WORLD MISSION SUNDAY is celebrated this Sunday, October 20th! This year it is marked in the context of the Extraordinary Mission Month which was inaugurated by Pope Francis on October 1st. “The missionary mandate touches us personally: I am a mission, always; you are a mission, always; every baptized man and woman is a mission. People in love never stand still: they are drawn out of themselves; they are attracted and attract others in turn; they give themselves to others and build relationships that are life-giving. As far as God’s love is concerned, no one is useless or insignificant. Each of us is a mission to the world, for each of us is the fruit of God’s love!” (Excerpt from Pope Francis’ letter of June 9, 2019, Pentecost Sunday, in which he convoked the Extraordinary Mission Month.)
Heart to Heart
Bishop Crosby's weekly letter to clergy and parishioners in the Diocese.
THE NATIONAL EVANGELIZATION TEAM (N.E.T.) has been on mission in the Diocese of Hamilton for the past two weeks. Based in Ottawa, NET Ministries sends several teams across the country to reach out to young people in creative ways. One of the teams has served in several parishes in the Diocese since September. There has been only positive feedback from the three Deaneries and two Catholic District School Boards where they have served. They conclude their time with us this weekend at St. Patrick and Most Blessed Sacrament Parishes, Hamilton. Father Tony O’Dell will cook a Thanksgiving turkey for them on Saturday evening in thanksgiving for their dedication!
POPE FRANCIS AND FOUR REFUGEES unveiled a thought provoking statue at last Sunday’s Mass for migrants and refugees at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. ANGELS UNAWARES was sculpted by Timothy Schmalz, a well-known artist from St. Jacob’s, Ontario. It depicts “different states of mind and emotion in a migrant’s journey,” said Mr. Schmalz. Pope Francis explained further, “I wanted this artistic work here in St. Peter’s Square to remind everyone of the evangelical challenge of hospitality.” “When I was a stranger, you welcomed me!”
POPE FRANCIS DECLARED ALL OF OCTOBER 2019 to be an Extraordinary Mission Month with the theme Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission to the World. It marks the hundredth anniversary of the Apostolic Letter on the missionary activity of the Church issued by Pope Benedict XV in the aftermath of World War I, Maximum Illud. The aim of the special month, explained Pope Francis, is “to foster an increased awareness of the missio ad gentes, and taking up again with renewed fervor the missionary transformation of the Church’s life and pastoral activity.” The Diocese of Hamilton has a healthy missionary outreach. Through our Missionary Cooperative Program our Parishes generously support many Dioceses, Religious Communities, Parishes, and projects around the world. Additionally, following the devastating earthquake of 2010, we have entered into a contractual arrangement with the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince by which we strongly support their seminary formation program, assuring the education of priests for service in the Archdiocese into the future. As well, we reach out to many “mission” Dioceses in Canada, providing clergy support and financial support when requested. We have a special concern to assist the Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay, by providing administrative advice, pastoral programming, and clergy assistance during the past several years. Our Parishes are “mission minded” when parishioners “go out” into their communities to visit the sick, the homebound, and the prisons. Our Catholic schools provide marvelous opportunities for students to visit developing countries and participate in projects and programs that assist the local communities and are “life-changing” for the students. We are sent to carry out the missionary mandate of Jesus Christ at the end of every Mass: “Go announce the Gospel of the Lord.”
“YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO COME TO A MARVELOUS PLACE – UNIVERSITY! … You have chosen a Catholic university; be emboldened by its vision to educate students to become informed, courageous citizens who have the humility to work together for the common good and the courage to lead by example to build a more just and peaceful society. In the end, choose to act and not be passive.” Excerpt from the first address of Chancellor Bruce Rodriguez, St. Jerome University, Waterloo.
REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DIOCESAN REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP COMMUNITY, Diane Jones from St. Michael Parish, Waterloo and Elizabeth Meakes from St. Anne Parish, Kitchener, along with Erin Pease, Director of our Refugee Office, had the honour of spending an evening with The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell. In celebration of 40 years of success of Canada’s private sponsorship program, sponsoring stakeholders from across the Province were invited to convene at the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite at Queen’s Park. A key reflection that underpinned the spirit of much of the evening was expressed in the words of young Malala Yousfzai: “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” Thanks to all who are part of our sponsorship community!
MR. KYLE DALY has been hired as the Retreat Coordinator at Mount Mary Retreat Centre, in Ancaster. He began working in mid-July. In this position, Kyle will report to Mr. Jim Long, the Episcopal Director of Finance and Administration. We welcome Kyle, and we have every assurance that the Centre is in capable and dependable hands. It is a busy place, and will only get busier!
32 TEAMS GATHERED for the Bishop’s Charities Invitational Golf Tournament on Wednesday at the iconic Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville. The weather was perfect for the tourney: sunny all day, with a slight breeze. There was added excitement when 26 year-old Joshua Santucci hit a hole-in-one on hole number three – and won $20,000! His team, and several Chancery personnel volunteering for the day (including me), were witnesses to the exciting event. Once the teams had all completed the 18-hole course, there was a delicious lunch at which prize winners were announced. Thanks to the all the Sponsors, and especially Presenting Sponsor Tripemco Insurance, for their generosity – all in aid of DeMazenod Door at St. Patrick Parish and St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School where hundreds of needy folks are fed everyday!
THE NEW MARIAN CHAPEL AT ST. PETER’S SEMINARY is dedicated to Our Lady of the Annunciation as an expression of gratitude for the assistance of the Diocese of Hamilton with the renovation of the building. The Chapel dedication occurred on Tuesday following a meeting of the Seminary Board of Directors. A beautiful tapestry of the Annunciation, a gift from the Diocese of Hamilton, was hung in the Chapel prior to the dedication. The renovation of the building continues until next Spring when the Seminary will celebrate its completion at the Alumni Reunion 2020!
THIS YEAR’S WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS LAST SUNDAY was a remarkably blessed event. 400 couples represented 18,574 years of married life – a powerful witness! One couple celebrated their 72nd anniversary! Congratulations and thanks to Teresa Hartnett and Lena Settimi, from the Diocesan Family Ministry Office for the success of this year’s celebration. As it happened, Teresa and Joe Harnett celebrated their 40th anniversary! Another important reason to celebrate!