It’s Kinship Week, a time to celebrate kinship families and their positive impact on the welfare of children in our community. Thank you to the 133 kin homes that were associated with our agency in 2016-2017! You are making a real difference in the lives of the children you care for!
Kinship families assume primary responsibility for raising and caring for a child that needs to leave its family for safety reasons, and can include relatives, community members, or other people who are already known to a child.
Statistics show that outcomes for children living in kin families are stronger than for those who are in foster care . This is why we explore kinship as a preferred option for children in need of care, whenever possible.
Find out more about kinship and Kinship Week through the website of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies by clicking here.
Our Executive Director, Rocco Gizzarelli, wrote this article that appeared in The Hamilton Spectator on September 12, 2017, about youth homelessness and the need for an integrated, collaborative approach.
We are proud to be the lead agency for the Youth Housing Support Project, in partnership with the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton, Good Shepherd Youth Services, Living Rock Ministries, and Wesley Urban Ministries — Wesley Youth Services. Through this project, over 630 youth have obtained and maintained safe and stable housing. This is something to be proud of, but as the article says, solving the problem of youth homelessness will require increased action on the part of government, communities, and all social services that impact children and youth.
The 2017 Peder Larsen Care Beyond Belief Golf Tournament was a big success! Graced by beautiful weather, the golfers had a great time, and generously supported the CCASH Child & Youth Opportunities Fund. Thanks to everyone who was involved, and congratulations to the many winners of the day, listed below.
Many thanks to our sponsors and donors; we couldn’t have done it without you! And a special thanks to the Preyra brothers – Al, Ian, and Ron — for their outstanding support, as lead corporate sponsor through Bergmanis Preyra LLP, as foursome recruiters, as silent auction donors, and as general supporters of CCASH’s work. You’ll find a list of all our sponsors at the end of this post.
To see photos of the day, visit our Facebook page at @hamiltonccas and be sure to LIKE us!
Mixed Low Score: Gasper Lipari, Jim Gladun, Kathy Wakeman, Mike Mullen
Women’s Low Score: Pat Millar, Kathy Smithson, Debbie Lapierre
Men’s Low Score: Graham Jones, Bruce Payne, John Yanch, Ken Sims
Most Honest Team: Wilma Dunn, Alice Puma, Catherine VanGemert, Jack Fernihough
Women’s Longest Drive: Andrea DeMichele
Women’s Closest to the Pin: Pat Budd
Men’s Longest Drive: Bryant Doerrsma
Men’s Closest to the Pin: Bruce Payne
Door Prize: Ron Preyra
Raffle Prize: Mindy Tweedle
The Society, along with Family & Children’s Services Niagara and The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton recently participated in a networking conference with keynote speaker French Language Commissioner, Mr. Francois Boileau. Front page coverage of the event in Le Régional news indicates the importance of having accessible French language services available, especially for vulnerable populations.
View the full article in Le Régional here.
La Société catholique de l’aide à l’enfance fournit tous ses services en français. Pour parler à l’un des membres de notre équipe de langue française, veuillez appeler 1-855-550-3571.
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