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Heart to Heart

Issue #478

Date posted on June 30, 2022

MEMBERS OF THE CONGREGATION OF THE RESURRECTION gathered at St. Agatha Church yesterday, for a Mass of Thanksgiving, the last act of the community following 165 years of dedicated ministry at the historic parish. Father Tim Uniac, Provincial Superior preached a moving homily, evoking the memory of many of the Pastors who served the Parish. He spoke of “Father Eugene Funcken, the first Resurrectionist in North America, the first to proclaim the mission and charism of the Congregation of the Resurrection – the first to call the members of the parish to join in the ministry of Resurrecting Society”! He reminded us of the ministry of Father Vern Brunning, Father Gene Tyson, Father Charlie Fedy, Father Dan Lobsinger, and Father George Nowak, concluding with reference to the words from St. Paul’s letter to Timothy: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”! After the Mass, the community processed to the front yard of the parish residence and planted a Tulip Poplar tree as a lasting reminder of the service of the community to the parish. The Dutch origins of the tree evokes the memory of Father Funcken, founding Father of the community. Father Mariusz Durbajlo, who had just assumed the responsibility as Pastor, was the last to water the tree, pouring the entire bowl of water over the roots to the delight and applause of all. We pray for the community, in gratitude for their ongoing ministry within the Diocese.

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Issue #477

Date posted on June 24, 2022

THE VATICAN HAS CONFIRMED the program of the Papal Visit to Canada, July 24-29, 2022! The Holy Father will travel within Alberta (based in Edmonton) from July 24-27, followed by a visit to Quebec City and Ste. Anne-de-Beaupre, July 27-29. Pope Francis will visit Iqaluit, Nunavut, the afternoon of July 29th, before returning to Rome. Drawing on the theme, “Walking Together”, the Holy Father’s journey of reconciliation, healing and hope includes visits to a former residential school, Indigenous pilgrimage sites, two public Masses and mix of public and private events. Free tickets will be available for a limited number of events, all of which will be broadcast and accessible via livestream. For ticket information, to volunteer, donate, or learn more, visit Please pray for the health of Pope Francis and for a safe and blessed journey in Canada.

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Issue #476

Date posted on June 17, 2022

“FAMILY LOVE: A VOCATION AND A PATH TO HOLINESS” is the theme of the 10th World Meeting of Families taking place in Rome next week, June 22nd-26th. Teresa and Joe Hartnett will be there as delegates of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (Standing Committee for Family and Life), and Ann and Paul Tyrell are representing the Diocese of Hamilton. While the number of attendees is limited, Pope Francis encourages individuals, families and Parishes to join the proceedings online and/or watching when they are live-streamed. This is a chance for all to unite with families and dioceses worldwide.

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Issue #475

Date posted on June 10, 2022

A NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS, sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Education, begins on Wednesday, June 15th, and concludes on Friday, June 24th, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. An ancient form of prayer in the Catholic tradition, a novena consists of nine consecutive days of prayer leading up to a particular feast day during which a blessing or grace is sought. Students in Catholic schools learn about this form of devotion in the Grade 6 Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ program during Unit 5. You can access the Novena online here. We are grateful for the gift of publicly funded Catholic education in the Province of Ontario!

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Issue #474

Date posted on June 3, 2022

PENTECOST SUNDAY celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, enlivening the followers of Jesus to proclaim the Good News to the ends of the earth. It is often called the birthday of the Church! It marks the end of the Easter season. After Sunday Masses are celebrated the Easter candle is moved to the baptistery. It is used at the celebration of Baptism. It is also used during Funeral Masses.

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