Last Masses this weekend for coming weeks (April 16, 2021)

We will have Masses Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday Mass is “sold out.” There are some spaces at the Sunday 9 and 11 a.m. Masses. Reserve through the Eventbrite link below.

As of Monday, April 19 there will be no further public Masses until further notice, but we anticipate a return to public celebrations with the end to the provincial stay-at-home order.

We hope to offer the Sunday Mass via internet streaming; information in this regard to come.

Still open for Mass, but with restrictions (April 8, 2021)

St. Augustine’s will still offer Mass according to the existing schedule (Wednesday, 8 a.m., with adoration until 6:45 p.m.; Thursday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.)

We will be operating under seating restrictions of 15 percent of capacity.

To read the text of the advisory from the dioceses, CLICK HERE.

To reserve seats with our ticketing service (EventBrite), CLICK HERE.

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Our rectory dog Marlowe, RIP (April 7, 2021)

We regret to inform the parish that our 3-year-old beagle Marlowe has passed after a brief fight with adenocarcinoma. We at the rectory will miss him.

Mass under lockdown – online “ticket” system now in place (April 6, 2010)

The parish church will be keeping its current mass schedule during the four-week provincial lockdown. However, Saturday and Sunday masses will require that parishioners obtain “tickets”. To improve our reservation system, the parish will be using the online EventBrite service. Seating is capped at 60, plus the required ministers and ushers.

EventBrite is an event ticketing system that will function as our means of reserving seats. We are hoping this will prove more efficient than the quickly organized system used during Holy Week. I am aware that issues arose with respect to how the reservation list was administered. My apologies for any instances of inadvertent omissions that left people unable to attend. I thank our parish secretary, Cindy DeNobriga, and parish volunteer, Shannon Chow who worked very hard in a very short period of time to put together these lists. I would also like to acknowledge our head usher, Tom Muldoon, who was “front line” in managing the situation. It was not an easy task. I would also like to thank everyone for their patience and forbearance throughout all these changes to our parish life, many being very last minute.

Reservations will be made available week-to-week. So, it is not possible to book masses beyond those immediately upcoming.

Parishioners are reminded that the “Sunday obligation” is suspended, and that you are encouraged to attend a weekday mass (at St. Augustine’s, Wednesday 8 a.m. and Thursday 6:30 p.m.) if attendance Sunday is not possible.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered during the current four-week lockdown on an appointment basis only.

To reserve for this coming Saturday and Sunday masses, CLICK HERE

God bless and keep you all. Happy Easter!

Your servant in Christ,

Fr. Scott Whitfield, pastor

Conscience Rights Threatened by Federal and Provincial Government

It is becoming increasingly difficult for Catholic physicians, nurses and pharmacists in Ontario to practice their professions because regulators require some form of participation in ending the lives of their patients. It is time for us to support their need for protection. The human dignity of each person is at stake and we are called to stand for the vulnerable.

For more information visit the Diocesan website: https://hamiltondiocese.com/offices/family-ministry/conscience-rights-for-ontario-physicians

To read the full text of Bishop Crosby’s letter on this important issue, click here: 2021 CONSCIENCE RIGHTS IN ONTARIO Letter to all Priests and Parishes March 5.

We also encourage the faithful to visit this site for information and learn what can be done to stop this affront to our rights: Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience.

Senator Batters on morally disastrous bill to extend “assisted dying”

 

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Just a reminder… The Saint Vincent De Paul Society has been at work all this time!

While its stores have been closed, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) has continued its valuable and life sustaining work through the whole period of the COVID -19 lockdown. While observing the necessary protocols, our parish Vincentians have done visits and provided material help to people of our community in need. That need is sure to grow as the economic impact of the pandemic and the lockdown manifests itself in lost jobs, closed businesses, etc. So please remember the society and its need for financial support through the end of the lockdown period and into the summer months. Parishioners can put a little extra in their offering, and designate it for SVP and the relief of those in need. If you are in need of assistance, or know someone who is,  please call the Parish Office at 905-628-2880 and follow the auto-attendant menu.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word – ONLINE!

Limited seating at our Sunday liturgies, and an understandable anxiety over little ones being able to sit through the whole of the Mass has meant many of our families with young children have not been attending; and those who come also have missed out on a special time with our children’s catechist, Katelyn–it’s been suspended as part of the our COVID-19 protocols.

Katelyn has responded to their need to hear and understand God’s word on their terms despite the restrictions we currently operate under as a parish ministry. So, she’s going online!

Please click this link for instructions on having your children participate in Sunday’s Children’s Liturgy of the Word via Google Classroom.

First parish of the diocese, Hamilton 1827

Our  parish of St Augustine’s is the Mother Parish of the Diocese of Hamilton. In 1827, Fr. James Campion built a small wooden chapel in Dundas, marking the beginning of  St. Augustine’s Parish. The first baptism recorded in our register is August 06, 1827, and since then a vibrant community of faith has called St. Augustine’s  home to this very day. (photo courtesy of Dundas Museum and Archives – GN-0060)
To learn more, click here: Parish History

Mass and Devotions times

ALL PUBLIC LITURGIES SUSPENDED FOR DURATION OF PROVINCIAL STAY-AT-HOME ORDER.

SATURDAY/SUNDAY MASS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE AND RUMBLE.

Weekend Mass Times: Saturday at 5 p.m.; Sunday at 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. (reserve seating only at this time; click here for ticket reserve system)
Weekday Mass Times: Wednesdays at 8 a.m.; Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: (Available by Appointment Only)

 

Children’s Liturgy: Suspended until further notice
Public Rosary: Suspended until further notice. following the weekday morning Masses.
Eucharistic Adoration: from end of Wednesday morning Mass to 7 p.m. (ends with benediction)
Perpetual Help Novena: Suspended until further notice. Thursdays at the morning Mass.
Compline (Night Prayer): Suspended until further notice. First Sundays of the month, 7 p.m.

 

 

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