Heart to Heart - November 2019

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


THE FOUR-DAY VISIT OF CARDINAL GERALD CYPRIEN LACROIX was a blessing for the Diocese. Arriving from Rome, late last Thursday, he was “all energy” to accompany the relic of St. Francois de Laval to the Carmel of St. Joseph in St. Agatha. A prayer service and homily preceded an opportunity for visitors to the Carmel to venerate the relic. The service was followed by a visit to the cloister, where the Cardinal met the entire Carmelite community and gave the Nuns the opportunity to venerate the relic. A visit to the Precious Blood Sisters in Dundas followed in the afternoon. He presided at the 11:00 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral Basilica, one of four Masses that were packed with parishioners and visitors. His homily was a “barn-burner”. The music, under the direction of Mr. Rob Corso was stirring. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the Cathedral’s Titular Feast – Christ the King!

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IT IS A “TWO CARDINAL” WEEKEND for the Diocese of Hamilton! Cardinal Thomas Collins is visiting his home city of Guelph where the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate and the Newman Centre of the University of Guelph will jointly host an evening celebration in honour of the recent canonization of St. John Henry Newman. The evening will begin with sung Evening Prayer on Sunday in the Basilica at 7:00 p.m., followed by a talk on the Saint by the Cardinal. At the end of his presentation, the Cardinal will present a relic of St. John Henry Newman to the Guelph Newman Centre. All are welcome!  As announced in last week’s Heart to Heart, Cardinal Gerald Lacroix will celebrate all the Masses at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King and speak about the ministry of St. Francois de Laval. Two great ways to celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King!

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GERALD CYPRIEN CARDINAL LACROIX, Archbishop of Quebec and Primate for Canada is visiting the Diocese next weekend. He will accompany the relic of St. Francois de Laval, first Bishop of New France.  Next Friday he will visit the Carmel of St. Joseph in the morning and the Precious Blood Monastery in the afternoon. He will preach at all the Masses at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King on the Titular Feast, and he will preside at the 11:00 a.m. Mass. We welcome him warmly and we look forward to learning more about the saintly and historic Bishop Laval.

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IN A DECREE DATED TODAY, the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate has been declared a designated Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary, effective December 8, 2019. The Decree will be read at a Mass celebrated on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is celebrated this year on December 9, 2019. As a Diocesan Shrine, the Basilica will promote, among other Marian devotions, annual celebrations of Marian Days and processions, an annual Novena, and welcome pilgrimages from various parts of the Diocese. Thank you to Father Ian Duffy, Rector of the Basilica, for promoting this initiative and for overseeing the program of the Shrine!

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THE FIRST BISHOPS’ BOWL was won by Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School last Friday evening. The game, between Bishop Ryan CSS and Bishop Tonnos CSS junior (Grades 9 & 10) football teams, will be played annually, next year on the field at BT. It was a hard-hitting, fast game; a lot of fun to watch!  Congratulations to both teams and coaches on a game well-played!

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