Pastor’s Perspective

From July 21
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

A HUGE thank you goes out to our St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus for the incredible Stampede Breakfast hosted last weekend following some of our Sunday morning masses. The food was delicious and it was a great opportunity for many families to catch up on life as summer continues to unfold. While our Premier, Mr. Jason Kenney, was planning to join us at noon for our Stampede Breakfast, his previous commitment that morning held him up longer than expected and he had to cancel—maybe next time!

THE ELEVATOR UPDATE: please know that Lawson Projects presented their recommendation following the gathering of three bids from different elevator companies to our Finance Council Committee on Friday, July 12th. We have recently formally informed the Diocese of our decision pertaining to whom should be awarded the contract. At this time, we are awaiting approval from the Diocese to award the contract and begin ordering materials for the replacement of our broken elevator. Once approval has been received from the Diocese, the process will get underway and we have been informed that the timeframe to be expected for removing our current broken elevator and replacing it with a brand-new one lies within the 14 to 16-week mark. If all goes according to plan, and we are able to start within the next few weeks, that puts us near the middle of November before we have a fully functioning elevator once again at St. Patrick’s. Thank you for your patience and ongoing support with what has proven to be a long, drawn out process.

With Fr. Poul having returned to us safely from having visited home for a number of weeks, we are excited about what lies ahead for St. Patrick’s when it comes to Spiritual Growth opportunities that we will be introducing in weeks to come. We will keep you all informed as we prepare to launch into what will be an incredibly spiritually fruitful September and beyond for all seeking to draw ever closer to the mystery of our Ever-Living God.  In the words of Joshua: As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord…” (Joshua 24:15)

In Christ,
Fr. Jerome

 

 

From June 30
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

With summer officially here, many of our parish families (especially the schoolchildren) are getting ready to experience a new routine of life. From family holidays to camps with friends or just plain old taking it easy at home and enjoying family BBQs—summer is a very important part of the year in that, around Calgary, it’s usually short-lived. While it’s good for all of us to recharge, refocus, and rest up for that which lies ahead in the not-too-distant future—the inevitable month of September—when school life and routines begin all over again, please watch that you don’t take a vacation from God! Carry the words of St. Augustine with you over the next couple of months: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you!” Remember to stay connected with Our Blessed Lord, Our Lady, the Angels and Saints by means of daily prayer cause if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that there is no such thing as ‘taking a break’ from the ‘Spiritual Life’. May Our Lady envelop each of you and your family members in her Protective Mantle as we all enjoy the seemingly never-ending days of summer.

In Christ,
Fr. Jerome