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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Dear <<Last Name>> family,
Hope you all had great summer vacation this year with the pandemic slowing down and the province opening to new outdoor ventures. Welcome back to another new school year. With this new academic year, we have also new programs planned in your parish and hence I would request you to read this mail carefully and to pay attention to all the programs and your involvement and participation in them all. Thank you.

Important Notice

Fr. Raja will leave on a short vacation from 13th to 20th of this month. The weekday masses on 14-16 will be cancelled.  17th Friday evening, 18th Saturday evening and 19th Sunday masses will be celebrated.

Family Night - Mark your calendar

Pope Francis has announed this year as the year of the family in light of the encyclical Amories Latetia. As part of this family year, we have planned once a month to come together to discuss issues concerning family and  marriage. Every last Wednesday of the month would be this family night and speakers will be invited to talk and to have a discussion.

All those who are celebrating anniversaries of their marriage in the month would be honoured at this Family Night. Please call the office and let us know ahead of time. Kindly mark the dates and please attend with your young adults. Please avoid bringing small kids but kindly invite your friends and family for this night also from other parishes or churches. 


September 29th Wednesday evening 7pm
Rev. Dean Dowle
Catholic Marriage

October 27th evening 7pm
Carla and Williem Smiley on Catholic aspect of LGBTQ+

November 24th Evening 7pm
Pregnancy and related issues

Bible Study Group

If you would like to participate in our Bible Study group (Lectio divina model) kindly register your name with our office or at the back of the church.

Migrant Services

Looking for volunteers to guide and help new migrants in our community who are looking for emotional support, job placements, language or skill developments etc., Please call the office or talk to Fr. Raja.

Youth / young adult ministry

Volunteers to help youth ministry in our church, please call Shelly at the office.

Sacramental Preparation

During this school year 2021-2022 many children will celebrate the Sacraments of:  First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. This year there will be two options for each registration meeting.  You may choose which ever date you prefer.  I am hoping this will make it easier for you and your family. 

REGISTRATION & FIRST MEETING FOR
FIRST RECONCILIATION AND COMMUNION
(For children in grade 2 or older)
In the church—Parents only
                                     Tuesday, September 21  @ 7:00 pm
                                                     OR
                                    Wednesday, September 22 @ 7:00  pm
                                    
  **** IMPORTANT…. Bring a copy of the baptism certificate of your child.

PREPARATION FOR FIRST  RECONCILIATION     
2nd Meeting for parents and children will be on Wednesday, October 20 @  7:00  pm
                                                                                             OR
                                                                            Saturday, October 23 @ 3:30  pm

3rd Meeting and rehearsal with parents and child   Tuesday, November 16 @ 7:00 pm

 First Reconciliation celebration will be on Tuesday, November 23 @ 7:00 pm
A reminder that Reconciliation must be celebrated before your child can
be prepared for their First Holy Communion. Dates for preparation for First Holy Communion and registration for Confirmation will be announced in November.  

BAPTISM FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN (RCIC) or ADULTS (RCIA). 
Please call the parish office for information.

Sacred Heart Parish Building Fund

As you may recall, Sacred Heart Church – the national indigenous parish in our Archdiocese – suffered a devastating fire about a year ago. The interior had to be gutted. The parish has now launched a fundraising campaign. We’re sharing a video and information package which detail that campaign. We’ve attached a letter to priests from Archbishop Smith and Father Susai, the pastor, as well as campaign brochure.  Special Collections would be taken during the last weekend masses.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/CRjNR8LQ2Pg

CAEDM website link (with explanatory text): https://caedm.ca/PastoralScene/entryid/899/video-national-indigenous-parish-launches-rebuilding-campaign

Elections 


The group catholicconscience.org  has shared videos from a Catholic virtual, major political parties forum for the upcoming Sept. 20 federal election. The videos feature representatives from Canada's Liberal, Conservative, and New Democratic parties answering questions on key issues from the perspective of Catholic social teaching. The parties each nominated Catholic representatives, and all three helpfully and thoughtfully framed their parties' policy commitments through the Catholic faith, quoting extensively from papal encyclicals, the Gospel, and other sources.  Here is the link.

AURORA LIVING


AURORA LIVING is spiritual formation program of STAR OF THE NORTH RETREAT HOUSE aimed to deepen our connection with Sacred Word and Mother Earth for the good of the world. Aurora is a term meaning “dawn” but has also come to be associated with solar particles that appear to dance in the night sky in an awe-inspiring display of what is commonly called the Northern Lights. http://starofthenorth.ca/aurora-living
 

WHY TAKE AURORA LIVING?

  • Deepen faith in action by forming an ecological spirituality that we can put into practice in our daily living, based on Pope Francis’ letter to the world: “Laudato Si: In Praise of Creation”
  • Engage the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action (especially as these pertain to education and healing dialogue).
  • Break open parts of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (adopted in Canada now as Bill C 15), and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Children Report. Together we will decolonize our hearts—through videos, readings, and First Peoples and Metis facilitation—and be formed in practices leading to greater justice in and around our communities, for land, waters and peoples together. 
  • Expand our hearts for the works of justice and deepen our commitment to the Word and Creation through contemplative practices. 
  • Learn through the diverse and gifted facilitation of interfaith, ecumenical, intercultural, and intergenerational spiritual leaders and guides.


Alpha Online is a safe place to explore the Christian faith with others in the comfort of your own home. Each session has a 20 minute video, and space to discuss and ask questions. Alpha offers an opportunity to renew and deepen your Catholic faith but is especially designed for people without a church background or who wouldn’t call themselves a Christian. It’s an opportunity to invite friends to hear the Gospel (potentially for the first time) and explore a relationship with Jesus and His Church.

Attend our "Come and See" Session on Wednesday, Sept 15th, 7:30 PM-8:30 PM

If you are interested please contact William Smiley at 

st.als.alpha@gmail.com and he will send you a Zoom link.

C-TEG

C-YEG is a central diocesean Catholic group for young adults in the Edmonton area aged 18-35 run by a team of young adults. Our mission is to create a space that welcomes young adults in the Edmonton area to the Catholic community where they can grow in holiness together and build relationships that encourage them to live out their Catholic faith. Thus far, our core event is a young adult mass held on the third Sunday of every month at 4pm at St. Charles Parish in Edmonton. Additionally, we plan to host regular fellowship events, and hope to grow with the needs and desires of our community. 

As we begin our ministry within the diocese this fall, we would like to ensure that we are reaching as many young adults as we can. Our team cannot be at every parish however, and so we have begun searching for what we are calling parish representatives. A parish representative would be a young adult from your parish that would take on the role of disseminating information about our events to your parishioners, and personally inviting your parish’s young adults to our events. If you know of a young adult at your parish who would fill this role well, we would love to get in touch with them. We can be contacted at catholicyeg@gmail.com, on instagram  @catholic_yeg, or facebook @C-YEG. 

Catholic on Campus at MacEwan University (CCMU) is a Catholic student group founded in September 2019 for MacEwan University students. Our primary focus is on fellowship, outreach on campus, and faith building in university students. We fulfill this mission by running the CCO Connect program. As part of this program we run the CCO faith studies each semester. Additionally, we host Theology on Tap events, socials, and Adoration evenings. Now that we are back on campus we are trying to increase our outreach in the diocese to make sure that students know about us. We wanted to pass along our information in the hopes that it could be shared with the university students and their families at your parish. We have attached a little announcement that could be placed in your parish bulletin if you would like. 

Although this is a MacEwan based club, the CCO faith studies are also available to UofA students through our student group.  Students interested in joining our faith studies can sign up at: 

https://ccofaithstudies.ca/

Students interested in connecting with us can do so using the contact info listed on our announcement.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. 

Kindly note

  • There are still church photo directories and family photos to be picked up. 
  • There are photos of Confirmation candidates from both this year and last year that have not yet been picked up. 
  • Please pick these up after mass or during our office hours.
  • For donations to our church:  you may use pre-authorized payments (please fill out application form), E-transfer to stjohnbosco.edm@caedm.ca, or use envelopes.
  • For those using envelopes, please remember to use your assigned envelopes whenever possible.  If you use a blank envelope or one from the church, please make sure you put your name and/or envelope number on it.
  • If you do not, we will not be able to record your donation and you will not receive the tax credit.
  • If you miss a week, you do not need to send in all of the envelopes for the missed weeks.  We do not keep track of donations by week.  Please put your entire donation into one envelope and throw out any unused ones.
  • Please make sure that we have your correct address on file for tax receipts.  Let us know if you have moved.
  • Please do not use old envelopes, as an old number may have been deleted from our system or assigned to someone else.
  • There are still envelopes for this year that have not been picked up.  If you did not get your envelopes for this year (2021) please pick them up after mass or during our office hours.
  • If you would like to start using envelopes, please call the office.
  • If you are new to our parish or have not formally registered, please do so.  We want to keep our parish list current and make sure that you receive all of our communications.  Don’t miss out on what is happening in your parish community!  There are important dates coming up for social events and registration for the sacraments.  Please update your contact information if you have moved or changed your email address.
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