 – 7:00 pm Introductions                                                           7:00 p…

Transition Team Speaking Notes April 6 - 7, 2019

In the last few years, it has been clear that although every parish has dedicated, faithful parishioners:Congregations overall are decliningThere are fewer priests and they are agingAs a church in total, we are more focused on survival than becoming missionary disciplesOur current status is not sustainable.We need to move from maintenance to mission – it is time for transformational changePart of Archdiocesan wide reorganizationMoving from 65 parishes and 25 missions to 20 parishes Timeline:New parishes announced January 1, 2019Our new Pastor – Fr Irek Bem will start August 1, 2019Transition (putting the new parishes together) must be complete by December 31, 2019 How are we going to do it? Transition Team whose job is to prepare Saint Agnes Parish and Saint Thomas Aquinas Canadian Martyrs Parish for canonical merger by December 31, 20193 parishioners from each parishFr Paul MorrisDeacon Dan DaleyStarted meeting in January and meeting every two to three weeksWe have guid…

We are in Transition!

We are in Transition! 
We are moving to a new Parish configuration bringing together Saint Agnes Parish and Saint Thomas Aquinas Canadian Martyrs Parish, ‘bringing our people of faith together and identifying their gifts and talents so that in our new parishes we will have the people necessary to draw upon for transparent models of leadership, shared ministry, in improved structures, focused on becoming missionary disciples.’ Archbishop Anthony Mancini letter to the Archdiocese, January 1, 2019.
There is a Transition Team tasked with developing the roadmap to lead to a single Parish by January 1, 2020. According to NEW PARISHES: STRONGER TOGETHER, the document outlining the process, each new parish will benefit from a greater number of people to draw on, improved and transparent leadership structures, and shared ministry and missions. Each new parish will:
·Be one parish – one pastoral council, one finance council, one leadership team, one staff ·Contain multiple churches ·Provide pastoral…