St. Francis of Assisi Parish is very happy to be hosting Level 1 Part A Catechist Formation for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, beginning this fall for those who wish to help children deepen their relationship with God through this Montessori style of catechesis. The formation program consists of six retreat-like sessions, one per month, from October 2022 to April 2023. Part B will be offered the following pastoral year. There is a cost to the program but scholarships are available. Click the button below to learn more about the course and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, or you can contact the parish office at email@example.com or 519-745-7301.
In the video below Fr. Toby is interviewing Julia Kozak who designed and beaded the vestments which will be worn by Pope Francis when he celebrates Mass in Edmonton, Alberta on Tues. July 26.
In this video, Indigenous graphic artist Shaun Vincent reveals, and explains his inspiration, for his logo design for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Canada.
THE VATICAN HAS CONFIRMED the program of the Papal Visit to Canada, July 24-29, 2022! The Holy Father will travel within Alberta (based in Edmonton) from July 24-27, followed by a visit to Quebec City and Ste. Anne-de-Beaupre, July 27-29. Pope Francis will visit Iqaluit, Nunavut, the afternoon of July 29th, before returning to Rome. Drawing on the theme, “Walking Together”, the Holy Father’s journey of reconciliation, healing and hope includes visits to a former residential school, Indigenous pilgrimage sites, two public Masses and mix of public and private events. Free tickets will be available for a limited number of events, all of which will be broadcast and accessible via livestream. For ticket information, to volunteer, donate, or learn more, visit www.papalvisit.ca. Please pray for the health of Pope Francis and for a safe and blessed journey in Canada.
This summer we are excited to offer a new article each week written by members of our Laudato Si’ Environmental Team and other parishioners, discussing environmental issues as well as what we can learn from the wisdom of the First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities. Click a link below to read the articles as they come out!
Young adult pilgrims (aged 18-35) are invited to attend the World Youth Day Celebration in Lisbon, Portugal 2023! To provide further details for interested delegates, an Information Evening is scheduled for Wednesday, July 6, 2022, from 7 to 9 pm at St. Andrew Parish, 47 Reynolds St, Oakville, ON, L6J 3J9 in the Parish Hall. This event is being held in person and virtually by zoom for those unable to make it to Oakville. Registration is required for either session by clicking here. The agenda for the evening will include itinerary details, costs, and a presentation by Tour Design the travel agent hosting the Hamilton Diocese event. You will also have an opportunity to meet with the WYD Lisbon 2023 Planning Team and Spiritual Advisors. We ask that if you or someone you know might be interested in attending WYD 2023, or the local celebrations, that you also complete a Declaration of Intent found on our Diocesan WYD Website: https://wyd.hamiltondiocese.com/ You can also read Bishop Crosby’s message about the pilgrimage by clicking here.
As the delegation of First Nations, Inuit and Metis persons meeting with Pope Francis concludes, the Pope responded to all the truths he has been hearing over the past week with a formal apology to all those who have suffered because of the Residential School system. You can watch this final audience in the video below.