Stage 3 of Open for Summer began on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

Because so may of our parishioners are are gradually returning to Mass and social activities we will slowly transition to a full adoption of the opening measures provided by the Diocese of Calgary.

Masks are optional however recommended inside the church.

Pre-registration for Mass and Contact Tracing are no longer required.

Physical distancing should be maintained between non-related households, inside and outside the church.

Please do not gather in groups or socialize inside the church before or after Mass.

Please continue to use the hand sanitizer provided at the entrance and exit of the church and to practice respiratory etiquette.

The degree dispensing the Faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still in effect and we will continue to livestream our 10:30am Sunday Mass.

Those experiencing flu like symptoms are asked not to attend Mass in person.

Further information is available on our COVID-19 page.

Farewell Breakfast for

Fr. Edmund 

This weekend, July 25th, all are invited to breakfast after the 9 & 10:30 AM Mass.  Breakfast is hosted by the Knights of Columbus in the parish hall, providing an opportunity to say ‘farewell’ too Fr. Edmund who has been assigned to St. Michaels Parish affective August 1, 2021.

Watch livestream on Facebook or YouTube.

Fr. Edmunds Pastoral Notes…

 

Sharing our loaves and fish

 

Miracles happen when we are open to God’s word and action.  Miracles require that we offer our own loaves and fish which can be our own little contribution, our little talent and our little time for others and for God.  Miracles thrive with an open soul, open to God’s will and the needs of others.  Miracles happen when we believe and hope.

 

My transfer to St Michael’s Church is part of my own journey of being open to God’s will, as expressed through the Universal Church.  It is an openness that makes me follow what my superiors require in the spirit of obedience that has brought me here twenty-four months earlier. It is an openness that supersedes personal or particular interests, no matter how important they may seem.  My efforts during my rather short-lived ministry with  you in strengthening our sense of community is also part of this journey of openness to God’s will.  The coming of your new pastor is part of his own journey of being open to God’s will in his life.

 

After almost 26 years in this diocese (three years in Holy Spirit in Calgary, two years in Sacred Heart in Strathmore, fifteen years at Sacred Heart in Calgary, three at St James in Calgary and two years here at St Anthony’s),  I have realized a universal sense of faith and religion.  My experience in this part of the world has been a miracle in terms of giving me a wider perspective of what is true, what is Catholic and what is human.

 

The miracle of the multiplication of the bread and the fish was preceded by the willingness on the part of the disciples, through the boy, to offer the loaves and fish, however little. The miracle is not really about the physical satisfaction of hunger.  It is about our willingness to be open to God’s will in our lives, to allow the Lord “to make us sit down”, to let God help us plan and organize our lives.  It is a demonstration of God’s generosity when we are generous enough to share our own fragments left over.  It is about our sense of sharing that can satisfy our very own deeper hungers.   It is about our unselfishness, our own care and concern for others in their hunger and thirst.  It is about our own realization of what keeps us from sharing our own loaves and fish: namely, our need for security, the sense of never having enough or our need for comfort and ease.

 

Miracles happen when we let go and let God in our lives, when we entrust our lives to God and let His will prevail over our own.

 

Healing Corner. They all ate and were satisfied. (Lk. 9)  In an ideal world…everyone has a roof overhead, clothes on their back, and food in their stomach. Reality shows us that this is not the case. What can we do to feed those in need, both physically and spiritually? Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” As we enter the summer months, let’s remember to keep our cool and seek the sustenance of Jesus. Extra demands on our lives can lead to a buildup of stress. Whatever the strain, remember any form of abusive retaliation as a means to cope will not solve the issue. No matter what anyone in your family does, they NEVER DESERVE ABUSE! If you have concerns about anger or aggression in your family, seek help.  Have a happy and safe summer!

Fr. Edmunds Updates…

Please join us! I am grateful to the Knights of Columbus for offering to host a BBQ in the back parking lot on Sunday, July 25 after the 9am and 10:30am Masses. I look forward to saying farewell to you at that time.

Farewell Deacon Ron – I thank Deacon Ron for his service at St. Anthony’s and wish him well in his new assignment. Effective August 1 he has been reassigned to Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church.

Summer Vacation Notice – Our secretary, Heather, will be on vacation July 26 – 30. For urgent matters please contact me at 403-874-2015. The church will not be open on Friday, July 30 for prayer.

Summer Bulletins – in July and August we will move to one bulletin per month. The next bulletin will be published on Sunday, August 28.

Our next Delivery of Hampers will be on Saturday, July 24 in the morning. In the first six months of this year, we have purchased $21,584.03 in food, delivering 97 food hampers to 223 adults and 55 children. 10 people have received financial aid from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul on our behalf totaling $7,710. We are in need of a number of people to assist with this monthly food hamper ministry. Those who wish to assist with the provisioning and or delivery of monthly hampers should email secretary@stanthonysyyc.ca. Donations designated for Outreach/Pantry will assist this program. Thank you for your generosity

The First Saturday Masses at 11am will be celebrated: August 7, 2021.

Our livestreamed Mass on Sundays at 10:30am, is available at Telus Optik TV Channel 877.

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

July 17 - 23rd 2021 Intention
Saturday July 17th
5PM

SI
RIP

Faye LePaz
Jesse James Batulan
Sunday July 18th
7:15 Latin
9AM English

10:30AM English

12:30 Latin

RIP
RIP
RIP
SI

Sally Muench
Donnalyn Catipay
Francisco Javier Lazo
All Parishioners
Monday July 19th
7am Latin
9am English

SI
SI
RIP

Ivan Stopic
Theresa Gorieu
Wilma Velasco Matias
Tuesday July 20th
7am Latin
9am English

SI
SI
RIP

Iva & Anto Rados
Barb Reinwart
Wilma Velasco Matias
Wednesday July 21st
Noon Latin
7pm English

SI
RIP
SI

Chris & Thelma Oakley & Family
Wilma Velasco Matias
Ebelechukwu Onsughalu
Thursday July 22nd
9AM English

7PM Latin

RIP
SI
SI

Wilma Velasco Matias
Ebelecukwu Onwughalu
Anton Rados
Friday July 23rd
9AM English

7PM Latin

RIP
SI
SI

Wilma Velasco Matias
Chioma Okolie
Rose Dourado

WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE

SaturdayConfessions4:00 pm
English Mass5:00 pm
Filipino Mass
Beginning in June
2nd and 4th Saturday
6:30 pm
SundayConfessions6:45 am
Latin Mass7:15 am
English Mass9:00 am
English Mass10:30 am
Confessions12:00 pm
Latin Mass12:30 pm

WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE

Monday & TuesdayConfessions6:30AM
Latin Mass7:00 am
Confessions8:30 am
English Mass9:00 am
WednesdayConfessions11:30 am
Latin MassNoon
Confessions (Lent)6:00 - 6:20 pm
English Mass 7:00 pm
Thursday Confessions 8:30 am
English Mass9:00 am
Adoration10 am - 6 pm
Confessions6:00 pm
Latin Mass7:00 pm
FridayConfessions8:30 am
English Mass9:00 am
Prayers before the Tabernacle10 am - 6 pm
Confessions6:00 pm
Latin Mass7:00 pm
SaturdayConfessions8:00 am
Latin Mass9:00 am
1st Saturday Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary (June 5, July 3 etc) 11:00 am
4th Saturday Healing Seniors Mass (May 22, June 26, etc) 3:00 pm

Patris Corde Guided Video Reflections

YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH

Commemorative statues for the year of St. Joseph will be available at the welcome desk before Mass and in the office through the week. The retail price for the statue is $30. All donations are welcome.

In the Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart), Pope Francis identifies the extraordinary attributes of St. Joseph as a “beloved, tender and loving, obedient, accepting, creatively-courageous, working father hidden in the shadows.” (cf. No 1-7).

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The Statement on Commitment & Contribution to Reconciliation and Healing

The statement on “Commitment & Contribution of the Diocese of Calgary to Reconciliation and Healing” had been shared with all clergy and parishes on Friday, July 16. As requested by the Bishop’s office, please share this statement on your digital mail-out and parish website, and provide printed copies in the church for parishioners who may want to take a copy.

Statements & media coverage

Pray the Pope’s Intention – July 2021

Social Friendship: Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention – July 2021
Pope’s July 2021 Prayer Intention: We pray that, in social, economic and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and passionate architects of dialogue and friendship.

World Day for Grandparents & the Elderly

First World Day for Grandparents & the Elderly

Amid the global pandemic, Pope Francis instituted the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will take place each year on the fourth Sunday in July, close to the feast of Sts Joachim and Anne, Jesus’ grandparents. In Canada and around the world, we are invited never to forget our grandparents and elderly persons, cherishing them as essential members of the Church and society.

On Sunday, 25 July 2021, this first World Day resonates well within Pope Francis’ broader initiative of the Amoris Laetitia Family Year (19 March 2021 – June 2022). Pastoral care of the elderly is an urgent responsibility of the Christian community, calling us to spend time with one another relating and sharing in intergenerational conversations. Young people are especially encouraged to enter into dialogue with older generations and find time to dream together about our hopes for a better world (CCCB Standing Committee for Family and Life Message).

Fr. Julian Studden, Vicar for Permanent Diaconate, shares this Message of Hope with all grandparents and the elderly of the Diocese of Calgary in this video. Families are encouraged to view and share it with your grandparents and the elderly.

Amoris Laetitia Family – Year 2021-2022

Information on the Year of Amoris Laetitia can be accessed here.

2021 World Day of the Poor

The Fifth World Day of the Poor will be observed on 14 November 2021. In the message, entitled “The poor you will always have with you” (Mk 14:7), Pope Francis states: “The poor, always and everywhere, evangelize us, because they enable us to discover in new ways the true face of the Father. ‘They have much to teach us. Besides participating in the sensus fidei, they know the suffering Christ through their own sufferings. It is necessary that we all let ourselves be evangelized by them.

Pope Francis established the World Day of Poor following the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in November 2016.

Chip in for Kids

Feed the Hungry and Shaw Charity Classic invite you to Chip in for Kids by texting KIDS099 to 30333 to donate $10 and help us feed one Calgarian in need at a time! To make your generous contribution go further, Shaw will match your donation and the matched donation amount will then be matched again by the Shaw Charity Classic, up to an additional 50 per cent. Your $10 donation can grow into a donation of $30 to support Feed the Hungry Program!

The donations and matched contributions raised through the Chip in for Kids program will help ensure that charities like ours are able to continue supporting children and youth in our community.

Events & Resources

  1. 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bulletin Shorts, free to use 
    Mass Readings  |  Enough to Share. So much in the gospel today. Large crowd following Jesus. Nearness of Passover, the remembering of rescue from slavery. The need to eat, thus, the need to provide a meal. A giving of bread and fish by a little boy. Bounty. Sharing. Wasting nothing. Right here in the heart of summer, it is time to read the letter of Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, on fraternity and social friendship. Download a free study guide here

    • Even if it seems I may not have enough, what food can I share?
    • Even if it seems I may not have enough, what comfort can I provide for someone?
    • Even if it seems I may not have enough, what do I have that I will not waste, that I will gather up, save, and recycle?
      (Source: Diocese of Springfield)
  2. Kids Resources: 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time
  3. Career opportunities 
    • FCJ Retreat & Conference Centre in Calgary has a new opening for Communication, Marketing and Fund Development Specialist.
    • St. Peter’s Parish in Calgary has a new opening for Sacrament Preparation Coordinator.
    • St. James in Okotoks has a new opening for Receptionist.
      Please visit catholicyyc.ca/careers for more information and application details.
  4. Coptic Orthodox church destroyed in Surrey, BC
    The Coptic Orthodox Church Diocese of Mississauga, Vancouver & Western Canada confirms that St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Surrey, BC was destroyed on July 19 by fire. While this matter remains under investigation, there was an attempted arson on Wednesday, July 14 with a video evidence. St. George Coptic: “We are in shock and struggling to cope…Our church was more than a building. It brought together a diverse congregation of Coptic, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Iraqi & Lebanese Orthodox believers” Read statement from St. George’s Coptic Church |  Watch report in CBC BC
  5. Pray for Indonesia #COVID19
    Please keep those suffering with Covid-19 in your prayers. As the more virulent Delta variant of Covid-19 is causing record surges in infections and deaths in Indonesia, the nation of more than 270 million has become the new epicentre of the pandemic in Asia, replacing India. With 54,000 infections on last Friday, Indonesia led the world in new daily cases, followed by the UK with 51,870 cases and Brazil with 45,591. The daily toll on Friday surged to a record high of 1,205 deaths. Read more
  6. Pray for Iraq 
    A bomb exploded on Tuesday as shoppers were obtaining what they needed for the festival of Eid al-Adha in a market in the northern Sadr City area in the capital city of Iraq. Reports estimate that 30 people have died as a result, and dozens more were wounded. This was the deadliest such attack in Baghdad in the past six months.
    Pope Francis sends condolences for those who died in the bombing in Baghdad and renews his appeal for reconciliation in Iraq. Read more
  7. 5 Questions (and answers) about Pope Francis’ changes to Latin Mass
    With the latest motu proprio, Traditionis Custodes (Guardians of the Tradition), Pope Francis has set forth new rules governing the Church’s liturgical life. In essence, he has returned “exclusive competence” for permitting use of the Tridentine Rite to diocesan bishops. Read more

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

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