Holy Name Rectory under construction. Around 1913





Many of the elements of the Archdiocese of Toronto’s Pastoral Plan require no funding, but rather the investment of our time and talents. We also need to support key elements of the Pastoral Plan by investing the necessary financial resources. Family of Faith campaigns in all parishes of the archdiocese will help provide those resources.


Holy Name parish is launching our Family of Faith campaign, an undertaking to support the Archdiocese of Toronto and all its parishes. This is a collaborative effort; for every dollar we raise toward our minimum goal, 25 cents will stay right here in our parish. If we exceed our goal, the parish will receive 75 cents of every dollar above that amount. After much thought and prayer, we have identified the following parish priorities for our share of the proceeds of the campaign:


We will continue to add to our elevator and washroom expansion fund. The elevator will ensure that our church and parish hall are accessible to those who use wheelchairs.

We will also expand our washroom facilities as they are currently not adequate for the number of parishioners that we have each Sunday. We will also use part of our share to pay down our debt to the archdiocese.

The great news is that we are already well on the way to meeting our parish goal!  Through the generosity of our parishioners, we have raised through pledges $527,200 already from32 families!  The average gift is $16,475.


Minimum Parish Goal  $255,000

Challenge Goal  $700,000

Current Total$717,680

Thank you to all the parishioners who contributed !



Over the next several weeks, we will be talking more about our Family of Faith campaign, and what this historic campaign can do for our parish and the archdiocese.


Please pray for the success of this campaign!


Heavenly Father

We ask you to be with us as we

work together as a family of faith,

sharing and following the example

 of your son Jesus in loving service.

May we be inspired by your divine love,

as we share our time, talent and treasure

 to strengthen our family of faith.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.



Stay in touch with the campaign at www.ourFamilyofFaith.ca

and follow on Twitter:  @family_of_faith



100th ANNIVERSARY, 1914-2014

Holy Name Parish was established on September 11, 1913, a time when the city of Toronto was rapidly expanding eastward beyond the Don River. An eight-room Catholic school had already been built just south of the Danforth in 1912. The next logical step, taken with the support of Archbishop Neil McNeil, was to build a church. A provisional chapel was erected and the first mass was celebrated there on October
5, 1913, with 275 people in attendance.

It would fall to Holy Name’s founder and first resident pastor, Father Michael Cline, to undertake the hard work of parish organization and construction. Both Father Cline and the archdiocese had great plans for Holy Name, and by August of 1914, construction of a proper church had begun. But world events conspired to interrupt the building. In the same month that work began on the church, World War I was declared,
and construction of Holy Name was put on hold as workmen all over the city enlisted in the army. Nevertheless, three months after the beginning of the war on November 14, the great cornerstone,
(which can still be seen to the left of the front doors of the church) was laid during a ceremony attended by 3000 people and performed by 35 priests. The new church was named by Farther Cline as a monument
to the holy name of Jesus.

For the next six years, Holy Name parish grew rapidly. Masses were celebrated in the only part of the church that was complete- the basement- but it soon became clear that a bigger church and a parish hall
were needed. In November, 1921, a hall was completed, with full kitchen facilities and modern heating, able to accommodate 600 people.

The construction of the main church was completed in 1926 and the doors solemnly opened and were blessed on March 14 of that year. The new church was designed in the style of Santa Maria Maggiore (St. Mary Major) in Rome and was built of stone imported from Indiana. Over the main doors the statement that motivated its founders was engraved: “In nomine Jesu omne genu flectatur”- “At the name of Jesus, every
knee shall bend” (Philippians 2:10).

Holy Name continued to be a centre of Catholic community life on the Danforth throughout the Great Depression and World War II. Father Cline became Monsignor Cline and remained at Holy Name until his
death in 1947. His successor, Father Leo Smyth, remained pastor until 1979, and oversaw additions to Holy Name School in 1949, 1957, 1961 and 1968 to accommodate the rapidly expanding young Catholic
population along the Danforth. 

Father Smyth and the congregation of Holy Name welcomed waves of new immigrants to Canada during those years. Masses in Italian were celebrated at Holy Name until, with Father Smyth‘s help, the Italians of the Danforth were able to establish their own parish, St. Catherine of Siena. This tradition of vibrant diversity continues today at Holy Name with the presence of the African Catholic community, as well as parishioners who hail from the Caribbean, the Philippines, India and Latin America, enriching the founding communities of Irish, Scottish and English Canadians who were the mainstay of parish life in the early years.

With the inauguration of Vatican II in 1963, Holy Name was caught up in the sweeping changes that were implemented to revitalize every aspect of the life of the Church. In 1967, a new altar was positioned so that the celebrant could face the congregation during Mass. The organ and choir were moved from the gallery on the second floor to the main floor to encourage congregational singing. The side altar became the
repository of the Blessed Sacrament, and the Communion railing was removed. Alterations
in the liturgy and the greater participation of the laity were long-term innovations that changed how the people of lived and worshipped in their Parish. 

Today, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary, with the guidance of the priest from the Congregation
of Holy Cross, Holy Name continues to encourage it’s parishioners to build upon their faith. Ultimately, the ambition of Holy Name Parish in 2013 is to confront with faith, hope and humility the challenges facing the
Church in this generation, and to pass on a rich,Christ–centred, community- oriented heritage to the next generation. In 1927, Monsignor Cline wrote that Holy Name required “the close attention and fostering care
of ardent friends.” As we celebrate the 100th anniversary, that statement remains just as true as it was at the beginning of the life of our parish. 




Congratulations to Holy Name Parish for 100 years of service and presence to the Roman Catholic Community and to the wider Toronto Community. None of us were around when Mgsr. Cline first led a small group of the faithful to believe they could build not just an edifice but a foundation that would encourage a faith community to plant roots, build homes, raise families and grow beyond their wildest dreams. If you stand in front of the church and look up at the Latin inscription which reads “IN NOMINE IESU OMNE GENUFLECTATUR” (At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bend) you will understand the name of our parish – The Holy Name of Jesus.

Who has kept a record of all the hopes and dreams which took place in the parish since its inception? Who is aware of all the sacrifices and hardships endured to make possible what we have inherited after 100 years of parish life. What has happened to all the families and their descendants who were tested by the fires of war and poverty of the last 100 years? These are recorded permanently in the celestial archives.

Meanwhile our parish archives record the baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths which accompany the history of so many years rooted in belief in God. Each of these entries tells a story, a story of faith, a story of struggle, a story of hope, a story of vows made and promises kept.

The Danforth was a neighborhood of farms and orchards. Before autos horses trampled on the dusty streets. Then streetcars cars appeared and were replaced by the faster subway. Stores sprang up and as the years went by were remodelled to meet the needs of a growing population.

During all this time the parish also grew and evolved to meet the needs of the people of God. Today waves of past and current immigration are reflected in the congregation. Mass in other languages, facilities open to Catholics of other cultures and a common belief in God who loves us all continues to hold together and bind us in the shared project of witnessing to Jesus Christ.

I have been here at Holy Name Parish going on ten years now. Many of you have seen your families grow up here while others are still choosing to nourish their spiritual lives here on bended knee. As pastor I thank you for your faith and encourage you to continue building up our parish so that through each of your individual efforts, generations of believers after you may inherit in the future what was made possible for you to inherit in these days of Our Lord.


May God bless each of you,

Fr. Andrew J. Morasse csc






September 11th Parish established by Archbishop McNeil. 

Fr. Michael line appointed as 1st Pastor. 

October 5th First Mass was celebrated at 9 am by Rev. Gregory Kernaham in Danforth Chapel (2nd floor of school - no classrooms) 275 people were present. 



June:  Brick sale held $0.25 each (proceeds to building presbytery) .

July: Excavation for church should be finished by end of month - payment of $13,000 due. 



April 7th:  First sod turned for presbytery.  Sod was turned by April 7, 1915.  And was formally opened and occupied October 16, 1915. 

November 14th: Cornerstone of Church laid by Bishop Power of St. George's Nfld at 3 pm with 3,000 people and 35 priests present.  



May 31st:  Church (now the hall) was blessed and occupied, now 3 masses on Sundays. 



March:  Building of Parish hall began on grounds, land leased from school board (North end of School).  



June 23rd:  Fr. Cline sang his jubilee Mass, 25th Anniversary for the parishioners at 6:00 a.m. 

June 27th:  Pew payment discontinued everyone expected to give $0.10 for your seat at the door. 

December :  A new crib with all the characters of the Nativity included was ordered.  While not any great work it will be unique in that it is different from anything else in the church at a cost of $150 (We are still using it) 



March 14th:  The church will be formally opened and dedicated by his Lordship Bishop McDonald at 10 o'clock.  The Pontifical Mass will be sung by his Lordship Bishop O'Brien of Peterborough at 10:30 a.m. 

March 21st:  Stations of the Cross were blessed last Friday by Bishop McDonald. 



October:  Book - Holy Name Parish 1913-1917 written by Fr. M. Cline published and sold within parish. 



June 3rd:  Father Leo Smyth - the first Holy Name boy called to the priesthood - sang the 11 o'clock mass in conjunction with which was celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his parents. 



September 29th Fr. Cline invested as a Monsignor along with 6 others at St. Michael's Cathedral. 



Red Cross Workers from parish meet in Hall weekly - war effort. 

March 29:  The debt of $310,000 contracted in 1916 and 1926 is no reduced to $80,000. 


February 13:  Today is a dollar Sunday to raise money for the 1st Sound System. 



June 17:  Next Sunday the pastor, Msgr. Cline will celebrate his Golden Jubilee. 



November 24th:  The Ex Service man and women at Holy Name in the last war will be the guests of this parish at a public banquet Thursday at 7 o'clock, which was a social success. 



June 28th:  As you know, your pastor, Msgr. Cline died yesterday morning.  His funeral will be held from this church on Tuesday at 10 o'clock. 

October 12th:  This morning after the 11 o'clock Mass.  His Excellency Bishop Webster will officially introduce the new Pastor, Father Leo Smyth to the people of Holy Name Parish.  



Holy Name sanctuary was redesigned to reflect the changes inaugurated by Vatican II. 



June 23rd: Old Parish Hall on school property demolished. 


June 4th:  Fr. Smyth celebrated 50th Anniversary to the priesthood. 



November 28th: Sanctuary Crucifix bought and blessed. 



May 5th:  Fr. Tom McKillop appointed Pastor. 

June:  Fr. Tom decided to turn altar boys room into a chapel.  Fr. Patrick McCarroll painted a portrait of Jesus for the chapel. 

Sunday, October 6th: 9 am - Beginning of children's program at 9 am Mass.  



May 28th:  Fr. Tom McKillop celebrates 25th Anniversary of his Ordination.  

June 18th:  Holy Name Church 75th Anniversary Mass and Reception. 

December 17th:  First Pastoral Council was established. 



March 4th:  First Liturgy Meeting. 



March 24th:  Fr. Tom was honored at Annual Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association - honorary award for his work with Youth Corps. 



December 15 - Fr. Tom McKillop leaves as Pastor and Fr. Bill Comerford comes as Pastor. 



March 28:  First Annual Danforth Good Friday Walk (Stations of the Cross)  



June 27:  Fr. Bill Comerford leaves as Pastor and Fr. Peter Power comes as Pastor.  



November 16:  New Holy Name Parish Website



November 14: 90th Anniversary Mass and Reception.  



September 18:  Holy Cross Fathers came to Holy Name with Fr. Andrew Morasse, C.S.C. as pastor. 

November 25:  Fr. Tom McKillop honoured for being appointed to the Order of Canada. 



February 24:  St. Francis De Sales Deaf Community moved to St. Stephen's Chapel. 



July 4:  African Catholic Community came to the parish. 



October 17:  Brother Andre became a Saint.  



September 28th:  Holy Name celebrated 100 years of service along with African Catholic Communty at a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Collins with 12 priests and present and past parishioners attending.


100th Anniversary Committee