Our Church does
The number of
there is no
The Diocese moves
the remainder of
the Parish to St.
We lose our identity
for ourselves our
community and our
Past alternatives to our church
(These are no longer options)
We build a
people within the
walk to their
What Happened at the Diocese
• Juve will give us a Portuguese
Version of what happened at the
• Juliette will give us an English
Version of what happened at the
• Their response:
They were impressed with the love and appreciation towards Fr. Pinto, BUT
• Canon Law stipulates that when a priest turns 75, they have to retire. They
mentioned that Fr. Pinto turned 75 in August 2022, and he had already extended his
stay and would already have been gone. Because new appointments are generally
announced on June 30th, the Diocese will let Fr. stay until then. Bishop Crosby added
that he, too, will have to retire next year, as he turns 75. Not his law, it’s Canon Law.
• They mentioned that in previous years, they contacted Portugal to try and have a
Priest come to the Diocese. They were told that there were no priests available and
the ones that were, were not suitable.
• We were told that there are plenty of English speaking priests available in the
Halton Region. They did not promise any priest, but would try and get one, even if
not born here, but able to speak and recite the Mass in English.
• They will let us know in writing, via mail, addressed to Fr. Pinto, who the next
priest would be coming to our Parish. Parishioners can also view on the Diocese’s
website, the Diocese’s new clergy appointments.
We were reassured that there were no intentions of building a new church as we
already have one. They also reassured us that the Diocese has no intention of closing
our Parish. They remarked quite emphatically, that
the Diocese does not close parishes;
parishioners are the ones who close parishes,
either because there is not enough attendance, either due to elderly passing on, or
not being able to financially maintain the parish.
Decisions of The Diocese
Father Fernando will be
retiring as the Head Parish
Priest (Whether Father
Fernando stays on as a Priest
will be up to the new Priest
and Father Fernando).
The New Priest for St.
Joseph’s Church will most
likely be an English Priest.
• Duarte Benevides
• Will tell us what our
church will be doing for
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