Employment Opportunities

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Catholic Pastoral Centre

Your Application package must include a completed Application of Employment Form, a resume and a cover letter describing suitability for the position. ​​​​​​​​

Parishes in the Diocese of Calgary

Your Application package must include a completed Application of Employment Form, a resume and a cover letter describing suitability for the position. ​​​​​​​​​

Other

For more information about these positions, qualifications and application details, visit: http://careers.calgarydiocese.ca


 

Canadian Bishops thank Pope Francis for recent visit to Canada

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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is releasing it’s President’s annual report to the members, highlighting major pastoral initiatives undertaken by the CCCB since the last plenary meeting, such as the Indigenous Delegation to the Vatican in March 2022, the Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis to Canada in July 2022, as well as in the areas of family and life, and Church’s ongoing journey toward the Synod on synodality.


 

Devastating floods in Pakistan

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The Government of Canada is matching donations dollar for dollar (up to $3 million) until September 28, 2022 to help the people of Pakistan cope with the worst flooding in the country's history

Caritas Pakistan is counting on our support.

Please give online to Caritas Pakistan through Development and Peace - Caritas Canada at www.devp.org 


 

Do something awesome...

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CORPUS CHRISTI Catholic Women’s League is fundraising with Purdys Chocolatier, just in time for Christmas!

   

If you’d like to support our work by purchasing some very sweet Christmas gifts for friends, family (and yourself), just go to https://fundraising.purdys.com/1188460-96780 and join campaign 54580.   Deadline to order is Tuesday, Nov 15, 2022.

Check it out by signing in with your email address and a password that you choose; there is no obligation to order. If you have already registered, you will automatically join the campaign. After you sign in, you can browse through the amazing selection of chocolates available, and see how we are progressing with our goal.  If you do decide you want one or more of these great products, order and pay by November 15th, 2022 and pick up on Dec 3. This gives you time to ship Christmas gifts to family and friends across the county!

 

If you prefer to pay by e-transfer, cheque or cash, just give your order form and payment to us, and we will process it for you. Download catalogue (pdf format). Download order form.

Contact:

  • Carmela at 403-437-0585 or email
  • Cheryl at 403-516-1934 or email

 


 

Diocesan Synod Synthesis Report

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National Synthesis for Canada

The first phase of the “Synod on Synodality,” listening at the diocesan level, has concluded. Synthesis Reports were prepared by each of Canada’s four Regional Episcopal Assemblies - Western, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic regions. These four regional reports were then received by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and used to draft a national synthesis, which has been submitted to the General Secretariat of the Synod of the Holy See on 15 August 2022.

We invite everyone to read the reports, which is the culmination of a sincere listening exercise that occurred in every diocese across the country.

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Dialogue Toward Truth & Reconciliation

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The Religious and Moral Education Council (RMEC) is hosting Braiding Together: Dialogue Toward Truth and Reconciliation in Banff on October 14-15. We will be bringing together Indigenous speakers Chief Cadmus Delorme, Chief Wilton LIttlechild, and Phyllis Webstad, along with Archbishop Richard Smith, Archbishop Donald Bolen and Bishop William McGrattan. Pope Francis has called us to follow up his visit with concrete steps to bring about reconciliation and we hope this conference will be one of those steps. Everyone is welcome to attend. 


 

Pastoral Care reflections with Fr. Tim

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All are invited to a monthly reflection on ministry with Fr. Timothy Boyle at St. Martha's Parish in Lethbridge. Reflection will be inspired by the teachings of Pope Francis. When: Tuesdays at 10:30 am, starting Sep. 20. Online participation via livestream will be available from St. Martha's Youtube Live page or visit StMarthasParish.ca

Dates & Topics:

  • September 20: “God Accompanies Us”
  • October 18: “Grace Accompanies Every Person”
  • November 22: “Accompanying in Conflict and Complicated Situations”
  • January 17: “Listening to God and the Other”
  • February 21: “Simeon and Anna – Waiting – Grasping the Signs – Finding Our Story”
  • March 21: “Dream Dreams – Build Visions”
  • April 18: “Pope Francis’ Prayer – ‘Jesus, Make My Heart More Like Yours’”

 

Reconciliation and Healing

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4 Seasons of Reconciliation

This is a unique 3-hour online course that promotes a renewed relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadians through transformative learning about truth and reconciliation. This workplace course provides the basic foundation on the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). 

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Papal Visit

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Smudging and Catholic Liturgy with Fr. Cristino Bouvette
A debrief with Fr. Cristino Bouvette on the Papal Visit liturgies. We take a deep dive into the decisions made around the Papal liturgies and the elements of indigenous inculturation that happened, like smudging and praying in the four directions. Listen to podcast


The Holy Father said it was "a visit like no other."

“In fact, the main motivation was to meet the indigenous peoples to express to them my closeness and my sorrow, and to ask for forgiveness – to ask for forgiveness – for the harm done to them by those Christians, including many Catholics, who in. the past collaborated in the forced assimilation and enfranchisement* policies of the governments of the time.”

Repentance and reconciliation

Much analysis, the Pope suggested, "shows that, on the one hand, some men and women of the Church have been among the most decisive and courageous supporters of the dignity of the indigenous peoples, coming to their defence and contributing to raising awareness of their languages and cultures."

"But, on the other hand," he added, "there was unfortunately no shortage of those participated in programmes that today we understand are unacceptable and contrary to the Gospel."

In this sense, he reiterated, this visit was penitential, and even if there were many joyful moments, "the meaning and tone of the whole was one of reflection, repentance and reconciliation."

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The gift of tears

Many images captured Pope Francis' Penitential Pilgrimage to the land of the indigenous people, and offered a window onto the moments that put the focus on the path of healing and reconciliation of peoples who have greatly suffered and who today encounter a new face of the Church. Read more

Need to forgive or heal? Take these 4 reflections from the Pope in Canada
Reconciliation is not merely the result of our own efforts; it is a gift that flows from the crucified Lord. The Holy Father offered an insightful reflection on reconciliation, the role of the Church, and how the faith must be shared. While his address was given in the context of his “penitential pilgrimage” to help heal the wounds caused by residential schools, the ideas apply for any situation that needs reconciliation. Read more

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Bereavement: Support & Care Training

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The Diocese of Calgary is offering a training opportunity in providing bereavement support and care. This workshop is offered to those who are involved in the Pastoral Care Ministry in their parishes, and/or for those desiring to be better equipped in accompanying those dealing with grief and loss.

​Topics to be explored include: What is grief and mourning and how it impacts our whole being; Grief as a spiritual journey; How the parish community can assist a grieving person; Practical ideas for a successful parish bereavement ministry.

  • When/where: Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at St. Luke's (1566 Northmount Drive NW, Calgary). 
  • Register online here or by contacting Sr. Mariflor at 403-218-5521. Please register by Sep. 26.
  • For more information, visit: catholicyyc.ca/pastoralcare


 

Holy Spirit CWL Craft Sale

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Crafters can contact

  • Mary Kuntz by email or call/text 403 700 6874
  • Gail Poshtar by email or call/text 403 803 6543

 

Tru Earth Fundraiser

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Tru Earth is a Canadian company working to reduce the use of plastic in everyday life. They are best known for Eco-Strips Laundry Detergent, a new and revolutionary eco-friendly detergent in strip form, that produces zero waste. One year’s supply of laundry strips fits in a small shoe box and replaces 9 plastic laundry bottles!

Brand Highlights:

  • Paraben and Phosphate-free
  • Free of added dyes, chlorine bleach, and 1,4-dioxane, as certified by independent laboratory tests
  • Hypoallergenic and Vegan-Friendly
  • Tru Earth's packaging uses zero plastic
  • Free shipping directly to your home anywhere in Canada or the US

Help make a sustainable environmental impact while supporting CWL. Check periodically for new products and special promotions.

Tru Earth’s fundraising program provides 20% of the sale to participating Councils (see below):


 

Humanitarian Aid Collection for Ukraine

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March 24 Update as per website of the Ukrainian Catholic Parish of Calgary Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us via email and phone offering to assist in whatever way possible. We are overwhelmed and so grateful! Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to every individual inquiry and so encourage you to please check back here for updates regarding volunteering opportunities and donation opportunities. Thank you and may God bless you for your prayers and support during this difficult time.

Humanitarian Aid Shipments

As of today, the packing of boxes is complete and our second shipment of 206 boxes has left Calgary for Edmonton to join a flight heading to Ukraine on Monday March 28, 2022.

We extend a heartfelt thank you to all the generous individuals who participated in donating, packing boxes, and loading pallets; we could not do this without all your support. 

We have notification that our first shipment of 51 boxes has arrived in L’viv Ukraine.

Anyone still wishing to support the Humanitarian Aid Collection for Ukraine can do so electronically via this website, via mail, or in person by visiting the church between 1 to 6 pm daily (including Sat & Sun). Alternatively, donations can be completed online through either of the following organizations, both of which have been vetted as trustworthy and ensure the best impact on the ground.

Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), a Papal Charity that has already been working with internally displaced people in Ukraine since 2014. Donations made through the Eparchy of Edmonton at https://eeparchy.com/donate are being dollar matched.

Canada Ukraine Foundation at www.cufoundation.ca, which supports the population of Ukraine impacted by Russian attacks.

Refugee Support

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Prayers for Peace in Ukraine

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People across the globe are expressing solidarity with the people of Ukraine and calling for an end to the unprovoked Russian invasion. As women of faith and compassion, let us pray for our sisters and brothers whose lives, safety, and freedom are under attack. Let us lift our hearts and voices by praying for a peaceful end to this tragic conflict. Our collective prayers matter, so please contribute anytime and anywhere that works for you.

Adapted from Pope Francis’ Prayer for Peace:

Lord God of peace, hear our prayer.
Now, Lord, come to our aid!
Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace.
Open our eyes and our hearts and give us the courage to say:
"Never again war; with war everything is lost."
Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.
Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance
we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation.

Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us. ?


 

Help for Ukraine

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We have received a communique from the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) on how to provide help to Ukraine.  Two ways to support Ukraine are provided (1) support Caritas Ukraine through a donation to CNEWA and (2) support the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada. 

This is a critical issue and League members are encouraged to support these initiatives.

As provincial chairpersons, please ensure this message is available to all members through your diocesan counterparts.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Blessings
Faith Anderson
National Chairperson of Community Life