Advent Charities Collection – House of Friendship

Each year our parish chooses a charity in great need to be the recipient of our Advent Charity Collection, and this year we have chosen House of Friendship.

House of Friendship has been ministering to the most vulnerable in our community for 82 years, and since the beginning of the pandemic they have also supported those who normally access our Food Hamper Program. On Nov. 5 House of Friendship announced a temporary closure of their men’s shelter as the temporary space is no longer available to them and while they finalize funding and arrangements at the new permanent site they have identified. You can learn more about this situation by clicking here.

Our support through the Advent Charities Collection will help the organization weather this storm and continue to support their staff and clients until the new site is open. Please make any cheques payable to St. Francis Parish as we will gather your contributions and make one large donation to House of Friendship. Thank you for your generosity and care for our neighbours in great need.

Arise and bear witness!

Beginning this year the celebration of World Youth Day in parishes will take place on the Solemnity of Christ the King. This year the Solemnity of Christ the King falls on November 21st, 2021

Pope Francis’ announced this change during his homily last year on the Solemnity of Christ the King. 
Click here to read Pope Francis’ Homily 

This year His Holiness Pope Francis invites young people to stand up and be witnesses of what they have seen. The entire Church is invited to pray and celebrate our young people on this day and recognize their importance within our Church. His Holiness recently released a letter to young people in preparation for this day of prayer and celebration.
Click here to read Pope Francis’ Letter to Young People 

A Young Adult Celebration of Diocesan World Youth Day 2021

Join the young adults (18-35) of Hamilton Diocese as we gather together to celebrate the Diocesan Day of Prayer for Young People on the Feast of Christ the King.

  • When: Sunday, November 21, 6pm to 8pm
  • Where: St. Margaret Mary Parish – 20 Idlewood Ave, Hamilton
  • What: Evening Mass with reflection by Msgr. Murray Kroetsch, PH, VG

This is an in-person and virtual event – for more details and registration please go to:

Wholistic Restoration Series

Wholistic Restoration: A braided journey toward a more sustainable and reciprocal relationship with Mother Earth and each other.

Offered by the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, this four-part series will be presented by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous practitioners in ecology, land-based education, and research. Together, we will strive to unpack our diverse worldviews, the process of learning, and understanding the connections between humanity and nature. The discussions will guide us through the journey of re-evaluating personal attitudes and assumptions, and the process of decolonizing how we come to know and what we perceive as valuable. The journey includes the process of decolonizing our knowledge and view of nature, reconciliation with all our relations, how to care for the ‘Land’, and opportunities and pathways to work together and give back.

This webinar series will be presented via Zoom from 6:30-8pm, with time for questions at the end of each session. To register, there is a suggested cost of $30 for one session, $100 for all four, or whatever you are able to contribute.

Deadline to register for all four sessions is November 22.

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