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Annual Education Results Report of the CCSD

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The Calgary Catholic School District’s 2021-2022 Annual Education Results Report (AERR) has recently been approved by their Board of Trustees. This report can be accessed at https://www.cssd.ab.ca/reports. The AERR is organized according to the Calgary Catholic School District’s and Board’s priorities. It reflects feedback from district stakeholders and provides assurance as outlined in Alberta Education’s Funding Manual for School Authorities.  All contributions to the process of compiling this report are greatly valued.

Calgary Catholic School District


 

Transitions

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Transitions - Jan 17 to Apr 25

The Pastoral Ministry Office of the Diocese of Calgary is offering Transitions, 15-week peer led support group for individuals who are working through the pain of separation and divorce toward growth and new life.

  • Every Tuesday, from January 17, 2023 to April 25, 2023, from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Catholic Pastoral Centre (120 – 17th Avenue SW, Calgary) 
  • ​No fee registration. Register at catholicyyc.ca/transition

 

Employment Opportunities

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Catholic Pastoral Centre

Your Application package must include a completed Application of Employment Form, a resume and a cover letter describing suitability for the position. ​​​​​​​​

The Diocese of Calgary is looking for a new Executive Director - Finance & Administrator for the Catholic Pastoral Centre. See the job description and application details here.

Other career opportunities are also available: 

Parishes in the Diocese of Calgary

Your Application package must include a completed Application of Employment Form, a resume and a cover letter describing suitability for the position. ​​​​​​​​​

Other

For more information about these positions, qualifications and application details, visit: http://careers.calgarydiocese.ca


 

Indigenous Education

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Indigenous Pastoral and Lay Leader Ministry Education : Jan to Mar 2023

Jointly sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, St. Thomas More College, and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, the online Indigenous Pastoral and Lay Leader Ministry Education program is led by teams of Indigenous and non-Indigenous instructors, modelling respectful and reconciling relationships.

This course: Indigenous-Settler Relationship will be held Jan. 10, 2023 to March 7, 2023, offered online from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST (4:15 pm to 5:30 pm CST) on Tuesday afternoons. Registration is now open! Cost is $200 per course (some funding assistance available.) There is no-prerequisite required to take the course. (However, Directed Study is available to take concurrently for those who wish to complete the previous course).  Those who complete all four courses will earn a ministry certificate.

Find more information and registration online at: https://rcdos.ca/ministries-services/indigenous-ministry-2/indigenous-ministry-education


 

St Mary's Cathedral CWL 4th Annual Quilt Raffle

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St Mary's Cathedral CWL 4th ANNUAL "QUILT RAFFLE" ends Dec 11th !

Our "Quilt Committee"  has quilted two beautiful quilts for its Christmas raffle.

Tickets:  $15 each  OR  $25 for 3 Tickets

Proceeds go to:

  • Elizabeth House
  • St Mary's Cathedral "Roof Fund"
  • St Mary's Cathedral CWL Iniatives

PLEASE SHOP WITH US FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS "Special Gift" .

Quilt Raffle tickets on sale NOV 5th - DEC 11th

Draw date:    Dec 11th @ 1:15 p.m.
                     at St Mary's Cathedral
after the Noon Mass ! 

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING: ELIZABETH  HOUSE and ST MARY'S CATHEDRAL "Roof Fund"


I Am Blessed 2022

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The 2022 I am Blessed campaign will be live on Sunday, Nov. 27 and will conclude on Jan. 8, at the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. 

I am Blessed action items this year:

  1. Pray now - Supporting others with prayer by praying in solidarity with them; ideas on what prayers to pray and what to do if others ask to pray for them.  
  2. Act now - Offering tips on how to be a good friend especially to those who are in need; getting familiar with services available in our midst as we may need to lead others to seek help.
  3. Give now - Providing financial assistance online to programs and intiatives that empower others.
  4. For Advent resources for individual, families or children, visit the CPC Advent Page

 

Christmas in Elizabeth House

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Let us bring a joyful Christmas to the residents of Elizabeth House and help them fulfil their wish list! This year Elizabeth House has 7 moms, 5 babies (under 16 months), 2 more babies to arrive this month, and 4 children (ages 14, 13, 7 and 5) living elsewhere. We welcome donations for these wish lists: 

  • Each family unit has created a wish list, and you can be paired with one family unit by emailing
  • Or donate items from the Collective House Wish List which we will place under the tree for our families to share. Please let us know by email which items you are able to provide, so that we can keep track of the list on our end.
Elizabeth House is also looking for volunteer mentors for our young moms. 

 

 

Pastoral Letter: The War in Ukraine

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The war in Ukraine rages on with no end in sight, claiming the lives of thousands of innocent children, men and women, with millions more on the move as refugees in search of safety, food, shelter, clothing and medicine, in addition to the destruction of countless homes, schools, hospitals and business. As winter approaches, hundreds of thousands of people will have no heat in their homes, with energy being used as a weapon of punishment.

Ukraine and its people are in crisis. Let us renew our efforts to pray, fast, and act. Together we can make a difference in the millions of lives of the children, men and women who are counting on us:


 

2022 Nativity Stamps

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"Keep Christ in Christmas" (and all year long) with this booklet of 12 PermanentTM domestic rate stamps celebrating the Nativity.

Celebrate Christmas in 2022 with this booklet of 12 PermanentTM domestic rate stamps from our Christmas Nativity stamp issue. This stamp issue features a creative rendering of the Nativity, with an emphasis on the star that led the Magi to the infant Jesus.

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.
Matthew 2:9

In biblical accounts, the star of Bethlehem served as both a guide that led the Magi to find baby Jesus and a sign that the prophecy of the coming saviour had been realized. Scholars and astronomers have searched historical records, and even observed remnants of ancient supernovas, in an attempt to date the birth of Christ and identify the nature of such a momentous event in the heavens. However, it remains a mystery whether the unusually bright celestial light was a star, a comet, a nova, a supernova – or even a conjunction of planets, which would have been recognized as a particularly auspicious sign by the learned Magi. Regardless of its origins, the star as described in the Gospel of Matthew provides assurance that the coming of the Christ Child was the fulfilment of God’s covenant with the faithful, and it remains a shining symbol of divine guidance, particularly at Christmas time.

Christmas (2022), Nativity: PermanentTM domestic rate stamps - booklet of 12

Issue Date: November 1, 2022
product standard price $11.04

The OFDC is cancelled in Star City, Saskatchewan.

Source: Canada Post

Good to know

  • PermanentTM stamps are always worth the going postage rate - no top-up stamps required, ever!

CWL members (and Councils) are encouraged to purchase them to ensure their continued production. Christian-themed stamps are an example of successful resolutions by the Catholic Women's League of Canada. See our Resolutions re: Christmas Postage Stamps article for more information.

These stamps are available in outlets as well as through the Canada Post website.  Some nativity stamps from previous years are still available through the website


 

CCCB message for young people

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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued a Pastoral Letter to Young People in honour of the anniversary of the death of Blessed Carlo Acutis, the first beatified millennial. This Pastoral Letter is meant to inspire young Catholics to live their faith in an extraordinary way, encouraging them to strive toward holiness, and assuring them of the steadfast support and accompaniment of their Bishops along their individual journeys of faith. This Pastoral Letter responds to the CCCB’s virtual conversations with over 200 young people from across Canada, between the ages 12 to 25, held in the fall of 2020.

The Letter can be used for individual reflection, as well as in group settings, such as parish or diocesan/eparchial youth groups, schools, families, ecclesial movements and associations, and faith-based communities. The Pastoral Letter may also serve as a tool and resource for pastoral coordinators, youth group leaders, teachers, and anyone who accompanies young people in the faith.


 

Development and Peace Membership

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Development and Peace builds awareness in Canada about the causes of poverty in the world and invites Canadians to participate in actions to bring about change. Membership means: being part of an international movement for social justice; adding your voice to those who work for justice and peace; being invited to participate in local education and fundraising activities; you can vote at regional assemblies. To register online, click here | or use this printable form

 

Canadian Bishops thank Pope Francis for recent visit to Canada

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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is releasing it’s President’s annual report to the members, highlighting major pastoral initiatives undertaken by the CCCB since the last plenary meeting, such as the Indigenous Delegation to the Vatican in March 2022, the Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis to Canada in July 2022, as well as in the areas of family and life, and Church’s ongoing journey toward the Synod on synodality.


 

Diocesan Synod Synthesis Report

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National Synthesis for Canada

The first phase of the “Synod on Synodality,” listening at the diocesan level, has concluded. Synthesis Reports were prepared by each of Canada’s four Regional Episcopal Assemblies - Western, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic regions. These four regional reports were then received by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and used to draft a national synthesis, which has been submitted to the General Secretariat of the Synod of the Holy See on 15 August 2022.

We invite everyone to read the reports, which is the culmination of a sincere listening exercise that occurred in every diocese across the country.

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Pastoral Care reflections with Fr. Tim

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All are invited to a monthly reflection on ministry with Fr. Timothy Boyle at St. Martha's Parish in Lethbridge. Reflection will be inspired by the teachings of Pope Francis. When: Tuesdays at 10:30 am, starting Sep. 20. Online participation via livestream will be available from St. Martha's Youtube Live page or visit StMarthasParish.ca

Dates & Topics:

  • September 20: “God Accompanies Us”
  • October 18: “Grace Accompanies Every Person”
  • November 22: “Accompanying in Conflict and Complicated Situations”
  • January 17: “Listening to God and the Other”
  • February 21: “Simeon and Anna – Waiting – Grasping the Signs – Finding Our Story”
  • March 21: “Dream Dreams – Build Visions”
  • April 18: “Pope Francis’ Prayer – ‘Jesus, Make My Heart More Like Yours’”

 

Reconciliation and Healing

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4 Seasons of Reconciliation

This is a unique 3-hour online course that promotes a renewed relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadians through transformative learning about truth and reconciliation. This workplace course provides the basic foundation on the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). 

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Papal Visit

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Smudging and Catholic Liturgy with Fr. Cristino Bouvette
A debrief with Fr. Cristino Bouvette on the Papal Visit liturgies. We take a deep dive into the decisions made around the Papal liturgies and the elements of indigenous inculturation that happened, like smudging and praying in the four directions. Listen to podcast


The Holy Father said it was "a visit like no other."

“In fact, the main motivation was to meet the indigenous peoples to express to them my closeness and my sorrow, and to ask for forgiveness – to ask for forgiveness – for the harm done to them by those Christians, including many Catholics, who in. the past collaborated in the forced assimilation and enfranchisement* policies of the governments of the time.”

Repentance and reconciliation

Much analysis, the Pope suggested, "shows that, on the one hand, some men and women of the Church have been among the most decisive and courageous supporters of the dignity of the indigenous peoples, coming to their defence and contributing to raising awareness of their languages and cultures."

"But, on the other hand," he added, "there was unfortunately no shortage of those participated in programmes that today we understand are unacceptable and contrary to the Gospel."

In this sense, he reiterated, this visit was penitential, and even if there were many joyful moments, "the meaning and tone of the whole was one of reflection, repentance and reconciliation."

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The gift of tears

Many images captured Pope Francis' Penitential Pilgrimage to the land of the indigenous people, and offered a window onto the moments that put the focus on the path of healing and reconciliation of peoples who have greatly suffered and who today encounter a new face of the Church. Read more

Need to forgive or heal? Take these 4 reflections from the Pope in Canada
Reconciliation is not merely the result of our own efforts; it is a gift that flows from the crucified Lord. The Holy Father offered an insightful reflection on reconciliation, the role of the Church, and how the faith must be shared. While his address was given in the context of his “penitential pilgrimage” to help heal the wounds caused by residential schools, the ideas apply for any situation that needs reconciliation. Read more

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Tru Earth Fundraiser

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Tru Earth is a Canadian company working to reduce the use of plastic in everyday life. They are best known for Eco-Strips Laundry Detergent, a new and revolutionary eco-friendly detergent in strip form, that produces zero waste. One year’s supply of laundry strips fits in a small shoe box and replaces 9 plastic laundry bottles!

Brand Highlights:

  • Paraben and Phosphate-free
  • Free of added dyes, chlorine bleach, and 1,4-dioxane, as certified by independent laboratory tests
  • Hypoallergenic and Vegan-Friendly
  • Tru Earth's packaging uses zero plastic
  • Free shipping directly to your home anywhere in Canada or the US

Help make a sustainable environmental impact while supporting CWL. Check periodically for new products and special promotions.

Tru Earth’s fundraising program provides 20% of the sale to participating Councils (see below):


 

Humanitarian Aid Collection for Ukraine

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March 24 Update as per website of the Ukrainian Catholic Parish of Calgary Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us via email and phone offering to assist in whatever way possible. We are overwhelmed and so grateful! Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to every individual inquiry and so encourage you to please check back here for updates regarding volunteering opportunities and donation opportunities. Thank you and may God bless you for your prayers and support during this difficult time.

Humanitarian Aid Shipments

As of today, the packing of boxes is complete and our second shipment of 206 boxes has left Calgary for Edmonton to join a flight heading to Ukraine on Monday March 28, 2022.

We extend a heartfelt thank you to all the generous individuals who participated in donating, packing boxes, and loading pallets; we could not do this without all your support. 

We have notification that our first shipment of 51 boxes has arrived in L’viv Ukraine.

Anyone still wishing to support the Humanitarian Aid Collection for Ukraine can do so electronically via this website, via mail, or in person by visiting the church between 1 to 6 pm daily (including Sat & Sun). Alternatively, donations can be completed online through either of the following organizations, both of which have been vetted as trustworthy and ensure the best impact on the ground.

Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), a Papal Charity that has already been working with internally displaced people in Ukraine since 2014. Donations made through the Eparchy of Edmonton at https://eeparchy.com/donate are being dollar matched.

Canada Ukraine Foundation at www.cufoundation.ca, which supports the population of Ukraine impacted by Russian attacks.

Refugee Support

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Prayers for Peace in Ukraine

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People across the globe are expressing solidarity with the people of Ukraine and calling for an end to the unprovoked Russian invasion. As women of faith and compassion, let us pray for our sisters and brothers whose lives, safety, and freedom are under attack. Let us lift our hearts and voices by praying for a peaceful end to this tragic conflict. Our collective prayers matter, so please contribute anytime and anywhere that works for you.

Adapted from Pope Francis’ Prayer for Peace:

Lord God of peace, hear our prayer.
Now, Lord, come to our aid!
Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace.
Open our eyes and our hearts and give us the courage to say:
"Never again war; with war everything is lost."
Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.
Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance
we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation.

Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us. ?


 

Help for Ukraine

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We have received a communique from the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) on how to provide help to Ukraine.  Two ways to support Ukraine are provided (1) support Caritas Ukraine through a donation to CNEWA and (2) support the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada. 

This is a critical issue and League members are encouraged to support these initiatives.

As provincial chairpersons, please ensure this message is available to all members through your diocesan counterparts.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Blessings
Faith Anderson
National Chairperson of Community Life


 

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