Diocesan Workshop and Events - May 2018
Save the Date! Mark your calendars for these Diocesan Workshops and Events in May 2018. Click the link below for a PDF outlining each event and how to attend or scroll down for more information.
Reel Justice – A Justice Film Festival
The Church teaches that social justice is an integral part of evangelization, a constitutive dimension of preaching the Gospel, and an essential part of the Church's mission. Join us for the May film: Gold Fever. May 25, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Burlington, 2265 Headon Rd, Burlington.
“BE” 2018 Youth Rally
Don’t miss out on the Annual Diocesan Youth Rally taking place at C.Y.O. Camp Brebeuf, Rockwood on Saturday, May 26th, 2018. Registration is $20.00 per person. Spaces are filling up quickly! Register before April 30th to be included in an Early Bird Prize Pack draw! For more information please contact Nicole Vaughan in the Office of Youth Ministry 905-528-7988 ext. 2245 or visit www.hamiltondiocese.com/youthrally
National Youth Ministry Conference
The Canadian Catholic Youth Ministry Network is hosting their biennial conference in Vancouver from June 1-3, 2018. Anyone working in ministry with youth is welcome to register for the conference. For information contact Christina Mines at 905-528-7988 ext. 2239 or visit their website www.ccymn.ca
For Parishes with Fall Confirmation
Is your child in Grade 6? Did you know we celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in Grade 7 in the Diocese of Hamilton?
Confirmation preparation begins in the Fall of each year. If your child does not attend Catholic School, please contact the parish office as soon as possible so we can assist you. The Catechetical Correspondence Courses from the Diocese of Hamilton may be right for you. For more information on the Correspondence Courses, visit the website www.hamiltondiocese.com or call Monica Verin at 905-528-7988, ext. 2238.
Programs available for children from Kindergarten through to High School not currently receiving religious instruction. Preparation for First Communion and Confirmation for children not in Catholic Schools also available. Families work through the programs at home. Contact Monica in the Catechesis Office at 905-528-7988, ext. 2238 or check out our website at www.hamiltondiocese.com and click on the Catechesis Office for more information, printable registration forms or to register online.
6 sessions are planned to take place around the diocese to explore Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si – On Care for Our Common Home. Join us for engaging discussion to develop the ways and attitudes to make a difference in this world. The cost for each day is $10, (25 & under no charge!) & will run from 9am – 12pm, a light breakfast will be served. The first session is April 21st at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Hamilton, then May 12 at Basilica of Our Lady in Guelph. Register online or contact Monica, 905 528 7988 ext. 2238 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parenting Tip 106
Children are impacted, from the day they are born, mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually by our responses, both to their needs and to the way we engage with the world around us. As parents we should provide expectations for our children’s behaviour, but it is also important to reflect on whether or not we expect the same of ourselves. If a child acts or speaks in a way we don’t like, we should correct them, but it is essential to ask if they might be learning that specific behaviour from watching us. Our actions and words matter - children need us to model the behaviour we want from them.
Marriage Tip 86
“I love you” and “you matter” are important words in every married relationship. The words however, are never enough. Ask yourself how you can show these two expressions in both words and deeds, since words alone are not enough. Ask your spouse to tell you what things you do that express these two small phrases to them – if they can’t think of any, you have some work to do! Ask them how you could express your love and their importance to you and you will both find joy!
Faith begins in the Family
“The family is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honor God, and make good use of freedom. Family life is an initiation into life in society. (CCC #2207)” Join us for the a workshop on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation: Amoris Laetitia. The event will take place from 7 – 9 p.m. on May 10 (Thursday) at St. Matthew’s Parish, 1150 Monks Passage, Oakville (Note change in date from April 12) Call Teresa at 905-528-7988 ext. 2250. Register online by clicking here.
Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass
Are you celebrating your 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, or 60+ Wedding Anniversary in the year 2018? If you are, you are cordially invited to join couples from across the Diocese of Hamilton for a Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King at 1:30 pm. See the poster in the narthex of the church for information on how to register for the celebration, or click here.
Marriage is Good for Your Health!
Take some time for your marriage relationship and spend a day learning about The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. The program, created by Dr. John Gotman, will be facilitated by Mrs. Teresa Hartnett and Dr. Wendy Hofman on Saturday, May 12th from 10 - 4 p.m. at the Chancery Office, 700 King St. W. The cost for the program is $40 per couple and includes lunch. Register by calling 905-528-7988 ext. 2249, or click here.
Support for Persons Separated or Divorced
Would it help you to have people around you to understand what you’re going through? Would you like to hear some ideas that will encourage you and help you to develop new ways of coping with the stresses in your life? The Hamilton Diocesan Support Group meets the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month and they can help! No need to register just come and join us at the Chancery Office at 700 King St. West, Hamilton from 7 – 9 p.m. For more information call the Family Ministry Office at 905-528-7988 ext. 2249. There is NO COST.
Christian Family Holiday Inc/Camp Kumuntome
Are you looking or a fun affordable summer vacation with your family? Come to Camp Kumuntome (Christian Family Holiday Inc) for a week of fun and renewal with 5 other Catholic families. They are located just south of Owen Sound on a beautiful acreage with an outdoor chapel, sleeping cabins for each family a beautiful quite lake and all the amenities of home. Every family should have a holiday together and Camp Kumuntome strives to make that possible. The registration form is now available through their website: http://www.campkumuntome.ca/registration/ You can check out their Facebook page. To receive their latest newsletter email them at: email@example.com.
Seeing the Word Session
Seeing the Word on May 3rd. You are invited to ignite your spiritual imagination, praying with The Saint John’s Bible, using the method of visio divina (“divine seeing”), to prayerfully reflect upon Scripture. The session running from 1:30-3:30 will focus on Wisdom Woman in the Scriptures. Anyone interested in attending may contact Anthony De Feo at the Liturgy Office.
Please join us on Saturday, May 5th at 11:00 a.m. for the Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacons Grayson Hope, Christopher Tracey and Tim Theriault. The mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. Priests are invited to concelebrate and participate in the “laying on of hands.” All are welcome to attend.
“Seeking Christ: Exploring How to Welcome Seekers (Year-Round)” will be held on Monday, May 14, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Chancery Office, Conference Room A and Tuesday, May 15 from 7:00 – 9:00 at Blessed Sacrament Kitchener, as well as by webinar. Anyone interested in attending may contact Anthony De Feo at the Liturgy Office.
The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae by hosting a conference taking place on May 31st and June 1st titled: The Joy of Marriage: Embracing God’s Vision. The conference will be held at the Infinity Convention Centre in Ottawa; speakers include Dr. Janet Smith, Mr. Patrick Coffin, Dr. Michel MacDonald and Archbishop Christian Lepine. To find out more and/or to register go to www.COLF.ca. Attend this conference and learn more about this much studied and discussed encyclical by Pope Paul VI.