Daily Mass (Tues-Fri): 9 am • Saturday (Vigil): 5 pm • Sunday: 9:30 am and 11 am
This article about Corpus Christi in The Beach Triangle Residents Association Spring 2016 Newsletter was written by long time parishioner Edythe Gerrard and is reproduced here with her permission.
Corpus Christi has recently gone through a renovation which included major work in the basement. In the spring the new gardens will be completed. Corpus Christi continues to serve a diverse congregation.
I thought you might like to have a little history of the church that is so prominent in our community. Meetings and the collection of donations to build the church began in 1919. A small temporary wooden church was built in what is now the parking lot to serve the parish. It held 300 people. A house was purchased on Lockwood to become the parish house. It cost $7,800.
A building permit was issued for the new church on March 24, 1926. The architect signed a contract for completion of the church for a total of $115,731. The restoration cost considerably more than that.
Some of the costs for workmen per hour:
Man & helper $1.60 to $14.00
Concrete finisher .90 to $2.70
Labourers .60 to $28.80
Cement .93 a bag
Sand $2.75 a yard
66 window shades from Eatons ('complete and put up') $125.
Five dozen roses $8.50
The cornerstone was laid on June 6, 1926 and the church opened May 1, 1927.
There is a William Kurelek mural painted on the side altar of the church. Kurelek was a devoted parishioner who lived on Balsam Ave. He gave this painting as a gift to the church on her 50th anniversary. The mural shows Kew beach, the CN tower, the congregation at an outdoor mass and a whale in Lake Ontario. Kurelek is acclaimed around the world and his paintings hang in the Art Gallery of Ontario, New York's Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Canada.
The stained glass windows tell bible stories in amazing colour. When the sun shines through they show their beauty. One window shows a Canadian soldier from WW1 being carried to heaven. Another shows the famous door being opened 'knock and it shall be opened unto you, seek and ye shall find'. The last supper fills the space over the altar. The artist was Guido Nincheri who was an Italian Canadian. Many people have come to the church to photograph the flowers that appear in the windows.