DIOCESE of HAMILTON BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS

March 2021

The Reel Justice Film Festival is back for another year! A partnership between the Bishop Farrell Library & Archives and Development and Peace, the Reel Justice Film Festival shines a spotlight on issues of social, political, and economic injustice. Films are screened once a month and provide an opportunity for community discussion about ways we can all support actions for change. Details and the full schedule can be found at: reeljusticefilmfestival.wordpress.com. This year the festival is going virtual! All of the films will be available online. Special family friendly screening March 25th 6:30pm – 8:00pm – To the Arctic, narrated by Oscar winner Meryl Streep. The film takes audiences into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs, as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home. RSVP online or by email at library@hamiltondiocese.com. Join the discussion!

Pornography: The Threat, Impact and Catholic Remedy – Pornography is one of the most important issues to understand in our world today. With the ease of its availability on the internet, it affects people of all ages and backgrounds, whether male or female. Pornography today is violent and degrading and often involves young people who have been sex-trafficked. Join us on Zoom (by internet or phone) March 25th from 7-8:30pm and hear more about the threat and impact of pornography on children and adults, how we can educate ourselves and our children to counter its negative influence and how our Catholic faith provides hope to those impacted. Presented by Mrs. Teresa Hartnett and Deacon Joseph Di Loreto. Registration is required but the session is free of charge. Register at https://hamiltondiocese.com/offices/family-ministry/pornography-help.

Parenting Tip of the Month Tip 128: The amount of time spent together as a family during COVID might be considered by some to be too much, but it may also be filling a real need. Past research has shown that children consistently identify a desire to spend more time with their parents and family. Time for them means direct, active engagement. The long-term benefits to family relationships are proven: children grow up healthier in mind, body and spirit. Enjoying quality time with their family’s means children are more likely to turn to their family for love and support, keeping them healthy. So play with your kids, watch a movie together and discuss its message(s), pray together, be active together, cook together and/or clean together; the possibilities are endless. So remember, time with family is powerful when it is interactive, shared by all and fun!

Marriage Tip of the Month 108: At the heart of every relationship there needs to be a foundation of love and respect. When couples respect each other, including their differences, they continually build each other up and enjoy time together. When we respect the other in relationship, we can accept their desire to influence us with their understanding of what is true, good and beautiful. When we are open to our spouse’s view of things, we not only grow, but we grow together. When we grow together, we cannot help but grow in love.

Diving Deeper into Fratelli Tutti – Fratelli Tutti is an Encyclical letter written by Pope Francis to “all people of good will.” Let’s dive a little deeper into its meaning and content over a five session series during Lent. Join us on Zoom for one or all of these 90-minute sessions: Mondays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 (afternoon session 1:30-3:00pm or evening session 7:00-8:30pm) Registration is required. No charge to participate.

Anniversary Mass 2021 Registration – The Anniversary Mass scheduled for June of 2021 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. We invite you to register your 25, 40, 50, 60 and 60 plus years of marriage on the Diocesan website at www.hamiltondiocese.com, simply click on the Anniversary Mass icon on the home page. We will send you the certificate you would have received from Bishop Crosby at the Mass. If you have questions contact familyminstry@hamitondiocese.com.