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Fr. Edmunds Pastoral Notes…

Faith as mustard seed

The mustard seed is used as a startling metaphor of faith. It is a powerful symbolism of how faith takes over our life and our world.

The Roman author Pliny the Elder in his work Natural History writes: “Mustard… with its pungent taste and fiery effect is extremely beneficial to health. It grows entirely wild, though it is improved by being transplanted. But on the other hand when it has once been sown, it is scarcely possible to get the place free of it, as the seed when it falls germinates at once…”

This wild Mediterranean plant, when it is deliberately cultivated for its medical or culinary properties, has the ability to destroy the garden. This proverbially small seed grows wild and deadly in grain fields, taking over where it is not wanted. Getting out of control, it tends to attract birds within cultivated areas where they are not particularly desired.

This comparison of faith to the wild mustard seed suggests the phenomenal transformation of a life based on this relationship with God. Like a pungent shrub with dangerous take-over properties, faith can hardly be exercised in small and carefully controlled doses. Its own inner and supernatural vitality explains its revolutionary essence and character.

Faith changes our lives radically. Faith becomes so overwhelming that it eventually takes over one’s life. One’s life becomes part of the faith that promotes God’s kingdom. We become subservient to the requirements of the faith and the kingdom.

In the last analysis, faith is not a matter of favors done but of duties executed for the Master of that kingdom. Whatever we do, we as servants render our duty to our Master. Whoever we are, we are servants before the Lord. We live for service.


Healing Corner. “For our elderly who have lost their independence, that those who care for them will continue to give them the respect and honor due to parents and elders, without taking advantage of their infirmities for personal gain, and without losing patience with them, we pray to the Lord.” June 15th is Elder Abuse Awareness Day. For more information go to


Fr. Edmunds Updates…

Confirmation was celebrated on Saturday, June 12, by Bishop William McGrattan. Congratulations to our 18 youth whom the gift of the Holy Spirit confirmed. Let us pray that planted in faith and grounded in love, they may bear witness to Christ the Lord by their way of life.


Atasha A. Matthew C. Julie H. Josephine L. Dylan M. Bryanne R.

Marianne C. Jacob H. Marita H. Scarlet L. Matthew O. Bryson R.

Keelin C. Sandy H. Chantal J. Gabrielle M. Rylee O. Jack W.


Thank you to our 10 volunteers who will be working at Feed the Hungry, on Sunday, June 13, the Feast of St. Anthony. Thank you to all who contributed to covering the $5777 required to host the meal. We have met the goal for one of the pillars of our Outreach program in 2021. Contributions are greatly needed to assist our Hamper program. As of the end of May we have purchased $17,890 in food for 77 hampers assisting 180 Adults and 49 children. As of the end of May we have received $7,010 in donations toward this program. All our reserves in the Pantry fund have now been utilized. “As church, we have to afford more to spend on God’s poor, even with our current financial struggles. We will continue to reach out to our needy families through a hamper program and through other ways.” We need more of our parish members to contribute their time to the monthly effort to organize and deliver the food hampers. Please prayerfully consider how you may assist this important effort of our faith and contact


The First Saturday Masses at 11am will be celebrated: July 3, August 7 and so on.

Beginning in June, the Filipino Mass will be on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at 6:30pm.

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 (  or text (403 8742015) for any need or concern.

June 13 - 19th 2021 Intention
Sun June 13
7:15 Latin
9AM English

10:30AM Eng
12:30 Latin
5PM English


Special Intention
Devin McRae
Andrew Cheterbok
All Parishioners
Guy Portelance
Faye LaPaz
Mon June 14
7am Latin
9am English


Special Intention
Celene Britto
Virgilio Suarez
Tues. June 15
7am Latin
9am English


Special Intention
Sr. Maria Fernandez, fmm
Anne Marie Brown
Wed June 16
Noon Latin
7pm English


Paul McRobie
William & Barb Saruga
Edona Uldedaj
Thur June 17
9AM English
7PM Latin


Johnson Mont
Clara Pinto
Monagas/Argenti Family
Fri June 18
9AM English

7PM Latin


Renna Pinto
Luthgarda Rosales
Monagas/Argenti Family
Sat June 19
9AM Latin
5PM English


Monagas/Argenti Family
Ken Schoor & Marilyn Taylor
Gregorio Bueno


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


Monday & TuesdayConfessions6:30AM
Latin Mass7:00 am
Confessions8:00- 8:20 am
English Mass8:30 am
WednesdayConfessions11:30 am
Latin MassNoon
Confessions (Lent)6:00 - 6:20 pm
English Mass 7:00 pm
Thursday Confessions 8:00 - 8:20 am
English Mass8:30 am
Adoration10 am - 6 pm
Confessions6:00 pm
Latin Mass7:00 pm
FridayConfessions8:00 - 8:20 pm
English Mass8:30 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


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).

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:;  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.

Mass killing of a Muslim family in Ontario

The statement of Bishop McGrattan on the murder of a Muslim family in London, Ontario was read by Fr. Adrian Martens in his position as Coordinator of Ecumenism and Inter-Religious affairs at a rally and peace march across City Hall, Tuesday evening, June 8, 2021.

Serving as a Catholic School Trustee

The Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association is pleased to share with you the ACSTA Handbook for prospective candidates for Catholic school trusteeship. It is also posted on the ACSTA website This resource is also intended to help explain and ensure the distinctiveness of serving as a Catholic trustee to stakeholders and the broader public going into the 2021 election.

Feast of the Hearts

Prayer to Jesus and Mother Mary this weekend:
Beloved Hearts of Jesus and Mary, I offer to You all that I am and all that I may do this day, praying it may be worthy of Your love and pleasing to You. May my words be only sincere and wise, my work honest and true, and my thoughts ever kind and merciful. (from The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary published by the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary).Have you ever wonder what the symbols mean when you see the image of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary? Below is a beautiful poster which we will share on social media this weekend, with permission from designer Patty Borgman from OnThisDayDesigns. Kindly repost/share when you see it on social media.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The Calgary Elder Abuse Awareness Collective invite you to the following workshops:

  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day | Tuesday, June 15, 2021, from 10 am to 11:50 am. Learn about supports and resources for older adults experiencing elder abuse. Find out about different kinds of elder abuse, the common signs, and how bystanders can support and protect victims. Speakers: Sgt. Susan Westenberger (Calgary Police Service), Katie Mitchell (Carya), Katharina Zacharias (Kerby Centre). Zoom ID: 817 7906 8480. No registration is required, use ZOOM ID to join.
  • It’s not right | Learn about different kinds of elder abuse, the common signs, and how bystanders can support and protect victims.
    • In Farsi: Monday, June 14, 2021, 10 am – 11:30 am. Speaker: Fauzia Khedri, Volunteer, CSRS.  ZOOM ID: 856 3271 8025 – Passcode: 1234
    • In Gujarati: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 10 am to 11:30 am. Speaker: Rossbina Nathoo, Senior Connector, CSRS. ZOOM ID: 897 5400 6404 – Passcode: 1234
  • Cyber Safety. Learn about the ways to protect against cyber fraud and how to report them. Speaker: Michael Kim, YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre.
    • In English: Monday, June 14, 2021, 2 pm to 3:30 pm. ZOOM ID: 813 7093 4565
    • In Cantonese: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 2 pm to 3:30 pm. ZOOM ID: 875 977 9955
  • Financial Frauds/Scams | Wednesday, June 16, 10 am to 11:30 am. In this presentation the presenters will talk about different kinds of financial frauds/scams going on around to rob people of their money and financial IDs. It will also talk about tips on how to stay safe and be careful in order to avoid this kind of scams. The presenters will give some contact information to call and report the incidents. Speaker: Kathy Roe, Senior Connector, CSRS. ZOOM ID: 828 9169 2988. Passcode: 1234.

Webinars for Temporary Foreign Workers

Below is a list of webinars for Temporary Foreign Workers. Please contact contact Myla at Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) – 403-470-9132 or email for more information or to register.

  • June 16, 2021, Wednesday, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM: Emotional Wellness (English) by Alberta Health Services
  • June 22, 2021, Tuesday, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM: Emotional Wellness (Spanish) by Alberta Health Services

Employment Opportunities

There are new employment opportunities in the Diocese of Calgary.

  • Receptionist – Catholic Pastoral Centre, Calgary
  • Relief Support Staff – Elizabeth House, Calgary
  • Office Manager – Sacred Heart Parish, Calgary
  • Sessional Instructor (Sacraments & Moral Theology) – St. Mary’s University, Calgary
  • Choral Director – St. John Choir Schola, Calgary

For more information and application details, please visit

Father’s Day Cards

The Diocesan Mission Council greeting cards for Father’s Day (and other greetings cards) will be available for sale:

Please note that the Mission Council is still collecting used stamps, unused envelopes, new or used greeting cards. To donate, please contact Theresa Granger at

Events & Resources

  1. 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bulletin Shorts, free to use 
    Mass Readings | This Is How It Is.  Two parables about seeds today.  The first one is about the secret growing from seed to harvest.  The second is about the smaller seeds growing large.  This is how it is with God’s kingdom, God’s rule.  It is growing among us now.  It is present with us today.  But it is not yet finished.  God still has much to do.  So do we.

    • What is my part today, this week, to build up God’s kingdom, God’s rule?
    • What little thing can I do – think like Saint Thérèse of Lisieux – that will benefit someone else in a (surprisingly?) big way?
    • How can I care for the earth so seeds and plants can prosper?
      Source: Diocese of Springfield
  2. Third Catholic church in eastern Myanmar hit by military strikes
    Another church in Kayah state, a Catholic stronghold in eastern Myanmar, was damaged by indiscriminate shelling by the military. It was the third church in Kayah state to be attacked by the military in two weeks. Sacred Heart Church in Kantharyar, a village near Loikaw, was hit by artillery shelling that killed four Catholics and wounded at least eight others the night of May 23. St. Joseph Church in Demoso, one of the key areas of fighting, was hit by military artillery the night of May 26. Kayah state is regarded as a stronghold of Catholicism in the Buddhist-majority country. About 90,000 Catholics live in a state with a population of 355,000. Please keep our brothers and sisters in Myanmar in your prayer. Read more
  3. Pope prays for Burkina Faso: ‘Africa needs peace’
    Pope Francis expresses his sorrow for yet another attack in Burkina Faso in which over 130 people died. “Let us #PrayTogether for the victims of the massacre that took place in a village of Burkina Faso. I am close to the family members and all the Burkinabé people suffering greatly because of these repeated attacks. Africa needs peace, not violence!” Read more
  4. The appointment of  Apostolic Nuncio in Canada
    The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) published a statement in light of the appointment of the Most Rev. Ivan Jurkovic as Apostolic Nuncio in Canada. Read: CCCB Statement here
  5. Pope Francis’s Summer Reading List
    It is no secret that Pope Francis loves literature: He slips references to Greek and Roman classics into his interviews, includes excerpts from poetry in his encyclicals and, during the pandemic, referenced the 19th-century Italian plague novel The Betrothed countless times. In this special episode of America Media’s “Inside the Vatican” podcast, Mr. Ivereigh joins host Colleen Dulle to discuss three literary works that have shaped Pope Francis. Read more
  6. Car Talk: Great questions for parents to share with children before and after Mass | Use the time in the car before Mass to “prime the pump” so that the family will have something to look for or listen for in the Sunday Mass. Here are some questions which may help. They do not all apply to every Mass, but are general questions which can help children to get ready to understand something from the Mass, to learn something from the homily, to participate in some way with more attention. Read more
  7. Aquinas 101: Science & Faith
    Aquinas 101 is a project of the Thomistic Institute that seeks to promote Catholic truth through short, engaging video lessons. Enroll in Aquinas 101: Science & Faithto receive the latest lesson in your inbox each Tuesday. You can browse earlier videos at your own pace or enroll in one of the other seven Aquinas 101 email courses on St. Thomas Aquinas and his masterwork, the Summa Theologiae. 

Amoris Laetitia Family – Year 2021-2022

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


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

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Jesus, meek and humble of heart

Written by Fr. John Gannon, LC

I’ve always been enthralled with the simplicity of the Christian dynamic summed up in two words: “come” and “go”. Christ’s call to his disciples and in fact to each one of us Christians is an invitation from Christ “come, follow me”. After living the experience and encounter with Christ, the disciples were commanded to “go and preach to all nations”. Simple but not exactly easy.

When I came as pastor to Sacred Heart Church in Calgary the image of Christ’s beating heart has been an inspiration for the mission and work of our parish church.



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