Heart to Heart 2014

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

Dec192014
As we approach the Christmas Season, I thank the Priests, Deacons, Lay Pastoral Associates, and Parish ministers (Music, Word, Extraordinary Communion Ministers, Hospitality (Ushers), Sacristans, Environment, and Maintenance) for the extra time, energy, and effort you put into the Christmas and New Year’s liturgical celebrations!

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Dec122014
Father Art Scidmore suffered a heart attack while celebrating Mass at St. Augustine's Parish in Dundas, we offer our prayers for his recovery. Father Ted Hughes will be formally installed as Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Waterloo. Our Office for Immigration and Refugees reports that in 2014, 31 families...

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Dec052014
The Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis on the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life was published on November 21, 2014, just as the special “year” began... Congratulations to Reverend Mr. Tom Vert, who serves as Permanent Deacon at Corpus Christi Parish in Hamilton... Father Adrian Lee: "When we met over lunch in Rome..."

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Nov282014
Thank you to all who made the Celebration last Sunday at the Cathedral Basilica such a joyful event. The preparation of the event, the beautiful music... Off to Chepstow and Cargill for the weekend! Congratulations to the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate...

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Nov212014
Gerald Cyprien Lacroix arrives tomorrow morning for an enjoyable weekend in the Diocese of Hamilton. The highlight will be the Sunday morning Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King on its Patronal Feast. During the Mass the Cardinal will present Papal Honours to 15 parishioners of the Diocese...

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Nov142014
The visit of the CCCB "Presidency" to Rome is an annual event that dates back to the 1960's, following the Second Vatican Council. I tagged along as Vice President. Already we have visited nine dicasteries (major Vatican Offices), and tomorrow morning we will meet Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace, always a moment of grace!

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Nov072014
Our sincerest sympathy to the Sisters of St. Joseph on the death of Sr. Geraldine Madigan in the 62nd year of her Religious Life! Papal Honours will be conferred upon 15 deserving recipients by Gérald Cyprien LaCroix, Archbishop of Quebec on November 23rd. The annual visit of the CCCB Presidency to Rome begins on Monday...

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Oct312014
Bishop Daniel Miehm and Mr. John O'Brien returned safely last Tuesday following an interesting visit to Haiti. They spent most of their time in the area around Port-au-Prince... The Priests' Seminar concluded today. World Youth Day 2016 Information is now available...

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Oct242014
The tragic death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo has shaken the City of Hamilton, indeed the entire country. The recipients for the 2014 Distinguished Service Awards to Catholic Education were announced by Patricia Amos. The Sacrament of Confirmation is being celebrated in parishes throughout the Diocese; thanks once again to Bishop Anthony Tonnos and Bishop Matthew Ustrzycki...

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Oct172014
It is Clergy Appreciation Night in Hamilton! Priests serving in the Diocese are reminded of the Priests' Seminar scheduled to take place later this month. The World Meeting of Families is taking place next year in Philadelphia... Congratulations to Canadian Martyrs Parish in Hamilton on its 65th Anniversary...

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Oct102014
Archbishop Paul André Durocher, President of the CCCB, and Canada’s sole representative at the III Extraordinary General Assembly... Sixty-five parish secretaries from across the Diocese gathered on Wednesday at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. The 16th Annual Good Shepherd Harvest Dinner...

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Oct032014
The Communio Circle of the Diocese of Hamilton and the Hamilton-Niagara Atheists and Humanists are sponsoring A Conversation Among Friends tonight at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Tomorrow, October 4th, is a day dedicated to Pray for Peace... A big day for St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Hamilton on Sunday!

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Sep262014
Dr. Moira McQueen has been appointed to the Ninth Term of the International Theological Commission by Pope Francis. The 40 Days for Life Campaign was launched this week. Congratulations to the St. Joseph's Lifecare Centre in Brantford on the official opening and blessing of Hankinson House, a long-term and palliative care centre...

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Sep192014
The Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops ends at noon today. This year’s meeting was held at the beautiful Chateau Mont-Sainte-Anne. The Francophone School Board will sponsor the annual Diocesan Mass for Catholic Education on September 25th. Welcome to Fr. Mark Pisarek, OMI...

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Sep122014
The Red Mass was celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King on Tuesday past by Bishop Daniel Miehm. Barb Dolak, Director of our Refugee and Immigration Office reports that we have received our sponsorship quota for next year... Congratulations to Shari Guinta...

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Aug152014
Mother Celeste of the Immaculate Conception was elected prioress. Our sincerest sympathy to: Bishop Anthony Tonnos, on the death of his sister Gladys, Father Murray McDermott, C.R., on the death of his brother Kevin, the Sisters of the Precious Blood, on the death of Sister Jeanne Marie Sale. The following appointments have been made recently...

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Jul182014
The Funeral Mass for Father Murray Farwell in Mount Forest last Friday was a significant moment in the history of St. Mary of the Purification Parish. Welcome to Father Boniface D'Souza, OCD. Dr. David Higgins, President of St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton chaired the 2014 Mission Legacy Awards presentation at St. Joseph's Hospital...

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Jun272014
Please continue to pray for Father Gus Smith. He is not rallying as well as might be hoped following his recent stroke. Father Sam Restivo, C.R., and Father Murray McDermott, C.R., were dinner guests at Ardree earlier this week, along with Bishop Daniel Miehm and Monsignor Murray Kroetsch. Our four new Monsignori will be formally vested on Sunday...

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Jun202014
Kerry Robinson, Executive Director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, was the presenter at Wednesday’s Convocation for Parish Priests and Associates. The Catholic Children's Aid Society of Hamilton celebrates its 60th Anniversary of caring for children at their Annual General Meeting on Monday evening.

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Jun132014
Sister Dorothy Goetz, SSND, died on June 11th at Notre Dame Convent in Waterdown. We offer our sympathy and assurance of prayers to the SSND Community. John Perrotta has been appointed Manager, Sales and Family Services, for the Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Hamilton. Eleven men has applied to the Seminary for this fall to prepare for service as Priests for the Hamilton Diocese...

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Jun062014
Pope Francis has requested fervent prayer in Catholic Parishes around the world for his historic meeting in Vatican City with Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas. Congratulations to our four new Permanent Deacons who will be ordained tomorrow. St. Augustine's Seminary has a new Rector. Please pray for...

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May302014
Friar Maurice Richard, OFM Conv, has been reassigned as Assistant Novice Director at the Franciscan Novitiate in Mishawaka, Indiana near Notre Dame University. The "Making D.R.E.A.M.S Come Alive" Award was given to St. Mary's Catholic Secondary School last night as they celebrated 15 years of student treks to the Dominican Republic. The Sisters of the Precious Blood have planted a tree to honour the memory of Monsignor Vincent Kerr...

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May232014
Our sincere congratulations to S.S.N.D 2014 Jubilarians! Over 450 couples, representing 19,531 years of Marriage will gather at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King on Sunday afternoon. A reminder from our Diocesan Liturgy Office that June 1st is the Early Bird Registration Deadline for the Summer School for Liturgical Musicians.

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May162014
Please pray for Fr. Marijan Mihokovic, Fr. Peter Coughlin and Sister Helen Schneider, SSND. Sincere congratulations to Fr. Martin Vallely on receiving the Monsignor Harrigan Award, and Teresa Hartnett who will receive an award from OAPCE at the same banquet. The Retreat for Priests in Antigonish concludes at noon today. Thanks be to God for many rich blessings!

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May092014
Cardinal Gerald Lacroix read a message from Pope Francis at the March for Life on Parliament Hill in Ottawa yesterday. The Blessing of St. Anne's Catholic Elementary School in Burlington took place this week, one of many Catholic Education Week events that occurred throughout the Diocese. I have been invited to preach the Annual Retreat to Priests of the Diocese of Antigonish next week.

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May022014
Reverend Mr. David Walter will be ordained a Priest tomorrow at the Cathedral Basilica. Overflowing joy was expressed in song and dance, smiles and innumerable acts of kindness at the Canonization of Saints John XXIII and John Paul II last Sunday. Catholic Education Week is celebrated next week...

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Apr252014
Anne Jamieson and Monica Verin from our Catechesis Office report that the Catechetical Correspondence Courses have wrapped up for the 2013 - 2014 year. The National March for Life takes place in Ottawa, May 7-9, 2014. Congratulations once again to Mr. John O'Brien who was recently invited...

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Apr172014
In his Parish publication "Sursum Corda", Father Frank Freitas has explained to parishioners why he was hospitalized earlier this week. Sincere congratulations to the four new Monsignors! Next week millions of pilgrims will travel to Rome to participate in the Canonization of Pope John Paul XXIII and Pope John Paul II.

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Apr112014
The annual Mass of Chrism will be celebrated on Monday evening at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. Today is a big day at St. Jerome's University. Father Dennis Noon has been appointed a member of the Wellington Catholic District School Board. School Sisters of Notre Dame want to stop human trafficking, and over the past few years...

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Apr042014
Saint François de Laval and Saint Marie of the Incarnation were canonized by Francis in a decree signed at the Vatican yesterday. Congratulations to Mr. John Foster who was appointed Director of Catholic Cemeteries for the Diocese of Hamilton. The Fifth Sunday of Lent is designated "Solidarity Sunday!" Congratulations to the French Language Catholic School Board...

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Mar282014
Congratulations to Lena Settimi who celebrates her 25th Anniversary of service to the Diocese of Hamilton! 114 musicians will gather at St. Matthew's Church in Oakville tomorrow. Prayer cards marking the Canonizations of the two Popes, Blessed John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II, are available through...

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Mar212014
"24 Hours for Mercy" is scheduled to begin on March 28th at 4:30 pm at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, recently arrived Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, presented a letter of introduction from Cardinal Piero Parolin. Sacred Heart Parish in Guelph, celebrates the Sacrament of Confirmation on the Sunday morning at their 11am Mass. Please pray for the young people...

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Mar142014
"Mercy begets mercy" was the central theme of a stirring reflection by Bishop Daniel Miehm to Priests who serve in Hamilton Diocese. We plan on publishing the text for the benefit of all! Mother Catherine of Our Lady, OCD, celebrates her 50th anniversary of Religious profession on March 19, and Pope Francis describes his first year as a "time of mercy".

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Mar072014
One Human Family - Food For All is the theme for the Share Lent Campaign for the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. The Rite of Election will be celebrated this Sunday and a Lenten Series on Vatican II is being held in the Waterloo Deanery with engaging speakers.

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Feb282014
The Annual Bishop's Charities Dinner Dance, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus in the Hamilton area, takes place tomorrow evening. Our sympathies to Fr. Peter Ciallella, C.S., and the entire Ciallella family on the death of his father, Antonio this week. The Lenten Season begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5. Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose is a four-hour program offered at St. Alfred's Catholic Church in St. Catherina by Matthew Kelly, author of the popular book, "Rediscover Catholicism"...

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Feb212014
Father Adam Voisin and Monsignor Murray Kroetsch were the main presenters at the Convocation for Priests yesterday. Thanks to our Judicial Vicar and our Chancellor for their good work! The Catholic Youth Organization currently serves over 2300 young athletes. Next Thursday evening they hold their Annual Celebrity Dinner. Five Restaurants in Hamilton and Ancaster are supporting St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton over the coming month. Dine at the restaurant and 10% of the profit will be given to the Hospital.

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Feb142014
Please pray for Father Harry Schmuck, who suffered a heart attack yesterday and is in serious condition. The meeting of the Bishops of America studied the Concluding Document of the V General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean... The Priests of the Diocese are reminded of the Convocation scheduled for next Thursday, February 20th, beginning at 1pm. Parish Ministers will meet at Ardree next week for their own version of Conversations at Ardree...

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Feb072014
The Catholic Leadership Institute sponsors a 20-month program called Good Shepherd, Good Leaders. Almost 50 of the Priests of the Diocese have signed up for the program. The Knights of Columbus in Hamilton and Halton are completing preparations for this year's Bishop's Charity Dinner Dance. See a Knight if you want a ticket. Next week the CCCB Executive meets with the executive of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Conference of Bishops for Latin America...

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Jan312014
Pope Francis entrusts to God's mercy the victims of the tragic fire at L'Isle Verte, and prayerfully shares in the grief of the bereaved families. Mr. John O'Brien has been elected President of the Catholic Umbrella Pool II, a reinsurance operated by the Catholic Mutual Group out of Omaha. The Diocesan Personnel Board meets to study personnel needs and possible appointments for our Diocese.

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Jan242014
St. Joseph's Healthcare West 5th Campus was officially opened and blessed yesterday. Congratulations to the St. Joseph's Health System for this remarkable new centre! The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace will launch their 2014 Share Lent Campaign here in the Diocese of Hamilton on Ash Wednesday, March 5th, and I will be spending a full day at St. Jerome's University on Sunday...

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Jan172014
News of the death of Fr. James Profit, SJ, last Saturday evening, surrounded by his family and friends in Prince Edward Island, travelled quickly to and throughout the Diocese of Hamilton. Pope Francis announced the creation of 19 new Cardinals at the Sunday Angelus earlier this week. Canadian Archbishop Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec City and Primate for Canada, was among those designated to serve the Church in this capacity. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on Sunday and continues through to next Sunday, January 26.

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Jan102014
Following a year-long organizational review of The Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Hamilton, the following changes were announced this week... Marcel and Linda Dion of Magnificat Ministries in Brantford have published their end-of-year newsletter outlining their activities over the past year. Mr. Patrick Daly, Chairman of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, announced that the new school which is being built in Winona, Ontario will be called...

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Jan032014
Thank you for the many Christmas Greetings and gifts sent my way over the past few weeks! I am grateful for your thoughtfulness and generosity. Thank you to Pastors, Associates, visiting Priests, Deacons, musicians and other liturgical ministers, for your dedication and service which have made the liturgical celebrations both welcoming and memorable. Parishioners at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Waterdown will soon be hearing the joyful sound of bells calling them to prayer and praise...

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