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Sale of Snowflake Gala items

The 2019 National Convention Planning Committee has decided to sell off the beautiful Chair Covers with Sashes and Champagne Flutes that were part of our very first fundraiser – THE SNOWFLAKE GALA – that was held in 2017. 

No rain checks – first come, first served – while quantities last! 

Here`s a picture of the Chair Covers with Sashes.  They are being sold at $3.00 each.


Those of you who attended our Gala will remember being greeted with these lovely Champagne Flutes.  These are being sold at $1.00 each.


Both the above items are a wonderful addition to any CWL Council or home in our Calgary Diocese. 

Payment to be made in Cash or Cheques made payable to CWL National Convention 2019. Please either call Marilyn at 403-607-9006 or email her.


Flames / Anaheim Ducks tickets - FEB 22

The Diocese of Calgary has partnered with the Calgary Flames to get discounted tickets for the game on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, between the Flames and archrival Anaheim Ducks. Discounted tickets are $39. Each ticket purchased will help fundraise for Elizabeth House, which provides a home for at risk pregnant or parenting youth and their babies. In addition, the first 100 people to purchase tickets will be receive a voucher to an exclusive pre-game event in the Alumni Lounge and have a Meet and Greet with Bishop McGrattan. To purchase your tickets at the special price, visit http://news.calgarydiocese.ca


Alberta Bishops release Funds to D&P

The Bishops of Alberta will release funds to Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace by the end of this year. They have requested a full accounting of how the 2018 funds are eventually distributed. In addition, the Bishops of Alberta will allow the 2019 collection to take place in their Dioceses during the Lenten season.

Read the full Letter from Bishops of Alberta re: the Development and Peace (Dec. 10) at http://news.calgarydiocese.ca


Theology of the Body Conference


Theology of the Body expert speakers will gather for one amazing conference in Calgary! Save the date: Fri & Sat, March 8 & 9, 2019.

Guest speakers: Christopher West, Mike Mangione, Sr. Helena Burns and many others! This is a two day conference exploring theology and practical applications of human sexuality.

For more info: http://www.calgarydiocese.ca


Assistant Coordinator - Feed the Hungry

Feed the Hungry is a Diocesan program, which serves a weekly nutritious Sunday dinner. Each week, approximately 500 men, women, children, seniors and people with disabilities living in poverty experience a different Sunday — food, family and respect at St. Mary’s Cathedral Hall in the Downtown core. Guests are provided a five–course dinner that includes salad, soup, bread, a hot entrée, dessert and beverages.

Assistant Coordinator SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Food services
  • Customer focused
  • Comfortable in an environment with people who are experiencing marginalization
  • Food Safety
  • First Aid certification

This posting will remain open until January 4, 2019.

For more information about this position, qualifications and application details see the Diocesan website at http://careers.calgarydiocese.ca


Advent Toolkit

This Advent toolkit uses Pope Francis’ encyclical  “Laudato Si’ – Care for our Common Home” as a foundation. It’s a good intro to the new CWL theme - Care for Our Common Home, Stewards of Creation. Councils are encouraged to add to the theme and to use Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’ as an information source.

This Advent resource kit will help you to reflect on the call to preserve our common home and to live out your call through concrete actions.


  • Print Advent calendar
  • Top 5 ways to green Christmas
  • Advent Novena
  • Kids’ coloring pages

Download the Toolkit


Laudato Si & Scripture Insights

Advent is a time for waking up, waiting, and watching!
We are called to wake up to the ways we can prepare for Christ to be born anew in our lives and in our communities. As we look at the signs around us: catastrophic fires, rising sea levels, and our warming planet, it can seem that the predictions that Jesus spoke of in the Gospel are happening around us.

Laudato Si Quote for the Month: “As never before in history, common destiny beckons us to seek a new beginning…Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.” (Pope Francis quoting the Earth Charter in Laudato Si, 207)



Louise Dean Centre Food Resource Volunteer

A partnership of Catholic Family Service, Calgary Board of Education, and Alberta Health Services, Louise Dean Centre breaks down barriers to education for youth who are expecting a child or parenting. At one convenient, central location, young parents can access the academic, emotional, financial, and early childhood supports they need to thrive. The Food Resource Volunteer is responsible for picking up a large donation of bread in SE Calgary and delivering it to Louise Dean Centre in the NW each week on Wednesday mornings. Once on-site at Louise Dean Centre, the volunteer will sort and bag the bread for the families served at Louise Dean Centre to take home. This valuable service supports and nourishes young families.

For more details and to apply as a volunteer, contact Ellyse Lambie, Volunteer Coordinator with Catholic Family Service, at or 403-205-8549.

Volunteer Opportunity: Families & Schools Together

The Families & Schools Together (F&ST) program of Catholic Family Service is a world-renowned family-based prevention program that supports each member of the family to learn new skills and be the best they can be – at home, at school and in the community. We are looking for caring, encouraging, non-judgmental, and responsible volunteers to support the families involved with F&ST!

Volunteers may include individuals, families, and groups. Volunteers in the F&ST program work well individually and in groups, are positive role models, and are comfortable interacting with children, youth, and families. Volunteers provide support to the F&ST team and families by setting up and cleaning up the program space, preparing food, serving meals, playing with children of all ages, and providing other program support as needed. 

Join us once a week from 4:30 - 8:30 for 10 consecutive weeks as a F&ST volunteer! The program will be operating at two south Calgary schools from January to March 2019.

For more details and to apply as a volunteer, contact Kelly Suppes, Coordinator of the F&ST Program, at or 403.205.5204.



GrACE (GRATEFUL ADVOCATES FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION) SOCIAL MEDIA has launched its Facebook and Twitter. Please share, like and comment as a way to spread the message of Catholic education in our province.

Facebook: facebook.com/GrACE4cathed
Twitter: twitter.com/@GrACE57709781


Way of the Cross Team Leads

Save the date for the 36th Outdoor Way of the Cross, April 19, 2019 at St Mary's Cathedral. We are currently looking for Team Leads for the various volunteer positions. Contact Marilou at 403-218-5519 or email


Two New Permanent Deacons

We have two new deacons! Let us welcome Deacon Dale Laing from St. Thomas More, and Deacon Joseph Gingco from St. Albert the Great, ordained as Permanent Deacons by Bishop McGrattan on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. May God bless them each step of the way in their new ministry.


Elizabeth House Caseworker

The Diocese of Calgary invites applications for the role of Caseworker at Elizabeth House. The successful candidate must have a post-secondary degree in Social Work & Youth Care Counselling or comparable working experience.

Elizabeth House is a life-skills program and family-oriented home, which welcomes at-risk pregnant and parenting women who need a safe place to live. This Social Justice & Outreach Ministries program is made possible through a partnership between the RC Diocese of Calgary and the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis as well as through the generosity of donors contributing directly to the program and support through the diocesan Together in Action campaign.

For more information about this position, qualifications and application details see the Diocesan website at http://careers.calgarydiocese.ca


Employment Opportunity: Collegial Judge & Canonical Services Associate

The Catholic Pastoral Centre is seeking a candidate to fill the position of Collegial Judge and Canonical Services Associate. The individual will participate with a college of Judges in the diocesan ecclesiastical court, adjudicating petitions for marriage annulment and other matters brought before the tribunal according to canonical laws. For more information about these positions, qualifications and application details see the Diocesan website at http://careers.calgarydiocese.ca


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


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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