2018 Lenten Missions

  1. Lenten Mission with Fr. Eugene O'Reilly at St. Pius X Parish, Calgary
    When: Monday, February 26 to Thursday, March 1, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm
    Where: St. Pius X Parish, 2424 - 24 AVE NW, Calgary
    Speaker: Father Eugene O’Reilly, CSsR
  2.  Lenten Mission with Peter Thompson at St. Joseph, Calgary
    When: Monday to Wednesday (March 5, 6 & 7) at 7 pm (Holy Mass at teach night).
    Where: St. Joseph's Parish, 640 19th Ave NW, Calgary
    Speaker: Peter Thompson
  3. Divine Mercy Lenten Mission at St. Michael Catholic Community, Calgary
    When: Tuesdays March 6, 13, and Thursday, March 22, beginning with Mass at 7 pm each night
    Where: St. Michael's Church at 800 85 St SW, Calgary, AB
    Speakers: Fr. Jerome Lavigne, Fr. Cristino Bouvette, and Sharon van der Sloot.
  4. Lenten Mission "Stripped Away" with Michael Chiasson (Access 52)
    When: Wednesday March 7, 2018 at 7 pm
    Where: St. Bernadette's Church at 7103 - 20A St. SE, Calgary, AB
    Speakers: Michael Chiasson from Access 52
  5. Lenten Mission with Fr. Julian Studden at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish, Calgary
    When: Sunday, March 11 (begins with Mass at 11 AM), and Monday to Wednesday (March 12, 13, 14) at 7 pm each night.
    Where: Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church at 1714 14 Ave NE, Calgary
    Speaker: Father Julian Studden
  6. Lenten Mission with Sr. Madeleine Gregg, fcj at St. Gerard's Church, Calgary
    When: Sat, March 17 to Tue, March 20 (Contact St. Gerard's Parish Office for details)
    Where: St. Gerard's Church
    Speaker: Sr. Madeleine Gregg, fcj
    Information: or contact 403-253-2251

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World Day of the Sick

In his Message for this year’s World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis looks to the Cross of Christ for redemption from suffering and to Mary as Mother of the Church, a mother who looks out for all her children. The Pope’s example of practical accompaniment of the sick, the dying and the elderly is shown in his frequent visits to hospitals, seniors’ homes and in his loving attention to the sick and people with disabilities who come to his weekly audiences. Accompanying and encountering the sick are watchwords of his ministry of mercy, and an example of how Mary looks after her children. We, too, can support the sick through many different organizations and in many varied ways:

  • We can work politically to ensure that our health care and social service systems will focus on not only direct medical services, but will also strive to improve the social determinants of health.
  • In order to optimize infant and child healthcare and to be intentional about disease prevention as life begins, we can make political demands in their interests.
  • We can also support the claims of those employed in health care and social services who are overworked or underpaid.

From the Catholic viewpoint of improving the common good, we must ask whether our national budgetary provisions for health care are sufficient? If not, are those who are more financially secure willing to pay more so that others may benefit, beyond accepting an already somewhat heavy tax burden?

We are becoming more aware of regional injustices, even at the level of not having clean water available – in Canada! In 2018! We know this need not be, so we are challenged to respond.

  • Some will be called to take political and social action to improve our health systems on behalf of the sick, as above.
  • Some are called to be of great practical assistance to the sick, the frail and the elderly. volunteering in hospices, in hospitals and long-term care homes.
  • Some participate in athletic and other events to raise awareness for specific charities and causes, at the same time persuading other people to support those causes financially.
  • Many people are involved professionally in responding to the needs of the poor, the homeless, the elderly, those with addictions and so on, and many give their time and talents in other ways – financially, personally and spiritually through donating, volunteering, praying and raising awareness through their personal witness and commitment.

At an international level, Canada contributes large amounts in government aid to many countries and organizations, and many of us do so in a smaller way, through financial support of organizations that help medically and socially.

  • Instead of birthday gifts, we can ask for a well (or part of one!) to be built in a developing country; we can ‘send’ friends some goats, pigs or chickens – redirected, of course, to a family who will benefit directly from them.
  • We can send medical supplies and educational materials through organizations such as Chalice, based in Nova Scotia, while many hospitals such as St. Joseph’s in Hamilton send medical teams with suitable supplies to help in countries in need, in this case, Haiti

We can be inspired by many local examples of accompanying and encountering the sick in the spirit of Pope Francis. Here are a few examples that have struck me recently:

  • In the Archdiocese of Québec, teams of two are going out to visit the sick, the lonely and the vulnerable – all people who need our special care and attention, even more so in today’s world.
  • I have a priest friend who started to visit the psychiatric ward of a local hospital, making himself available for conversation to anyone who would like to chat. Being ‘listened to’ is a great gift, and another form of accompanying the sick.
  • I just heard recently from two sisters I know who have left their full-time careers to look after their other sister with early signs of dementia, in order to keep her at home in her own surroundings and involved in family life as long as possible.

We all know parish nurses who look after the elderly, the housebound and the sick in their local areas and who include prayer, a spiritual dimension and parish ‘talk’ in their visits, which many homebound people miss.

I am sure there are countless examples we can all give of how we accompany and encounter the sick, and Pope Francis reminds us that the prime example is Mary. She stood at the foot of the Cross, sorrowing no doubt, but she was THERE, accompanying Jesus to the end. Aware of this, it is natural that we should turn to her for encouragement in our accompanying and encountering those who need it support!

Mary, Help of the Sick, pray for us!

Moira McQueen, LLB, MDiv, PhD
Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute

Click here for more resources for World Day of the Sick 2018 from the Health Care Apostolate

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For the past 6 months, the Catholic Pastoral Centre has been engaged in planning and re-organizing to better serve the Diocese of Calgary. We are excited to invite applications for the following positions: 

These employment opportunities will be posted until the competitions close on May 4, 2018. For more information about this position, qualifications and application details, click here.


  • Read Pope Francis' newest Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be glad - Mat 5:12) on the call to holiness in today's world. Click here for English text. 

Announcements from Office of the Bishop


A number of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities across Canada submitted to Minister Hadju a statement and proposed rewording of the Summer Job Program attestation, which she did not accept.


The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has released its 2018 Message to Buddhists for their feast of Vesakh, on the theme “Christians and Buddhists: Preventing and Combating Corruption Together”. This Buddhist holy day commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha who, according to tradition, was born, achieved enlightenment, and died during the full moon of the month of May. The feast of Vesakh is usually observed on the day of the full moon in May, which in Canada this year falls on 29 May.

  • The 2018 Message for the feast of Vesakh will be posted on the CCCB website and can also be found on the website of the Holy See: ENGLISH | FRENCH 


Sing the Liturgy: Music for Weddings - April 28 & May 5

If you work with couples to prepare music for weddings or if you cantor or accompany for weddings, this workshop is for you! Priests, deacons, and lay associates involved with preparing couples for marriage would also benefit from attending even if they are not themselves music ministers. This spirited day of learning, singing, and community will address all the musical changes in the new Order of Celebrating Matrimony. The workshop will take place twice:  

  • Upcoming sessions dates:
    • Saturday April 28, 2018, St. Bonaventure Church, Calgary, 9am – 3pm. 
    • Saturday May 5, 2018, Our Lady of the Assumption Church (All Saints Parish), Lethbridge, 9am – 3pm. 
  • Register Online:


Live from Ottawa April 27-28, this webcast will be streamed to sites across North America including Calgary at St. Mary's University, 14500 Bannister Rd. SE. Speakers include George Weigel, Curtis Martin, Michael Dopp, Sr. Ann Shields, and Patrick Madrid.


Mark your calendar for “A Song for Rachel” concert, a fun-filled, family fundraising concert and silent auction to support Project Rachel, which is a post-abortion healing, and reconciliation ministry supported by the Diocese of Calgary. Everyone is invited to attend this event.

  • Silent auction opens at 6:00 pm and concert begins at 7:00 pm, Friday April 27 at St. Michael's Parish, 800 - 85 St. SW. 
  • Tickets on sale at $15/person or $35/family. Get online tickets here.
  • Contact the Life & Family Resource Centre at 403-218-5505 for tickets or to donate silent auction items.


If you work with couples to prepare music for weddings or if you cantor or accompany for weddings, this workshop is for you! Priests, deacons, and lay associates involved with preparing couples for marriage would also benefit from attending even if they are not themselves music ministers. This spirited day of learning, singing, and community will introduce the musical changes in the new Order of Celebrating Matrimony as well as common issues that arise in helping couples select music for their marriage liturgy. The workshop will take place twice:  

  •  Saturday April 28, 2018, St. Bonaventure Church, Calgary, 10 am - 3pm. Register here
  • Saturday May 5, 2018, Our Lady of the Assumption Church (All Saints Parish), Lethbridge, 10 am – 3pm.  Register here
  • For more information, please contact the Office of Liturgy at 403-218-5511 or 403-218-5524


The Bible and the Virgin Mary, unveils the mystery of Our Lady that is woven into the fabric of Sacred Scripture. Do you fully understand the vital role she plays in your life? Can you explain her role in God's plan for the world? While Catholics know that Mary is important, many never fully grasp how essential she really is. This 12-weeks study begins on Tuesday May 1st to July 17th at 7pm (optional Mass at 6:30pm). All are welcome! Location: Our Lady of Fatima Church - 4747 30 St. SE, Calgary. For registration and information call Linda at 403-289-7124 or cell 403-700-7124. Cost is $20 for the textbook and $25 for the optional journal.


The Health Care Apostolate will be hosting the Spring Diocesan Pastoral Care Course Thursday evenings May 3 - June 14, 2018 from 6:30am - 9:30pm. The program will be held at St. Cecilia's Parish, 321 - 90 Ave SE. This course will introduce you to the basic visiting skills required for Pastoral Care Ministry in the health care facilities or parish. Registration fee: $50.


Come celebrate a "Day of Compassion" on Saturday May 5, from 9 AM to 3 PM with Fr. Glenn Zimmer, Director of Qu'Appelle House of Prayer. Join in the festivities of this one day event that includes presentations on the topic of Compassion and great food prepared by the ladies of St. Stephen's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Calgary. Pope Francis continually invites and urges us to become a source of true mercy and compassion in this world. This day is dedicated to this cause! Look for our poster on your Parish bulletin board!


We have a vocation by the virtue of our baptism, and no one is excluded because we are called to a life of holiness through different paths. God calls each and every one of us individually to a special vocation. How should we foster vocations within our young people so to live their life in complete service for the Lord? How do we work together as Lay Associations for this important task?

Join Bishop McGrattan in the Spring Seminar for the Lay Associations in the Diocese of Calgary with theme: Vocations & Youth Apostolates. There is a limit of 5 attendees per organization. Date: May 5, 2018, from 10 am to 2 pm. Cost: $10 including bbq lunch. You can also pay at the door, but please still register online so we can manage our numbers.
Location: Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church, Calgary. Hosted by God Squad. 

  • To register for the Spring Seminar, click here. (even if you are paying at the door)
  • If you haven't already, register your Lay Association with the Diocese: click here
  • For more information, contact Fr. Adrian Martens at or call 403-218-5528.


Discern the Vocation of Marriage with Fr. Cristino Bouvette & Jocelyn Boissonneault on Tuesday, May 8, at 7:15 pm at China Rose, 228-28th Street SE, Calgary. Event is free. Please come early and patronize.


The Pentecost Novena will take place May 11-19 at the Divine Mercy Centre, 15206 Township Road 262 Calgary, AB, T3P-1A.


Join the 38th Annual Hike for Life at Prince's Island Park from 8:30 am to Noon. 


The Pentecost Novena will take place May 11-19 at the Divine Mercy Centre, 15206 Township Road 262 Calgary, AB, T3P-1A.


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:

  • Next sessions dates:
    • June 5, Holy Family Parish (1451 Strachan Road, SE, Medicine Hat). Register here.
    • September 26, Catholic Pastoral Centre (120 - 17th Ave SW, Calgary). Register here.
    • November 7, Catholic Pastoral Centre (120 - 17th Ave SW, Calgary). Register here.
  • Contact Doreen (403) 218-5522 or if you need more information.


This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias. Learn about the stages of the disease, tools and strategies for interaction with persons with dementia and their caregivers. Join our workshop on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish (1714 14 Ave NE, Calgary, AB)


Bishop William McGrattan is pleased to announce that he has called Rev. Mr. Derek Remus to be ordained to the priesthood on Friday, 29 June at 7:00 pm in St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary. We give thanks to God for the gift of Deacon Derek's call to the priesthood, and we invite and encourage the faithful of the diocese to come and join in the celebration! 


Each year, sponsorship teams contribute the cost of dinner and 100 volunteers to make each dinner happen in what seems effortlessly and seamlessly. However, not all Sundays are sponsored and therefore, your participation in this tournament collectively sponsors those dinners to keep the program viable all year.  Feed the Hungry’s Garden Program is in its second year and is an honoured recipient of Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink (BFK).  All proceeds from the day of activities (on-course activities, heads and tails, and general donations) will be matched up to 50% giving your donation an even bigger impact!  BFK is a non-profit program run under the Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation. The 28th Bishop's Golf Tournament will be on Monday, August 27, 2018 at the Silvertip Resort, Canmore. 


Retrouvaille provides a ‘road map’ to help married couple find their way again by teaching communication skills and providing the tools to improve our relationships. 

ONE ROCK 2.0 - SEP 29

Building from the legacy of the past eight years, One Rock 2.0 is the new and reimagined One Rock Festival of Faith. With solid formation, engaging speakers, and powerful liturgies, this whole-day event for young adults ages 18-35 will be a moving encounter with our Lord that will inspire and empower them to be missionary disciples.


“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.  


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.  


Our Lady of the Rockies Parish in Canmore is now designated as a Diocesan Marian Shrine. This will take effect on the day of the consecration of the new church building in the spring 2019.


St. Patrick’s Parish is forming a new ministry whose mission is: “To create a loving, supportive and compassionate church community that renews and restores faith and hope to families and children living with special needs.” St. Patrick’s Special Needs Mass will be a place of understanding, acceptance and welcome for those who live with special needs as well as those who care for them. All are invited to come and to be a part of this special liturgy.

  • St.Patricks will be having the Special Needs Mass on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month.
  • For more information, please contact Brenda-Lee Kearney at 403-835-2749, or check  under Calendar.



Parishes are invited to hold a parish celebration on one or more Saturdays within the anniversary year (July 1 2017 to July 1 2018). 


In 2018, we are marking the 50th anniversary of the Charismatic Renewal in Canada. Over these years, this movement of the Holy Spirit has left a discernible impression on the Church. As a Church, we give thanks to the Lord for the blessings of God which Catholic charismatics have brought our dioceses and parishes. 


"Exactly thirty years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that existing abortion provisions in our nation's Criminal Code violated a woman's Charter rights to the security of person and were thus unconstitutional... Over the course of the last decades, many of our fellow Christians, members of other faiths, and those of no faith at all, have worked tirelessly with members of our own communities to uphold the value of human life from the first moment of conception." ~ Bishop Lionel Gendron. 



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Best Practices


Online communications have significantly shaped the way people interact with each other, and continue to influence how and where people look for information. Among various forms of online communications, social media continues to be a significant tool that could be used for the Church’s mission of evangelization. 

As a Church, we have the opportunity to use social media for the twofold purpose of information and formation:

  1. Information – to update parishioners with Mass and reconciliation schedules, liturgies they could participate in, ministries they could help in, parish events they could join, and other information relevant to them as members of their parish community. 
  2. Formation – to help parishioners in their faith journey through curated Catholic content (videos, blogs, articles, etc.).

Also, the Church has the opportunity to use social media as a platform of influence. In a day and age where hundreds of millions of people are active online, social media can be effectively used to reach not only those in the pews, but also those who are not. Building an active, welcoming and friendly parish social media presence could foster engagement even among those who are not in the Church.

The goal of this Best Practices and Guidelines is to help parishes that are not on social media create and maintain an active and engaging social media presence. Additionally, offer tips and insights from the experiences of the Diocese of Calgary Social Media Committee. Consequently, the aim of establishing a parish social media presence is not only to share your weekly Parish bulletin, nor is it only to post Mass times. Since we share in the life and mission of the Catholic Church, our ultimate aim is to engage our parishioners (information), help them in their faith journey (formation), and to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ online (platform of influence/evangelization). 


Among all other social media platforms, Facebook is the largest by number of monthly active users (1+ billion). Considering its prominence and the level of detail and information one can put, it is fair to say that you can treat your Facebook page as your secondary source of information online — next only to your official parish website. Click here for Facebook’s official Getting Started with Pages how-to guide.

How to use Facebook

  • Populate your Facebook Page’s About section with all the important and relevant details about your parish (e.g. Parish’s street address, website, parish office telephone number, contact email, Mass and Reconciliation times, etc.)
  • Take advantage of Facebook’s Events feature. By creating one for each of your parish events, you can share it to your followers, on which there is a feature where they can RSVP. In turn, your followers can share your event with their friends.
  • Share opportunities where parishioners can volunteer in the different parish ministries.
  • Share links to Catholic news.
  • Follow the Facebook Pages of other Catholic organizations, ministries, parishes, and Dioceses – this makes curating Catholic content easier.
  • Create a Page: some people make the mistake of creating a Facebook profile for their parish instead of a Facebook Page. The difference? A Facebook profile is for a personal user (i.e. you as an individual), while a Facebook Page is for an organization/business. As a parish, a Facebook Page is what you need. Note that a Facebook Page is different than a Facebook Group. Don't choose Group, choose Page. 
  • Assign roles: In your Facebook Page’s settings, you can assign other Facebook Users a role in managing your Page (Admin, moderator, editor, etc.), with each role having varied accessibilities and rights. This will make maintaining your Facebook presence easier.2
  • Live Video: want to broadcast an event, live? While Facebook Live started out only for personal profiles and only from a mobile device, it is now available for Pages and from a computer. Click here for more.


Twitter is another social media platform where users can post and respond to short messages called Tweets. Tweets are limited to 140 characters and can be about virtually anything. You can post a tweet, reply to one, share a tweet you like (called a re-tweet or RT). You can also attach images, video, or links to every tweet you post. There’s a huge Catholic “population” on Twitter, collectively known by the moniker Catholic Twitter. And who exactly makes up Catholic Twitter? A lot. Priests, nuns, bishops, catholic bloggers, and yes – even Pope Francis. Don’t forget to follow him at @Pontifex! Click here for Twitter’s official getting started guide.

How to use Twitter

  • The details we’ve listed above on Facebook generally applies to all of social media, Twitter included. So populate your Twitter profile with the necessary information (a short bio of who you are, your parish website, etc.)
  • Twitter pioneered the use of Hashtags. Not sure what a hashtag is? Click here. You can use this to create a unique identity for your parish’s social media presence. For example, the Diocese of Calgary uses #CatholicYYC in its posts online. Our Lady of the Rockies in Canmore, Alberta, uses #OurLadyRocks. Be creative, and share it with your parishioners! Use this handy guide for creating your hashtags.
  • You can share on Twitter what you also share on Facebook: links to Catholic news, curated Catholic content, your own parish news, and volunteer opportunities. 
  • Follow other Catholic users and see what they tweet about! As with Facebook, this also helps make curating Catholic content much easier. 
  • Keep it active. If Facebook has a Timeline where you can see others’ posts, Twitter has a Feed. This feed is constantly updated; so don’t hesitate to tweet multiple times a day.


Instagram is a popular photo-sharing social media platform where users can post images, video, as well as live-video. Unfortunately, content can only be posted on Instagram from a mobile device — meaning no computers. 

Tips: You can link Instagram posts to automatically share in Facebook. Use this feature with discretion. 

Other Social Media Platforms

There are several other social media platforms that may be useful for your parish’s needs that are not included in this guideline. Below is a list of other platforms at your disposal that you could use, and a brief description of what they are for.

  • Youtube: video hosting and sharing
  • Vimeo: video hosting and sharing
  • Flickr: hosting and sharing images
  • Pinterest: a virtual board on which users can pin and visually share interesting finds on the internet
  • Google+: Google’s own social media network, useful to boost your website’s SEO (search engine optimization)
  • Snapchat: a mobile-only social media platform where users can send visual (e.g. image and video) messages — hence, snap-chat.

OTHER Important Tips

  • Be visual
    Social media is largely visual, and having a visual element to your posts will help you get more Impressions (social media term for the number of times your post is displayed) and Engagement (likes, comments, shares, retweets, etc.). Thus instead of posting your Pastor’s Easter message on Facebook in plain text, why not create a short video?
  • Keep your Identity Consistent
    Keep your social media handle/username consistent on all social media platforms so people can find you easily. For example, the Diocese of Calgary’s handle on all social media accounts is @calgarydiocese. 
  • Be Active
    If you do decide on creating multiple social media accounts on different platforms for your parish, you must commit keep it active and updated constantly. Also do not just post content – be sure to engage with your followers by replying to comments and tweets. This makes your presence personable. 
  • Respect Intellectual Property
    Obey the law. Understand the copyrights accompanying any online content, whether they be images, music, videos, etc. Content posted online are to be treated similarly with content in other publications. 
  • Account Access & Credentials
    Login credentials for the parish’s social media accounts such as usernames, emails, and passwords must be constantly updated. Also, this document must be accessible by the social media administrator and the Pastor, or whomever the social media administrator reports directly to. This file must be treated as highly confidential. Regarding passwords: complexity is good, but length is also important (8-10 characters).
  • Privacy and Safe Environments
    Do not disclose information that is to be held in confidence. Also, any individual involved in managing social media accounts must not engage in private online conversations with children. A good rule of thumb is to keep all forms of engagement public (through comments, replies to tweets), instead of Direct Messages, commonly called DM’s.
  • Photography
    Permission to photograph children cannot be assumed, and neither is posting their pictures on social media. Photographs of children shouldn’t be posted on social media sites without the prior approval of the child’s parents or legal guardian. Also, take great care to avoid including identifying details or information with an image posted online. For a sample photo release form, see Page 6 of the Diocesan Social Media Policy.

Creating a Social Media Team

Creating and curating content for social media, as well as the overall maintenance of the parish’s social media accounts, can be challenging. Having a social media team of about 3-4 people that handles all these tasks is very valuable. There are a few things to consider when selecting the right people for this team.

Members must be carefully selected, screened, and have references and background checks obtained, just as with other parish ministries. Remember that just because someone is social media savvy does not mean that they are perfectly fit for the task. Social media admins represent the Church on every single post and comment that they write — these individuals must have good moral character, well-formed in the Catholic faith, and have the ability to think through the implications of what they are about to write.  It is important that the team works closely with their parish priest and office. In addition, it would be significantly beneficial if members of the social media team have a sense of brand consistency when creating content. 

Social Media Team Email

It is also worth considering creating a special email account for use by the social media team. This email account will then be the one used when creating social media accounts, instead of having to use someone else’s personal email. For example, the Calgary Diocese Social Media Committee uses a Gmail account that members use when logging in, signing up, and as backup email.

Scheduling and Creating Content

Social media administrators do not always need to be on a computer or mobile device in order to post content. Free resources, such as Facebook’s own Scheduling tool, HootSuite or the Buffer App account give social media administrators the ability to queue posts to be released on a certain date and time.     

Each tool may have unique features of their own, but essentially they all allow you to schedule social media posts in advance and monitor your accounts when someone mentions you or leave a comment. 

PROMOTING your Social Media Presence

Don't forget to promote your social media presence. Start engaging with your parishioners to ensure effective communication and build a loyal parishioners base.

Tips: Include social media buttons on your bulletin, website and provide accurate links to your parish social media networks. Integrate your social media information with your other Parish communications channels such as the: 

  • Bulletin
  • Email (in the signature)
  • Bulletin Board
  • Stationery - Letterhead, Business Cards
  • Website & other social media presence

Compiled by the Diocesan Social Media Committee, November 2017.

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Preparing for Catholic Education Sunday

Catholic Education Sunday is a time that allows us to remember how fortunate we are in this province to be able to offer publicly funded Catholic education. Our schools provide our children with an environment where they can learn to be witnesses to the love of Christ, and to keep their eyes ever on Jesus. Since our Faith and our living cannot be separated, our Catholic Faith permeates everything we do as educators.

This year, Holy Spirit Catholic Schools will remain focused on our Faith Plan, Growing in Faith Together (GIFT). Our guiding image for this plan is a beautiful tree that will be revealed over three years. The aim of the plan’s first year was to be “Rooted in Christ,” developing a greater understanding of the foundations of our Faith. This encouraged purposeful study of the Gospels and an appreciation for Christ’s enduring love through the Eucharist. Our second year inspires us to “Grow in Spirit” together. Expanding on our knowledge of Jesus through Scripture, we hope to know Him more deeply in our hearts by nurturing this relationship through prayer.

In celebrating the gift of Catholic Education in Alberta, we are grateful to both God and our provincial parish family that loves us, supports us, and stands up for us. Please continue to pray with us and for us. Along with our students, our families, our staff, and our parishes, we look forward to a beautiful year of Growing in Spirit together!

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