KARA Lenten Giving

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This Lenten season, Calgary Catholic Education Foundation (CCEF) invites us to come together to make a meaningful impact in the lives of pregnant and parenting students in our Catholic community.

Donate online at: theccef.ca

 

40 Hours Devotion for Vocations

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As part of the Diocesan Renewal, the Office of Vocations is excited to launch the 40 Hours Devotion for Vocations in the Diocese of Calgary - catholicyyc.ca/40hours. This initiative invites us to pray continuously for forty hours before the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, with a focus on increasing vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. 

Please Read the Bishop's Letter on 40 Hours Devotion for Vocations - available to Download here

 

Youth & Holy Week Missions

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Regnum Christi Calgary is inviting young people to a week-long event during Holy Week 2024. This event is designed to help young people develop a deeper relationship with Christ and will include a range of activities such as Mass, Adoration, Confession, games, food, live Stations of the Cross, and a Marian procession. The event will be held from Mar 24 - 30 at St. James' Parish in Okotoks. More info & registration

 

Share Lent Campaign

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Development and Peace - Caritas Canada’s Share Lent campaign this year is called "Create Hope – Reaping Our Rights". Bishop McGrattan invites parishioners to participate in this campaign through generosity, engagement, and solidarity. If you have any comments or would like help or more information, please don't hesitate to contact Carol Hollywood at

Everywhere on Earth, and especially in the Global South, impoverished populations are facing growing challenges due to climate change, land grabbing, resource theft, soil contamination and armed conflict.

Rural populations are particularly affected by these upheavals, and Development and Peace — Caritas Canada supports them in defending their rights to life, land, water, biodiversity, justice, health, participation, decent livelihoods, a healthy environment and more.

Resources for Share Lent 2024 "Reaping Our Rights" campaign are available here 

Launch & Information Meetings for Share Lent 2024 "Reaping Our Rights" campaign:

  • National Campaign Launch Webinar: Sat, Feb 17 at 11:30 am. Register
  • Alberta/NWT Online Workshop 
    • Sat, Feb. 24 at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm - Register OR 
    • Mon, Feb 26 at 6:30-8:30 pm. Register

 

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. 

 

 

 

Novena & Prayer for the Renewal

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We invite you to join us in praying the Novena to the Holy Trinity during the Pastoral Renewal, especially from Feb 1 - 9, 2024. Note that you can start Day 1 anytime! 

Let us seek the gifts of the Holy Spirit, surrender to God's divine plan, and pray for our special intentions in supporting our pastors and parish renewal leaders in their mission, ultimately contributing to the spiritual renewal of our entire community. 

 

Lenten Renewal Mission with Dr. Peter Baltutis

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St. Luke's Parish invites you to attend their Renewal Parish Lenten Mission with Dr. Peter Baltutis, which ends with penitential service on Thursday. When: Monday to Thursday, Feb 26-29 at 7 pm.  

Peter teaches history & religious studies at St. Mary's University and is a lay member of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). He also serves as CWL Endowed Chair for Catholic Studies. More info.

 

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.

 

Preparing for a Happy Death

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Preparing for a Happy Death... and the Life to Come

A course for compassionate Catholics, caregivers, and people who are dying.

FACILITATOR TRAINING

Tuesdays, Jan 23 - Mar 5 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This 6-module course builds on the Horizons for Hope course offered in 2023.  In response to the feedback from participants, this expanded course includes new content and practical tools to engage Catholics in the ancient practice of preparing for a happy death and the life to come.

To participate, or learn how to facilitate this course, contact Alana at or call 780-446-9009

New National Theme

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We move into two years of the new theme, Here I am Lord, send me.
The theme will be introduced in the winter issue of The Canadian League, which will include a prayer card for members’ use. I hope this theme will encourage members to listen to the call of the Lord and serve where they can, as they feel called and with the gifts God generously gives to them.
After discussion and discernment at the national executive/board meeting in November 2023, a focus on mental health was decided upon. All board members gave input from experience in every province and the military ordinariate regarding the crisis of mental illness in Canada. Mental health issues affect everyone, and there are so many areas that this condition contributes to, such as violence, spousal abuse, homelessness, unemployment and much more.
Councils are encouraged to investigate the theme and discern where they are being called to serve in this area. Guest speakers, seminars and workshops will also be encouraged as a tool to learn, reach out and help.

 

Grief Share Program

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Have you lost a loved one recently? Or do you know someone who does?

The grief support ministry invites individuals who have experienced loss of loved ones and would like to participate in a Grief Share Program for 2 hours every Tuesday evening for 8 weeks. This program consists of a video seminar (Christian based with personal stories from Christian experts who had experienced grief), group support discussions with facilitators and personal workbook.  This program will start on January 23-March 12, 2024. Tuesday 7-9 pm.  Free will giving/ $20 charge for the booklet.

For registration-contact St. Michael's Parish Office : 403-249.0423

 

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
Donate through Development and Peace

 

Enlarge the Tent

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Back for a second series, every third Monday of the month, beginning Monday, Sep. 18 at 10:30 am Fr. Tim Boyle will speak on The Art of Accompaniment, picking up on the theme from the Synod preparation document "Enlarge the Tent."

Sessions will be available in-person at St. Martha's, Lethbridge, or watch via livestream at stmarthsparish.ca

See all dates in 2023/2024

  • Monday, September 18, 2023 - "The big four issues the church will discuss in Rome.. and what does it mean to "Enlarge the Tent" 
  • Monday, October 16, 2023 - “A petrified Church..how did we get here? 
  • Monday, November 20, 2023 - “What unbelievers can teach us about mystery of God” 
  • Monday, January 22, 2024 - “Zacchaeus.. the first of Many Seekers.. and why they don’t want to join” 
  • Monday, February 19, 2024 - “Finding the Real Presence of God outside the church”
  • Monday, March 18, 2024 - “Mother Maria of Russia .. on uniting the Cross and the Sword”
  • Monday, April 15, 2024 - “Flourishing .. not just maintaining the Faith”..

 

Pray for peace in the Holy Land

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Our hearts and prayers are with those who died and those suffering after the terrorist attack and the continuing conflict in the Holy Land. Let us join Pope Francis and the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa to pray for peace. The Holy Father asks that Catholics continue to pray through the intercession of Mary "for the gift of peace for the many countries of the world marked by war and conflict.“

"We ask God to inspire world leaders in their intervention for the implementation of peace and concord, so that Jerusalem may be a house of prayer for all peoples.” ~Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa

For those killed, displaced, and impacted by the terrorist attack in Israel and the ensuing war, may God grant eternal rest to the deceased, console those grieving, protect and comfort those in fear, and guide world leaders so this conflict may be brought to a peaceful end, let us pray to the Lord...  

 

Reconciliation and Healing

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Papal Visit to Canada, One Year Later

A video, Papal Visit to Canada, One Year Later, has been produced by the Archdiocese of Edmonton with reflections from Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop Anthony Wieslaw Krotki, Archbishop Richard Smith, and Maskwacis Chief Victor Buffalo. The video highlights Pope Francis’ visit as a significant step on the road to healing and reconciliation, noting that the work and commitment will continue. It demonstrates that the Holy Father’s visit also made not only the idea, but the reality of reconciliation possible.

 Walking Together: Into One Beat - A new documentary from Salt + Light on Pope Francis' penitential pilgrimage to Canada
In July 2022, Pope Francis visited Indigenous communities, celebrated Mass in Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium and at the National Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré and, most importantly, apologized for the Church’s role in the country’s Residential School System. Walking Together: Into One Beat features interviews with members of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit in Alberta, Quebec, and Nunavut, who share their heartfelt stories as they prepare for the Holy Father’s arrival. After the visit, they offer their reactions, impressions, and hopes for this country of many nations moving forward, as one, on the journey of reconciliation. Watch it here.

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Report gives voice to Canada's Indigenous Christians

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A groundbreaking report published by the Ottawa-based Cardus Institute has given voice to Indigenous Canadians who are frustrated by secular society’s unawareness of — or unwillingness to accept — the fact that almost half of them are Christian. The executive director of the Catholic Civil Rights League, Christian Elia, says society should grant Indigenous Catholics the respect and personal agency that is due all Canadians. He said his organization has heard from many Indigenous Catholics who are “growing weary of the ongoing assumption that somehow they have been coerced into the faith, that it is inconceivable that they wish to be Catholic. This condescending attitude must stop.” Read more