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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
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time September 24th, 2017
Weekly bulletin from the Diocese LINK
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time September 17th, 2017
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time September 10th, 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)
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:

  • October 15th

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.

For anyone interested, you are welcome to attend the first RCIA meeting on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 following the 7:00PM mass with Fr. Wojciech.

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

October Rosary Rally

Sacred Heart Parish Council would like to invite all parishioners and families to our October Rosary Rally coming up on Sunday, October 15th, immediately following Sunday Mass.

As October is the month of the Holy Rosary, we will be coming together as a parish to pray the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary together for the intentions of building our Church, those in need in Strathmore, and the souls of the faithful departed.

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.

PASTORAL CARE: Next meeting on Sept. 21, 9:30AM at Heather's
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
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

NEWS UPDATE:

  1. We are looking for volunteers to help with Storefront Breakfasts the second Tuesday of every month. If you helped previously, please contact Kilee to get on the schedule. If you are new to this, I can forward your information and help you touch base.
  2. We are starting our membership drive and renewing memberships shortly. Please contact either Donna Johnson or myself (Karen Van Verdegem). We are deeply in need of new members and ready hands. We take part in hosting birthday celebrations at the Lodge, contribute to Grade 4 Bibles to students, storefront breakfasts, parish activities, and help try to change legislation on Catholic matters such as abortion and euthanasia, give out a yearly scholarship, just to name a few. Please consider joining us.

The regular dues are $30.00 and $25.00 if you are 75 years of age and older.
The membership year is from January to December
Someone will be collecting dues after Saturday and Sunday’s Masses during October.
To keep our records accurate - we will need you to verify your personal information.
To be environmentally friendly – we will not mail invoices. So please accept this as your notice that fees are due.
Please call Donna Johnson at 403-934-5984 if you have any further questions.


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 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:

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

The Annual Fall Dinner and Auction will be on November 4th, 2017 at the Civic Center.

5:00PM Viewing of the auction items
6:00PM Dinner starts
7:30PM Live Auction will commence
NOTE: For that Saturday night only, Mass will be moved up to 4:00PM to allow for enough time to attend the event.

In order for the Auction to be a success we need the help and support from as many parish members as possible. Please consider the following:

  1. Donate an item to be used in the live auction from yourself, the company you work for or family and friends. We ask that donations be new, unused items only, if used, then finished antiques only please.
  2. Donate a service to be auctioned off at the Auction. For example: dinner party, yard work, cake decorating, carpentry anything that you have a skill at or the company you work for can provide. Please contact Gorete or Harry and we will have you create a poster or card explaining the details.
  3. Donate a holiday to be auctioned off at the Auction. For example: a week at a cabin or ski holiday. Please contact Gorete or Harry and we will have you bring a poster or card explaining the details.
  4. Buy a ticket and attend the Dinner and Auction on Saturday November 4, 2017. Better yet bring family and friends and reserve a table. Tickets are still $40.00 each which includes dinner and entertainment.

All items or services donated must be received no later than October 24th.

Please contact Gorete or Harry Salm at 403-934-4817 to coordinate dropping your donation off at church or our house or we can come to pick it up. We will need to ensure that all items are recorded with the donators name, item and value.

Thank you ever so much for considering our plight and supporting us in this very large endeavor. Your part in this project will take us one step closer to the achievement of a new church. We are so very grateful to you.

Building Committee Update:

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

Next meeting is on October 12th, 2017 after the 7:00PM mass

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.
  • There will be opportunities for the Parish to contribute to this process over the next few months

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

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

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.

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!

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

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:

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.