Heart to Heart - November 2020

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

Nov272020

ST. BENEDICT CHURCH IN MILTON is nearing completion. The Mass of Dedication was originally scheduled for this coming Sunday. Because the church is still in the final stages of completion it was decided to continue completing the work, to begin celebrating Mass in the church prior to Christmas, and to reschedule the Mass of Dedication to early July, 2021. Congratulations to Father Jim Petrie and his team for a remarkably beautiful church which will serve parishioners in Milton for years to come!

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Nov202020

THE HOLY FATHER, POPE FRANCIS, has graciously granted Papal Honours to a Priest and several parishioners in the Diocese of Hamilton. The honours will be conferred on the recipients at a celebration to take place at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King on January 3, 2021, Feast of the Epiphany. COVID-19 protocols will be in effect.

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Nov132020

THE ILLUMINATION OF THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE in The Saint John's Bible displayed in the Bishop Farrell Library and Archives, gives some insight into our attitude in face of modern day threats: tanks, oil rigs, symbols of nuclear disaster, and microscopic images of viruses and diseases! Amidst the chaos, however, are thin slivers of holographic foil – the light of Christ still with us. The artist, Donald Jackson intended it as “a portrait of environmental, human, and cosmic destruction”. As the pandemic impacts us all not just as a health crisis but in connection to our environmental, social and economic priorities, we can also see the value of the pastoral care provided in our ministry to others.

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Nov062020

THE NATIONAL EVANGELIZATION TEAM (NET), based in Ottawa, has sent a seven-member Team to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Stoney Creek at the invitation of Father Bill Trusz, Pastor. The Team will work with the young people of the Parish for the coming two years, encouraging their growth in faith and understanding the Gospels. Welcome to Pierre Caron (London, ON), Peter Roddis (Abbotsford, BC), Kyle Abrahamse (Whitby, ON), Emily Shortell (Belleville, ON), Abbygail MacDonald (Halifax, NS), Marinna Fillion (Tache, MB), and Amber Laybolt (Charlottetown, PEI)! In previous years, NET Ministries has visited certain Parishes in the Diocese to assist in preparing our young people for the Sacrament of Confirmation. We look forward to having this Team do their transformative and evangelizing work.

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