Join us for our Sesquicentennial Year!
In 1872, the Parish of St. Mary’s formally opened our church doors and formalised our presence as the 1st Anglican Church in Richmond Hill. The congregation was over-joyed at completing their construction of the new parish church, which had been based on the plans and dimensions of St. James’ Cathedral in Toronto. It was with great relish and thanksgiving, that the parish was able to move the activities from Dr. Duncomb’s Hall across Yonge Street, into the newly built church. And thus began our transformation, from the Anglican Mission in Richmond Hill, to our new identity as the Parish of St. Mary’s.
The Parish “150th Anniversary Committee” has been working hard on our plans for 2022, as the year when our parish pauses, to celebrate the milestone we’ve achieved. Our committee is working on a series of; programs, activities, events and visits, to help us remember the rich and blessed history of our church. And in the coming weeks, we look forward to sharing our plans and their details with the parish. As we journey on this walk together this year, we hope it will help draw us to a deeper understanding of our blessedness. And from there we can then look ahead, and continue our walk of faith in Christ and rededicate ourselves to that wonderful “Yes” to God, proclaimed by our patron saint his mother St. Mary, as she says, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)
We look forward to a fantastic 2022, Covid notwithstanding, and invite you to walk with us as we treasure our past, celebrate the present and rejoice at where God in Christ is leading us.
Sincerely, St. Mary’s 150th Committee
Joan Connolly, Suzanne Gorman, Diane Robertson, Sharon Hanns and Fr. Matthew McMillan