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Pastoral Team: Recent Parish Bulletins:

Pastor: Fr. Wojciech Jarzecki
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Roger Nelson
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Michael Thompson
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Paul Coderre

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time November 18, 2018
Weekly bulletin from the Diocese LINK
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time November 11, 2018
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time November 4, 2018

Mass Schedule

Saturday Evening Mass
Sunday Morning Mass

 

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

NOTICE: There will be NO weekday masses at the school until further notice.

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)
Universalis

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
Email: sacredhc@shaw.ca

Office Hours:

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

Sacrament Preparation:

Baptism: 

Baptisms are set every last Sunday of the month (unless changes are needed for that month), 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.

 

First Reconciliation / First   Holy Communion: 

This is for students who are Grade 2 and up who would like to recieve the Sacrament of First Communion and Reconciliation. Yearly classes usually start at the beginning of the year so please watch out for announcements around December to January.

This year, the program has begun in February and finished on May 13th.

Confirmation: 

The sacrament is celebrated every second year with our Bishop. (2016, 2018, etc.) Classes are offered to any students, grades 6 to 12, interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. The classes usually start at the beginning of the year so please watch out for announcements around December to January.

This year, 2018, the Confirmation Mass with Bishop William McGrattan was held on April 28th.

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

RCIA: 

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.

Reconciliation/Confession Times:

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

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

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.

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)

PARISH MINISTRIES:

PARISH COUNCIL
Tomas Rochford (chair) parish.council@sacredhc.ca

BUILDING COMMITTEE
Jim Chisholm (chair) building.committee@sacredhc.ca

FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE
Nettie Hendricks @ 403-875-7981 and Connie Donais @ 403-983-5341 (co-chairs)
Meetings are the fourth Tuesday of the month following weekday Mass.

PASTORAL CARE:
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

HOLY ROSARY
Every Saturday 4:30PM before mass

PRAYER CHAIN
Laurie Stephens @ 403-936-5661

LECTORS/READERS
Janice Pedersen @ 403-901-2127

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS and SACRISTY MINISTRY
Lynn Dumont @ 403-983-8300

PARISH ORGANIZATIONS:

CATHOLIC WOMEN'S LEAGUE
Emily Rochford @ 403-814-0167 / rochford@fastmail.fm

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Derek Donais 403-983-5341 / donaisd@telus.net
Monthly meetings are held at Holy Cross Collegiate. All Knights are welcome.

 


 

 

SACRED HEART CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE - COUNCIL #61

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

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.

CWL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE:

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.

 

Executive
President: Karen Van Verdegem
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:

 

FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE UPDATES:

HIS Building - Fundraising Golf Tournament
A huge Thank You to our "HIS BUILDING" tournament sponsors, donators and players.
We were able to raise a total of $19,540.09 through this fundraising tournament.

May the Favour of God rest upon you.

Paul and Wendy Cey
Sacred Heart Fundraising Committee
403-361-4214 | hisbuildinggolf@gmail.com

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:
Building Committee has approved the preliminary floor plan design.......................January 2018
Next steps, architect will be working on the formal floor plan and exterior plan.......Jan/Feb 2018
Approval of design by the Parish.....................................................................March/April 2018
Final drawings and cost estimates....................................................................April/May 2018
Approval of final design by the Diocese.............................................................May/June 2018

Building Committee Update
Building.committee@sacredhc.ca

Meeting Summary – June 14, 2018

  1. Building Committee Presentation to the Parish June 10th - Debrief
    1. Well attended 150-175 parishioners estimated count
    2. Positive feedback overall
    3. Several comments about the need to have a strong fund-raising effort going forward
    4. Overall impression was that the parish was eager to move forward
  2. Maintenance committee update
    1. Volunteers are looking after the grass cutting over the summer
    2. No issues currently with the IGA site
    3. Internal decommissioning of the building is 90% complete.  There is a plan to complete the work.  A huge thank you to all the volunteers that participated in this effort.
  3. Other Information
    1. The Design Development Phase of the New Church project is now complete
  4. Nest Steps
    1. The Building committee made a motion to recommend proceeding with the Construction Drawing Phase of the project.
    2. An updated proposal will be completed by the Building Committee and the Finance Committee, to be presented to the Diocese, to seek their approval in moving forward with the Construction Drawing Phase.
  5. A presentation will be developed to place at the back of the Church with some of the Design drawing and artistic ideas.

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 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.

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

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

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.

Change of Address: If you have moved within the last year, please email the parish to update your information at sacredhc@shaw.ca if you have not done so. Thank you.

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 cards in $50 and $100 denominations. They can be used at both the grocery store and the gas bar (for Co-op cards). We now have a debit and credit card machine, and we also 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)

To donate securely to our parish or building fundraising campaign online via PayPal or Credit Card, please press the button below.

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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

 

Father Wojciech's Playlist

 

*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.

Christmas

Glorious - For King and Country

Noel - Lauren Daigle and Chris Tomlin

The Light of the World - Laurien Daigle

TobyMac - O Come, All Ye Faithful

For KING & COUNTRY - Little Drummer Boy

 

TobyMac

Love Broke Thru

 

Derek Minor

Change the World

 

Mandisa

Bleed the same

 

Newsboys

Guilty

 

Skillet

Stars

Feel Invincible

Lions