Category: The Diocese Published Date Written by Admin
TO: All Parishes and Religious Communities in the Diocese of St. Catharines
FROM: Bishop Gerard Bergie
DATE: May 31, 2013
Dear Clergy, Religious and faithful of the Diocese:
All Pastoral appointments noted below take effect August 1, 2013 unless otherwise indicated
Retirements – Transfers out of the Diocese
Father Stanley Pietlock will be retiring from active ministry and residing in Toronto.
Father William Derousie will be retiring from active ministry for health reasons.
Fr. Gabriel Dias, O.C.D. will be returning to India.
Appointment of Pastors
Msgr. Vladimir Zivcic, V.G. - St. Julia Parish, St. Catharines
Fr. Michael Basque – St. Elizabeth Parish, Wainfleet
Fr. Julien Beaulieu – Paroisse du Sacre Coeur, Welland, Paroisse Immaculee-Conception, St. Catharines, Paroisse S. Antoine-de-Padoue, Niagara Falls, Paroisse S. Jean-de-Brebeuf, Pt. Colborne
Fr. Mario Fernandes, O.C.D. - St. Patrick Parish, Caledonia
Fr. Richard Kowalchuk – St. Joseph Parish, Grimsby
Fr. Mathew Pendanathu - St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, St. Catharines
Fr. Sunny Sebastian - St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Dunnville
Fr. Christopher Szczepanik - Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish, Thorold
Appointment of Administrator
Fr. Ronald Pinto, O.C.D. – Our Lady of Lourdes (St. Mary) Parish, Hagersville, St. Ann`s Mission
Appointment of Parochial Vicar
Fr. Chad Grennan - St. Alfred Parish, St. Catharines
Fr. Charles Moser - Full-time Chancellor, Catholic Centre
We have five seminarians studying for our Diocese: Ronald Angervil, Stephen Bruzzese,
Stephen Innamorati, Trevor Plug and Gregory Schmidt
New Clergy to the Diocese
Fr. Julien Beaulieu – retired military chaplain and priest of the Diocese of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière
Fr. Richard Kowalchuk – working in the Diocese of Thunder Bay since July 2000, priest of the Diocese of
Fr. Ronald Pinto, O.C.D. – member of the Discalced Carmelites Karnataka – Goa Province
Additional Appointments, announced on June 7, 2013
With the approval of his Religious Superior, Fr. John Vickers, C.S.C. has been appointed pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in St. Catharines. I also wish to thank Father Lui Santi, C.PP.S. for his faithful service to St. Alfred Parish for the past two years. Father Lui will be accepting a new appointment to a parish in Toronto that is staffed by the Precious Blood Fathers. I am grateful to the Fathers of Holy Cross and Precious Blood for their ongoing support and ministry in our diocese.
We welcome Fr. Michael Wastag, O.Carm. to the Diocese of St. Catharines. Fr. Wastag is presently serving in New Jersey; he is scheduled to arrive at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre on July 1, 2013. We are very fortunate to have this Centre in our diocese and the ministry of Carmelite priests.
Last Updated on Thursday, June 13, 2013
Category: The Bishop's Letters Published Date Written by The Vineyard
One of the most endearing symbols of Christmas is the manger scene. Here we find the infant Jesus and his parents, Mary and Joseph, surrounded by cattle and sheep and the shepherds. The angel choirs are singing and all present are contemplating the meaning of this incredible event. The birth of a child seems ordinary and yet something truly extraordinary has occurred.
Last Updated on Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Category: Diocesan Announcements Published Date Written by Admin
Hotel Dieu Shaver Gift Shop: The Hotel Dieu Shaver Rehab Auxiliary Gift Shop offers spiritual items and unique giftware, including items for Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation. Knitted goods and crafts are also available. Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday, Holidays 1-4 p.m. For information call Marg 905-682-5867.
Legion of Mary: Come and join in the gospel message to all people. “The objective of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the sanctification of its members by prayer and active co-operation.” (Legionary Handbook, pg. 3). For information contact Gord Kozak at 905-732-6546.
Marriage Preparation: Engaged couples planning to be married in the Catholic church are expected to take a marriage preparation course or an Engaged Encounter weekend.
Natural Family Planning: For information contact Chris & Lena Turner (Serena) 905- 643-3375 or Joan Kenny (Billings) 905-680-4154.
St. Vincent de Paul: Volunteers needed! St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store on Queenston Street, St. Catharines, urgently needs volunteers. Interested persons please call 905-684-2042 and leave names and phone numbers.
Separated and Divorced Ministry: Meetings for this group are discontinued as of November 2010.
Last Updated on Monday, February 02, 2015
Category: Sacramental Guidelines Published Date Written by Diocese of St. Catherines
The Criteria for the Sacraments of Initiation of Children in the Diocese of St. Catharines is the result of a great deal of preparation and consultation. I sincerely thank all of those who have been involved in creating this fine document. In particular I thank the Ad Hoc Committee on Sacramental Criteria, the members of the Council of Priests, and the Religious Education Office of our diocese. I also wish to acknowledge the invaluable input ofpriests, deacons and those involved in catechesis and Catholic education in our diocese.
Download the Criteria for the Sacraments of Initiation of Children at http://www.saintcd.com/attachments/article/4234/Final-Criteria-for-the-Sacraments-July-2014.pdf
Last Updated on Monday, February 09, 2015