Pope Francis is asking each and every one of us to become involved in the synodal process leading up to the Synod of Bishops to be held in Rome in 2023. Today we begin the first phase in our Diocese. We invite you to watch the video and share your voice by filling out the survey: https://hamiltondiocese.com/synod/#resources
The official position of the Catholic Church is that all available COVID vaccines are ethical and all Catholics who are able are encouraged to receive the vaccine. All employees serving in the Diocese of Hamilton are encouraged to be fully vaccinated or to submit to a COVID rapid test every Monday and Thursday in order to carry out their responsibilities. Volunteer liturgical ministers are required to be fully vaccinated. Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, encourages every member of the Catholic Church within our Diocese of Hamilton to be fully vaccinated.
The 17th Annual Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Coulson Cup Golf Tournament is a GO on Sunday, September 5th, 2021 at 1:00pm. The Location is Victoria Park Valley Golf Club at 7660 Maltby Road East, in Puslinch. The cost is $75 per golfer which includes 18 Holes of Golf, Power Cart and a Hamburger or Veggie Burger Lunch with Chips and Pop halfway through.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, there will be no sit-down dinner or Silent Auction this year. Please help support this important event however you can! Any additional questions can be directed to Andrew Vince at 905-781-0262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and to register, here is the link: https://forms.gle/nJcxbeHU9viUhHHB9.
Dear Parishioners and Students,
Like all of you, I was greatly saddened by the disturbing news about the discovery of an unmarked cemetery for Indigenous children on the grounds of the former residential school in Kamloops run by Catholic priests. It’s heart-wrenching to ponder how these children tragically died separated from their families and their communities. Our hearts go out to all those who mourn the loss of these children and suffer from the pain of intergenerational trauma. We pray for the repose of the souls of the children who died and for mercy upon the souls of those who were responsible for their deaths. We also pray that this discovery won’t set back the decades of work for healing and reconciliation, but will rather move all of us to do more for Indigenous communities. Click here to go to the CCCB Web site that provides some of the apologies given by members of the Catholic Church going back to 1991.
Although Pope Francis hasn’t yet come to Canada to apologize for the residential schools as requested in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report in 2015, Pope Benedict did express his sorrow when a delegation visited him at the Vatican in 2009 as described in this article.
And here is an article by Fr. Raymond J. de Souza that clears up some of the confusion and anger.
You may be wondering, if we have been working for healing and reconciliation among Indigenous peoples for decades, why are you not aware of it? The answer is simple: this work is not happening within social media; it is happening on the ground within communities where people are encountering each other’s hearts in person. Moreover, much of the work of reconciliation is not happening between Indigenous peoples and the Catholic Church; it is happening among Indigenous people who are themselves Catholic. They are are being accompanied by their bishops and priests. For example, there is the Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, a coalition of Indigenous people, bishops, clergy, lay movements and institutes of consecrated life, engaged in renewing and fostering relationships between the Catholic Church and Indigenous Peoples in Canada. It was established to assist Catholics as we engage the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its Calls to Action. Click here to go to their Web site.
And here is a video on YouTube about an Indigenous woman and the support she has received from her bishop regarding the preservation of her language:
For better or for worse, they don’t really have a social media presence. This video was the only one I was able to find on the Web. Yet there is information available about the work that is being done on the ground, if you are willing to look for it. I invite you to read a statement by Cardinal Collins found here at the Archdiocese of Toronto Web site, where you will also find a very informative FAQs.
Today, as we celebrate Corpus Christi, let us be the Body of Christ, the Church, with hearts that listen with compassion to the suffering of our Indigenous brothers and sisters. Let us continue to pray this week the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, asking God for an end to the pandemic, for the building of the new church, and for reconciliation. With profound humility, let us move forward together as we build up the Kingdom of God here on Earth.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
Fr. Mark Morley
The good news is that we are going to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord with Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day that you can attend if you register online before midnight tonight, or you can watch via the Zoom or the YouTube live stream. The bad news is that the next day the church will be closed during the provincial shutdown from December 26th to January 23rd. This means no public Masses and no Adoration. If the shutdown isn’t extended, then we will resume celebrating Mass in the church and at the school on Sunday, January 24th. In the meantime, Sunday Mass at the church will be live streamed at 9:00am with traditional music and 11:00am with contemporary music starting December 27th. Mass will also be live streamed from the church during the Octave of Christmas at 11:00am beginning Saturday, December 26th and ending January 1st, the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. We will continue to live stream the Rosary on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm and Mass at 7:00pm followed by Adoration until 8:00pm. Baptisms and Funerals can be celebrated in the church with a maximum of 10 people including the priest. Confession and Anointing of the Sick are available by appointment only. The parish office will remain closed. However, offering envelopes can be dropped off in the office mailbox, or you can continue to give online through CanadaHelps or by e-transfer (See the parish Web site for details.) If you want to make arrangements to pick up your 2021 offering envelopes from the parish office mailbox, please call or e-mail Sophie. Mass intentions can also be requested by using the form in the parish office mail box or contacting Sophie.
As I said in my homily on the First Sunday of Advent, our celebration of Christmas is unstoppable. It will be different this year. We won’t be gathering with family members and friends as we usually do. However, I pray that it will become an opportunity for us to deepen our appreciation for the mystery of the Nativity because we will be celebrating Christmas differently this year.
Your parish family is here to support you during the shutdown. If you need assistance of any kind, please call or e-mail the office. We are here to help. Be assured of my prayers.
Best wishes for a blessed Christmas!
Fr. Mark Morley
Registration is now open for this year’s Coulson Cup taking place on Sunday, August 23rd at 1:00 pm. The downloadable information package and registration form is below or try the new online registration form here:
Please consider sponsoring this important event in some way this year! The information to do so is also in the package below.
Thank you for completing the survey. Based on the results, it looks like we could have as many as 50% of you attending the Sunday Mass at 11:00 am in the school. The numbers should be fine. So no need to register in advance.
However, given the demand for weekday Mass, you will need to register prior to each Mass, starting with the celebration of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, our patronal feast, this Friday, June 19th at 8:00 am. Here is the link to register using Eventbrite:
We only have room for 8 households at a time in the church. Unfortunately, you may find that weekday Masses fill up before you are able to register. I’m sorry about that. But I hope you agree that a “first register, first attend” policy is the best we can do at this time.
Registration links for weekday Masses next week will be included in the bulletin e-mail.
If you come to Mass in the church or at the school, please bring a mask and use the hand sanitizer when entering.
Also, be assured that we will continue to live stream the 11:00 am Sunday Mass and the 7:00 pm Tuesday Mass, starting with the Rosary at 6:30 pm. We will not be live streaming the 8:00 am Friday Mass, except this Friday for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The live stream link for the 8:00 am Mass this Friday can be found here and on the parish Facebook event page:
Meeting ID: 830 1572 9507
For now I will just mention that next week Sophie and Sarah will be able to work in the parish office. However, it will remain closed to the public. Arrangements can be made to pick up or drop things off using the parish mailbox. If you need to meet with them in person by appointment, arrangements will be made to meet in Coulson Hall, using the back door parking lot entrance.
Thank you for your prayers and your cooperation. Looking forward to seeing some of you in person.
Drive-In Adoration Holy Hour Instructions
Adoration in the Camp Brébeuf parking lot, in honour of the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, on Sunday, June 14th, will begin at 4:00 pm.
Please plan to arrive well in advance.
Please respect our neighbours by driving slowly along Brébeuf Path (~10 km/h).
Please follow the directions of the parking attendants. We will need to arrange the vehicles 2 metres apart and in such a way that everyone can view the altar.
Adoration is scheduled to end with Benediction at 5:00 pm.
From Your Vehicle
The Ontario Government has stipulated that:
1) one household per vehicle,
2) vehicles must be spaced 2 metres or more apart,
3) no one can leave their vehicle (no washrooms breaks),
4) no more than 5 people conducting the service while maintaining physical distancing.
Since you will be in your vehicles, audio will be provided via cell phones.
You cell phone audio can be played through your vehicles sound system. However, please mute your microphone.
You will need to bring your cell phone and call the following phone number:
Alternate phone numbers:
Then enter the following Meeting ID:
830 8373 0615
Then press #, wait, and press # again.
If required, the Password is: 024525
Click here for an instructional video:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 830 8373 0615
Adoration will begin in the usual way and end with Benediction. In place of a Corpus Christi procession, Fr. Mark will process around the altar two separate times while a hymn is sung, followed by a reading and prayer. Otherwise, we will pray together in silence.
Please note that you will be sent a letter from Bishop Crosby regarding the protocols for attending Mass and that a letter from Fr. Mark will follow when he has determined when and where Mass will be celebrated next weekend. Be assured, however, if you are concerned about attending Mass, the dispensation from attending Mass on Sunday is still in effect and Sunday Mass will continue to be live streamed during the state of emergency.
Fr. Mark will be celebrating Mass that will be live-streamed at 11 am Easter Sunday, April 12th. Here is the information to join:
Meeting ID: 159 634 956
To connect with your phone, dial these Canadian numbers:
The bulletin can be found on our Web site here: http://sacredheartrockwood.ca/2020/04/11/the-resurrection-of-the-lord-easter-sunday/. It has Fr. Mark’s Easter message, which has much to ponder.
Here is a link to Bishop Crosby’s Easter message and video: https://hamiltondiocese.com/news/2020/April/bishop-crosby-s-2020-easter-message.
Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
I hope you are as well as can be under the circumstances. I’m sure we are all feeling a little cooped up.
To make an understatement, Holy Week is going to be a little different this year.
There will be a live-streamed Palm Sunday Mass at 11:00 am. And there will be a blessing of palms. However, the Bishop has directed that they not be distributed until a later date, which I’m thinking will be after the churches re-open. The Sacred Triduum has been cancelled. Which means that there won’t be a Mass on Holy Thursday with the usual foot washing followed by a Eucharistic procession and an altar of repose for Adoration, there won’t be a Good Friday Liturgy, and there won’t be an Easter Vigil Mass. All three of these liturgies go together to make up the Sacred Triduum. When I say that the Sacred Triduum has been cancelled I meant that these liturgies won’t be celebrated together as one liturgical movement. As the Bishop has made clear, a priest without the people can’t really celebrate the rites of the Sacred Triduum, which include not only the Washing of the Feet on Holy Thursday but also Adoration of the Cross on Good Friday and the lighting of the Pascal Candle at the Easter Vigil. Instead, the Bishop has asked pastors to privately celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, pray the Solemn Intercessions on Good Friday, and celebrate Mass on Easter Sunday. In our parish, all three of these liturgies will be celebrated by me and live streamed for you to participate online according to the following schedule:
Holy Thursday, April 9th
Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 pm
Good Friday, April 10th
Reading of the Passion and Solemn Intercessions at 3:00 pm
Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm
Easter Sunday, April 12th
Mass at 11:00 amThese liturgies will be posted on our parish website and as events on our parish Facebook page along with links for live streaming:
In this Sunday’s bulletin I will be including resources for celebrating Easter in your home. I was thinking about doing some kind of live-streaming event the evening of Holy Saturday. But I was looking at the schedule for Holy Week and thinking there’s plenty of opportunities for us to get together as a parish community. So I’ll be sending you some readings and prayers for Easter that you can do at home with your family or by yourself. I want to encourage you to take sometime this Easter to really reflect and meditate on the mysteries of our faith and the meaning of Easter.
Hope to “see” you tonight during the live-streamed Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm. Kimberley Goh, one of the students from the Newman Centre, has put together (from Vancouver) slides using photos of the Stations in our church.
Fr. Mark Morley