Recent News and Events
The Diocese of Hamilton has partnered with The Virtual Learning Community of Dayton University to be able to provide parishioners throughout the Diocese of Hamilton with affordable, high quality formation opportunities.
On Tuesday, March 24th, 2020, the Mass of Chrism was celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton, presided by His Excellency, Bishop Crosby, OMI.
Please read the following decree by His Excellency, Bishop Crosby, regarding Holy Week and the Celebration of the Paschal Triduum in our parishes.
During these Lenten days, and mindful of all who are affected by the COVID-19 Virus, we are called to be more fervent in prayer. Since we are not able to gather publicly for prayer at this time, we are encouraged to pray...
"We are that man born blind. We long to see. In the midst of our darkness, the darkness of these days, of this scary time we are in, we put our trust in the one who is our light, and our life." - His Excellency, Bishop Crosby
DR. TOM STEWART, ST. JOSEPH HEALTH SYSTEM PRESIDENT AND CEO has been seconded to the Ontario Ministry of Health as the Clinical Lead on the Provincial COVID-19 Command Table.
"And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still."
"While the world is locking down, there are less cars, less planes, and less pollution..."
Chancellor Monsignor Murray J. Kroetsch, PH, VG, provides further directives regarding COVID-19 in this open letter.
In an open letter to Priests, Parishes, and the community in the Diocese of Hamilton, Bishop Crosby addresses updated directives regarding coronavirus COVID-19, including "dispensing the faithful from the obligation to participate in the Sunday Mass (c. 87), until we are again able to assemble for the Lord's Day."
His Excellency, Bishop Crosby, OMI, encourages us to lift up our hearts and spirits to the Lord in the face of COVID-19.
Due to growing concerns regarding the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19, in Canada, the Chancery Office of the Diocese of Hamilton as well as the Bishop Farrell Library and Archives will remain closed from March 17 until April 5, 2020.
"The Pope offered a prayer to the Virgin Mary on Wednesday afternoon, in a video message to mark the Diocese of Rome's day of prayer and fasting for the coronavirus emergency."
Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, Bishop of Hamilton, is pleased to announce the following Pastoral Appointments of Permanent Deacons effective at noon, Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
Training Days will comprise of a retreat morning for youth ministers and volunteer leaders, as well as opportunities for networking and professional development.
In his prayer intention for the month of March, Pope Francis calls us to pray "that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity."
In an open letter to Priests, Parishes, and the community in the Diocese of Hamilton, Bishop Crosby addresses the concern of the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 from various liturgical practices.
On Sunday, February 23rd and Sunday, March 1st, 2020, His Excellency, Bishop Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., D.D, presided at the Rite of Election at both the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph and the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton.
Due to growing concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, our Liturgical Ministers Lenten Day of Reflection days are now cancelled.
Lent is a yearly celebration of the Church in preparation for Easter. Lent has two major purposes: It recalls or prepares for Baptism, and emphasizes a spirit of penance. Through forty days of closer attention to God's Word and of more fervent prayer, we are prepared to celebrate the Paschal Mystery.
The Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass will be held on Sunday, June 14th, 2020 at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. The mass will be presided by His Excellency, Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI.
In his prayer intention for the month of February, Pope Francis calls us to pray "that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal human smuggling and human trafficking, may be heard and considered."
We regret to inform you that Reverend Tim Hingston, Pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Waterdown, died yesterday, Tuesday, February 4, 2020.
We regret to inform you that Reverend Anthony Azzopardi, a retired priest of Hamilton Diocese, died on Thursday, January 30, 2020 in Chesley. Please pray that Reverend Anthony Azzopardi may rest in the peace of Christ and that his family and friends may be consoled in their faith in Christ.
"It would be beneficial if every Christian community, on one Sunday of the liturgical year, could renew its efforts to make the Sacred Scriptures better known and more widely diffused. It would be a Sunday given over entirely to the word of God, so as to appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in that constant dialogue between the Lord and his people." - Pope Francis
In his prayer intention for the month of January, Pope Francis calls us to pray "that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world."
Please take note of our Holiday Hours. Regular hours will resume on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020.
December 13th, 2019 marks 50 years of Ordination to the Priesthood for His Holiness, Pope Francis. Wishing a very blessed anniversary to our most wonderful and compassionate leader. May God continue to bless his service!
The traditional Christmas Midnight Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King will be celebrated by His Excellency, Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI on December 24th, 2019. Carols will begin at 11:30PM, followed by mass at 12AM.