Welcome to our parish website. I am settling into the Rectory, and after several days of moving and shuffling things around, the rectory is finally begining to look like a home and office. Starting from September 2nd there will be Daily Mass celebrated at the Rectory (2 Barletta drive – corner house at the intersection of Grand Trunk avenue & Barletta drive) at 9am from Monday to Saturday. And from September 8th, Sunday Mass will be celebrated at St. Cecilia Catholic Elementary School (300 Peter Rupert Avenue) at 10am and Noon respectively. Please spread this exciting news to your families, friends and neighbours and be part of this incredible journey with me. And if you would like to register with our parish please click here.
Our Parish is named after Brother Andre from Montreal who is the first Canadian male born Saint. During his life, his generous, kind and caring personality made an indelible mark on the lives of many people. God used this humble man in an incredible way: for over 40 years, Brother Andre served as God’s miracle worker! And as history attests, thousands benefitted from his healing touch. When Brother Andre initially joined the Congregation of the Holy Cross as a religious brother, he began his incredible journey by serving as barber, and laundryman, and eventually porter for the foyer of Notre Dame College. How little did those visiting the College back then know that Brother Andre would soon open the door for many people – Christian and non-Christian alike – to fully experience God’s everyday miracles!
In time, St. Andre became a great saint simply because he refused to believe that God could not make great things happen in a common ordinary individual like him. Brother Andre lived his vocation faithfully every day of his life. Each year, St. Joseph’s Oratory receives over 2 million visitors from all ages and walks of life. It is my hope that as our parish community grows, we too will reflect Brother Andre’s passion and love for God and for each other. As we come together for the celebration of Sunday Mass, there will be many opportunities to serve God, our community and one another, and to get to know each other in a familial way. If there is anything, parochially, that you would like to be involved in, please feel free to share your ideas with me. I would also like to ask you to take some time to reflect on your own giftedness and how, together, we can serve each other and our family at St. Andre’s. If you would like to get involved in the Parish, please click on the volunteer form located here.
I would like to thank you for taking time to visit our parish website; please feel free to subscribe for any future notice or update. If you have any questions or would like to share comments, please do not hesitate to email me or to call the parish. May you always find an open door and an open heart in the spirit of St. Andre.
I look forward to meeting all of you!
May God bless you and your family as abundantly as only He can.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Peter Jae Choi
Pastor of St. Andre Bessette Parish