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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
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 30th, 2017
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 23rd, 2017
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 16th, 2017
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 9th, 2017




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 Summer 2017 (July and August), there will be NO Tuesday and Wednesday masses.

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
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)

Sacrament Preparation:

Baptism: 

Please contact the Parish Office at least two months prior to the intended date of baptism for registration. (If baptism is to be held at another parish, please contact the Parish Office at least a month prior to travelling in order to complete preparations.)

Sundays Scheduled for Upcoming Baptisms:

  • NO BAPTISMS during Summer (July & August).
  • September 17th

The baptismal preparation classes are held after the 7:00PM weekday Mass at Holy Cross Collegiate. Classes are scheduled by Father Wojciech with the parents after registration.

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!

Confirmation: 

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

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

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

Next meeting will be in September. (Date T.B.A.)

Corpus Christi Procession (June 2017)

On behalf of Sacred Heart Parish Council I would like to offer a huge thank you to all who helped out (in various ways) with the Corpus Christi procession and Parish BBQ on Sunday, June 18th. (We had around 150 parishioners join us!) The Catholic Women's League, Knights of Columbus, and the Filipino Cultural Association were especially generous in volunteering and running different parts of the celebration. Thank you so much for everyone's work in creating a beautiful celebration of Our Lord's presence in the Holy Eucharist. To be able to walk the streets of Strathmore with Our Lord, to worship Him at beautifully arranged altars, and to enjoy fellowship and children's games with parish families was a great blessing for all. Hopefully this is the start of a renewed tradition in our parish.

Looking ahead to the rest of the year, we currently have a few important events planned:

  • Marian Rosary Procession in October (date to be determined) - In celebration of October, the month of the Holy Rosary.
  • Building the Church - Parish Fundraising Dinner and Auction (Saturday, November 4th)

Please put these events in your calendars and keep an eye on the bulletin for other upcoming activities. We would love to have you and your family join us!

In closing, thank you again for all those who attended and/or assisted with the Corpus Christi procession. I hope that you and your family have a blessed summer.

Sincerely in Christ,
Tomas Rochford
Sacred Heart Parish Council

The Parish Library Cart has arrived. We can begin stocking it with helpful resources for parish families to grow in the Faith.

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
(Laurie will be away from July 8 – 30, for prayers please call Rita Sweere at 403-934-4058)

LECTORS/READERS
Janice Pedersen @ 403-901-2127

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS
Lynn Dumont @ 403-983-8300

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS - COUNCIL NEWS
Monthly meetings are held at Holy Cross Collegiate. All Knights are welcome.

PARISH BIBLE STUDY - ADULT FAITH FORMATION
We will be hosting a Bible study this year (2017-18). Details will follow soon.

 

 

 

 

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

Happy Summer! The CWL would like to thank everyone who participated and helped to make our Parish BBQ a great success. We would like to thank all who donated food, as well as all who doanted baked goods for the bake sale! To all the helpers from set up, to cooking, to clean up, thank-you. A very special thank-you to Anita Heuver for bringing in all the plants from Eagle Lake Nurseries for the sale that day! All the monies from the plant sale are generously donated to our local CWL, we are so blessed! Thank-you again and have a safe and fun summer!

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.

Memberships fees are $25 for all members 75 years and older and $30 for everyone else, please contact Donna Johnson. Young ladies are also encouraged to join from the age of 16 and up.

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.

Our new goal is starting to fund-raise for our new kitchen in the church. As the saying goes, many hands make light work. Both the CWL and Knights of Columbus are an integral part of most parishes. Please join us.

 

Executive
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:

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

Next meeting is on August 2nd, 2017

Building Committee Update:

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

The architect firm the building committee has selected has been submitted to the Diocese. They were very happy with our work and the due diligence of our selection process. Before giving final approval the Bishop has requested a meeting to go over our vision for the project. This meeting is expected to take place late August to early September. The Building Committee and Finance Council are working together to prepare documents to be presented to the Diocese for this meeting.

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. We meet the first Wednesday of the Month.

Finance Council News:

The Finance Council would like to list the ‘Old Church Property’ for sale in order to continue with the renovations on our new building. To accomplish this, we are asking our parishioners who are licensed realtors and actively involved in the real estate market in Strathmore to provide us with their approach to selling this property. We would want them to include:

  • Their valuation of the property
  • Their experience in selling this type of property
  • Their fee schedule should the property sell


The Finance Council will review the proposals and after discussions with the applicants, chose the appropriate realtor to proceed with the listing. We look forward to hearing from our interested parishioners on this exciting project. Please keep in mind that the Diocese has final approval on the eventual sale.

Karen Gregory,
Chairman of the Finance Council

Fundraising Committee Update:

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

Co-Op Gift Cards:

We are continuing to sell Co-op cards in $100.00 denominations. They can be used at both the gas bar and the grocery store. 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

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!

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:

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.