To the Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Hamilton,
In recent weeks there has been increased media attention to a staggering number of past cases of sexual abuse of minors which have taken place at the hands of Church leaders in the United States, including Priests, Bishops and Cardinals, as well as cover-ups by those who have been entrusted with caring for the People of God. This news has stirred up justified anger and disillusionment among many in the Church. This news has also ignited renewed cries for accountability on the part of the Church’s leaders and changes in the Church’s procedures for dealing with the perpetrators of such egregious acts which have so deeply wounded their victims.
As the Bishop of Hamilton, I want you to know that I am united with all the faithful in the Diocese who are experiencing the shame cast upon all members of the Church because of the sins of some of its members, especially those entrusted with the pastoral care of God’s people. I likewise unite myself with the victims who have suffered and continue to suffer as a result of the abuse they have undergone at the hands of those who are called to be ministers of Jesus Christ and his Church. I pray for healing and peace for the victims of abuse and for all who have been hurt by the Church’s inaction in the past, and for a renewed commitment on the part of all members of the Church to care for one another, especially, the most vulnerable.
Since 1996 the Diocese of Hamilton has observed a strict protocol with respect to allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of clergy and other employees of the Diocese. This Policy and Protocol for Cases of Alleged Sexual Misconduct was updated most recently in 2013 and can be found on our Diocesan Website. All allegations of sexual misconduct have been, and will continue to be taken seriously and addressed immediately in accordance with our Diocesan Policy.
Earlier this week, His Holiness Pope Francis issued a Letter to the People of God, which can be found on our Diocesan Website. Pope Francis reminds us that “if one member of the Body of Christ suffers, all suffer with it”. The suffering of those who have been abused does indeed cause suffering in all members of the Church. He calls upon all of us to embrace “an attitude of prayer and penance”, so that “we may grow in the gift of compassion, in justice, prevention and reparation”. I invite all the faithful in the Diocese of Hamilton to take up our Holy Father’s invitation and to pray fervently for an end to every form of abuse and a renewed commitment to provide a safe environment for all, especially the most vulnerable among us.
Sincerely in Christ and Mary Immaculate,
Most Rev.) Douglas Crosby, OMI Bishop of Hamilton
ANNOUNCED MASSES FOR WEEK OF
The following was recieved in a letter from Bishop Crosby dated 16 March 2020.
Until further notice all public celebrations of weekday Masses are suspended.
Until further notice, I ask that each Pastor privately celebrate one Sunday Mass for the intentions of the people of his parish, as required by Canon Law (c.534). The faithful in their homes are to be united in prayer with their Pastor.
As Diocesan Bishop, I hereby dispense the faithful from the obligaton to participate in the Holy Sunday Mass (c. 87), until we are again able to assemble for the Lord’s Day, in accord with the directives of health authorities.
The priest continues the work of redemption here on earth…
The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus.
Happy 20 th Anniversary
On May 23rd We celebrate Father Larry Parent on his 20th Anniversary of Ordination.
After Morning Mass he was treated to coffee and cake.
40th Anniversary Talent Night
What a wonderful night!! Thank you so much to all who came out.
The talents shared were so AMAZING!! Here is a recap of the evening in pictures.
Blessed Sacrament Parish’s 1st Annual Golf Tournament
September 23rd, 2017
To help celebrate Blessed Sacrament Parish’s 40th Anniversary, 39 golfers gathered on this fine Saturday morning at The Grand Valley Golf & Country Club. As they enjoyed beautiful weather and each other’s company, many other parishioners were also there to assist in the events.
Father Larry and Deacon Neil were there to lend support, take photos and ensure the accuracy of score cards.
Following the golf, Fathers Larry and Father Paul both joined all the participants for a great meal and the presentation of prizes and the new “Monsignor Edward D. Sheridan Trophy”
Thanks to all for this successful day!
We hope to see you next year once again.
The journey of a 60 X 5 ft. flower bed at the front of the church began last summer when a mass of dandelions invaded the premises. Father Larry sprayed the bed and it laid fallow over the winter and into the spring. It was not a pretty site and many questions arose as to what would become of this area. (Oh thee of little faith).
It was suggested a Pastoral Parish Council meeting that something special should be done for the 40th Anniversary. Something special, foreign to most people, was to make a carpet bed. This is a Victorian Gardening tradition using only foliage plants to make a design. The plant material used is a tropical foliage plant called Alternantera. The plants are all started from cuttings in a greenhouse during the winter months.
Plans began in the spring after extensive tilling and weeding in preparation for the planting. Help came from various people some from the church and from non church members. The first challenge was the design, then the incredibly hot sun and no rain, and the lack of plant material. All was solved with a watering hand from Father Larry, rain from the sky from another Father, an artist friend and the Kitchener Horticultural Society who supplied their left over plants.
It originally looked like organized chaos to most parishioners since they had no idea what was happening. It took a while to develop, but it gradually took shape and became an inspiring display of our parish logo.
I would like to thank all who helped with the garden as well as the compliments from the fellow parishioners.
Gardeners: Huguette Meinzinger, Pauline Merling, Jim Kinzie, Rosemary Poechman, Bernie White, Rosie Gunn, Eileen Lobsinger, Theresa, Father Larry and me ( Maryanne Weiler )
Please consider giving one hour of your time on the First Friday of every month to come and adore Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Adoration follows our 9:00 a.m. Mass, continuing all day and ending with Benediction at 10:45 p.m.
The 40th Anniversary Parish Picnic was held Sunday, June 11th in the school fields across from the church parking lot, under hot and sunny skies. From what was seen and heard, the event was a tremendous success and was truly a display of Blessed Sacrament’s “communion and community” in and around our neighborhood. That is something all you parishioners should be proud of. While we did not take an official count, 330 signed up for the picnic and the actual attendance was close to this number. The weather was perfect, the food delicious, and the spirit was high. The Lord was truly with us this day. Thanks to all of you who brought a pot luck dessert. My will power lost that afternoon. I want to take this time to thank all those that helped out in any way, large or small; before, during or after. Your willingness to lend a hand made things go so smoothly and made the entire afternoon so much more fun. While there are many people that helped make the picnic a great success, I want to single out a few individuals.
1) The Parish Picnic Committee made up of Angie Glencross, Cristina Aquilina, and Patti Schumacher. Thanks for your tremendous organizing efforts, suggestions, and hard work.
2) Fr. Tom Vermiglio (and his crew) from St. Joseph’s parish in Kitchener, for roasting and preparing the pulled pork. It was so delicious and Fr. Tom’s presence was especially welcomed.
3) Tim Borys of The Lancaster Smokehouse for providing the additional smoked pork, the scalloped potatoes, coleslaw and cornbread. Again, it was so good, I couldn’t take just one.
4) Fr. Larry, for your 100% support and involvement of the picnic, your enthusiasm for our parish community, and your bright blue shirt that made it easier for the water balloons to find. The kids love you.
In closing, thanks again to everyone for coming our and helping us celebrate community. This year’s picnic was such a success that we have already booked next year’s picnic for Sunday, June 24th, 2018. It will be held at the Waterloo Regional Police Association and Recreation Centre just outside of Roseville. Mark the date and prepare to have fun. We hope to see you there again.