Heart to Heart 2017

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

Dec222017

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! 

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Dec152017

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!

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Dec082017

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!

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Dec012017

“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. 

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Nov242017

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...

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Nov172017

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...

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Nov102017

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!

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Nov032017

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

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Oct272017

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.

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Oct202017

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.

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Oct132017

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

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Oct062017

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.

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Sep292017

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.

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Sep152017

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.

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Sep082017
Newcomers to Canada were hosted at BBQ picnics this summer. Father Laszlo Amaszka and Father Peter Ciallella and the Refugee Committee at St. John the Baptist Parish in Hamilton organized a BBQ in July for the Hamilton-area Parishes.

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Jul282017
AUGUST IS A MONTH OF ONLINE REFLECTION, PRAYER AND LEARNING for youth ministers in the Diocese, all in view of next year’s ministry. Christina Mines, from our Youth Office, invites anyone who ministers to young people (teachers, chaplaincy leaders, pastors, youth ministers, parents, etc.) to participate in “Kickstart 30”.

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Jun232017
Next weekend Canada celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Confederation.The Canadian Bishops will consecrate the country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Canada Day

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Jun162017
Over 450 couples have registered for the Wedding Anniversary Mass which will be celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King on June 25th.

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Jun092017
Three seminarians will be ordained deacons on Friday, June 23rd at 7:00 p.m.at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King.

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Jun022017
PENTECOST SUNDAY has been referred to as the Birthday of the Church! The outpouring of the Holy Spirit empowers us to follow Christ closely and to “go about doing good”, much as He did!

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May262017
CONGRATULATIONS to Cardinal Thomas Collins and the Archdiocese of Toronto on the 175th Anniversary of the foundation of the Archdiocese.

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May192017
L.A.R.C. (LUTHERAN, ANGLICAN, ROMAN CATHOLIC) is sponsoring a commemoration of the 500 Years of the Reformation – Hopes and Visions for the Future of Christian Unity, NEXT Thursday, May 25th, at the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate, Guelph, beginning at 9:30 a.m. through to 4 p.m.

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May122017
Tomorrow is the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal. Forty pilgrims from the Diocese, led by Father Wayne Lobsinger, will be in Fatima for the celebrations with Pope Francis and hundreds of thousands of the faithful!

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May052017
The Ordination of four priests for service in the Diocese takes place tomorrow at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King beginning at 11:00 a.m. It is a blessing for those ordained and for the Diocese.

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Apr282017
The Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO) will complete their Ad Limina visit tomorrow evening with Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary Major. A festive dinner at the Canadian Pontifical College hosted by the Rector, Father Eric Sylvestre, P.S.S., will follow.

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Apr212017
BISHOP DANIEL MIEHM WAS INSTALLED AS BISHOP OF PETERBOROUGH in a beautiful ceremony on Wednesday. Archbishop Brendan O’Brien, Metropolitan Archbishop of Kingston, presided over the installation and led him to the Cathedra – the Bishop’s Chair.

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Apr072017
THE CHANCERY PERSONNEL GATHERS TODAY to express thanks and bid farewell to Bishop Daniel Miehm, Bishop-designate of Peterborough. The reception takes place in McNally Hall at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. Bishop Miehm has served for many years at the Chancery on several committees.

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Mar312017
YOUTH RALLY 2017, co-sponsored by the Diocesan Youth Office and the CYO, will take place on June 3rd, at Camp Brebeuf in Rockwood. Registration is well underway – the plan is to welcome 500 young people along with 100 leaders. The theme is: ALL ARE WELCOME! The day will be packed with activities including a keynote address, workshops, Mass, campfire, and fellowship!

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Mar102017
Pope Francis has chosen Bishop Daniel Miehm to lead the Diocese of Peterborough, recently vacated by the appointment of Bishop William McGrattan to Calgary. The appointment was announced this morning by Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada.

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Mar032017
LAST EVENING’S ANNUAL C.Y.O. CHILDREN’S FUNDRAISER was another huge success! This year’s Honourary Campers, Molly and Claire, stole our hearts and their parents reassured us that financial support for the Camp Marydale ‘One-to-One’ program is a very worthy cause indeed! Congratulations to CYO Director, John Spatazzo, and his team for another spectacular evening!

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Feb242017
The Annual Bishop's Charities Dinner Dance which is organized by the Knights of Columbus in the Hamilton area takes place tomorrow evening at Carmen’s Banquet Centre. This is the 32nd year for the event

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Feb172017
The statue “St. Leo” by world renowned artist William McElcheran was unveiled outside McMaster Divinity College on Monday. The Hamilton sculptor (1927-1999) designed and provided all of the artwork for the Chapel in the center of McMaster University campus
Feb102017
The Honourable Michael Coteau, the new Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism, visited the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton (CCASH) yesterday afternoon. The visit provided an opportunity for him to hear from staff about the good work and innovations of CCASH for the benefit of children in their care.

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Feb032017
The Wearing of the Green is an annual luncheon on St. Patrick’s Day at Michelangelo Events and Conference Centre in Hamilton, during which the “Irish Person of the Year” is honoured. This year, St. Patrick Parish, Hamilton and Father Tony O’Dell, OMI, were unanimously chosen.

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Jan272017
THE LUNAR NEW YEAR is celebrated in some of our cultural Parishes this weekend. Saturday, January 28th marks the New Year. Vietnamese Martyrs Mission in Waterloo celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish last weekend. This weekend celebrations will take place in our Korean and Vietnamese communities in Hamilton and Kitchener. We offer our congratulations and good wishes to the Asian Priests and parishioners in our Diocese who mark the beginning of the Year of the Rooster!

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Jan202017
THE RECENTLY RE-OPENED NEWMAN CENTRE IN GUELPH made headlines in The Ontarion, the University of Guelph’s Independent Student Newspaper. The article featured photos of the Centre outside and Father Mark Morley, Ania Krysciak and a few students. A successful open house, earlier in the month, attracted students and members of the “Catholic community” at the University. We pray for blessings on the initiatives of the Chaplaincy at the University of Guelph!
Jan132017
The annual Multicultural Mass will be celebrated on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. Erin Pease and Stephen Kaduuli and the organizing committee have worked hard to ensure that everything is ready and that participants from a variety of cultures will animate various parts of the Mass.

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Jan062017
BISHOP WILLIAM MCGRATTAN HAS BEEN APPOINTED BISHOP OF CALGARY, the Vatican announced on Wednesday at noon. He will be installed on February 27, 2017. Bishop McGrattan serves currently as the Bishop of Peterborough. Born in Brantford, Ontario, he was baptized at St. Basil’s Parish – so the Diocese of Hamilton has a legitimate claim on him. We pray for blessings in his new ministry! Bishop McGrattan has already assured us that he will still preach the Retreat for Priest’s in May!

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