Our Door is Open

In the heart of Hamilton, live the poor and the marginalized. Many struggling with addiction and illness. Often homeless and helpless, with so many doors closed to them.  There is one Door that is open, that welcomes them and feeds them hope. That is the De Mazenod Door, an Outreach program that provides food for the hungry and drink for the thirsty, 365 days a year.

Embracing Our Community

Guests coming to the De Mazenod Door are treated with dignity and respect.  It is our goal that every single visitor to our door walks away with a true sense of community.    

Living Our Faith

Our ministry is solely supported through the generosity of people who want to make a difference in the lives of the poor and marginalized in our city. Donations are welcome!  


Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton, was on hand to officially offer his blessings on the opening of the Door.



Volunteers and staff prepare a variety of hearty home-cooked meals daily.  What is served depends wholly on the generous support of our donors and sponsors.



Guests line up for a light breakfast and coffee, then again for a hot nutritious lunch.  Picnic tables and benches adorn the property to create a family-type setting.                                                                                                                  

We're here for you!

Opening Doors

Our Purpose Statement

Through loving compassion and faith in action, De Mazenod Door Outreach serves to improve and empower the lives of the poor and marginalized in Hamilton.

By providing food, housing, education, social supports and life skills development, we foster dignity, personal growth and hope for a better future.

We work to provide a safe, inclusive environment for our guests, staff, volunteers, community partners and supporters, instilling a sense of community and belonging, where all are welcome and valued, and no one is turned away.

Friday isn’t just the typical last day of the work week at St. Patrick Parish. Nope. Not at all. It’s a very special day, indeed.

It's BBQ Friday!

Instead of a hot lunch at the De Mazenod Door Outreach, every Friday, 52 weeks a year, regardless of the weather (rain, shine or foot of snow), guests line up down the street and around the corner for a wonderful Oldies music-filled outdoor BBQ! Each guest receives a hot dog, hamburger, bag of potato chips and a drink while singing and swaying to the music. Volunteers, the Parish Team - and sometimes even our BBQ sponsors - join together to set up, prepare and serve the hungry. Who can resist the smell of BBQ, especially in the dead of winter or on a beautiful sunny summer day? Groups, classes or families are always welcome to participate.

BBQ Friday is a day to break up the normalcy of the week, which for many of those we serve can sometimes be a tedious and lonely time. Nothing breaks the monotony like a St. Pat’s BBQ Friday!

With ever growing numbers of poor and marginalized coming for lunch, the BBQs require sponsorship. Many of the donors who sponsor a BBQ do so in memory of a lost loved one or to remember or honour a birthday, anniversary or special occasion. Each BBQ requires either one sponsor of $1000.00 or two sponsors of $500.00 each.

If you would like more information about BBQ sponsorship, please call the Parish office at 905-522-9828 or email donate@demazenod-door.ca for follow-up. If you wish to be a sponsor, simply click the link below.

What a thoughtful way to celebrate someone you love, by doing something 'they' love.

Can You Help?

  • There are many ways you can help feed people who are hungry and homeless in Hamilton. One way is to sponsor a meal, and come and help serve it: Pizza Tuesday, BBQ Friday or any day of the week! Individuals, families, groups, teams or businesses are welcome. Please contact us for more information: 905-522-9828 or volunteer@demazenod-door.ca

The true meaning of Opening Doors

  • We have done the DeMazenod BBQ every Friday for the last two years. Through rain, snow, blazing heat and freezing cold we have never let the elements deter us from serving our guests a Friday BBQ lunch. Of all the weeks this past Friday was, by far, our coldest BBQ yet. That day we really understood our purpose. After watching our guests line up in the freezing cold we realized that the need for food was greater than the need for shelter and warmth. Myself and the volunteers could not bring ourselves to complain about the cold after seeing what our friends were going through that day. That’s when Father Tony told us to unlock the church doors and let our guests eat in warmth. Everyone was stricken with relief and elated at the opportunity for hot food and warm surroundings. The gratitude and appreciation that we received from our guests was heart warming enough to thaw out our volunteers to continue our purpose – and it has never been more clear about what that purpose is. Gods work can be done in so many ways and it is Gods grace that gives us the ability to reach out and help those in need. I was touched by this experience and will never forget that day at the BBQ.

    Staff Lead, De Mazenod Door


  • Coffee Whitener
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Powdered Juice Crystals
  • Coffee
  • Salty Snacks (chips, popcorn, etc.)
  • Soft Fruit (bananas, oranges, grapes)
  • Sugar
  • Lunch Meat
  • Ziploc Sandwich Bags
  • Cereal Bars
  • Fruit Cups
  • 8 oz. Styrofoam Soup Cups & Lids

Thank you to our amazing community partners and sponsors!

  • Your generosity and support means the world to us!  What wonderful things we can achieve when we work together as a community toward a common purpose... the wellbeing of our brothers and sisters in need.  Thank you!

In Their Own Words...

  • “I moved to Hamilton from Buffalo, N.Y. last year and although I had difficulties finding work, the Door has helped keep my stomach from being empty, my motivation and spirits high, and my hope and faith in the goodness of mankind is alive and well!”

    DeMazenod Door Guest
  • “Thank you for the kindness and generosity and the donation of time and energy to serve us supper.”

    J. Vacola
    DeMazenod Door Guest
  • “I’m positive the strength of my gratitude is felt by us all. I love you people. You have helped me so much. There is very little I wouldn’t do for you.”

  • Hi, we’re Sophia (11) and Jamie (9). We live in Oakville. Our Mom went to St. Pat’s School over 30 years ago. When we found out that we could help serve a beautiful Christmas meal to those in need we wanted to participate as well. Our Uncle and his girlfriend were also serving meals. We asked for tables side by side so we could work as a family. We learned never to waste food because the less fortunate sometimes don’t have anything to eat at all. The guests at our table were so friendly, kind and happy to be there. We were happy to be there as well and the food was really yummy! It was such a nice environment with people laughing, hugging, and there was even a harpist playing there. We would LOVE to come back and serve again! It was an awesome experience! Thank you for letting us share in this special occasion.”

    Sophia & Jamie

With Special Thanks...

We are extremely grateful to Mr. Pat Daly, Chair of the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board, and to Sue Verrelli, past principal of St. Patrick School, who was on board with the idea from the first time she heard it. This new partnership formed between our church and the school opens the door for many more opportunities down the road. God Answers Prayers in Concrete Acts of Mercy:  This ministry is made possible by many, many prayers and God opening and blessing the hearts of the generosity of people.