In addition to focusing on parish life, the One Heart, One Soul campaign will advance the Church’s mission by funding shared diocesan ministries that focus on those in need outside of parishes.
There’s a common mission at the Newman Centre in Guelph, the Saint John Paul II Student Centre in Waterloo and the McMaster Students Association in Hamilton: to give Catholic university students help in forming networks and communities that build up their faith during a valuable time in their lives.
All three centres are relatively young in their ministries and aim to build a stronger foundation. They offer programs that include faith formation, prayer and worship, social events and service projects.
Hospital ministry is a way for the church to be Jesus for us in that most desperate moment, providing comfort, peace and healing as we tackle big questions. The campaign goal will serve to improve what we already do to make the church present to a population that might not be present in our churches. Funds will provide for:
Pastoral formation and training for those who minister to the sick, whether it be priests, deacons, seminarians or lay hospital ministers.
Resources for and promotion of palliative care, which aims to relieve the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness.
Funds from the campaign will enhance the mission and vision of prison ministry, in particular by formalizing the structure of the ministry in the Diocese.
This will include the training of deacons and lay volunteers to help them share the healing and compassion of Jesus with those confined in correctional institutions.
MINISTRY TO MIGRANT WORKERS
No matter their country of origin, members of the Body of Christ should always find a home in their local church. The Diocese serves migrant workers primarily in Brant County, Lynden, Waterdown and Port Elgin, and offers Mass in the language of the workers, meals and other services such as English as a Second Language classes. Campaign funds will help with the purchase of devotionals in other languages and busing services, as well as with keeping workers in touch with their families.