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Saint Mary's New Altar
On February 16th, 2017 during the Centennial year of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, the new Altar of Sacrifice in St. Mary’s Church ─Paroquia de Santa Maria, Hamilton was dedicated by the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I. the ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton, Ontario. The beautiful new altar was designed and crafted by James Vallentin of Ancaster, Ontario.
The following Relics of Saints were encased in the Altar:
- Saint Francis of Assisi
Saint Maria Goretti
Saint Jude the Apostle
The Altar Stone from the Temporary Altar which contains relics was also placed in the Altar.
The idea for a New Altar of Sacrifice was discussed during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, proclaimed by Pope Francis. A jubilee bell commemorating the Year of Mercy was also placed in the Altar.