St. Mary of the Presentation
Chesterville ON

K0C 1H0

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We are two Catholic Communities bound in the fraternal mandate of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ and reaching out to all our sisters and brothers in mutual love and fidelity. God is Good, All the Time.

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St. Mary of the Presentation
10 Church Street
Chesterville, ON K0C 1H0
Phone: 613 448 3262
Fax: 613 448 2803
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Fr. Cyril Chibuzor Duru
Fr. Cyril Chibuzor Duru
10 Church Street
Chesterville, ON K0C 1H0
Phone: 613 448 3262
Fax: 613 448 2803
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Ezekiel 36:26

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.




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P.O. Box 730
Chesterville, Ontario
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St. Mary of the Presentation Mass Times

Sunday Holy Eucharist:

Saturdays: 5 p.m (St Mary’s Chesterville)

Sunday: 8.30 a.m (St Daniel’s South Mountain)
Sunday: 10.30 a.m (St Mary’s Chesterville)

Junior Liturgy:

Sunday: 8.30 a.m (St Daniel’s South Mountain)
10.30 am (St Mary’s Chesterville)

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Tuesdays: 7.00 p.m; Wednesday to Friday @ 9.00 am (Check the bulletin also)

Pastoral Visits: Regular pastoral visit are available on request. For visitation of hospitalized and shut-in parishioners, please call the parish office.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday: 4.30 p.m and Half hour before the daily mass and by appointment.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Fridays @ 8.00 a.m

Sacrament of Marriage: Arrangements with the pastor should be made at least 6 months in advance. A marriage preparation course is required.

Sacrament of Baptism: The Sacrament os celebrated on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month following the 10.30 a.m Mass. A baptismal class is required. Please contact the parish office for further information.

First Communion and Confirmation: Yearly ( St. Mary’s and St. Daniel’s) Classes are required.

Let us continue to book and offer masses for our intentions and for our loved ones who have departed. The schedule for 2021 is available so please send us an email, call the office, or simply add to your Sunday Envelope.

OFFICE HOURS: Due to Covid 19 all visits to the office will be BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call us at 613-448-3262 if you wish to schedule appointment.

CHRISTMAS PREPARATION: Start now signing in your names and numbers to enable us fix people according to the number required for each mass following the covid protocals.

ANGEL TREE: You will notice that the Angel Tree has been set up again this year. Please feel free to take an angel, buy a gift and return it to the tree. Please return the unwrapped gift with the tag attached by Dec. 13, 2020.

The Parish Council has decided to continue the Gift Card program again this year. Throughout the year Father Cyril has opportunities to help people with financial challenges in our community. The best way to do this is by giving them gifts cards. We ask that you help Father Cyril with this by donating gift cards from grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores and other stores that will be of assistance to people. There is a box beside the Angel Tree labelled Gift Cards. Please place your gift card in this box. We ask that you indicate the value of the card as well as it will help when distributing the Gift Cards. Please remember the social distancing protocols thus, we ask that there is only one family visiting the tree.

Mass Times last updated on the 4th of December, 2020
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History of St. Mary of the Presentation, Chesterville ON


The first priest to make regular visits to Chesterville was the Reverend J. Clarke about the year 1835. In 1846 St. Mary's Chesterville was made a mission under the jurisdiction of St. Mary's Church in Morrisburg. In 1851 the church in Chesterville was constructed of local limestone in a type of archtecture known as Gothic Revival. The parish at Chesterville was dedicated to St. Mary of the Presentation.

When Bishop J. V. Cleary visited Morrisburg in 1882, he found three churches far apart, in Morrisburg, Matilda and Chesterville. There was also a station in Iroquois without a church. Bishop Cleary divided the Morrisburg mission and made St. Mary's in Chesterville an independent parish on July 24, 1882 and named Reverand Terrance Fitpatrick to be St. Mary's first Parish Priest.

Father Fitzpatrick was instructed to build a rectory which the parishioners in consultaton had agreed to purchase. The rectory was built in 1883.

A vestry and sanctuary were added to the church and completed on Ascension Thursday May 19 1898.

In 1903, St. Mary's Catholic School was built across the road from the church and rectory. The school, a red brick building, consisted of two large classrooms and a parish hall upstairs.

Duriing Revererend J.P. Fleming's pastorate, from 1903 to 1915, an addition to the rectory was built facing Church Street with a mix of architectural styles. Reverend Fleming also secured four Sisters of Providence from Kingston to teach in St. Mary's School. On September 2, 1907 the sisters arrived in Chesterville and two of them began to take care of the school. A large and comfortable residence across from the church was purchased and the home was remodelled as a convent for the Sisters of Providence. The sisters moved into their new convent on September 4, 1919.

In 1924, lightning struck the church tower and the bell "Patrick" was cracked. It was replaced by a new bell, which was baptized "Louis" after the patron of the pastor.

In observance of the centennial of it's construction, the church was completely renovated in 1951. The church tower at the front of the building was extended by adding two areas on either side, and a new side entrance was created. The stone used for the addition was quarried at the same time as the stone for the original structure. In the resulting newly enlarged vestibule, windows were installed one dedicated to the memory of Fr. P.J. Kearney and another above the main entrance to mark the centennial.

In 1966, the interior of the church was redecorated and remodelled to adapt it to the new liturgical norms of the Second Vatican Council.

In the early 1970's, the exterior of the church was painted and the tower completely renovated. In the fall of 1976 the interior of the church underwent many changes. The church was painted and a carpet was installed in the church and vestry.

In 1982, St. Mary's celebrated it's centennial as an independent parish.Two significant events marked this occasion. A short history of the parish was published and a parish hall was erected.

In 2005, St. Daniel the Martyr Church in South Mountain became a mission of St. Mary's.

St. Mary's celebrated the 155th anniversary of the construction of the church in 2006 and the renovation of the beautiful stained glass windows was initiated.

In 2011, the parish celebrated the 160th anniversary of the establishment of the parish and construction of the church. The year was dedicated to spiritual renewal, responding to the invitation to follow Christ through an active life of prayer and friendship with God. The theme for the celebration was "Come, follow me." (MK 1:17)

In 2014 a necessary and very major renovation began at St. Mary's. The floors were opened up, ductwork and soil removed, existing beams levelled and extra support beams installed lengthwise. The floors were levelled and closed up. New ductwork was installed to replace rotting ducts and those covered with asbestos. New duct was added in the sacristy. Paper wallboard in the entryway and up to the choir loft was removed, strapping was done and spray foam insulation was applied to the walls with new wallboard installed. Paper ceiling tiles were removed from the entryway and under the choir loft (inside the nave of the church) and new wallboard was installed. New trim and crown moulding was installed in the entryway & choir loft. A new door into the nave of the church from the entryway was installed.

The entire church was painted and new carpet in the church and sacristy, hardwood in the sanctuary and tile in the entryway was installed. With an initial donation from students from Mary Catholic School, the project was completed entirely funded by donations. As always, the members of St. Mary's Helping Hands worked very hard at fundraising and donated the proceeds. Our parishioners donated throughout the process and the first phase of the required work has been completed. During the renovatons, daily masses were held in the Parish Hall and Sunday masses were held in St. Mary's Catholic School.


In 1844, the first resident pastor to be stationed in Kemptville, Reverend Farrelly, began to visit South Mountain about twice a month to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In 1849, under the direction of Reverend Farrelly, the very first church in South Mountain was erected. This small, wood-frame structure was not formally blessed until July 22, 1856. In 1894, it became necessary to build a new church, as the old one was too small for the growing congregation and had deteriorated. The old church was moved from the foundation and the cornerstone for a newer, larger, brick building was layed and blessed on July 9. 1894.

In the period between 1844 and 1906, priests attended to the spiritual needs of the mission parish of South Mountain by travelling from Kemptville on a blazed trail, first on horesback and later by horse and buggy. Parishioners would host the priest overnight.

On August 9, 1906, the parishes of St. Daniel in South Mountain and St. Anne at Dixon's Corners were joined together with a resident priest. In 1920 the lot adjacent to the church was purchased and the rectory, and sacristy connecting it to the church was constructed.

In 1956, under the direction of Reverend Francil J.O'Neill, a new hall was constructed in the basement of the church (dug out with pickaxe and shovel by the men of the parish).

A redecoration of the church, with a remodelled Santuary in keeping with the renewal in the liturgy resulting from Vatican II was completed in 1966.

On September 1, 1971, St. Anne's church in Dixon's Corners was closed and that parish was merged with the one spanning Iroquois and Morrisburg. St. Daniel the Martyr was left without a resident priest and became, once again, a mission of Kemptville.

In 1994 a series of exciting centennial events spanned several months. Hightlights included a thrilling performance in the packed church by the 50 member Osgoode Township Male Choir, gifts of a commemorative altar banner handmade by the C.W.L., and the installation of a new metal sign for the front of the church. The culminating major centennial event was a special Mass of Thanksgiving held on September 18th, 1994.

In 2005, St. Daniel the Martyr became a mission of Chesterville. In the next few years, the parish saw the installation of a new cross and a columbarium in the cemetery.

During the winter and spring of 2011 a major renovation of the mouldy basement began to allow, once again, access to the basement parish hall for the community-building events for which the parish was famous. The Sacristy was redesigned and repaired and new storage cupboards and closets were installed.

On Thursday, September 1st, 2011, fire broke out in St. Daniel the Martyr Church. Despite the efforts of multiple fire departments, nothing could be done to save the building and it was reduced to rubble. Three days after the fire, the parishioners (accompanied by former parishioners, members of other faith groups and surrounding community) assembed in the cemetery for an open-air Mass presided by the Archbishiop.

"Rising from the Ashes", the journey for the rebuilding of the church began with the support and participation of all parishioners and the establishment of "The Way Forward Committee." Parishioners of St. Daniel's continued to celebrate mass every Sunday in the Agricultural Hall in South Mountain.

On March 10, 2013, the entire community was invited to a breaking/ground blessing ceremony and on October 13, 2013, the culmination of twenty-five months of waiting took place on Thanksgiving weekend, when His Grace, Archbishop Brendan M. O'Brien, presided at a memorable Rite of Dedication of the new church and altar.   Edit

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