St. Augustine’s hosts movie production team

Adelaide Clemens, Patrick J. Adams, Douglas Smith and Kathleen Turner will star in “The Swearing Jar.”

If you see our parking lot full through to May 19, it’s because we’re renting our parish centre to the production company producing the movie, The Swearing Jar. The movie should be playing the film festivals this time next year.

Link to Variety Article here.

Make Mary’s Month a time of Prayer

Mary crowned at St. Augustine Parish Church, Dundas

POPE FRANCIS has launched a Marathon of Prayer for the month of May.  “Guided by Shrines around the world during this month of May, we recite the Rosary to invoke an end to the pandemic and the resumption of social and work-related activities.” (Pope Francis, General Audience, 5 May 2021) Father Ian Duffy, Rector of our own Diocesan Shrine, the Basilica of Our Lady in Guelph, is joining the Pope’s prayer marathon by praying the Rosary at noon each day.  You can participate in the daily prayer with the Pope by checking the Vatican website (see Parish Bulletin, Forms & Links above) for a listing of Shrines, or pray the Rosary in union with Father Duffy at the Basilica in Guelph.

Last Masses this weekend for coming weeks (April 16, 2021)

We will have Masses Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday Mass is “sold out.” There are some spaces at the Sunday 9 and 11 a.m. Masses. Reserve through the Eventbrite link below.

As of Monday, April 19 there will be no further public Masses until further notice, but we anticipate a return to public celebrations with the end to the provincial stay-at-home order.

We hope to offer the Sunday Mass via internet streaming; information in this regard to come.

Still open for Mass, but with restrictions (April 8, 2021)

St. Augustine’s will still offer Mass according to the existing schedule (Wednesday, 8 a.m., with adoration until 6:45 p.m.; Thursday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.)

We will be operating under seating restrictions of 15 percent of capacity.

To read the text of the advisory from the dioceses, CLICK HERE.

To reserve seats with our ticketing service (EventBrite), CLICK HERE.

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Our rectory dog Marlowe, RIP (April 7, 2021)

We regret to inform the parish that our 3-year-old beagle Marlowe has passed after a brief fight with adenocarcinoma. We at the rectory will miss him.

Mass under lockdown – online “ticket” system now in place (April 6, 2010)

The parish church will be keeping its current mass schedule during the four-week provincial lockdown. However, Saturday and Sunday masses will require that parishioners obtain “tickets”. To improve our reservation system, the parish will be using the online EventBrite service. Seating is capped at 60, plus the required ministers and ushers.

EventBrite is an event ticketing system that will function as our means of reserving seats. We are hoping this will prove more efficient than the quickly organized system used during Holy Week. I am aware that issues arose with respect to how the reservation list was administered. My apologies for any instances of inadvertent omissions that left people unable to attend. I thank our parish secretary, Cindy DeNobriga, and parish volunteer, Shannon Chow who worked very hard in a very short period of time to put together these lists. I would also like to acknowledge our head usher, Tom Muldoon, who was “front line” in managing the situation. It was not an easy task. I would also like to thank everyone for their patience and forbearance throughout all these changes to our parish life, many being very last minute.

Reservations will be made available week-to-week. So, it is not possible to book masses beyond those immediately upcoming.

Parishioners are reminded that the “Sunday obligation” is suspended, and that you are encouraged to attend a weekday mass (at St. Augustine’s, Wednesday 8 a.m. and Thursday 6:30 p.m.) if attendance Sunday is not possible.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered during the current four-week lockdown on an appointment basis only.

To reserve for this coming Saturday and Sunday masses, CLICK HERE

God bless and keep you all. Happy Easter!

Your servant in Christ,

Fr. Scott Whitfield, pastor




Just a reminder… The Saint Vincent De Paul Society has been at work all this time!

While its stores have been closed, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) has continued its valuable and life sustaining work through the whole period of the COVID -19 lockdown. While observing the necessary protocols, our parish Vincentians have done visits and provided material help to people of our community in need. That need is sure to grow as the economic impact of the pandemic and the lockdown manifests itself in lost jobs, closed businesses, etc. So please remember the society and its need for financial support through the end of the lockdown period and into the summer months. Parishioners can put a little extra in their offering, and designate it for SVP and the relief of those in need. If you are in need of assistance, or know someone who is,  please call the Parish Office at 905-628-2880 and follow the auto-attendant menu.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word – ONLINE!

Limited seating at our Sunday liturgies, and an understandable anxiety over little ones being able to sit through the whole of the Mass has meant many of our families with young children have not been attending; and those who come also have missed out on a special time with our children’s catechist, Katelyn–it’s been suspended as part of the our COVID-19 protocols.

Katelyn has responded to their need to hear and understand God’s word on their terms despite the restrictions we currently operate under as a parish ministry. So, she’s going online!

Please click this link for instructions on having your children participate in Sunday’s Children’s Liturgy of the Word via Google Classroom.

First parish of the diocese, Hamilton 1827

Our  parish of St Augustine’s is the Mother Parish of the Diocese of Hamilton. In 1827, Fr. James Campion built a small wooden chapel in Dundas, marking the beginning of  St. Augustine’s Parish. The first baptism recorded in our register is August 06, 1827, and since then a vibrant community of faith has called St. Augustine’s  home to this very day. (photo courtesy of Dundas Museum and Archives – GN-0060)
To learn more, click here: Parish History

Mass and Devotions times



Weekend Mass Times: Saturday at 5 p.m.; Sunday at 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. (reserve seating only at this time; click here for ticket reserve system)
Weekday Mass Times: Wednesdays at 8 a.m.; Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: (Available by Appointment Only)


Children’s Liturgy: Suspended until further notice
Public Rosary: Suspended until further notice. following the weekday morning Masses.
Eucharistic Adoration: from end of Wednesday morning Mass to 7 p.m. (ends with benediction)
Perpetual Help Novena: Suspended until further notice. Thursdays at the morning Mass.
Compline (Night Prayer): Suspended until further notice. First Sundays of the month, 7 p.m.



Pastor’s Reflections

Apart from Him

Mass readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter:Acts 9.26-31 Psalm 22 1 John 3.18-24 John 15.1-8 You may not have seen this in the news, a statistic from the United States that was of immediate interest to sociologists and others who study religion, but is of importance to the Church and the world we are […]

We sheep

Mass readings for the 4th Sunday of Easter:Acts 4.7-12 Psalm 118 1 John 3.1-2 John 10.11-18 When Jesus talks about himself as the “good shepherd” and us as his “sheep” I have a hard time thinking this is at all a term of affection from our Lord. I’ve worked with real sheep: they can be […]

The state of resurrection

Mass readings for the 3rd Sunday of Easter:Acts 3.13-15, 17-19 Psalm 4.1, 3, 6, 8 1 John 2.1-5 Luke 24.35-48 “…while I was still with you” – that is a phrase that haunted my thoughts after reading it in the gospel account we heard today. It’s confusing because when Jesus says this in the midst […]

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Parish News

Silver Rose Gallery

All photos: Paul Kiely To learn about the Silver Rose - click here

Parish Reno Update

Work on the Parish Centre continues, albeit it at a slower pace that we had planned. The big issue is the supply-chain slowdown that we've all been

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