UPDATE on suspension of public worship / parish office closure (January 13, 2020)

There will be no public celebrations of the mass in the parish until further notice. While the provincial government has imposed severe restrictions on individual movement and public gatherings to February 11, we cannot know reliably if this will be the end date for these restrictions. So, we will hold off on announcing a date for resuming worship.

Funerals are now restricted to ten participants including the priest. No Mass is to be offered.

Baptisms are now postponed indefinitely.


Private masses continue to be offered by Fr. Whitfield.

The parish office is closed by order of the bishop. It will function remotely for the most part. Staff will be in as needed, working under COVID-19 protocols. Fr. Whitfield will remain in residence,  and will check parish email, letter mail, and voicemail regularly.

To see the official memoranda, click here: Memorandum December 19 2020 and New Ontario COVID-19 Restrictions and Parishes_21_December_2020

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.

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.

Mask “Do’s and Don’ts”

A parishioner was conscientious enough to forward us this link having attended one of our first masses since lockdown. Noting how people were awkward about what to do with their masks at communion, a link was sent along for our information. Please have a read and apply the lessons, not just to Mass, but everywhere.

How to wear a mask.

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: (SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE) Saturday at 5 p.m.; Sunday at 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Weekday Mass Times: (SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)Wednesdays at 8 a.m.; Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: (SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE) Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. (last penitent, 6:10 p.m.);
Saturdays, 4 to 4:45 p.m. (last penitent, 4:40 p.m.)

Children’s Liturgy: Suspended until further notice
Public Rosary: Suspended until further notice. following the weekday morning Masses.
Eucharistic Adoration: (SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE) 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

What are you looking for?

Mass readings for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time:1 Samuel 3.3b-10, 19 Psalm 40 1 Corinthians 6.13c-15a, 17-20 John 1.35-42 “What are you looking for? If you don’t know what you’re looking for, it’s awfully hard to know who to ask for help in finding it! And yet so many people, unhappy, dissatisfied, unsettled, will […]

Baptism of the Lord

Mass Readings for The Baptism of the Lord:Isaiah 55:1-10 Isaiah 12 1 John 5.1-9 Mark 1.7-11 Nakedness is synonymous with vulnerability, but also humility. It’s also a state that is potentially one of humiliation. In the scriptures we see Jesus naked on three occasions: his birth, obviously; his death; and at his baptism by John […]


Mass readings for the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord:Isaiah 60.1-6 Psalm 72.1-2, 7-8, 10-13 Ephesians 3.2-3a, 5-6 Matthew 2.1-12 An epiphany is a manifestation of God, and in the pagan, pre-Christian world, of a god. The idea of epiphany was well known in the ancient world; the notion was actually commonplace that one […]

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Parish News

Reno underway!

Work on the Parish Centre began yesterday, January 11 with a crew coming in to begin the "demolition" of the hall: taking down the old drop ceiling

Sally Ann says, “Thank you!”

The following is the text of a letter received by the parish office: January 4, 2021St. Augustine's Parish58 Sydenham St.Dundas ONL9H 2T9Dear

Christmas Deliveries

Christmas poinsettias, originally intended to adorn our church interior, were sent out as gifts to many of our homebound parishioners. With the

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