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Fr. Edmunds Pastoral Notes…

Unity begins with us

 We begin this weekend the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, praying for the cause of unity of all Christians and all peoples of good will from many other religions working together for the good of all humanity.

As we reflect on Christian unity, we have to address our own respective sense of unity within our own church.  We cannot really speak about unity with other Christians when we don’t appreciate and exercise our own commitment to unity among ourselves as members of our respective communities.   In turn, we can only speak about such commitment to unity in our community when we live the unity and peace that should characterize our personal relationships with our loved ones in our respective families.

In the absence of this sense of unity, some people have decided to fashion a life of aloneness and loneliness to escape the hurtful experiences in community and companionship.  In a way, we have learned to avoid relationships in order or avoid being hurt.  We avoid reaching out.  We avoid getting involved in the activities and programs because we want to be left to ourselves.   But as Christians, we have to reach out.  Spreading the Good News is possible through our personal interaction with people.  Like the original apostles who were chosen by Christ in our gospel today, we are sent to proclaim the Good News of peace, love and unity to all peoples, starting with our own families and communities.

It is ironic that the major conflicts in our world today are related to religion.  Religion, which teaches that we have to love one another, has become the cause of division and violence.  Marriage and family, which most religions consider sacred, have become the venue for unspeakable physical, psychological and sexual abuse.  Churches, which act as the guardian of sexual ethics, have become in recent years the respondent for sexual abuse crimes.

Unity, based on mere human efforts, is an illusion.  Unity has to be referred to Someone beyond ourselves.  The transforming power of Christian love is what can make our life in community bearable and even beautiful.

As we come together for the Eucharist which is the sacrament of unity, let us be reminded that Christ’s love for all of us is the source of our unity and strength as God’s people.

 

Healing Corner. Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matt 4:19) As we are invited by Jesus to spread the Good News, so we are asked to look after those that we encounter in our daily lives. Those affected by bullying and abuse are especially in need of our help and love. Remember a time when you felt alone and helpless. Wouldn’t you have felt relieved to be given a kind word or some direction from those in your Church community? There may be someone sitting next to you right now who could use your reaching out to them.

 

TAX RECEIPTS for 2020 will be emailed at the end of February.  Please email Heather at secretary@stanthonyscalgary.com to update, or check, your contact information.  A current Canadian address is required for all receipts.  For assistance call the parish office at 403-252-1137.

We thank you for your continuing support for our Church through your contributions online, in-person and by mail. Please consider supporting St Anthony’s Church in the rather challenging new year.  Please be assured that our pastoral team will serve your pastoral and spiritual needs in the best and safest possible way. We continue to hope and pray for health, healing and holiness for all.

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.

Jan. 24 - 30th INTENTION REQUEST
SUN. Jan. 24
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9am English

10:30 English
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Special Intention
Mary Vicars
Rosita Valencia
All Parishioners
Paul & Carmen Seguin
Mon. Jan. 25
7am Latin
9am English

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Special Intention
Ruth & Frank Odinetz
Rosita Valencia
Tues. Jan. 26
7am Latin
9am English

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Bernadette Hart
Waclaw Saciuk
Juanito Alcaras
Wed. Jan. 27
Noon Latin
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Louise Adams
Marlow Sommer
Thur. Jan. 28
9am English
7 pm Latin

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Mikey Abate
Celina Wojcuik
Carla Jane Romeo
Fri. Jan. 29
9am English
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David Cashen
Carlos Orellana
Richelle McDonald
Sat. Jan. 30
9am Latin
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Bernadette Bossaer
Dionisia Zabala

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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.

DONATIONS BUDGETCOLLECTION DIFFERENCE
YTD - 2020 $344,644$ 370,074.69$ 25,430.69
MTD - DEC.$ 32,815$ 38,174.33$ 5,395.33
GOALCOLLECTIONDIFFERENCE
Christmas $. 6,040.00
Christmas Hampers$20,000$ 18,694.89$. ( 1,305.17)
TIA$41,030 $ 22,348.43$ ( 18,681.57)


Sunday Livestream Masses with the Bishop

Bishop McGrattan is offering Sunday Masses at the following parishes in January. Masses will be livestreamed via Parish Livestream link(s).

  • Sunday, January 24 at 11 am – Third Sunday in Ordinary Time | Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, Calgary. Watch on Youtube
  • Sunday, January 31 at 11 am – Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time | St. Albert the Great, Calgary. Watch on Facebook

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention – Jan 2021

Let us pray that the Lord may give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions and not fight each other, and praying for one another, open ourselves to all.

Pope Francis – January 2021

Sunday of the Word of God – Jan 24

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter, Motu proprio Aperuit illis, published on September 30, 2019 establishes that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (January 24, 2021) is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God.

Please read the letter from The Canadian Bible Society who offers their full support for this inspiring initiative. The Canadian Bible Society have several excellent Catholic editions of the Bible available in a wide range of languages and approved translations, resources for the Sunday Lectionary Gospel of Mark, as well as Lectio Divina and other devotional tools.

  • Sunday of the Word of God resources from the Canadian Bible Society
  • Note from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on the Word of God Sunday. The note highlights opportunities and practical suggestions for the Word of God Sunday celebration. Read here in English | French
  • How to enthrone the Bible in your home? See leaflet here
  • Word of God Sunday Liturgical Suggestions Download here
  • Current online offering of formation and events on scripture:
    • The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz (following the Great Adventure Bible Timeline with Jeff Cavins) – currently #1 in podcasts top chart. Tune in
    • The WORD 2021 International Catholic Bible Summit (Feb. 11-13) with speakers: Fr Mike Schmitz, Scott Hahn, Chris Stefanick etc. Learn more
    • Daily Lectio Divina with the Sisters of the Seeds of the Words in Calgary! This is a daily program, every morning at 7:30 am. Tune in via YouTube
    • Find more online scripture program/courses here

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated around the world on January 18-25.

The 2021 theme – Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit (John 15:5-9) – calls us to pray and to work for reconciliation and unity in the church, with our human family, and with all of creation. Drawing on the Gospel image of vine and branches, it invites us to nourish unity with God and with one another through contemplative silence, prayer, and common action. Grafted into Christ the vine as many diverse branches, may we bear rich fruit and create new ways of living, with respect for and communion with all of creation.

The importance of unity among Christians and the responsibility of the people of each parish to work for this unity should be emphasized throughout the week. All members of the parish should seek to have a deeper understanding of ecumenism.

  • A resource kit containing program materials for the Week of Prayer adapted to Canadian context is available from https://www.weekofprayer.ca/2021-wpcu-resources  This resource kit contains practical suggestions on prayers or activities for parishes, families, schools and campus ministries for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and the 2021 theme.
  • Event poster template for parish/school/campus events Download
  • Save the date: An Evening Service of Prayer will be held on Wednesday, Jan 20 at 7 pm, and livestreamed via Ascension Catholic Church’s livestream link. More information will be shared next week.

2021 Seminarians Poster

We ask that you continue to pray for our Seminarians and for the increase of vocations in our Diocese. Here is a short prayer from Fr. Cristino: Lord Jesus Christ, eternal High Priest, lead our seminarians daily in your footsteps, that they may become priests aflame with love for God and all. Amen. St. Joseph, pray for us.

Coldest Night of the Year 2021

A message from Wendy, Larry & Alejandro:

Yes, we are doing the Coldest Night of the Year Calgary Downtown 2021!

Due to COVID-19, it will be a little different this year. It will be a “virtual” walk, meaning we won’t have a big walk day and rally at Eau Claire as in past years. Teams and individuals will register and fundraise through the CNOY website as in the past. We encourage teams and individuals to do your own “COVID safe” walk at a location and distance you choose. You may walk any day during February 2021, but we recommend event day Saturday, February 20 so you can join in the excitement across the country on social media. We strongly recommend wearing masks and following group numbers as limited by current restrictions. We want everyone to be safe!

Our CNOY 2021 campaign is in support of HomeSpace – KAIROS Calgary raising capital funds towards Bankview Apartments and the Feed the Hungry program of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary.
This year has been difficult for all of us, but for those who were already vulnerable, it is even much more so. We trust that CNOY walk teams and donors will be as generous as you can to support the residents of Bankview to have a safe and affordable place to live with appropriate supports – and to support those who enjoy the Sunday meals at Feed the Hungry! Note: both programs are working in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions.

Visit CNOY Downtown website: https://cnoy.org/location/calgarydowntown to set up your CNOY 2021 team or to join a team. Watch for more information and updates in the new year.


Wanted: Calgary CARES volunteers

Calgary Senior Resource Society, in partnership with St. Mary’s University, is looking for volunteers of all ages (16 to 60+) for a 6-month volunteering opportunity from January to June 2021. The project is called: Calgary CARES (Caring Action Relationships Education Seniors), which will:

  • Promote volunteerism among seniors and other generations
  • Engage seniors in the community through the mentoring of others
  • Expand awareness of elder abuse during COVID lockdown
  • Support the social participation and inclusion of seniors

The goal of the project is to build a group of volunteers who are equipped to practice sustainable and intentional support of seniors in their communities. We hope that you are able to share this opportunity with your parishioners and encourage them to help others during these especially difficult times.


Year Amoris Laetitia Family

To mark the fifth anniversary of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, on the 19 March 2021, Pope Francis will inaugurate a special year dedicated to the family entitled, Year “Amoris Laetitia Family”.  This special year will highlight the importance of the family within the domestic Church and encourage community ties between families through several spiritual, pastoral and cultural proposals.

In preparation for the Year “Amoris Laetitia Family”, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life has provided the attached resource brochure, in English and French, with pertinent information and suggestions for the special year, which will open on the 19 March 2021 and conclude on the 26 June 2022 at the celebration of the 10th World Meeting of Families, in Rome.

With the Apostolic Letter Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from Dec. 8, 2020, to Dec. 8, 2021. Read more

  • Read Patris corde (With a Father’s heart) here

Announcements, Events & Resources

  1. Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Bulletin Shorts, free to use Mass Readings | Proclaiming the Gospel of God. Jesus is very busy in the beginning of Mark’s gospel – proclaiming, teaching, healing.  And calling others to come and follow.  The responses of Simon and Andrew, of James and John were immediate:  stopping what they were doing, leaving it all behind without hesitation – they followed him.  Stay tuned to this whole liturgical year to see where that leads.  
    • What of the good news of God is Jesus proclaiming to me today?
    • How am I hesitating in giving Jesus Christ my immediate attention and response?
    • What am I leaving behind, stopping doing in order to follow Jesus in more faithful ways?
      Source: Diocese of Springfield
  1. This Sunday (Jan 24) is the Sunday of the Word of God
    This coming Sunday, Jan 24, is the Sunday of the Word of God, devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God! Find ideas and resources on how to celebrate the Sunday of the Word of God at home or with your community here
  2. Daily Rosary with the Sisters of Divine Mercy
    Pray the daily Rosary and the 3 PM Hour of Mercy with Sisters of Divine Mercy online. See poster for more information, or visit their website at sistersofdivinemercy.org
  3. Pope prays for Indonesia
    Pope Francis expresses his condolences for victims of an earthquake that struck Indonesia Sulawesi province, as well as for the victims of a plane crash in Indonesia last week. Read more
  4. Lecture series with Dr. Kate Kirkpatrick
    The Department of Classics and Religion, University of Calgary warmly invites you to attend the upcoming virtual and free lectures to be given by the “visiting” Chair of Christian Thought Guest Speaker, Dr Kate Kirkpatrick, from the University of Oxford. See poster for more information
  5. Employment opportunities at St. Michael Catholic Community
    There are two employment opportunities at St. Michael Catholic Community, for the position of Sacrament Preparation Coordinator and Communications Coordinator. For more information and application details, visit catholicyyc.ca/careers.html

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.

St. Joseph, our guide in times of trouble!

The Holy Father encourages each of us with these words found in his Apostolic Letter Patris corde: “Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble.”

Sara Francis offers her reflection and a few ideas that will inspire you to think of ways to discover the presence of St. Joseph in your life and keep you anchored in hope.

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