Our School

photo of Monsignor Philip Coffey

At Monsignor Philip Coffey Catholic School, we are called to celebrate and nurture the God-given talents of each student as we serve with excellence in the light of Christ. We recognize our call to love and serve from our Master teacher Jesus Christ, and we are committed to creating a Catholic learning community under the protection of Mother Mary.

The Catholic Graduate Expectations are our foundation as we strive for academic excellence and the acknowledgement of those who achieve it. We recognize God as the source of all life and actively work to focus on social issues within our local and global communities.

We celebrate the diversity within our community with a collaborative approach to learning, in cooperation with parents, the Catholic faith community, and other organizations that recognize the value of our mission. Within the context of Catholic teaching and Sacramental living, our school community strives to demonstrate respect and reverence for all life, thus nurturing a safe, Christian environment for the entire school community.

2019-2020 School Year Calendar

Our Board's 2019-2020 School Year Calendar is now available. Parents are encouraged to stay informed of upcoming school events, you are encouraged to subscribe to our school calendar webpage to receive the latest updates and emails on upcoming events and activities happening at school.

Patron Saint

Our patron saint is Monsignor Philip Coffey (1898-1963) who resided in Oshawa for more than 24 years. For 20 of those years, he was the Separate School Representative on the Board of Education of Oshawa. He helped organize fundraising activities for the expansion of churches and schools. Monsignor Coffey was a strong advocate for national unity between Canada's different ethnic groups. In memory of his contributions to our community as a skilled organizer, excellent administrator, hard-working priest, teacher and sportsman, the school was renamed in his honour in 1977.

School prayer

O Glorious Saint Philip,
at the Last Supper you said to Jesus,
"Lord, show us the Father and it will be enough for us."
Help us to make this our prayer also
and to seek God in all things.
Obtain for us the grace to know the Father
and Jesus Christ whom he has sent -
for in this does eternal life consist.

School hours

Our school hours are as follows:

8: 55 a.m. - School Begins
10:10 - 10:25 a.m. - Morning recess
12:10 - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch
1:55 - 2:10 p.m. - Afternoon recess
3:25 p.m. - Dismissal

Summer programs

We have two summer programs that students can participate in at Monsignor Philip Coffey Catholic School. School's Cool is run by our partner the YMCA and Summer Rays Learning Program is organized by our Durham Catholic District School Board. Speak to our principal to learn more about these two programs.

Child Care partner

We are pleased to partner with Oshawa Community Health Centre to provide the Ontario Early Years Program at Monsignor Philip Coffey Catholic School. Call 905-723-0036 to learn more about our services.


As Catholic educators, we live according to our Father's code and to lead our students, by example, to live the basic truths of the gospel message. This is an awesome, yet inspiring challenge which we share with the parents of our young men and women.

Children learn what they live. Each day we have the opportunity to teach our students:

  • to love by the way we love;
  • to be generous by our generosity;
  • to be passionate by our compassion; and
  • to be forgiving by the way we forgive.

However, a person cannot give what he or she does not have. Unless we are living the Gospel message, we cannot lead our students to do so.

There are many hallmarks of a Catholic educator, including:

  • Prayer - The challenges of our vocation, and indeed life in general, are great. To meet them we need to follow Christ's advice that we "ask the father in My name". Each Catholic educator has a duty to expose students to his or her particular style of prayer in order to assist students to recognize the value of prayer in daily life.
  • Eucharist - Parish, school, and staff liturgies provide opportunities to celebrate our faith. Our example can testify to the Eucharist as a joyful source of strength and community building.
  • Social Justice - This is the heart of the Christian message, that we "love one another as I have loved you". As our brother's and sister's keepers, we must be concerned about the aged, the poor, the oppressed, and any other marginalized group - both at home and abroad.


Below are links to resources to help you achieve success while at Monsignor Philip Coffey Catholic School.

Contact us

We welcome your questions, comments and concerns.

Principal: Mr. Michael Goff

Msgr. Philip Coffey Catholic School
1324 Oxford St.,
Oshawa, ON  L1J 3W6
Phone: 905-723-4241
Fax: 905-723-9521
Twitter: @MsgrPCoffey

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