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 Joseph Bruzzese
Father Stephen Joseph Bruzzese, 27, was born October 11th, 1989. From an early age, he always wanted to be a priest and found great joy in being an altar boy. After graduating from St. Michael’s Catholic High School in 2007, he received recruitment from several universities for football. In 2008, Father Stephen enrolled at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto and played one season for the Varsity Blues. Between 2009 and 2012, he earned a baccalaureate in Thomistic Thought from St. Philip’s Seminary. Father Stephen is looking forward to serving the people of God at Our Lady of the Scapular.
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. You will often find me in the parish from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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.