CONGRATULATIONS TO FATHER CON O’MAHONY recipient of the Honorary Membership Award from the Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers’ Association (OCSOA). The award is given to honour his long and distinguished service to Ontario’s Catholic Education community. It will be presented at the Association’s Annual General Meeting at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, April 11th, 2019. Well deserved!
Heart to Heart
Bishop Crosby's weekly letter to clergy and parishioners in the Diocese.
MARY AND DAVE TABONE ARE REMARKABLE MUSIC TEACHERS in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board. Recently, elementary students showed their talent in the 5th annual Junior Vocal Festival at the Bishop Ryan Theatre and Performing Arts Centre. The highlight of the evening was the culminating songs performed by 300+ students titled “We Are The World” and “A Million Dreams”! The next musical extravaganza featuring the BR XPRESSION, the BR Celtic Fusion, Beat and the JR Xpression will take place on April 10, 11, 12, 2019. Want to feel good about life? Don’t miss this concert! Thanks Mary and Dave!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO OUR ASIAN PARISHIONERS who celebrate the Lunar New Year (TET) on February 5th. It is the year of the Golden Pig! The Korean and Vietnamese Pastors and Parish leaders have visited to offer good wishes and gifts. The Vietnamese community has been busy preparing “sticky rice cakes” for their celebrations. We offer our wishes for a blessed New Year – with much happiness and good fortune!
POPE FRANCIS HAS ARRIVED IN PANAMA for the celebration of World Youth Day 2019! The official opening took place last evening at Campo Santa Maria la Antigua in Panama, and continues through Sunday evening when the Holy Father will leave for Rome. There will be a flurry of activities over the weekend, including a visit to young detainees in a prison, the Way of the Cross, a Vigil celebration, the World Youth Day Mass on Sunday morning, and a meeting with volunteers. The theme for the gathering, chosen by Pope Francis, is “I am the servant of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your Word!” We pray for the young people who are participating in the WYD activities – and for the safe travel of the Holy Father!
OVER 2000 GUESTS WERE SERVED A FESTIVE TURKEY DINNER with all the trimmings at the Hamilton Convention Centre last Sunday afternoon. The meal was sponsored by the Good Shepherd Ministries under the direction of the Brothers of St. John of God. 800 volunteers decorated the venue, prepared the food (along with Convention Centre staff), and served the guests! After dinner, there were opportunities for fun and games, a visit with Santa, and the distribution of gifts! Expressions of joy and gratitude abounded! Congratulations to the Brothers and to all who supported the Good Shepherd’s Christmas Wonderland!
“ONE BLESSED NIGHT” were the final words of the Christmas Canata, The Birth of Christ, which was presented to a sold out audience at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King last Friday evening. The story was told of that “Blessed Night” two thousand years ago, and in the telling, the evening itself was blessed once again! A special honour – Father Tom Rosica, CSB, CEO of the Salt & Light Media Foundation, presented the St. Gianna Molla “Lover of Life” Award to the Diocese of Hamilton, and to Gillian and David Kantor, parents of six children from St. Matthew Parish in Oakville. A brilliant and historic evening!
THE ANNUAL ADVENT SCRIPTURE AND HYMN FESTIVAL sponsored by the Diocesan Choir under the direction of Sharon Fazari was a “tour de force”! The newly renovated St. Augustine Church in Dundas resounded with song and scripture proclamation! Congratulations to the Choir for your best production to date! Thank you for helping us begin the Advent season in a beautiful way.
SEMINARIAN RAPHAEL MA made his final profession of vows as a member of the Congregation of the Resurrection earlier this week. He will be ordained a Deacon by Bishop Robert Kurtz, C.R. this weekend. We offer him our congratulations and good wishes, and we look forward to his Ordination as a Priest in 2019!
THE SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE, is the last Sunday in Ordinary Time, bringing to an end the liturgical year. It is also the patronal feast of the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. Christ the King will restore all creation and restore his kingdom to the Father. The risen people of God will rejoice in a new heaven and a new earth. “There with the whole of creation, freed from the corruption of sin and death, may we glorify you through Christ our Lord.”(Eucharistic Prayer IV)
SALT + LIGHT IS PRESENTING THE BIRTH OF CHRIST, a choral concert by Andrew T. Miller, on Friday, December 7th, at 8:00 p.m., in the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. This unique work will be performed by Masterworks of Oakville. The choral concert celebrates the 15th Anniversary of Salt + Light TV – a remarkable undertaking! All are welcome. Bring a friend. Mark your calendar now for a special Advent experience this year! See our website for more details.