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LENTEN LUNCHES
Wednesdays in Lent: February 14th to March 21st - Time: 12 Noon to 1:00p.m.
At: St. Paul’s United Church Dining Hall; 29 Park Street West, Dundas
Theme: The Call to Defend/Speaking Up Against Injustice. Freewill Offering Sponsored by Association of Dundas Churches
Roster: February 14 St. Paul’s and Life Community * February 21 Knox and Christ Church * February 28 Dundas Baptist Church * March 7 St. Augustine’s * March 14 St. James and Ellen Osler, * March 21 St. Mark’s and Grace Valley

LENTEN DAY OF PRAYER
SISTERS OF SOCIAL SERVICE
11 Perthshire Court, Hamilton
Friday, February 23rd 9:30am to 3:00pm
Bring a bag lunch …. Tea & coffee, muffins

KEYBOARD NEEDED
The Parish is in need of a keyboard to use in the Parish Centre for Mass during the church renovations from April to July. If you have a keyboard that you could loan to the Parish during this time please contact the Parish Office. Thank you.

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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. 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.

THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS

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

LENTEN TALKS
TOPIC: “Keeping the Faith in times of “Whatever”.
FACILITATOR: Richard Shields
FOUR WEDNESDAYS: February 21st – March 14th
TIME: 7:00PM TO 8:30PM
WHERE: Parish Centre

. It has been 2000 years since Jesus lived. How can we still believe in a world that has changed so much since then? What challenges our faith today? What is the role of the Church in a culture that treats religion as just one of many personal options? These are some of the questions what will be raised in this series of Lenten talks and discussions. Each week we will talk about these issues from a different prespective: Faith in a Changing Church; Pope Francis – a disturbing Pope sent by God: Finding God in ordinary life; and the Future of the Church and the Church of the Future. Richard Shields, who teaches theology at the University of St. Michael’s College and is a St. Augustine’s parishioner, will facilitate each session.

2018 LIFT JESUS HIGHER RALLY
Be inspired, encouraged and healed at the largest single day Catholic event in Canada, the 26th Annual Life Jesus Higher Rally! The theme of this year’s rally is “Fire on the Earth” (Luke 12:49).
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
At 9:00am to 5:30pm
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

    • Inspired talks by Ralph Martin, Sr. Ann Shields and keynote guest speaker Patti Mansfield
    • The adult high mass  (with Sunday readings) will be celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins
    • There will be a separate youth event (13-18) with great music, dynamic talks and inspirational skits.
    • The youth mass (with Sunday readings) will be celebrated by Bishop Scott McCaig

For Tickets: $25 for adults and $15 for the youth
For additional information, please our website,
www.lift-jesus-higher-rally.ca or contact
(416) 251-4255 or (905) 270-2510.
Flyers regarding the rally can be found on our church bulletin board. We have a few youth from our parish who would like to attend along with an adult chaperone, if interested to join them please contact the Parish Office at 905-628-2880.