Pastor’s blog

Pastor’s blog

Notes from our Pastor.

Fr Steve’s Installation

On Saturday, November 26th, we were honoured to have Bishop Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton, join us to celebrate Fr Steve Murrin’s formal installation as the Pastor of St Pius X Parish. It was a beautiful Mass, and a moving installation ceremony. Many thanks to the Catholic Women’s League who organized a lovely reception in the hall – complete with low GI snacks for those who needed them!

The War in Ukraine – A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Action

Please see below a Pastoral Letter from the Ukrainian Catholic Bishops in Canada which we have been asked to share with the Parish. The Letter, titled, The War in Ukraine: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Action, encourages us to consider concrete acts of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving as winter approaches.

Pastoral Letter to Young People

“Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world, and everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life.” (Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit, 1) Young people are important to the Church of today and tomorrow. Their faith, creativity, dynamism, and vitality are a surge of hope that can change the world. It is to young people that this Pastoral Letter from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is addressed.…

World Day for Grandparents & The Elderly

“A society truly welcomes life when it recognizes that it is also precious in old age, in disability, in serious illness and even when it is fading.” (Pope Francis at General Audience, June 15) On July 24th, 2022 we will celebrate the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Pope Francis’ goal of creating this yearly world day was to bring attention to our need to care for our elderly. The Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life has…

Additional Clergy Appointments

A number of additional appointments were announced on June 1st, including as relates to our incoming Pastor, Fr Stephen Murrin, and our former Seminarian, Jonathan Reitzel. Details are below.

Indigenous Reconciliation Fund

Below is the text of Bishop Crosby’s Pastoral Letter regarding a collection for the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund that the Diocese has started, in response to Call to Action #61 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Diocese is also offering a learning opportunity called To Inform, Encourage and Heal; a four-week online seminar in which you can engage in the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Details are below. You can also give directly to this fund by clicking…

Catholic Education Week 2022

Catholic Education Week is recognized every year during the first week of May. This year, Catholic Education Week is May 1st to May 6th, 2022. The theme is “Rebuild, Restore, Renew Together”. Below are a number of resources, including a Pastoral Letter from Bishop Crosby, an English-language video from Bishop Crosby, a Liturgy of the Word, and a Prayer for Educators. All the resources, including a French-language version of Bishop Crosby’s video, can also be found on the Diocesan Catholic…

Prayers & Action for Ukraine: Updated

From Bishop Crosby’s weekly update, Heart to Heart, on March 11th: THE DESTRUCTIVE WAR IN UKRAINE continues to capture the attention of the world. Pope Francis recently sent two Cardinals to represent him in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, Papal Almoner, and Cardinal Michael Czerny, Interim Prefect for the Dicastery for Integral Human Development, have travelled to Ukraine and are meeting with Ukrainian refugees in neighbouring countries, offering the reassuring care and concern of Pope Francis and the…
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