I’ve always been enthralled with the simplicity of the Christian dynamic summed up in two words: “come” and “go”. Christ’s call to his disciples and in fact to each one of us Christians is an invitation from Christ “come, follow me”. After living the experience and encounter with Christ, the disciples were commanded to “go and preach to all nations”. Simple but not exactly easy.
When I came as pastor to Sacred Heart Church in Calgary the image of Christ’s beating heart has been an inspiration for the mission and work of our parish church.
In recent weeks there is a lot of pain in the heart of our Lord with the suffering brought about by the long history of residential schools in our country. Bishop McGrattan invites us to ask the Lord for the desire to be "formed after the heart of our Lord Jesus in His wisdom, understanding, and most of all in seeking forgiveness from others." Read more
Fr. Stephen Penna: "Your priests are exhausted – like everyone else I suspect. It is a form of spiritual tiredness that comes when fathers are not able to be with their families as they wish. Certainly, it is tiring to care for a family, but then again, there is a gift of life that flows from being with your family as you care for them." Read more
"Do we turn to the Sacred Heart now, trusting in the ocean of graces contained therein? Do we bring Jesus our sorrows great and small, knowing that His Sacred Heart has been moved to tears too?" Solomon, a convert to Catholicism from Anglicanism shares his reflection on the Sacred Heart of Jesus through a beautiful hymn. Read more.
“Mme, I have to talk to you. I had a dream last night and God wants us to have a Jesus Club at our school... Can you help?” Lili Szakony, a teacher with Calgary Catholic, witnessed the power of the Holy Spirit working on fertile ground - inspiring her students to do the work of mercy for the needy. Read more
"There is no history or mention of St. Veronica in the Bible, nor is there any knowledge of her life before or after she wiped the face of Jesus." Patrick Quinn shares how the staff at St. Veronica captured the real essence of St. Veronica as they worked together to generate their school's new motto. Read more
For a second year in a row, gathering restrictions will prevent graduates from Catholic high schools from participating in the types of graduation ceremonies that many of us associate with a typical Grade 12 year. Gone are the cap and gown ceremonies with families packed into the auditorium, the valedictory address delivered to thunderous cheers from the assembly and the banquet meal shared together with peers. In our Catholic high schools, this also means that the traditional celebration of a school graduation Mass with classmates and faculty will not be proceeding. Many of us remember these traditions fondly and feel a sense of remorse for this year’s graduates that they will miss these familiar rites of passage.
However, school communities have responded to the challenges with innovative solutions and alternatives.
Congratulations to the Catholic School Districts Graduating Class of 2021! Thank you to all who are working hard to make graduation celebrations meaningful and memorable amidst the pandemic challenges. We invite you to take the time and pray this little prayer for our graduates:
Javier Martinez had just removed his face shield and mask when a woman suddenly appeared in the room and approached him. The woman was a resident of the memory care wing of the seniors’ residence where Martinez was working. She was also positive for COVID-19.
“It happened so fast and I remember thinking, ‘it’s highly probable that I’ve got COVID,’” recalls Martinez, a registered nurse and the father of five. He was right.
“In love there can be no fear, but fear is driven out by perfect love: because to fear is to expect punishment.” (1 John 4:18) Wayne Ottenbreit asks men to reflect on 'big anger' and its source. Is it in the loving service of justice or prideful self-assertion? He also prays that this Father’s Day we would see a renewal and recommitment to love in all families. Read more
Chief J. Wilton Littlechild and Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith met last week in Maskwacis. They are offering this joint video statement on the Kamloops Residential School discovery, and on reconciliation. Chief Littlechild is a former Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations and commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Watch
Stage 2 of #OpenForSummer wouldn't have happenned without your hard work. Let us offer a new wave of gratitude for today's COVID-19 heroes!
With a grateful hearts, we say thanks to all workers in our critical infrastructure industries and those who courageously help others. These are today's heroes, the people who work tirelessly serving others in these sectors: Energy and utilities, Information and Communications Technologies, Education, Finance, Health, Food, Water, Transportation, Safety, Government, Manufacturing, Charitable Works, and our good and caring neighbours.
We encourage you to share your gratitude with our everyday heroes, to the many people – men, women and children – who have shown kindness and determination throughout the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.