New Pastoral Assignments

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PERSONNEL ANNOUNCEMENT
June 6, 2024

Retirement

  • Rev. Robert Dielissen, currently Pastor of St. Paul’s Parish, Airdrie, has been granted early retirement for health reasons effective August 1, 2024.
  • Rev. Julian Studden, currently Associate Pastor of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Calgary, will retire effective August 1, 2024. Fr. Julian will continue in his appointment as the Vicar for the Permanent Diaconate.

The Diocese of Calgary is grateful for their many years of dedicated priestly service, and I wish them our prayers and best wishes.
Yours in Christ,
✠William T. McGrattan
Bishop of Calgary

Priests arriving in the Diocese

  • Rev. Lawrence Manolache, currently on leave from the Diocese and serving in the Diocese of Concordia-Pordenone, Italy, will be returning to the Diocese and has been appointed Associate Pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish, Calgary, effective October 1, 2024.
  • Rev. Tadeusz Jordan, SDS, currently Pastor of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Coquitlam, BC, has been appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Calgary, effective August 1, 2024.
  • Rev. Kevin Gillis, LC, currently at the Legionaries of Christ Novitiate & College of Humanities, Cheshire, Connecticut, has been appointed Associate Pastor of Ascension Parish, Calgary, effective July 31, 2024.
  • Rev. Kelvin Chukwurah, on loan from the Diocese of Aba, Nigeria, and who has been providing Mass coverage to a few parishes in Calgary since April 2024, has been appointed Associate Pastor of St. Michael’s Parish, Calgary, effective August 1, 2024.

Priest Pastoral Assignments

  • Rev. Vijaya Bathineni, currently Administrator of St. James Parish, Okotoks, has been appointed Pastor of the parish effective August 1, 2024.
  • Rev. Cristino Bouvette, currently Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, Strathmore, has been appointed Pastor of the parish effective August 1, 2024. Fr. Cristino will continue to be Vocations Director for the priesthood.
  • Rev. Troy Nguyen, currently Associate Pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish, Calgary, has been appointed Vicar for Young Adults and Chaplain to the St. Francis Xavier Chaplaincy effective August 1, 2024. Fr. Troy will reside at the rectory of St. Bonaventure Parish and will continue in his capacity as the Chaplain to St. Mary’s University.
  • Rev. Thomas Vadassery, currently Associate Pastor of St. Paul’s Parish, Airdrie, has been appointed Administrator of the Parish effective August 1, 2024.
  • Rev. Pawel Andrasz, currently Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Standoff, has been appointed Pastor of St. Peter’s Parish, Milk River, effective August 1, 2024.
  • Rev. Jose Bustalino, currently Associate Pastor of St. Michael’s Parish, Calgary, has been appointed Administrator of Immaculate Conception Parish, Standoff, effective August 1, 2024.
  • Rev. Valentine Suum, currently Associate Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish, Calgary, has been appointed Associate Pastor of St. James Parish, Okotoks, effective August 1, 2024.
  • Rev. Vincent Ha Tuan, currently in the Medicine Hat Hospital Chaplaincy, has been appointed Associate Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish, Calgary, effective August 1, 2024.
  • Rev. Myles Gaffney currently Pastor of St. Michael’s Parish, Pincher Creek, has been appointed to the Medicine Hat Hospital Chaplaincy effective August 1, 2024.
  • Rev. Marino Infante, currently Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish, Brooks, has been appointed Pastor of St. Michael’s Parish, Pincher Creek, effective August 1, 2024.
  • Rev. Eligio Canete, currently Pastor of St. James Parish, Calgary, has been appointed Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish, Brooks, effective August 1, 2024.
  • Rev. Domingo Bongalos, currently Associate Pastor of St. James Parish, Okotoks, has been appointed Pastor of St. James Parish, Calgary, effective August 1, 202

Seminarians

  • Bennet Chacko, having completed his second year of theology at St. Joseph Seminary, has been assigned to Holy Spirit Parish, Calgary, for his pastoral year of internship under the supervision of Rev. David Meadows effective August 1, 2024.
  • Peter An, having completed his theological studies at St. Joseph Seminary, has been assigned to St. Mary’s Cathedral, Calgary, for his vocational synthesis phase of formation under the supervision of Rev. Avinash Colaco effective August 1, 2024

Please pray for them in their new assignments and chapters of life! 

Prayers for Priests (when there, tap the blue titles for the full prayer)

Two emerging Catholic writers from our Diocese

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When people read they connect with the words on a personal level; they ponder, they feel emotion and their hearts as well as their minds open up. It might not result in conversion but it may create curiosity, and that’s a good place to begin to encounter God.
Good Catholic fiction whispers to the reader. It whispers truth and goodness in a way that does not overwhelm. It also highlights Catholicism as a positive part of characters’ normal lives.” ~Ben Galeski
With this in mind, Alice Matisz set out to investigate the work of two such writers in our diocese. One was Galeski himself (St. Mary’s Parish, Brooks) and the other was Maria Marianayagam (St. Luke’s Parish, Calgary). Both could be considered “emerging writers” having published their first books relatively recently.   
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Braiding Together

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Join RMEC (Religious and Moral Education Council - ATA) as they engage in critical conversations in response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, exploring our individual and collective journeys as we walk together, fostering authentic and inclusive relationships as we celebrate diversity and work towards healing and wholeness, attentive in heart, mind and soul. When: Oct 18-19, 2024 at the Banff Centre. Early bird rate ends June 30, 2024. Registration

 

Career Opportunities

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There are employment opportunities currently available:

Pastoral Centre

Parishes in the Diocese of Calgary

Visit www.catholicyyc.ca/careers for more information and details.

Others

 

Pastoral Renewal Survey

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To ensure we capture as much feedback as possible, we are extending the survey deadline by one week to June 21. This extension will accommodate any parishes that need additional time to input their paper copies, and to encourage more participation. The more parishioners who participate, the more impactful the parish survey report will be in guiding our parish and diocesan journey. High survey participation provides a rich, meaningful, and more accurate understanding of our community's current needs and aspirations.

Following all weekend Masses on June 1 and 2 (Corpus Christi Sunday) parishioners aged 18 and older are invited to participate in the Pastoral Renewal Survey. The survey is designed as a tool for us to reflect on our discipleship journey. It will also equip our parish leadership with insights to make informed decisions, fostering the growth of our faith and community. This initiative is a vital part of the Bishop’s vision for pastoral renewal, where we reflect on our current pastoral reality, acknowledge the ways in which the Lord has been active in our lives and within our parishes. By doing so, we aim to gain valuable insights to make informed decisions, fostering the growth of our faith and community.

The engagement of CWL members is crucial to the fruitfulness of this important undertaking. You are asked to attend Mass on the weekend of June 1 and 2 (Corpus Christi Sunday) and participate in the survey in person. Your presence and input are invaluable to this process. The survey can be completed either online or on paper: 

  • Please bring a portable electronic device (phone, iPad) if you plan to complete the survey online. 
  • Don’t forget to bring a pen or pencil if you choose the paper option. 
  • If you are unable to attend that weekend, the survey will remain accessible online via the parish websites from June 1 to June 14.

Your voice matters! Help shape the future of our parish communities and our journey of discipleship. For more information about Pastoral Renewal Survey, click here

 

 

Holy Spirit CWL Used Book Sale

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Holy Spirit Parish CWL invites you to their annual Used Book Sale on Saturday, Sep 21 from 9 am to 3 pm at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Calgary. Funds raised will be used to provide CWL scholarships and support educational programs. 

Donations of gently used books are gratefully accepted after August19 until September 17th.  Books may be placed in the red bin inside the main doors of the church Monday to Saturday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and Sundays during regular mass times.  Please no magazines, textbooks or encyclopedias. 

For more information, contact Janet Robbins by email or call 403-605-1276.

 

 

Symposium on Palliative Care

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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, in collaboration with the Pontifical Academy for Life, is hosting a Symposium on Palliative Care aimed at highlighting the importance of palliative care and "promoting the dignity of the human person in times of illness and at the end of life."

Bishop McGrattan, currently in attendance at the Symposium, was interviewed by Vatican News. Read here

 

Awards for Volunteers

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The CWL has many women who are worthy of recognition. Here are some awards in which you can nominate CWL ladies.

Stars of Alberta Awards These awards serve to acknowledge the extraordinary volunteers who have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members. Nominations must be received by June 30th

https://www.alberta.ca/stars-of-alberta-volunteer-awards

 

King Charles III Coronation Medal These medals will be awarded to 30,000 deserving individuals who have made a significant contribution to Canada or a province or community in Canada. Completed nominations and supporting documents can be emailed to . Nominations will be accepted until July 26, 2024. The Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops is a partner organization.

For more information please visit www.gg.ca/coronation.

 

See our Awards, Bursaries & Recognition page for more ways to recognize outstanding members.

 

A Great Symphony of Prayer

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A Great Symphony of Prayer: The Our Father as a Programme of Life

Embark on a spiritual journey with the CCCB's engaging webinar series, “A Great Symphony of Prayer,” in response to Pope Francis's Year of Prayer initiative, hosted by Dr. Josephine Lombardi. Crafted by the Jubilee Office in Rome, this series offers deep dives into prayer through specially prepared booklets. This is a unique opportunity to connect with the divine and join a global community in prayer.

All four videos and the reflection guide can be found at   cccb.ca/ourfather.

 

A passion to live

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Roger Foley, a Canadian man with disabilities, says that he has been offered euthanasia "multiple times."  In a new 5-minute short film from "Dying to Meet You", Roger speaks out against being devalued as he fights for the support he needs to live. Watch video

 

40 Hours Devotion in the Diocese of Calgary

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The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest” (Matt. 9:37-38). Pray with us as for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life in our Diocese. 

"Getting up in the middle of the night and driving to Adoration for 3 am was an amazing experience. While meditating on the actual presence of Christ right before my eyes, I was struck by how more acute and aware my senses and attention were at this dark hour," shares one parishioner during the 40 Hours Devotion for Vocations. The response to this initiative has indeed been extraordinary. Over the last month and a half, more than a thousand parishioners have come to adore Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.

Multiple parishes in our Diocese have held the 40 Hours Devotion for Vocations. Other parishes are scheduled to hold the Devotion in the coming weeks:

  • Sacred Heart, Calgary - Fri, June 7 at 7 am to Sun, June 9 at 7 am.
  • St. Michael's, Calgary - Fri, Jun 7 at 3 pm to Sun, Jun 9 at 8 am
  • St. Vincent Liem Parish - Fri, June 14 at 7 pm to Sun, June 16 at 11 am  
  • St. James Parish, Calgary - Fri, June 21 at 4 pm to Sun, June 23 at 6 am.
  • St. Anne's Korean, Calgary - Fri, July 5 at 3 pm to Sun, July 7 at 10 am 

To host the Devotion in your parish, please contact Fr. Derek at 

 

 

Thank you for making our Textile Drive a success

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Corpus Christi CWL collected 3,025 kg (6,668 pounds) of clothing and other textiles during the 2024 Clothing / Textile Recycling Drive. That is a lot of items re-used instead of taking up closet space or going into land-fill.

Thank you!

 

Thank you from Days for Girls

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Hello my CWL sisters.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the opportunity to share my story and journey with Days for Girls Isezerano Rwanda and Abdi Ethiopia  at the Diocesan Convention. It was heartwarming to see the interest in my modern day missionary work that feeds my soul.

Please share my gratitude for the donation of 95 hotel size bars of soap! On May 7, God’s perfect timing, I received an order for 150 Days for Girls kits for my team to sew in Rwanda. There is a team going to Rwanda in June that will take the soap that will go into the washable feminine hygiene kits for the order. The kits will be distributed to girls in late June or early July who will then be able to go to school when they have their periods. I am always collecting hotel size bar soap if anyone is traveling and would like save them for me. I will gladly pick them up.

Another thank you to the generous members who donated funds to sponsor kits that will sewn and distributed to girls. Sewing the kits provides an income to local women that desperately need the work. The things that we are fortunate enough to take for granted like availability and affordability of feminine hygiene products in Canada are life changing around the world with Days for Girls turning periods into pathways.

You are welcome to share my contact information with anyone who might as for it.

With gratitude and blessings
JoAnne Etienne

403-850-4211

 

 

Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage

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We will welcome you again on Saturday, July 20 to Thursday, July 25, 2024. This year’s theme is “Walking Together in Prayer.”

Each July, thousands of pilgrims make their way to the shores of Lac Ste Anne. Many come in search of healing and spiritual renewal. Some simply come to reconnect with old acquaintances and forge new friendships.

This pilgrimage, which began over a hundred years ago, has become the largest annual Catholic gathering in Western Canada.

First called Wakamne or God’s Lake by the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation who live on the west end of the Lake, and Manito Sahkahigan or Spirit Lake by the Cree, Lac Ste Anne, about 75 km northwest of Edmonton, is the site of the annual pilgrimage, one of the most unique and memorable spiritual gatherings in North America.

For more information, visit https://lacsteannepilgrimage.ca

 

Medicine Hat CWL 100th Anniversary

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How did Christianity prosper when it was powerless, ridiculed, and persecuted? Early Church historian Henry Chadwick attributes Christianity’s quick spread to women because of Christianity’s belief in the equality of women and men before God. True, in the early years of the first millennium Christian women were still constrained to the social roles of homemaker and wife, but Christianity elevated the status of women through its doctrine that all are created in God’s image and redeemed by Christ, meaning all must treated with respect and dignity. 

The long-standing importance of women evangelists in the Church was visible in Medicine Hat during the 100-year anniversary celebration of the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) of St. Patrick’s Parish on Saturday, April 27th, 2024. A century after the chapter’s founding, Bishop McGrattan called CWL a gift to the Church and the community because of CWL’s constant witness, faith, and service. CWL remains steadfastly committed to social justice by promoting life from conception to its natural end. As current St.Patrick’s CWL President Anne Helfrich proudly proclaimed, “since 1924 the CWL chapter of Medicine Hat has helped women grow in faith by being the hands of Jesus.”

Michelle Bien, a CWL member who joined two years ago told me, “CWL is for me. CWL fills a niche that nothing else does; it filled a gap in my life I didn’t even know was missing.” This succinctly expresses the heart of the diocesan renewal’s promise of You are called; You matter; You belong.

St.Patrick’s CWL chapter creates a vibrant and radiant parish life by actively caring for the parish and the greater community of Medicine Hat by fundraising for charities like the Ronald McDonald House, Salvation Army, and the Mustard Seed, giving away clothing to those who need it, teaching children how to pray the rosary, and providing scholarships to students of Catholic schools.

Bishop McGrattan’s homily at the celebratory Mass and his speech to over 100 CWL members and guests at the dinner following, discussed how lay movements witness daily to the Church’s call to charity by, “Taking out of the storehouse what is good and bringing it forth.” Bishop McGrattan concluded by issuing a challenge to grow vocations throughout the diocese by committing to 40 hours of Eucharistic adoration because Eucharistic adoration will be the most efficacious approach to diocesan renewal.

As I listened to the legacy of this vibrant CWL chapter and Bishop McGrattan’s message for renewal, I was reminded of another woman who sparked a Catholic renewal – St. Juliana of Mont Carillon – a Flemish nun instrumental in establishing the Feast of Corpus Christi in the thirteenth century when many people did not have access to, or understand, the Eucharist. Prophets like St. Juliana appear in periods of crisis when the patterns of life have been disrupted or destroyed. Religious leaders and laypeople at the time recognized and admired the religious devotion of St. Juliana and her sisters who channeled their energy into Eucharistic adoration. 

The Feast of Corpus Christi quickly became one of the most important and popular feasts of the Church because of its focus on the central mystery of the faith, and because it expressed pride in community life and, of course, simply because it was fun, which was fully on display when members of the CWL enacted a spirited and laughter-filled “fashion show.” While popular music of the past decades played, CWL members donned period clothing and joyfully paid tribute to women of the past 100 years, one decade at a time. President Helfrich, who revived the chapter after the pandemic at Fr. Roque’s request, gave the audience a humorous history lesson and noted major moments in Church history over the past 100 years. Worship, laughter, and frivolity merged into a joyous whole, showing how to bring the love of Christ into community life. 

If the Church’s past is any predictor of its future, women (such as the century of women from the CWL chapter of St. Patrick’s in Medicine Hat) will play a leading role in the Church’s renewal. They will lead the renewal through service to their community, Eucharistic devotion, and they will have fun doing so!

“CWL is a great place to live the Catholic faith,” President Helfrich said. “CWL has supported me and what I stand for, filled my life with friendships, and gave me opportunities to help people.”

Congratulations to all the members of St. Patrick’s CWL, especially the organizing committee. May God continue to bless the next generation of the Catholic Women’s League in Medicine Hat!

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Fr. Rogue Pereira, Deacon Robert Riesling, and St. Patrick's Parish CWL President, Anne Helfrich

Source: Written by Jason Openo on behalf of St. Patrick's Parish, Medicine Hat for Faithfully. Photos courtesy of Jason Openo.


 

Impact Report of the Diocese of Calgary

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We are excited to share with you the 2023 Impact Report of the Diocese of Calgary. As we reflect on the past year, we celebrate the growth, resilience, and profound impact of our actions. This report highlights how, through faith and collaboration, we continue to move towards becoming true missionary disciples in our world today!

Special thanks to photographers Bandi Szakony (St. Elizabeth Hungary, Calgary), Annie Chirka (St. Peter's, Calgary), Yuan Wang, and to SFXC and Feed the Hungry for sharing some of their photos for the Impact Report!

Faithfully Printable

Please print the curated monthly Faithfully for distribution to parishioners without access to digital devices, including those in your local health care or long-term care facilities and those who are shut-ins. 

  • Download PDF (April 2024 edition)
  • File is printable on tabloid size papers (3 pgs - double sided), or letter size papers (6 pgs - double sided)

 

Walking Together – A Path for Healing and Reconciliation

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Almost a year has passed since our provincial convention in Edmonton when Archbishop Smith and Chief Wilton Littlechild shared their thoughts on our truth and reconciliation journey; and a journey it is, as it is rooted in knowledge, introspection, and conversion much like our own personal faith journey.

In September 2023, following a provincial meeting, a communique was sent that said we would try to send out a monthly communique to help us on this journey. So often good intentions do not materialize; but that does not mean the issue has evaporated. Sometimes the issue is so overwhelming it’s difficult to know where to begin. Father Cristino, at our retreat, suggested we begin with friendship, our friendship with God and with each other.

Each day God gives us a new thought to ponder through His Word Jesus. Often God uses this thought to nudge us to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, visiting a shut in or praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Our Truth and Reconciliation journey can begin the same way, with God giving us a nudge when we pray and ask the Lord to give us the grace to understand this journey to which we have been called. Where do we begin? Archbishop Smith suggests beginning by listening and reading the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Which one is being placed on our heart? Our Alberta Bishops heard land acknowledgements to which they encourage us to use, in our words, at our meetings. A land acknowledgement indicates we are thanking our indigenous ancestors for welcoming our ancestors (European Explorers) to this land. They welcomed them in friendship and that is what we are encouraged to do now…forge friendships and to answer the call: Here I am Lord, Send Me!

At our midwinter meeting our council was nudged to accept the invitation to help youth ages 12-17 (mostly women at this time) who are directed to Alberta Campus Base Treatment Centres by providing them with quilts. Each person will receive their own quilt and when they leave the centre the quilt will go with them – a reminder that there are people who do love them. All 5 diocesan councils are invited to participate by encouraging their members to make twin size quilts (70”X 95”) made of cloth. The project is one of wrapping young people in an outward sign that there are people in the community who love them. Presently there are five care centres - two in Edmonton, one in Lac la Biche, one in High Prairie, one in Lethbridge. We invite all CWL quilters and friends of CWL quilters to participate in this love project. More information will be posted on our ABMK website and shared at our diocesan conventions.

Have a very blessed day as it is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Judy Look
ABMK Past President/Archives Indigenous Committee Chair

 

Hope on the Horizon

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Young Adults 19-30: Hope on the Horizon Summer Mission

Join the "Hope on the Horizon" Summer Mission from August 6-21, 2024 hosted by the Archdiocese of Vancouver and Catholic Street Missionaries. This event, for young adults aged 19-30 in downtown Vancouver, offers an immersive experience into street missionary work. Participants will engage in prayer, service, and outreach to the homeless, alongside training and recreational activities. Food and accommodation included. For details and registration, visit: catholicstreetmissionaries.org/horizon.


 

Lent & Social Media

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Let your speech always be gracious

Pastoral Letter on the roles of social media in modern life was recently issued by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). It offers a reflection on both the good and harm which social media impacts individuals and communities. As we prepare for Lent, it may inform our decisions around fasting and of almsgiving related to our use of social media.

Using insights from the latest CCCB pastoral letter, "Let Your Speech Always be Gracious," and the Holy Father's Lenten message, Bishop McGrattan highlights the seven commitments we should make to witness to core Christian values and help build a healthy online environment that serves the common good. 

 

 

 

Pray for our Seminarians

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Our Diocese welcomes five new seminarians who have begun their formation at St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton. They have joined the eight returning seminarians who have already been discerning the priesthood for our Diocese. Please remember to pray for our Seminarians and all those actively discerning the priesthood in our Diocese: 

Lord Jesus Christ, eternal High Priest, lead our seminarians daily in your footsteps, that they may become priests aflame with love for God and all. Amen. St. Joseph, pray for us.

 

Transitions

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Transitions is a 18 week, peer led support group, for individuals who are working through the pain of separation and divorce toward growth and new life. The group meets every Tuesday, beginning February 13, 2024 (7 to 9 pm) and will run until June 18, 2024. In this 18-week God-centered program, participants find strength in healing after separation or divorce, fostering growth through mutual understanding and connection.

The February 13 meeting will be a "meet & greet" session and offers the opportunity to meet the facilitators and other potential participants, and allow for the chance to ask any questions pertaining to Transitions and help in determining whether this is a program you would like to commit to. 
 
There is no fee to register.
Limited spots are available.
Register now at catholicyyc.ca/transitions 
 

 

 

Emergency Aids for Israel and Gaza

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We lament the loss of all innocent lives and the displacement of all innocent peoples, Israelis and Palestinians, due to the ensuing war. While we pray for the eternal rest of all the deceased and for God's strength and comfort for those grieving, let us help our brothers and sisters in need. 

Donate through CNEWA
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