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2017 Parish Communications Workshop


Communication is a means of expressing the missionary vocation of the entire Church; today the social networks are one way to experience this call to discover the beauty of faith, the beauty of encountering Christ. In the area of communications, too, we need a Church capable of bringing warmth and of stirring hearts. (Pope Francis, 48th World Communications Day, 2014)

We invite you to come to the 2017 Parish Communication Workshop exclusively for clergy, parish staff and volunteers who are currently maintaining parish communication, both offline and online.  This year’s focus will be on social media as it has fundamentally changed how people communicate nowadays.  As Catholics, we need to bring the Church’s teachings into what Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI called the “digital continent.” 

Our guest speaker this year are Fr. Thomas Rosica, the CEO of Salt & Light TV and Lincoln Ho (Social Media specialist from Archdiocese of Edmonton).  

Workshop Information

  • Date: Monday, November 13, 2017 | From 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    At the Catholic Pastoral Centre (120-17th Ave SW, Calgary)
  • Parking: Please park at the FCJ Centre parkade (219-19th Ave SW) or St. Mary's Cathedral Parkade.

Timetable

  • Note that schedule is subject to change without notice.
  • 08:00 - 08:30  Registration
    08:30 - 09:15  Prayer & Greetings (Bishop William McGrattan)
    09:30 - 10:15  Keynote address (Fr. Thomas Rosica)
    10:30 - 11:15  The Epic Guide to Social Media 101 (Lincoln Ho)
    11:15 - 12:15  Breakout Sessions A, B, C, D (see below)
    12:15 - 13:15  Lunch
    13:15 - 14:00  Breakout Sessions A, B, C, D (see below)
    14:00 - 14:10  Break
    14:10 - 16:00  Putting into Practice & Intro to Diocesan Best Practices and Social Media Policy

Sessions Information

  • Keynote address: COMMUNICATIONS AND MERCY (Fr. Thomas Rosica)
    Be inspired by Pope Francis, who yearns for the church to be an instrument of reconciliation and welcome, a church capable of warming hearts, a church that is not bent over on herself but always seeking those on the periphery and those who are lost, a church capable of leading people home. Pope Francis has indeed rebranded Catholicsm. How do we follow in his footsteps?
  • General Session: THE EPIC GUIDE TO SOCIAL MEDIA 101 (Lincoln Ho)
  • Breakout Sessions:
    • 1.  OVER HERE!! I’M WRITING IN BOLD!!: Writing for Social Media (Lincoln Ho)
      The digital revolution has created a sense of fear to text posts, blogs, and traditional journalism. When text is the least popular medium, how do we create content to draw the audience to the ultimate Word?
    • 2.  MAKE IMPRESSIONS MEMORABLE: Branding and Consistencies (Fr. Wilbert Chin Jon)
      What is your parish all about, and why is that a big deal? How are you different from the rest? How will you show this on social media every time, and at a glance?  How do you make impressions memorable? It’s all about branding! Know who you are and flaunt it. Learn how.
    • 3.  SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEO ON A BUDGET: Videography Tools for a Beginner (Ryan Factura)
      Video is the king of content on social media.  As a parish, how are you able to jump on this trend without having expensive camera equipment? In this workshop, we'll show you how you can get started with social video using the camera you already have in your hand: your smartphone!
    • 4.  NO PHOTOSHOP, NO PROBLEM: Graphic Tools for Parish Communication (Lia O'Hara)
      Not a graphic designer? No access to Photoshop? No problem! The internet comes to the rescue. Learn how to make great looking posters, bulletin and social media graphics in a matter of minutes. Get to know easy-to-use graphical tools online and other resources that will help you deliver quality imagery while saving time and money.

Registration

  • This workshop is only available for Parish Staff, Communications staff and/or volunteers, and those who are currently managing the bulletin and/or their parish online presence.
  • Limit to only 4 participants per parish. Limited seats.
  • Please register each person separately. Choose one AM breakout session and one PM breakout session.
  • Lunch will be provided. If you have strict dietary restrictions, kindly bring your bagged lunch from home.
  • REGISTER ONLINE HERE
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Emergency Relief Aid for flood victims in Texas and Asia

The current hurricane season in the US and the monsoon season in SE Asia have brought much destruction due to flooding. Hurricane Harvey has caused thousands of homes to be destroyed and people evacuated to shelters. Devastating floods across SE Asia have displaced 41 million people. When natural disaster happens, the resulting death and destruction becomes a shared experience wherever it strikes.

Outreach efforts by the Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston have included 25 parishes serving as shelters and/or donation centres. Catholic Charities and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be providing direct long-term assistance and case management services to victims as they begin to rebuild.

Meanwhile, Caritas organizations are responding to the needs in India, Nepal and Bangladesh by providing food, clean drinking water, and shelter. Emergency relief is also focused on preventing the spread of waterborne disease by delivering health, hygiene and sanitation support.

Let us pray for the victims of these disasters, standing in solidarity with them as they continue with recovery efforts and start to rebuild from such devastation. Just as the Diocese mobilized together when Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, let us once again do so to help the millions impacted by these natural disasters.

Donations made to help with Hurricane Harvey will be sent to the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston. Donations made to assist with the emergency relief in SE Asia will be sent through Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada to help with humanitarian aid for Caritas India, Caritas Bangladesh and Caritas Nepal. Donations can be made online through the Diocese of Calgary website or mailed to the Catholic Pastoral Centre.

Please forward all funds collected to the Pastoral Centre. 

  • DONATE ONLINE or
  • Send a cheque to Catholic Pastoral Centre (120 17th Ave SW, Calgary T2S-2T2) and mark cheques with a note – Hurricane Harvey or South Asia Floods.

☩ William McGrattan
Bishop of Calgary

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Announcements

DIOCESAN ANNOUNCEMENTS

BISHOP McGRATTAN'S LITURGICAL CALENDAR

Bishop McGrattan's diocesan liturgical calendar is now available. A link to the calendar will be maintained on the Office of Liturgy webpage. Note that the schedule is subject to change. 

POPE FRANCIS' MESSAGE TO CANADIAN YOUTH - RELEASED THIS SUNDAY - OCT 22

Salt + Light will broadcast the message from Pope Francis which will be released on October 22, 2017:   
  • Click here for the photograph of the town-hall panel, including Cardinal Kevin Farrell (please provide photo credit to Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation)   
  • Find here a News Release (English | French) issued by Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., CEO of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, entitled “National Youth Forum on ‘Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment’ on Canada’s Salt and Light Television – October 22, 2017 -- with the participation of Pope Francis and Cardinal Kevin Farrell”.  For more see the CCCB website as well, or Salt & TV website, or Facebook

PASTORAL LETTER FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION SUNDAY - NOV 5

COMMEMORATION OF THE REFORMATION LECTURE SERIES - OCT 12 TO NOV 2

Commemoration of the Reformation Lecture Series - 'Transformed by Love' : Martin Luther and Ignatius of Loyola, Renewers of the Church will take place on Thursdays, 7:00 pm—8:30 pm. October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 2017 at Hope Lutheran Church – 3527 Boulton Road NW. Free and open to the public.

The four part lecture series will explore the gifts and legacies of Luther and Ignatius in an appreciative and ecumenical spirit. Presenters -  Fr. Charles Pottie-Pate, SJ and Rev. Kristian, Hope Lutheran Church..

    • October 12: Luther in the 16th century
    • October 19: Ignatius in the 16th century
    • October 26: Luther in the 21st century
    • November 2: Ignatius and Ignatian spirituality in the 21st century
  • For more contact Fr. Charles Pottie-Pate, SJ at 403-228-4170 ext. 232 or email: charles.pate@gmail.com
  • See poster here for more on the Lecture Series. 

MAY PEACE BE WITH HER

The Development & Peace Fall Campaign's theme this year is "May Peace be with Her", focuses on women's role in building peace. All around the world, courageous women gather to fight and resist violence, working for a more peaceful world. When 35% of parliamentarians are women, the risk of a nation relapsing into conflict is near zero. Let us join our voices and ask the Canadian government to give women the resources they need in order to take their place at the heart of peacebuilding.

BISHOP'S DINNER - OCTOBER 19

Bishop McGrattan will host his very first Bishop’s Dinner on Thursday, October 19. This year’s theme is Youth & Vocations - Their Faith, The Church. Michael Chiasson will give the keynote address with Bishop McGrattan sharing his vision for youth in his closing remarks. Catholic singer/songwriter Janelle is our musical guest.

BLUE MASS - OCTOBER 22

The Knight of Columbus is inviting you to the Blue Mass at St Cecilia Church (321 90th Ave SE, Calgary, AB). On Sunday, October 22 at 1.30 pm. Let us ask God to protect and bless the First Responders for their safety and commitment in their work. The Blue Mass is a way of showing our appreciation for all First Responders that put their lives on the line every day for our community.

  • For more details, contact Hardy del Castillo 587-703-1585.

LEADERSHIP FORMATION WORKSHOP FOR YOUTH LEADERS - OCT 20-21

This fall the Office of Youth Ministry is recommending and encouraging all people working with youth and young adults to participate in a conference on Leadership Formation, on the weekend of October 20 & 21. Space is limited so please register as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

  • For registration and more information or to register online, click here. 

BEREAVEMENT CARE EDUCATION PROGRAM - OCT 27

The Diocesan Bereavement Care Education will teach you the skills to offer your presence and support in a caring way. This is a 2 part program held over two weekends, October 27 & 28 and November 3 & 4 at St. Bonaventure Parish, 1600 Acadia Drive SE. 

500 YEARS SINCE THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION: AN INTER CHRISTIAN PRAYER FOR RECONCILIATION - OCT 29

You are invited to join Lutherans and Catholics in a liturgy of singing and praying as we commemorate the gifts of the Reformation and ask for forgiveness for the division that we have perpetuated. Through thanksgiving and lament, we are lead to common witness and commitment to each other and the world. Bishop Larry Kochendorfer (Lutheran) & Bishop William McGrattan (Catholic) will preside. Anglican Archbishop Gregory Kerr-Wilson will deliver the sermon. The Common Prayer service will be held at Hope Lutheran Church, 3527 Boulton Road NW on Sunday, October 29 at 5:00 pm.

EMERGENCY RELIEF

Catholic Charities and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston will be providing direct long-term assistance and case management services to victims displaced in flood in Texas. In Asia, Caritas organizations are responding to the needs in India, Nepal and Bangladesh by providing food, clean drinking water, and shelter. Emergency relief is also focused on preventing the spread of waterborne disease by delivering health, hygiene and sanitation support. Donations can be made ONLINE THROUGH THE DIOCESE WEBSITE or cheques can be forwarded to the Pastoral Centre (120-17 Ave SW., Calgary, AB T2S-2T2).

CATHOLIC PSYCHOTHERAPY CONFERENCE - NOV 3-4

The Catholic Psychotherapy Association of Canada is hosting its biennial conference at St Peter’s Parish November 3 & 4. The theme is ‘Be Not Anxious’ and its keynote and following panel discussion, open to anyone, will address conscience issues.

TEMPLE BUILT OF LIVING STONE - Nov 6-7, 2017

Interested in Catholic Worship and Sacred Liturgical Space? Join us at the National Catholic Liturgical Conference with Fr. Michael McGourty as he reflects on our rich identity as members of the Body of Christ visibly evident in our sacred space and liturgical symbols. November 6 & 7, 2017.

PLANNED GIVING SEMINAR - NOV 7, 2017

Be inspired to make a difference. Learn how to maximize your legacy for family and charity in your will. Join our upcoming Planned Giving Seminar. Join the upcoming Planting a Future Seminar at the Catholic Pastoral Centre 120 - 17 Ave SW Tuesday, September 26, 2017. 

Parish Mission: Longing For Jesus - Nov 12-14

St. Anthony's Parish welcomes everyone to come to their Parish Mission in preparation for the season of Advent. The theme of the mission is: Longing For Jesus, with Fr. Thomas Rosica, CEO of Salt & Light TV. The three-evenings mission will begin on Sunday (November 12) to Tuesday (November 14), starts at 7 PM at St. Anthony's Church (5340-4th St SW, Calgary).

RED MASS - NOV 15

The Red Mass is a celebration for people employed in the administration of justice as judges, lawyers, paralegals, assistants, law enforcement officers, civic leaders, law students, and others. It will be held at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 15 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, (219-18 Ave SW, Calgary). Bishop McGrattan presiding, with a reception afterwards featuring a presentation by Fr. Cristino Bouvette.  All are welcome.  

LAY ASSOCIATION SEMINAR WITH BISHOP McGRATTAN - NOV 18

All lay associations are encouraged to attend this seminar with Bishop McGrattan and Fr. Adrian Martens, Episcopal Vicar for Lay Associations from 10 AM to 2 PM on Nov. 18, 2017 at the Catholic Pastoral Centre (120-17th Ave SW, Calgary). The Seminar will include lunch, and will have a limit of 4 persons per lay association. The day will cover the concept of lay associations in canon law and the mission of the Church in both the diocese and your local parish. All are encouraged to attend, even if your group is unsure of your actual canonical status or do not yet have a charitable incorporation with the government. Registration is just $10.00 per person and covers lunch and free parking for the first 50 cars.

MEMORIAL LITURGY: A PRAYER SERVICE FOR THOSE MOURNING THE LOSS OF A CHILD THROUGH MISCARRIAGE OR STILLBIRTH - NOV 24

When families lose a baby in the womb, the cries of birth go unheard; the grasp of tiny fingers slips away. This profound loss needs articulation.  Join us in a prayer gathering to commend our children communally into the embrace of our merciful God and to support those who are grieving the loss of a child. A memorial prayer service for those mourning the loss of a child thorugh miscarriage or stillbirth will be held on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 7pm, at Sacred Heart Church (1307 14 St SW, Calgary, AB). 

Listening to god's Voice Retreat - Nov 25

Learn how to open your heart and listen to God’s voice as did the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a special retreat for single women (ages 16-35) interested in looking at Religious life. This retreat is being offered by Sisters from various Religious communities and provides an occasion when single women can interact with them in a prayerful setting. Retreat will be hosted at Holy Name Catholic Church, 2223 – 34 St. S.W., Calgary on Saturday, November 25, 2017; Time: 8:30 AM to 4 PM (lunch is provided). Fr. Cristino Bouvette will be providing Holy Mass, and a Holy Hour of Adoration, with an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Still my heart, Lord, that I may listen to Your voice.

  • For more information and to register, contact: Sr. Terry, FCJ 403-228-3623 or e-mail: tksmithfcj@yahoo.ca

WANTED: SACRAMENTAL COORDINATOR AT ST. PIUS X PARISH (PART TIME)

St. Pius X Parish is looking for a Sacramental Coordinator: First Reconciliation, First Communion, Confirmation to work on a part time employment basis, This position will require working some evenings and weekends.  In addition, the successful candidate must have strong: computer skills (Microsoft Office and Outlook), organizational and people skills. The employment opportunity will be posted until a suitable candidate is found.

WANTED: MUSIC MINISTER AT ST. PIUS X PARISH (Part time)

St. Pius X Parish is looking for a piano accompanist to work on a part time employment basis, in particular to play piano at the Sunday 9 AM masses and includes practices on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm.  The primary objective is to prepare for and support the 9AM liturgy.  The employment opportunity will be posted until a suitable candidate is found.

WANTED: DIOCESAN YOUTH RETREAT TEAM (PART TIME)

The Diocesan Youth Ministry team is looking for five (5) DYRT members to work on a casual – part time employment basis.  The Diocesan Youth Retreat Team (DYRT) offers year-round retreats for young people within the Diocese.  The primary objective is to offer retreats for parishes especially in the area of sacramental preparation for the sacraments of First Holy Communion, First Reconciliation and Confirmation.  The team also provides year round retreats for Catholic Schools within the diocese. 

MARRIAGE PREPARATION "FOR BETTER & FOR EVER"

“For Better & For Ever…” Marriage Preparation, accepts all couples preparing for marriage. Due to the small group setting it allows us to focus on couples in one or more of the following circumstances: living together, previously married, beginning marriage with children, couples 45+, or those who wish to have their marriage blessed in the Church.  

PROJECT RACHEL POST ABORTION COUNSELLING

The ministry offers a journey of healing and reconciliation for women and men who are suffering distress from a past abortion experience. Clients will be referred to a professional counselor who specializes in dealing with the trauma associated with this experience.  

EFFECTIVE CO-PARENTING:  PUTTING KIDS FIRST 

An educational 5-week program for separated and divorced parents to help raise their children through this difficult time and increase the understanding of needs of children for developing self-esteem and security. It will offer skills to help manage diverse shared parenting situations and provide strategies to improve communication, resolve conflict, and manage day-to-day issues between parenting partners. Parents are encouraged to attend separately. The next program will run 7:00pm - 9:00pm in the fall of 2017. 

CONSECRATION OF CANADA TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Parishes are invited to hold a parish celebration on one or more Saturdays within the anniversary year (July 1 2017 to July 1 2018). Prayer templates, prayer card and catechetical materials are available on the Office of Liturgy website. 

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2017 World Day of Migrants Mass - Photo Album

Hundreds came and celebrate the World Day of Migrants with Bishop McGrattan on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, 2017. Bishop McGrattan led everyone in prayer with a celebration of Eucharist, followed by a reception of international potluck at the parish hall.

The Diocese of Calgary thanks the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society for their involvement and generous donation, all the liturgical ministers, participating communities and choirs, and the generous donations of food at the reception! It was truly a feast! Thank you everyone! 


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Photography: Fr. Mariusz Sztuk, SDS

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