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.

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

The sacrament of First Communion has now been scheduled and details can be found under Upcoming Events below. We are sorry that, at this time, the celebration Confirmation will not take place. Please continue to check the website for updates and further instructions.

Humanitarian Relief to Beirut, Lebanon

An enormous explosion devastated the city of Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. The situation is dire. At least 154 people died in the explosion and 5,000 were injured and these numbers are expected to rise over the coming days. The explosion also destroyed vital food stores and left 300,000 people homeless.

At this time, we ask the faithful of the Archdiocese of Toronto to please donate to the Lebanon relief effort, if they are able. The Archdiocese will send donations to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, a papal agency with extensive on the ground networks in Lebanon. Their staff are currently working to send food, water, medical supplies and hygiene products to Beirut. Spiritual and psychological support will also be provided to those who lost everything in a blink of an eye. Later, they will rebuild housing and help re-establish those who lost their livelihoods in this disaster.

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

  • Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website at www.archtoronto.org and clicking the Donate Now button.

  • By phone through the Development Office at 416-934-3411

  • Through the parish, making cheques payable to: St. James Colgan - Beirut Explosion Disaster Relief

It is at times like these when we are called to respond in a special way to our Christian mission to love our neighbour.

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

Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed

Due to current protocols surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed has been cancelled this year at our seven Catholic cemeteries. His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, will celebrate a special Mass via livestream in honour of our faithful departed on Wednesday, August 12, at 7:00 p.m. from St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. The Mass livestream will be available at: www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live

Thank you for your continued support of Catholic Cemeteries & Funeral Services and for your continued prayers.

Pilgrimages at Regina Mundi

The Divine Mercy Shrine at Regina Mundi located at 19309 Warden Ave, Queensville, Ont. will continue their summer pilgrimages Novena this year. Dates for this year’s Novena are July 19 and 26, as well as August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. The program is as follows: Confession from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m, Prayers at 1:00 p.m., Mass at 2:00 p.m. Activities will take place outdoors with visitors physically distanced and wearing masks. Inclement weather will allow us to host only 50 people indoors. Anybody can join us.

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

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