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Effective Wednesday, May 5, 2021, maximum in-person attendance at Mass is now limited to 15 attendees. Please be aware that since parishes did not receive advance notice, you may not be able to attend Mass even when registered. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Fr. Edmunds Pastoral Notes…

 

May as Month of Mother Mary

The Pieta by Michelangelo, which depicts the Virgin Mary holding the body of her Son after his death, is an exquisite portrait of motherhood.  Carved from a single slab of marble and unveiled in St Peter’s Basilica for the Jubilee of 1500, the magnificent life-size sculpture presents a youthful and serene Virgin Mary in the midst of deep sorrow and brokenness.   It is motherhood in its essential character with its share of difficulties and challenges as well its faith that gives inner strength to the human spirit.  It captures the moment when her very soul is tried with the fearful questions about suffering and death and the disgusting doubts about love and eternity.  Behind the youthfulness and serenity of this portrait are the bitterness and turbulence she has to undergo as a mother and as a believer.

As we dedicate this month of May to Mother Mary, we should see her motherly character as something we can all develop and share with others.  The task of nurturing and caring is not exclusive to mothers.  It is a responsibility which we should all assume as persons and as community.  We have to avoid the trap of putting the burden on mothers of perpetuating stereo-types that these are mothers’ special roles and excuse ourselves from the responsibility of sharing in the life-giving, nurturing and reconciling functions that we have come to expect from mothers.  To truly respect the qualities of motherhood, we must maintain that they are equally valid for all of us.

The Church is referred to as Mother Church. Becoming Church as a Sacrament of Christ is beyond gender or roles.  We, as Church, are called upon to acquire and exercise the qualities of God’s love in our daily relationships, particularly in the family.  To be Church is to combine all our gifts and talents in the pursuit of our common vision of a better world.

As branches of the same Vine, we have to be more involved in the collective task of motherhood to nurture, to care and educate the children and the young of our respective families and communities.   As branches of the vine, we have to get the nourishment, our sense of care and our guidance from source of life and love in God.  We have to abide in God and in one another.

 

Healing Corner. “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing….”  (John 15:5)   As we enter the growing season in Calgary, let us be the branches of help to those who suffer from domestic violence and bullying. We can be the assistants for God to tend to those in need and aid them to become healthy and bear fruit.

Fr. Edmunds Updates…

Baptism Classes (online) are scheduled for Saturday, May 8 and June 5, 10am to 12noon. Please contact the Office to register.
The First Saturday Mass May 1 at 11am will celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. First Saturday Masses at 11am will be celebrated: May 1, June 5, July 3, August and so on.

We are in need of additional ASL Interpreters to sign our livestreamed Sunday Mass at 10:30 am. This Mass is being broadcasted to Facebook and Telus Optik TV ch. 877 (St. Anthony’s Parish sub channel). Interpreters can sign at the Mass in-person, or virtually from a remote location. As per the guideline from Deaf and Hearing Alberta, there will be an honorarium of $120 for each Mass. Those who are interested can send their information to secretary@stanthonysyyc.ca.

Our current occupancy limits remain at 15% under Step One restrictions. We will maintain diligence in all our safety protocols, including registering to attend Sunday Mass, always wearing a facemask while in the church, maintaining the required physical distancing and no socializing in the church. We will be continuing our extra Mass schedule (2:30 pm Latin and 5:00 pm English).

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.

May 2 - 8th, 2021 INTENTION REQUEST
Sun May 2nd
7:15am Latin
9am English

10:30 English
12:30 Latin
5PM English

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Special Intention
Erin Gerwing
Elinor Mediola Sta Maria
Joanne Nickel
William & Barb Saruga
All Parishioners
Mon May3rd
7am Latin
9am English

RIP
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William & Barb Saruga
Victoria Nzekwu
William & Barb Saruga
Tues May4th
7am Latin
9am English

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William & Barb Saruga
Owen Gerwing
Alex Contante
Wed May 5th
Noon Latin
7pm English

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William & Barb Saruga
Sr.Suzanna Gagnon FMM
Thur May 6th
9AM English

7PM Latin

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Benedicta F. Chan
William & Barb Saruga
William & Barb Saruga
Fri May 7th
9 AM English

7PM Latin

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Rose Dourado
Oscar Jurao
William Barb Saruga
Sat May 8th
9AM Latin
11AM English
5PM English

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William & Barbara Saruga
Faye Le Paz

WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE

SaturdayConfessions4:00 pm
English Mass5:00 pm
Filipino Mass6:30 pm
SundayConfessions6:45 am
Latin Mass7:15 am
English Mass9:00 am
English Mass10:30 am
Confessions12:00 pm
Latin Mass12:30 pm
Confessions2:00 pm
Latin Mass2:30 pm
English Mass 5:00 pm

WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE

Monday & TuesdayConfessions6:30AM
Latin Mass7:00 am
Confessions8:30 - 8:50 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 - 8:50 am
English Mass9:00 am
Adoration10 am - 6 pm
Confessions6:00 pm
Latin Mass7:00 pm
FridayConfessions8:30 - 8:50 pm
English Mass9:00 am
Adoration 10 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 (March 6, April 10, May 1, etc) 11:00 am
4th Saturday Healing Seniors Mass (March 27, April 24, etc) 3:00 pm

Patris Corde Guided Video Reflections

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). We have prepared a series of guided reflections on each of the seven attributes.  They may be used by individuals who wish to focus on only one or two of the attributes from home or in groups gathered in person or online.

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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.

  RECEIVED YTD MARCH
BUDGET
ANNUAL
BUDGET
OPERATING$ 99,417.53$ 89,338.25$ 357,353
T.I.A.$ 7,940.00 $ 8,541.00 $ 34,164
HAMPERS$ 5,723.29$ 6,875.00$ 27,500
FEED THE HUNGRY$ 80.00$ 2,888.50$ 5,777
TOTAL $ 113,160.82$ 107,642.75$ 424,017

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

The Covid-19 pandemic has created many uncertainties and challenges in the year 2020. They continue in this current year despite a growing sense of hope that there is an end in sight.

These hardships and difficulties have adversely affected the Diocese, its parishes, families, our lay employees and clergy. The necessary implementation of health and safety restrictions, financial and pastoral guidelines has been discouraging for parishioners, staff and lay organizations and devastating to the parish celebration of liturgies and programs of outreach.

​These decisions of stewardship will provide a path of recovery for the Diocese. In the midst of this experience we have also received many graces and blessings from the Lord to renew our hope and trust in Him. ​

This 2020 Impact Report reflects the goodness of God and the presence of the Holy Spirit working through the generosity and sacrifice that we have all had to make. It is also a reminder that although darkness may come into our lives, the light of the risen Christ can burn ever more brightly in those of faith.

With this report we celebrate the stewardship and initiatives undertaken by the clergy, religious and laity in sustaining the Diocese in its outreach services, ministries and the life of our parishes. Our hope must always be in the Lord.

​+ William T. McGrattan
Bishop of Calgary

View 2020 Impact Report

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima – May 13

The Diocese of Calgary invites you to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on Thursday, May 13, 2021 with your community. The message of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima is an urgent call to conversion of heart, penance and repentance. Please consider joining these events:

  1. Mater Fatima for the World – Mass & Worldwide Rosary
    On May 13, Colombia will host the worldwide rosary, which will be held at the National Marian Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquira, the Patron Saint of Colombia. The worldwide rosary will be held within the framework of the 450th anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto’s victory, in which the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima heard the appeal made by the Church and the people. Holy Mass, Exposition, Rosary, Consecration to Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and Procession will be livestreamed starting at 10 am (Calgary time). Livestream links: Youtube | Facebook Live
  2. Our Lady of Fatima Parish – Mass & Rosary
    On May 13, Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Calgary invites all the faithful to participate in the day’s celebration through Mass and Rosary at 6 pm. Livestream links: Facebook Live or watch on TELUS Optik TV Ch. 877

Pentecost with CCCRS

Calgary Catholic Charismatic Renewal Society (CCCRS) invites you to prepare and celebrate Pentecost this year with the following prayer events:

  • Novena to the Holy Spirit – Online 
    Join 9 days of Novena with CCCRS, priests, prayer groups and Catholic communities around the Diocese. When: May 13 to May 21, 2021, starts at 6:30 pm. For more details and to join Zoom meetings, click here

    • May 13 – Humility against pride with Fr Jarek Dziuba
    • May 14 – Kindness against envy with Fr. Rodel Abanto
    • May 15 – Abstinence against gluttony with Fr. Gabriel Arihi
    • May 16 – Chastity against lust with Fr. Ben Croix
    • May 17 – Patience against anger with Fr. Julian Studden
    • May 18 – Generosity against greed with Fr. Shibu Kallarakkal
    • May 19 – Diligence against sloth with Deacon Norm Dumais
    • May 20 – Holiness, a call to repentance with Fr. Jerry D’Souza
    • May 21 – Rejoice in Hope with Fr. Cristino Bouvette
  • Pentecost Vigil Mass, Eucharistic Adoration & Reflection 
    When: Saturday, May 22 at 7 pm (Mass with Bishop McGrattan), followed by Eucharistic Adoration and reflection. Registration is required for those attending in person. To register, contact Beata at 403-397-6124 or email beatabanka@shaw.ca. If you are not able to attend, watch livestreams with these links (Mass | Eucharistic Adoration and Reflection)

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Widening the Circle – FCJ Bicentennial

A message from the Faithful Companions of Jesus Sisters: Join us virtually, at the FCJ Christian Life Centre in Calgary, in the global tribute of the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Society of the Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ). Let’s honour the service and contributions of FCJ Sisters to the city of Calgary and Southern Alberta since 1885. You will be delighted with the engaging entertainment, testimonials, prizes and fundraising activities. Details here

When: May 16, 2021 at 3 pm to 5 pm
Livestream link: fcjcentre.ca/bicentennial

Events & Resources

  1. Fifth Sunday of Easter – Bulletin Shorts, free to use 
    Mass Readings |  Bearing Much Fruit. It is the start of May and, in the northern hemisphere, some of us are about spring planting. The tasks today look to future fruit and vegetables. By analogy, God is the gardener. We are the branches, the seeds, the fruit. To be healthy, we let ourselves be tilled around, watered, weeded.

    • Because of how I behave now, how will I be tomorrow and in the future?
    • What tending work will I let God do to me?
    • What can I do to be a more fruitful Christian?
  2. Spiritual Direction Training Program
    The FCJ Centre offers a two-year spiritual direction training program that meets on Wednesday evenings and includes four-weekend retreats. It is open to men and women who believe that God is calling them to the ministry of one-on-one companioning with people who are seeking a deeper relationship with God through the integration of faith and life. For more information, visit fcjcentre.ca/sdtp or contact Sr. Madeleine Gregg, fcJ at 403-228-4215. The application deadline is June 30, 2021.
  3. Freedom through Healing Retreat
    The Triumph: Freedom Through Healing program, facilitated by Jerry and Donna Kristian, is a nine-day Christ-centered journey of inner healing and discovery equipping and empowering people with the tools needed to make meaningful and lasting changes in their lives – a path to true freedom through healing in Christ. Cost is $1,395 which includes program registration, meals, facility, single occupancy bedroom and all retreat materials and resources. When: June 3-11, 2021. For more information or to register call Harriet at 403-239-6885 | triumphretreat.com | Brochure
  4. Jesus, save me!
    “On February 2, 2001, the most tragic and miraculous incident of my life took place. I was shot by a rebel group in India who fights against the Indian army for the separation of Manipur from the Indian federation.” But a series of miracles kept Fr. Tomy Manjaly alive. Fr. Tomy is the Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Strathmore, AB. Read his story here.
  5. Devoted to the Precious Blood
    Founded in Quebec in 1861, the Sisters of the Precious Blood was the first contemplative community established in Canada. As well as praying for the people in the communities where they live, the Sisters of the Precious Blood monastery in Calgary plays a tangible role in supporting parishes across the diocese. While the Calgary convent stopped baking altar breads several decades ago, the sisters still receive regular truckloads of hosts baked in the order’s Hamilton house. Read more
  6. Students, teachers and parents have faith in Catholic education
    A record 250 key players in Alberta’s publicly funded separate system gathered in the Grateful Advocates for Catholic Education (GrACE) Virtual Summit on April 19, to renew their hope for the future of Catholic education. The delegates included all Alberta bishops, trustees from across the province, administrators, teachers, students and parents. Read more
  7. In-vitro embryos safe from sex-based death, but unborn babies aren’t
    Cathy Wagantall (MP) is seeking to prohibit abortions done on the basis of the sex of the unborn child is being accused of opening a back door for more further abortion restrictions in Canada. There are no protections for a child, conceived naturally or through assisted reproductive technology, from discrimination on the basis of sex in the womb. Read more
  8. Latest on Covid-19 in India
    India’s Health Ministry registered 323,144 fresh Covid-19 infections Tuesday morning, slightly below Monday’s record of 352,991 cases. Meanwhile, 2,771 new deaths took the toll to 197,894, closing in on the 200,000th mark. India’s Catholic bishops have expressed their closeness with the suffering people. Cardinal Alencherry as well as other Church leaders criticized the government’s toll figures saying they are low, as many, who are dying at home, in private hospitals and in villages, go unreported. Please keep the people in India in your prayers. Read more
  9. Pope praying for Bishop-Elect of South Sudan after shooting attack
    Unknown armed men have shot and wounded the Bishop-elect of South Sudan’s Rumbek Catholic Diocese. The Italian-born Fr. Christian Carlassare, a Comboni Missionary, was attacked on Sunday night in Rumbek. The gunmen went to his residence, and shot him on both legs. Pope Francis was aware of the shooting and praying for Fr. Carlassare and the people of South Sudan. Read more
  10. Asia Bibi challenges Pakistan leader on blasphemy laws
    Asia Bibi, who was on death row for years after being accused of besmirching the name of the founder of Islam, called the laws a “sword” in the hands of the Muslim majority against the country’s Christian minority. Speaking from her home in Canada, Bibi addressed part of her remarks to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, saying, “Abolish the blasphemy law or prevent its abuse.” Bibi also asked “the international community” to “enforce the right to religious freedom.” Read more
  11. For all other resources or information shared previously, find them in this Google Doc: Diocesan Info for Parishioners – or click here. This link is also featured on our website: catholicyyc.ca/news under Bulletin Announcements.

Amoris Laetitia Family – Year 2021-2022

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

Covid-19 Vaccines Q&A

The Calgary Catholic Medical Association (CCMA) is providing answers to general questions such as: what vaccines are available and how do they work; the variant concerns; are COVID vaccines safe; who should not receive the vaccines; and the ethical considerations of these vaccines. Read more

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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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This blessed Easter season

This year the slightly relaxed Covid-19 restrictions, afforded our family the opportunity to attend all Triduum Masses at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Since my husband Ben volunteered as cameraman for the cathedral livestream, the children and I gratefully attended the liturgies upstairs in the crying room, so we could experience the Triduum together as much as possible.

Last year when churches were closed and no one could attend Mass during the Easter Triduum, our family was given the grace to see the pandemic as an opportunity to fortify our domestic church. What seemed like one-off makeshift solutions at the time have now become annual family Easter traditions.

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