Please click on the link below to see a copy of the newly designed CCASH Newsletter “Brighter Futures”. In this edition, you will find details of when Minister Coteau visited our agency, a highlight of Pat McInnes, our spiritual advisor, the success of our Christmas Hamper Program, wonderful news about our Bursary Program, and a reflection from the CCASH Spiritual Care Department. Please enjoy.
Appointment of Bishop Daniel Miehm, Bishop of Peterborough
Today His Excellency, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, announced that His Holiness, Pope Francis, has appointed Most Reverend Daniel J. Miehm, as Bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough. He will be installed as the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough on April 19, 2017.
Bishop Daniel Miehm was born on August 27, 1960 in Kitchener, Ontario. After studies at St. Jerome’s College, University of Waterloo and St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto, he was ordained to the Priesthood on May 6, 1989, at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Hamilton.
Bishop Miehm holds a Master of Divinity degree from St. Augustine’s Seminary and a Licentiate in Canon Law from the University of San Tomasso (Angelicum) in Rome.
Following his Priestly Ordination in 1989, Bishop Miehm served as Associate Pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Stoney Creek and of the Cathedral of Christ the King, Hamilton. Upon completing his Canon Law degree, Bishop Miehm spent several years serving the Toronto Regional Marriage Tribunal. He was Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Hamilton and of St. Ann Parish, Ancaster. In June 2012, he was appointed Founding Pastor of St. Benedict Parish, Milton. Bishop Miehm also served as member and representative on various Councils in the Diocese of Hamilton as well as Chaplain for the St. Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild.
His Excellency was appointed Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Hamilton on May 7, 2013. He was Moderator of the Pastoral Offices and had oversight of the Permanent Deacons in the Diocese. On a national level, he serves as the Liaison to the Canadian Catholic Campus Ministry. Bishop Miehm also co-chairs the Hindu-Catholic Dialogue, one of several inter-religious dialogues sponsored by the Canadian Bishops.
His Excellency, Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, Bishop of Hamilton, issued a brief statement following the announcement:
“Bishop Daniel Miehm served the Diocese of Hamilton diligently as Auxiliary Bishop for the past four years. We are grateful for his years of service and we are sorry to lose him. He will be an excellent Bishop for the Diocese of Peterborough. We wish him well.”
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The season of Lent is now upon us. It is an opportunity to renew and deepen our relationship with Jesus, and to renew the choices we make, so that we might live as he taught. In fact, if we take seriously the Lenten program, it offers us the opportunity to renew our whole life!
Traditionally, Lent is a privileged time for prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
During Lent, we seek time to pray more – alone and with others. We might choose to read something that will nourish our spiritual life and lead us to more focused personal prayer. We might join our Parish community on Friday evenings for the Stations of the Cross; or we might decide to pray the Rosary as a family on certain evenings during the Lenten season. Many choose to attend Mass during the week with other parishioners.
When we fast, we usually cut back on what we eat and drink. Not only will this benefit us in a physical way, but it will also help us in our spiritual life. Fasting often leads us to understand that we depend on God to nourish us in every way. We will recognize the blessings we receive every day, which leads us to be ever more grateful and generous.
As a child, it was a practice in our family to “give up” something during Lent. One year I was courageous enough to give up watching television! It proved to be too difficult, and I confess that I cheated by watching one or two special television programs – in the mirror!!! The only person I cheated, in fact, was myself – knowing that I had failed in my Lenten resolve. The experience taught me that Lent is not about “my” tenacity, rather it is about God calling me always forward, always nearer!
“Giving up” something gives us time to “take up” something of greater value. Giving up social media for two hours each day in Lent could give time to read a book or two, or to write long-overdue letters to distant family members or long-forgotten friends. “Giving up” something might save us money to offer to a local food bank or other charitable cause. Even more, it might give us time to volunteer our talent to make life easier for others in some helpful way. That is almsgiving.
It has always amazed me what can be done when everyone contributes even a little. One generous offering of time, talent, or treasure is something; many generous offerings can make a great a difference in the lives of those who live on the margins. For 50 years our own Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) has made an incredible difference for people in developing countries the world over by supporting projects that changed lives. Perhaps during this 50th anniversary year, we can increase our Share Lent offering to allow them do even more!
By prayer, fasting and almsgiving, our spiritual life is nurtured, our personal life is purified, and our outreach to brothers and sisters on the margins is encouraged. It is an effective Lenten program leading us to a deeper personal encounter with Jesus Christ.
I wish you a blessed Lenten season during which you learn how to live freely and fully in Him!
Sincerely in Christ and Mary Immaculate,
+Douglas Crosby, OMI
(Most Rev.) Douglas Crosby, OMI
Bishop of Hamilton
On Thursday, February 9, 2017 the Honourable Michael Coteau, Minister for Children and Youth Services, paid a visit to the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton. The purpose for the visit was for the Minister to experience first-hand the workings of a child welfare agency in our region and to talk directly with key stakeholders about what is working in the system and what challenges the system is facing.
Minister Coteau met with representative from the Society including the agency’s Executive Director, Rocco Gizzarelli, the Society’s President, John Lewis, Bishop Douglas Crosby, Bishop of Hamilton, as well as staff and resource parents. During the discussion the Minister was updated on the agency’s Community Based Model of Service where our agency works with strong collaborative partners across the city including social services, education and health services as well as other CAS’s within the region. We are working together to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children, youth and families. There was a productive discussion around issues impacting the delivery of child welfare services in the community. After the meeting the Minister stated “This is an organization that was not built here in the building but out in the community. It is evident in the work you do and in the success stories of the youth I met today.”
Another of the highlights of the Minister’s visit was an opportunity for him to sit down with a number of youth who are or who have been in the care of the Society. The group was able to have an open discussion about what it is youth in care and those youth about to leave or having left care, need to ensure the best outcomes possible for their future. The youth were thrilled with the opportunity to meet with the Minister. One stated “My voice was actually being heard, and they’re actually willing to make a difference” while another said “It was a privilege for all of us because he took the time to come to meet with us and to listen to us”. After gathering with the youth Bishop Crosby stated “I am always so impressed by the young people at the agency. They are so resilient, so positive and inspiring.”
“We are grateful that Minister Coteau took the time to visit and have an open discussion about our faith based child protection services” says Rocco Gizzarelli.” The Minister is very committed to a strong child welfare system in Ontario that focuses on serving people in their community and addresses their needs at a local level while maintaining transparency and accountability. The minister spoke about the proposed legislation putting the child at the center of decision making that is culturally relevant and affirmed the importance of maintaining faith based organizations in the system and much can be learned from the work we do.
For more than 63 years the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton has provided vital programs and services to our community. Our work in the child welfare field in Ontario is recognized for its innovative approaches in our service delivery model and our strong connections with community partners. Guided by Catholic values and teachings we serve children and youth within the Hamilton community by protecting their safety and well-being, strengthening their families and nurturing lifelong relationships.
Please click on the link below to see a copy of the newly designed CCASH Newsletter “Brighter Futures”. In this edition you will find a loving Adoption testimonial, a story about school kids going Going Purple and how our community comes together to spread the Christmas Spirit. Please enjoy.