DR. TOM STEWART, ST. JOSEPH HEALTH SYSTEM PRESIDENT AND CEO has been seconded to the Ontario Ministry of Health as the Clinical Lead on the Provincial COVID-19 Command Table. The Table supports the planning and response to the pandemic that is sweeping the country. It is consoling to know that he enjoys such professional respect at the Provincial level – and that the Province is in good hands indeed! Brian Guest, SJHS Senior Vice-President, will provide support to Dr. Stewart at SJHS on non-COVID-19 matters!
Heart to Heart
Bishop Crosby's weekly letter to clergy and parishioners in the Diocese.
THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER (formerly The Women’s World Day of Prayer) is a global ecumenical movement which brings Christians of many traditions together to pray for relevant issues affecting women and children. The movement has been active for nearly 100 years. Each year, a different participating country writes the service. This year’s country is Zimbabwe. The World Day of Prayer is traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of March. The motto of the World Day of Prayer movement is Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action. Both prayer and action are inseparable and both have immeasurable influence on the world!
THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE for the Canadian Catholic Youth Ministers Network, which was held at the Convention Centre in Hamilton last weekend was an unqualified success! Congratulations to Christina Mines and Nicole McCowell for their good work in assuring that everything was ready to welcome the 170 participants and various keynote speakers. There were many challenges to face due to train cancellations and health issues, but with the professional help of our Chancery personnel, the bases were covered. The CCYMN Executive met for several days afterwards at Mount Mary Immaculate Retreat Centre. It was a stellar event!
THE CANADIAN CATHOLIC YOUTH MINISTRY NETWORK CONFERENCE – HOPE COMES HOME – begins today. Yesterday, five participants from the Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay, arrived in Hamilton. Three Inuit women, a Priest, and a lay minister, all from Whale Cover and Naujaat, Nunavut, were hosted at a dinner sponsored by our Youth Ministry Office last evening. It was a fine start to the Conference that will welcome 170 participants from across the country! Exciting times!
YOUNG ROBERT TAYE from Mrs. Vitulli’s Grade 7 French Immersion class at St. Eugene Catholic Elementary School in Hamilton received First Place for the Diocese of Hamilton in the 2020 Creative Kids contest sponsored by The Hamilton Spectator! This year’s theme was: Hope Within Us, Hope for the World. Congratulations to Robert, and to all the students in the class for their creative designs!
THE COUNCIL OF PRIESTS OF THE DIOCESE OF HAMILTON meets next Tuesday, February 11th, in the Bishops’ Board Room at the Chancery. This was to have been the first meeting under the leadership of Father Tim Hingston. His unexpected death makes it necessary for the Council to elect a new Chair! The Council of Priests meets four times during the Pastoral Year to discuss matters of interest and concern to the Priests of the Diocese, and to provide counsel to the Bishop. We pray for the blessing of the Holy Spirit at this meeting – and all meetings!
HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR to parishioners in our Vietnamese and Korean parishes – and to Asians in other Parishes throughout the Diocese. Celebrations were held last weekend to mark the Year of the Rat! May the year be marked by good health, much happiness, and prosperity!
CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2019 For many, Christmas is a wonderful time of year! Homes are decorated, families gather, gifts are shared, the best meal of the year is served, and the music at Christmas Masses is always uplifting – to say nothing of the Christmas homily!
TO MARK THE RECENT CANONIZATION of Saint John Henry Newman, Cardinal Thomas Collins gave a talk on the relevance of his life at the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph on Sunday, November 24th. He also presented a relic of the Saint to the Newman Students’ Centre in Guelph! The presentation was preceded by Evening Prayer which was attended by students from Saint John Paul II Student Centre in Waterloo, students from McMaster Catholic Students Association (MACSA) in Hamilton, as well as students from Guelph, and interested parishioners. Celebrations will continue with a tribute night on January 17th, at the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate, featuring singing of Newman’s hymns and opera as well as readings from his letters, essays, meditations and poetry.