Pastor: Fr. Paul MacNeil
I was appointed as pastor of Our Lady of the Scapular parish in November 2015 and I am delighted to be here. Before that, I was pastor of St. Ann's parish in Fenwick Ontario, a small but loving community about 30 minutes from here. I was born and raised in St. Catharines and ordained to the priesthood in 1999. Currently I am Chair of the Niagara Catholic District School Board and I'm working on my PhD in Religious Studies at McMaster University. As your pastor, my first priority is just to listen, to get to know you and understand the best way for me to serve you and to bring you closer to each other and to God through Christ.
Parochial Vicar: Fr. Stephen Innamorati
My name is Fr. Stephen Innamorati. I was born and raised in St. Catharines.
St. Alfred’s church is my home parish. After graduating from Holy Cross secondary school I attended the philosophy program at the Seminary of Christ the King in Mission, British Columbia. The seminary is run by the Benedictine order where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. The Benedictines left a profound influence on my spiritual life and priesthood. I then attended St. Augustine’s seminary in Toronto where I received my Masters of Divinity and was ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 2016, with Fr. Ron Angervil, Fr. Greg Schmidt and the late Fr. Trevor Plug. My first assignment as a newly ordained priest was as associate pastor at St. Julia’s church in St. Catharines. My next assignment was at St. Alfred’s church. I have been incredibly blessed by our Lord Jesus Christ in my ministry as a priest. I am truly excited and look forward to serving with and being alongside you in my new capacity as associate pastor with Fr. Paul MacNeil at Our Lady of the Scapular Church."
Permanent Deacon: Deacon John Shalala
Originally from Saint John, New Brunswick, I married Jean on June 27, 1981 and we were blessed with one son JP who married Deanna in 2009 and have one child, Gracie Mae. Jean has always been very supportive in my ministry. I have been involved in many ministries at Our Lady of the Scapular for over the past thirty years. I was officially ordained on May 30, 2008. Besides parish life, the Greater Niagara General Hospital is my current diocesan ministerial assignment. I am very excited to serve everyone here at Our Lady of the Scapular Parish. If you require my help, need to talk, or just have questions, do not hesitate to contact me!
Business Manager: Mrs. Valerie Rollin
I have been working for the Diocese of St. Catharines in the French parishes for a number of years and I’m so happy to have joined the OLOS family. In my role as Business Manager, I look after all the financial bookkeeping needs of the parish as well as the property management. Some of my other responsibilities also include managing the hall rentals and the parish bulletin, so if you’re needing to book a hall rental or want to add something to our parish bulletin feel free to contact me in the parish office anytime.