Our Fifth Parish Fun Day


The block between Manning and Euclid on Ulster Street sported barricades and nearby Healey Willan Park had an additional permit as we loaded tables, awnings, games and craft supplies once more for our annual celebration of our Festival Weekend. It’s a great way to share the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene with our neighbours. It wasn’t long before families started to arrive on the morning of July 20th..

The first place to visit is the Bouncy Castle much loved by local children - and even adults!

Games of many kinds come out every year challenging both kids and their parents. For the first time our new curate, Mtr. Johanna Pak, was called into action. Bubble wand and dice- throwing proficiency grow with practice and Jenga blocks find a new use..

On a hot day face painting and crafts under a shady tree are good options.

The kitchen crew arrived on the lawn at 12:00 after preparations in the kitchen and many took advantage of a free lunch.

And even on a hot day, traditional church picnic races provide the right ending for the day. Age didn’t disqualify some of the winners, and marshmallow on a spoon was a suitable reward. A three legged race gave showed that being a twin meant you had more experience in working together.

And then the drama of the grand finale event before a dip in the wading pool. There is nothing quite like throwing a wet sponge into a basketball net mounted on a hat. Thanks especially to the Children and Youth Team - Adam, Melisa and Alice for their leadership and initiative.

Master Gardener Talk on Pollinator Gardens - 1 June, 1.00-3.00 pm

Join us on Saturday, 1 June, from 1.00-3.00 pm for a talk on Pollinator Gardens by Toronto Master Gardener Joyce Tan.

As our church community begins to ‘green’ our yard by creating a native plant garden, we are keen to reach out to the greater community to let them know what we are doing with our space, and why. Joyce is very knowledgeable and passionate about this issue, and there is much that those of us who live in cities can do to help and support wild bees, butterflies, and other insects that keep our gardens alive.

Learn how to identify native pollinators and why they are important to the environment, what sort of plants are best to attract native pollinators, and how to make your garden more attractive and friendly to these helpful and beneficial insects.

The talk will take place in the church itself and there will be time for Q&A. Come yourself, and tell your gardener friends!

Rotary AIDS Walk

This coming Saturday, the St. Mary Magdalene Marchers are walking a very important 5k in support and alongside our friends from Latinos Positivos.  This year will be our 9th year of participation and our 8th year supporting Latinos Positivos! 

Some important facts about Latinos Positivos:

·  They are an organization that is 100% volunteer run.  They count St. Mary Magdalene as one of their main sponsors (meaning they rely heavily on the money we raise at this walk).

·  They provide services to the Spanish-speaking HIV/AIDS community in Toronto.

·  These services include counselling, translations, interpretation, settlement support, positive prevention, office services, the registration process (intake) and more.  

·  Currently, Latinos Positivos receives an average of one new HIV+ client a day!

Learn more about their mission in this presentation.

The attached presentation has more information about this life-saving and hope-bringing organization. Take a look through it to learn more.  

Some very exciting news is that Latinos Positivos has been named as the walk's residual beneficiary!!!  This means that in addition to the money we raise, a portion of all money raised by all walkers will go to Latinos Positivos.  

Please consider making a donation and/or join the team and walk with us! Our goal is to raise a minimum of $2,000, and we have currently reached just over 10% of our goal. 

Make a donation: 

Thank you in advance for your support!

Stations of the Cross for Families

On Good Friday we adapt this ancient ritual for our younger parishioners. Parents, chiildren and grandparents gather to hear the story, learn about the cross and its significance and walk through the events of the story. Because it was a rainy morning we started indoors and looked at the small Easter Garden we planted more than a week ago - and saw suggestions of the new life that will come We learned about the trial, carrying the heavy cross, the women who wept, a death, the tearing of the temple and the spices that were part of burial. The morning was quiet and reflective. We then went downstairs and decorated eggs for the coming Easter Day.

A Knight of Vigil

Every Maundy Thursday, from the end of 6.00 pm Solemn Mass to the beginning of the Good Friday Solemn Liturgy at noon, we keep watch at the Altar of Repose in the St Joseph’s Chapel.

For the past few years, we have been joined by a number of historical re-enactors (some of whom are members of our parish) who keep vigil with us from about 10.00 pm (after Tenebrae) until dawn, some of them in full armour!

The Guild of St Michael is an organization dedicated to finding ways for re-enactors and martial artists to help those in need. They are keeping vigil with us in order to raise money to support refugees and the homeless, including our own refugee sponsorship team (the Manning-Ulster Refugee Project) and our Community Dinner Program.

If you are interested in donating, or just want to know more, please visit A Knight of Vigil.

For a complete list of our Holy Week offerings, please see our Holy Week Schedule.

Stewardship at SMM

To the SMM Community:

As Christians and followers of Christ, our mission is to form and nurture a community of faith which worships God, seeks to deepen in faith, cares for one another, and acts in the world with love, mercy and justice. Indeed, these are the “currencies” of the kingdom.

To sustain the parish of St. Mary Magdalene, we rely on the generosity of those who call SMM home. The majority of our parish income of approximately $400,000 comes from parishioners who make regular contributions to the parish. This “currency” pays salaries and utilities, keeps the organ in tune and the building in good repair, and includes what we give to others in need in the community and beyond.

We offer our deepest thanks to our parishioners and friends who, together, allow SMM to be what it is. Thank you for your generosity!

We are inviting you, as a member of our community, to consider what financial support you are able to offer this year to support the parish and its ministries. There are several different ways to make regular contributions:

  • The Pre-Authorized Giving form allows you to make a monthly donation from your bank account or on a credit card.

  • If you have not done so recently, you can change your monthly donation amount using the attached form.

  • If you wish to receive weekly or offering envelopes to put on the collection plate, please call the parish office at (416) 531-7955.

  • Contributions can also be made through Canada Helps by using the “Donate” button on our website at www.stmarymagdalene.ca

We each offer our thanks to you for your support of SMM.

Yours faithfully,

The Reverend Canon David Harrison

Mark Harding                   Elizabeth Salvaterra
People’s Warden            Rector’s Warden

 David Greig                               Catherine Riddell
Deputy People’s Warden      Deputy Rector’s Warden