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Welcome to
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

ADORATION

1st Fridays
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

ROSARY

English:  20-minutes before each 
               weekend Mass on any 
               5th Sunday
Polish:  30-minutes before each
             Sunday Mass
(11:00 a.m.)

MASS SCHEDULE

Tuesday to Friday 8:30 a.m.             (English)
Saturday 4:30 p.m.                           (English)
Sunday 9:30 a.m.                             (English)

Sunday 11:30 a.m.               *(English/Polish)

        * Full Polish Mass on 1st & 3rd Sundays

CONFESSION

Saturday 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Upon request:  Anytime

Simply call 705-742-5466
and speak with a priest,
to set up a time.

COVID-19 CHANGES EFFECTIVE:  July 23rd, 2021

  • Physical distancing of two metres (six feet) remains the requirement for attendance in church and parish facilities, including seating, however, groups of people from the same household may be seated together.  
     

  • Wearing a face mask remains required.   Masks should be fitted properly to the face. 
     

  • Books:  Missals and prayer books may be replaced in pews.   Hymn books will not be replaced as the earlier restrictions on singing continue. 
     

  • Paper:  Bulletins, envelopes, pamphlets, and newspapers may again be distributed as per pre-COVID-19 practices. 
     

  • Votive light stands may be re-opened, subject to notices requiring appropriate distancing of two metres (six feet).  
     

  • Rooms:  Crying Rooms and Small Chapels/Devotional Areas may be used again as long as proper distancing is maintained. 
     

  • Confession:  The preference continues that confessions should be heard outside of the Confessional to allow for proper distancing, cleaning and contact tracing (if it becomes necessary). Where Confessionals are used, both priest and confessor will be required to wear masks. 
     

  • Collections may again be taken up using baskets in the traditional fashion.   All Ushers involved in taking up collection should ensure that they wear masks while undertaking this task and use a collection basket with a long handle to maintain the two metres (six feet) distancing.
     

  • Hand Sanitizing: It is no longer necessary for all entering a church to use hand sanitizer, though churches are encouraged to provide hand-sanitizers should people wish to use it.  The priests and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion should continue to use hand-sanitizers.
     

  • Altar servers may be utilized again, as long as they maintain the two metres (six feet) distance between each other and the priest.  Altar servers and the priest need to wear face masks when distance cannot be maintained.  Altar servers from the same household do not need to maintain physical distancing. 
     

  • Communion procedures are unchanged despite the lessening of restrictions in other areas.
    Holy Water fonts at the church doors are not reopened. 

STATEMENT FROM THE CANADIAN CONFERENCE
OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS
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DATE of the Delegation to the Holy See
For Reconciliation between the
Indigenous Peoples and the Church in Canada

Following the 10 June 2021 announcement regarding the delegation of Indigenous people to meet with the Holy Father to foster meaningful encounters of dialogue and healing, the Catholic Bishops of Canada are pleased to announce that the delegation is scheduled to take place from December 17th to 20th, 2021 in compliance with global travel restrictions.
 

Pope Francis is deeply committed to hearing directly from Indigenous Peoples, expressing his heartfelt closeness, addressing the impact of colonization and the role of the Church in the residential school system, in the hopes of responding to the suffering of Indigenous Peoples and the ongoing effects of intergenerational trauma.  The Bishops of Canada are deeply appreciative of the Holy Father’s spirit of openness in generously extending an invitation for personal encounters with each of the three distinct groups of delegates—First Nations, Métis and Inuit—as well as a final audience with all delegates together on December 20th, 2021. 
 

This pastoral visit will include the participation of a diverse group of Elders/Knowledge Keepers, residential school survivors and youth from across the country, accompanied by a small group of Bishops and Indigenous leaders.  Planning for the delegation is ongoing and further details will be announced when they are available. 
 

The Bishops of Canada reaffirm their sincere hope that these forthcoming encounters will lead to a shared future of peace and harmony between Indigenous Peoples and the Catholic Church in Canada.
 

STATE OF OUR FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
 
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We thank everyone for their commitment to the parish and their financial support, especially those, who although unable to attend services, have faithfully delivered their offertory and Saint Vincent de Paul envelopes to the Rectory.

It is plain to see in our latest financial statements that the pandemic has had a notable affect on our

finances ($217, 501 revenue) and even though some of the shortfall was offset when we received some government funding for wages ($21,527 ) our revenues are down $23,855 year-over-year.  Fortunately, thanks to Fr. Stephen and staff we have been able to reduce expenses $10,443 year-over-year to ($213,723).

Capital expenditures for the year were $3,706 to replace an outdated and unreliable telephone system in the rectory and the other $18,035 were expenses toward the elevator project.  We had hoped to proceed with the elevator project this spring and had approached the Diocese for a $35,000 loan to allow us to proceed before prices escalated too much.  However, after posting the drawings for a month at the Construction Exchange we did not receive any interest from local builders.  We solicited some interest from the contractor who did the ramp, but when the proposal was analyzed before signing a contract, it was found to be lacking. So we were unable to proceed.

We received a call at the Rectory from a neighbour during the period of high winds a few weeks back noting the copper roofing on the church was waving like a blanket in the wind.  Estimates received so far to mitigate this problem by installing new screws are in the $10,000 range.  Renting the equipment to work at that height is not cheap.

I would estimate that we need to raise about $56,000 to repair the roof and move forward with the elevator project.  To this end, and with some reluctance, we are proposing another pledge campaign to help address that need.  Refer here for details on our 2021 PLEDGE CAMPAIGN.

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Fundraising is a challenge in these times but we will be re-instituting our parish raffles, yard sale and dinners when permitted, to help address this shortfall as well.  We look forward to your continued support.  Stay Safe.

Your Finance Committee:

Paul Ayotte,  Luc Matteau, Brendan Moher,  Paul O'Brien"

17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

FR. STEPHEN ZOOM MASSES

Saturday 4:30 p.m. Mass will continue to be broadcast over Zoom with a recorded copy posted to this page each Sunday morning, to continue to accommodate those who still are unable to attend Church.

 

Click this link any Saturday to join live.

NOTE:  The audio no longer has echo or feedback as you may have experienced from previous recordings.

MASS AT THE CATHEDRAL - 6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER
GRATITUDE AND FAREWELL FOR THE "POLISH SISTERS" (MAY 9, 2021)

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COVID-19 UPDATES
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KEEP CURRENT ON COVID

Visit the Diocesan website for the latest information.

  • As of July 16th, no capacity restrictions, provided social distancing is maintained.

  • More relaxed restrictions, but the following are still in place:

    • 6 feet or 2 metres of distance between households.

    • Face masks are mandatory indoors.

    • Hand sanitizers are available, but not mandatory.

    • Singing is still prohibited.

    • Communion protocol remains the same.

DISPENSATION
The faithful are reminded that the Dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass remains in effect.

 

+Bishop Miehm,

         November 10, 2020

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Fr. Stephen DeCarlo

Priest | Administrator

Welcome to our new parish priest, Fr. Stephen DeCarlo!  Fr. Stephen is originally from Peterborough and was baptized at Sacred Heart Parish. He went to Sacred Heart Elementary, King Edward Public School, and Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School. He attended university at the University of Toronto, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College in Barry's Bay, St. Philip’s Seminary in Toronto and St. Augustine’s Seminary in Scarborough. He also completed courses through the Liturgical Institute in Mundelein, Illinois. He did his pastoral internship at St. Joseph’s Parish in Bowmanville and was ordained to the priesthood on May 25th, 2018. He served at St. Mary’s Parish in Lindsay in 2018-2020 and replaced
Fr. Bill Moloney at Immaculate
on July 29th, 2020.

Fr. Peter Seabrooke

Retired Priest in Residence

Fr. Peter Seabrooke was baptized in Immaculate Conception  Parish but raised in Sacred Heart Parish, both in Peterborough and was ordained to the priesthood on May 6th, 1972. He served in parishes in Cobourg, Lindsay .Newcastle and Peterborough,in addition to serving as  Youth Director, Director of Christian Family Ministries and Chancellor of Temporal Affairs.  He officially retired in September 2019 and resides at the Immaculate rectory while continuing to serve  as chaplain of Mount St. Joseph.

IMMACULATE IS A COMMUNITY
THAT FINDS JOY IN SERVICE TO GOD
AND OTHERS