Development & Peace recognizes Michael Beckermann’s life and contributions


Michael Beckermann, aged 80, died August 18, 2017 at the Welland General Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born in Germany, Michael came to Canada in 1957 and received a degree in engineering from McGill University, Montreal. After moving to the Niagara region he worked at Atlas Steel, Welland, for many years. Following retirement, he continued his strong commitment to social […]

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Year of the Rosary: Pray for Peace


Diocesan Marian Event: Year of the Rosary Pray for Peace 100th Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions Saturday September 30, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at St. Alfred Church 272 Vine Street, St. Catharines, Ontario Schedule 8:30 a.m. — Mass with Bishop Bergie 9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – A number of spiritual events including celebration of a Living Rosary. Parishioners, diocesan organizations and […]

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Father Trevor Plug, Funeral Arrangements


Father Trevor Plug, Associate Pastor of St. Alfred Parish died suddenly on June 12th while on holiday in British Columbia. As we pray for the eternal repose of the soul of Father Trevor Plug, we extend our sincere sympathy to his family and friends and to all who mourn his loss. “Requiescat in pace” “The souls of the just are in […]

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Pray, Give, Speak Out


Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (CCCB) President, Bishop Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., has joined an ecumenical and interfaith appeal concerning the famines in South Sudan and the severe food shortages in Yemen, northeast Nigeria and Somalia. The appeal is to involve a joint fundraising initiative which engages the CCCB, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, Aid to the Church […]

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