Diocese of Hamilton Announcements





Most Rev. Douglas Crosby (Bishop of Hamilton)

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Lent is upon us- a time to strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ and seek inner transformation through fasting, prayer , and acts of generosity. The Church assists us by providing many supports. Throughout Lent we are invited to participate in community celebration of the Holy Eucharist – on Sundays and at daily Mass during the week. Reading and reflecting on the Scripture passages of the day is an excellent practice, as is any reading that guides you closer to the Lord. [READ MORE…]



Young Adults Night

Fr. Mark Morley invites all young adults (ages 20s and 30s) of our diocese to attend an evening of Adoration, fellowship and praise music in support of your vocations.  The Young Adults Night includes a Holy Hour (6:30pm-7:30 pm), social with food (7:30pm-8:00pm), praise night and vocations testimony (8:00pm-9:00pm), and Compline (9:00pm) on Saturday, February 3rd at St. Michael Catholic Church (80 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON). Sponsored by the Vocations Office of the Diocese of Hamilton. For more information, please contact: vocations@hamiltondiocese.com


Young Adults Night (Saturday, March 2 – Hamilton)

Fr. Mark Morley invites young adults (ages 20s and 30s) of our diocese to attend an evening of Adoration, fellowship and music for Lent in support of you as you discern your vocation and as we prepare to celebrate Easter. The Young Adults Night includes a Holy Hour (6:30pm-7:30 pm), social with food, vocations testimony, music, and Compline (9:00pm) on Saturday, March 2nd at St. Ann Roman Catholic Parish (120 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton, ON). Sponsored by the Vocations Office of the Diocese of Hamilton. For more information, please contact: vocations@hamiltondiocese.com



Join the Reel Justice Film Festival February 24, 7:00 – 9:00 PM for the screening of La Lucha Sigue (The Struggle Continues) with special guest speaker Honduran human rights investigator Elvin Hernandez. In Honduras, the most dangerous place in the world to be a land defender, the Lenca and Garifuna people are fighting to uphold their spirituality and Indigenous ways of life in the face of state backed mega-projects that threaten to destroy their lands and erase their existence. The screening and discussion will be hosted online via Zoom. Register and view our full schedule of events at: https://reeljustice.hamiltondiocese.com/  A partnership between the Bishop Farrell Library & Archives and Development and Peace, the Reel Justice Film Festival shines a spotlight on issues of social, political, and economic injustices.


The Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass (FEB 11)

Are you celebrating your 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, or 60+ Wedding Anniversary in the year 2024?  If you are, you are cordially invited to join couples from across the Diocese of Hamilton for a Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, May 26, 2024 at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton at 1:30 pm. (Space allows room for Anniversary couples only – those married 60 years or more may bring one guest if you require assistance). Registration is now available online at hamiltondiocese.com.


Step/Blended Family: Smart Steps for Building Family  (FEB 11)

Are you a parent or stepparent adjusting to blended family life? Smart Steps offers practical insights and suggestions on how to make the relationships work well for all.  The next session will be held at the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph, 28 Norfolk Street. TIME: 9:15AM – 3:30PM.  PRICE: $50 per person (includes lunch). DATE: Saturday, March 9, 2024. Register on line at hamiltondiocese.com and look under Upcoming Events. For more information, contact the Family Ministry Office at 905-528-7988 ext. 2249.




Our 10 week program offers education and support to anyone seeking to heal and move forward after divorce or separation.  The sessions will run on Mondays from April 7th to June 17th from 7-9 pm 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 is required so please call Sarah at 905-528-7988 ext. 2249, e-mail familyministry@hamiltondiocese.com or register on line at hamiltondiocese.com  and look under Upcoming Events.


The Fine Art of Being Happily Married

In his poem, The Art of Marriage, Wilfred A. Peterson writes, “A good marriage must be created” and creating something requires time and attention. We invite you to take the time, with your spouse, to find new and creative ways to increase your connection with each other, to discover fresh techniques for being in relationship and to deepen the love you already share. Join us on Saturday, May 4th from 9:30 – 3:00 pm at the Mount Mary Retreat Center in Ancaster. Cost is $50 per couple and includes lunch. To register on the website go to hamiltondiocese.com and look under Upcoming Events, or contact Sarah at 905-528-7988 ext. 2249.


Struggling Marriage? Find Hope with Retrouvaille

Does your marriage feel like it is more trouble than joy? Does it feel stagnant or disconnected? Is it causing you constant stress?  The solution is Retrouvaille – a program designed to help couples restore their marriage and rebuild a loving relationship.  This practical program, where sharing is not required except between the couple themselves, is designed to improve communication, build stronger marriages, and help couples reconnect. It has proven positive results for struggling couples, including those who may be considering separation or divorce.  The next Retrouvaille weekend is March 8-10, 2024.  For more information call 905-664-5212 or email teamrecine@gmail.com.


RESTART: Refresh, Renew, Revive Friday Night Support Group

Struggling after divorce or separation? Join us for learning, support and fun on Friday evenings. Held the 2nd & 3rd Fridays of each month, these get-togethers offer continual support and insights for people as they journey through the divorce/separation process and beyond. Join in-person (700 King St. West, Hamilton), or by ZOOM. Register before each session: https://sites.google.com/view/hamilton-restart/home, or contact Sarah at familyministry@hamiltondiocese.com, or call her at 905-528-7988 ext. 2249. We look forward to seeing you!


Separated / Divorced Support Group Waterloo

Life changes are never easy. After a separation or divorce, you may be feeling isolated or need of support and healing to adjust to your new life? Come together with others to realize there is a ‘second act’. Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of every month – 7:30-8:30 pm – February 20, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18.  Feel free to come early and join our Parish in prayer – 7:00pm Mass.  We will meet in the Parish Centre (basement) at 7:30pm. To register:  Phone 519-884-9311, or Email:  parish@stmichaelw.ca


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 .


The Pastoral Parish in the Modern World

The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis is happy to offer a three-workshop series this spring entitled, The Pastoral Parish in the Modern World.  This new handbook created by David Wells and Bill Huebsch provides a comprehensive outline of the new vocabulary of pastoral ministry, and how to enact it in your local setting.  This workshop series is designed for anyone who is working or volunteering in parish life including pastoral teams, parish councils, and youth ministry leaders.  Registration for this workshop series is now open.  You can register HERE