Fr. Paul J. Gaudet took charge of parish affairs in August 2016. Fr. Paul was born in 1960, the fourth of five children, and raised in Montreal. In 1980 he moved to Toronto and began a B.A. in Philosophy at York University in the fall of 1983. He entered St. Augustine’s Seminary in 1986 and was ordained to the Priesthood in May of 1991 for the Archdiocese of Toronto.
After serving two years in Toronto, Fr. Paul joined the Canadian Forces (CF) as a chaplain in July 1993 and served on several bases in Canada during his career, as well as tours in Croatia and Bosnia.
In 2012, Fr. Paul retired from the CF and returned to full time studies at Carleton and St. Paul Universities, obtaining a BA in Psychology and a MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Fr. Paul worked briefly in the Counselling/Psychotherapy field before deciding to return to full time ministry.
Prior to coming to Holy Name of Mary Parish, Fr. Paul worked part-time at St. Monica’s Parish in Ottawa for a year.
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The Pastoral Council, representing the entire parish, works with the Pastor to assess the needs of, prepare and implement programs for, and coordinate the pastoral life of the Parish Community. The Pastoral Council is an advisory body to the Pastor to ensure that the pastoral and spiritual needs of the Parish, those of the broader community as well as our responsibilities to the universal Church are met through the ministries and programs of the Parish. The Pastoral Council does not advise on financial or temporal matters of the Parish, for this is the purpose of the Finance Council.
The Finance Council is comprised of parishioners appointed by the Pastor to assist him in the administration of the temporal affairs of the Parish, ensuring the policies set out in the Diocesan Statutes are being followed. This Council prepares and approves the budget as well as the annual financial statements.