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Welcome to
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

ADORATION
MASS SCHEDULE
CONFESSION

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.)

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

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.

For Masses on Tuesday to Friday, please enter in the side door (south side) directly off the parking lot, where the ramp is located. 

MASS FROM THE CATHEDRAL
YEAR-END FINANCIAL REPORT

On behalf of the Finance Committee (Peter Dawson, Luc Matteau, Brendan Moher and myself), I would again like to thank Father Stephen for his leadership and our staff for their tremendous efforts during these trying times.  Our offertory collections were down about $3,200 during 2022 (down $30,000 since 2019), but with judicious spending, and some generous donations, we are keeping our heads above water.  Although the hall is available for rental, it has not been that busy which has limited the Knights of Columbus Council’s ability to contribute as well.

We had interest in the elevator project from a Lindsay firm, but when the quote came in it was over $400,000.  When we received their proposal, the committee, in consultation with Fr. Stephen, determined it was beyond our financial ability to move forward.  As things start to settle down, we hope that material prices will stabilize at a more reasonable level and that with continued fund raising we will be able to proceed with the project.

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During September, the existing boilers were replaced with new high-efficiency gas units at a cost of $65,000.  Thanks largely to a generous bequest from a parishioner and some bottle drives, we were able to achieve that goal.  One of the original circulating system motors failed a few weeks ago leaving the church rather cool for a few days, but we switched to the backup system to restore the comfort level.  The failed motor will be rebuilt to maintain flexibility.

The roof continues to be a concern: it was damaged during the storm in May and a claim was filed with the insurance company at that time.  It has not yet been repaired. As we discovered, finding someone to do the work has been challenging, with a big part of that being the equipment to get up there to do the job.

We placed some temporary drainage pipe on the south side of the Church but will need to address a permanent solution in the spring to prevent further water damage in the basement.  The cost of that is unknown at this time, but we will now designate the bottle drive funds for that purpose.

Thank you for your ongoing support.  Let us hope that we can return to some of our fundraising/parish building activities in the near future.

                 — Paul Ayotte, Chairman

FR. STAN WITCZEK RETIRES

Fr. Stan has served the Immaculate Polish community for nine years. 
We are very grateful to him for his generous and faithful service!
Our Polish community had a well-attended "potluck" retirement reception f
or him on January 22nd, 2023.
While he will continue to help out with the Polish Mass part time, we wish him well on his retirement. Bardzo dziękuję i życzę dużo błogosławieństwa na przyszłość!

(Thank you very much and many blessings for the future!)

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HOLY COMMUNION FORMATION IN PROGRESS

On December 19th, Mr. Sawada, Immaculate Conception School principal,
accompanied seven children to the parish for a morning sacrament retreat.
It was a time for quiet prayer work, collaboration and contemplation
of previously presented materials.

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CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD UPDATE

Our faith formation program is now in its sixth month.  There are nine children, ages 3 to 12,
under the supervision of our certified Catechist, Ruth Ann McClure, and assistants:
Mariana Mazzarolo and Ksenia Gainey.

During Ordinary Time, the children work with the parables of the Kingdom of God and the gestures of the Mass, as well as all presentations they have received over the past months.
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Fr. Stephen DeCarlo

Parish Priest 

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.

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Fr. Damian Smullen

Priest in Residence

Fr. Damian grew up in the town of Sligo, in Northwest Ireland.

 

 He was ordained August 5th, 1988 and has been ministering as a priest in the Diocese of Peterborough for 34 years.

 

 Currently, he is the Catholic chaplain to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre and the Wayside & Chesterton Academies in Peterborough.

 

  We welcome him as he makes our rectory his home.

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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.

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