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CANADA SUMMER JOBS PROGRAM CHANGES - UPDATES


CANADIAN CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS (CCCB)

Legalization of Cannabis/Marijuana

‚ÄčOn June 25, The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) issued a Statement on the Legalization of Cannabis/Marijuana for Recreational Use. The CCCB shared its concerns on the likely effects of the use and promotion of marijuana for recreational purposes; how legalization may affect one’s Christian life and what approach we can take to help addicts. This Statement has since been endorsed by the Canadian Council of Imams.

  • For more information and to read statements, click here.


POPE FRANCIS NEW APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE 

  • 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.


2018 LAUDATO SI ANIMATOR PROGRAM

Become Laudato Si' animators and be champions of creation care in your local communities/parishes. Join online webinars and be grounded in the science and Catholic teachings of Laudato Si.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Seven-Day Directed RETreat - July 22-29

Theme: Grace. Retreat will be facilitated by Mount St. Francis Retreat Team. An individual director will accompany you on your spiritual journey. Date: July 22 to 29 at Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre.

Six-Day Retreat with Fr. Thomas Ryan, CSP - Aug 10-16

Theme: Savouring Life in Every Season. This retreat will provide opportunities for you to awaken on a deeper level and motivate you to move forward with respect to yet unfulfilled hopes and dreams. It will also provide opportunities to tame inner fears and resistance to the frontiers in this season of our lives and to cultivate appreciation for the gifts and growth opportunities contained in it. Date: Aug 10-16 at the FCJ Retreat Centre (219 19th Ave SW, Calgary).

Day Retreat for Women with Sisters of Divine Mercy - Aug 11

Theme: "Courage, my daughter, your faith has saved you. (Mt 9:22). Be renewed and inspired by the paradox of simplicity and the gift of faith. Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 4 PM at the Divine Mercy Centre (15206 Township Road 262, Calgary, AB, T3P-1A7).

Prison Ministry Workshop - AUG 14, 16 & 21

The next Prison Ministry Education Workshop will be held on August 14, 16 and 21, 2018, 7 to 9 PM at the Catholic Pastoral Centre (120 – 17 Ave SW, Calgary). The workshop is open to current volunteers or anyone interested in prison ministry.

YOUNG WOMEN'S WEEKEND "COME TO ME AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST" - AUG 17

Single, Catholic women, ages 18 to 35, are invited to a weekend of reflection to ponder these questions: Who is God calling me to be? What is God calling me to do that takes me beyond what I am doing now? When: Friday, August 17 (starts at 5 PM) to Sunday, August 19 (ends at 2 PM). This is a retreat with overnight accommodation in local convents. Please bring a bible and journal or notebook. Registration fee: $25/ further donations gratefully accepted. This event is sponsored by the Assembly of Women Religious. 

CEMETERY MASS - AUG 22/23

You are invited to the annual Catholic Cemetery Memorial Mass with Bishop McGrattan. DOWNLOAD POSTER HERE. 

  • August 22 at 7:30 PM - Queen's Park Cemetery - POSTER
  • August 23 at 7:30 PM - Mountain View Cemetery - POSTER

Marriage Preparation "For Better & For Ever" - Aug 27

“For Better & For Ever…” Marriage Preparation accepts all couples preparing for marriage, including 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.  Upcoming Dates: Aug 27 (followed by Sept 14-15); Sep 24 (followed by Oct 12-13); Oct 15 (followed by Nov 2-3); Nov 19 (followed by Dec 7-8) .

AN EVENING WITH THE BENEDICTINES - AUGUST 27

Save the date: Come and hear a presentation on Benedictine Spirituality: Liturgy, Lectio and Labour by Father Pius, a monk from Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon. When: Monday, August 27, from 7 PM to 9 PM at St. Michael Catholic Church (800 85 Street SW, Calgary). Admission is free but there will be a free-will offering to cover travel expenses. 

BISHOP'S GOLF TOURNAMENT - AUGUST 27

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 RETREAT: A LIFELINE FOR MARRIAGE - SEP 7-9

Retrouvaille provides a ‘road map’ to help married couples find their way again by teaching communication skills and providing the tools to improve our relationships. Next weekend retreat is on September 7 - 9.

Secular Franciscans Information Session

Secular Franciscans are a community of practicing Catholic adults who strive to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ more profoundly in their daily lives, as St. Francis of Assisi did. You are invited to join their information session on Sunday, September 16 at Noon, at Canadian Martyrs Parish (835 Northmount Drive NW, Calgary).

ONE ROCK 2.0 - SEP 29

One Rock 2.0 is the new and reimagined One Rock Festival of Faith which seeks to inspire, challenge, and equip Catholic young adults to be protagonists in the New Evangelization. At this time, we encourage young adults between the ages of 18-35 (married or single) to pre-register on our website. Save the date: Saturday, September 29 at St. Michael’s, Calgary.  We are excited to announce that Patrick Coffin, Lizzie Reezay, and Brian Holdsworth will be joining us this September! We're inviting Catholic young adults in the Diocese of Calgary ages 18-35 to register now and take advantage of this amazing opportunity to hear from our keynote speakers about living out the Catholic faith in today's culture.

  • Pre-register now and learn more about our speakers at www.onerock.ca 

RED MASS - OCT 10

Inviting those in Legal Profession.  Save the date: October 10 at 5:30 PM, at St. Mary's Cathedral.

TRAINING THE TRAINERS: LITURGICAL LEADERS WORKSHOP - OCT 26-27

Those responsible for ministry formation (Priests, Deacons, EMHC, Lector, Musician, Altar Server and Hospitality) are invited to the 2018 Western Conference for Liturgy in Archdiocese of St. Boniface, Winnipeg, MB on October 26 & 27. Learn elements of theology and spirituality to pass on to those you are training, and to root the practicalities of these ministries in theology and spirituality. Keynote Speaker: Bernadette Gasslein.

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.  

OUR LADY OF THE ROCKIES - DIOCESAN MARIAN SHRINE

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.

SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY AND MASS AT ST. PATRICK'S PARISH

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 http://stpatrickcalgary.com  under Calendar.

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). 

WORLD YOUTH DAY IN PANAMA 2019  

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