Heart to Heart - March 2021

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

Mar192021

THE RENOVATED ST. ELIZABETH CHAPEL at St. Elizabeth Village in Hamilton will have its first Mass NEXT Friday, (the Friday before Palm Sunday)! Father Mark Gatto, Pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, the parish in which the Chapel is located, will be the presider for the Mass. Father Wallace Metcalf will celebrate on Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The renovated space is brighter and provides space for wheelchairs and walkers!

 

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Mar122021

BLESSED CARLO ACUTIS, an Italian teenager who died of leukemia at the age of 15 was declared “Blessed” by Pope Francis in the Fall of 2020. He was born on May 3, 1991, and died on October 12, 2006. He was known for his joy and simplicity, his computer savvy, and his love of the Eucharist and the Blessed Mother. A recently published book about his road to sanctity is being sent to Priests serving in the Diocese, for their information and edification. Pope Saint John Paul II often said that the young would be Saints – and so they are! To learn more: www.carloacutis-en.org.

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Mar052021

THE PENULTIMATE WAVE OF ONE HEART, ONE SOUL has been launched. To date, the campaign has raised over $23 million, 66 percent of the $35 million goal! 42 parishes have surpassed their baseline target. Six more are at 93% or higher. In one parish, over 78% of parishioners participated in the campaign, the highest level of participation so far in any parish. Several parishes are already undertaking projects and programs for which funds have been raised. Painting and improved lighting at the Cathedral is almost complete. The scaffolding will be coming down soon. A recent note from one donor says it all: “Blessings. I loved reading the campaign news and all the good things that are happening because of it. I just want to share with you my experience with One Heart, One Soul. At first I was hesitant to contribute because I wasn’t sure if we could meet the contribution you asked of us. Thank God we are contributing to it! God has been so gracious to us. As soon as we started contributing, my husband got a raise and a family member has given us gifts that matched our 3-year contributions. Last year we were able to buy a new car and installed a new roof on our house. So much blessing has come our way, and we thank One Heart, One Soul. We thank God for His generosity. God has shown me that if you are generous, He will be more generous! Thank you.” And thank YOU to all who support the campaign!

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