Service & Outreach

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Matthew 25:40
Out of the Cold
St Clare Circle
St Vincent de Paul
Project Hope
Seniors Program
Ministry to Shut-ins
Development & Peace
Churches on the Hill
World Day of Prayer
The Out-of-the-Cold program was founded in 1987 with the support and guidance of Sister Susan Moran, of the order of Our Lady’s Missionaries.
For 30 years the program has been running in the Parish Hall for 20 weeks during the winter season, serving a hot breakfast and lunch to all those in need.
We serve approximately 70 guests weekly.
Volunteers are needed to help with setup, serving the food, refilling supplies and cleaning up afterwards.
For more information please visit, or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Jackie Jensen at or the Parish Office.

The Saint Clare Circle: Community Outreach is a volunteer initiative of Holy Rosary Parish.

They strive to create a place of welcome that embraces the homeless, the vulnerable and those marginalized by their economic conditions. Inspired by Saint Clare of Assisi, who chose a life of poverty, simplicity and prayer, they host weekly drop-in programs that are designed to enhance the lives of our neighbours in need.

In a safe and caring environment, they focus on providing hospitality and celebration through a range of activities that include: information sessions on nutrition, health and well-being; guidance in navigating available social services in our area; other social, educational and spiritual ministry; as well as art, music, poetry and other creative forms of expression.

They are guided by the following principles: Friendship and Respect, Fostering Self-reliance, and Social Justice.

They seek to better understand the experience of people “living in the peripheries of our society.” (Pope Francis)

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP) is a lay organization of the Catholic church, worldwide. Its main focus is to help those in need, especially visiting them in their homes, bringing gifts, comfort and compassion, as needed. Their ministry also includes visits to prisons, hospitals and homes for the aged. Their main source of funding comes from the Poor boxes at the entrances to the church, and organized fundraising activities. As well as from individual private donations. In addition, they do enroll youth for summer camps.

For more information on the society and its works, please visit us.

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PROJECT HOPE was initiated by the Archdiocese of Toronto at the height of the Syrian Crisis.
All Catholic churches were asked to fundraise and support refugees from the Middle East.

In the meantime the project was extended to any country where violence and torture caused people to flee their homeland.

At present Holy Rosary Church is working closely with the Office for Refugees of the Archdiocese again.
A new volunteer committee is preparing to resettle one single person and one family of three who are in a refugee camp in Africa at present.

Learn more about Project Hope

The Ministry with Seniors aims to create a respectful and joyful faith community for mature adults through involvement in social gatherings, lectures and special events.

The programs are designed to meet the challenges of aging by making connections with others and by learning to face the future through continued education about health issues, about coping with loss, about growth in faith and hope, about reasons for living, about becoming mentors of the next generation. If you would like to attend any of the meetings/events, please contact the Parish Office.

"We firmly believe that the future of humanity rests with those who are strong enough to give coming generations reason for living and hoping" (Gaudium et Spes #31).

Lay Pastoral Ministers make regularly scheduled visits to assigned shut-in parishioners of Holy Rosary Church in order to share the Eucharist with them.

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, commonly known as D&P, was formed in 1967 by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in response to Pope Paul VI's Encyclical Letter Populorum Progressio which says that Development is the new word for Peace. Our mission is to support partners in the Global South who promote alternatives to unfair social, political and economic structures, and to educate the Canadian population about the causes of poverty and mobilize Canadians towards actions for change.


For further information, please visit the D&P website or contact Sharon Corcoran: (416) 745-1586.

Churches on the Hill
This is an Ecumenical collaboration amongst the nine churches in the St. Clair Ave. West neighbourhood, stretching from Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the east to Holy Rosary in the west.
The nine congregations in the Churches on-the-Hill fellowship are:
  • Calvin Presbyterian Church
  • Christ Church Deer Park (Anglican)
  • Deer Park United Church
  • Grace Church-on-the-hill (Anglican)
  • Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
  • St. John Evangelical Latvian Lutheran Church (no website)
  • Timothy Eaton Memorial United Church
  • Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
COTH FOOD BANK is an emergency food program run by volunteers and operated under the auspices of the Daily Bread Food Bank. The program supplies food to individuals and families who have housing but whose income is not enough to make ends meet. There continues to be a constant need for canned goods such as soup, canned fruit, tins of meat, beans, pasta sauce, canned pasta, etc. There is also a need for egg cartons and plastic bags.
Volunteer! Assist with applications, stock shelves, and distribute food. For information on volunteer opportunities, call Timothy Eaton Memorial Church at 416-925-8494.
Thank you also to those who are leaving non-perishable food items – it helps to keep the shelves stocked. The Churches on-the-Hill Food Bank depends on your continued support and has an ongoing need for non-perishable food items. Donations may be left in the Sunday Sacristy at the main entrance of the church.
For more information, please contact Angeli in the Parish Office.
Parish Office

Imagine Christians from over 170 countries coming together in spirit, uniting to pray for relevant issues affecting women and children. This is a reality: the movement has been active for nearly 100 years. Each year, a different participating country writes the service. The World Day of Prayer is traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of March, though communities can choose other dates.

The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement which brings Christians of many traditions together to observe a common day of prayer each year. Through preparation and participation in the worship service, we can learn how our sisters of other countries, languages and cultures understand the Biblical passages in their context. We can hear their concerns and needs and can join in solidarity with them as we pray with and for them. In this way, it is possible to enrich our Christian faith as it grows deeper and broader in an international, ecumenical expression.

The motto of the World Day of Prayer movement is Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action. Through our participation in the World Day of Prayer, we affirm that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence on the world.

ShareLife is the charitable fundraising arm of the Archdiocese of Toronto. Money raised from the annual appeal goes to support ShareLife's 34 agencies, helping more than 100,000 people each year.

Please contact the Parish Office.


We, the faith community of Holy Rosary, strive to foster a joyful encounter with God and our fellow parishioners.

Inspired by the Holy Spirit in Christ, we are called to serve all of our community, especially those most in need.

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354 St. Clair Ave. West
Toronto, Ontario, M5P 1N4

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