Welcome to The Eucharistic Community

of

St. Mary, St. James, St. Francis Xavier


We are a Roman Catholic parish community within the Archdiocese of Toronto, with three churches located in Tottenham, Colgan and Achill, Ontario.

At this time, St. Francis Xavier Church and St. Mary’s Church remain closed and all celebrations of Holy Mass will take at St. James' Church, where we have plenty of space to worship together and protect each other. The Mass schedule is below. Mass intentions can be found here.

Capacity is restricted and we are operating on a first come, first seated basis. Please be patient if the Church is full when you arrive and consider attending the next or a weekday Mass. The Church will be sanitized after every use.

When you enter into a public indoor space in Simcoe Muskoka, including our church, you should wear a face covering. A face covering means a medical or non-medical mask or other face covering such as a bandana or scarf that covers the nose, mouth and chin.

The Archbishop continues to offer dispensation from our Sunday obligation. For those unable to join us in person at St. James' Church, a live stream is available from St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica on Youtube by clicking here.

Stewardship Sunday

The 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, September 20 this year, is Stewardship Sunday, instituted by Cardinal Collins as an annual occurrence across the entire Archdiocese. Stewardship is set on the very foundations of discipleship. What a benefit it would be for our whole society if more and more of the generous energy of all of the members of our archdiocese were activated, to bring the life of the Gospel to a world so desperately in need of it. Stewardship is a conscious and careful effort to activate that energy, and to focus it effectively on the service of God and neighbour. Stewardship is intended to increase the active engagement of us all in the life of our parish, as we are invited to become more involved in the numerous ways of serving others. Through our Baptism and Confirmation, we are called to be active participants in the life of the Church, not just passive observers. It really is more blessed to give than to receive, and as we live generously we always receive far, far more than we give. Stewardship Sunday seeks a change of heart for each of us, an "attitude of gratitude" that permeates the whole of our life as disciples.

This year, let us pray that over time, more and more of us become engaged in committing their time, talent, and treasure to the work of the Gospel so that the Church flourishes, and let us especially give thanks for those who have worked across the archdiocese through the time of pandemic, as explained in this video:

St. James' Church

2118 Adjala-Tecumseth Townline,

Colgan, Ontario

Mass Times:

Saturday at 5.30pm and Sunday at 8.30am & 10.30am

Monday & Friday at 7.00pm, Tuesday & Wednesday at 9.30am, Saturday at 10.30am

Confession:

Prior to Mass on Friday and Saturday evening

St. Francis Xavier Church

72 Queen Street North,

Tottenham, Ontario

Mass Times:

Saturday at 5.30pm & Sunday at 8.30am

Tuesday & Wednesday at 9.30am

Confession:

Every Saturday from 5.00pm - 5.30pm

St. Mary's Church

2458 Concession Road 4,

Achill, Ontario

Mass Time:

Sunday at 9.00am

Mass is also celebrated in the chapel of Simcoe Manor Care Home, Beeton, on Saturday at 10.30am.

Perpetual Adoration

During ongoing construction, St. Francis Xavier Church is closed. Perpetual adoration will resume in the near future. We apologize for any inconvenience.

First Communion and Confirmation

Please continue to check the website for updates and further instructions.

Upcoming Events

First Communion

The sacrament of First Communion can now be celebrated in line with guidance from the Archdiocese. Small numbers will be accommodated over four Saturdays: August 29th, September 5th, 12th and 19th. Parents will be contacted with details as this will take place at both the 10.30am and 5.30pm Mass at St. James' Church.

Pray the Rosary Daily Online

Michael and Lori-An Lewis invite our parish community to join together every evening at 7.30pm to pray the Rosary together. You can join by telephone or online using Xoom. You can find the joining instructions here.

Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet Online

Fely Ragudo and Sheryl-Ann Trumble invite our parish community to join together every Friday at 3pm to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet together. You can join online using Xoom:

Join Zoom Meeting by clicking here. Meeting ID: 760 4807 8503 Password: 2icpuH


Webinar Series

  • Saturday, September 26 – 7 p.m.

Faith, Fire & Flavour

ONLINE EVENT OFFERED BY MARTYRS’ SHRINE
Faith, Fire & Flavour is Martyrs’ Shrine’s new virtual cooking show and fundraiser taking place online on Saturday, September 26th, at 7 p.m. Join us for an evening of good food and engaging entertainment with chef Jason Reynolds and Fr. Michael Knox, SJ, director of Martyrs’ Shrine. We will have special appearances by friends and supporters throughout the programme! Tickets are by donation; $40 per person is suggested. Gather your “social circle” and join us for a fun evening as we cook a meal together! Donate and register at: www.faithfireflavour.ca.

COST: Donation, $40 suggested

REGISTER: www.faithfireflavour.ca

  • Friday, October 23 to Sunday, October, 25

Virtual/Online Worldwide Marriage Encounter Experience

ONLINE EVENT OFFERED BY WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
Live your best life in love. No matter where you are in your marriage journey, the Marriage Encounter experience is a heart haven that helps you listen, share and connect more deeply. There’s no group discussion. It’s just about the two of you learning to be the best, most loving couple you can be. Reclaim your love’s joy. It is based around Catholic values, but couples of all faiths are welcome.

CONTACT: Gerard & Marge McCauley PHONE: 905-792-1925

WEBSITE: http://www.wwme.org

Third Annual Day of Reflection For Men

St. Augustine's Lay Spiritual Formation Program presents Called To Daily Vocation presented by Deacon Peter Lovrick on October 3rd, 2020 from 1.30pm to 5.00pm online. Cost is $25 and registration is at staugustines.on.ca/about/events A link for this online presentation will be sent to you upon registration.

Life Chain

Sunday, 4 October in front of the Tottenham Mall

Life Chain is a peaceful and silent witness to the injustice of abortion and the harm it inflicts on women and the community at large. It is a simple but powerful reminder to our fellow citizens of the sanctity of human life and our duty to defend the weakest members of our society.

The very first Life Chain was held in 1987 in Yuba City, California and consisted of 2,500 people. The annual event grew by leaps and bounds in the following years, with Canada holding its first Life Chain in 1990, and almost 1,000,000 participating across North America in 1992. Last year, there were over 250 Life Chains in Canada and over 15,000 are estimated to have participated from coast to coast.

This year, we will be marking 30 years of Life Chain in Canada. Our Parish Life Chain will be held on Sunday, October 4th. Please join us from 2- 3pm in front of the Tottenham Mall in support of promoting Life.

Cemetery

The cemetery at St. James Church is a special and holy place. It has served as the burial ground for the Catholics in this area for many generations. It is a large cemetery located behind the church.

The cemetery now has a new Columbarium. There are a number of niches available to choose from overlooking the historic and quiet church grounds. The surrounding countryside offers a scenic setting to remember and visit your loved one.

Memorial urns are also available for purchase for your convenience. We offer both single and companion urns in a modest selection of cultured marble designs. For more information contact the Parish office.

Please be reminded that all stand-alone wreaths are not allowed on cemetery grounds during the period of April 1st through October 31st. Also, we ask all lot owners to remove any item which could pose a safety hazard for visitors and maintenance staff or cause damage to equipment. Prohibited items include: glassware, ceramics, metal rods/hooks, lawn ornaments, toys and stones. We appreciate your co-operation in helping to keep our cemetery safe.

Parish Schools

St. James School, Colgan. Tel. 905-936-4191

Website

Father F.X. O'Reilly School, Tottenham. Tel. 905-936-3364

Website

Monsignor J. E. Ronan School, Beeton. Tel. 905-729-3473

Website

St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School, Tottenham. Tel. 905-936-4743

Website

Catholic Education Week Song Hope by Chris Rait

Produced for Catholic Education Week 2020 by Christopher Cizmar, Educator, Dufferin-Peel CDSB.