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Worship and fellowship most restrictions lifted; some exceptions (March 18, 2022)

Effective March 21, 2022 most pandemic restrictions will be lifted with respect to both worship and parish fellowship activities.

  • Masks are no longer required in the church, parish offices, meeting spaces and parish hall.
  • Physical distancing is no longer required.
  • Celebrations of Children’s Liturgy of the Word (and other youth ministry) is permitted. Although with respect to the children’s liturgy, this might not be available until the fall of this year.
  • The Sign of Peace may be given, preferably a bow instead of a handshake.
  • However, for the time being masks will continue to be worn by priests and extraordinary ministers of communion for the distribution of the blessed sacrament. 
  • Those who wish to receive communion on the tongue will continue to receive the sacrament after all others.
  • Collections at mass will continue to be done as people enter or leave (i.e. no passing of the basket!)
  • Vaccination and testing requirements for liturgical ministers (ushers, servers, lectors and ministers of communion) are lifted.
  • Contact tracing for use of the parish centre or when entering the parish offices is no longer required.
  • Holy water is again permitted at our entrance. According to the diocesan memorandum sent February 24, “The latest medical opinion from the Worship Safe Committee of the ACBO informs us that… transmission (of COVID-19) by fomites (touching inanimate objects) or by food and water does not appear to occur with the Omicron variant.”
  • Choirs are permitted.
  • For the immediate future, we will continue to stream/offer a recording online of the whole of the Sunday mass.
  • Confessions will resume in our church confessional, Saturdays 3:45 to 4:40 p.m., prior to the 5 o’clock mass.

The dispensation from the Sunday obligation is still in force.

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First parish of the diocese, Hamilton 1827


St. Augustine Church, built 1864
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
Chalice, presented to Father Feeney, Dec. 24, 1884

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Weekend Mass Times: Saturday at 5 p.m.; Sunday at 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Weekday Mass Times: Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 8 a.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturdays 3:45 to 4:40 p.m. (last penitent at 4:30 p.m.);  and by appointment

Public Rosary: following the Wednesday-Friday morning Masses.
Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction: from end of Wednesday morning Mass to 7 p.m.
Perpetual Help Novena: following the Thursday morning Mass
Compline (Night Prayer): NEXT — TBA



Parish News

Holy Week gallery

Photos by Paul Kiely, parish photographer; B. Whitfield et al.

They shall not be forgotten

It's interesting what one finds poking around in the files! Our parish secretary, Cindy de Nobrega, recently discovered

Garden Work starting soon!

Equipment has been dropped off so that several projects can get underway this spring. Among them is an urgent

New security lighting

St. Augustine is continuing to upgrade its basic facilities toward making our parish a safe and comfortable place for

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Pastor’s Reflections

His peace

Mass readings for the 6th Sunday in Easter:Acts 15.1-2, 22-29 Psalm 67.1-2, 4-7 Revelation 21.10-14, 22-23 John 14.23-29 At every mass, at the communion rite, we hear the celebrant priest quote our Lord to the congregation, “Peace, I leave you, my peace I give you.” This is, of course, drawn from the gospel passage we […]

In which we serve: a communion of love

Mass readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter:Acts 14.21b-27 Psalm 145.8-13 Revelation 21.1-5a John 13.1, 31-35 This Sunday we have celebrations of First Communion with the children of our parish. I hope that we, as St. Paul did, will be opening the door of faith for them, and inviting them to pass through to a […]

The Shepherd’s Voice

Mass readings for the 4th Sunday of Easter:Acts 13.14, 43-52 Psalm 100.1-3, 5 Revelation 7.9, 14b-17 John 10.27-30 Our gospel passage is quite short. In it we have an essential teaching, and that for all its brevity it needs to be considered at length by each of us as individuals and as a community living […]

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