Recent News and Events - 2019
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.
In his prayer intention for the month of December, Pope Francis calls us to pray "that every country decides to take necessary measures to make the future of children a priority, especially the future of children who are suffering today."
"Advent," said Pope Francis, "is the time to welcome Jesus' coming, as He comes as a messenger of peace to show us the ways of God." This Advent season, may we ready ourselves to accept the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ, through prayer, gratitude and love of all our neighbours.
Due to dangerous winter weather conditions, the Coping with the Holidays support program and the Healing Mass for Those Mourning the Loss of a Child originally taking place Sunday, December 1st, 2019 have been cancelled.
In his prayer intention for the month of November, Pope Francis calls us to pray "that a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Middle East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together."
Many of our diocesan nationalities filled the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King on Sunday October 6th, 2019 for the Annual Multicultural Mass.
In his prayer intention for the month of October, Pope Francis calls us to pray "that the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary spring in the Church."
Late summer weather greeted attendants of this year's 12th Annual Diocesan Mass in Celebration of Catholic Education, which took place on Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King.
In his prayer intention for the month of September, Pope Francis calls us to pray "that politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world's seas and oceans."
Lindsay Adoranti has promoted Catholic values at Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School through her diverse involvement in many organizations.
Darius Nguyen is a student from Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Milton who exemplifies the 'Catholic Graduate Expectations.' He is a self-directed responsible learner who has been on the honour roll every year and graduated as an Ontario Scholar.
Isabella Stoikos has been a true model of what it means to be the hands and feet of Christ at Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School and in her community.
Andrew Genovese is a remarkable young student from Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School in Burlington who embodies Catholic leadership traits and Christian values.
Julia Cabral is a student of exemplary character both in and out of the classroom and in her commitment to the St. Jean de Brebeuf Community. An honour roll student and SHSM recipient in Food Processing, Julia has always found time to contribute to the life of the school.
Aidan Perry from Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School in Hamilton has served his Parish for over ten years as an altar server and has assisted with several Parish activities. He has worked at the Trillium camp for children suffering from cancer for many summers.
Jessica Dekker is an exceptionally well-rounded student-athlete from St. Mary's Catholic Secondary School in Hamilton and is a recipient of the Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards. Jessica prides herself on giving back to the community, helping with the CWL Christmas House Tour and the Neighbor to Neighbor Christmas Hamper Program annually.
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. This year's recipient from St. Jerome's University is Fabiola Alvarez.
Our 2019 Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards begin with Hayley Goodall from Monsignor Doyle Catholic Secondary School, Cambridge. She most recently spent a portion of her second semester in Kenya on a ME to WE mission. She also completed the Church and Culture curriculum along with a Service Learn credit, enlightening her on how to become a well-informed global citizen...
The second annual Bishop's Charities Invitational Golf Tournament took place on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Oakville's Glen Abbey Golf Course. Presenting sponsors, Tripemco Burlington Insurance Group, alongside fellow sponsors and golfers, helped raised over $70,000 for the De Mazenod Door outreach program...
The pouring rain could not dampen the atmosphere on the evening of Thursday, June 20th, 2019 as five new transitional deacons were ordained at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. We offer our congratulations to Deacons Paul Edmondstone, Robin Mendonca, Francisco Sordo, Pawel Stankiewicz and Hayden Starczala.
On Sunday, June 9th, 2019, 400 couples gathered together to celebrate the 32nd annual Wedding Anniversary Mass. The number of years of love and marriage represented by the couples was 18,574 years! Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, was the principal celebrant and signed a certificate for each couple in recognition of the event.
We regret to inform you that Reverend Charles Schefter, a retired priest of Hamilton Diocese, died on Saturday, June 1, 2019 in Guelph. Please pray that Reverend Charles Schefter may rest in the peace of Christ and that his family and friends may be consoled in their faith in Christ.
The annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass takes place on Sunday, June 9th, 2019 at 1:30pm at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. This is an annual Mass for couples celebrating their 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th or 60th plus Wedding Anniversary! To register:
The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, OMI, Bishop of Hamilton, announces the following clergy appointments, effective June 26, 2019 unless otherwise indicated.
On May 4, 2019, Father Gregory Merkley, Father John Schnurr, and Father Vivek Trindade were ordained priests for service in the Diocese of Hamilton at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King by Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI! Let us pray that Jesus may be glorified in the ministry and service of these three new priests...
The Diocese of Hamilton formally announces the purchase of Mount Mary Immaculate Retreat Centre, a property currently owned by The Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, located in Ancaster, Ontario. The Diocese will take official possession of the property at the end of May 2019.
The 22nd National March for Life on Parliament Hill in Ottawa takes place on Thursday, May 9th. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the the Bishops of Canada have released a message for the 2019 National March for Life in communion with the Holy Father, supporting the sanctity of life.
A Child's Virtual Tour of the Cathedral is a special project from the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Staff and students from St. Anne and St. Agnes created the Virtual Tour during a visit to the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King earlier this year. The Virtual Tour uses the latest technology and provides explanations by the students to the various points of interest in the Cathedral.
During the week of May 5 to May 10, school boards within our Diocese will celebrate the significant contribution that Catholic Education has made to the community, the province and to Canada. The theme for this upcoming week is Living as Joyful Disciples. We invite you to watch Bishop Crosby's message:
In the Diocese of Hamilton, the annual celebration of the Mass of Chrism takes place at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King on Monday of Holy Week. On April 15, Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, presided over this year's Mass of Chrism. As usual, the Cathedral Basilica was packed to overflowing with people representing the 118 parishes and 28 missions.
The Office of Diaconate Formation is holding an information night on the Permanent Diaconate for Catholic men on Monday, May 6th, 2019 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Burlington. For more details and to RSVP, please
All are welcome on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. to celebrate the Rite of Ordination to the Ministerial Priesthood at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King.
New Catholics and their families and friends are cordially invited to join His Excellency, Bishop Douglas Crosby, for the celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 5PM at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King...
His Excellency, Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, has sent a letter to Archbishop Michel Aupetit regarding the devastating fire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. It reads: "In the name of the Clergy and Parishioners of the Diocese of Hamilton (in Ontario, Canada), I offer sincerest sympathy and the promise of prayers following the devastating fire..."
All are welcome to gather with Bishop Crosby in the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King for the Mass of Chrism on Monday, April 15th, 2019 at 7 o'clock in the evening.
All are welcome to attend celebrations at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King during Holy Week. Bishop Crosby, OMI, will be presiding over the celebrations.
The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, OMI, Bishop of Hamilton, announces the following clergy appointments, effective Wednesday, June 26, 2019, unless otherwise noted.
One hundred and forty catechumens were inscribed into the Book of the Elect at ceremonies at the Basilica of Our Lady and the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King on Sunday, March 3rd and Sunday, March 10th, 2019.
A Holy Hour of Prayer for the healing of victims of sexual abuse, including clergy sexual abuse, will be held in Parishes throughout the Diocese on Sunday, March 17th. Lent is an appropriate time to pray for those who have suffered trauma. At the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, the Holy Hour will begin at 2:30 PM. Contact your local parish for details on this holy hour.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 6th, 2019. It is a time of self-examination and reflection as it recalls or prepares for Baptism, and emphasizes a spirit of penance.
Registration for the 2019 Diocesan Youth Rally is NOW OPEN! We invite young people in grades 7-12 to join us on May 25th, 2019 for a day of faith, fun and fellowship.
Due to the forecasted weather conditions and the deteriorating road conditions expected throughout the day, please be advised that the Chancery Office will be closed today.
In his message for the 27th World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis urges believers to promote a culture of generosity, noting that the joy of generous giving is a barometer of the health of a Christian. People around the world are encouraged to pray for the sick and those who work very hard to ease the sufferings of the sick on this day...
In his prayer intention for the month of February, Pope Francis calls us to pray for a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.
Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God's gift of their vocation.
Please be advised that the Bishop Farrell Library & Archives will be closed on Monday, February 4th, 2019. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, February 5th.
Looking for a job? Various positions are currently available throughout the Diocese, both in the Chancery Office and within parishes.
The theme for our second Annual Bible Sunday is Listening to God's Word at Mass. Father Michael Patella, O.S.B, a monk of St. John's Abbey, Collegeville, has been invited to speak at two special celebrations: one at St. Michael Church, Waterloo at 2 p.m., and one at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, Hamilton at 7 p.m. All are welcome!
The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated on the theme "Justice and only justice you shall pursue" (Deuteronomy 16:18-20). Christians around the world are invited to pray for the unity of all Christians, to reflect on scripture together, and to share fellowship. Resources can be downloaded at the Canadian Council of Churches.
Let us pray that young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.