40 Russel Street East, Lindsay, Ontario


Pastoral Team
~Email Administrator
~Email Associate
~Email Office Administrator
Parish Office & Rectory
40 Russell St. East
City of Kawartha Lakes
K9V 2A4
Monday – Friday
tel: 705-324-4828
fax: 705-324-3791
Click here to Email the Rectory with your Bulletin Notices. Or you can mail/fax or hand deliver your written notices to the parish office by noon the latest on Wednesdays.
Click here to update your Parish Records

Other Important Parish Group Information
Initiation Rites
Baptism of Infants and Children
Baptism, Confirmation & Eucharist of Adults
Becoming a Catholic
Please call the rectory 705-324-4828 for preparation
Sacrament of Marriage
Marriage preparation course is required.
Please call the parish office 705-324-4828 at least six months ahead.
Date will be set after interview.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
More info. here
Noreen Braiser

Parish Elementary Schools
St. Mary Catholic Elementary School
(Jennifer DeMaeyer)
St. John Paul II Catholic Elementary School
(Jennifer Fisher)
St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School
(Sheila Piggott)



Area Catholic High School
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School
(Gerard Winn)

School Board
Trustee Trustee Michelle Griepsma

Our Parish Groups and Services are ready to serve you.
Don’t forget that you can become a valuable member of your parish by volunteering in one of the many groups and organizations listed here.
Every parish runs on the dedication of its volunteers.
Please contact us or one of these groups below to share your talents.

St. Mary’s Cemetery Board
Chair: Gerard Curtin ~Email
Vice Chair: Wylie Suggitt ~Email
Sec. Treas.: Peter Robson ~Email
Custodian: Brian Drinkwalter ~Email

Finance Committee
Zita Devan

Brian O’Neill

Catholic Women’s League
Meets third Thursday of the month in St. Mary’s School 7:30pm.
President: Jane Antal ~Email
Funeral Lunches: Audrey Johnston ~Email

Coffee Sunday
Irene Bunguin
Religious Supplies and Books
Norma Cadorin and

Communication Ministry
Peter Robson (Internet, Website, Computers)

Development & Peace
A group committed to justice education in the parish; meets monthly
Dorothy Carrol

Guy Mills Court
Chair: Gloria Broad ~Email
Manager: Al Tero

Knights of Columbus
Third degree meet second Thursdays, 7:45 pm. K of C Hall
at 40 Russell St. E.
Grand Knight: Wylie Suggitt ~Email
Fourth Degree
Meeting second Wednesday of month 7:4 5pm.
at 40 Russell St. E.
Faithful Navigator: Gary Byrne



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Father Balonwu Okpe  was born in Nsukka, Nigeria, on the 17th of July 1973. His family moved to Enugu, Nigeria when he was three years old. He comes from the Igbo ethnic group of Eastern Nigeria.

When Fr. Balonwu was asked about his vocational journey, he reported that there was little or no journey of conversion. He explained that he knew his vocation from the time he was able to tell people what he wanted to be, which was around five or six years of age. His family attended daily mass and he wanted to be “one of those people,” referring to priests on the altar. He began serving at Mass at a very early age.

Entering the St John Cross Seminary in Enugu at 19 for a year of orientation, Fr. Balonwu then spent another year of junior apostolic work at Sacred Heart Parish in Iwollo, and another year of spiritual formation before being sent to Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu for four years of philosophy. He did his theological studies at the Blessed Iwene Tansi Seminary in Onitsha and was ordained on July 10, 2004. His first posting after ordination was as a formation advisor for St Bernard Seminary, where every year, for six years, he was in charge of about 30 seminarians; living with them, celebrating mass for them and learning everything about them. He prepared and sent written reports about them to the bishop at the end of each academic year.

Fr. Balonwu came to North America in 2010 to study, and received a master’s degree from Ohio Dominican University while he worked for the Diocese of Columbus. In August 2015, he came to the Diocese of Peterborough. He had worked at St. Alphonsus Parish and the Cathedral before being sent to Lindsay.

Father Eric Mason was born in Peterborough, ON.
He is the eldest of six children. He attend Catholic schools in Peterborough and in high school worked on a dairy farm. Having made a pilgrimage to Rome following Christmas in 2002, he began to consider a vocation to the Priesthood. He completed a B. A. in Archaeology at Trent University and was accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Peterborough in May 2008. He read Philosophy at St Philip’s Seminary, Toronto and completed a Masters of Divinity and Bachelor of Sacred Theology at St Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto.
Father Mason received ordination to the Sacred Priesthood on 29th May 2015 at the Cathedral of Saint Peter-in-Chains from Bishop William McGrattan.
Father Mason was appointed to serve as Associate Pastor at the Church of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lindsay, and is excited about serving the parish with the pastor, Father Thomas Lynch, and the other members of the pastoral team.
Valerie Finley is our parish office administrator. She recently celebrated 31 years of parish ministry. Val is married and has two children and five grandchildren.
Her goal as your secretary is to welcome all the parishioners and their families with open arms and to properly direct their concerns.
May you find peace and joy in your heart knowing that St. Mary’s Parish is here to serve you. God Bless. Valerie
Andrea Poloni currently also holds the position of custodian of St. Mary’s Church and rectory. He looks forward to serving you in any way that he can.