Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Church
St. Catharines ON

L2M 5C5





Who we are

Our Lady Of Perpetual Help is a Roman Catholic church in St. Catharines, Ontario.

We are a fellowship of believers, made in God's image and called as disciples of Christ to share the Good News with everyone through learning, listening, praying and working together actively to reach out to our communities.

We are a place to believe, belong, and become!



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Our Lady Of Perpetual Help
5 Oblate Street
St. Catharines, ON L2M 5C5
Canada
Phone: 905 937-4230
Fax: 905 937-8922
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Antoni Degutis, OMI
Antoni Degutis, OMI
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5 Oblate Street
St. Catharines, ON L2M 5C5
Canada
Phone: 905 937-4230
Fax: 905 937-8922
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Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Church St. Catharines Mass Times

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Sat 05:30 pm, Sat 09:00 am, Sun 08:30 am, Sun 10:00 am, Sun 11:30 am

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Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 6:00pm;
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday at 9:00am.

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History of Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Church St. Catharines

The Polish Catholics living in St. Catharines begin worshiping in the first years of the last century. Polish priests sporadically celebrate Masses and Devotions. They use the Irish Church of St. Catherine in downtown. The priests’ names and the timing of their visits are not recorded. In 1914 Fr. Boleslaw Sperski initiates a continuous Polish ministry at St. Mary’s Church located at the crossroads of Niagara, Garnet and Currie streets. St. Mary’s Church also serves the Italian Community.

The year 1914 is recorded as the beginning of Polish pastorship in St. Catharines. Fr. B. Sperski is followed by nine diocesan priests up to the year of 1949. In 1937 St. Mary’s Church passes officially under the patronage of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. In 1946 the first wave of Polish demobilized soldiers arrives in St. Catharines. In 1949 Archbishop James McGuigan of Toronto Archdiocese charges the Oblate Fathers of Mary Immaculate to undertake the Pastoral ministry of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. In 1950 the core Polish membership reaches 70 families.

On January 17, 1951 by decree of His Eminence Cardinal McGuigan, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Community becomes a new independent ethnic Parish. The same year a sod breaking ceremony blesses the ground for the parish church to be build. Two priests are involved in building it: Fr. Władysław Golecki, omi and Fr. Wojciech Golus, omi. In 1953 the membership of the Parish totals 150 families and is growing dramatically. In 1954 a beautiful grotto is built. From 1968 to 1979 the parish reaches 1250 families. At present time approximately 1000 families are registered. In the 1980s and 1990s, the labour market changed in St. Catharines, with the closure of GM and other related companies, resulting in the shrinking of the parish.

Relentless lack of jobs in St. Catharines and the surrounding vicinity motivated young Poles (our children and grandchildren) to seek employment in remote cities – Toronto, Woodstock, Cambridge, where the labour market developed. The city of St. Catharines became city of retirees. Our parish is mostly supported by retirees, families who came to Canada from in 1950s and families, who came to Canada from Poland in 1980s. Young Polish and mixed families prefer to belong to a territorial church, where they live, where their children attend school. They visit the PolishChurch at Christmas and Easter, to participate in traditional ceremonies. At the present time approximately 1,000 families are registered, of those approximately 500 families attend weekly Sunday services and financially support the Church. Despite the decrease in the number of parishioners, their religious way of life and Polish awareness are very much alive.

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Bolesław Sperski 1914 – 1919
Ignacy Ostaszewski 1919 – 1921
Stanisław Jędruszczak 1921 – 1923
Jan Kulczyk 1923 – 1929
Władysław Gulczyński 1929 – 1931
Karol Mioduszewski 1931 – 1933
Edward Olszewicz 1933 – 1935
Emmet Lacey 1935 – 1937
Jan Dekowski 1937 – 1949

Priests serving at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Administrators – Pastors:
Leon Calinski, omi 1949 – 1949
Władysław Golecki, omi 1949 – 1954
Wojciech Golus, omi 1954 – 1961
Władysław Panek, omi 1961 – 1965
Piotr Klita, omi 1965 – 1971
Stanisław Prokop, omi 1971 – 1976
Jan Szkodziński, omi 1976 – 1985
Jakub Szwarc, omi 1985 – 1994
Ryszard Kosian, omi 1994 – 2008
Alfred Grzempa, omi 2008- 2014
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