IN HIS APOSTOLIC LETTER, APERUIT ILLIS, Pope Francis instituted the Sunday of the Word of God, to be celebrated on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. So, next Sunday we celebrate Bible Sunday in the Diocese of Hamilton. This annual celebration provides the opportunity on one Sunday of the liturgical year to renew our efforts to make the Sacred Scriptures better known and to encourage a regular dialogue with the living Word. Given the restrictions of pandemic life, the Diocese has prepared a variety of digital resources (both for adults and children) for this year’s celebration with specific focus on the Gospel of St. Luke (Year C). Please visit the Diocesan webpage for Bible Sunday to discover more and remember: #TheBibleSpeaks #WeListen!
Heart to Heart
Bishop Crosby's weekly letter to clergy and parishioners in the Diocese.
STORIES OF A GENERATION WITH POPE FRANCIS is the title of a warm, uplifting and inspirational series on NETFLIX. The series began on December 25th – and is based on the Pope’s 2018 book, Sharing the Wisdom of Time, published by Loyola Press. The series showcases stories from people over 70 from all quarters of the globe, including the Pope himself, as they impart their life experiences to young filmmakers. Each of its four one-hour episodes is devoted to a central theme: “Love”, “Dream”, “Struggle”, and “Work”. There are a few famous names among the stories, including Martin Scorsese and Jane Goodall, but most of those who are presented have never lived in the spotlight! If you subscribe to NETFLIX, it is well worth a watch!
THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER IN SOLIDARITY with Indigenous Peoples is celebrated this Sunday, December 12th, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. The 2021 Message for the day, drafted and approved by the Catholic Indigenous Council can be read here and on our website. Additionally, the apology issued to Indigenous Peoples by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is now featured in a YouTube video here.
ST. JOSEPH’S HEALTH CENTRE, GUELPH celebrates 160 years of compassion care and courage – a long history of serving the community. The mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph was honoured last week at an exhibit of artifacts from their archives and from the Guelph Civic Museum. And it all began with a courageous Nun with 50 cents in her pocket and a hankering to care for the sick! What a blessing!
THE DEDICATION OF ST. BENEDICT CHURCH IN MILTON will take place this Sunday, November 28th, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Father Jim Petrie, Pastor, is preparing for the event. While COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, the size of church will allow for significant attendance at the event. Welcome to Peterborough Bishop Daniel Miehm, the founding Pastor of the Parish. With Auxiliary Bishop Wayne Lobsinger, he will have the unique privilege of anointing the walls of the beautiful building. Congratulations and thanks to Father Petrie, the Building Committee, the architect and builders. The "green technology" makes it one of the few churches in the country that can “contribute” to the grid!
WELCOME TO GERALD CYPRIEN CARDINAL LACROIX, Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada, who will confer Papal Honours on 1 Priest and 14 Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Hamilton at a ceremony at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King on Sunday afternoon, Feast of Christ the King. The honours were to have been conferred last year, and were postponed to earlier this year, and postponed again to Sunday! Congratulations to the honourees: Reverend Monsignor Martin Vallely (Chaplain of His Holiness), Chancellor for Temporal Affairs, James Long (Knight Commander – with star – of Saint Gregory the Great), Vince Varga and Allan Beaupre (Knights of St. Gregory the Great), Dao Hoang Pham, Barbara Dollak, Sharon Fazari, Martha Fauteux, and Marcel Levesque (Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross), Dominic Tersigni, Mario Bilich, Ankica Juraj, Martin Seregelyes, Rocco Valeri and Josie Cruz (Benemerenti Medal). All have contributed to the life of the Diocese and their Parishes in significant ways. Profound thanks and warm congratulations!
THE OFFICE FOR EVANGELIZATION AND CATECHESIS is celebrating the Diocesan Day of Prayer for Youth and Young Adults at St. Margaret Mary Parish, Hamilton on November 21, 2021 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Holy Father’s Message for the 2021 World Youth Day is available here. Young adults (ages 18-35) can register for the Diocesan event here. This spiritual pilgrimage is a long-range preparation for World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon.
POPE FRANCIS HAS ACCEPTED THE INVITATION of the Bishops of Canada to visit the Church in Canada in the context of a pilgrimage of healing and reconciliation with our Indigenous sisters and brothers. The statement of the Holy Father was published on the Vatican News website. While no date has been established for the visit, it will build on three years of constructive dialogue between the Canadian Bishops, the Holy See, and Indigenous Peoples who have generously shared their experiences and stories about the sufferings and challenges that continue to this day. The delegation of Indigenous Peoples and Bishops to the Vatican in December will allow the Pope to hear directly from Indigenous people on the historic and ongoing legacy of Residential Schools, and discuss with them their hopes for the visit in service of ongoing reconciliation.
THE AMORIS LAETITIA YEAR of the Family was opened earlier this year by Pope Francis. A Pastoral Letter to the Diocese of Hamilton, dated today, was sent to Pastors and Parishes earlier this week for distribution to parishioners. Today is the Feast Day of Saint John Paul II, an appropriate day for such a letter. The sainted Pope was a great advocate of the family; he published Familiaris Consortio, which Amoris Laetitia draws from, and he wrote Theology of the Body. Many of his works relate to the importance of marriage and family!
THE OPENING OF THE SYNODAL PATH in preparation for the 2023 Synod took place last Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The homily of Pope Francis set out his hopes and expectations for the Synod: “Celebrating a Synod means walking on the same road, walking together. Let us look at Jesus. First, he encounters the rich man on the road; he then listens to his questions, and finally he helps him discern what he must do to inherit eternal life. Encounter, listen and discern. I would like to reflect on these three verbs that characterize the Synod.” Read the entire homily here. The Diocesan celebration for the beginning of the Synodal Path will take place at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King on Sunday, at the 4:00 p.m. Mass. In the coming weeks the Diocesan Synod Committee will send to our Parishes, Catholic organizations, and other groups and institutions an outline of the process the Diocese will follow to encourage the broadest possible participation in the consultation leading up to the Synod. We pray for God’s blessing on this important initiative of Pope Francis, and our Diocesan response.