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Prime Minister’s Youth Council

The Prime Minister’s Youth Council is an advisory board created in 2016.

Up to 30 Canadian Youth aged 16 to 24 comprise the non-partisan board, who advise the prime minister on education, economy, climate change and other issues affecting youth.

The call for application is currently underway with a deadline of November 30, 2018. For more information visit www.canada.ca/en/campaign/prime-ministers-youth-council.html

Away in a Manger

This year's nativity stamp by Canada Post is designed by Montréal-based Paprika and illustrated by Daniel Robitaille. It employs the simple but rich symbolism of traditional folk art to revitalize the essential elements: the Holy Family, their humble accommodations, the makeshift crib and the heralding star of Bethlehem. Imagery on the Official First Day Cover continues the story, showing the intrepid Magi following the star to seek the Infant King. Warm colours evoke a sense of family intimacy and peace that befit the season.

Source: Canada Post

CWL members and Councils are encouraged to purchase these stamps and use them throughout the year in support of several CWL resolutions requesting Canada Post to issue them. For more background see Resolutions re: Christmas Postage Stamps


Dying Healed

What do we mean by Dying Healed?
Providing love and compassion to those who are medically vulnerable…

Dying Healed is a concept. All of us must come to terms with suffering in our lives. While we know that suffering is not good in itself, it has the potential to bring about tremendous good. As human beings we constantly strive for happiness, but the truth is, when we look back on our lives, it is often the times of suffering that have formed us the most. Suffering refines us, and depending on how we respond to suffering, we will either be made better or worse by the experience of it.

Dying Healed seeks to facilitate a person passing from this life healed, not physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It is not possible to heal all the pains and physical sufferings that accompany disease and terminal illness. Good palliative care and pain control can help, and an important aspect of this is emotional healing that can take place at the end of life. This is where our volunteers can help.

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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.


Scams Alert

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.

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