Heart to Heart - June 2016

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

Jun242016
THE ST. JOHN VIANNEY RESIDENCE AT THE VILLA WAS OFFICIALLY BLESSED yesterday. Sr. Anne Anderson, CSJ, and Dr. Kevin Smith from St. Joseph’s Health System, St. Joseph’s Villa administrators, Derrick Bernardo and David Bakker, and Foundation Chair, Dave Weber, and Maureen Ellis were on hand, as were many friends and generous supporters of the Villa. Priests from the Diocese were also present, including Father Michael McHugh, Catholic Chaplain there. Profound thanks to Sr. Maria Szucs, President of the St. Elizabeth Home Society, and the Society’s chief administrator, Mr. Robert Wappel, for the incredible generosity which made the initiative possible! The rooms are spacious and bright, the Chapel is welcoming, the solarium is relaxing. It will be a comfortable home for retired Priests!

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Jun172016
THE DOORS OF MERCY AT THE CATHEDRAL BASILICA HAVE WELCOMED HUNDREDS of people since the beginning of the Year of Mercy in December. Crossing this threshold is symbolic of our desire to enter into the heart of God – the fount of mercy and compassion. Last weekend, pilgrims from St. Andrew Parish, Oakville, and St. Mary Parish, Brantford, passed through the doors, spent time in prayer and enjoyed a tour. Many have participated in the Pilgrim Sundays held in the Cathedral Basilica. Walter Gretzky, another recent visitor, delighted the staff of the Cathedral with stories and autographs. To arrange a pilgrimage for your Parish, please contact Fr. David Wynen, Cathedral Rector. During the summer months the Cathedral Basilica will welcome pilgrims from Tuesday through Thursday from 12:00 noon to 2 p.m.

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Jun102016
FOUR SEMINARIANS WILL BE ORDAINED DEACONS TONIGHT by Bishop Daniel Miehm at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Waterdown. We offer our congratulations and our gratitude to Paul Jamroz, Ross Campbell, David Avila and Kevin D’Souza, on this important step in their formation toward the Priesthood. Both David Avila and Ross Campbell spent their Pastoral Internship Year at the Parish, making it an appropriate location for the Ordinations. All are welcome to participate!

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Jun032016
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOUR MEN WHO WILL BE ORDAINED DEACONS TOMORROW. They are the first group to have completed a four year program of formation sponsored by the Diocese IN the Diocese. Special thanks to Father Mark Gatto, Director of the Diaconate Formation Program, and Deacon Peter Gittens, Associate Director, for the excellence of the program. We pray for Taek-Jong Han, Edward MacIntosh, Rene Marechal, and John Moss. We also pray for Frank Berardi, who will be ordained for the Diocese of St. Catharines. Bishop Daniel Miehm will ordain four more Deacons NEXT Friday evening at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Waterdown. The Diocese is blessed!

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