Catherine MacDonald-Spiritualist Medium/ Psychic

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Moved to Caledonia!

Hello everyone!

We have relocated to Caledonia Ontario! We are very happy with the change and I look forward to continuing to provide readings in person, over the phone and online for established and new clients.

 

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2016 A Fresh Start….

With the passing of 9 people (family and friends) between August 2014 and February 2016, I have been reminded and redirected to make the most of my life. It is time for a fresh start. For me the areas I am choosing to work on are my health and my finances.

In August 2015 I started using DoTERRA Certified Pure Thereaputic Grade Essential Oils and Miessence Certified Organic Superfoods and personal products. I am sensitive to chemicals but more than that with the stress of the last year I needed to do something to take care of me and improve my health. I have been doing yoga since 2013 but not as often or with the level of commitment that is needed for consistent long-term positive results. Working as a Spiritualist Medium/ Psychic Advisor, I am in a position of trust and taking care of others. It is not possible to do this when I am not taking good care of myself.

Like everyone else, I get off track and do things that are not healthy. Running between ICU wards and Palliative Care facilities, trying to be there for family and friends who are transitioning to spirit is extremely stressful. While I am blessed to have Spiritualism as my foundation, seeing so many transitions in one year can really challenge the most ardent Spiritualist.

While I am saddened by the loss of my father, father-in-law, two dear girl friends and one dear friend of my husband’s and others, I have chosen to use these experiences as a reason for a fresh start in 2016.

Most important to me is my health. After seeing what happens in hospitals, ICU wards and palliative care facilities, I realize I do not want to be treating symptoms or simply managing pain. I want to live a simpler, healthier and happier lifestyle by being proactive and preventive in my approach.  This is not going on a diet or taking up some new exercise fad, rather it is and needs to be a long-term lifestyle change.

Alternative (complementary) heath management protocols are not usually covered by standard heath insurance. Knowing this and knowing where I want to take my health at this point in my life I also have to change how I deal with my finances. A commitment to live with less for the immediate future so I can be debt free in 5 years is something my husband and I have chosen to do. It is not easy but since making that choice I am more peaceful and focused than I have been in a long time. I am quite sure these lifestyle changes are Spirit directed and the path becomes clearer and clearer the more I let Spirit guide me.

These are my changes and commitments to myself and living my best life that I can starting in 2016. What will you do this year to make 2016 a fresh start for you?


The East Hamilton Spiritual Church Saga Continues….

A random attack from Gisele Marshall on my FB wall today. Have to wonder if it was really her or if her FB account was hacked….. I do not know what is wrong with these people. She told me to stay out of their lives and called me a bitch on a thread about unique shoe storage idea. I have not been to the church since March 2012 and yet they keep attacking me at random…. People with too little to do. Great examples of the principles of Spiritualism…. I guess my blog is having a better impact than I thought.

  • All I did was post the correspondence from the church at the time and my reply. Hard when the truth bits them in the butt 3+ years later. Go figure. Great start to boxing day I must say. Wonder if this was an example of the Christmas Spirit and being Christ like?
  • The thread was as follows:

    Gisele Marshall


    December 26 at 11:28am

    “Catherine stay out of our life Bith.

    Catherine MacDonald “you have a problem… I am not in your life….. Maybe you should learn how you use Facebook and learn how to spell if you are going to use the big words…. Merry Christmas to you. Wonderful way to show the Christmas spirit and the principles of Spiritualism…. I am so glad so much has changed at the church.”
    11 hrs · Like

    Gisele Marshall

    December 26 at 11:33am

    “Also take my Daughter Alice out of your life do you understand this take her Name out of the Hate list Also.

    [ note that Gisele Marshall was the one who recommended I friend this person Alice Orchard on December 7 2014. I did send the request but it was never accepted so this person was never on my friend’s list. Now Gisele is attacking me for acting of her friend request from 2 weeks ago?? I did not even know she had a daughter by that name.]

    Catherine MacDonald “Learn how to use FB you….. YOU added me and so did the others. Wow I am not the one who started this nonsense on a random post. Wow things must be getting really tough at East Hamilton Spiritual Church…. That is what happens when the truth is exposed.
    11 hrs · Like

    Gisele Marshall

    December 26 at 11:37am

    “I never mention Church. you did.You haven change a Bit.

    Catherine MacDonald “Funny you attack out of nowhere on this thread [about unique shoe storage] and you say I am the one who
    is the problem. I am quite sure this is not Gisele Marshall that I know.
    My sense is someone else is using your account to harass me? If it is
    you then you have become a very nasty person not at all the person I met when I first came to Hamilton. But you are right I have not changed. I do not like two-faced, liars and racists and that is what the president of East Hamilton Spiritualist Church is. Too bad the board is to blinded and controlled by her to change things for the church.”
    11 hrs · Like

    Catherine MacDonald Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 11 hrs · Like

    Then Gisele Marshall began deleting her comments and blocked me or was booted off of FB because I reported the posts. Is it me or are these people at this church nuts???

The latest nonsense from East Hamilton Spiritual Church

Michael Sims contacted me tonight in Facebook Messenger and wrote the following:

“I see you are a good advisor but a so so spiritualist. I thought we were taught to forgive and move on. I see you can”t. Hamilton has changed and so has the people, it is all new. You can feel the calm and good vibes in the church, now it is the time you re- think and learn to open you heart again. Take down your trash and forget about your past I do not care what happened, look towards your future and how bright it could be.”

 

My reply:

“Truth is truth and given the negativity of your tone I do not feel that anything has changed at the church. Thanks for the wonderful confirmation that that blog is EXACTLY right and will save many others from being drawn into a church that condones racism, prejudice and belittling of anyone who does not play by Kathy Barnard’s sandbox rules.

 If the church represents Spiritualism then I need to find a new path…. Someone who makes fun of members sexual orientation or mental disability is NOT a good example of what spiritualism is about. Evil can only over take the world if good people stand by and do nothing about it.

And on a final note if you are so unconcerned about the past at EHSC why did you feel the need to contact me at all and attack me in Facebook messenger? Something tells me it is time for the AGM at the church and I am sure your profile is not real also. I would be willing to bet if you are real someone put you up to this.”

The trash this person is referring to is this blog. http://spiritualcat.com/the-reason-i-left-east-hamilton-spiritual-church/


The Reason I left East Hamilton Spiritual Church.

November 15, 2013:  Update… seems there has been a change at East Hamilton Spiritual Church…. a new web site…. I guess the old web designer and his mother are likely out of the church but I am sure all the other issues mentioned below are sadly alive and well… Change is a slow process it seems.

It has come to my attention that over a year after leaving East Hamilton Spiritual Church that I am being bad mouthed by some executive members on the church board. Up until now I have basically said nothing unless it came to my attention through others that I was still being talked about. Since some people cannot seem to tell the truth or not say anything at all I feel I must post the following letters so that people can know what I went through in the two months I was involved with East Hamilton Spiritual Church from March to May 2012 when I first moved to Hamilton.

It is also important to note that before that move in 2012 I was living and working in Toronto and moved to Hamilton with the intention of making the East Hamilton Spiritual Church my home church. In September 2011 I was added to a Facebook group East Hamilton Spiritual Church What’s Going On? and defended the church because I was dragged into drama where 19 people were banned form East Hamilton Spiritual Church for reasons I never did quite understand. What I saw was people making accusations but I did not see actual concrete proof for. Most of what I saw was ex members accusing the board of fraud and to me without proof that is a very serious accusation.

That said, when I came to the church I discovered that the Vice President of the board (Kathleen (Kathy) Barnard)  was the worst gossip monger and took delight in targeting people whom she did not like or who challenged her authority and security in some way. Making fun of how people dressed on Sundays for church or spreading rumours about some people’s sexual orientations and living arrangements are just two examples of the regular goings on at East Hamilton Spiritual Church that I personally witnessed. I also experienced subtle racism from the same woman who made a disparaging comment about one of the students who came to a mediumship  class I was teaching one Thursday night. He happened to be a young black guy in his early 30s who is into the rap scene as he is a DJ. She assumed “he is going to cause trouble” but I explained to the Vice President he was client and a student of mine for several years. So when she said to me “Oh no he is going to cause trouble” I was shocked and offend. I made it clear to her that I knew this man personally and that he was one of the nicest people I have ever met.  She was (from what I can tell) embarrassed and uncomfortable having been caught making such an assumption about someone.

The tipping point though for me through, was when I found out, through Facebook that the web designer for the church website who was a healer in the church was posting Nazi slogans on his personal webpage extolling the virtues of “exterminating the ‘lesser desireables’ in society who were fit to survive the struggle of society”. And his target seemed to be people with Downs Syndrome.  I saw posts making fun of these people’s intellectual impairment. As recall, the photo had the picture of a pre-teen girl with Downs Syndrome and the caption was “I can count to potato”. The most disgusting thing of all this is that his mother (also a member of the board at East Hamilton Spiritual Church) was liking these prejudicial abusive posts.   After trying to talk to the young man about this behaviour and being told to “fuck off”, I brought it to the attention of Vice President of  the board at East Hamilton Spiritual Church as was advised that “he is just a 19 year old fuck up who is trying to find himself”.

This is when I knew that East Hamilton Spiritual Church was not “a safe haven for all who enter” especially not those with intellectual, or physical disabilities or who are not white. As a woman with Cerebral Palsy, who has over come such prejudice,  I did try to have the web designer and his mother removed from their positions at the church  and instead it was me that was banned for voicing my improperly addressed concerns on Facebook when I realize the church board was not going to do anything about it. I feel most sorry for the general congregation and the newly appointed board members who had nothing to do with this nonsense but are in the middle of it nonetheless.

The following letters represent the full exchange that Reverend Leonard (Len) Spicer and I had about the situation. It seems if you are good friends of the Reverend (as the web designer, his mother, and Kathleen (Kathy) Barnard  are) than any behaviour is acceptable.  It is also interesting to note that the web designer, his mother and the Reverend are not even residents of Hamilton. How is it they got so involved in controlling a Hamilton based church in the first place? That may never be clear but the letters are very clear for sure.

LETTER RECEIVED:

From the Desk of Rev. L.P. Spicer

President of East Hamilton Spiritual Church

May 25, 2012

Dear Catherine MacDonald,

On behalf of the officers and congregation, I wish to thank you for your service, which included emergency requests.

However, I have noticed some very distasteful acts of your conduct, which I find unacceptable. As a servant of this Church when you serve, you become a leader and your demeanour at all times must demonstrate social qualities, that encourages all who attend the Church to feel at east and at peace.

Your conduct over the pages of Facebook on the net is degrading from a worker who serves the congregation of East Hamilton Spiritual Church. Your actions and opinions have been humiliating, embarrassing, and offensive, especially in area’s that do not concern you.

Your treatment of the teenager Thomas Needle requires your apology. You accepted an invitation to join a private page on Facebook and in your gauche manner you turn this private page into a public gossip column (I printed the subject matter off) to maintain the Churches image, I have punished Thomas. You also have sent slanderous comments to Thomas’s mother.

For this reason you will no longer be considered to server in any capacity this Church. Your membership of this Church as of this date is withdrawn also your requirements to serve on June 9th 2012 as a reader are no longer needed.

Without prejudice

Reverend L.P. Spicer

MY REPLY:

From: Catherine MacDonald [mailto:cmac29@rogers.com]

Sent: May-28-12 4:50 AM

To: ‘leonardspicer@yahoo.ca’

Subject: RE: Letter

Hello Reverend Spicer:

I have received your letter and can say that we are in agreement on only two matters and I am quite relieved that I am no longer a member of East Hamilton Spiritual Church and will no longer be required to serve.

As to the other parts of the letter I will simply say that I asked spirit to show me what I needed to see as I had requested them to and I am grateful for that.

Now let’s get the facts straight.

1. Thomas Needle is not a teenager by law he is considered an adult as it is my understanding that he is 19 years of age. He posted disparaging hate speech about people with down syndrome and had Hitler quotes on his page also that encouraged the extermination of undesirables who were not fit to survive the struggle in society. I did try to talk to him about the negativity of this kind of thing and was rudely rebuffed. I brought the situation to the Vice President of the board’s attention and it was blown off as “he’s just a 19 year old fuck up trying to find himself”. Is the an example of not being gauche? I just want to be clear on where you draw the line on what is gauche and what is not.

2. Thomas’ mother is a member of the board and she was the one who came after me threatening me that I needed “to watch what I said about Thomas as I had no idea what his intention was by sharing the posts he did on Facebook”. Was that a threat? I do not have to figure out his intentions and the fact that his mother also liked the posts he shared also puts in question her judgement. If I embarrassed and humiliated her then perhaps public shaming was necessary given the circumstances. I did not slander her. I challenged her distorted logic in her feeble attempts to defend and justify and defend her son’s behaviour and asked her directly if she shared her son’s views. I did not accuse her I simply pointed out how twisted her line of thought was and perhaps that is a good thing in the long run as it is Thomas who embarrassed and humiliated his mother by showing the lack of parental guidance that is obviously going on. She added me as a friend and comes after me on my wall and if it is bad conduct for me to embarrass her then I should think she would also be dealt with in the same manner as Thomas and myself for bad Facebook behaviour. Yet I am more than willing to bet that she is still a member of the board and that her membership in the church and her son’s membership were never actually in question because they are personal friends of yours. It is so nice to see that the rules are so evenly and ethically applied in all situations.

3. I have personally heard the Vice President of the same board gossip to me about people in the church that she does not like and systematically target them so they stop attending. I guess making fun of how someone dresses on Sunday or sings hymns and making fun of people you do not like by making up nasty nicknames for them is an example of acceptable leadership behaviour at East Hamilton Spiritual Church? Just want to be crystal clear what the expectations are here.

4. I heard this same member of the board tell me things that were “board business” when other board members would have been admonished for doing so. It seems she does this if it suits her purpose of belittling others and causing drama in the church to get her own way. Again we can see the value of applying the rules in a fair and balanced manner.

5. The vice president of the board was also so rude to me on the last occasion I was there because I was questioning things that are going on in the church and yes did so publicly as this nonsense was brought to my attention on Facebook and I refused just to let it be shoved under the rug. Is that becoming behaviour for a person in her position? If so I am in the wrong church.

Are these the examples of “a leader and [with a] demeanour at all times must demonstrate social qualities, that encourages all who attend the Church to feel at [ease] and at peace”? Is this what makes East Hamilton a “safe haven for all that enter”? I can say I think not.

You say I should apologize to Thomas and that these issues do not concern me but that Reverend Spicer is where you are absolutely wrong. Thomas is an adult and should know better and his mother should have parented him better no doubt. What is happening in the church is wrong. While there is not much I can do about it in real terms, I do have the right to ask the tough questions and make a decision if this organization is the right one for me to attach my name to. I think we all know the conclusion I came to. To that end revoking my membership and not asking me to serve will have little impact on my life except to reduce the huge amount of stress I had been dealing with since I got involved with the church last September due to the other Facebook group where I defended the church and its board. I do wonder if I defended the wrong people but no matter what that group was doing to the board by libeling the members on Facebook with no proof was wrong and so I spoke up. I am not sorry to do that then and now as it was the ethically right thing to do then and I would do it again if the situation arose. Now I see things that are wrong here within the church and I am calling them out. You and the board can ignore them and sweep them under the rug but that does not change the distorted culture that has taken hold in East Hamilton Spiritual Church. Spirit knows what is true and right and what is not and each of us has to live with our own consciences. I am not sorry for what has happened here as I now have a clear understanding of East Hamilton Spiritual Church specifically and Spiritualism in general and I can tell you that I do not like what I see. I am thankful not to have my name mixed up with the church any longer.

On a personal note, moving to Hamilton was for me about recovering my health and I thought the church was part of that but now I can see I am better off without it. It is obvious to me that the energy of this church and your involvement in Spiritualism has cost you our health and I do have to wonder if any church or Spiritualism itself is worth that kind of stress. If this kind of negativity is what is created in Spiritualism and the churches and this what it does to good mediums and ministers who are respected people in the community then I can say I am glad to be as far out of it as possible. I do know as a younger medium that I will take this as a profound lesson of where I do not want my future to be and I sincerely thank you for that lesson as it surely will prolong my life and allow it to be much more peaceful.

Catherine MacDonald

It is sad to see what happens when a few people have too much control of the decision making power and the outcomes that will undoubtedly have an impact on East Hamilton Spiritual Church for a long time into the future.

 

 


Problem With Email Form Now Fixed

Dear readers/ Clients:

Just a short note to let you know that the email form is now working correctly. I was not aware until recently that it was not working and have now fixed the problem.

Catherine


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