Diocese of Hamilton
Retrouvaille – Stress in Your Marriage? – Are you feeling bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in your marriage? Are you wondering how to change the situation, or how to communicate with your spouse about it? Retrouvaille is a program designed to help with any problem in a marriage – large or small. Retrouvaille can help- our next weekend program is being held October 25, 2019. For confidential information about the program, or to register please call 905-664-5212 or email: Teamrecine@gmail.com or visit www.retrouvaille.org.
“Grief Relief” Has someone you cared about died? Are you grieving the loss of the person’s presence in your life? Are you wondering if these feelings are normal? You are not alone! “Grief Relief” – is a 6 week educational and support series dealing with grief. Being held on Thursdays – October 24, 31 and November 7, 14, 21, 28, 2019 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish – 715 Centre Rd. Waterdown. Facilitated by Mrs. Debbie Mazzaferro R.N. and Dr. Wendy Hofman. There is no cost to participate. All are welcome to attend all or any sessions you can. To register call 905-528-7988 ext. 2249 or on line at www.hamiltondiocese.com.
Pathways to Growth: Focusing on Healing After Separation and Divorce. Difficult times can be challenging to everyone, but they can also provide us with opportunities to grow and find new supports. Are you separated or divorced? Has life thrown a curve ball at you that you never expected? Are you feeling challenged in your everyday living? Join us on Tuesday, November 5 from 7 -9 p.m. at St. Michael Parish, Waterloo to learn pathways to growth during this time. All are welcome. For information contact: 905-528-7988 ext. 2250 or 905-528-7988 ext. 2241. Healing is possible – join us!
Parenting Tip 116 – Helping our children to become less focused on themselves and more interested in their neighbour is an essential role of every parent and caregiver. Children do not often think of others before themselves in the early years of their lives, so from a young age be sure to set clear limits on their behaviour and the “things” they get, so they don’t become entitled; praise them whenever you witness an unselfish act, no matter how small; model unselfish behaviour both within and outside the home by sharing time, goods and talents. Children thrive in relationships, show less anger and aggression and feel good about themselves when they look outward, not inward. Jesus himself taught that next to loving God, loving neighbour is our most important role in this world.
Marriage Tip 96 – It is important every now and then that spouses deliberately consider the needs and/or desires of their partner over their own, even if it may not be their first choice of action. Acknowledging a spouse in this manner, in a variety of different circumstances, tells them that you are listening when they express their feelings/desires, puts their needs above your own and makes them feel both cared for and listened to by the one they love. When both remember to act in this manner, couples feel closer, see less anger in their relationship and experience the satisfying feelings of being cared for.
For Parishes with Fall Confirmation
Some Parishes celebrate Confirmation in the fall. 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 905-528-7988, ext. 2238.
Ministers of the Word Formation Days
All new ministers who have been invited to proclaim the Word of God to their brothers and sisters during the Sunday Eucharist and other liturgical celebrations of the Christian community are invited to participate in one of two workshops. This workshop will also prove beneficial for those who proclaim the Scriptures as catechists.
Saturday, October 5, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. St. Anthony Daniel Parish, Kitchener.
Saturday, October 19, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Waterdown.
Ministers of Holy Communion Formation Days
This workshop is for all new extraordinary ministers of Communion who have been invited to exercise this ministry of charity during the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist, or with the sick and elderly in hospitals or homes.
Saturday, November 2, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. St. Augustine Parish, Dundas.
Saturday, November 9, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. St. Louis Parish, Waterloo.
Catechetical Correspondence Courses
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.
Registration for Online Faith Formation programs for adults is now available. These programs are offered through the Diocese of Hamilton in partnership with Dayton University in Ohio. Each course costs $50. Information sessions will take place throughout the Diocese in the coming weeks. To learn more about the Online Learning Portal, please visit the website, https://www.hamiltondioceselearns.com/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-528-7988 ext. 2226.
Hope Comes Home Conference: The National Youth Ministry Conference is being hosted Friday February 21st-Sunday February 23rd, 2020 in Hamilton. Registration for the Hope Comes Home Conference is now open! Through keynote addresses, workshops and prayerful collaboration with one another, we look forward to unpacking the fruits of the Synod, and finding ways of applying the Apostolic Exhortation- Christus Vivit into day-to-day ministerial and Parish life. Saturday evening Mass will be celebrated with His Eminence Cardinal Gerald La Croix, Primate of Canada, and one of the Synod Fathers for the Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment. For more information and to register, please visit www.hopecomeshome.com or contact email@example.com or 905-528-7988 ext. 2245.
Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies. There are still spaces available for the October start in the online certificate program for Youth Ministry Studies, offered in partnership between the Diocese of Hamilton and Dayton University. We invite anyone working in ministry with youth who is looking for a current and comprehensive learning opportunity to join the cohort. Participants will learn and pray alongside other youth ministers across the Diocese of Hamilton. For more information about the Certificate studies or auditing courses please visit www.hamiltondioceselearns.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Diocese of Hamilton Campaign has officially started. Fr. Ross and Fr. Mark will be giving a presentation at each Mass the weekend of April 6/7.
Our parish is one of the pilot parishes beginning the campaign at this time. It is a wonderful opportunity for our parish to develop a good financial base as we move forward in the building of the new church and facilities in the coming year.
A banner is up in both churches and each parishioner is encouraged to sign the banner once they have made a pledge for the campaign.
All registered parishioners will be receiving a package from the Diocese with information about the campaign and pledge forms. Some parishioners will be contacted by parish volunteers.
I would like to thank the volunteers for taking on this responsibility. Our hope is that every parishioner will join in this effort to be part of this important campaign for our Diocese, and especially for our parish.
For more information about the Campaign go to: oneheartonesoul.ca
Watch the wonderful video below about the campaign that is very inspiring. Also, you can also download a copy of the campaign statement for our parish by clicking HERE.
DIOCESAN WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS – APRIL 2019
PARENTING TIP OF THE MONTH: Parenting Tip 111 – April ushers in spring with its new growth and warmth and this year the celebration of Easter. Easter reminds each of us of God’s infinite love, that after suffering comes the joy of the Resurrection and that God will never abandon His people. Help your children understand that Easter is so much more than the Easter Bunny; it is our moment of Salvation. God can be a constant stabilizing force in your children’s lives if they learn to rely on him, so teach them how to pray, how to talk to God and how to embrace the gift of faith we celebrate this Easter.
Grief Relief – Has someone you cared about died? Are you grieving the loss of the person’s presence in your life? Are you wondering if these feelings are normal? You are not alone! “Grief Relief” – is a six week educational and support series dealing with grief, offered on Wednesdays, April 24 to May 29th at the Chancery Office, Hamilton, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Facilitator: Karen Hulley, RP. Cost is $35. You are free to attend all sessions, or any one or more as you are able. To register call the Family Ministry Office: 905-528-7988 ext. 2249, or go to www.hamiltondiocese.com.
Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass June 9, 2019 – Are you celebrating your 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, or 60+ Wedding Anniversary in the year 2019? If you are, join couples from across the Diocese of Hamilton for a Mass on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King at 1:30 pm. (Space allows room for Anniversary couples only – those married 60 years or more may bring 1 guest if you require assistance). Please refer to the poster in the back of the church for information on how to register for the celebration, or go to www.hamiltondiocese.com.
Friday Night Support Group 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? This Support Group meets the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. 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 905-528-7988 ext. 2249. There is NO COST.
Struggling from an Abortion Experience – There is Help – Are you struggling with an abortion decision – either your own, or someone else’s? Do you feel alone, emotional, or angry? Project Rachel is a ministry of healing for any person suffering pain or problems from an abortion experience. This confidential service allows people to work through their feelings and find hope and healing. Please contact us at 905-526-1999 or toll free at 1-888-385-3850.
Are you Getting Married? The Diocese of Hamilton offers three education options for those marrying: Marriage Preparation, Catholic Engaged Encounter, or Remarriage (where one or both people have been previously married). Find out more about these options on the Diocesan website at www.hamiltondiocese.com. The first step after engagement is to meet with your parish priest; then book one of the marriage preparation options. Book your course early to avoid issues finding a date that works for you.
Fighting poverty is big business. But who profits the most? Join us March 19th at 7:30pm at St. Michael’s Church, 80 University Avenue West, Waterloo, for the screening of the film Poverty Inc. Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore. For more information visit: https://hamiltondiocese.com/chancellor/library/reeljustice
Join us for a special screening of the film Pope Francis: A Man of his Word. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Wim Wenders, the film provides a personal journey, combining archival footage with direct interviews with Pope Francis in which he responds to questions about death, social justice, immigration, ecology, wealth inequality, materialism, and the role of the family. April 9, 2019, 7:00pm at Holy Rosary Parish, 175 Emma Street, Guelph. For more information visit: https://hamiltondiocese.com/chancellor/library/reeljustice.
DIOCESAN WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist workshops will take place on Saturday, September 22nd at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Waterdown, and on Saturday, September 29th at Holy Rosary Parish, Guelph. Both workshops are from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For registration information, see the Liturgy Office website https://hamiltondiocese.com/offices/liturgy/ or call the Office (905) 528-7988 ext. 2236.
Ministers of the Word workshops will take place on Saturday, October 29th at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Kitchener, and on Saturday, November 3rd at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Burlington. Both workshops are from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For registration information, see the Liturgy Office website https://hamiltondiocese.com/offices/liturgy/ or call the Office (905) 528-7988 ext. 2236.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word workshops for all who celebrate the liturgy of the word with children during the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist will take place at St. Anne Parish, Kitchener on Tuesday, September 25th and at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Stoney Creek, on Wednesday, September 26th. Both workshops are from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. For registration information, see the Liturgy Office website https://hamiltondiocese.com/offices/liturgy/ or call the Office (905) 528-7988 ext. 2236.
Seniors Study Session: Creation Spirituality. This seven week course offered by Sister Mary Heather MacKinnon SSND, D.Min will offer participants an opportunity to understand and find ways to practice a Christian vision of Earth Centered Spirituality. The course will draw on scripture, poetry, ancient prayers, and the lives of the saints and prophets. The course will be held at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30. Cost is $35.00 including text. To register please contact Monica at 905-528-7988 ext. 2238. Online registration is available on the website, www.hamiltondiocese.com.
Grandparents Day: Waiting, Watching, Walking… in Faith
Are you a Grandparent or a Senior who wants to learn more about their faith and how to pass it on to younger generations? Join us for a special celebration in time for National Grandparents Day. Saturday, Sept. 8th from 9:00 am. to 12:30 pm. at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Waterdown. The morning begins with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Crosby, followed by light refreshments. Then sit back and enjoy special presentations from Elissa Lolino, playwright, actress & catechist, and Phil Small, author, poet, educator & grandparent. Anne Jamieson will help unpack the “Waiting”! There is no charge for this event. Your RSVP allows us to plan for the hospitality but walk-ins the day of are most welcome. There will be faith resources for sale at the event. Register by contacting Monica at 905-528-7988 ext. 2238. For online registration visit www.hamiltondiocese.com.
Catechetical Correspondence Courses
Programs are available for children from Kindergarten through to High School who are not currently receiving religious instruction. Preparation for First Communion and Confirmation for children not in Catholic Schools is 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.
Are you a catechist? Do you help pass on the Faith to others? In your Parish? In Sacramental Prep? At home? Join us as we consider the connection between evangelization and catechesis with the help of a new book by Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, “Evangelization & Catechesis: Echoing the Good News Through the Documents of the Church”. Short chapters, great stories, helpful reflection! Wednesday evenings Oct. 10, 24, Nov. 7, 14 & 21, from 7:00 to 8:30pm at St. Gregory Parish, Cambridge. Cost: $35, includes text. Online registration is available at www.hamiltondiocese.com or call Monica at 905 528 7988 ext. 2238.
Has someone you cared about died? Are you grieving the loss of the person’s presence in your life? Are you wondering if these feelings are normal? You are not alone! “Grief Relief” – is a six week educational and support series dealing with grief, offered on Tuesdays, October 23rd to November 27th at the Chancery Office, Hamilton, from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Facilitator: Karen Hulley, RP. You are free to attend all sessions, or any one or more as you are able. To register call the Family Ministry Office: 905-528-7988 ext. 2249, or go to www.hamiltondiocese.com.
Certificate for Grief Program
A certification program will be offered on Wednesday, September 26th and Thursday, September 27th at the Chancery Office, Hamilton, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. International grief trainer and counsellor, Dr. Bill Webster, will present the material and provide a certificate of completion for those who participate in both days of the course. The cost of the program is $90 per day (includes lunch). Contact the Family Ministry Office for more information (905) 528-7988 ext. 2249.
Stress in Your Marriage?
Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel bored, frustrated or angry in their marriage. This program has helped countless couples experiencing marital difficulty. For confidential information about or to register for the program beginning with a weekend on October 12, 2018, call 905-664-5212 or email email@example.com or visit the website at www.retrouvaille.org.
Programs for Divorced and Separated Persons
Our Diocesan Levels programs are designed to accompany women and men suffering after a divorce or separation. Beginning with Level One, which helps them to cope with the situation, and moving to Levels Two through Four, we journey with individuals who need healing to feel whole again. The program is offered in both Kitchener and Hamilton. More information is found on the Diocesan website: https://hamiltondiocese.com/offices/family-ministry/divorce-separation.php.
World Mental Health Day
The Family Ministry Office will host a day of learning intended to assist people in offering needed support. Mark your calendars for October 10, 2018. For more information, contact the Family Ministry Office (905) 528-7988 ext. 2249.
Faith Begins in the Family
Bring your news and views to a gathering on October 20, 2018, sponsored by the Family Ministry Office. All are invited to provide input, practical advice on how we can create strong family ministry and how we can help parents and children thrive and grow in their faith, connect to the church community, and invigorate parish life. Contact the Family Ministry Office (905) 528-7988 ext. 2249 for more information or visit the Family Ministry website: https://hamiltondiocese.com/offices/family-ministry/amoris-laetitia/