Heart to Heart

June 22nd, 2018 (#332)

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THE ANNUAL BISHOP’S BARBEQUE AT ST. JEROME UNIVERSITY, Waterloo, takes place at noon on June 25th. Priests from across the Diocese are welcome to attend. It provides an opportunity to see all the developments at the University over the past five years, to meet University personnel, and the Resurrectionists who are great supporters of the University. The food IS barbequed – and it marks the beginning of the summer season. 

THE CATHOLIC CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY OF HAMILTON held its A.G.M. earlier this week. It is an opportunity to give awards to young people who have succeeded in educational endeavours. Among the 17 award recipients were Melanie Holloway, who received the Bishop Anthony Tonnos Bursary and Jackson Gates, who was awarded the Sisters of St. Joseph Bursary. Larry Di Ianni is the incoming President, replacing outgoing John Lewis. Thanks to Father David Wilhelm who is the Bishop’s appointee to the Board. 

THE ONTARIO LITURGICAL CONFERENCE Christian Initiation Committee will be holding the workshop/formation session, The Word of God in the Sacraments of Initiation at St. Pius X Parish, Brantford, on September 28-29, 2018. Participants come from the Archdiocese of Toronto, and the Dioceses of Hamilton and London. Mark your calendars and register now to participate in a session that will reinvigorate the RCIA outreach in your Parishes!

THE CANADIAN CATHOLIC YOUTH MINISTRY NETWORK will hold their next cross-country convention at the Hamilton Convention Centre, February 21-23, 2020. The theme: Hope Comes Home! The Youth Ministry Office of the Diocese of Hamilton and the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) will host the event! It promises to be a lively and graced time for youth ministry. Keep your eyes and ears open for more information!

AND SINCE WE ARE TALKING YOUTH OFFICE, this year’s Youth Rally was a success, with 565 young people turning up – a record! Planning has already begun for next year’s RALLY – with the theme: “According to your word!” Mark your calendars: May 25, 2019! 

THE CATHOLIC ARCHIVIST GROUP will be holding their gathering in Hamilton in 2020! There are 50-60 members of this group, and the session will give them the opportunity to visit the recently renovated Bishop Farrell Library and Archives. Dominy Williams, Director of the Library Archives, will be the principle host! 

THE SAINT JOHN’S BIBLE – HERITAGE EDITION is already booked to visit 19 schools and Parishes in the 2018-2019 pastoral year. Interested in hosting the Bible? Contact Bridget Ker to get on the list for next year’s round of activities! 

THE CHANCERY OFFICE STAFF gathers for our summer picnic next Friday, June 29th. The Chancery will be closed at noon. This marks the beginning of summer hours for Chancery employees – and it is a celebration of our ministry!

TWO MEN WILL BE ORDAINED to the Transitional Diaconate next weekend. Mr. Vivek Trindade will be ordained at St. Matthew Parish, Oakville, on Friday evening, June 29th; and Mr. John Schnurr will be ordained at Immaculate Conception Parish, Formosa, on Saturday evening, June 30th. We pray in thanksgiving for these men and all those studying to be Priests to serve with us in the Diocese.


                                                                             Our Lady of the Annunciation, pray for us.

Ex corde, + Douglas, OMI