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Recent News and Events - 2016
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Hours for the Cathedral Basilica, The Chancery Office and the Bishop Farrell Library
Dear friends in Christ, Christmas has come. For believers, the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem represents the victory of light over darkness, joy over sadness, hope over despair, love over hatred, peace over conflict, gratitude over misery, obedience over disobedience, and order over chaos
After the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Bishop Crosby speaks on what Christmas can teach us about mercy
On Sunday, December 11th, the Cathedral hosted the annual Advent Hymn Festival. The event was also used to welcome the arrival of the second volume (Prophets) of the Saint John's Bible to arrive.
St. Michael’s is a warm and vibrant Parish community in Oakville under the care of Father Jason Kuntz, Pastor. The Parish, with approximately 800 active families enrolled, is home to a large Spanish community that enriches the life of the Parish with its rich traditions and active engagement.
The unveiling of the second volume of the Saint John's Bible to arrive to the Diocese of Hamilton.
Christmas Mass times at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, Hamilton
Staff at the Chancery Office prepare for the Christmas season
On November 29, 2016 Mayor Fred Eisenberger of the City of Hamilton hosted a wonderful evening of food, music and appreciation in honour of the many members of our diverse community that have helped to welcome our Syrian brothers and sisters that have settled in Hamilton this past year.
On Friday, November 18th the Hamilton Diocese celebrated the closing of the Year of Mercy with a prayer service and a talk by Archbishop Bolen of Regina. Many were in attendance and filled the cathedral. Seminarians from St. Peter's Seminary came out to join in the event and hear Archbishop Bolen speak.
We regret to inform you that Reverend Leonard Strohmeyer died, Sunday, November 20, 2016. Please pray that Reverend Leonard Strohmeyer may rest in the peace of Christ and that his family and friends may be consoled in their faith in Christ.
On Sunday, October 30th Bishop Crosby opened the Newman Centre Guelph at a Mass for the dedication of the oratory (i.e. “chapel”) and the consecration of the altar. The new chapel will offer regular masses for University of Guelph students.
We regret to inform you that Reverend Clair Girodat, CR, died, Friday, November 18, 2016. Please pray that Reverend Clair Girodat, CR may rest in the peace of Christ and that his family and Religious Community may be consoled in their faith in Christ.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As the Jubilee Year of Mercy draws to a close, I am struck by what a gift it was to have experienced this period of special reflection on the inexhaustible mercy of God. In calling the Church into this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has shown himself to be greatly attuned to a profound need of the Church and the world.
Taking the time to remember the fallen and those who have made great sacrifices for our freedom.
The HCCEF hosted a fundraising dinner with Bishop Crosby to help raise funds for Halton Catholic students
St. Thomas More feeds families after their successful We Scare Hunger Inititative on Halloween.
Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann, provided a LIVE web-streamed discussion with a panel of young religious and young Catholics who are discerning their vocation.
For anyone who has lost a child of any age from any cause, or who has lost a child prior to birth, or had a still still birth.
All are welcome to the Year of Mercy Closing Celebration on Friday, November 18th at 7:00p.m. in the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. The conclusion of the Year of Mercy will be celebrated with Evening Prayer, followed by a reflective talk by Archbishop Donald Bolen of Regina on the Year of Mercy: “Mercy at the Heart of Things”.
On Thursday, October 6th, the Wellington Catholic District School Board hosted its 14th Annual Bishop's Dinner for Community Needs. Click here to
Given the large scope of the emergency in Haiti due to Hurricane Matthew, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada has launched a campaign to assist Haiti. Please click here for more information...
We are pleased to announce that the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be in several Portuguese churches in our Diocese starting with St. Mary's Parish in Hamilton. Please click for more information...
On October 5th, Saint Dominic Parish in Oakville unveiled a memorial plaque in front of the church honouring Monsignor Roger W. Formosi, who died on October 6th, 2015. Msgr. Formosi was pastor of the Parish from 2002 to 2012. One of his key initiatives was the "Radiating Our Faith" landscaping project...
Join us for our final Gospel of Luke Reflection Series on October 28th at the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph. Cardinal Thomas Collins will speak on the topic of The Road to Emmaus.
The Pope has called us to celebrate special groups during this Year of Mercy and this is a celebration of family! This is an event for all members of the family: married, single, parents, grandparents, youth and children. All are welcome to attend on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at the McNally Hall at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King!
Bishop Douglas Crosby will celebrate Mass on Thanksgiving Day – Monday, October 10th – at 10:00 a.m. in the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, Hamilton. All are welcome to attend!
On September 15th, 2016, an Evening of Prayer and Lecture was held at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King to commemorate the arrival of the first volume of The Saint John's Bible, Gospels and Acts. Evening Prayer was celebrated with Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, with wonderful music...
In this Year of Mercy, we strive to become "merciful like the Father." This video, released by Vocation Culture, highlights a variety of activities, challenges, and insights that the Year of Mercy has drawn to our attention to in the Diocese of Hamilton. To watch, click
Congratulations to Father David Reilander, a priest from Hamilton diocese and recently from Whitehorse diocese, who has been appointed president of Catholic Missions In Canada (CMIC), an organization serving the Canadian home missions, effective September 1, 2016.
The annual Red Mass was held on September 7th, 2016, at St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral. Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, celebrated the Mass and was assisted by Bishop Daniel Miehm, Monsignor Murray Kroetsch, and Father Michael King, homilist and Diocesan Director of Vocations and Formation...
All are invited to celebrate the arrival of Gospels and Acts, the first of 7 volumes of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition. Join us on September 15th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King for Evening Prayer followed by a Lecture with Jim Triggs, Executive Director of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Program at St. John’s College, Collegeville.
We regret to inform you that Reverend Neil Haight, OMI, died on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Please pray that Reverend Neil Haight, OMI may rest in the peace of Christ and that his family, Religious Community and friends may be consoled in their faith in Christ.
St. Jerome’s University looks forward to welcoming you to their campus for this year’s Diocesan Mass, being held on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016. Bishop Douglas Crosby will celebrate Mass at 5:00pm at the Notre Dame Chapel.
The annual Red Mass will be celebrated at the St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 146 Park St. North in Hamilton on Wednesday, September 7 at 9:30 a.m. The St. Thomas More Lawyer’s Guild sponsors this annual Mass whose long history dates back to the 13th century...
Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, and Msgr. Murray Kroetsch welcomed the first volume of The Saint John's Bible to its home in our Diocese, Bishop Farrell Library & Archives. Gospel and Acts will be on display from August 23rd – 25th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend!
Ryan Williams, a graduate from St. John Bosco Secondary School in Guelph, is our next recipient of the Diocese of Hamilton Student Award. St. John Bosco is an alternative learning high school and Ryan joined them in second semester of this past year. During his time at St. John Bosco, Ryan overcame the obstacles...
The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada are pleased to announce the First Profession of Sister Mary Anne Larocque on August 11th, 2016. Sister Mary Anne professed vows of poverty, chastity and obedience during the Rite of Religious Profession at Mass in the London Residence...
The Diocese of Hamilton is looking for a Digital Media Manager for a temporary position. Reporting to the Chancellor, this position is responsible for developing various digital media initiatives to promote the Diocese and its message to the wider community...
Our Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards continue with Lisa Tran, who has spent the last four years tirelessly contributing to the school life and spirit of St. Mary's Catholic Secondary School in Kitchener. As a strong proponent of the Culture of Life Club, Lisa was always the first to suggest new and creative ideas...
Over 65 parish musicians and initiation leaders from across Ontario and beyond gathered at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King from July 17th-20th for the 2016 Ontario Liturgical Conference Summer School. Click for more photos and a summary of the events from each day!
Simone Dorie, from St. Mary Catholic Secondary School in Hamilton, is our next recipient of the Diocese of Hamilton Student Award. Simone was a dedicated and exemplary member of the Arts community at St. Mary’s. As a member of the Competitive Improv team, the Concert Band, the Jazz Band, the Choir and the Dance Crew, Simone inspired others...
Our Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards continue with Adam Sunavsky from Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School, Hamilton. Adam is a top ten Honours student for four years excelling in a heavy academic program. He is a disciplined athlete and he has been a member of the track and field and swim teams...
Our Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards begin with Elizabeth Reitzel from Resurrection Catholic Secondary School, Kitchener. Elizabeth Reitzel is an extraordinary young woman who lives out her Faith in her daily practice. Her gentle compassion for others, and her integrity as a hard working Catholic Student is a bright light...
The Diocese of Hamilton award is presented to a graduating student who has attained high academic proficiency, and who exemplifies Catholic leadership qualities, Christian values, and a commitment to service in the community. Luis Juarez, from St. Jerome's University, has been described...
On July 20th, 83 pilgrims will embark on a journey to Poland to partake in World Youth Day 2016! We will be praying for a safe journey for our pilgrims. This adventure has been over two years in the making and involves young adults from across our Diocese. Stay tuned to their blog, Disciples on a Journey!
We invite you to join in the following events of the Summer School for Liturgical Musicians and Parish Initiation Leaders – July 17, 18 and 19, with facilitators/keynotes speakers Dr. Jerry Galipeau and Janet Loo.
The Diocese of Hamilton has been recognized by the City of Hamilton and Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee as a recipient of the 2016 Heritage Award for the restoration of the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King...
Most Reverend Bishop Douglas Crosby, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has released a statement on the approval of Bill C-14 legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide. Click here to read the statement in English, and click here to read it in French.
Cardinal Collins of the Archdiocese of Toronto released a statement and video clip on the passage of Bill C-14, which legalized euthanasia/assisted suicide on Friday, June 17. Click here to read, or click here to watch it. For more on the issue of euthanasia and assisted suicide, click
On Friday, June 10th, four seminarians were ordained deacons by Bishop Daniel Miehm at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Waterdown! We extend our congratulations to Paul Jamroz, Ross Campbell, David Avila and Kevin D’Souza, on this important step in their formation toward the Priesthood.
On Saturday, June 4th, Most Reverend Bishop Douglas Crosby ordained four deacons! What a joyful time in the Diocese! Congratulations to Taek-Jong Han, Edward MacIntosh, Rene Marechal, and John Moss...
The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, OMI, Bishop of Hamilton, announces the following additional clergy appointments, effective Wednesday, June 29, 2016, or as otherwise indicated.
On Sunday, May 29th, Most Reverend Bishop Douglas Crosby welcomed 467 couples from the Hamilton Diocese celebrating 25, 40, 50, 60 or 60+ years of marriage to the annual Anniversary Mass. Together the couples represent 21,670 years of marriage - a wonderful testament to the loving commitment they made so many years ago! This year we had a couple celebrating 71 years of marriage! Congratulations to them all!
Saturday, June 4th: Join a gathering of prayer and meditation to honour Our Lady of Fatima at a Mass, an outdoor Rosary, lunch, Stations of the Cross and Benediction at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Waterdown. Each celebration will be led by a Bishop!
We invite you to read an open letter from Cardinal Lacroix entitled “Assistance in Dying” : No Deadline for Dignity. The letter is available in both English (click here) and in French (click here). For more information on the issue on euthanasia and assisted suicide, click
The Diocese of Hamilton will be acquiring a copy of the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible. We are delighted to have the opportunity to share this work of art with our diocesan community! For more information click
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Living with Dignity and the Physicians Alliance Against Euthanasia have organized a rally against euthanasia and assisted suicide on parliament hill on Wednesday, June 1st (12 noon - 1:30 pm). You are encouraged to consider attending in order to voice your concerns.
On May 7, 2016, the Diocese of Hamilton gained another priest, as David Reitzel was ordained a priest at Christ the King Cathedral Basilica in Hamilton by Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI. Let us pray that Jesus may be glorified in the ministry and service of Fr. David and all who serve in the name of Christ the Good Shepherd.
In Canada over 100,000 babies are aborted every year, approximately 280 children every day. On Thursday, May 12, 2016 more than 10,000 people will take part in a peaceful march on Parliament Hill, reminding government leaders that life matters. To find out more about the National March for Life...
The theme for this year's Catholic Education Week is Opening Doors of Mercy and includes this line from the Gospel of Matthew: "Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy" (Matthew 5:7). Catholic Education Week 2016 combines both the theme of mercy and the act of opening doors of reconciliation, mercy and forgiveness to all around us.
The Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King will shine green each evening from 8:30pm-12:30am to show our support for Mental Health Week and to help raise awareness. Individuals can also take part by wearing green or taking pictures near numerous landmarks illuminated green throughout the province...
On Saturday, May 7th at 11:00a.m., David John Reitzel will be ordained a priest at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. All are welcome to attend!
Bill C-14, the legislation on assisted-suicide and euthanasia, has had first reading in the House of Commons. It is not too late for people to speak out against the legislation and to keep proposed changes to Bill C-14 from going against the support of life. It is so important for Catholics to express their concerns on the sanctity of life and their belief in conscience rights for healthcare workers and institutions when they are faced with a patient's choice for assisted suicide...
Summer School for Liturgical Musicians and Parish Initiation Leaders will be held July 17-20, 2016 at the Diocese of Hamilton Chancery Office, Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King and the Nicholas Mancini Centre and features keynote speaker Dr. Jerry Galipeau. Register today!
On Sunday, April 3rd, the Most Reverend Bishop Crosby, OMI, invited the newly baptized and those newly received into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church to join him for a festive celebration of the Eucharist at the Cathedral of Christ the King. The annual Mass with New Catholics is an amazing opportunity for the Diocese to welcome our new Catholics and to celebrate the joy of their initiation into the Catholic Church.
The Bishop Farrell Library, located at 698 King Street West, now offers eBooks! The eBooks can be accessed from the Diocese of Hamilton website via the library catalogue or our search eBooks link. Presently, there are just over 150 titles in eBook format.
CCCB President, Bishop Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., has released a statement regarding Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying). We invite you to read the statement as well as a statement from Cardinal Thomas Collins.
The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, OMI, Bishop of Hamilton, announces the following clergy appointments, effective Wednesday, June 29, 2016.
On Friday, April 8th, the Vatican released the post-synodal apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis, titled Amoris Laetitia, on love in the family. It brings together the results of the two Synods on the family convoked by Pope Francis in 2014 and 2015.
On Monday, March 21st, the annual Chrism Mass was held at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, concelebrated with his college of Priests and at which he consecrated the Holy Chrism and blessed the other oils, manifesting the communion of Priests with their Bishop.
Earlier in March, over 50 pilgrims from the Diocese of Hamilton gathered together at Resurrection College in Waterloo for a preparation retreat for World Youth Day. We invite you to watch the video and share in their excitement for their journey in July! Click here for more information about World Youth Day!
Join us for Holy Week and Easter as we participate in Jesus' Death and Resurrection. We remember the commands that Jesus gave us on the night before He died, we relive His death on Good Friday, we keep vigil and rejoice in His Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
We regret to inform you that Father Angelico Valeriote, died on Thursday, March 10, 2016. Please pray that Father Angelico may rest in the peace of Christ and that his family may be consoled in their faith in Christ.
On Sunday, February 28th, the Diocese of Hamilton celebrated its 160th Anniversary at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. The 11:00a.m. Mass hosted a variety of special guests, including His Grace, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, the Apostolic Nunzio of Canada, who preached at Mass during his first official visit to the Diocese. Also present was Dr. Kevin Smith, who was honoured as a Knight of St. Gregory.
Join us on Saturday, May 21st for our Year of Mercy Youth Rally! Together through prayer, sacrament and fellowship, let us celebrate the gift of God’s mercy and welcome the opportunity to be the face and heart of Christ’s mercy to the world.
Pope Francis calls us to "merciful like the Father" in this Year of Mercy. In our new Mercy in Action series, St. Philippe in Burlington shows us that a small parish can have a big heart!
Due to expected inclement weather, the Levels 1 and 2 programs have been canceled for tonight. Both programs will resume next week.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered in a parish from each deanery in our Diocese as part of the worldwide “24 Hours for the Lord” on Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th. Click here for more information!
On Sunday, February 14th, 2016, the first Sunday of Lent, the Rite of Election was celebrated at both the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton and the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph. A combined 120 catechumens from around the Diocese signed the Book of the Elect and acknowledged their preparation and intention to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.
On February 29th, the Diocese of Hamilton will celebrate its 160th Anniversary! The Bishop Farrell Archives maintains the Papal Bull announcing the founding of the Diocese.
Most Reverend Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, announces that Dr. Kevin Smith is to be honoured as a Knight of St. Gregory during a celebration at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King on February 28, 2016.
We regret to inform you that Reverend Monsignor William O’Brien died on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Please pray that Reverend Monsignor William O’Brien may rest in the peace of Christ and that his family may be consoled in their faith in Christ.
Our Gospel of Luke Reflection Series at St. Thomas the Apostle in Waterdown is postponed due to inclement weather, with a new date to be announced. Please click here for more information.
On Sunday, January 17th, hundreds gathered in the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King for the annual Multicultural Mass. Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, presided over the unique and thoroughly enjoyable Mass that celebrated both our diversity and our cultural treasures.
The Rite of Election is celebrated annually on the First Sunday of Lent at 1:30 p.m. on February 14th at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King (Brant, Halton and Hamilton deaneries) and at the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate (Bruce-Grey, Waterloo, Wellington deaneries).
All are welcome to join Bishop Crosby in celebrating the upcoming Multicultural Mass on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 1:00PM at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, followed by a social reception in the Cathedral Hall with a number of entertaining performances by various communities from across the Diocese.
Please see the link for important information regarding assisted suicide from January 2016, including provincial consultations and an important request from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). (CNS Photo/Paul Haring)
Our Annual Diocese Wedding Anniversary Mass takes place on Sunday, May 29th at 1:30pm for couples celebrating 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th or 60th plus Wedding Anniversary! Please click here for information on how to register.