The Shepherd's Perspective

“I know my own and my own know me.” (John 10:1-18)

Dear parishioners of St. Patrick’s – with the new changes recently issued by the Alberta Government affecting Places of Worship that limit gatherings to a maximum of 15 people, coupled with the latest directives that we have received from the Diocese implementing them, please know that the following will be taking place here at St. Patrick’s until May 25th, at which point, further directives will follow.

Adoration of our Blessed Lord will take place from Tuesday through Saturday with Benediction at 3:00 PM. On Sundays, Adoration will conclude with Benediction at 12 o’clock noon so that we can look after the many families that are in need of baptism on Sunday afternoons.

Daily Mass will be offered at 9 AM from Tuesday through Sunday. Those who have already signed up for the 9:00 – 10:00 AM Adoration timeslot will attend Mass on May 8 – May 12. A new sign up for Mass attendance will be opened on Sunday May 9 at noon to register for 9 AM Mass on May 13 to May 25. Doors will open daily at 8:30 AM and will be locked at 8:55 for Mass. Doors will re-open at 9:45 AM.

The office will remain closed to the public until further notice. Staff will still be available to help you via email or telephone.

Please note that on our website, we have made only 12 spaces available for Daily Mass and Hours of Adoration in order to accommodate Volunteers and Staff needed at any given time within the body of the church. Thank you for your understanding.

With Adoration Hours being expanded until 3:00 PM, we encourage many of you to sign up for an Hour of Prayer with our Blessed Lord over the next three weeks’ time – He who so ardently longs to fill our hearts and our lives with His love and with His peace. In His own words:

“It is enough for you to be with Me. This is all I ask of you. I do not ask for elevated thoughts, or for emotional outpourings, or for nicely constructed phrases. I ask only that you stay with Me. I need your company even now, just as I needed the company of Peter, James, and John in Gethsemane. I am absorbed by your presence before Me. My eyes rest upon you; My Heart is all yours; I am listening intently to you; and all My attention is focused on you when you come seeking Me. Believe that I am totally absorbed by you, and soon you will be totally absorbed by Me. I am here offering you my friendship, ready to spend as much time with you as you are ready to spend with Me.” (In Sinu jesu 247)

As we continue making our way through a time in human history when access to the Living Word made flesh in the Most Holy Eucharist is restricted by worldly powers, be assured that the Living Word desires to continue nourishing His flock through teachings inspired by the Holy Spirit. All are welcome to access our Sunday ‘Lamb’s Teachings,’ and this month, we are featuring a special 104 Year Anniversary Fatima’s Lecture Series that will be released in conjunction with the ‘Sunday Lamb’s Teaching’.  Be sure to become a ‘Lamb of St. Patrick’s’ for the sake of receiving spiritual nourishment by Word until the Most Holy Sacrament once again reigns supreme in our midst.

A shepherd after our Lord’s heart