Sacred Heart Church Founded in 1910 1307 - 14th Street S.W., Calgary, Alberta T3C 1C6 Telephone: (403) 244-2741 Fax: (403) 244-1446 Email: [email protected] Website: http://www.sacredheartcalgary.ca FOURTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME Weekend Masses Saturday 5 :00 pm (Vigil Mass) Sunday 7:30, 9:00, 11:00 am, 5:00 pm Weekday Schedule Monday to Friday Rosary 11:40 am Angelus 12:00 noon Mass 12:05 pm Wednesday 10:30 am Mt. Royal Care Center Friday Exposition follows the 12:05 pm Mass Adoration for Vocations 1:30 pm Benediction 2:45 pm Morning Prayer Sunday, 8:30 am Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturday 4:00 pm. (Confessions may also be arranged by request). Office Hours: Monday to Friday: 9 am - 3 pm Closed 12 noon to 12:30 pm Stewardship Corner: I want you to be free from anxieties. (1 Corinthians 7:32) The lord has assigned a life unique to each of us. Before our birth, He gave us everything we need to fulfill that assignment. Do not worry; you have everything you need. 1 FEBRUARY 2015 GOOD NEWS Capernaum, hometown of Simon and Andrew, became Jesus’ home base too. On the Sabbath, he went out to the synagogue to teach with authority over physical and spiritual evils. He dramatically cast out devils, curing Simon’s mother-in-law and healing many other sick people. Jesus went about the messianic work. That labour came to fruition as he cast out death itself in his Passover to resurrection. Bolstered by prayer, Jesus singlemindedly set out to spread the good news. How do we join him? Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. Illustration © 1999 S. Erspamer Text, Phillip J. Sandstrom, STD © 2000 Oregon Catholic Press. All rights reserved. We are a welcoming and caring community dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, helping each other discover who God is calling us to be.” Pastor Rev Edmund Vargas Associate Pastor Rev Colin O’Rourke Deacon/Business Manager Deacon Paul Kennedy Parish Secretaries Teresa Gill/Agnes Apostol Pastoral Assistant Karen Howells Music Director Barbara Orlowska Pastoral Council Claire Hagel Finance Council Michael Walsh Arts & Environment Committee Carmelita Farinha Children’s Liturgy Linda Mackie Pastoral Health Care Marilyn Wallace Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Lisa Gilead/Patricia Tsang Lectors Lisa Hanslip Weekday Liturgy Addie Dedio Altar Servers Monica Magbanua Hospitality Ministry Glen Lilly Stewardship Contact the Office RCIA and Liturgy Committee Karen Howells Inn from the Cold Mike Swanson/Red Armstrong Society of St. Vincent de Paul Red Armstrong Annual Bishop’s Appeal Ed Marchand CWL Anna Marinelli Reception Stephanie Hugo Knights of Columbus Lorne Gartner Fire in the Rose Jane Oxenbury Marriage Preparation Peter & Leah Lavoie Building Committee Terry Allen In-residence Rev Gilles Le Blanc. METAPHORS from a priest [email protected] Life is About Discernment In the second reading, Paul answers questions from the people of Corinth about vocations in life. At the heart of his teaching is our need to keep focused on God no matter what our walk of life is. The key is discerning the life that the Lord has called us to, something we can do if we heed his words. As we go about our own respective lives, may God’s word find a home in our minds and our hearts. May we always listen for God’s voice and follow Jesus’ teachings given to us with love and authority. Our job or profession can be transformed into a vocation when we go about our work hours, inspired and influence by the power and love of God in our life. If you are a lawyer or teacher, the teaching or law profession can be guided by a work ethic that is consonant with the mandate of the Gospel. Usually, our oath of office defines the pattern of activity we have to pursue in our respective profession. Work becomes ministry when it is not really all about the money or remuneration. Work becomes ministry when we don’t separate our faith from the office or workplace. Work becomes ministry when we not only work for a living but also making a life. When life and faith becomes integrated, a spirituality emerges. Work becomes more meaningful when it is unified with our faith life. Morality or spirituality becomes the principle of our activity. When the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council defined the Eucharist as the center and source of all Christian life, what is being conveyed is that we have to pattern every effort, every act or activity to the self-giving and self-sacrificing spirit of Christ who sacrificed His own life for all of us. A Eucharist-centered life is a life of self-giving and selfsacrifice. In our Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 95), we proclaimed: “O that today you would listen to the voice of the Lord. Do not harden your hearts!” We can listen to God’s voice only in our silence. God speaks to us when we create a vacancy for him in our lives. Christ himself would go to a deserted place early every morning to be silent with his Father in the midst of his hectic schedule. This period described as prayer, to be silent physically as well as spiritually in order to listen to God. This is how we acquire our sense of vocation, that is by shifting our focus from our own activities to God’s loving presence. We can move our focus from what we do to what God does in our life and in our world. In the end, what God does is far more important than what we do with our life. WELCOME! Registration as well as volunteer forms are available at the Hospitality Desk or online. Have them completed and placed in the collection basket. Donation envelopes are also available at the Hospitality Desk. BAPTISMS are celebrated outside of Mass every fourth Sunday at 12:15 pm and during Mass on other weekends, that, first Sunday at 9:00 am, second Sunday at 11:00 am and third weekend on Saturday at 5:00 pm, Baptisms are discouraged during the Lenten season. Please call the office to set up an appointment to register . WEDDING ARRANGEMENTS are arranged only after an initial interview with a Priest or Deacon. THE PASTORAL HEALTH CARE TEAM welcomes the opportunity to visit and bring the Eucharist to our housebound parishioners. Please call the Parish office to schedule visits. SACRAMENTAL PREP DATES: Confirmation: February 22 to April 11, 2015 and First Eucharist: May 10 to June 7, 2015. Brochures and registration forms will be available two weeks before each course is offered. OUR WEBSITE. www.sacredheartcalgary.ca is our domain name. Check it out and forward your comments. For more information, please call the Parish during office hours (9:00 am - 3:00 pm). CHILDREN’S LITURGY. Program runs from September through May at the 9 and 11 am Mass. Please call the office for details. NEW LIFE CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC COMMUNITY holds Worship & Praise Service every Sunday, 2-4 pm, in the church. For details, call Joseph Gingco at (403) 390-0724. CWL (Catholic Women’s League) invites all ladies of the parish over 16 years of age to join them. For details, contact Anna Marinelli at 403-245-1654. RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is offered year-round for those thinking about becoming a Catholic or completing sacraments of initiation. Please call Karen at 244-2741 ex.234. A Funeral Mass for the late Frederick (Fred) Adam Stark, dedicated volunteer as our long-time sacristan, counter and KC member among others, will be held on Friday, February 6, 10 am at Sacred Heart Church. May he rest in peace! Items in need of donors (not budgeted for 2015): one (1) remaining stained glass window to be installed in the columbarium area at $15,000; engineered hard wood replacement of old carpet floor for the room of priest-inresidence (Fr Gilles Leblanc) at $2,500; revolving cabinet for missals, CDs and booklets (currently displayed in the old narthex shelves) to be located in the new narthex area at $2,300; solar LED signage for the columbarium to be located in the corner of parking lot at $13,000 in addition to existing pledge; LED bulbs (190 units) to replace existing bulbs as they burn out at $6,500. Please contact Fr Edmund for details. Fire in the Rose. Women in the Media: Reality versus Fantasy Issues of violence against women in the media involve both a denial of equal access and the perpetuation of narrow gender stereotypes that portray women as sexual objects in order to sell products. Hundreds of women around the world starve themselves to death each year as a result of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Women are also sent messages by the media that their self-worth is tied to a relationship with a man. The fact that the media fails to portray the reality of women’s daily life and struggles is itself a form of violence. Instead of being a tool to educate both women and men about the extraordinary contributions women make and their vast potential as human beings, the media limits their overall development and healthy visions of being. For more information about Fire in the Rose or for resources to help you, contact Jane Oxenbury at 403-2557004 / [email protected] 5th ANNUAL MARDI GRAS DINNER AND CAKE AUCTION FUNDRAISER. The CWL and Knights of Columbus are proud to sponsor the Mardi Gras Fundraiser in support of the Sacred Heart Church Building Fund which will take place on Saturday, February 14th at 6 pm in the Upper Hall. Consider making this a date night for Valentines Day. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased starting the weekend of Jan 31st and Feb 1st after all masses. We will be enjoying a catered meal. The interactive evening will continue with a cake auction, entertainment and door prizes. For more, info please contact, Anna Marinelli at 403-245-1654. St Vincent de Paul Society hamper deliveries for the month of January 2015 is now at 26 and counting, compared to 16 in 2014 in the same month and 12 in 2013. In and around the Parish 2015 Feb 2 Inn from the Cold 4:30 pm Feb 7 Couples for Christ 12 pm Feb 10 St. Vincent de Paul 6:30 pm Feb 11 World Day of the Sick Mass 2 pm Feb 11 RCIA 7 pm World Day of Prayer – March 6, 2015 – Service at 10:00 AM with reception to follow. All are welcome to attend. Volunteers needed! Sacred Heart is pleased to be hosting this year’s World Day of Prayer for our area of Calgary. We need volunteers to join the women’s inter-church planning committee. World Day of Prayer is an international Christian women’s prayer movement, reaching around the world, all across Canada, throughout Calgary and involving many Christian Church denominations. Women from this year’s host country, the Bahamas, chose the theme “Jesus said to them, “Do you Know What I have done to You?” (John 13: 1- 17 (NRSV). Our area’s InterChurch committee of women will be coming together over the next several weeks to plan and participate in the service being hosted at Sacred Heart Church. Please contact [email protected] or the Office if you would like to volunteer. The Confirmation Program (Grade 6 & up), will run from February 22 to April 11, 2015. An information meeting will be held on Sunday, February 22 at 12 pm in the church where registration forms are finalized, packages explained and clarifications made. Candidates as well as parents attend this meeting. Reflection sessions follow every Sunday at 11 am with the candidates while parents attend the Mass at the end of which a short catechesis is given. Candidates choose a saint’s name, and a sponsor who helps in the preparation, and presents him or her during the celebration. Activities include Rosary-making night and a Retreat. A letter to the Bishop is required, which should include a written report on an outreach activity. Candidates also represent the community in the Washing of the Feet on Holy Thursday. Bishop Frederick Henry celebrates the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, April 30 at 7 pm. Family and guests are invited to join the Confirmandi at a potluck reception held immediately after the celebration. Fr Lucien Larre will facilitate a Lenten Mission on March 2-5 (Monday - Thursday) with Mass at 7 pm, followed by a talk. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament starts at 5:30 pm, followed by Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:30 pm. He will preach in all Masses on the February 28-March 1 weekend. He will also speak during the Worship with the Charismatic Group on Sunday, March 1, 2-4 pm. See www.fatherlarre.com. PLEASE PRAY FOR HEALING Antonietta and Eva Marin (Names will appear for three weeks. You may request an extension.) Lent & Holy Week Schedule 2015 Feb 18 Ash Wednesday 9, 12 & 7 pm Confessions 7.30 pm Stations of the Cross 7 pm March 24 Penitential Service 7 pm March 29 Palm Sunday All Masses April 3 Good Friday Service 3 pm April 4 Easter Vigil Mass 8:00 pm April 5 Easter Sunday 7:30, 9 & 11am & 5 pm Lenten Wednesdays Lenten Fridays We encourage families to participate in the celebration of the Stations of the Cross on the Lenten Fridays and Good Friday. This is a way of reflecting on Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. This is an excellent form of penance and prayer. Synod on Family 2015 Update. See the letter from Bishop Henry at http://www.calgarydiocese.ca. Please find the Working Paper here: http://www.vatican.va/ roman_curia/synod/documents/ rc_synod_doc_20141209_lineamenta-xivassembly_en.html. Use the online survey here: https:// www.surveymonkey.com/s/DTHGBGW Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendour of true love, to you we turn with trust. Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic Churches. Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing. Holy Family of Nazareth, may the approaching Synod of Bishops make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer. Amen. 2015 CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES are available in the narthex area. They are placed alphabetically by SURNAME. Envelope numbers over 1000 have been mailed out. Any questions please call Deacon Paul ext. 231 or email to [email protected] CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPE USER #11 – Please place your name and address on your next contribution. Thank you. Sacred Heart Columbarium: Holy See and Holy Land Columbaria. Open daily: 11 am to 6 pm - Holidays 11 am to 1 pm. A reminder the next Columbarium Memorial Mass will be on Saturday, February 14, at 9:00 a.m. For more information about Sacred Heart Columbarium, or you would like to book a tour of our beautiful and peaceful facility, please call the office: (403) 244 – 2741 extension 232. email: [email protected] or website: www.sacredheartcalgary.ca – then click on the Columbarium heading. The World Day of the Sick is celebrated on Feb 11, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. A special Healing Mass will be held on Wednesday, February 11 at 2:00 pm with a reception following the Mass in the Upper Hall. Everyone is welcome! Celebrations & Intentions Mon, Feb. 2 12:05 pm Special Intention SI Tues, Feb. 3 12:05 pm Irene Ordiz RIP Wed, Feb. 4 10:30 am 12:05 pm Special Intention Special Intention SI SI Thurs, Feb. 5 12:05 pm Special Intention SI Fri, Feb. 6 12:05 pm Special Intention SI Baptisms celebrated in January Sat, Feb. 7 5:00 pm Giovanni John Colombo RIP Joem Casey Recio, Ellis Edward Leonty, Gordon Brett Schlosser, and Ella Marie Campbell. Sun, Feb. 8 7:30 am 9:00 am 11:00 am 5:00 pm Allan Crosbie Special Intention Parishioners Laszlo Funtek RIP SI SI RIP Mon, Feb. 9 12:05 pm Carl Handfield RIP Congratulations & Welcome! You have been blessed with a wonderful new life!
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