Sixth Sunday of Easter

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Please pray

  • For the health of Pope Francis as he prepares to come to Canada in July, that he may receive strength and stamina to be with us as we work toward healing, hope and reconciliation. 
  • For Catholic schools in Alberta as they celebrate the Catholic Education Week, that they may continue to celebrate the richness of the Catholic faith which we have inherited.
  • For the Ukrainian people in this time of conflict, may God’s grace sustain and strengthen them and keep them from harm.
  • For all young people called to live life to the fullest, that they may see in Mary’s life the way to listen, discern, trust and serve.
  • For our newly ordained transitional Deacon, Santiago Torres, that he may be strengthened by the gift of God's grace to carry out faithfully the work of ministry, and that he may imitate our Lord who came not to be served but to serve.


 

Holy Name Garage Sale

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Bring your unwanted items in good condition to Holy Spirit on May 26-27 to support their garage sale. NO clothing, furniture, or large appliances please!

Contact Rosemary by email for other details.


 

Hike for Life

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Calgary Pro-Life Association is grateful for the support they received during last year's Virtual Hike for Life celebrating more than 40 years serving Calgary schools offering educational, respect-life presentations. Your help with our Hike for Life is valuable to the success of bringing our two educational, pro-life Respect Life programs to thousands of students in school classrooms in two school districts. Currently the Calgary Pro-Life Association is gearing up for the 42nd Annual Hike For Life. 

Save the date for the 42nd Annual Hike For Life campaign. When: May 7 to June 11, 2022. Goal: $40,000. Register as a team, or as an individual at our on-line Hike for Life page www.calgaryprolife.com or fill in a Pledge Form | See Poster

Read Calgary Pro Life May's Newsletter


 

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):


 

St. Pius X CWL Flower Fundraiser

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Hello Everyone,

St. Pius X CWL is inviting you to be a part of our Fundraising group plant order this spring!  Here are the instructions for our group.  If you have any questions, please get in touch with Danuta Allart at: 403-289-7992.  Supplies are limited, plants are in high demand this season, and this platform is open to other groups as well, so for best selection order early!  Orders will be open from today until May 24, 2022.  Do not submit any orders after this date - our group code will be closed at that point and you will not be able to link to our group.  Please read through all of the instructions below.  The most important step is the GROUP CODE.  Please ensure that you understand the instructions before proceeding.  Pick-up will be in the St. Pius X Church parking area on Saturday, May 28, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Thank you!   

Instructions:

  • Click or copy the link to find your way to the Greenhouse Effects website: www.greenhouseeffects.ca
  • Click "Shop" and find the Fundraising Program.   
  • Click "Shop Now" and enter Guest Password:  GE122  This will give you access to the online store for ordering.
  • Once you have made your selections, continue to your Cart.
  • This is where you will enter your GROUP CODE:  Pius22  in the promo code box.

* This is very important.  The purpose of the code is to link your purchase to our group.  The code does not provide any further discount.  However, please ensure you complete this step!  Thank you! 

  • From here you can proceed to Payment.  You will go through the usual steps for an online purchase, and be asked for your GROUP CODE once more.  
  • Once you submit your payment you are all ready to go!  Your order will be processed and delivered to St. Pius Church, Calgary for pick-up on Saturday, May 28, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the St. Pius X Church parking area.

Happy shopping!

Your Group Savings: Retailers sell  
for up to:
Our Group Price
(+ GST)
 

6" Potted Annuals

$14.50

$ 9.99

7" Potted Annuals

$18.75

$13.25

8" Dahlias

$21.00

$16.50

12" Standard Hanging Baskets

$54.00

$38.50

13.5" Premium Hanging Baskets

$66.00

$44.00


 

Synod

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Bishop William T. McGrattan calls on all faithful, clergy, religious, and consecrated life in the Diocese of Calgary to join him in local synodal gatherings with a renewed commitment to follow the way Jesus has always journeyed with his beloved children, to become a listening Church and a Church of closeness where all can experience being at home and participate in building the Kingdom of God.

 

What is a Synod?

The word “synod” has its roots in Greek means “journeying together.” A Synod is thus an ecclesial event that involves the laity, religious and clergy listening and speaking, praying and discerning together, and placing the hopes and concerns of the People of God at the foot of the Bishops, who, united with the Pope, decide matters of faith, morals and disciplines in order to preserve the faith and strengthen the mission of the Church in the world.

At the centre of the Synod is Jesus Christ, not the Church.

View the presentation video on the Synod by Bishop McGrattan 

 

The Fundamental Questions of the Synod

The Gospels frequently show us Jesus “on a journey”; he walks alongside people and listens to the questions and concerns in their hearts. Jesus shows us that God is not distant but he walks at our side and meets us wherever we are, often on the rocky roads of life. This is the “style” of God who travels the paths of history and shares in the life of humanity.

​ A synodal Church, faithful to Jesus in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together”:

  • How have YOU experienced journeying together as the Church?
  • What steps does the Holy Spirit invite US to take in order to grow in our “journeying together"?

Learn More at the Diocese of Calgary website...

To go out and encounter one another is central to the synodal process, which has its ultimate purpose in the mission of evangelization. While many will join the facilitated parish listening sessions, others might find it more comfortable to have a faith conversation around the dinner table or in a coffee shop.

Think about the difference we can make personally when we really listen to others or reach out to the lonely. Put the focus on building community rather than the final report. We all have a role to play. Change will happen if we do our part and get involved.

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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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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


 

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. ?


 

Residential Schools

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Calgary churchgoers attend Sunday services and reflect on the Pope's apology

Churches from all denominations hosted services Sunday, Apr. 3, 2022 as both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Calgarians reflected on this week's historic papal apology to Canadian residential school victims and survivors. Dolly Castillo, who attends St. Francis of Assisi Church, said the Pope’s apology sends the message that the Catholic church must be a place of welcoming for everyone moving forward Read more...
 

Indigenous delegation to Rome

April 1 interview with Phil Fontaine former AFN national chief

A delegation of 32 Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers, residential school survivors, and youth are meeting with Pope Francis this week (March 28 to April 1). Watch the media briefing and videos below.

A delegation of 32 Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers, residential school survivors, and youth are meeting with Pope Francis this week (March 28 to April 1). Watch the media briefing and videos below.

  • Media briefing | Meeting between Pope Francis & delegates from the Métis National Council
  • Media briefing | Meeting between Pope Francis and delegates from the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
  • Media briefing | Meeting between the Pope and delegates from the Assembly of First Nations
  • Final Audience between Pope Francis and all the Indigenous delegates. (Papal apology and commitment to come to Canada)
  • Media briefing with all Indigenous partners and the CCCB following the final audience with Pope Francis held on April 1, 7:30 am MT. (above)

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