Recent News and Events - 2021

Highlights from 2021 Mass of Chrism
Apr092021

Highlights from 2021 Mass of Chrism

On Monday, March 29th, 2021, the Mass of Chrism was celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton. The principal celebrant was His Excellency, Bishop Crosby, OMI, with concelebrants including Auxiliary Bishop-elect Wayne Lobsinger, Bishop Emeritus Anthony Tonnos, and Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Matthew Ustryzcki. Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, the attendance was limited to Priests only.


Holy Week 2021
Mar292021

Holy Week 2021

The Diocesan Offices for Evangelization and Catechesis, Liturgy and Youth Ministry are pleased to offer a resource for families for celebrations of Holy Week in the Home. These resources encourage prayer and conversation in the home so families can celebrate well the experience of these holy days.


Watch: Virtual Lenten Retreat
Mar292021

Watch: Virtual Lenten Retreat

On Saturday, March 13th, 2021 , Bishop-elect Lobsinger reflected upon the music and text of hymns associated with Laetare Sunday. The retreat was held virtually via Zoom. Watch the replay:


Bishop Crosby's 2021 Easter Message
Mar262021

Bishop Crosby's 2021 Easter Message

My dear friends,
"He is not here; He has been raised!"
What a breathtaking message the young man dressed in a white robe imparted to the women who had come to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus! At that moment everything changed - for them for us! At that moment Jesus' teaching took on a new authority, a new power. Because of this event the followers of Jesus, at that time and throughout the past 2000+ years, have witnessed reassuring miracle upon miracle proving that He lives - and truly helps us to "live fully"!


Bishop Crosby's Heart to Heart
Mar192021

Bishop Crosby's Heart to Heart

THE RENOVATED ST. ELIZABETH CHAPEL at St. Elizabeth Village in Hamilton will have its first Mass NEXT Friday, (the Friday before Palm Sunday)! Father Mark Gatto, Pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, the parish in which the Chapel is located, will be the presider for the Mass. Father Wallace Metcalf will celebrate on Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The renovated space is brighter and provides space for wheelchairs and walkers!


Conscience Rights in Ontario: A Crucial Moment for Healthcare Professionals
Mar082021

Conscience Rights in Ontario: A Crucial Moment for Healthcare Professionals

Over the last several years, doctors and healthcare professionals have been fighting to have their individual conscience rights recognized by both the Federal and Provincial governments. Federally, the passing of Bill C-7 will mean expanding access to euthanasia and assisted suicide to the disabled, those with mental illness and those who have an advanced directive. Many Canadians alarmed at the implications of Bill C-7, have contacted their Member of Parliament to express their concerns...


Season of Lent<br/><em>A Time for Renewing Faith, Hope and Love</em>
Feb162021

Season of Lent
A Time for Renewing Faith, Hope and Love

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 17th, 2021, and continues until the beginning of the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday evening, on April 1st, 2021.


Register Now: Ministers of Music Virtual Lenten Retreat
Feb122021

Register Now: Ministers of Music Virtual Lenten Retreat

Registration now open! On Saturday, March 13th, 2021 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM, Bishop-elect Lobsinger will reflect upon the music and text of hymns associated with Laetare Sunday. The retreat will be held virtually via Zoom.


Ash Wednesday at Home
Feb102021

Ash Wednesday at Home

The Diocese of Hamilton is pleased to bring you an Ash Wednesday Liturgy that can be celebrated, in safety, with family at home. Provided are tips for celebrating the Lenten season with your family, an outline of the Liturgy of the Word, and a video with the Gospel Proclamation and Reflection by Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI.


Answering the Call to Priesthood:<br/>Episode 4
Jan292021

Answering the Call to Priesthood:
Episode 4

In the final episode of this season's 'Answering the Call to Priesthood', Father King discusses the Transitional Diaconate with Deacon Patrick Ohl.


Live-streamed and Prerecorded Masses in the Diocese of Hamilton
Jan262021

Live-streamed and Prerecorded Masses in the Diocese of Hamilton

As we can not gather in person, parishes throughout the Diocese are providing the opportunity to watch both live-streamed and prerecorded Masses. The list is organized according to Deanery - find your local parish or find a time that is convenient for you to celebrate Mass at home.


FOR THE COMMON GOOD<br/><em>On the Pandemic Sacrifices</em>
Jan192021

FOR THE COMMON GOOD
On the Pandemic Sacrifices

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI - "My dear friends, The decision to close our churches and suspend public celebrations of the Mass has been a painful one for our clergy, religious, and all the lay faithful in the Diocese. While the sadness of our inability to gather to celebrate the Eucharist is profound, some of the responses to this closure - in addition to falling short of the demands of charity - betray a fundamental lack of understanding not only of why this great sacrifice is being made, but also whose example we follow in so doing..."


Statement on the Use of COVID-19 Vaccines
Jan152021

Statement on the Use of COVID-19 Vaccines

In response to questions regarding various vaccines which are being made available to arrest the spread of the COVID-19 Virus, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith provided an important statement on the vaccines, in particular, those vaccines which, in the course of their production, employed cell lines drawn from tissue obtained from two abortions that occurred in the last century.


Register for your Wedding Anniversary Certificate
Jan152021

Register for your Wedding Anniversary Certificate

As the restrictions from COVID-19 continue and for the safety of all concerned, a decision has been made to cancel the annual Anniversary Mass scheduled for June of 2021. Bishop Crosby would still love to offer congratulations to all those who will be married 25, 40, 50, 60 and 60 plus years in 2021, and so we encourage couples to register for their wedding anniversary certificate here:


Chancery Office and Bishop Farrell Library Closure: February 12, 2021
Jan132021

Chancery Office and Bishop Farrell Library Closure: February 12, 2021

Following the Province-wide Shutdown announced by the Government of Ontario to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and to protect the health and safety of our Diocesan community, the Chancery Office staff will be working remotely until February 12, 2021.


Pope's January Prayer Intention: At the service of Human fraternity
Jan062021

Pope's January Prayer Intention: At the service of Human fraternity

In this new year that begins, the Holy Father proposes a new challenge to us: to be more fraternal. Let us pray that the Lord may give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions and not fight each other, and praying for one another, open ourselves to all.


A Message of Hope from His Excellency, Bishop Crosby
Jan012021

A Message of Hope from His Excellency, Bishop Crosby

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it." (John 1:5) Suffering, sickness, loss and death can make the world seem like a very dark place. Perhaps no other year in memory has seemed so dark as the year we are (most happily!) leaving behind us. Yet even in times of profound darkness, we cannot forget that there is light.