Pastor’s Perspective

From Oct. 20
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

As I was pondering about ‘The Perspective’ for this coming weekend, I realized that there is so much happening in our Blessed Parish, that a short LIST OF HIGHLIGHTS touching on a number of happening events’ is in order.

And so here it is…
St. Patrick’s Parish highlights: Parish Council has reviewed our PILOT PROJECT FOR STEWARDSHIP that we introduced to three out of our eight weekend masses a few weeks back, we thank you for your feedback and suggestions, information will soon follow with regards to when we will introduce the new and improved version of our Stewardship Initiative to all of our remaining weekend masses.

As well over 230 children and their families are preparing to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist, keep your eyes on the TREE OF LIFE taking shape behind our choirs — a beautiful reminder to pray for our future generation — that they will grow in God’s sustaining love for them all the days of their lives. 

SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT: our Lord promised that in whatever parish he finds His Enfleshed Sacred Heart exposed in Eucharistic Adoration, that he would shower upon that community of Faith unfathomable graces from Heaven. As such, every Wednesday and Friday immediately following morning Mass, Adoration of our Lord will follow until 12 o’clock noon. Confessions will also be made available from 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM. Please check the bulletin insert this weekend for information about our Parish Mission as well as an opportunity to experience a life changing Pilgrimage of the Heart coming up in May 2020 for St. Patrick’s Day in Medjugorje. 

We now have well over 900 parishioners who are signed up for Fr. Poul and I’s Bible challenge – blessed are we at St. Patrick’s to find ourselves being nourished with food from Heaven for as our Lord said: “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)

Join us every Wednesday and Friday evening for our Spiritual Programs that facilitate an intimate encounter with our Lady of Perpetual Help and her Most Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. 6:15 PM marks the beginning of our soul nourishing initiatives.

That’s the update for now — looking forward to all that our Lord has in store for us at St. Patrick’s as we continue to
serve, to obey, and to love Him above all else.

In Christ,

Fr. Jerome

From Oct. 6
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

While taking in the conferences during our annual Priest Study Days in Banff this past week, our presenter, Dr. Reginald Bibby, shared with us that according to recent surveys, Catholic families attending Mass desire above all else to have their Spiritual Life nourished. That having been said, please mark down your calendars for what will prove to be an amazing Parish Mission at
St. Patrick’s on October 21, 22 and 23!

Our presenter is Deacon Paul Murphy—originally from Calgary, Deacon Paul and his family now reside in the Okanagan Valley in BC. To prepare us for the Mission, Deacon Paul will be preaching at ALL 8 of our Masses on the weekend of October 19th and 20th. In discussing the format of the Mission itself, in order to reach more families, Deacon Paul will be offering his talks twice per day during his three-day Mission. Mission Talks will be presented each morning immediately following the 9 a.m. Mass and his talk for that day will be repeated once again each evening at 7 p.m.

Please see the breakdown of talks and presentation times below.

1st Mission Talk: “The Good News” — Monday, Oct. 21: Following Mass at 9:00 a.m.;
7:00 p.m. Mission Talk with no Mass.

2nd Mission Talk: “Sin and its Remedies” — Tuesday, Oct. 22: Following Mass at 9:00 a.m.;
7:00 p.m. Mission Talk with no Mass.

3rd Mission Talk: “Mercy—Accepting and Sharing”— Wednesday, Oct. 23: Following Mass at 9:00 a.m.; Mission Talk will follow our Rosary at 5:45 p.m. (Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help) at 6:15 p.m. and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

In closing, a warm welcome to all of our families and the 240+ children that joined us for our Sacramental Journey Recognition Reception last weekend at all of our 8 Masses — we at
St. Patrick’s look forward to supporting your growth in the gift of our Spiritual Life in Christ over this coming year and beyond.

Lifting you all in prayer through the Hands of Our Lady during this month of October.

In Christ,
Fr. Jerome

From Sept. 29th
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

With summer behind us and finding ourselves back into ‘familiar family routine’ ways of life, there’s always a chance that our Spiritual Life also might just end up going into ‘routine’ mode. Thing is, when it comes to the Spiritual Life, we never stay the same – every day we are either advancing closer to God or we are receding further and further away from God… As Cardinal Sarah, the Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship, recently made clear during an interview: “The profound crisis that the Church is experiencing in the world especially in the West is the fruit of the forgetting of God. If our first concern is not God, then everything else collapses.

In order to ensure that here at St. Patrick’s in the Wild West of Calgary, Alberta, we do not forget about God – Fr. Poul and I have introduced to our Parish Way of Life two Spiritually Nourishing initiatives that will lead your soul into the Heart of God – the best place to be while the world rages on self-consumed with lies and deceptions.

Every Wednesday evening, join us at 5:45 PM to offer up a Rosary to our Lady. At 6:15 PM, we all pray together the Novena to our Lady of Perpetual Help and The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass immediately follows our Novena. Our Wednesday Spiritual Evening Program concludes by 7:15 PM.

Every Friday evening, join us at 6:15 PM to offer up a Rosary to our Lady. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass immediately follows the Rosary and leads us into an intimate experience of Adoring the Eucharistic Sacred Heart of Jesus with meditations and reflective music for an hour. Our Friday Spiritual Evening Program concludes by 8:30 PM.

Please mark your calendars and join us – come and rest within the folds of Our Lady’s Heavenly Mantle and let your souls be refreshed with the Living and Emanating love of God. A Love which the Infant of Prague and our Lady are charged with the task of making ever more tangible at St. Patrick’s.

Please check out this weekend’s ‘Laudato Si’ pledge card information as you leave and do what you can to care for the treasure of the world in which we live – for in Christ, we have all been made into Stewards of the New Creation that is to come.

In Christ,
Fr. Jerome