This year the slightly relaxed Covid-19 restrictions, afforded our family the opportunity to attend all Triduum Masses at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Since my husband Ben volunteered as cameraman for the cathedral livestream, the children and I gratefully attended the liturgies upstairs in the crying room, so we could experience the Triduum together as much as possible.
Last year when churches were closed and no one could attend Mass during the Easter Triduum, our family was given the grace to see the pandemic as an opportunity to fortify our domestic church. What seemed like one-off makeshift solutions at the time have now become annual family Easter traditions.
Some have suggested restrictions on worship public gatherings is the beginning of religious persecution in our own country and province. In his message, Bishop McGrattan urges us to be vigilant in protecting our religious freedom, and to not forget that many of our brothers and sisters continue to face much more violent opposition for the living and witnessing of their faith around the world. Read more
The early-spring sun is barely risen when the six Sisters of the Precious Blood monastery in Calgary make their way to their chapel for morning mass. As the day progresses, the sisters will gather in the chapel four more times to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, an official Prayer of the Church, which sanctifies the day with prayer.
As well as praying for the people in the communities where they live, the Sisters of the Precious Blood monastery in Calgary plays a tangible role in supporting parishes across the diocese. While the Calgary convent stopped baking altar breads several decades ago, the sisters still receive regular truckloads of hosts baked in the order’s Hamilton house.
Anne Curran was 17 when she was convinced that her calling was to be a missionary. But her applications to serve as one were rejected repeatedly as she was told this was not her vocation. It wasn't until she attended a silent retreat 20 years later that she finally found what her real mission was. Read more
"On February 2, 2001, the most tragic and miraculous incident of my life took place. I was shot by a rebel group in India who fights against the Indian army for the separation of Manipur from the Indian federation." But a series of miracles kept Fr. Tomy Manjaly alive. Read more
St. Isidore Learning Center, in Elk Island Catholic Schools, was elated when a partnership with the Chesterton Schools Network allowed them to deliver a joyful, Catholic, classical curriculum in the Chesterton spirit: faithful, full of wonder and humour. Read more
Krista Conrad is a mother to five children ages 2 to 18, all of which have been, are, or will be educated in the Catholic school system. Read what Krista experienced when she walked into a Catholic school, and what makes Catholic Schools truly unique. Read more.
Pope Francis calls for a Catholic education that 'proposes a vision of society centred on the human person'. Dr. Gerry Turcotte, president of St. Mary's University, is in agreement, "Yes, we want our students to have incredible careers, and they do — but we remind them always that they have a higher calling, which is to transform society for the better and to advocate for the common good." Read more
It takes many hands and minds to do God’s work. So many, that we can be unaware of how much is actually being done within our parish boundaries.
During National Volunteer Week April 18-24, we want you to know that your gifts of time and talent, so generously offered, are given not only to your pastor (and by the way he is VERY grateful) but given to God himself.
Please read below about a few volunteers from around the diocese. Then be sure to add a shout-out to volunteers in your own parish who so richly deserve it.