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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Fr. Edmunds Pastoral Notes…

Taking Christ’s yoke… 

Some time ago, I joined several ministers and priests in a pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey dubbed as In the Footsteps of St. Paul.  When we arrived in Athens, our tour guide gave each one of us a komboli, known outside of Greece as worry beads.  In that part of the world, the souvenir string of beads is said to be resorted to in times of worry, boredom and tension.  In our Christian tradition, we have our own version of the Holy Rosary which is used not only as an aid for prayer but as an emblem of our faith. In a way, we tend to resort more to prayer in times of trials and tribulations.  We tend to cry out for God’s intervention when we find ourselves carrying seemingly unbearable burdens. Our faith dictates that we are open to God in prayer in good times and in bad.

In this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus proposes an alternative way of dealing with life when it seems overburdened by trouble and anxiety. Let me quote straight from the Sacred Heart of Jesus:  Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” 

Jesus proposes to us an approach to life’s challenges based on the spirit of humility and reliance on God’s strength and power.  The approach is founded on a life that is open to God, with whom we can let go off our burdens.  It is anchored on a spirituality that sees crosses as glorious crosses.  It is inspired by a life that that has used the cross as a symbol victory.  It is a lifestyle that sees problems as opportunities for growth and maturity, believing that God always makes use of crises and difficulties in our lives as ways of making us seek His kingdom more closely and more personally.

It is a different approach to what our world offers with its sense of control, domination and violence.  It is the way of love instead of domination, of letting go instead of controlling, of peace and nonviolence instead of violence.  By his becoming human, he humbles himself to encounter us as one of us, sharing our burdens and welcoming all who come to him.  Jesus offers his own kind of yoke that lightens our life’s burdens and shows us the way to eternal life.  A yoke is a tool that enables the one who uses it to manage a burden that would be impossible without it.

 

Fr Edmund’s Parish Update.

For now, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed at the main church on Thursday & Friday, 10am to 6pm for private silent adoration and prayer.  Please share this information to as many people as possible to come to adore the Lord in the Eucharist in the main nave of our church . We have to start from this and move towards the re-establishment of the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration program in the parish.   There is a definite need to start a new catechetical campaign on the Eucharist and adoration for the would-be 168 committed adorers.  The community aspect, for one, has to be emphasized.  We have to come up with a program of community building and education, including periodic meeting/reflection to sustain zeal and enthusiasm. Aside from the volunteer component, we have to re-visit the current Adoration Chapel itself, including its safety, security and its wheel-chair accessibility.  Re-location can be a real option. In a way, the pandemic gives us an opportunity to transform this devotion as a powerful component of parish ministry.  It needs a lot of preparation and ongoing work to make it really work.  The adhoc committee  is still open for those interested.

We are looking at affiliating our Parish Pantry with the Society of St Vincent de Paul network in our diocese.  The move is to afford our outreach program a form of spirituality (how it is connected to our church community and our personal faith).  There is an officially assigned diocesan spiritual director who provides spiritual guidance to its officers and members. The move also gives us access to existent organizational structures that can guide us in running this important parish apostolate.  The move also gives an opportunity to re-visit our volunteer screening protocols mandated by the “Strengthening Communities” program of the diocese.  On a later date, we will call a meeting of all current volunteers of our Parish Pantry and other parishioners who are interested in this pro-poor program.

In response to a diocesan communication, our parish is participating in a new Refugee Program for a family of four (4) from the Turkey area. Mary Ann Donaleshen is coordinating with Mirna Farahat who works with Antoinette at CCIS. The program will eventually require volunteers as well as financial contributions.  Those who are interested to volunteer or to contribute can contact Fr Edmund directly. We will post more details as soon as they become available.  For now, please pray for this particular refugee family and other families for their freedom.

Please continue to support our parish with its financial challenges at this time of the pandemic.  As matter of urgency, we need volunteers to come forward for many of our ministries. If you are interested at all, please contact Fr Edmund directly.

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.

FEED THE HUNGRY
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2020

St. Anthony’s will sponsor the traditional “Sunday Night” Feed the Hungry dinner on Sunday, September 20, 2020. CONFIRM YOUR PARTICIPATION AS ONE OF OUR 80 VOLUNTEERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLEFood/Hall preparation 9:30am – 1:30 pm  (families with children under 12 welcome).  Serving and greeting 2:30pm – 6:00pm (ages 12 years and up).  Register as a volunteer.  

ShiftActivityPositions Available
9:30am - 1:30pmFood & Hall Preparation15 of 20
12:30pm - 2:30pmDesert Preparation0 of 3
2:30pm - 6:00pmServing & Greeting49 of 57

isupport@stanthonysyyc.ca

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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.

MAY DONATIONS BUDGETCOLLECTION DIFFERENCE
MTD $ 32,815.43$ 31,605.84$ 1,209.59
TIA$ 41,130.00 $ 14,175.45$ 26,954.00
Feed The Hungry $ 5,000.00 $ 1,646.43$ 3,353.57

COVID-19 Update at St. Anthony's Church

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Read Fr. Edmunds COVID 19 update and view Directives from the Calgary Catholic Diocese.  Obtain spiritual resources.

Webinars, Livestreams & Resources 

Article: Using the 5 Love Languages to do Father’s Day on a Budget
Here are some great ideas for Father’s Day for free — or very inexpensive based on Chapman’s five love languages. For those unaware, the five love languages are: quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service, physical touch, and gift giving — and learning which love language dads prefer to receive love in can be the key to a perfect gift. Read more

NEW Finding Faith Podcast: “Beauty and the Art of Evangelization” – In this post-literal world of digital media, artists may be the most important evangelists in our time, those who live on the border of culture and dialogue in symbols, images, and metaphors. But who are the artists standing on the border of Church and culture, and what do they understand about our world today that the Church is not hearing? In this episode of Finding Faith we talk to Yuan Wang (St. Francis Xavier Chaplaincy), a young adult who was recently baptized a Christian, and as a media artist now has a passion to reveal God through the beauty he sees in culture. Listen to podcast here

Virtual Tour of Our Lady of the Rockies. Join the first Virtual Pilgrimage at the new Our Lady of the Rockies Shrine, hosted by Beloved Daughters Ministry and led by Fr. Nathan Siray and the Sisters of the Seeds of the Word. When: Wednesday, June 17 at 7:30 pm. Live on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beloveddaughtersyyc/

Online Course on “Introduction to Sacred Liturgy.” This free course from the Liturgical Institute (Mundelein, IL) introduces the theological and pastoral dimensions of the sacred liturgy. Specifically, it uncovers the spiritual reality of every liturgical celebration, considers the ritual medium employed by liturgical celebrations, and examines the various sacramental signs and symbols that contribute to a liturgical rite, such as objects, actions, words, time, ministers, music, and architecture. Instructor: Christopher Cartens. This is a self-paced online course, decide when you start and when you finish. Sign up here.

Great Catholic Podcasts on Catholic Marriage & Family. If you are looking for some good podcasts on marriage and parenting, check out these projects:

Messy Family Podcast with Mike & Alicia Hernon. “Our mission is to empower parents, strengthen marriage and bring families to Christ. This is done through our podcast, short videos, downloadable resources and live events. We have found that families are hungry for these resources and we are here to help. Marriage and family is where the rubber hits the road with faith and values in our society, and the best thing we can do to help our world is to renew and strengthen marriage and family life.” Listen on Apple Podcasts

The Dad Project Podcast: “At The Dad Project, we find experienced dads who have had success in raising kids. We ask them to give short talks, sharing what has worked for them and what hasn’t. Our goal is to help men everywhere become the dads they were meant to be. And our hope is to change the world for the better, one dad at a time.Listen on Apple Podcasts

Abiding Together Podcast: “Abiding Together is a weekly podcast hosted by Michelle Benzinger, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, and Heather Khym, providing a place of connection, rest and encouragement for people who are on the journey of living out their passion and purpose in Jesus Christ.Listen on Apple Podcasts

Coffee & Pearls Podcast: “Join Sterling Jaquith for 15 minutes of wisdom for Catholic moms about spirituality, marriage, motherhood, health, finances, homemaking and recharging!Listen on Apple Podcasts

NEW Finding Faith Podcast: “The Courage to Love – a young woman discovers the key to sharing faith in a secular culture.” After high school, Raquel Neeser-Carazo set off on a journey across country in search of herself. That journey revealed unexpected lessons on how to become an authentic witness of courage, faith, and love to others. Raquel talks about the challenge of living as a young Christian in a secular culture, and how she overcame her fear of being rejected by others. Listen here.

Kid’s Bulletin | A resource for Catholic kids who would like to have some fun while learning about the readings from the Sunday Mass every week. There is no cost to using and printing the bulletin but you are welcome to donate | See sample bulletin for Corpus Christi Sunday at https://thekidsbulletin.com/

Updates in Gathering 

See it on our website: https://www.catholicyyc.ca/blog/updates-on-gathering-covid19

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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.

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