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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Edmunds Pastoral Notes…

The Christian spirit of sharing.

This year’s theme for World Mission Sunday, “Hear I am, send
me” (Is 6:8), captures the spirit of our Christian sharing.
Mission, which means “sent”, is expressive of a maturity in the
faith. Christian life is a life that goes beyond the self, beyond our
comfort zone, beyond our racial or ethnic boundaries, beyond
parish jurisdictions. Faith communities are meant for other
communities. The Church has always sent missionaries, to “go
into the whole world and preach the Good News to all peoples”.
The original missionary is “Jesus Christ, sent by the Father, the
first Missionary, who is the Savior of the world. He is the Way,
the Truth and the Life…” Jesus Christ has become “bread broken
for the life of the world…” He is our Eucharist. As Christians, we
become the Eucharist for others. We become Christ’s presence
to others.

As the Father sent His Son, so does the Son send His followers.
The missionary nature of our faith stems from the diffusive
character of God’s love. The more divine love is shared, the more
it becomes fruitful. It grows and develops as it gives itself away.
The love it shares is the love it keeps and more… People who
have decided to share their resources for the sake of the faith
often realize that their generosity has been more than
compensated. God is never outdone in generosity. He is more
generous with those who are generous.

As we celebrate World Mission Sunday, let us re-assess our
commitment to share not only our faith but also our resources with
others. We do this through our stewardship of God’s gift of life and
its resources. Or is our faith not strong enough to feel the urgency
to share? Is it too weak not to realize the urgency to share it? As
we renew our faith during this year’s celebration of World Mission
Sunday, let us make our own resolve to strengthen our faith by
sharing it more and more in both little and big ways. As this year’s
theme invites us, let us share more of ourselves as well our own
resources with others, especially those who are in need.

 

HEALING CORNER.

Churches Seeking Reconciliation and Peace… The goals of
overcoming violence and building a culture of peace imply
spiritual, theological and practical challenges for our churches,
which touch us in the center of what it means to be church. The
debate about the whole spectrum of the spirit and logic of violence
has started but the course we have entered requires persistence
and endurance. The respect for human dignity, the concern for
the wellbeing of the neighbor and the active promotion of the
common good are imperatives of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Men
and women are created equally in the image of God and justified
by grace. Therefore, Human Rights are basic elements of
preventing violence at all levels, individual, inter-personal, and
collective, especially violence against women and children.

 

Fr Edmund’s Updates. 

We once again have a weekly Parish Bulletin with all of the parish information.  Many of our parishioners receive it via the weekly  mail out and it is available on our website.

NEW SENIORS MASS – Sunday, October 25th at 3 PM
Seniors (over 60 years of age) and their companions are invited to attend a special Mass just for you.  Pre-registration is in progress.  You should you receive a phone call over the next couple of weeks inviting  you to attend.  If you would like to register yourself, please call the parish at 403-252-1137.  Fr. Edmund will offer anointing for all seniors in attendance.  We plan to have this special Mass once a month on the 4th Sunday.

Rosary Month. The Praying of the Holy Rosary will be held every Saturday during October, 10-11am in the main church.  Online registration is an option,  But walk-ins are welcome. Wellness protocols, including contact tracing documentation, start at 10am.  Rosary starts at 10:15am after when the doors are closed and locked.  No latecomers are allowed. The Rosary ends before 10:45am, to make room for exit of participants and the cleaning and disinfecting of pews and other surfaces.  Masks are mandated. All are welcome. The celebration is hosted by the Legion of Mary.

Our livestreamed Mass on Sundays at 10:30am, has now been available for several weeks at Telus Optik TV Channel 876. According to Telus TV, last Sunday’s TV viewers totaled 65 households.

May God bless you for your continued support for the parish.

We pray for health, healing and holiness.

Please contact Fr. Edmund by phone (403 252-1137) or email (efvargas@shaw.ca)  or text (403 8742015) for any need or concern.

DATE INTENTION REQUEST
Sunday, Oct.18
7:15am Latin
9am English

10:30am English

12:30pm Latin

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Anderson Family

St. Anthony Parishioners

Special Intention
Mon. Oct.19
7am Latin
9am English
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Elaine Stoicoiu
Peter Tabuno
Tues. Oct. 20
7am Latin
9am English
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Diane McKay
Faye LaPaz
Wed. Oct. 21
Noon Latin
7pm English
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Fr. Don & Diane Hall
Thurs. Oct. 22
9am English

7pm Latin
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Souls in Purgatory
Souls in Purgatory
Special Intention
Friday, Oct. 23
9am English

7pm Latin
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Licudine Family
Pat Lawrence
Special Intention
Sat. Oct. 24
9am Latin
5pm English
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William & Barb Saruga
Rose Lutula

isupport@stanthonysyyc.ca

Now you can conveniently e-transfer your contributions directly to St. Anthony's bank account. Just note in the memo how you would like your contribution directed.

Support St. Anthony's during the COVID Pandemic

Our parish relies on our regular offertory giving for maintenance and growth.  We offer many convenient ways for you to make your contributions including: sign in to your to own banking institution and e-transfer the amount to: isupport@stanthonysyyc.ca;  or by online credit card donation, or sign up for pre-authorized debit withdrawal;  you may also mail your cheques to St. Anthony’s Church 5340 4 St. SW Calgary, AB T2V 0Z5, or drop off your donation envelopes into our donation box in the church foyer when you come to Mass.  You are providing crucial support to care for your parish during this difficult time.  Thank you for your generosity.

DONATIONS BUDGETCOLLECTION DIFFERENCE
YTD - 2020 $344,644$ 304,939.77$ (39,704.23)
MTD - OCT.$32,815$ 38,334.98$ 5,519.98
TIA$41,030 $ 16,295.45$ (24,734.55)
Turkey Refuge Family$30,000$ 28,750.00 $ (1,250.00)

SAGA Art Show “Light in the Storm”

The Sacred Arts Guild of Alberta presents their virtual First Annual Art Show and Sale: November 15 to December 15, 2020.

SAGA has chosen the theme of “Light in the Storm” to inspire artists to present artwork with a sacred theme and message of hope during this time of unprecedented change and challenges. This is an open medium show. We hope to see submissions of: Icons, Calligraphy, Illumination, Oil, Acrylic and Watercolour Paintings, Sculpture, music, ceramics, illuminated manuscripts, metalwork, mosaic, stained glass, tapestry and wood-carving.

This Member Show and Sale offers a unique opportunity for both emerging and established Sacred Artists. While details will be posted to the Website, here are a few highlights:

  • Upon registering, applicants will receive a confirmation that their piece(s) has been accepted to the sale. Those participants will later receive a link to an online form for submitting artwork details. This form will be due by midnight on November 15. SAGA Members $5.00 per submission. Please note that membership is free through to March 31, 2021 so please fill out the membership form on the SAGA Website if you are not currently a member.
  • Each artist registering will be asked to submit for approval high-resolution photos
  • Those who wish to sell their work will note that in their submission. All artwork sales will be arranged directly by the Artist. Pick-up/delivery of each piece will be made directly with the Artist. There will be a Peoples Choice Award for the category of Emerging & Established Artists. The Sacred Arts Guild organizing committee’s role is to facilitate this Show and Sale and administer the People’s Choice Award.
  • General questions can also be directed by email to: SacredArtsGuildofAlberta@gmail.com and submissions will be showcased at: SacredArtsGuildofAlberta.com

Fratelli tutti – New Encyclical 

On the conclusion of the recitation of the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis introduced his new Encyclical Fratelli tutti. “Yesterday I was in Assisi to sign the new encyclical, Fratelli tutti, on fraternity and social friendship. I offered it to God on the tomb of Saint Francis who inspired as in the preceding Encyclical Laudato si’.”

Fraternity and social friendship are the ways the Pontiff indicates to build a better, more just and peaceful world, with the contribution of all: people and institutions. With an emphatic confirmation of a ‘no’ to war and to globalized indifference.


Covid & The Call to Faith: Vulnerability & Solidarity 

The Pastoral letter from the AB & NWT Bishops:

WEEK 4: Vulnerability & Solidarity 
The global pandemic sets forth important lessons for all of us about vulnerability, compassion and solidarity toward our fellow human beings.


Moderator: Eoin Murray (Director of Development & Community Relations, Catholic Social Services, Edmonton)
Panelists:

  • Jo Ann Molloy (VP, Resident Experience, Covenant Care/Covenant Living, Edmonton)
  • Suzette Montreuil (Executive Director, NWT Seniors’ Society/ Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith)
  • Rev. Eamonn McNerney (Chaplain, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton)
  • Ms. Cathie Langmead (Chair, Fort McMurray Catholic Board of Education)
  • Dr. Lance Dixon (Director of Campus Ministry, St. Mary’s University, Calgary)

Parishioners and all viewers are invited to respond to the prepared reflection questions or otherwise to send thoughts/comments to communications@calgarydiocese.ca


World Mission Sunday

October is Missionary Month and the whole world celebrates World Mission Sunday! This year Pope Francis chose the theme, “Here I am, send me!” It is not only timely, but necessary, considering the challenges we currently encounter in our lives, in our church, and in our world. The primary purpose of World Mission Sunday is to unite Catholics all over the world in prayer and support of the missions. It encourages prayer and financial assistance for the missionary work of the Catholic Church throughout the world. This year with the restrictions imposed on churches due to COVID, the Pontifical Mission Societies is reaching out to you. We have heard of stories of missionaries who are unable to reach those in their care because of the distance and the financial difficulties that goes with it, and of others who are faced with extreme poverty, displacement, hunger and disease on top of the pandemic within their communities. The missions need your help. There are many ways to give, from online donations to mass stipends. To donate, visit missionsocieties.ca or click this link for online donation.


Resources & Events Worth Sharing

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – NEW Bulletin Shorts, free to use 
Mass Readings | The Things of God. We often encounter those who set traps for us. They speak in half-truths, only partial stories, code language, even downright lies. It is more than regrettable. It helps if we always look to the One who calls us by name, who chooses and protects us, who empowers us to think clearly and act justly.  In the words of Saint Paul, be people of faith, love, and hope.

    • What work will my faith in Jesus urge me to do?
    • For whom will I do some labor of love?
    • Even in stressful times, how can my hope in Jesus Christ endure?

Like a Mighty River Conference 2020
Calgary Catholic Charismatic Renewal Society invites you to the 2020 Like A Mighty River, Virtual Fall Conference via Zoom. The guest speaker is Jim Murphy, a Catholic Evangelist and Missionary. Jim Murphy is the founder and president of Vera Cruz Communications. He has been involved in youth ministry at the parish, diocesan, national, and international levels. Jim is the former chairman of the National Service Committee for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service, whose offices are located at the Vatican in Rome. When: October 16-17. To register, visit https://www.cccrs.com

Demand for a new MEd Program – St. Mary’s University
St. Mary’s University have developed a survey to examine the learner demand for a new MEd and would like to include members of the catholic communities in our sample. We hope that you would be able to send this survey out to your contacts.Please fill in the survey before October 17. The survey can be found here.

Development and Peace-Caritas Canada Fall Campaign Workshop – ONLINE
Join the Development and Peace-Caritas Canada Fall Campaign Workshop and find out how to help the poorest of the poor to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath. This pandemic has disproportionately impacted those in the global south who have no social safety net. When: Saturday, October 31, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Register here or contact Carol Hollywood at carol.hollywood@shaw.ca

Pope Video & Prayer Intention for October 2020
We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church, without falling into forms of clericalism that diminish the lay charism. “No one has been baptized a priest or a bishop. We have all been baptized as lay people. Lay people are protagonists of the Church. Today, it is especially necessary to create broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church. And we must emphasize the feminine lay presence because women tend to be left aside. We must promote the integration of women, especially where important decisions are made. We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church, without falling into forms of clericalism that diminish the lay charism.” ~ Pope Francis Watch the Pope Video for October 2020

Virtual Catholic Apologetics Conference
In a world of increasing challengers to the faith, we need to know, now more than ever, why we believe what we believe. Join the Virtual Catholic Apologetics Conference on October 23-25. Get the answers, official teaching, how we fight modern heresy, why we need to hold fast to doctrine today from top apologists such as Dr. Scott Hahn, Chris Stefanick, Stephanie Gray Connors, Dr. Peter Kreeft, Jimmy Akin and many others! You will learn how to respond on tough issues on faith so you can be confident when entering challenging conversations on hot-button topics. There will be free access throughout the conference weekend. Register here

Free online class from Yale on the history of Christianity
The course covers the story of the Church from its persecution under the Roman Empire to its global expansion with the Jesuits. One caveat: this is not Church history taught by the Church, but is meant for a broader audience. Taught by Bruce Gordon, Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the Yale Divinity School, the class, made up of video lectures, readings and quizzes, takes about 46 hours to complete. Deadlines are flexible and can be adjusted to work with the student’s schedule. To register for the free course visit the Coursera website here.

Nuccia turned her suffering into a successful radio ministry, and now she’ll be beatified
Nuccia Tolomea suffered from a progressive and deforming paralysis that attacked her when she was just a small child, leaving her disabled. She didn’t have many chances in life, but she used the strength of the Holy Spirit to minister to anyone who called in with a problem, or needing advice. Read more

The Catholic Moms Summit
If you are struggling to find joy within the vocation of motherhood, this Summit is here to help you. Join the online Catholic Moms Summit, November 13-15. Dynamic presenters will be sharing inspiration, wisdom, and encouragement from a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds. This event is also a great opportunity for you to connect with other moms just like you from around the world. Register here

Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians and Societies taking place on Saturday, Oct. 17 & Sunday Oct.18. The topic for the virtual conference this year is “Wonderfully Made: Technology for Patient Care”, emphasizing how medical technology can affirm the dignity and worth of human life at every stage. Our president, Dr. Thomas Bouchard, is one of the scheduled speakers. Registration is free and open to everyone! To find out more, click here.


TELUS Optik TV Channel 876 

Note that this is only available to TELUS Optik subscribers. The updated schedule:

LIVE STREAM MASS SCHEDULE:

All the faithful are encouraged to observe and practice Spiritual Communion, uniting themselves to Christ in prayer.

With a grateful heart, we say thanks to all workers in our critical infrastructure industries and those who courageously help others. These are today's heroes, the people who work tirelessly serving others.

We encourage you to continue to share your gratitude with our everyday heroes, to the many people – men, women, adults and children – who have shown kindness and determination throughout the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pray for them.

Thank you for being the Heart of Jesus

Together in Action

Letter from Fr. Edmund

March 2020

Dear Parishioner,

This year’s theme is on Mary’s response: “I am the Lord’s servant” (Luke 1:38). In one of his trips, Pope Francis commented that “Mary did not hesitate or think about herself; instead she surrendered herself; she trusted.”

Bishop William T. McGrattan, in this year’s message, writes: “Together in Action is the way for us to bring His mercy and compassion to others. Let it be a way of exalting God, relying on His strength and righteousness as we recognize our total and complete dependence on Him.”

Last year’s campaign reached our goal of $44,787. Our target for this year is $41,030. Whatever is in excess will be contributed to our fund to replace the boiler in our church.

To Send or Not to Send?

September's Faithfully "To Send or Not to Send" edition is out! Don't miss our back to school articles featuring our parishioners, teachers and St. Mary's University. Bishop's message about recognizing the responsibilities we have to each other as stewards of creation. Read the beautiful story about IWIN project, a CWL initiative to help human trafficking survivors get back on their feet, one backpack at a time, and many more stories. Read September's Faithfully online

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