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Catharines underwent considerable change and consolidation from toin terms of episcopal leadership, spiritual renewal, the first ever lay diocesan congress, and Catholic secondary Diocese of st catharines. O'Mara made the congress the primary diocesan instrument to prepare local Catholics for the Great Jubilee in the year Priests and people have also celebrated many notable anniversaries and undertaken a number of church renovations and expansions, the most impressive among them being the wholesale restoration of the cathedral.

The founding bishop of the Diocese of st catharines, Most Rev. McCarthy, died on November 15, He had been bishop for twenty years, from toduring which time he guided the local church through the many reforms in liturgy and governance brought about by the implementation of Vatican II.

Since Catholic secondary education in the diocese has experienced tremendous growth in the number of students and new schools.

Added to the roster of high schools were St. Francis and Ecole secondaire Jean Vanier in St. Major renovations and expansion have been carried out at Lakeshore Catholic, St. The largest restoration project was the cathedral parish of St.

More than one million dollars was spent on the work, which included a new pipe organ, work on the foundation, and repairs to the bell tower. The diocese also renovated the former Church of the Resurrection on Merrittville Highway near Brock University for a diocesan pastoral centre. The first Catholic church at Diocese of st catharines. Catharines was built to meet the spiritual needs of the Irish labourers who built the first Welland Canal which was opened in It was a wood structure on the same site as the present cathedral.

This first Catholic Church was burned down by an arsonist on August 23, Fortunately the second Welland Canal was being built between and thus there were once again many Irish labourers in the area.

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There was much sickness in the work camps and Dr. Constantine Lee, then Pastor at St. Catharines, contracted one of the diseases while ministering to the workers and died in the winter of Often there were delays in construction of the canal, so the Irish workers used their free time to build a new parish church.

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Father McDonagh opened the new church, which was dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria on June 10, During the latter part of the nineteenth century many additions were made to the church to give it the structure it has now.

In the post-Vatican II period its interior was updated somewhat to give the church the appearance that it has today. For almost a century the church was usually the seat of the Deanery of St. Catharines, the Dean residing at Diocese of st catharines Rectory.

In it celebrated the centennial of the opening of the present church. Although the exact reasons why the City of St. Catharines was originally called by this name remain in doubt, faithful throughout the diocese continue to have a strong devotion for their patron saint. A citizen of Alexandria, Egypt, St.

Catherine died around AD, in one of the persecutions of Christians that were so common in the Roman Empire. She refused to renounce her Christian faith and in her trials she converted many to Christianity. She was tortured on a spiked wheel which broke miraculously when she was placed upon it.

Hence the broken Catherine Wheel in church symbolism. "Diocese of st catharines" she was beheaded and her Diocese of st catharines is reputedly buried in a monastery on Mount Sinai.

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Catherine was one of the voices that spoke to St. Joan of Arc and St. Catherine has always been a particularly popular saint among the Diocese of st catharines of France. Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys brought over from France to Quebec the tradition of special celebrations on St.

Catherine's Day, November 25th of each year. In the Province of Quebec St. Catherine's Feast is still celebrated as the special day for unmarried women.

She is the patroness of maidens, philosophers and preachers, and of the Cathedral and Diocese of St.

The first crest was designed when the new Diocese of St. Catharines was established in This crest consisted of the Bishop's mitre, and the broken Catherine Wheel superimposed upon the Welland Canal.

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This was replaced by a second crest inwhich hoped to incorporate still more of the theological, historical and geographical features of the Diocese. The components of the new crest are: The crest is divided into a top and bottom half by two wavy lines, representing the two major rivers in the St.

The blue background represents the sky and the rest and peace that only Heaven can give. It symbolizes the desire of the Diocese for peace with its neighbours in the United States of America, as well as within the local Niagara Peninsula community, an area of Canada which has had more than its share of battles over the centuries.

Inthe Diocese of St. Catharines numbered aboutCatholics, with about 50 parish Diocese of st catharines mission churches and served by some priests. There were twenty religious communities of fathers, brothers, and sisters who ran a wide variety of educational, social, medical and charitable institutions within the Diocese. Catholic chaplains were also assigned to major religious and secular institutions. The Catholic community has contributed to all walks of life in the Niagara Peninsula over the years.

In addition to their spiritual role, first as missionaries, then as chaplains and finally as parish priests, the clergy have taken a strong hand over the years in building up the institutional and spiritual life of the area with the help of religious communities.

The laity over the years have served as explorers, traders, soldiers, farmers, canal builders, railroad workers and factory labourers. In addition to their spiritual and charitable contributions the laity have added immensely to the social, intellectual and cultural life of the Peninsula community.

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