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Pastoral Team: Recent Parish Bulletins:
Pastor: Fr. Wojciech Jarzecki
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Roger Nelson
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Michael Thompson
Admin Asst.: Mykki Mirador
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time November 15th, 2016
Weekly bulletin from the Diocese LINK
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time November 12th, 2017
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time November 5th, 2017

Sacred Heart Parish, in conjunction with Sacred Heart Academy and Holy Cross Collegiate would like to invite all parishioners to a day of Eucharistic Adoration on Friday, November 17th. Our Lord will be exposed in the monstrance from 9:00AM until 9:00PM in the Holy Cross Collegiate gymnasium.

We invite all parishioners and families to join us in prayer and adoration of our Blessed Lord in the Eucharist. Please sign up on the Google Doc list linked on the Parish website, or on the sheets found at the entrance to the Church. (We will need adorers to sign up for all of the twelve hours, with ideally every hour being covered by at least two parishioners.)

Mass Schedule

Saturday Evening Mass
Sunday Morning Mass


For the weekday Mass schedule, please refer to this week's bulletin above.

Reconciliation/Confession Times: 4:30PM on Saturday evening (before Mass).  Also available upon request or by appointment.

5:00 PM
10:00 AM

(All Masses are held in the gymnasium of Holy Cross Collegiate School)

For today's Mass readings and a homily, please click here. (Courtesy of EWTN.com)

Parish Office

As we are currently without a parish church, the parish office is to be found in the same residential home that serves as our rectory.  The entrance to the office is through the downstairs back door.  Some parking space is available off the back alley.

Address and Contact Information:

Sacred Heart Parish Office
23 Strathmore Lakes Way,
Strathmore, Alberta
T1P 1L7
(Click here for Google Map.)

Phone: 403-934-2641
Fax: 403-934-4976
Email: sacredhc@shaw.ca

Office Hours:

Wednesday - Friday
9:00AM to 4:00PM
(Lunch break: 12:00PM to 1:00 PM)

Notice: Office is close on Friday, November 24th

Sacrament Preparation:


Starting on November 2017, Baptisms will have a regular monthly schedule. We will set every last Sunday of the month for Baptism, and the Tuesday of the week before that for Baptismal Preparation Classes. The classes will be after the 7:00PM mass at Holy Cross Collegiate in the Foods Room. Please call the office two months prior your chosen date to register, or if Baptism will be held at another parish.

Sundays Scheduled for Upcoming Baptisms:

  • November 26th (Prep class Nov. 21st)

First Reconciliation / First   Holy Communion: 

For students who are in Grade 2 and up. Classes for this sacrament starts at Spring around March or April every year. For 2017, the celebration was on May 14th.

Announcements regarding the classes and registration will be on this website and the bulletin about a month before it starts. So watch out for those!


The sacrament is celebrated every second year with our Bishop. (2014, 2016, 2018, etc.)

Confirmation was last held on May 29th, 2016

Announcements regarding the classes and registration will be on this website and the bulletin about a month before it starts. So watch out for those!

Marriage:  Please contact the Parish Office at least four months before the intended date.  Please do not finalize dates before speaking to the Pastor.


The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program runs yearly from Fall to Easter of the following year. Please contact the Parish Office before August if interested in attending.

The first RCIA meeting started on September 27th, 2017 following the 7:00PM mass. Classes will continue on for every Wednesday.

Reconciliation/Confession Times:

4:30PM on Saturday evening (before Mass).  Also available upon request or by appointment.


To contact the Parish Pastoral Council, please email: parish.council@sacredhc.ca

Sacred Heart Parish, in conjunction with Sacred Heart Academy and Holy Cross Collegiate would like to invite all parishioners to a day of Eucharistic Adoration on Friday, November 17th. Our Lord will be exposed in the monstrance from 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM in the Holy Cross Collegiate gymnasium.

We invite all parishioners and families to join us in prayer and adoration of our Blessed Lord in the Eucharist. Please sign up on the Google Doc list linked on the Parish website, or on the sheets found at the entrance to the Church. (We will need adorers to sign up for all of the twelve hours, with ideally every hour being covered by at least two parishioners.)

The parish now has a Facebook page to help keep parishioners and visitors informed of the goings on at Sacred Heart, as well as offering some helpful links to great Catholic content. Major events, such as our upcoming fundraising dinner in November, will be advertised on the page to help spark even more interest. If you are on Facebook, please feel free to drop by and “Like” the Parish’s page.

(A link to the Facebook site it accessible by pressing the Facebook button on our website. It can also be accessed by searching for our parish on Facebook)

New Evangelization Update:

The Parish Library Cart is now ready with the first 70 or so books available for borrowing by parishioners and visitors. We hope that there is a good mixture of books that will interest and engage the reader. We will continue to add more orthodox and informative titles over the next few years.

To sign out books, please just follow the simple steps outlined on the lending form (attached to the cart). We do ask that books are borrowed monthly, in order to ensure other parishioners have a chance to read the books.

  • If you have books or other Catholic resources that you would like to donate to the Parish Library, please contact Tomas Rochford of Parish Council at 403-324-3795
  • Please remember that the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic are free to take and keep. We still have about 50 left from Easter time. Feel free to give them as gifts to family or friends who might benefit from reading Kelly’s book.

Our parish has an active Pastoral Visiting Team. If you are ill, lonely, a shut-in or hospitalized and wish to receive the Eucharist or a visit, let the parish know either through yourself, your family, friend, neighbor or nurse. Please contact: Diane Van Bavel @ 403-934-4282 or the Parish Office @ 403-934-2641
The Pastoral Care needs to be informed by THURSDAY (if possible) for those wishing a home visit/Holy Communion

Every Saturday 4:30PM before mass

Laurie Stephens @ 403-936-5661

Janice Pedersen @ 403-901-2127

Lynn Dumont @ 403-983-8300

Monthly meetings are held at Holy Cross Collegiate. All Knights are welcome.

We will be hosting a Bible study this year (2017-18). Details will follow soon.






All meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month
Starting with 7:00PM Mass
FOOD SCIENCE ROOM at Holy Cross Collegiate


I hope everyone is having an awesome week!

  • Our membership drive will resume following the parish supper this weekend. Please remit these to Donna Johnson or Karen Van Verdegem. We are also accepting new members ongoing.
  • On Tuesday November 14, we will be hosting our Memorial Mass at 7:00pm in the small gym. We are remembering past deceased members and a small social of snacks and coffee is to follow. All are welcome. There will be no regular meeting this month.
  • On December 12, mass will be at 5:00pm and we will be having our Christmas social at the Strathmore Station. Everyone will be responsible for buying their own meal. We will be doing our regular gift exchange so please bring a wrapped gift if you wish to take part. Please RSVP if you are attending to Karen.
  • The CWL will also be collecting for the Baby Gift for Jesus. This involves bringing unwrapped new gifts for a baby be it clothes, blankets, small toys, toiletries, etc. These are donated to Growing Opportunities in Strathmore to mothers who may be enduring troubles. All in the parish are welcome to take part. We will be collecting both at mass and at the social.

Thank you.

CWL National Initiative - Quilt Making

From the meeting, it was decided that we will come together to sew the first Saturday in January (January 6, 2018). We will start at 10:00 and work till 2 or 3. Bring your own lunch. Please let me know if you are planning on attending so we can have enough tables and chairs set out. I also need to know how many so I have enough supplies for everyone.

You need to bring: a sewing machine, rotary cutter, cutting mat, basic thread (grey or beige), assorted scrap fabric

I will bring an iron and ironing board. If you don’t have any of the supplies – I will bring extras. If you aren’t a sewer, you are welcome  to knit or crochet an afghan. Or maybe you just want to come and socialize. ALL ARE  WELCOME

We will sort all fabric into colour groups. Then we will cut it into useable pieces. Then the fun begins – Sew pieces together and then into a block. Make the block a little larger than 12 ½” X 12 ½”. I will trim all the blocks down to the right size. We will then sew them together into small quilts.

The finished quilts and afghans should be 36 X 48. These are meant to be lap quilts for seniors or for victim services.

This is open to all ladies and men of the parish. For now—if you choose—you can make these blocks at home and have some ready when we come together in January. If you have any questions, please call me. (Donna Johnson 403-934-5984.)

Rose by the Altar
If you or someone you know from our parish has recently had a baby, the CWL would like to welcome you and your newest addition to the parish community! We do this by placing a rose by the altar during Mass, and presenting it to your family at the end of Mass. For more information or to be a part of this, please contact Sarah Goodfellow by email sarah.s.goodfellow@gmail.com or by phone 403-934-9953.

The CWL is always looking for new members and for those who are looking to take on a leadership role. The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a national organization rooted in gospel values calling its members to holiness through service to the people of God. Please contact our president Karen Van Verdegem for more information.


The CWL Membership Drive is on as we welcome back all our current members and we reach out to all ladies who may be interested in the league. The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a national organization rooted in gospel values calling its members to holiness through service to the people of God.

The objects of the League shall be to unite Catholic Women of Canada:

  1. To achieve individual & collective spiritual development
  2. To promote the teachings of the Catholic Church
  3. To exemplify the Christian ideal in home & family life
  4. To protect the sanctity of human life
  5. To enhance the role of women in church & society
  6. To recognize the human dignity of all people everywhere
  7. To uphold & defend Christian education & values in the modern world
  8. To contribute to the understanding and growth of religious freedom, social justice, peace and harmony.

Our organization helps not just on a parish/community level. We also take part in a regional, provincial and national level. It is a fantastic way to make great friends with other Catholic women in our parish and do many wonderful things within our community.

We have informative spiritual teachings at the beginning of the meetings which start at 7:30PM following the mass on the second Tuesday of each month, excluding July and August. Do as much as you wish or just come and be a part of it all for the fellowship.


President: Karen VanVerdegem
Vice President: vacant
Secretary: Mardelle Bazant
Treasurer: Peggy Paschal
Past President: Donna Johnson

Standing Committee Chairpersons
Christian Family Life: vacant
Communications: Sheila Tucker
Community Life/Lodge Activities: Rita Sweere
Education: vacant
Organization/Membership Drive: Melissa Wiley
Resolutions/Legislation: vacant
Spiritual Development: Emily Rochford

Other Committee Contacts
Catering: Mardelle Bazant
Cards: Mechthilde Rodehutskors


Fundraising Activities and Details:

How do you anticipate using the new church building?
Even though the building project is likely going to be completed in stages, the architect will be planning the entire project at once. So we are looking for information from you! Please fill out some or all of the questions. It is okay to leave some questions blank. Include any details you think are relevant. Please have the questionnaire completed on time. Thank you and God bless!

Design Committee Questionnaire

Building Committee Update:

To contact the Building Committee, email: building.committee@sacredhc.ca

These are the stages we are working toward over the next year:
Recruit and engage an architect........................................................................Complete
Planning and design process – including consultations with the parish.............September - March
Approval of design by the Parish.........................................................................March
Obtain Cost Estimates......................................................................................Ongoing
Approval of final design by the Diocese.............................................................March 2018

  • In late August the Bishop approved our selection for Building Architect.
  • The Building Committee is now finalizing the contract with the Architect (DI&GP Ltd.)
  • A Design Sub-Committee has been formed with the mandate to deliver a church design to the Building Committee that can be presented to the Parish and Diocese for approval.
    • They will be working with DI&GP to develop the design.

Did you know……..There is a dedicated group of individuals from our parish that have volunteered to provide security, maintenance and monitoring for the IGA building. They take turns going 2 to 3 times per week to check inside and outside the building for any problems. On behalf of the Building Committee and Parish, thank you to these dedicated parishioners.

Building Committee members:
Jim Chisholm (Chair), Dorothy Bodeux, Brent Wiley, Tomas Rochford, Winston Britto, Stephen Lavavilier, Paul O’Leary, Bernie Weir, Mechthilda Rodehutskors, Rita Sweeere, Jim Clark, Paul Cey, Victor Meyer, Derek Donais, Frank Zack, Anita Heuver

Building Committee Volunteers

This is going to be a big job and we need more parishioners to join the building committee team. Everyone is welcome, we need people with construction, design or engineering experience, people with ideas, and anyone who is interested in building a great new church for Sacred Heart Parish.

Fundraising Committee Volunteer

It is an exciting time in our parish and the Sacred Heart Fundraising Committee is looking for some enthusiastic and creative people as we strive to reach our fundraising goals and move into our new church! Meetings are typically held once a month, come check us out! Please contact Harry Salm to if you would like to attend a meeting 403-934-4817

Why is that in a Church?
Sessions on Church Architecture & Building Our Church

As we have now taken the next step toward building the new Sacred Heart Parish church by applying to the Diocese for permission to speak to architects, the Building Committee would like to invite all parishioners to attend brief sessions on “How to Build a Catholic Church: An Introduction to Architecture and the Worship of God.” These sessions will be offered by the Building Committee in order to help remind, inform and educate ourselves about the fundamentals of what a Catholic Church is, and what architectural elements are necessary.

The brief session (approx. 10 minutes)  will be offered following Mass on Saturday, March 25th, and Sunday, March 26th. During the following weeks (April 1st, April 8th, etc.), the sessions will only be held after the Sunday morning Mass.

All parishioners are welcome, so please feel free to join us for these sessions if you are available. For more information, please contact Tomas Rochford at trochford@redeemer.ab.ca or 403-324-3795.

Excellent video references from the Building a Catholic Church presentations:
Extraordinary Faith - Episode 8: New Church Architecture
Extraordinary Faith - Episode 9: Church Restoration
Catholic Church Architecture (Epsiode 1-10) with Dr. Denis McNamara
The Nature of Beauty and the Catholic Tradition

Building Committee's last two presentations at mass:
How to Build a Catholic Church: Basic Parts of a Catholic Church
How to Build a Catholic Church: Other Key Elements in a Catholic Church Architecture

Prayer for Our New Church - Sacred Heart Parish (Download here.)

O Father of Mercy and Divine Architect of Creation, thankful for Your abundant blessings and inspired by your Son’s counsel to ask anything of You in His Name, we humbly seek Your help in building a new parish church that will be a fitting temple for Your praise and glory.  May it be a house of prayer; a refuge for the weary; a field hospital of penitence and forgiveness; a school of faith and charity; and a worthy sanctuary for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Supper of the Lamb.

O Heavenly Father, bless us with generous hearts and ready hands, that by our humble sacrifice of time, talent and treasure, we may offer loving service to Our King.  May we soon rejoice in dedicating our new church to the praise and honour of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  We ask this through Christ, Our Lord.  Amen.

O Mary Immaculate, dearest Mother of the Saviour and Mother of the Church, we ask you to raise our petitions to your Son.  Together with Saint Joseph, your most chaste spouse, guide and unite us in our efforts, that we may be consumed with zeal for the house of the Lord.  Amen.


Psalm 127:  "Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders who build it labour in vain..." Every prayer helps. Please feel free to download or print off the parish prayer (above) and include it with your daily prayers.

New to the Parish and Wish to Use Envelopes?

Please feel free to email or call the office during office hours: provide your name, address & telephone number, to ensure that your donations are included in your tax deductible receipts at year end. Envelopes will then be available for pick up at the parish office. You can also register by filling out this registration form for your family and send it by mail or email, or drop it off at the office.

Direct Deposits

Sacred Heart Parish has set up a direct deposit for our church! When you sign-up, your donations will be debited automatically from your account on the first Wednesday of each month or the next business day. Similar to using offertory envelopes, you can choose the amount that you would like to go towards our church and/or our church building fund. You will only be debited once a month.

If you are interested, please fill out the PAD Agreement form and mail or drop off at the parish office. Thank you for your continuous support to our parish!

Sobeys & Co-op Gift Cards

We are continuing to sell gift cards in $50.00 and $100.00 denominations. They can be used at both the grocery stores and the gas bar (for Co-op cards). We can accept cash or cheques. Cheques should be made payable to Sacred Heart Parish. Please contact Donna Johnson at 403-934-5984 or Shanna Burns at 403-901-1906

Online Donations (Coming Soon)

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Church Links:

Diocese of Calgary Link
The Holy See (Vatican) Link
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Link
Catholic Organization for Family and Life Link

Important Documents:

Documents of the Second Vatican Council Link
Catechism of the Catholic Church Link
Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church Link
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church Link

Catholic News:

The B.C. Catholic Link
National Catholic Register Link
Catholic News Agency Link
The Catholic Register Link

Other Catholic Links:

Formed.org Link
Eternal Word Television Network Online Link
Word on Fire Catholic Ministries (Father Robert Barron) Link
Catholic Encyclopedia Link
Patristics / Early Church Fathers Link
Summa Theologiae (St. Thomas Aquinas) Link
Swords of Truth Link
St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology (Bible Studies, etc.) Link
Adoremus: Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy Link
Sacred Arts Guild of Alberta Link
Institute for Sacred Architecture Link
Musica Sacra: Church Music Association of America Link
Magnificat - Pray with the Church Link
Couple to Couple League Link
Couples for Christ Link
Catholic Culture Link
One More Soul Apostolate Link
Catholic Answers Link
The Coming Home Network Link
Catholic Christian Outreach Link
NET Canada Evangelization Link
St. Paul Street Evangelization Link
Catholic Education Resource Center Link
Cardinal Newman Society for Faithful Catholic Education Link
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Link
Legion of Mary Link
Catholic Civil Rights League (Canada) Link
Catholic Psychotherapy Association of Canada Link
Canadian Federation of Catholic Physician's Societies Link
National Catholic Bioethics Center Link


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*The Christians songs and artists found below are recommended by Father. However, some of the artists may come from more of a Protestant Christian background, so at times their lyrics and themes may not be in accordance with the Church's teaching on specific points of doctrine.