When he was an altar server as a boy, Deacon Matthew McCarthy remembers his parish priest entering the sacristy before Mass and in a thick Maltese accent often asking the same question. “He would say, ‘So how is my future priest?’ ” said McCarthy. “I was only eight or nine years old so the question didn’t really mean a lot […]» Read more
The National Association of Vocation and Formation Directors (NAVFD) is launching a national survey that has never been done before in Canada. Starting March 17, NAVFD is sending out questionnaires to all major superiors and provincial superiors of religious congregations operating in Canada. Information gathered from this survey will lay the foundations of a research study on the state of […]» Read more
You are invited to Mount Carmel Monastery in Niagara Falls on the second Sunday of each month to explore Carmelite spirituality, a trusted path to get closer to God, in a friendly, informal atmosphere where everyone is welcome. The day begins with Mass at 2:00 pm and ends around 5:00 pm. A presentation and discussion on Carmelite spirituality (around 3:00pm) follows […]» Read more
The key to living out any vocation with joy “will require sacrifice and gratitude.” VocationCulture.ca takes a behind-the-scenes look at the prayerful sacrifices people make that awakens them to lives of gratitude and joy. Creating a Vocation Culture means that we create a culture that actively promotes vocations as personal invitations from God to make sacrifices that lead us to gratitude and […]» Read more
Jesus regularly paused in his ministry to spend time in prayer and quiet with his God. He invites us to take time away from our busy schedule and be refreshed. The second Tuesday of each month is devoted to this special time. A gathering prayer invites you into silence and solitude and Eucharist is available at 11:15 am followed by […]» Read more
On Saturday August 6, 2016 seminarian Stephen Bruzzese was ordained to the sacred order of Deacons by Most Reverend Gerard Bergie, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Catharines, at St. Thomas More Church in Niagara Falls. Ordination to the diaconate is the last step before ordination to the priesthood. Deacon Stephen is a transitional deacon. There are permanent deacons who […]» Read more
Congratulations to Deacon Frank Berardi who was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate by Bishop Gerard Bergie on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria. Deacon Frank will serve at the Cathedral where he, his wife Teresa and his mother Olga have been parishioners for many years.» Read more
In reflecting on my five years of ordained life, I think back to June 11, 2011, where in the same beautiful church of St. Alfred, St. Catharines, I too was ordained a priest. Looking at the excitement on the faces of these four men, who were about to embark on such a fulfilling and enriching vocation of service to God and his people, was truly special.
I couldn’t help but smile and think of how proud we are of each of them and to think of how God will use them to do great things for our diocese.
The new priests will begin their first pastoral assignment effective June 30, 2016. Fr. Ron Angervil is assigned to St. Joseph, Grimsby; Fr. Stephen Innamorati is assigned to St. Julia, St. Catharines; Fr. Trevor Plug is assigned to St. Alfred, St. Catharines; Fr. Gregory Schmidt is assigned to St. Thomas More, Niagara Falls.» Read more
Yesterday (June 4) the Diocese held a Vocations Discernment Day at the Catholic Center. The turnout of young people was better than expected. We had representatives from three communities of religious women and one community of religious men as well as three diocesan priests in attendance. The event provided young people with information about the concept of vocation, how a […]» Read more