It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Carol Schlachter on Monday, March 23rd.
A member of St. Mary's CWL Council in Brooks, Carol was Calgary Diocesan President from 2013-2015; she also served on Alberta Mackenzie Provincial Council as Christian Family Life Chair (2015-2017) and Community Life Chair (2017-2019). She loved the League, shared that love with everyone and gave her best in whatever position she held. Her smile and her zest for life were contagious.
We have been journeying with Carol since her cancer diagnosis three years ago and she holds a special place in our hearts. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Carol had just been awarded Life Membership of the League by the National Executive, which was to be presented to her at Diocesan Convention on May 2nd. When Diocesan President Jan Myhre received the award and life member pin, she and Past Diocesan President Janet MacPhee drove to Brooks and presented them to her children. Alberta Mackenzie Provincial President Judy Look was able to FaceTime with them and they all shared fond stories of Carol. Her children took the award to the hospital, so that she could receive it before her passing.
A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church; Rev. Marino Infante Celebrant. A Memorial Mass to follow at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to either the Canadian Catholic Missions of Canada, 1155 Younge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4T 1W2 or Prairie Rose Hospice Palliative Care Society – Equipment for Care Rooms and Patients, 24 Coultis Court, Brooks, Alberta T1R 0J8.
Please include Life Member Carol Schlachter and her family in your prayers.
Eternal rest grant to Carol, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon her. May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
Read obituary and sign funeral home guestbook. If you wish to send a note directly to the family please contact Diocesan President Jan Myhre for the address.
Outdoor Way of the Cross - CANCELLED
Outdoor Way of the Cross
and Masses are cancelled
Masses are Cancelled - COVID-19 Spread Prevention
Bishop McGrattan has written a letter to all pastors, deacons, lay association leaders, religious orders and the Faithful decreeing the cancellation of Masses (March 17 to April 5). Updated General Directives are now in effect until April 5. The letter, directives, prayers and resources are posted on https://www.catholicyyc.ca/blog/covid19
For your convenience, please see the attached PDF files:
Here is a video message from our Bishop: https://youtu.be/bRGD6qRhvDE
Live-streamed Mass & Prayer Resources for the Domestic Church & Shut-Ins
Bishop McGrattan encourages all Catholics to pray at home, either by watching the live streamed Masses, having a time of prayer, following readings of the Sunday, and practising a spiritual communion. Here is the list of resources:
- Livestream or recorded Masses:
- Weekday Masses will be live-streamed from St. Peter’s, Calgary at https://st-peters.ca/live - Masses will be recorded and posted for playback.
- Sunday Mass will be live-streamed from St. Mary’s Cathedral with the Bishop as celebrant. The link is posted at calgarydiocese.ca
- Other streamed/televised Masses online:
- Read Scripture, practise Lectio Divina or read a spiritual reading
- Pray the Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Prayer of the Church.
- Video and other streaming resources
- In addition to prayer, we can keep holy the Lord’s Day by doing works of mercy. Here are some things you can do even when you cannot gather with others:
- write a note or call a friend or family member who might feel lonely;
- donate money to organizations assisting those in need;
- make mealtimes this day more special;
- read or create something beautiful (D. Macalintal, Liturgy.Life)
Lenten ideas from Arizona
Geraldine Clarahan reports from St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Casa Grande, AZ, on "40 cans for 40 days", a great Lenten project to help the poor. Boxes are set up at the back of the church to collect the donated cans (or boxes / bags) of food, and all can participate.
The other Lenten Project by the women's organization of the parish, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, is that they gave a "little Black Book" to all members of the parish. "The Little Black Book" contains six-minute meditations on the Sunday Gospels of Lent. Very simple and beautiful way to pray during Lent.
The parish has a money collection also...it is called "rice bowls" and you pick up a box and put money in it during Lent.
Comfort Bags Lenten Project
Written by Carol Schlachter
St. Mary's Council Brooks is providing Comfort Care Bags for people in need at the local nursing homes.The bags contain Body Wash, Shampoo, Detangle Combs, Teeth Cleaner, etc.
Members have sewn beautiful bags and we hope to deliver them personally around March 12.
Free Tax Clinics
Holy Spirit Parish will be hosting free Tax Clinics for Income Tax Returns. When: Mar. 14 & 28, Apr. 18 & 25 (2 to 5 pm). Where: Holy Spirit Parish, 10827 24 St. SW, Calgary. For more information about eligibility or to register, contact .
Note: This is a service offered by Holy Spirit Parish done by volunteers. Both Holy Spirit Parish and the Diocese of Calgary are not responsible to the CRA for the income tax return prepared and filed.
Updated Letter to MPs regarding MAiD
As you may already know, yesterday, February 24, the federal government introduced Bill C-7, an Act to amend the Criminal Code (Medical Assistance in Dying). This is an update to the current law, which was passed in June 2016. The amendment does provide some protection for those with mental illness. We have revised our form letter and now share that revised version with you, which we think is more accurate and timely. Please adapt as you may need and share with your members.
Already, we are getting media interest on our joined effort as Catholics to advocate for protecting lives. Media will be on site tomorrow at the Cathedral.
We hope to see you there. We will have printed copies of the attached letter and envelopes available for your use.
Nadia Hinds, BPR, APR
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
CATHOLIC PASTORAL CENTRE
120 17 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2S 2T2
Download the letter in Word format so you can edit and personalize it, or in PDF format.
Feed the Hungry
The Diocese is looking for an Assistant Coordinator - Feed the Hungry.
The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring the Sunday meal runs smoothly for the guests attending the weekly Sunday dinners. This includes welcoming volunteers and providing orientation and leadership. Also included is the takedown and cleanup of the hall and kitchen after each dinner.
This is casual position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
Qualifications and application details are available at http://careers.calgarydiocese.ca
Elizabeth House employment opportunities
Elizabeth House has two positions available:
For more details see http://careers.calgarydiocese.ca
Safe Environment Policy
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops released a Safe Environment Policy to protect children and everyone from sexual abuse in the church: Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation. Read the document here.
Break the cycle of silence. You can choose to talk about it and report abuse. The Diocese of Calgary has launched a Safe Environment web page. Talk to someone you trust or call the toll-free number at 1-833-547-8360.
There are many scams going around masquerading as your clergy (priests, deacons or lately, the bishop).
Please exercise caution when responding to email messages. If you receive unusual emails, check the sender's email address to see whether it is the person’s genuine address. Even if the sender's address looks correct, always verify suspicious emails by phoning the sender. There have been many similar scams reported by several parishes in our diocese and across Canada.
Note that these scams do not stop at emails. Those in social media should stay vigilant when responding to friend requests or to other compelling posts requiring a response. There are many fake Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts trying to impersonate people you know and our church leaders. Some scammers may take the time to build a relationship with you to gain your trust, before trying to extort money or other things like gift cards.
Please exercise vigilance when you are being charitable. Use the channels you are most familiar with and avoid becoming victims of a scam.
For samples of scam emails see Diocese of Calgary
Diocese of Calgary news
For news and events within the Catholic Diocese of Calgary please visit the website for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary. Check for employment opportunities at http://careers.calgarydiocese.ca