Confirmation 2016

Our warm welcome to Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI who presided the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday, May 5 at 7:00pm.

Congratulations to the students from St. Lawrence Catholic School, who are receiving the sacrament! This is a very important step in your life. By asking for the anointing of Confirmation, you are making a binding commitment to embrace the most important commandment: to love God and to love your neighbor as you love yourself. We encourage you to participate in the life of your family of faith. Join us for Sunday Mass, learn about God, serve
others and witness what your friendship with God really means.

Thank you to parents, Confirmation Team and teachers from our Catholic School for your dedication and witness to our young people in the process of preparation.


“See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? In the wilderness I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers. (Is.43,19)”

Dear brothers and sisters: On this Easter Sunday the Risen Lord says to each of us, “Peace be with you” (John 20:29). What a marvelous “good greeting.” Easter is a time of great joy. Christ, our hope, is risen! Imagine the joy of the apostles, the women, the disciples, and of Mary, His Mother. All of them ready to go around the world singing His glory and announcing His message of justice and Peace.

We need this celebration now more than ever because we need to concentrate on the values, the live, the faith and the truth that Easter reveals to us. We need to know them, be convinced of them and live by them. We should not allow the trials and challenges of this life destroy our hope in the life guaranteed to us by the Easter’s Good News.

My friends at this time of Easter, let us ask Him to make us true Christians who live the Gospel, who love the poor and care for the needy and the stranger. Let us be people whose primary purpose is to build up the Kingdom of God, which is “justice, love and peace,” so that the true meaning of Easter will be realized in the lives of humankind. Truly He Is Risen!

Happy Easter Everybody!

Your Pastors


Season of Lent


The season of Lent offers us forty days to review our lives and focus on conversion and spiritual transformation. It is basically a spiritual “spring training” – a time when we go back to the basics of our faith formation through prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and other penitential practices in order to improve and enhance our spiritual lives, and to prepare ourselves to more fully participate in the paschal mystery of Holy Week with a generous heart and renewed commitment to Christ.

The season of Lent begins with the distribution of the ashes on Ash Wednesday. The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts.

Masses with the distribution of the ashes will be celebrated in our parish on Wednesday, February 10 at 9:30am (School Mass) and 7:00pm



Even though tickets for the main event are SOLD OUT, you can still get involved in the life of the parish, rediscover God, and rediscover the life you were made for by joining us for “Reboot and Beyond.” This is a four-part life series, which will take place Wednesdays on February 24, March 2, 9 and 16 (6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.) in St. Patrick church (440 King Street East)



The Way of the Cross is a pilgrimage; a journey that follows Christ’s path of suffering and death. This pilgrimage represents the journey each of us makes in life. In this year of Mercy, Pope Francis encourages us to set out on a pilgrimage of conversion to become kinder, more generous people.

The “Way of the Cross” will be offered every Friday during Lent – Fri. Feb. 12th, 19th and Mar. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, at 7:00 pm; immediately followed by Mass (Confession Time 6:30 – 7pm).



Join us every Saturday evening at 6:30pm, before our evening mass, for the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. In a busy and stressful world, this is a time for you to stop and enjoy some peaceful and prayerful reflection. Let us strengthen our faith with a reliance on prayer.


Parish Communications


In today’s world of social media communications many of our parishioners and visitors are staying in touch with their family and friends through Internet tools of communication, such as Facebook and Twitter.

Our Facebook page (facebook.com/stlawrencehamilton) has already 324 likes, meaning people who follow the up-to-date news from our parish, engaging in conversations and sharing good news with others. We encourage you to join us online, and if you use Facebook on your mobile device, please CHECK IN before turning it off in the beginning of the Mass.

You can also follow us on Twitter @StLawrHamilton (currently we have 20 followers).

And of course don’t forget to check out our website at stlawrencehamilton.ca

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Christmas Message 2015

“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Lawrence,

Every year the Christmas story leads us to a manger where we find the newborn Jesus surrounded by love, compassion and care, despite the poverty he is embracing. It was God’s plan to reveal himself to us through the face of the poor… “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9) When the shepherds came to worship the Messiah, the Son of God, the King of Israel… all they found was a baby in swaddling clothes laying in a smelly manger among animals. But they saw the face of God as they looked in the eyes of baby Jesus!

The mission of the Church, the mission of our parish is all about recognizing the face of God by looking into the eyes of our brothers and sisters. That’s how “faith builds community”.

Everything starts with prayer… We have invited all parishioners to make their prayer very intentional for the renewal of our parish. Every Saturday before evening Mass we spend some time in Eucharistic adoration embracing our mission and ministry in prayer.

In February we will be co-hosting a life-changing event Reboot! LIVE with world renown Catholic speaker Chris Stefanick. He will unveil the Gospel message for us the way you’ve never heard before and will give some practical ideas how to live discipleship in the days to follow. One of them is the concept of Small Group Discipleship. We truly believe that this opportunity to share faith and relationship within small groups renew our community at large.  Acknowledging this powerful way of living our Christian life, the Outreach Team is developing small groups program that will be presented in the near future and started following Reboot! LIVE

All in all, there is much to be thankful for, and much cause to celebrate. Yet there is still a great deal of work ahead and we pray for the grace and the gifts to accomplish the task our Lord has set for us.

May the Lord in his goodness give us a taste of that joy the shepherds had when the light of God’s glory shone around them on the first Christmas night. May the mystery of God being born in our midst engrave upon each heart the assurance of his love and compassionate care. As Pope Francis said, “With Christ joy is constantly born anew.” May this joy fulfill your life!

Merry Christmas to all and a blessed New Year!

Sincerely in Jesus Christ and Mary Immaculate,

Your Pastors

Fr. Tony O’Dell, OMI

Fr. Jarek Pachocki, OMI

Fr. Heinner Paucar, OMI


Giving Tuesday

GivingTuesday is a National Giving Day:
Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday …now GivingTuesday is coming to Canada on December 1, 2015.

It is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.
Please consider your donation to St. Lawrence. Thank You!