A BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO ALL! SPECIAL THANKS TO THE PRIESTS who will preside Christmas and New Year’s Masses throughout the Diocese – in addition to the many Sunday Masses. It will be a demanding few days, and a blessed time for all!
Heart to Heart 2017
Bishop Crosby's weekly letter to clergy and parishioners in the Diocese.
CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND TAKES PLACE THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON at the Hamilton Convention Centre. Good Shepherd Ministries, sponsored by the Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God, supported by hundreds of volunteers, will serve a festive turkey dinner with all the trimmings to about 3,000 excited guests. All will receive a special gift. It is a fine way to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ!
THE HERITAGE EDITION OF THE SAINT JOHN’S BIBLE will be featured during Handel’s Messiah tomorrow evening at the Centre in the Square in Kitchener. As the orchestra and choir present Handel’s sublime music, many of the illustrations from The Saint John’s Bible will be dramatically displayed in the theatre AND outside! The collaboration of St. Jerome’s University, the Grand Philharmonic Choir of Kitchener/Waterloo, and the Waterloo Critical Media Lab has also included the involvement of personnel in the Bishop Farrell Library and Archives. This promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
“OH HOLY MARY”, is the title of this year’s Advent Hymn Festival. It takes place NEXT Sunday evening, December 10th, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. The Diocesan Choir and the Spanish Choir from St. Michael Parish, Oakville, will be featured. Not to be missed.
THE ADVENT DAY OF PRAYER FOR PRIESTS SERVING IN THE DIOCESE takes place at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, Hamilton, on Tuesday, December 5th, and at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Waterloo, on Wednesday, December 6th. Priests are invited to attend either session, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Father Sam Restivo, C.R., is the homilist for both events. The day will provide an opportunity for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Benediction, along with a good meal and fraternal interaction...
THE WORLD DAY OF THE POOR announced by Pope Francis at the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, will be marked this year on Sunday, November 19th. The theme of this year’s event, “Love not in word but in deed”, seeks to sensitize the consciences of believers to the cries of the poor and the suffering. Pope Francis will preside at Mass with the poor in St. Peter’s Basilica, and after the recitation of the Angelus, there will be a sitdown lunch in the Audience Hall of the Vatican...
FROM INFORMATION TO TRANSFORMATION is the title given to a Catholic leadership program sponsored by the “Partnership” of the seven Catholic school boards in the Diocese, along with St. Jerome’s University and the Diocese of Hamilton. The first graduates of the program received diplomas following a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica in October. A second program is being planned by the Partnership Team to begin in May 2018. It will welcome about 25 candidates from Partnership organizations. Special thanks to Cathy Horgan for overseeing the first very successful experience!
Congratulations to St. Jerome's University on completing the renovation of Notre Dame Chapel. The Chapel will be blessed during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass on November 19th. Thanks to Martha Fauteux and her team for seeing the project through to completion
The bodies of Bishop John Farrell and Bishop Peter Crinnon, the first and second Bishops of Hamilton respectively, were translated from the basement of St. Mary’s Church in downtown Hamilton and interred at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Burlington.
Bethany House, a new retreat house in Hamilton, was blessed yesterday. Built by the Saint Elizabeth Home Society under the direction of Sister Maria Szucs, S.S.J.C.
Eleven young people from the Diocese of Hamilton travelled to Toronto earlier this week to participate in a cross-country forum on Salt & Light Television
The refugee sponsorship committee at Holy Family Parish, New Hamburg, with their Pastor, Father Stephen Gilbert, met on Wednesday, September 27th to finalize plans to sponsor a refugee under the BVOR program.
THE BISHOPS OF CANADA WILL CONSECRATE CANADA to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at a ceremony at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa next Tuesday, the Feast of the Holy Canadian Martyrs, following a Mass at which the 150th Anniversary of Confederation and the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace will be marked.
The exterior restoration work at the Cathedral is nearing completion. Stone repointing, repair and cleaning, replacement of copper, slate and flat roofs on the Cathedral, the Bishop’s Residence, and Rectory, as well as restoration of the solid oak entrance doors should be completed sometime in October.