Bishop Bergie’s Statement on Assisted Suicide

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March 4, 2016 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, In response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to legalize physician-assisted suicide the Government of Canada formed a Parliamentary Committee to assist in writing new legislation. The Committee has now made their recommendations known. What they have suggested is startling and should cause us great concern. I wish to highlight the most troublesome. […]

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Parishes in the Diocese of St. Catharines wishing to sponsor refugees

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Parishes wanting to sponsor refugees are encouraged to prepare for the sponsorship process by forming a committee and initiating fund-raising. Smaller parishes might wish to work together to sponsor a family. Larger parishes might wish to sponsor more than one family, or provide financial assistance to another parish. Private Sponsorship of a refugee family is a twelve month commitment to […]

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Pope Francis Reforms Annulment Procedures

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On September 8th, Pope Francis issued a motu proprio entitled Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus (The Lord Jesus, Gentle Judge) introducing significant changes to the procedures for marriage nullity cases. These changes will come into effect on December 8th. The changes pertain only to procedural law. There is no change in the church’s constant teaching on the nature of marriage. There […]

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Notre Dame’s 40th Annual Pilgrimage for the Developing World

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Please support Notre Dame’s 40th Annual Pilgrimage for the Developing World. As a significant anniversary year, we would like to extend a special invitation to alumni to support us this year on Sunday October 25th. Please consider joining us on the pilgrimage and / or contributing financially to our fundraising efforts. This year’s theme brings us back to basics – […]

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CWL 59th Annual Diocesan Convention

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. Opening Mass, Information Session, & Reception Celebrant:  Most Rev. Gerard Bergie, D.D., J.C.L. St. Alfred Church, 272 Vine Street, St. Catharines Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Banquet and Keynote Speaker: Teresa Tomeo Topic:  Inspired by the Spirit, Women Respond to God’s Call Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Parkway Conference Centre 327 Ontario Street, St. Catharines, Ontario

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CWL 59th Annual Diocesan Convention

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. Opening Mass, Information Session, & Reception  Celebrant:  Most Rev. Gerard Bergie, D.D., J.C.L. St. Alfred Church, 272 Vine Street, St. Catharines Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Banquet and Keynote Speaker: Teresa Tomeo Topic:  Inspired by the Spirit, Women Respond to God’s Call Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Parkway Conference Centre 327 Ontario Street, St. Catharines, Ontario

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Priesthood Ordination

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On Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:30am, Stephen Joseph Bruzzese will be ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood by the Most Reverend Gerard Bergie, Bishop of Saint Catharines. From that day forward they will be able to bring healing and comfort in the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, they will be able to forgive and wash away even the […]

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Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

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Saturday, May 13 at 7:00 pm, Mass at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria, presided by Bishop Bergie, to commemorate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. This is a special Mass to mark the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions and to celebrate the Year of the Rosary in our diocese. The Rosary will be recited after the […]

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Adoration at the Rosary Shrine

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Celebrating 100th Anniversary of 1st Fatima Apparition & Diocesan Year of the Rosary Saturday May 13, 2017 Adoration from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Benediction at 9:45 p.m. Rosary will be recited every hour on the hour. If you or your group wish to sign up for leading the Rosary at a particular time, or for more details – contact Cathy […]

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The Feast of Divine Mercy at St. Denis Parish

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Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated at St. Denis on Sunday April 23rd, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the church. The Holy Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited this day along with the Veneration of the image of Divine Mercy. A nine day Novena prepares us for this great feast of Mercy which begins on Good […]

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54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations: Led by the Spirit for Mission

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Sunday, May 7 is World Day of Prayer for Vocations, when Catholics around the globe are asked to intercede for more priests and religious sisters and brothers. There will be a Holy Hour at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria from 3 – 4 pm. Materials for community prayers are available for order online at https://www.vianneyvocations.com/store/products/world-day-of-prayer-for-vocations/bulletin-insert-for-world-day-of-prayer-for-vocations/. Pope Francis’ message […]

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Helping refugees start a new life

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By By Jennifer Monahan Correspondent Part 2 of a series. Last week’s article highlighted the plight of Christians in Syria. This week, we take a look at a local group that is working to bring Syrian refugees to safety. Ananias Mission is a nonprofit organization that assists Syrian refugees, founded by Ed Wethli. A parishioner at SS. John and Paul […]

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