St. Augustine’s Parish Bulletins

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PANCAKE BRUNCH
St. Augustine’s Social Committee will be hosting a Pancake Brunch on Sunday, February 11th after the 10:30am Mass in the Parish Centre.
Adults: $8.00; Children: (6-12 years) $6.00 (5yrs and under) Free. Tickets will be on sale after all the Masses on January 27th/28th and February 3rd/4th.

FIRST ANNUAL DIOCESAN BIBLE SUNDAY
Next Sunday, January 28, 2018 we mark the First Annual Diocesan Bible Sunday. All the faithful will be encouraged to use the Sacred Scripture in their daily prayer. Enclosed in next week’s bulletin will be a simple guide to praying with Scripture, along with a bookmark with prayers for use before and after reading scripture in your daily prayer.

On this weekend, January 27th and 28th we will recognize our Bible Study Ministry, who meet on Thursday mornings from 10:30am to 11:30am in the Parish Centre. Everyone is welcome! Following all the weekend Masses there will be a Hospitality Gathering in the Parish Centre. At this time if you are interested in joining the Bible Study Group, there will be volunteer forms available.
 

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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

Bishop Crosby’s Christmas Message

Dear friends in Christ,
We settle in for another Christmas season. Christmas is always a blessing, a time for giving thanks – especially for the Father’s gift to us: Jesus, Emmanuel, God-with-us – even though many struggle at this time of year.

A good friend, a brother Priest, and a member of the Religious community to which I belong, Father Chris Rushton, is being cared for at Emmanuel Hospice in Hamilton, one of the many Good Shepherd ministries. It means, simply, that he is in the process of dying. (I am glad that “The Good Shepherd” is caring for him!)

Father Chris is a remarkable person. He accepts the inevitable with great faith and serenity, and he expresses profound gratitude for every act of kindness he receives – a visit, a gift, a service, a chat, and he is always looking for ways to “give back”. He is an inspiration to those who experience both his joy and the enthusiasm he brings to each day.

His is the example that might guide us:  gratitude for each day – the fundamental gift – the gift of life. Aware of such a great blessing, we find ways to “give back” – precisely by the decisions we make each day to respond generously to those whose needs may be greater than our own.

A word of affirmation is an easy way to do that. It does not cost two cents – but for the recipient it can be solid gold, a life-saver: “Someone thinks I am worth it!” A word of affirmation can be the boost needed for the day – or for a lifetime.

This Christmas affirm someone – anyone – a child, a sibling, a friend, a neighbour! Watch how it affects them. You have done something that will have a ripple effect touching many! It is truly a gift that keeps on giving!

Merry Christmas! May your faith be deepened during this Christmas season!

Sincerely in Christ and Mary Immaculate,

+ Douglas Crosby, OMI
(Most Rev.) Douglas Crosby, OMI
Bishop of Hamilton