Diocese of Hamilton Announcements

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JUNE 2024 BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS

Adult Faith Formation through VLCFF

The Diocese of Hamilton is proud to partner with Dayton University’s Virtual Learning Community for Adult Faith Formation (VLCFF) to offer certificate programs for ministry and enrichment for adult faith formation.  We are currently taking enrollment for the Youth Ministry Certification Program and the Catechist Formation Program for the Diocese of Hamilton, which begins in September 2024.  Three and five week e-seminars are also available at a discounted rate for all adults in the Diocese looking to further their learning.  For more information about our programs, and how to register, visit us at www.hamiltondioceselearns.com .

Listening Together: Meditations on Synodality

The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis is pleased to offer a summer book club to anyone who would like to explore the meditations of Father Timothy Radcliffe from the Synod gatherings in October 2023.  This series of presentations helps us better understand the true meaning of synodality and the importance of discernment in this process.  Offered over four sessions, the book club will gather virtually on Wednesday afternoons in July (3,10,17,24) from 1:00-2:00pm for prayer and discussion.  This series is free of charge and all are welcome to participate!  Registration can be found here: https://forms.gle/aLzYvo1C28BJ6aw36 

Did You Know…

Children in our parishes benefit from the Catechetical Correspondence Program each year for ongoing religious education and preparation for the Sacraments.  We need volunteers to support the program!  If you are willing to accompany these children in their learning journey, please reach out to the Office for Evangelization and Catechesis at catechesis@hamiltondiocese.com. To learn more about the Catechetical Correspondence Program, please visit: https://bit.ly/DOHCCC

PARENTING TIP OF THE MONTH

Parenting Tip #159 As summer approaches and we plan for holidays, camps and childcare, remember to ensure that family time makes a strong appearance in your calendar. These years with our children are about forming a foundation both for their futures and for our adult relationship with them. Don’t let too many scheduled activities remove the most important one, time spent together as a family. In addition, remember that praying and attending Mass together are great bonding moments as well.  (From: Teresa Hartnett, Family Ministry Office; 905-528-7988 ext. 2250)

MARRIAGE TIP OF THE MONTH

Marriage Tip #139  Our Catholic faith tells us that the vocation of marriage has a twofold purpose: the good of the spouses themselves and the transmission of life. It can seem challenging for each spouse to help their husband/wife to be the best person they can be, but when we love, we want the best for the other. It isn’t about criticizing and demanding change, but about helping our spouse to grow in faith and maturity and to become the best person they can be. It is not an easy task, but one that brings great reward to each spouse, children and all those connected to us in any way.

(From: Teresa Hartnett, Family Ministry Office; 905-528-7988 ext. 2250)

To Inform, Encourage and Heal

June is Indigenous History Month in Canada.  We invite you take time in this season to learn more about the Catholic Church’s commitment to ongoing reconciliation efforts with Indigenous communities through a four-week learning opportunity through the VLCFF (Virtual Learning Community for Adult Faith Formation).  To learn more about this study, please visit us at www.hamiltondioceselearns.com.

ReSTART: Moving Forward

Our 10 week program offers education and support to anyone seeking to heal and move forward after divorce or separation.  The sessions will begin again this fall and are held at the Chancery Office at 700 King St. West in person, or you are welcome to join our zoom classroom. Cost is $35 for materials, but no one is turned away. Registration will be online soon, so look to register at hamiltondiocese.com under Upcoming Events, or contact Sarah at 905-528-7988 ext. 2249, e-mail familyministry@hamiltondiocese.com.

Struggling After an Abortion?

Either your own, or someone else’s? Do you feel alone, emotional, or angry and in need of support? Project Rachel is available to help. This confidential service allows people to work through their feelings on an individual basis, with a trained counsellor, to find hope and healing. Please contact us at 905-526-1999 or toll free at 1-888-385-3850.

The Catholic Date Night

Hosted by Kathleen and Jesse LeBlanc of Found Together.  Are date nights with your spouse (or future spouse!) turning into Netflix binge nights?  Do you want to grow in faith and prayer together? Do you wish you had a community of Catholic couples to truly journey with? It’s time to level up your marriage vocation with The Catholic Date Night! Enjoy the LIVE monthly date nights from the comfort of your own home. Subscribe at www.wearefoundtogether.com/datenights and follow them on Instagram @TheCatholicDateNight for date night inspiration and more!

Young Adults Night – Saturday, July 6th – Hamilton

Fr. Mark Morley invites all young adults (ages 20s and 30s) of our diocese to attend an evening of prayer, fellowship and praise music in support of your vocations.  The Young Adults Night includes a Holy Hour (6:30pm-7:30 pm), talk/tour in the church (7:30pm-7:45pm), social with food (7:45pm-8:15pm), praise night (8:15pm-9:00pm), and Compline (9:00pm) on Saturday, July 6th at St. Catherine of Siena Church (620 Rymal Road East, Hamilton, Ontario). Sponsored by the Vocations Office of the Diocese of Hamilton.  For more information, please contact: vocations@hamiltondiocese.com 

DIOCESAN MARIAN DAYS

The Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate, the Diocesan Marian Shrine, will be hosting the Diocesan Marian Days on the first Saturdays from June to October.  The day begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at noon.  The presiders for these days will be Fr. Ian Duffy (June 1), Bishop Wayne Lobsinger (July 6), Bishop Matthew Ustrzycki (August 3), Bishop Douglas Crosby (September 7) and Bishop Daniel Miehm (October 5).  For more information, see the Diocesan website.

Faith After Graduation

The Office of Youth Ministry has produced a resource for those graduating grade 12. Please visit our webpage to access the brochure and the suggested resources to help you stay connected to the faith and your parish after graduating from your Catholic High School. https://tinyurl.com/dohymresources