RENEWING THE PROMISE, a Pastoral Letter from the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario, was officially released on Monday, the start of Catholic Education Week. A copy, in English and French are available on our website. An implementation resource will be available in late August, for use in the autumn. It will provide an excellent opportunity to dialogue with education partners on how to “renew the promise” of Catholic education locally!
Heart to Heart
Bishop Crosby's weekly letter to clergy and parishioners in the Diocese.
THE BISHOP RYAN CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL Musical Group “BR XPRESSION”, with 250 members, is the largest vocal ensemble in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board. The group recently travelled to the Nashville Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival. Under the direction of Dave Tabone and Chad Pilon, all the soloists received Maestro awards, and the group itself brought home the gold! Joining them were the BR Celtic Groove, a jazz funk band, who took home a silver medal! Congratulations to BR Xpression, to Dave and Chad, and to the entire organization!
NEXT SATURDAY, MAY 5th, IS PRIESTLY ORDINATION DAY for Deacons Grayson Hope, Tim Theriault, and Chris Tracey. The celebration begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King and will be followed by a reception in McNally Hall. All Priests are welcome to concelebrate the Ordination Mass. Invitations to concelebrate have been sent by the Communications Office. Your response is a courtesy that will assist the Cathedral staff in their preparations. Please pray for our new Priests!
“IN 2009, THE NATIONAL CHIEF OF THE ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS, Phil Fontaine, along with other representatives, had a moving encounter with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican. Chief Fontaine told the media he hoped the expression of regret would ‘close the book’ on the issue of apologies for residential school survivors. Another attendee at the meeting with Pope Benedict, Edward John, Grand Chief of the First Nations Summit in British Columbia, said the Pope acknowledged the suffering of those who are still living with the consequences of their experiences at the schools...
BISHOP DANIEL MIEHM celebrates his fifth anniversary of Episcopal Ordination on Monday, May 7th, at a Mass at 12:10 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains, Peterborough. Lunch will follow at the K of C Bishop Doyle Hall. Father Ian Duffy, Dean of Hamilton, will bring greetings from the Diocese of Hamilton. We offer our congratulations to Bishop Miehm – the time has passed quickly indeed. Ad multos annos!!!
THE FUNERAL MASS FOR MONSIGNOR EDWARD HOUSE took place yesterday morning at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. Monsignor died on Holy Thursday, his 71st birthday, in the care of his sisters. Bishops, Priest-friends and collaborators gathered with his family and a church full of friends and former parishioners from the Parishes he served, including the Cathedral where he was Rector for 13 years. The sorrow was heart-felt; the promises of the Easter season gave hope! May he rest in the peace of Christ!
THE BLESSING OF THE STATUE OF ST. JOSEPH at the West 5th Campus of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton took place on a chilly Monday morning, the Feast of St. Joseph. Representatives from the Spiritual Care Department of the Hospital, as well as Hospital and System Staff, were present. A video showing the raising and placement of the statue was shown.
GATHERED INTO ONE is the title of the Diocesan Pastoral Letter that will be distributed to all Priests, Deacons, Lay Pastoral Associates, and Parish liturgy personnel, including Choir Directors and Choir members following the Chrism Mass. It will also be published on our Diocesan website. As a liturgical instruction for the Diocese of Hamilton, it provides directions to assure that the Sacred Liturgy is celebrated with integrity and unity throughout the Diocese. The letter will clarify Diocesan practice and respond to frequently asked questions. It strives to assure the “full, conscious and active participation” of all who celebrate Mass on Sundays and Solemnities.
THE PLANS FOR ST. BENEDICT CHURCH, MILTON have been approved by the Diocesan Building Committee and the City of Milton! The ground breaking will take place on July 11th , Feast of St. Benedict. The construction is estimated to take about a year-and-a-half. Thanks to Father Jim Petrie and his Building Committee for their dedicated work. We pray for God’s blessing on this historic and important project!
A WARM WELCOME TO GERALD CYPRIEN CARDINAL LACROIX who will confer Papal Honours on five of our Priests and eleven Lay Faithful during a liturgical service on Sunday afternoon at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. Because he is Archbishop of Quebec, the first Diocese in North America, he also carries the title of Primate of Canada. Cardinal Lacroix arrives at Ardree tomorrow and will leave on Sunday, following the celebration, to join the other Bishops of Quebec at Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, for their Spring Plenary meeting.