Diocese and Bishop

Diocese of Hamilton –
Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, DD
Auxiliary Bishop Wayne Lobsinger. VG, EV

Meeting Times and Location

The Serra Club of Halton meets on the third Tuesday of every month from September to June. We meet at St Gabriels’s Church, 2261 Parkway Drive, Burlington, ON L7P 1S9, with Mass at 6:30 pm. followed by a meal, a guest speaker and a short business meeting. Our Club chaplain is Fr. Paul Patrick, OMI.

Even the Covid Pandemic did not stop us meeting.

Please contact serra2012@gmail.com to find out more about Serra Halton.

News

Our Former Chaplain’s New Church

Our former Chaplain, Fr. Jim Petrie, hosted us on August 19, 2021 at his newly opened St. Benedict’s Church in Milton.

Halton Serrans – Volunteer Heroes

These members of Serra Halton, have been recognized by Good Shepherd Ministries in Hamilton as ‘Volunteer Heroes’ for their many years of service and for their work throughout the pandemic helping to keep the food bank open.
Scott and Vi Harrison with Bishop Douglas Crosby

Saturday Morning Mass for Vocations

Seminarian Adrian Dieleman, Fr. David Walter, Bishop Wayne Lobsinger, Matthew McQueen, at Holy Cross Parish, Georgetown.

From September – December 2021 and January – June 2022 Serra Halton is supporting the Hamilton Diocese Vocations Committee in hosting a Mass for Vocations one Saturday each month in a different Parish in the Halton Deanery.

Locations of the Vocations Mass in Halton parishes

October 9, 2021 – Holy Cross, Georgetown
November 6, 2021 – St. Raphael, Burlington
December 11, 2021 – St. Matthew, Oakville
January 15, 2022 – St. Paul the Apostle, Burlington
February 12, 2022 – Holy Rosary, Burlington
March 12, 2022 – St. Gabriel, Burlington
April 9, 2022 – St. Benedict, Milton
May, 2022 – tbd.
June 11, 2022 – St. Andrew, Oakville


Welcome to the Serra Family in Halton, Ontario

The Serra Club of Halton Region was Chartered on September 13, 2012, with Bishop Douglas Crosby OMI, Presiding. This is the third Serra Club in the Diocese of Hamilton. We have been blessed with the full confidence and support of Bishop Crosby and his Auxiliary Bishop Wayne Lobsinger, who is currently the Director of Vocations and Priestly Formation for the diocese and who proposed the monthly Vocations Mass.

Like many other organizations we have responded to the pandemic from April 2020 onwards by becoming proficient in the use of electronic communication: regular emails to maintain communication with our members, weekly rosary, monthly meetings of the Executive committee, and monthly virtual meetings of all our members when we were unable to have distanced meetings and mass in the church. For almost 2 years we have had to curtail Serra visits to parishes, have been unable to hold annual Altar Servers Awards in the Cathedral of Christ the King, and have had to curtail our very successful and popular Annual Golf Day for priests, seminarians and religious. We hope and pray that we will begin to get these activities back into full swing in 2022. One activity that has not ceased is for all priests and permanent deacons in the Halton Deanery to receive each year a card and message recognizing their Ordination anniversary. Our members receive a weekly listing of of the names and anniversary details reminding them to pray for those priests and deacons on those days.

The pandemic has not curtailed our most important activity, to pray for vocations.


Photos

Serra Halton BBQ, July 13, 2023

Garth Brown and Moira McQueen listen to one of Joe Neri’s engaging stories 
Our BBQ super-hosts, Dan and Mary Edmondstone
Rennie and Dawn Milne with Vi Harrison
Vida Nairn and Fr Leo Walsh at the Halton Serra BBQ, July 13, 2023
Scott Harrison, Mgsr Vallely, Bishop Crosby at Serra Halton Charter Night, September 15, 2022. Holy Rosary Church, Burlington
Dawn and Rennie Milne at Serra Halton Charter Night, September 15, 2022. Holy Rosary Church, Burlington
Garth Brown at Serra Halton Charter Night, September 15, 2022. Holy Rosary Church, Burlington
Moira and Matthew McQueen thanking Bishop Crosby after his speech
Moira and Matthew McQueen thanking Bishop Crosby after his speech

Serra Club of Halton 2022 Golf Tournament

Dinner after golf:  Joe Neri, Marguerite Neri, John McDonald (Hamilton Serra Club), Moira McQueen
Henry Svazas, Pat Ogborn, Moira McQueen, Joe  Neri (Golf Committee Chair)
Fr Francis Salazier, Mike McConnell
Fr Pierre Caouette, Fr Ed Henhoeffer, Sr Mary De Pores, Mario Biscardi
Shirley Filipowich, Fr Charlie Jordan, Matthew McQueen, Moira McQueen, Fr Mark Gatto

Holy Rosary Church, Burlington, on February 12, 2022. L to R: Fr Mike Downey, Mary Edmondstone (VP Programs), Msgr Martin Vallely (Pastor), Regina Choromanskis (President)
St Benedict’s, Milton, on April 9, 2022. Fr Patrick Ohl (Parish Administrator), Regina Choromanskis (President), Rev. Mr Leonard Gallant (Deacon, St Benedict’s)
Fr Patrick Ohl (Parish Administrator), Fr David Walter (Dean, Halton deanery), Rev. Mr Leonard Gallant (Deacon, St Benedict’s)
2012 Father Anderson & Bishop McGratton at our Halton meeting.
2012 Mario Biscardi, Cardinal Collins, Regina Choromanskis, Ordanandi dinner in Toronto
2013 Our guest speaker, Bishop Tonnos and Moira McQueen thanking the Bishop
2013 Regina Choromanskis thanking our guest speaker, Neil McCarthy
2014 SEPT 13, Garth Brown Vocation Mass Milton
2015..Moira McQueen introducing the new Halton Serrans
2015..Frank Barich, Fr Dave Wynen
2015 Matt & Moira McQueen
2015 Golf tournament Bob Kelly, Sidonia Polivka,Soli Sisters, Garth Brown
2017 Serra Internation convention in Rome , Drs matt and Moira Mcqueen, Regina Choromanskis, Ann and Tony Mangione
2016 altar servers award..Margaret Carreiro, Bishop Miehm, Matt McQueen
2019 Charter night, Barb Horst, Fr Pim Petrie-chaplain, Ann & Tony Mangione, Mario Biscardi
2019 Charter night ..president Dr Matt McQueen and Bishop Douglas Crosby
2019 Cardinal’s Dinner, Doug Ford, Moira McQueen, Cardinal Collins, Regina Choromanskis, and …….
2019 Donald and Helen Chung at St Pauls Church in Burlington attending a regular meeting
2019 Vida and Bob Nairn 60th wedding anniversary April 4, 2019
2020 Genny Dawson presenting a gift to Rennie and Dawn Milne on their 60th wedding anniversary

List of Officers

  • President – Regina Choromanskis
  • VP Programs – Mary Edmondstone
  • VP Vocations – Barbara Horst
  • VP Membership – Bob Kelly
  • VP Communications – Rennie Milne
  • VP Hospitality – Regina Choromanskis
  • Secretary – Patricia Ogborn
  • Treasurer – Robert Nairn
  • Past President – Dr. Matthew McQueen
  • Trustee – Ellard McBane
  • Trustee – Gerry Woodman
  • Trustee – Dr. Moira McQueen
  • Chaplain – Fr. Paul Patrick O.M.I.

Past Presidents

  • Dr. Moira McQueen, 2012-2015
  • Garth Brown, 2015-2018
  • Dr. Matthew McQueen, 2018-2021

Chaplains

  • Fr. Michael Anderson, 2012-2016
  • Fr. Jim Petrie, 2016-2022