Parish of St. Aloysius, Thorold South
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St. ALOYSIUS'S PARISH (Thorold South, Ontario)
Denomination : Roman Catholic
Arms: Azure two keys in saltire, in chief three lilies above a fillet embattled Argent.
Motto: ESTOTE FORTES IN BELLO
The arms were granted on September 15, 2015.
lue represents devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It evokes the water surrounding the Niagara peninsula as well as the Welland Canal, which is an important part of the history of Thorold and the reason the parish was established. The crossed keys denote fidelity to the papacy, as well as the Fraternity of St. Peter, the religious community that has spiritual care of the parish. The crenellated line represents faithfulness and steadfastness in belief. The lily is a traditional symbol of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, for whom the parish was named. Their number denotes the Holy Trinity.
The motto means “Be strong in war” and it is taken from the Magnificat antiphon at the office of vespers for the feast of an apostle, as found in the traditional Roman Breviary.
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