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Toronto Catholic District School Board

History of St. Gerard Majella CS

 

St. Gerard Majella Catholic School was first built as a relocatable school and opened in the fall of 1971. It was a 12-room complex, including four classroom pods, a library, as well as a kindergarten and administrative area. In response to population growth a permanent building was constructed as one of the first “open area concept” schools, with two large classroom pods downstairs and one large area upstairs. The building was completed in time for the commencement of the 1971 school year. The official opening ceremony and solemn blessing of the school took place on June 4, 1972. 

 

 St Gerard Majella School

 

Farewell Celebration to St. Gerard Majella C.S.

 
On October 5th, our TCDSB community and staff said farewell to St. Philip Neri and St. Gerard Majella Catholic Schools after 61 years and 44 years of Catholic education. Families gathered at St. Philip Neri Church for the closing Mass, which was followed by receptions at each of the schools.
 
 
 

About  St. Gerard Majella

​ St Gerard portrait

Feast day: October 16
 
Patron Saint of the poor, the sick, and expectant mothers
 
St. Gerard Majella was born in Muro, Italy, in 1726 and joined the Redemptorists at the age of 23, becoming a professed lay brother in 1752. He served as sacristan, gardener, porter and tailor. However, because of his great piety, extraordinary wisdom, and his gift of reading consciences, he was permitted to counsel communities of religious women. This humble servant of God also had the faculties of levitation and bi-location associated with certain mystics. His charity, obedience, and selfless service as well as his ceaseless mortification for Christ, made him the perfect model of lay brothers. He was afflicted with tuberculosis and died in 1755 at the age of twenty-nine. This great saint is invoked as a patron of expectant mothers as a result of a miracle affected through his prayers for women in labor.

Prayer:

O Great Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ, perfect imitator of your meek and humble Savior, and devoted Child of the Mother of God: enkindle within my heart one spark of that heavenly fire of charity which glowed in your heart and made you an angel of love. O glorious Saint Gerard, because when falsely accused of crime, you did bear, like your Divine master, without murmur or complaint, the calumnies of wicked men, you have been raised up by God as the Patron and Protector of expectant mothers. Preserve me from danger and from the excessive pains accompanying childbirth, and shield the child which I now carry, that it may see the light of day and receive the lustral waters of baptism through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.​ 
 

The Foundation of St. Philip Neri Parish

 In July 1952, The Cardinal entrusted a parish district in Beverly Hills (nowDownsview) to the Capuchin Friars. This parish was named St. Philip Neri Parish after the joyful saint known as the “Apostle of Rome”. The new parish covered a territory which was 5 miles by 3 miles. When Br. Damas VanDycke celebrated that first mass onSunday, November 16, 1952 in a former farmhouse converted to a Rectory it was estimated that there were 75 Catholic families residing in the new Parish. Today, St. Philip is a thriving parish. Fr. Paul visits the school on a regular basis for masses, liturgies of the word, etc.  Students in grade two have the opportunity to prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist through the parish programme at St. Philip Neri.  Students in grade eight have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Our school community comes together for our opening Mass as well as Masses during Advent, Easter, the feast of St. Gerard Majella and at the end of the year for graduation.  Students are actively involved in the preparation, readings, prayers of the faithful at the various liturgical celebrations.  This is an important aspect of the TCDSB’s Mission Statement.