our history

The parish was opened in the 1950s at a time when the diocese was establishing a number of new parishes in the suburbs of Toronto. The original church was built in 1955 and now sets as the parish hall and Sunday school. The present church building was erected in 1967 and includes the worship area, sacristy, a meeting room, offices for the priest and for administration. There is an en-suite two-piece washroom in the rector's office. The seating capacity of the sanctuary is 300 with additional seating for the choir. The buildings have been well maintained and are in good condition. The most recent building inspection was done in 2008. 

The original building, plus the newer building, now form one L-shaped building. The parish hall was the original church. The upper level (formerly the worship area) contains Sunday school, choir changing/robing rooms, wardens' room, and a printer and photocopying room. The lower level (8 or 9 steps down) contains a large hall for meetings, lunch and dinner parties and a large, well equipped kitchen. Men's and women's washrooms are on the lower level. 

Our Priest-in-charge

I was born in Toronto, lived in Willowdale until I was in grade one and we moved to North Bay.

After a short time there, my family moved to Parry Sound and eventually

fifteen miles north,in the bush overlooking the Georgian Bay. I loved splitting wood for the fire,

cutting through the ice for water and when the wind blew, playing hockey on the Georgian Bay.

My mother died when I was fourteen and I took on household responsibilities for my older

brother and my father.

I graduated from Parry Sound High School in 1970 and entered McMaster University and

received my BScN in 1974. I worked in an outpost for a year and returned to Hamilton to work in

the ICU. During that time I perceived a call to ordained ministry and sought to study theology. In

1977 I began my studies at Trinity College. The atmosphere was tense for the three women in

our class. The ordination of women was a very fresh issue. In fact, all of the women ended up

walking away from graduation in 1980. The opposition was just too great and no Bishops were

interested in interviewing us much less ordination.

In 1980 I took a job at McMaster University as a lay chaplain. What a gift! I was able to do

ministry without objection and I thrived. Eventually Michael Peers agreed to ordain me for the

Diocese of Qu’Appelle. I was made a Deacon at McMaster in 1982 and Priest in 1983 in

Saskatchewan. Before going out west I finished my MDiv in three months and officially

graduated in 1983!

I love Saskatchewan and the people are amazing. They became my great teachers of faith for

the 25 years that I was in the Diocese. I did rural ministry, indigenous ministry and developed

youth resources. I took leadership locally and in the National Church. I was the chair of the

Homosexuality Task Force which produced a major study for 1995. I served on the National

Church Council and was the partner to the Episcopal Church in the US. I also served on

Faith,Worship and Ministry Committee for a number of years.

When the residential school crisis erupted, it directly affected the Diocese of Qu’Appelle. Part of

my ministry was set aside to educate our parishes and support healing and reconciliation. I

represented our church at many hearings, mediations and negotiations with the government. It

was difficult but enlightening work.

In 2003 my husband died of Lymphoma and I was left to raise our two daughters and our son

and work full time. After new leadership came into the Diocese, I was having to look for work

elsewhere. I applied to other dioceses for work and eventually was accepted by Toronto and

Flemingdon Park Ministry. My children and I arrived in Toronto in July 2007.

In Flemingdon Park I had an exciting time building relationships with a very diverse cultural and

ethnic neighbourhood. Wherever I have worked, I always invested time and effort to develop

community based ministry. At FPM we worked with others on food security initiatives and

building local resident capacity in order for people to be able to help themselves. We developed

a close relationship with the Muslim community.

In 2011 I was diagnosed with Lymphoma and underwent aggressive chemotherapy and

radiation. I continued to work through my treatment except for the last month of radiation when I

took a leave. I returned to do five more years and retired in 2016. I travelled across Canada and

the Rocky Mountains as my gift to myself. I was asked to assist All Saints Sherbourne for a year

and a half. After retiring again, I put energy into being an Honorary at Epiphany St.Mark in

Parkdale. When I retired I bought a condo in the Junction. Then in June of this year the Bishop

requested my assistance with St.Peter’s Scarborough and our adventure has begun!

I love art, music, outdoor activities and golf. I am excited to partner the leadership and people of St. Peter’s in moving forward and embracing a new mission.

“What does the Lord require of you, to love kindness, do justice and walk humbly with your

God”. (Micah 6:8)

Rev. Helena-Rose Houldcroft

our wardens

Claude williams

priest-in-charge's warden

Gloria Ramsay-Hall

people's warden

Michael barrow

Deputy people's warden

lionel surujbally

deputy assistant warden

our staff

jaime barrow

organist/choir director

our lay-leaders

Caroline hartley

treasurer

Madge Latchana

envelope secretary

Ian physick

ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR & YOUTH GROUP LEADER

bob bowering

SYNOD DELEGATE & FUNDRAISING/PLANNING COMMITTEE CHAIR

Barbara 

Cadore-charles

ADVISORY BOARD APPOINTEE BY PRIEST-IN-CHARGE

Lisa turner

ALTAR GUILD LEADER &

SYNOD ALT. DELEGATE

don smith

SIDESPERSONS LEADER

Youvi youvarajah

Sunday school TEACHER

Charles sargeant

stewardship & fundraising/planning committee co-chair 

GAIL THOMPSON

OUTREACH COORDINATOR

aileen brown

PRAYER CHAIN

Join us every Sunday as we seek to know christ and make him known