Pope Francis invites you to unity!

As we begin this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we realize that it will look different than other years.  But while we cannot be together physically, the pandemic offers us a unique opportunity to join together even more powerfully in prayer.

Yesterday we posted a sermon by Amanda McCulloch, the Associate Pastor of children’s ministry and congregational life at Highland Baptist Church.  If you missed it you can still see it by clicking here

Throughout the week we will post more content about the Week, culminating with our own ecumenical service on Sunday January 24 using music from our sister churches in Forest Hill and Area.  And on Monday January 25 Pope Francis and the World Council of Churches invites you to pray with Christians throughout the world in a live event at 2pm. We will post the link to that service next Monday, and you can read more about it by clicking here. 

Saint John’s Bible

The Diocese of Hamilton is very blessed to own a Heritage Edition of the hand-illuminated Saint John’s Bible.  We had one of the sections of the Bible visit St. Francis a few years ago, perhaps you were able to see the beauty and spirituality of it for yourself.  We invite you to revisit that event and learn more about the Saint John’s Bible by watching the video below, and by visiting the Diocese’ website by clicking here.

Salt & Light Podcast: The Pope’s New Book, Let Us Dream

In this SLHour podcast by Deacon Pedro:

In his new book, Let Us Dream, Pope Francis invites us to dream together for a post-COVID world. This week, book collaborator, Austen Ivereigh, gives us all the details. Billy has a question about Christmas, Mark Matthews tells us what’s good about computer graphics, and we meet singer/songwriter and teenager, Miley Azbill.

fratelli tutti – A Walk Through Fratelli Tutti

‘Fratelli Tutti’: With these words, Saint Francis of Assisi addressed his brothers and sisters and proposed to them a way of life marked by the flavour of the Gospel. In his simple and direct way, Saint Francis expressed the essence of fraternal openness that allows us to acknowledge, appreciate and love each person, regardless of physical proximity, regardless of where he or she was born or lives.” (FT#1) These are the opening words from Pope Francis in his latest encyclical, On Fraternity and Social Friendship.

Join us on Wednesday, January 27th for a 90 minute Zoom webinar to walk through of this beautiful document. Written by Pope Francis to “all people of good will.” Presented by Mrs. Teresa Hartnett, Director of the Family Ministry Office. Register by calling 905-528-7988 ext. 2249 or online at hamiltondiocese.com.

Vespers & Te Deum with Pope Francis

On December 31, 2020, the Vatican put out a special broadcast of Vespers (Evening Prayer) and the singing of Te Deum, celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica.  Pope Francis also offered a reflection on 2020 during this service. We invite you to watch the broadcast now as we enter this new year.