Recent News and Events
Bishop Crosby's Heart to Heart
A SECOND INFORMATION BROCHURE on the Synod on Synodality is now available at the parish churches of our Diocese. The new brochure provides fundamental information about the Synod, its goals and processes. This is the second of three brochures prepared to inform parishioners about the Synod on Synodality which is in the preparation stage now, and taking place in Vatican City this Fall, and the Fall of 2024.
Register for the Wedding Anniversary Mass: Sunday, April 16, 2023
For couples celebrating their 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th or 60th plus Wedding Anniversary! The annual Wedding Anniversary Mass will be held on Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 1:30PM in the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, Hamilton. Register for the Mass:
Forward Together in Christ
Forward Together in Christ was initiated to help the Bishop of Hamilton discern the best way to move the Diocese forward after the struggles and limitations imposed by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Once a committee was established, consisting of representatives from the clergy, chancery staff and a lay pastoral minister, it was decided to gather...
Journey through Lent
As we continue to Journey through Lent, we invite you to watch the CCCB video series available on their website. This year's Lenten reflections are delivered by His Eminence Gerald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada, and the Most Reverend Brian Joseph Dunn, Archbishop of Halifax-Yarmouth.
Spring Webinar Series: The Call of the Catechist
The CCCB National Office for Evangelization and Catechesis is hosting a three-part webinar series on "The Call of the Catechist". Our Diocesan Office for Evangelization and Catechesis is pleased to follow the webinars with a series of "Catechist Coffee Times" - online gatherings of our Diocesan community dedicated to prayer and debrief of the good and important information received in these workshops...
In Memoriam: Reverend Ronald Hodara
We regret to inform you that Reverend Ronald Hodara, died on Sunday, March 5th, 2023. Please pray that Reverend Ronald Hodara may receive the reward of a good and faithful servant and that his family and friends will be consoled in their faith in Christ.
Highlights from World Youth Day 2023 Fundraiser Dinner
The World Youth Day Pilgrims were delighted to host their "Taste of Portugal Fundraising Dinner" at St. Mary's Parish in Hamilton on February 4th, 2023. The evening was a huge success and great fun for all involved. A special thank you to all our generous sponsors and attendees for your support!
Thursday, February 23, 2023: Chancery Office Closed
Due to inclement weather, the Chancery Office and Bishop Farrell Library and Archives will be closed today, Thursday, February 23rd, 2023.
Season of Lent
Journey of Penance
Lent has two major purposes: It recalls or prepares for Baptism, and emphasizes a spirit of penance. Through forty days of close attention to God's Word and of more fervent prayer, believers are prepares to celebrate the Paschal Mystery. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023, and continues until the beginning of the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday evening, on April 6th, 2023.
Holy Father's Message for Lent 2023
"Dear brothers and sisters, may the Holy Spirit inspire and sustain us this Lent in our ascent with Jesus, so that we may experience his divine splendour and thus, confirmed in faith, persevere in our journey together with him, glory of his people and light of the nations..."
31st World Day of the Sick: February 11th
The World Day of the Sick calls for prayer and closeness towards those who suffer. We invite you to read Pope Francis' message for the 31st World Day of the Sick:
"That We May Walk Together" Series of Pastoral Letters (2023)
Through a series of pastoral letters to First Nations, Inuit, Metis, and the People of God in Canada, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) affirmed its ongoing commitment to renewing and strengthening relations with Indigenous Peoples at the national, regional, and especially the local level.
In Memoriam: Reverend Wallace Metcalf
We regret to inform you that Reverend Wallace Metcalf, died on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Please pray that Reverend Wallace Metcalf may receive the reward of a good and faithful servant and that his family and friends will be consoled in their faith in Christ.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: January 18-25
"Do good; seek justice." (Isaiah 1:12-17) The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an annual ecumenical celebration. Christians around the world are invited to pray for the unity of all Christians, to reflect on scripture together, to participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services, and to share fellowship.
#TheBibleSpeaks: Bible Sunday
In Lectionary Year A, the Church reflects deeply on the Gospel of Matthew. To help us in our exploration through this synoptic Gospel, the Diocese is pleased to provide resources for adults and grades 6-8 for Bible Sunday on January 23rd, 2023 and throughout Year A.
Come Home for Christmas
Please join your Parish family for the celebration of Mass this Christmas. Whether you have been away for a short time or a long time, you will be warmly welcomed home with open arms! For Mass times and more - please click:
Advent Reflections with David Wells
The Diocese of Hamilton welcomes David Wells, world-renowned speaker and Catechist, to guide us through the season of Advent. On Christmas Eve, God comes to us, not as a hero, but as a child...
Chancery Office Closed: Friday, December 23rd
Please be advised that the Chancery Office will be closed on Friday, December 23rd, 2022, due to weather conditions.
Bishop Crosby's 2022 Christmas Message
Dear Friends, Christmas is a time of familiarity. We sing familiar songs, share familiar greetings, we pray and gather and celebrate in all those ways to which we are accustomed. Yet does this familiarity numb us to the awe-inspiring reality of the Lord's Nativity?
In Memoriam: Monsignor Raymond Modeski
We regret to inform you that Monsignor Raymond Modeski, died on Tuesday, December 13, 2022. Please pray that Msgr. Raymond Modeski may receive the reward of a good and faithful servant and that his family and friends will be consoled in their faith in Christ.
An Evening with David Wells: November 8th
Join us on November 8, 2022 from 7:00-8:30PM at the Cathedral Basilica in Hamilton as we welcome David Wells, world-renowned catechist, and educator. This event will be hosted in person and streamed live on Youtube.
November 27th: Coping with the Holidays
... when someone you love is gone. Christmas is an especially challenging holiday to cope with and the Family Ministry Office offers a special workshop on the first Sunday of Advent each year to help you cope with the season.
Our Lady of Guadalupe: In the Experience of Indigenous Peoples
Join us for a presentation on December 12th, 2022 at 7:00 PM at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King from the Honourable Graydon Nicholas, Chancellor of Saint Thomas University, New Brunswick, and former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick. A livestream will be available here:
The War in Ukraine: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Action
In a pastoral letter, the Ukrainian Catholic bishops of Canada invite people to pray, fast, and act in support of their brothers and sisters in Ukraine. In the appeal, they invite parishioners to donate to charitable organizations, including Aid to the Church in Need - Canada.
Extraordinary Minister of Communion Formation Workshops
The Liturgy Office is pleased to offer Extraordinary Minister of Communion ministry formation workshops this fall of 2022. The workshops take place in November in Walkerton, Cambridge, or Ancaster. To register, please visit:
Frassati Leadership Program
Calling young Catholic leaders from across the Diocese of Hamilton who are looking to draw closer to Christ and their own communities! The Frassati Leadership Program will offer opportunities for Catholic leadership formation for those in grade ten (ages 15-16). Learn more:
Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards: Nancy Mancino
Our 2022 Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards conclude with Nancy Mancino from Bishop Ryan Secondary School in Hamilton. The Award recognizes a student in the graduating class who has attained high academic proficiency and exemplifies Catholic leadership qualities, Christian values and a commitment to service in the community.
Marian Day - October 1, 2022
Join parishioners from around the Diocese in honouring Our Blessed Lady for the last Marian Day of the year with Bishop Crosby on October 1, 2022 at the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph.
Memorial Mass for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
A Memorial Mass for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will be celebrated at the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate on Monday, September 19, at 7:00pm. All are welcome.
World Youth Day 2023: Registration Due Soon!
Calling all youth ages 18-35! Come join the Diocese of Hamilton in Lisbon, Portugal for World Youth Day (WYD) 2023. WYD is a worldwide encounter with the Pope celebrated about every three years in a different country. Registration is due September 16, 2022 at 4PM. For details, please visit: