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Roman Catholic Chaplain

Fr. Joe S. Selvanayagam
Roman Catholic Chaplain
Phone: 905.525.9140 x24208
Canadian Martyrs Parish 905.528.4632

The Catholic Chaplaincy Centre is your second home away from home. We welcome all students and staff who would like to participate in the celebration of liturgy, prayer and the sacraments. Please feel free to contact me (Rev. Fr. Joe Selvanayagam) or the The McMaster Catholic Student Association (MACSA) website or e-mail

This society is made up of students who exist to provide friendship, fellowship and support throughout your time at the university. It is our aim to actively connect with our Faith and keep the Church relevant to life. Our mission is to foster the development of Christian faith and encourages both students and staff to grow in the knowledge and love of God.

Fr. Joe's Office Hours at the Chaplaincy Centre
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 4-6:30pm

What is Catholicism?

Catholicism is a rich and diverse reality. It is a Christian tradition, a way of life, and a community. That is to say, it is comprised of faith, theologies, doctrines and is characterized by specific liturgical, ethical and spiritual orientations and behaviours; at the same time, it is a people, or clusters of people, with a particular history. The word Catholic is derived from the Greek adjective , katholicos, meaning "universal".

Catholicsm refers to a community of persons who believe in God and shape their lives according to that belief, who believe God to be Triune, and Jesus Christ to be the Son of God and the redeemer of humankind, who expresses and celebrates that belief in the Eucharist. To be Catholic, therefore, is to be a kind of human being, a kind of a religious person, and a kind of a Christian belonging to a specific Eucharistic faith- community within the worldwide, Body of Christ.

To be Catholic is, before all else, to be human. Catholicsm is an understanding, affirmation, and expression of human existence before it is a a corporate conviction about the pope, or the seven sacraments, or even about Jesus Christ and redemption. The first theological questions we ask ourselves are, "Who am I?" and "Who are we?". Every theological questions come back to these. We cannot understand God, or Jesus Christ, or the Church, or anything else unless and until we come to terms with the question of ourselves.

-from Catholicism: Introduction by Richard Mcbrien Published in Catholicism 1994 by HarperCollins Publishers
Mass Schedule

Saturdays at 5:00 PM

Sundays at 10:00 AM

Sundays at 12:00 PM
(Student Mass, from Sept - April)

Tuesdays at 12:30pm
Wednesdays at 8:15 AM
Thursdays at 8:15 AM
Fridays at 8:15 AM followed by the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Canadian Martyrs Parish Office Hours
Tuesday - Thursday: 9am to 4pm
Friday 9am to 1pm

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Saturdays from 4:15 - 4:45 PM or by appointment

All masses held at Canadian Martyrs Parish
38 Emerson Rd.
(corner of Main St. West and Emerson)