We are a multi-cultural Catholic parish that was created in 2019 at the request of Archbishop Anthony Mancini as part of the “New Parishes: Stronger Together” initiative.
A Community of Communities
St Thomas More CommunityLocated at 15 Caledonia Road, the St. Thomas More community began in the 1950’s as a mission of St. Peter’s Church in Dartmouth before becoming a distinct parish in 1961. The parish community grew with the Caledonia area neighbourhood and can claim many families who have attended their entire lives. The parish is also home to a large African Mass Community, which has celebrated Masses on the first Sunday of the month since 2017.
St. Vincent de Paul CommunityLocated at 320 Flying Cloud Drive, this faith community celebrated its first Mass in 1986. Since then, the Stewardship Centre was built to accommodate the growing ministries of the parish. Today, many ministries and dedicated volunteers make up the heart of the community.
La Mission la Sainte FamilleIn 2019, Archbishop Mancini designated La Mission la Sainte Famille as a French mission (an organized effort of a parish of outreach and service to a particular group) of Christ the King Parish. To learn more about the French community, please visit our La Mission website.
How Did We Get Here?
Prayer, Proposals, and Preparation
January 2011 – Archbishop Mancini wrote his Pentecost Pastoral Letter encouraging parishes to focus on Community, Formation & Mission
2012-2016 – Diocese held Assemblies of the People of God & Pastoral Planning Meetings
March 2017 – Launch of the 3-Year Pastoral Plan, “Equip the Saints”
March–April 2017 – Parishes participated in the Lenten Series videos & discussion of “Equip the Saints” plan
January–June 2018 – Priests across the Diocese were asked to propose “new parish” groupings that would consolidate resources and better equip our communities to become missionary parishes
October 2018-December 2018 – Archbishop Mancini’s first draft of parish groupings was proposed to all the faithful; feedback was requested and the Bishop received ongoing consultation
January 2019 – Archbishop Mancini announced the new parish groupings, transition began
January 2019 – Fr. Derek (Pastor of SVDP) began a time of sabbatical
February 2019 – Fr. Toochukwu named administrator of SVDP & STM. Fr. Toochukwu formed a Transition Team & began meetings. Finance, Staffing, & Religious Education subcommittees were formed to address specific areas of parish life.
March 2019 – Fr. Toochukwu was named Pastor of Parish 6 (St Thomas More, St Vincent de Paul, Mission la Sainte Famille)
April 2019 – First Leader Meeting & Town Hall Meeting to gather community feedback about certain aspects of the Transition Team’s plan
May 2019 – Staffing Changes & Office Location were announced. New Mass Times & Parish Name announced
June 2019 – Second Leader Meeting & Town Hall Meeting
July 1, 2019 – New Mass Times began
August 2019 – New Christ the King Parish Office opened at the SVDP site; we welcomed new staff (Debbie Cox, Darlene Bonang, Shereen Daniels, Becca O’Hara). Transition Team completed their Transition Team Report and formally dissolved.
September 2019 – A new Leadership Team and Pastoral Council were formed to lead the new parish. New combined Religious Ed program began. Consolidation of resources and ministries began.
January 1, 2020 – All Canonical Mergers must be complete; transition work of building unity and combining resources continues. Finances are fully integrated and a budget is developed to support our mission.
Spring 2020 – New Mission Plan for our parish will be developed by our Pastoral Council and proposed to the community. The plan will be implemented by our Leadership Team & Ministry Leaders