Heart to Heart

Bishop Crosby's weekly letter to clergy and parishioners in the Diocese.

Jan052018

BISHOP ANTHONY KROTKI, OMI, from the Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay is visiting the Chancery Office for a “Lunch and Learn”, meeting the staff and informing us about the Diocese. The “twinning” which involves the Archdiocese of St. Boniface, the Diocese of St. Catharines, and the Diocese of Hamilton, provides support to his northern Diocese. Already the Diocese of Hamilton has provided some logistical and administrative support, some financial support, and some pastoral support, including Priestly support over Christmas and Easter, and visits from some of our Pastoral Offices. We welcome the Bishop warmly and thank him for the wintry weather he has been sending our way over the past few weeks!!!

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Dec222017

A BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO ALL! SPECIAL THANKS TO THE PRIESTS who will preside Christmas and New Year’s Masses throughout the Diocese – in addition to the many Sunday Masses. It will be a demanding few days, and a blessed time for all! 

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Dec152017

CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND TAKES PLACE THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON at the Hamilton Convention Centre. Good Shepherd Ministries, sponsored by the Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God, supported by hundreds of volunteers, will serve a festive turkey dinner with all the trimmings to about 3,000 excited guests. All will receive a special gift. It is a fine way to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ!

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Dec082017

THE HERITAGE EDITION OF THE SAINT JOHN’S BIBLE will be featured during Handel’s Messiah tomorrow evening at the Centre in the Square in Kitchener. As the orchestra and choir present Handel’s sublime music, many of the illustrations from The Saint John’s Bible will be dramatically displayed in the theatre AND outside! The collaboration of St. Jerome’s University, the Grand Philharmonic Choir of Kitchener/Waterloo, and the Waterloo Critical Media Lab has also included the involvement of personnel in the Bishop Farrell Library and Archives. This promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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Dec012017

“OH HOLY MARY”, is the title of this year’s Advent Hymn Festival. It takes place NEXT Sunday evening, December 10th, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. The Diocesan Choir and the Spanish Choir from St. Michael Parish, Oakville, will be featured. Not to be missed. 

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Nov242017

THE ADVENT DAY OF PRAYER FOR PRIESTS SERVING IN THE DIOCESE takes place at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, Hamilton, on Tuesday, December 5th, and at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Waterloo, on Wednesday, December 6th. Priests are invited to attend either session, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Father Sam Restivo, C.R., is the homilist for both events. The day will provide an opportunity for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Benediction, along with a good meal and fraternal interaction...

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Nov172017

THE WORLD DAY OF THE POOR announced by Pope Francis at the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, will be marked this year on Sunday, November 19th. The theme of this year’s event, “Love not in word but in deed”, seeks to sensitize the consciences of believers to the cries of the poor and the suffering. Pope Francis will preside at Mass with the poor in St. Peter’s Basilica, and after the recitation of the Angelus, there will be a sitdown lunch in the Audience Hall of the Vatican...

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Nov102017

FROM INFORMATION TO TRANSFORMATION is the title given to a Catholic leadership program sponsored by the “Partnership” of the seven Catholic school boards in the Diocese, along with St. Jerome’s University and the Diocese of Hamilton. The first graduates of the program received diplomas following a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica in October. A second program is being planned by the Partnership Team to begin in May 2018. It will welcome about 25 candidates from Partnership organizations. Special thanks to Cathy Horgan for overseeing the first very successful experience!

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Nov032017

Congratulations to St. Jerome's University on completing the renovation of Notre Dame Chapel. The Chapel will be blessed during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass on November 19th. Thanks to Martha Fauteux and her team for seeing the project through to completion

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Oct272017

The bodies of Bishop John Farrell and Bishop Peter Crinnon, the first and second Bishops of Hamilton respectively, were translated from the basement of St. Mary’s Church in downtown Hamilton and interred at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Burlington.

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