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PASTORAL LETTER RE CATHOLIC SCHOOL TRUSTEE ELECTIONS

In preparation for municipal elections on October 16, which include the election of school trustees, the Bishops of Alberta are offering a pastoral letter reflecting on the ministry of a Catholic school trustee. In the letter, the Bishops strongly encourage all Catholics to participate in the electoral process and propose some considerations to assist voters in their discernment of the appropriate candidate for the office of school trustee.

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. 

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.

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).

STEWARDSHIP SEMINARS - SEPTEMBER 25-29

The Office of Stewardship is pleased to bring back Tracy Earl Welliver, an international Catholic speaker, author, teacher, and stewardship coach with more than 20 years experience in parish ministry:

  • Everyday Stewardship Speaking Series. Tracy will be speaking from September 25 to September 29 at four different parishes in the Diocese of Calgary. This series is meant for all parishioners to build a closer daily relationship with Christ.  For more information, please call Eden D’Souza, Diocesan Stewardship Coordinator at 403-218-5520 or email eden.dsouza@calgarydiocese.ca ~ see Poster. 
  • Building a Vibrant Parish Seminar. This seminar is intended for parish priests, staff and parish leaders and will be held on September 27-28. For more information, please call Eden D’Souza, Diocesan Stewardship Coordinator at 403-218-5520or email eden.dsouza@calgarydiocese.ca ~ see Poster. 

PLANNED GIVING SEMINAR - SEPTEMBER 26

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 at the Catholic Pastoral Centre 120 - 17 Ave SW.  Registration 6:30 pm, Presentation 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Limited seating; Registration required. 

LIVE LAUDATO SI WORKSHOPS - SEPTEMBER 25 or SEPTEMBER 29

As part of the Season of Creation, there will be a workshop on how we can respond to the call of our Holy Father to care for our common home. Laudato Si - Pope Francis' encyclical - was released two years ago but the call to care for our common home is just as urgent now. We can all answer this call by praying for and with creation, living more simply and adovcating to protect this precious gift that is our planet. Come and learn how we can do this as individuals, as families, and as our parish communities. Pick one of these two dates: 

Prayer resources can be accessed on the website www.seasonofcreation.org. If you would like additional resources or help with planning an event to celebrate the season, please contact Marilou LeGeyt - 403-218-5519 or email.  Join Christians around the globe as we pray and take action for our common home.

DIOCESAN PASTORAL CARE COURSE - SEPTEMBER 26

The Fall 2017 Diocesan Pastoral Care Training Program will begin on Tuesday September 26, 2017 and run for 7 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm - 9:30pm until November 7, 2017. The program will be held at St. Michael's Parish, 800 - 85 Street SW. 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. F

40 DAYS FOR LIFE PRAYER VIGIL TO END ABORTION

Prayer warriors needed to end the killing of unborn babies from Wed Sept 27 - Sun Nov 5, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm across from the Kensington (Abortion) Clinic, 2431 - 5 Ave NW. Individuals, families & parish groups are welcome.

TRANSITIONS - STARTING SEPTEMBER 27

Transitions is a 15-week peer support program for those recently separated or divorced. Participants will meet every week to reflect upon and discuss topics such as self-esteem, stress, anger, guilt, blame, loneliness, forgiveness, blended families and more.

  • The next program will begin in Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
  • To register: Call 403-218-5505 or register online here.

ELIZABETH HOUSE CHARITY EVENT - SEPTEMBER 30

Join Elizabeth House, a program of the Diocese of Calgary, on September 30 for the 2017 Ride for Refuge. Walk, ride or donate and help transform lives, two generations at a time!

DIOCESAN CATECHETICAL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM - SEPTEMBER 30

The Diocesan Religious Education Office will be offering Level I of the Diocesan Catechetical Certificate Program starting Saturday September 30th 2017 at Canadian Martyrs Parish. The Program is designed to give lay people a greater knowledge of their Catholic faith so as to more confidently and effectively pass that faith on to others. The course is especially valuable to Catholic Educators, Youth Ministers and Parish Catechists who teach the faith or prepare adults or children for the sacraments. The entire program has 3 levels that run from September to June.

RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY - OCTOBER 1

A peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life standing in honor of 59 million lives lost to abortions. Bring your whole family. Event will be held on October 1, from 2:30 to 4 PM on Macleod Trail between Heritage Dr and Southland Dr. in Calgary.

THE JOY OF LOVE REFLECTION GROUP - OCTOBER 4

"The Family’s Urgent Mission Today" is a 6-sessions reflection group featuring video, witness, and dialogue segments exploring the major themes of Amoris Laetitia. The reflection group is designed for pastors, pastoral ministers, and all those committed to promoting holiness in family life, our domestic church.  Sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings, October 4 – November 8. 7-9 pm at the Catholic Pastoral Centre. Cost: $35, includes study materials. Refreshments provided.

MEN'S DAY RETREAT WITH BISHOP EMERITUS HENRY - OCTOBER 7

Day retreat for Men with Bishop Emeritus Henry will take place at St. Luke's Parish on Saturday, October 7, 2107. Retreat theme: Stand Firm in Faith. 

  • To register, contact Margaret Dewald at 403-282-9488, or e-mail or Sr. Katrina at 587-755-1019, or e-mail.

CATHOLIC SPEED DATING - OCTOBER 13

The upcoming Catholic Speed Dating will happen on Friday, October 13th at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church (1714 - 14 Ave NE, Calgary).

The 100th Anniversary of Mary's Final Apparition at Fatima - October 13

  • Oct. 13: 100th Anniversary of Mary's Final Apparition at Fatima. Join us in a Eucharistic Celebrationw ith Bishop Emeritus Henry on October 13 at 7 PM at Our Lady of Fatima Parish (4747 30 St. SE, Calgary), followed by a Concert for Our Lady at 8:30pm.
  • Oct. 14: Marian Workshop 9:30am - 3:30pm; Dramatization of the Fatima Apparitions by OLOF youth; [$10 fee - lunch & snacks provided].
  • Pre-register at 403-478-7845 or email : encounteringmary.olof@gmail.com

Development and peace Fall Action CAMPAIGN WORKSHOP - october 14

This fall, Development and Peace launches a new campaign called Women at the Heart of Peace. This campaign invites Canadians to learn more about the vital role women play in conflict prevention and peace building. Join us in paying tribute to the women who build peace in communities around the world. To learn more about the campaign and how to be a part of it, please join us at a workshop on October 14th, from 10 am to 2 pm at Canadian Martyrs Parish, 835 Northmount Dr. NW., Calgary. 

ALZHEIMER WORKSHOP - OCTOBER 14

Holy Spirit Parish will be hosting an Alzheimer Workshop on October 14, 2017 from 9:00am - 2:30pm. This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias.

WHITE MASS - October 18

Celebrate with Bishop McGrattan the feast day of St. Luke, patron saint of physicians, will be held 7 pm on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at St. Anthony's Church, 5340 - 4 St. SW, Calgary. Gather and pray for those who have dedicated their lives to the sick, to caring for those who are ill in our community: physicians, nurses, technicians and all health care workers. All are welcome, especially those working in medicine and health care. Reception will follow the Mass. 

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.

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. 

INTER CHRISTIAN PRAYER FOR RECONCILIATION - OCT 29

Join Bishops representing the Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran denominations praying together for better Christian collaboration and reconciliation commemorating 500 Years since the Reformation.Sunday, October 29th at 5:00pm at Anglican Cathedral Church of the Redeemer 601 1st SE Calgary. 

TEMPLE BUILT OF LIVING STONE - November 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.

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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