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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.

Save the Date!  Please save Sunday, September 10 as the date for our St. Agatha Church Picnic.  Everyone welcome.  More details to follow.

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This week, Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, together with other Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Bha’I faith communities launched a national appeal to address the famines in South Sudan and the extreme food shortages in Yemen, Northeast Nigeria and Somalia.  You are encouraged to support this initiative by making donations directly to one of the recognized Canadian Charities listed below.  Contributions made to one of these agencies before June 30, 2017 will be matched by the Government of Canada with its recently announced Famine Relief Fund.  Donations after June 30th will also be welcome.  This is not a special collection through St. Agatha Church.  Please click on any of the three buttons below to go directly to their websites.

COFFEE SUNDAYS   will be as follows this Summer:

Sunday, July 30

Sunday, August 13

Sunday, August 27  after the 9:00 and 11:00 Masses.  Check out the bulletin board at the back of the church to see how you can help make these fabulous events happen.