Heart to Heart 2015
Bishop Crosby's weekly letter to clergy and parishioners in the Diocese.
THREE SYRIAN REFUGEES VISITED THE CHANCERY OFFICE EARLIER THIS WEEK to meet with Erin Pease, Director of the Diocesan Office for Refugees. One of the three young men arrived on the first plane of Syrian refugees from Beirut, Lebanon, on December 10th. (An interview at Pearson International Airport can be found on our Diocesan website.) They are all sponsored by St. Michaelâ€™s Parish in Waterloo. The Parish is expecting other arrivals in the coming days.
THE OPENING OF THE HOLY DOOR AT THE CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF CHRIST THE KING was a beautiful event. A â€œstanding-room-onlyâ€ crowd gathered in Bishop McNally Hall for the opening rite and processed to the Holy Door where the two men who crafted the doors opened them to welcome the pilgrims who passed through the doors and into the Cathedral. They just kept coming â€“ until the place was packed. Thanks to those who organized the unique event and to all who made the trek to participate. Thanks to Pastors who encouraged parishioners to join us for the memorable occasion and who themselves travelled long distances on a Sunday evening to be there!
THE OPENING OF THE HOLY DOOR OF ST. PETERâ€™S BASILICA IN ROME, marking the beginning of the Year of Mercy, was a simple yet solemn event. Because the date coincided with the visit of the CCCB Presidency to Rome, we were able to concelebrate with Pope Francis on December 8th, a distinctive blessing for us...
A BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS CRÃˆCHE ADORNS THE CHANCERY ENTRANCE FOYER, reminding staff and visitors alike that we are in the sacred season of Advent, preparing for the beautiful feast of Christmas. Little by little, over the coming weeks, Priests, pastoral staff, and parish choirs will ensure that everything is ready for the celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace. The Advent season is a time to open our hearts to welcome Him. We do that by treating others with a similar love that the Father showers upon us each day! Thanks to those who prepared the beautiful crÃ¨che!
WELCOME TO FATHER ROSHAN Dâ€™SOUZA, O.C.D., who finally received his immigration papers and joins his brother, Father Jerome Mascarenhas, O.C.D. at St. Aloysius Parish. Father Roshan will visit the Chancery Office next week to receive his documents and to be formally welcomed to Canada and to the Diocese of Hamilton. We pray for Godâ€™s blessing on your ministry!
THE DEATH OF MONSIGNOR HARVEY ROACH, P.A., AFTER LINGERING ILLNESSES drew together family, friends and co-workers in the Lordâ€™s vineyard including Deacons, fellow Priests and Bishops. His funeral Mass was celebrated this morning at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, followed by burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Burlington. Monsignor lived a full life marked by unending joy and generosity, engendering profound respect. May he know the reward promised to good and faithful servants.
THE BIBLICAL ROOTS OF MERCY IS THE THEME OF A PRESENTATION by Sr. Eileen Schuller on Sunday evening at the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with Evening Prayer, followed immediately by Sisterâ€™s presentation. It is a foundational preparation for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy declared by Pope Francis. The Jubilee Year begins with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peterâ€™s Basilica, Vatican City, on December 8th. The Holy Door of the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King will be opened on Sunday evening December 13th at 7 p.m. Mark your calendars.
THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION have prepared a series of eight Pastoral Resources For Living The Jubilee. These are excellent booklets replete with references and ideas for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. They are published by Our Sunday Visitor out of Huntington, Indiana. David Dayler, Director of the Office for Discipleship and Parish Life, or his Assistant, Monica Verin, will be able to help you secure a set. Alternatively, they are available at most Religious Book Stores.
FATHER JOE SELVANAYAGAM HAS BEEN INCARDINATED INTO THE DIOCESE OF HAMILTON following seven years of ministry in Canada. He was excardinated from the Archdiocese of Jaffna earlier this month. Currently he is Pastor of St. Mary of the Purification in Mount Forest. We welcome him to the Diocesan Presbyterate!
GOOD NEWS FROM FATHER PETER CIALLELLA! After almost 2 1/2 years of patiently waiting the trachea tube was removed yesterday morning, patched and dressed. The hole closed completely shortly after the treatment. Father Peter is grateful for the encouragement, prayers and support from so many. He called the office and it was good to hear him in full voice. He should be home on Saturday. We offer prayers of thanks to God!
The Carmelite Nuns at the Carmel of St. Joseph in St. Agatha celebrated the 500th Anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila) yesterday. St. Teresa is the spiritual mother of the community. It was also the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of religious profession of Sr. Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart. We offer our congratulations to the community for both events!
MONSIGNOR ROGER FORMOSI DIED EARLIER THIS WEEK following several months of pancreatic cancer. He was courageous and confident in Godâ€™s loving mercy to the end. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica tomorrow. Visitation is taking place at Mary Mother of God Parish in Oakville where Monsignor served during the past few years. The Vigil will take place at 8 p.m. tonight. May he rest in peace.
ST. ANNâ€™S PARISH IN ANCASTER WELCOMES A REFUGEE FAMILY next Monday. Barb Dollak, outgoing Director of our Refugee and Immigration Office, assisted the parishioners as they carefully negotiated the government requirements. Congratulations to Father Ian Duffy and the Parish Committee for this generous act of welcome. If your Parish wants to support a refugee (family), call the office!
BISHOP MATTHEW USTRZYCKI CAME THROUGH LAST WEEKâ€™S SURGERY with flying colours! The 30 stitches that closed the wound are being removed today. THE RECENT DEATHS OF MONSIGNOR DANIEL HINSPERGER AND MONSIGNOR JOSEPH SACH were sad moments during these summer days.
Welcome to the St. Vincent De Paul Society for Canada for their 44th Annual General Assembly. Monsignor Harvey Roach was admitted to hospital June 10th, please keep him in your prayers. The Chancery staff gathered for the annual summer barbeque today. We bid farewell to Chris Adamczyk and Barb Dollak. Congratulations to St. Ambrose Parish in Cambridge...
"Laudato Si'", the long awaited Encyclical of Pope Francis was released yesterday in Rome. The formal celebration for Basilica, the honour given to the Church of Our Lady Immaculate, Guelph, last December 8th, takes place on June 29th, Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, at 7 p.m. Wednesday is moving day for Priests of the Diocese who are retiring or moving...
Confirmation "season" winds up this weekend with two celebrations at our Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Stoney Creek. One celebration remains at St. Paul Chung Korean Parish in Kitchener in early July. Thank you to everyone... The Permanent Diaconate Formation Program continues this weekend for first year and third year candidates. Bishop Daniel Miehm will present on Canon Law...
The Year of Consecrated Life was celebrated well on Tuesday as women and men in Consecrated Life gathered at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. The joy was palpable and the celebration vibrant! There will be two Ordinations to the Transitional Diaconate this weekend: Mr. David Reitzel at St. Agnes Parish Waterloo tonight and Mr. Scott Whitfield on Saturday. Almost 450 couples with gather at the Cathedral Basilica this Sunday...
Sounds of Joy, a celebration of the musical talent in our Catholic Schools took place at the Hamilton Convention Centre last Tuesday evening. It was a magical evening... The special Development and Peace collection for Nepal has raised over $350,000 in the Diocese. The Diocesan Barbeque for Religious Brothers and Sisters is on June 2nd...
The Mass of Christian Burial for Father Bernard Hayes, C.R. takes place tomorrow at 10:00am at St. Mary's Church Kitchener. Sounds of Joy, a remarkable evening of music and dance takes place at the Hamilton Convention Centre, on Tuesday, May 26th at 6:30pm. 436 couples have registered for the Anniversary Mass to be celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica...
Next Thursday's March for Life in Ottawa sends a strong message to our Federal Government that thousands upon thousands of Canadians support the Right to Life. The Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Canada celebrate Jubilees tomorrow. The Blessing and Dedication of St. Benedict School in Milton takes place next Tuesday...
A special collection has been authorized to assist in the relief of earthquake-striken Nepal. Collected funds will be sent to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace... Catholic Education Week is next week. The Annual March For Life takes places in Ottawa...
The Fourth Sunday of Easter is known as Good Shepherd Sunday - a time to pray for and encourage vocations to the Priesthood. Welcome to Bishop Donald Bolen, Bishop of Saskatoon, who is the guest lecturer for the Scarboro Missions Lecture at St. Jerome's University. My sister Jane and my niece Emily are visiting this weekend...
By the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis officially convoked the Holy Year last Saturday evening, the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday. Congratulations to Mr. David Wormald, new president of St. Josephâ€™s Health Centre in Guelph and President of Elder Care...
Father Martin Bradbury died on Tuesday following a lengthy battle with a lung ailment. The death of Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte on Wednesday was reported across the country... This Year's Diocesan Mass with New Catholics takes place this Sunday at 11am...
HAPPY EASTER TO ONE AND ALL! May these Holy Days which lead us to the foot of the Cross, reveal once again the promise of eternal life! This prayer by St. Peter Faber, S.J.; is a fine Holy Week reflection...
On Monday evening is the celebration of the Mass of Chrism; Priests renew the promises made at the time of their Ordination, the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick are blessed and the Sacred Chrism is consecrated for use at the Easter Vigil and throughout the coming year. "Wake up the World! Young Adult Rally" is a gathering of young adults as part of the Year of Consecrated Life...
Wednesday, March 25th is the feast of the Annunciation, the patronal feast for the Diocese of Hamilton. Father Wojciech Kuzma and I will be visiting the Seminaries where most of our seminarians study. Our sympathy to the Congregation of the Resurrection...
The Office for Refugees and Immigration recently welcomed a young man from Eritrea who came to us through Tel Aviv. The responses to the Synod 2015 Questionnaire have been collated by our Office for Family Ministry. We pray for Father Wojciech Kuzma and the participants at a Discernment Retreat for Men...
Prayers are requested for the following Priests who will be undergoing surgery in the coming weeks: Father Luc Payette, Father Len Strohmeyer, Father Charles Galea... Bishop Elect Joseph Dabrowski will be ordained Bishop on April 14, 2015. Spring ahead this weekend! Daylight Savings Time begins early on Sunday morning...
Father JesÃºs Alberto Franco, Executive Secretary is one of this yearâ€™s Solidarity Visitors to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. We extend our sympathy to St. Mary's Parish, Hamilton, on the death of Father Francisco Janeiro, C.S.Sp. The new Health and Physical Education Curriculum for Ontario was announced...
The Priests' Lenten Day of Prayer takes place next week, first at the Cathedral Basilica, then at Our Lady of Lourdes in Waterloo. It is a busy weekend for those discerning calls to Priesthood or Consecrated Life. The Rite of Election takes place on Sunday afternoon, please pray for the Catechumens in their journey to the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.
"Dinner with the Bishop" takes place tonight at St. Patrick's Parish in Burlington. The Council of Catholics Services Organization is always an uplifting and encouraging sharing of the good work being done by the Catholic community in the Hamilton Deanery and beyond...
Garry W. Eckert, District Deputy, District 83, and Jack Costigan, Executive Secretary, Ontario State Office of the Knights of Columbus, recently presented us with an Icon of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception... Our Sympathy to the Congregation of the Resurrection on the death of Fr. Charles Fedy. Please pray for Monsignor William O'Brien and Monsignor Roger Formosi...
"Ecce Quam Bonum - How Good It Is!" is the title of my Pastoral Letter written on the occasion of this year dedicated to those in Consecrated Life. Mother Mary of the Angels, O.C.D., celebrated her 70th Anniversary of Religious Profession on January 23rd! Father Rafal Tomon and Parishioners at St. Mary's in Elora will welcome me for Sunday Mass...
Father Angus Smith died last Saturday and was buried yesterday at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Burlington; Our sympathy to deacon Shawn Panio, on the death of his father, Mr. John Panio; Parishioners from our various cultural Parishes and Missions gathered at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King last Sunday afternoon to mark the annual Day of Prayer for Migrants; My brief visit to Vietnam has exceeded all my expectations!
Upstairs at the Albion Hotel in Guelph was packed for Theology on Tap on Tuesday evening. It was the venue for lively music, food, drink, conversation and a presentation on The Francis Effect by "yours truly". The Questionnaire for the Ordinary Synod on the Family, taking place next October, will be published by the Diocesan Office for Family Ministry on the Diocesan website before the end of January...
Father Wojciech Kuzma, Director of Vocations, has announced five important events for those who might be discerning a vocation to Priesthood or Religious life. Support a National Dementia Strategy: Archbishop Paul-AndreÌ Durocher, President of the CCCB, is urging support for a national dementia strategy. Next Thursday I will travel to Vietnam...