Saturday, August 6, 2016

inSPIREd Sunday



August 2016 - Toronto ON

While out and about last week I came across this church.


Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (formerly St. Patrick Church) is the 5th oldest Catholic Church in the city of Toronto built in 1870. The church was first established for a predominantly Irish congregation. But as the Irish became more economically settled, they moved to other areas. In 1908, the church was renamed Our Lady of Mount Carmel and became Toronto’s first Italian national parish. By 1965, it had become a Portuguese parish, and by 1970, it was Korean and Chinese. The Korean population moved on and today it serves a predominantly Chinese population.

Toronto's faces are always changing.

On the next block is St. Patrick Church.







Right behind this sign is this building which I was hoping I could get a better photo but it is now the Catholic Settlement Day Care. It was built as part of St. Patrick Church and used as a social and cultural centre with a library and a hall for holding classes, theatre evenings, concerts and dances. The parishioners also found a credit union and funeral society.


7 comments:

  1. Beautiful architecture for this. There's a church here that started out Catholic, and now serves a Korean Catholic community.

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  2. Great architecture.
    I am delighted with your response and photographs.
    Greetings from Poland.
    Lucja

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  3. It's interesting how things change with time!

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  4. I wonder what it looks like inside, looks fine outside. Love how the congregation has changed

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  5. A red door always looks good on a stone church.

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