THE VATICAN HAS CONFIRMED the program of the Papal Visit to Canada, July 24-29, 2022! The Holy Father will travel within Alberta (based in Edmonton) from July 24-27, followed by a visit to Quebec City and Ste. Anne-de-Beaupre, July 27-29. Pope Francis will visit Iqaluit, Nunavut, the afternoon of July 29th, before returning to Rome. Drawing on the theme, “Walking Together”, the Holy Father’s journey of reconciliation, healing and hope includes visits to a former residential school, Indigenous pilgrimage sites, two public Masses and mix of public and private events. Free tickets will be available for a limited number of events, all of which will be broadcast and accessible via livestream. For ticket information, to volunteer, donate, or learn more, visit www.papalvisit.ca. Please pray for the health of Pope Francis and for a safe and blessed journey in Canada.
Heart to Heart
Bishop Crosby's weekly letter to clergy and parishioners in the Diocese.
“FAMILY LOVE: A VOCATION AND A PATH TO HOLINESS” is the theme of the 10th World Meeting of Families taking place in Rome next week, June 22nd-26th. Teresa and Joe Hartnett will be there as delegates of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (Standing Committee for Family and Life), and Ann and Paul Tyrell are representing the Diocese of Hamilton. While the number of attendees is limited, Pope Francis encourages individuals, families and Parishes to join the proceedings online and/or watching when they are live-streamed. This is a chance for all to unite with families and dioceses worldwide. Access the material on our Diocesan website here.
A NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS, sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Education, begins on Wednesday, June 15th, and concludes on Friday, June 24th, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. An ancient form of prayer in the Catholic tradition, a novena consists of nine consecutive days of prayer leading up to a particular feast day during which a blessing or grace is sought. Students in Catholic schools learn about this form of devotion in the Grade 6 Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ program during Unit 5. You can access the Novena online here. We are grateful for the gift of publicly funded Catholic education in the Province of Ontario!
PENTECOST SUNDAY celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, enlivening the followers of Jesus to proclaim the Good News to the ends of the earth. It is often called the birthday of the Church! It marks the end of the Easter season. After Sunday Masses are celebrated the Easter candle is moved to the baptistery. It is used at the celebration of Baptism. It is also used during Funeral Masses.
SPONSORED BY THE CANADIAN CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS, the first session of the webinar titled FOR A SYNODAL CHURCH: Communion, Participation and Mission, took place earlier this week. Dr. Moira McQueen and David Dayler gave an informative and historical presentation about synodality with the theme Communion: Journeying Together. The webinar continues on May 25th, when Sister Chantal Desmarais, from the Diocese of Joliette in Quebec, presents on Participation: A Co-responsibility. The webinar concludes on June 1st, when Cardinal Gerald Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec, presents on Going Forth: A Missionary Church. The sessions begin at 1:00 p.m. and conclude by 2:30 p.m. EDT. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
A FINE PARTNERSHIP HAS DEVELOPED between Cathedral High School and the DeMazenod Door at St. Patrick Parish, Hamilton, over the years. More recently, that partnership has intensified. Food grown in the high school greenhouse, planted by Cathedral students, was donated to the DeMazenod Door Farm. In 2021, all 200 seedlings – beans, tomatoes, zucchini and more – were transplanted to the farm where they grew to provide food for those who come to DeMazenod Door. This year the horticulture class will transplant the seedlings themselves and tend the farm on a weekly basis, providing hands-on opportunities to learn about regenerative and low impact farming methods. Add hens and bees and you get eggs and honey! A mutually beneficial partnership indeed!
CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, Mark Daly, has had it in his mind from day one to celebrate the history and the legacy of Catholic students who attended the flagship school! Teacher, historian and artist Vince Lepore spearheaded a Historic Mural and Alumni Wall of Distinction featured on the walls of the school. It was a labour of love! Years were spent researching and accumulating archival documents! The mural is a testament to all that can be accomplished through Catholic education when we work together! An amateur video of the wall is available here. If you want to visit the Cathedral Wall of Distinction in person, email Mr. Lepore at email@example.com. Congratulations on a remarkable project!
THE KATERI TEKAKWITHA CATHOLIC STUDENT CENTRE at Canadian Martyrs Parish in Hamilton was blessed following Mass last Sunday. The Centre has been open for several months already, providing a welcoming space for students of McMaster University. Fr. Bradley Markus, Mr. Paul O’Hagen, and Sr. Mary McIntyre, CSJ, provide pastoral care. The construction included a make-over of the parish hall, giving improved meeting space for parishioners and students alike! A beautiful job, well-done!
DEACON KEVIN UPENDRAN has been called to the Priesthood in the Diocese of Hamilton. His priestly ordination will take place at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King at 11:00 a.m. on May 7, 2022. Following his ordination, Father Upendran will serve in St. Ann Parish, Ancaster for the summer months. He will return to St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore in September, to complete his STL in Licentiate of Moral Theology. We congratulate Father, and wish him God’s richest blessings!