Creating a Sunday Horarium

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This global pandemic has disrupted our usual Sunday observances from gathering for the celebration of the eucharist and visiting loved ones, to sharing meals and playing games together. Creating a domestic horarium can help you and your family mark the Lord's day and stay grounded in your Christian identity in this time of flux. (S. Brosig, March 2020).


 

Resources from the Diocese

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  1. Community Support & Resources on COVID-19, mental health and education (parent resources) are now available at: https://www.catholicyyc.ca/blog/communitysupport
     
  2. Virtual Catholic Conference - FREE
    Virtual Catholic Conference is uniting Catholics across the globe for one weekend of prayer, fellowship and formation to grow in faith during these challenging times? When: April 3-5, 2020. Register at https://www.virtualcatholicconference.com
     
  3. Podcasts
  4. St Francis Xavier Chaplaincy   Cristino's reflections - available weekly on Facebook.
     
  5. Praying the Holy Week & Triduum at Home.
     
  6. Watch Masses on Television  (please share with those who don't have internet)
    • Salt + Light TV (Daily at 4:30 & 9:00 am, 1 & 8:30 pm, with Shaw, Bell, Telus, Rogers etc.) 
    • EWTN (Daily at 6 & 10 am, 5 & 10 pm, with Shaw or Telus)
    • Vision TV (Daily at 6 & 10 am, with Shaw, Bell, Telus,  Broadcast)
       
  7. More resources (prayers, community, COVID-19, learning at home etc.) are compiled here. The list is updated regularly. 

 

 

Support your Parish

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During this pandemic, our faith community needs us even more. Please remember to keep supporting your parish with weekly or recurring donations. As offering envelopes are not feasible at this time, you can support the parish through online giving, either on your parish's website or on the Diocese of Calgary website.

The online giving page on the Diocese of Calgary website allows you to set up a one-time or recurring donation to your parish. All funds donated will be transferred to the selected parish. Give now at https://www.catholicyyc.ca/give 


 

Holy Week, Easter & Suspension of Public Mass

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Bishop McGrattan has announced the indefinite suspension of public Masses in the Diocese of Calgary.

As a sign of hope that the sacramental life of the Church will continue in the face of this pandemic, Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum will proceed in the following manner.

Mass of Chrism
Bishop McGrattan will celebrate this Mass with the Blessing of the Holy Oils on Thursday, April 9 at 10:00 am in St. Mary’s Cathedral. 

Once public Masses resume, a Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated by him with all the priests concelebrating and renewing their Priestly Promises. The Holy Oils will be brought in procession during the Mass and will be distributed to the parishes.

The Paschal Triduum
Bishop McGrattan will celebrate

  • Holy Thursday (7:00 pm Mass, April 9),
  • Good Friday (3:00 pm Service, April 10),
  • a simplified Easter Vigil (9:30 pm, April 11) and
  • Easter Sunday Mass (10:00 am, April 12) at the Cathedral. 

All these will be live-streamed and can be accessed from the website of the Diocese, www.calgarydiocese.ca.  Weekday and Sunday Masses will continue to be live-streamed from the website as well.

Read Bishop McGrattan's Letter

Learn more at Diocesan website


 

Carol Schlachter RIP

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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. 

 


 

Lenten ideas from Arizona

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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

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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

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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.


 

Feed the Hungry

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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 


 

Safe Environment Policy

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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

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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


 

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