St. Agatha Church
For parishioners interested in assisting St. Agatha Cemetery: The Catholic Cemeteries and Bishop Crosby has approved a plan to assist Cemeteries. This plan encourages local parishes to raise funds for the benefit of their cemetery (donations are included in your tax receipt). Any funds raised by the parish will be matched with an equivalent donation to the Cemetery Care and Maintenance Fund by the Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Hamilton. In this way more interest is earned by the C&M Fund each year which in turn is sent to the St. Agatha Cemetery yearly and is used for the maintenance of the Cemetery. The Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Hamilton will match the funds raised at the parish level to a max of $10,000 per year. Unfortunately this does not leave a lot of time for 2017. Please write cheques to St. Agatha Church or use a specially marked envelope please and these amounts will be on your tax receipt. Let us attempt to reach close to $10,000 for 2017. Thank you and if there any questions please call the church office.
What is a Care & Maintenance Fund? a fund that every Cemetery in Ontario contributes to. When you purchase either a plot (% of sale) or place a monument (a pre-determined amount) is sent to this Care & Maintenance Fund. Each year the interest earned from this fund is sent to the St. Agatha Cemetery for use for the care and maintenance of grounds and monuments.
Pre-Authorized Giving is HERE! Please take the red & white form at the back of the church (limited copies so only take if you are using); fill out and return by mailing it or placing in the collection basket in a sealed envelope. Feel free to drop it off at the office if you’d prefer. First authorized payment will be on November 20, 2017 and the 20th of every month thereafter or next business day if on a weekend or holiday. Please ensure that you are a registered parishioner to enable tax receipt creation.
What are Mass Intentions? From the very beginning, the Church has honoured the memory of the dead and offered prayers for them, above all, the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, purified, they may have the beatific vision of God. Indeed, St. Ambrose (d.397) preached: “We have loved them during life; let us not abandon them in death, until we have conducted them by our prayers into the house of the Lord”
It remains the custom of Catholics, on the occasion of death, to request that a Mass be offered for the deceased. Although there is no cost for such a request, the usual offering made to the parish in Hamilton Diocese is $10. The presentation of a Mass card to the bereaved is one of the most beautiful expressions of sympathy we can offer to those who mourn. It is also a powerful expression of our faith in the Lord’s promise of eternal life and a loving gift to the faithful departed. A Mass for the deceased may be requested at any time and is a fitting way to remember our brothers and sisters who have gone before us on the anniversary of their death and on other special occasions.
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ADVENT PENITENTIAL SERVICE: Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00pm at St. Agatha Church.
ECUMENICAL SERVICE: Sunday, December 3 at 7:00pm at St. Agatha Church.
THE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE is on the table at the back of the church if you wish to enter the names of your deceased loved ones. We will be praying for them during the month of November.
Pre-Authorized Giving is HERE! Please pick up the form at the back of the church, fill out and return by placing in the collection basket in the sealed envelope.
Ongoing Cemetery Care & Maintenance Fund Raiser: until December 31, 2017 you can donate to the St. Agatha Cemetery (write cheques to St. Agatha Church). Any money raised up to $10,000 will be matched by the Catholic Cemeteries and placed in the Care & Maintenance Fund. See more below.