The Society of Mary

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The Society of Mary meets in the parish hall, followed by Rosary and Benediction in the church.

The Spirituality of the Rosary: The Society of Mary meet approximately once a month on Wednesdays, 6:15pm, at St Thomas's.  The evening begins with fellowship and study in the parish hall, and is followed with the saying of the Rosary and Benediction in St Thomas's Church (at approxiamtely 7:30pm). ALL ARE WELCOME.

2015 Meetings

JANUARY 14, FEBRUARY 11; MARCH 11; APRIL 15 and the MAY FESTIVAL (see note below).

The May Festival - Celebrating the Mother of God: May is a traditional month in which to celebrate Mary, the mother of Jesus. There are four events happening in Toronto this year. Come and explore this rich tradition of Christian devotion. All services will be followed by a light lunch ($10 suggested donation). The May Festival is sponsored by the Society of Mary (

(1) Saturday, May 9, 10:00 am: Solemn High Mass and Procession, St Bartholomew's Church, 509 Dundas Street East.

(2) Wednesday, May 13, 7:00 pm: Lecture: "Let it be to me: Mary as Luke's Model Disciple," by the Rev'd Dr Tim Perry. Dr. Perry is the Rector of the Church of the Epiphany in Sudbury, and the author of three books and several articles on Mary. His latest book, The Blessed Virgin Mary (Eerdmans) was co-authored with the Rev'd. Daniel Kendall, SJ. Lecture taking place in the parish hall of St Thomas's Church, 383 Huron Street.

(3) Saturday, May 16, 10:00 am: Solemn High Mass and Procession, St Thomas's Church, 383 Huron Street.

(4) Saturday, May 30, 10:00 am: Solemn High Mass and Outdoor Procession, St Mary Magdalene's Church, 477 Manning Avenue.

General Information

The Society has members all over the world and is not restricted to Anglicans alone. Mary is the only human being to have known our Saviour from the first moment of his Incarnation until his Ascension into Heaven. The Society endeavours to promote the different aspects of devotion to Mary, to foster a true understanding of the place of Mary in a faithful Christian's life. Members see the veneration of the Blessed Virgin as one way in which the cause of Christian unity may be advanced.

In our ward, the ward chaplain organizes meetings, usually held at one of the downtown Anglo-Catholic parishes. There is a mass, followed by a meeting and light refreshments. Occasionally, there are lectures or video presentations, or the recitation of the rosary. The Society plans visits to other parishes and Marian shrines.

May is devoted to the May Festival, and each Saturday there is a mass with guest homilist at various churches, followed by refreshments. The final Saturday's mass is held at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, and includes an outdoor procession.

For more information, contact Michael Degan, regional secretary, at 416-249-3917.