Catholic Pastoral Centre - 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mass Readings “I’m Better Than You.” Our lives are filled with all manner of put down, one upmanship, top dog behavior. When the disciples where caught in a similar conversation by Jesus, their response was silence. Perhaps, from embarrassment, even shame – especially after his teaching. He says to them and to us, be last not first, be of service, be open to receive.
- Who needs to be first at something this week rather than me?
- Whom can I serve because they need some help?
- Whom will I receive with joy as I would a child or grandchild? Source: Diocese of Springfield
Gospel Reflection: Jesus teaches us in today’s Gospel that God does not care how popular we are. There is only one thing that is important in God’s view of us: Have we served others generously with love? (Source: Loyola Press)
- Kid's Bulletin for this Sunday
- Colouring page this Sunday
- Sunday Connection for 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Gr. 1-8)
Children's Sunday Liturgy for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
- Children's Liturgy weekly leaflet for leaders or parents by CAFOD, with gospel reflection, intercession & activity suggestions)
- Children's Liturgy at home for leaders or parents - by Catholic Children's Liturgy
Children's Liturgy of the Word with Miss Heidi (Catholic TV)
Updated pandemic guidelines
The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues for dioceses in the Province of Alberta. Download Decree Updated COVID-19 temporary measures and liturgical guidelines for the Diocese of Calgary can be found at catholicyyc.ca/blog/covid19
|"Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, largely in unvaccinated Albertans. New measures to protect the health care system, stop the spread, and increase vaccination rates come into effect starting September 16.”
The following provincial measures are arranged according to effective dates. Diocesan guidelines are in red.
Masks and Physical Distancing - Effective Sep. 4 & 16
- Masking and physical distancing are mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces. This measure extends to places of worship as of Sep. 16.
- Employees must mask in all indoor work settings, except while alone in work stations.
Places of Worship – Effective Thursday, Sep. 16
- Capacity limited to 1/3 fire code occupancy.
- Masks are mandatory.
- 2 metres physical distancing between households, or 2 close contacts for those living alone.
Liturgical Guidelines on Mass
- Each parish will determine the manner by which attendance is managed either with a first-come, first-served approach and locking doors when the capacity limit is reached or by resuming online registration.
- No contact tracing information is to be collected
- The use of masks is required in all public facilities of the parishes and diocesan facilities.
- Exceptions cited by the government will be followed.
- Priests, deacons, and lectors must always wear the mask unless speaking and proclaiming.
- Altar servers,Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, the cantor, and instrumentalists/musicians must wear masks at all times.
- 2-metres physical distancing required between households, or 2 close contacts for those living alone.
- Congregational singing is suspended at this time.
- Only one (1) cantor/soloist is allowed.
- The cantor/soloist must wear the mask while singing/chanting and must be located away from the congregation and the instrumentalists/musicians.
- The use of the mask is required when singing/chanting since this activity tends to project more spray/mist of respiratory droplets or aerosol.
- Singing by the cantor/soloist will be limited to the following
- Entrance antiphon or unfamiliar hymn
- Preparation of the altar
- Instrumental music may replace singing.
- Entrance antiphon or unfamiliar hymn
- Preparation of the altar
- The offertory procession will not resume at this time to avoid unnecessary contact with the vessels. Its resumption will be decided by the end of October 2021.
Distribution of Holy Communion
- Priests/deacons/extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion must wear the mask during the distribution of Holy Communion. Hands must be sanitized prior to the distribution.
- Mask use is mandatory for all the faithful. Parishioners who are not able to wear a mask for medical reasons can be exempt from this regulation except when receiving Holy Communion. All parishioners must wear masks when lining up for the distribution of Holy Communion, including those receiving Communion on the tongue or a “blessing.”
- The communicant removes the mask in front of the priest / deacon / Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to receive Communion and must put it back on after consuming the consecrated host.
- Communion is only given under one species –the consecrated host.
- Communion on the tongue continues to be offered.
- If the Ordinary/Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion comes in contact with the Communicant in the distribution, please sanitize hands with a quick-drying, alcohol-based hand sanitizer before continuing to distribute Holy Communion.
- The Precious Blood will only be available to the celebrant and concelebrants.
- Concelebrants should receive by self-intinction from a separate chalice if there are more than one.
- For a single concelebrant, he may partake of the precious blood by drinking from the separate chalice and purifying it himself.
Indoor Social Gatherings - Effective Thursday, Sep. 16
- Vaccinated: Indoor private social gatherings are limited to a single household plus one other household to a maximum of 10 vaccine-eligible, vaccinated people and no restrictions on children under 12.
- Unvaccinated: Indoor social gatherings are not permitted for vaccine-eligible people who are unvaccinated.
- Diocesan Guidelines on Social Gatherings
- The Diocese cannot require the identification of the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, thus in order to protect the most vulnerable, no social gatherings in parish halls and facilities.
- In-person meetings and faith-based meetings, which are not social gatherings, are allowed to continue with attendance limited to 1/3 of the room’s fire code occupancy, i.e. council meetings, RCIA, sacrament preparation, support groups, etc.
- Masks must be worn at all times.
Outdoor Social Gatherings - Effective Thursday, Sep. 16
- Outdoor private social gatherings limited to a maximum of 200 people, with 2 metre physical distancing at all times.
Weddings and Funerals – Effective Monday, Sep. 20
- Indoor wedding ceremonies and funeral services are permitted with up to 50 people or 50% of fire code occupancy, whichever is less.
- Indoor wedding and funeral receptions are prohibited, unless the hosting facility implements the restrictions exemption program.
- Diocesan Guidelines
- Masks are mandatory.
- No receptions in parish halls and facilities.
How can faith and politics meet in today's world?
Some resources to help guide the faithful for the upcoming Federal Election this Monday:
- As Canadians return to the polls once again, former politician John Milloy spoke with Salt + Light Media’s Benjamin Boivin about his experience as a Catholic politician. In this interview he offers a perspective on the relationship between faith and today's political realities from a politician's point of view. Read the interview here.
- Not sure who to vote for next Monday? Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto, a ShareLife-funded organization, has produced this insightful guide highlighting Catholic Social Teaching on human dignity, poverty, Indigenous issues, health care, the environment and other issues. Read the guide here: ow.ly/IQ7G50G6uju
- Brendan Steven of CatholicConscience.org joins Deacon Eric Gurash and Dr. Brett Salkeld (Archdiocese of Regina) and discuss the role of Catholic voters and the need for deep discernment in the upcoming Canadian federal election. Show Snippet: "I want more Catholics to learn more about Catholic Social Teaching, and...how blown away you will be about the consequences of Christ's love for all his people, and the way that manifests in how the Church teaches how we live in community with one another." Listen to podcast
- Pray for our nation in this time of discernment, election, and transition: May all citizens cast their vote in a spirit of reverence for this right, charity for those they disagree with, and concern for the good of all as we strive for a more perfect and peaceful union. Prayer source: Diana Macalintal
Support Fr. Marek & St. Joseph's Parish Team
Fr. Marek Paczka, SDS of St. Joseph's Parish in Calgary is excited to work with his parish team and raise money for Elizabeth House through The Ride for Refuge. Fr. Marek will be holding the outdoor waffle weekend (waffles after Masses at St. Joseph's garden), a fundraising event for Elizabeth House. A few parishioners have also registered under the parish team and started fundraising on their own to help reach the goal. Today they have raised 50% of their $2,000 goal for Elizabeth House. St. Joseph's Parish invites the bigger community in the Diocese to help them achieve their goal:
- Support Fr. Marek's fundraising activity for Elizabeth house with online donation: http://ride.w-ith.me/frmarek (click "DONATE") or
- Support St. Joseph's Parish Team with online donation at http://ride.w-ith.me/stjosephparish (click "DONATE") or
- Join St. Joseph's Parish team as team members and fundraise on your own. You get a t-shirt when you fundraise/donate at least $150. Click "Join the team" button (top right) on this link: http://ride.w-ith.me/stjosephparish
Feed the Hungry Garden
A message from John Holmes, Feed the Hungry Garden Volunteer Coordinator:
Our Feed the Hungry (FTH) Garden at the Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre has matured and survived the most difficult growing season in recent memory! Throughout August we have been picking zucchini and thinning the beets, and have delivered 323 kg (711lbs) of vegetables to the Food Bank. Recent rain falls should fill out our potato and carrot crops so we can now plan to complete the harvest our garden.
A heat spell and drought which started on July 11 continued through to August 17 destroyed many crops throughout southern Alberta. Although this dry spell delayed development of some of our vegetables, others thrived! Zucchini and beets flourished and produced over 300 kg of early vegetables for the Food Bank. Our Russet potatoes which are a 'late' variety are just filling out now and benefitted from 45 mm of rain which fell on August 16/17. Over all I expect this garden will produce over 1000 kg this year which considering the growing conditions is absolutely amazing! Thank you to all volunteers who planted, weeded, hilled and thinned these vegetables thus enabling this garden to survive under such harsh conditions!
- Learn how to help Feed the Hungry: catholicyyc.ca/feedthehungry
- Donate to Feed the Hungry: catholicyyc.ca/donatefth
- Get regular updates from Feed the Hungry: facebook.com/feedthehungrycalgary
Last week to apply for Family and Youth Ministry Coordinator (full time) at All Saints, Lethbridge
For more information and job application details, please visit catholicyyc.ca/careers
Announcements & Resources
- Pope Francis tackles debate over Communion for politicians who support abortion | Answering questions aboard the papal plane from Bratislava, Slovakia, to Rome on Sept. 15, the pope said that abortion ends a human life and that human life must be respected. Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Catholic Church is firm in its stance on abortion because “abortion is murder,” and urged priests to be pastoral rather than political when faced with the question of who can receive Communion. Read more
- Pope to young people in Slovakia: dream fearlessly
Pope Francis meets with young people in Slovakia at the Košice Lokomotiva Stadium and answers three of their questions, on love for each other and love for the cross. "Whenever someone embraces us, we regain confidence in ourselves and in life. So let us allow ourselves to be embraced by Jesus." Read more
- 5 reasons your parish should have a bereavement ministry
If your parish is hoping to meet people where they are, then implementing a bereavement ministry program is a good starting point. Here are five reasons to include bereavement ministry, or grief ministry, in your parish. Read more
- Haitians remain ‘people of hope’
Despite earthquake and political turmoil, a Felician sister says Haitians remain people of hope. "It is a troubling reality for Haitians that their struggle seems to be brought to wider attention only in the aftermath of catastrophes like the August earthquake." Sister Marilyn and other Felician sisters began working in Haiti in response to the devastation it experienced in 2010. They have been providing medical, social and employment assistance ever since. Read more.
- What a 9/11 fireman found burned into steel
While many stories of courage and grace have been shared about 9/11, a new story has emerged that most people probably haven’t heard before – and it involves the Bible. It wasn’t just any page of the Bible, it part of the Sermon on the Mount. And while most of the page was marred, right in the middle one of the only parts still clearly readable was Christ’s radical teaching on retaliation. Read more
- Sometimes saying sorry just isn’t enough
Chances are that you can remember a time you hurt someone through your actions. Maybe it was just missing something important to them, or letting your words slip to someone else, but whatever you did cost them something. And when your mistakes lead to someone in your life losing something, saying you’re sorry just isn’t enough. Fr. Mike Schmitz explains why we have to ask people for forgiveness and not just say we’re sorry. Watch video
- When my friend cussed in front of Mother Teresa
Chirs Stefanick: "Imagine what would happen if you cussed in front of ... I don’t know, say ... Mother Teresa of Calcutta. I have a friend who did just that! And what happened gives you an insight into one of the great souls of modern times, whose feast day was this past week on Sept. 5." Read more
- We want to share your great photos! – Got a great photo? Whether it’s of parish life, ministry life or home life, the Diocese of Calgary is wanting to promote daily Catholic life in action. Submit your photo by going to catholicyyc.formstack.com/forms/photosubmission
For all other resources or information shared previously, find them in this Google Doc: Diocesan Info for Parishioners - or click here. This link is also featured on our website: catholicyyc.ca/news under Bulletin Announcements.