January 2020

Parenting Tip

Colder days in January can mean more time indoors, a perfect time to connect as a family. Board games, puzzles, movie night, sharing a decade of the Rosary, baking or cooking a meal together – these are all great ways to interact and learn about each other. The more time we spend with each other, the greater the connection we feel for the other. Children need to feel they are valued and nothing speaks to their hearts more compared to time spent together!

Marriage Tip

New Year’s Resolutions are often lofty goals that don’t last too long after they are made, but even thinking about them reminds us that there is room for change/improvement. This year skip the resolutions and plan for a specific change in your couple relationship: a date night once a month (weekly if that is realistic); time at the end of each day to ask, what did we do good today, what could we do better; holding hands on walks or while shopping; sharing a coffee every morning before the kids wake up or work interferes; finding one thing to thank your spouse for daily; looking for moments to compliment. There are so many more possibilities, so take the time to do something! At the end of 2020 you will feel a renewed sense of connection and love – try one or try them all, but do try something!

Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass June 14, 2020

Are you celebrating your 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, or 60+ Wedding Anniversary in the year 2020?  If you are, you are cordially invited to join couples from across the Diocese of Hamilton for a Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King at 1:30 pm. (Space allows room for Anniversary couples only – those married 60 years or more may bring 1 guest if you require assistance). Please refer to the poster in the church for information on how to register for the celebration, or go to www.hamiltondiocese.com.

Finding Strength after Separation or Divorce

Has a separation or divorce caused you to feel upset, or like you are on a roller coaster? Would you like to minimize the impact on yourself and feel stronger? LEARNING TO COPE (Level 1) is a ten week support program offered in Hamilton starting Tuesday, March 24 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. at the Diocesan Chancery Office, 700 King St. W, Hamilton. A newly written level 2 program will be offered for the first time on the same evening (past participants welcome!) and level 3 and 4 will run at the same time and location on Wednesday evenings.  Contact the Family Ministry Office at (905) 528-7988, ext. 2249 or find out more on line at:  www.hamiltondiocese.com. Come on your own or bring a friend and find your strength again.

Stress in Your Marriage? Rediscover Joy in Your Relationship!

Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel bored, frustrated or angry in their marriage. This program has helped countless couples experiencing marital difficulty. For confidential information about, or to register for the program being offered on the weekend of March 13, 2020, call 905-664-5212 or email hamiltonretrouvaille1@cogeco.ca or visit the website at www.retrouvaille.org.

Friday Night Support Group for Persons Separated or Divorced

Would it help you to have people around you to understand what you’re going through? Would you like to hear some ideas that will encourage you and help you to develop new ways of coping with the stresses in your life?   The Hamilton Diocesan Support Group meets the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month and they can help!  No need to register just come and join us at the Chancery Office at 700 King St. West, Hamilton from 7 – 9 p.m. For more information call the Family Ministry Office at 905-528-7988 ext. 2249. There is NO COST, but great learning, caring and support!

Healthy Relationships Share Common Skills – Come and Learn More!

“Keys to Loving Relationships” is a ten week video-based program that all people (married, dating, or single) can use to develop the skills needed to have a truly meaningful relationship with a spouse, family member or friend.  Learn how to become a better “me” in all your relationships! The program is offered in both Kitchener and Hamilton as follows:

            In Kitchener: At St. Mark’s Parish, 55 Driftwood Drive, Kitchener (519-571-9200)

                                   Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. January 28 – March 24, 2020

            In Hamilton:  At the Diocesan Chancery Office, 700 King ST. W., Hamilton

                                   Thursday evenings from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. March 26 – June 4, 2020 

The cost is $45.00. For more information or to register, call the Family Ministry Office at (905) 528-7988 ext. 2249 or register at: www.hamiltondiocese.com.

Senior Adult Study Sessions, “The Bible & the Sacraments” is a deeper look at the mystery of the sacraments as illuminated by Sacred Scripture. Examining the rich relationship between the Old & New Testaments, the sacraments are more than mere earthly rituals! This DVD presentation & discussion format is based on the work of Dr. Scott Hahn. David Dayler, Director for the Office of Discipleship & Parish Life will facilitate this 10 session program on Wednesday afternoons, beginning January 22, 2020 from 1 – 3pm at the Chancery Office in Hamilton. The cost is $50 and includes the book, “Swear to God” by Dr. Scott Hahn. Please register by Jan. 13th with Monica by email, mverin@hamiltondiocese.com or telephone, 905-528-7988 ext. 2238.

Bible Sunday

Pope Francis has established the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time as Bible Sunday.  This year it will be observed on Sunday, January 26, 2020.  Prayer Cards have been sent to each Parish and will be distributed at Mass on the weekend of January 25-26th.  Parishioners are invited to offer this prayer together at the conclusion of the General Intercessions in thanksgiving for the gift of God’s Word.  Order forms for Bibles will also be available in each Parish on that weekend for parishioners who wish to purchase a Bible.  We pray that our observance of Bible Sunday will deepen our gratitude for the Word of God and inspire us to root our lives more firmly in the Word of God.