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Weekly Mass Intentions


How to pray for your sons, daughters & loved ones
FREE LIVE SEMINAR – by Vernon Robertson
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DECEMBER 3RD, 2017 AT 6:30PM

To join together as fellow pilgrims on our way to the manger
To witness to our community our shared faith in Jesus Christ
To reflect together on our four Advent themes of hope, peace, joy and love
To experience worship in each other’s place of gathering for praise and prayer
2017 Route and Partners:
St. Paul’s – St. Paul’s and Dundas Baptist
Knox – Knox & Life Community Church  and Salvation Army
St. Augustine’s – St. Augustine’s and Grace
St. James – St. James and Christ Church and  St. Mark’



December 12th, Daily Mass Record Book will be opened for 2017 Mass Intentions from January 3rd to April 1st

March 27th, Daily Mass Record Book will be available to have Mass Intentions from April 4th to July 1st

June 26th, Daily Mass Record Book will be available to have Mass Intentions from July 4th to September 30th

September 25th, Daily Mass Record Book will be available to have Mass Intentions from October 3rd to Dec. 29th

This revised procedure has resolved the issue of filling up our Daily Mass Record Book months in advance, thus giving all parishioners a fair chance to have a Mass requested for all weeks of the month.

In order to accommodate this procedure the following two guidelines must be adhered to.
1.)A parishioner can book only two Mass Intentions per year for the same person.
2.)A parishioner is allowed to book a total of two Masses in each three month period.



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. The length of all courses is seven to eight months. For programs to be completed by the end of April, an early start is important. Contact the Parish Office for more information and for registration forms.


Commonly known as R.C.I.A. This program will be offered for those who have never been baptized in the Catholic faith. For those who have been baptized in other Christian churches who may be interested in learning about the Catholic faith are welcomed. If you are interested, or know someone who would like further information please call the Parish Office.

Diocese of Hamilton Policy Regarding the Disposition of Cremated Remains

From the earliest days of the Church, Christians have provided reverent burial for the bodies of deceased members of the Christian community. The Catholic Cemetery became the tangible link between the community of the faithful on earth and the community of Saints in heaven. In the latter part of the nineteenth century, the practice of cremation was introduced in Europe. Realizing that the motives of many choosing cremation were anti-Christian, the Church prohibited cremation for Catholics in 1886.

Cremation as such was never seen as incompatible with Catholic doctrine. However, it was the preference of the Church for bodies to be buried to await the Resurrection on the last day, as Christ himself was laid in a tomb (see Mark 15:46). Once it was established that the choice of cremation was not motivated by a denial of the resurrection of the body, the Catholic Church, in 1963, lifted the prohibition.

Given the growing acceptance of cremation among Catholics, it is important to reiterate the teaching about Catholic Funeral Rites and the subsequent disposition of the cremated remains.

It remains the preference of the Church to celebrate the Funeral Rites in the presence of the body of the deceased, which the Church considers to be sacred, having been baptized, having been a temple of the Holy Spirit and having shared in the Eucharistic banquet. Traditionally, the rites include the Vigil for the Deceased, the Funeral Mass or Liturgy, concluding with the Rite of Commendation, and finally the Rite of Committal, when the body of the deceased is reverently buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum. Furthermore, the Church prefers that if cremation is chosen as a means of disposition, this takes place following the Funeral Mass or Liturgy.

Notwithstanding the canonical preference for burial, in the Diocese of Hamilton it is permitted to celebrate Funeral Rites in the presence of cremated remains, which have been placed in a dignified container (see indult from the Congregation for Divine Worship prot. no. 99/18, December 3, 1984). At the conclusion of the Funeral Rites, the cremated remains should be reverently buried in a grave or place in a mausoleum or columbarium as soon as conveniently possible and not retained for any length of time in the family home. The interment of the bodies of deceased Catholic or their cremated remains should be in a place especially designated for this purpose and reserved as such.

The practice of scattering cremated remains or keeping them at home does not display appropriated reverence for what was the temple of the Holy Spirit. Neither does dividing remains among family members or placing portions of the remains in items of jewellery to be kept by family members show the reverence due to cremated remains. Such practices are not in keeping with our Catholic faith.

The Church is aware that pastors face many challenging pastoral situations relating to the death of an individual. However, Church teaching makes clear the necessity of treating the cremated remains in the same manner as the deceased human body. It is for this reason that the Church does not celebrate the committal rites when the method of disposition chosen is not in accord with Church teaching.

April 26, 2014
The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, OMI, Bishop of Hamilton