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Welcome to the new Sacred Heart Parish website. We are located in the town of Strathmore, approximately thirty minutes east of Calgary. The last few years have seen quite a number of changes in our parish, with a great increase in the town's population and the closing and demolition of our old church building.  However, with the prayers of the local and universal Church, and the guidance of Our Lord, we hope that the next few years will bear much fruit in terms of evangelization and with the building of a new church.

Pastor: Fr. Wojciech Jarzecki
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Roger Nelson
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Michael Thompson

 

 

 

   
   
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Sunday Mass Schedule: (All Masses are held in the gymnasium of Holy Cross Collegiate School)

Saturday Mass
Sunday Mass

 

Reconciliation/Confession Times: 4:30PM on Saturday evening (before Mass).  Also available upon request or by appointment.

 

Universalis

5:00 PM
10:00 AM

Weekday Mass Schedule: (Except when noted, Masses are held in the Foods Room of Holy Cross Collegiate School)

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday (Sagewood/Lodge)
7:00 PM
7:00 PM
7:00 PM
10:30 AM

For today's Mass readings and a homily, please click here. (Courtesy of EWTN.com)

 
 


Sacrament Preparation:

Baptism: 

Please contact the Parish Office at least two months prior to the intended date of baptism for registration. (If baptism is to be held at another parish, please contact the Parish Office at least a month prior to travelling in order to complete preparations.)

Sundays Scheduled for Upcoming Baptisms:

  • No Baptisms during Lent
  • April 16th

The baptismal preparation classes are held after the 7:00PM weekday Mass at Holy Cross Collegiate. Classes are scheduled by Father with the parents after registration.

First Reconciliation / First   Holy Communion: 

For students who are in Grade 2 and up. This will be a 6 week course that begins on Sunday, March 19th—May 14th, 2017. Excluding April 16th & 23rd.

Classes are Sunday mornings, 8:30AM—9:50AM

First Reconciliation will be scheduled before the children make their First Eucharist.

Please register by filling out the Registration Form

Bring a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate (or let us know if the child was baptized here at Sacred Heart Parish)

There is a $10 fee for the class textbook

Completed forms and textbook payment are to be given to Mrs. Kent or Mrs. Noll at Sacred Heart Academy, or to Mykki at the parish office.

Father Wojciech will be discussing about the First Eucharist before the class starts on March 19th, parents are invited to attend the first day if you have any questions about the sacrament.

If you have any questions, please contact the parish office at 403-934-2641 or sacredhc@shaw.ca

Confirmation: 

The sacrament is celebrated every second year. (2014, 2016, etc.)

This year of 2016, Confirmation was held on May 29th, 2016

Marriage:  Please contact the Parish Office at least four months before the intended date.  Please do not finalize dates before speaking to the Pastor.

RCIA:  The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program runs yearly from Fall to Easter of the following year. Please contact the Parish Office before August if interested in attending.

Reconciliation/Confession Times:

4:30PM on Saturday evening (before Mass).  Also available upon request or by appointment.

Current Bulletin:

4th Sunday of Lent March 26th, 2017

Weekly bulletin from RC Diocese of Calgary LINK

Archived Bulletins:

3rd Sunday of Lent March 19th, 2017
2nd Sunday of Lent March 12th, 2017
1st Sunday of Lent March 5th, 2017
8th Sunday in Ordinary Time February 26th, 2017
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time February 19th, 2017
 

2017 Lenten Eucharistic Adoration on March 24th to March 25th volunteer signup sheet

New to the Parish and Wish to Use Envelopes?

Please feel free to email or call the office during office hours: provide your name, address & telephone number, to ensure that your donations are included in your tax deductible receipts at year end. Envelopes will then be available for pick up at the parish office.

Direct Deposits

Sacred Heart Parish have set up a direct deposit for our church! When you sign-up, your donations will be debited automatically from your account on the first Wednesday of each month or the next business day. Similar to using offertory envelopes, you can choose the amount that you would like to go towards our church and/or our church building fund. You will only be debited once a month.

If you are interested, please fill out the PAD Agreement sheet and mail it to the parish office. Thank you for your continuous support to our parish!

Programs in Our Parish

 
 

 

SACRED HEART CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE - COUNCIL #61

All meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month
Starting with 7:00PM Mass
FOOD SCIENCE ROOM at Holy Cross Collegiate

Our annual CWL raffle tickets are on sale with three great prizes this year. Prizes include gift certificates for Irricana Meats, Rosebud theatre and Eagle Lake Nurseries. Thank-you to all who donated prizes, tickets are available before and after mass. The draw will be April 11, 2017. Please have you tickets in for the beginning of April. For more information please contact Celine Helfrich or Sheila Tucker.

Save the date Wednesday April 26th, that evening the CWL will be celebrating the Mass of Our Lady Of Good Council. More information to come.

Ramona Hynes will be bringing her religious items to sell before and after mass on May 7th. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is looking for first Communion gift.

The Elementary and High School are sponsoring a non-perishable food drive to help out the Local Food Bank. There will be a basket in the entry way of the gym so Parish members can participate in this project during the next few weeks.

Rose by the Altar
If you or someone you know from our parish has recently had a baby, the CWL would like to welcome you and your newest addition to the parish community! We do this by placing a rose by the altar during Mass, and presenting it to your family at the end of Mass. For more information or to be a part of this, please contact Sarah Goodfellow by email sarah.s.goodfellow@gmail.com or by phone 403-934-9953.

The CWL is always looking for new members and for those who are looking to take on a leadership role. The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a national organization rooted in gospel values calling its members to holiness through service to the people of God. Please contact our president Karen Van Verdegem for more information.


CWL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE:

The CWL Membership Drive is on as we welcome back all our current members and we reach out to all ladies who may be interested in the league. The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a national organization rooted in gospel values calling its members to holiness through service to the people of God.

The objects of the League shall be to unite Catholic Women of Canada:
1. To achieve individual & collective spiritual development
2. To promote the teachings of the Catholic Church
3. To exemplify the Christian ideal in home & family life
4. To protect the sanctity of human life
5. To enhance the role of women in church & society
6. To recognize the human dignity of all people everywhere
7. To uphold & defend Christian education & values in the modern world
8. To contribute to the understanding and growth of religious freedom, social justice, peace and harmony.

Our organization helps not just on a parish/community level. We also take part in a regional, provincial and national level. It is a fantastic way to make great friends with other Catholic women in our parish and do many wonderful things within our community.

Memberships fees are $25 for all members 75 years and older and $30 for everyone else, please contact Donna Johnson. Young ladies are also encouraged to join from the age of 16 and up.

We have informative spiritual teachings at the beginning of the meetings which start at 7:30PM following the mass on the second Tuesday of each month, excluding July and August. Do as much as you wish or just come and be a part of it all for the fellowship.

Our new goal is starting to fund-raise for our new kitchen in the church. As the saying goes, many hands make light work. Both the CWL and Knights of Columbus are an integral part of most parishes. Please join us.

 

Executive
President: Karen VanVerdegem
Vice President: vacant
Secretary: Mardelle Bazant
Treasurer: Peggy Paschal
Past President: Donna Johnson

Standing Committee Chairpersons
Christian Family Life: vacant
Communications: Sheila Tucker
Community Life/Lodge Activities: Rita Sweere
Education: vacant
Organization/Membership Drive: Melissa Wiley
Resolutions/Legislation: vacant
Spiritual Development: Emily Rochford

Other Committee Contacts
Catering: Mardelle Bazant
Cards: Mechthilde Rodehutskors

 

Fundraising Activities and Details:

Next Meeting April 5th at 7:00pm

To contact the Building Committee, email: building.committee@sacredhc.ca

Why is that in a Church?
Sessions on Church Architecture & Building Our Church

As we have now taken the next step toward building the new Sacred Heart Parish church by applying to the Diocese for permission to speak to architects, the Building Committee would like to invite all parishioners to attend brief sessions on “How to Build a Catholic Church: An Introduction to Architecture and the Worship of God.” These sessions will be offered by the Building Committee in order to help remind, inform and educate ourselves about the fundamentals of what a Catholic Church is, and what architectural elements are necessary.

The brief session (approx. 10 minutes)  will be offered following Mass on Saturday, March 25th, and Sunday, March 26th. During the following weeks (April 1st, April 8th, etc.), the sessions will only be held after the Sunday morning Mass.

All parishioners are welcome, so please feel free to join us for these sessions if you are available. For more information, please contact Tomas Rochford at trochford@redeemer.ab.ca or 403-324-3795.

Excellent video references from the Building a Catholic Church presentations:
Extraordinary Faith - Episode 8: New Church Architecture
Extraordinary Faith - Episode 9: Church Restoration
Catholic Church Architecture (Epsiode 1-10) with Dr. Denis McNamara

Building Committee Update:

Next Steps
The Building Committee is currently working on finding the right Architect to plan our building onstruction.

These are the stages we are working toward over the next year:
Recruit and engage an architect                                                                        May 2017
Planning and design process – including consultations with the parish                May - January
Approval of design by the Parish                                                                      January 2018
Obtain Cost Estimates                                                                                      Ongoing
Approval of final design by the Diocese                                                             March 2018

Building Committee Volunteers
This is going to be a big job and we need more parishioners to join the building committee team. Everyone is welcome, we need people with construction, design or engineering experience, people with ideas, and anyone who is interested in building a great new church for Sacred Heart Parish. We meet the first Wednesday of the Month.

Fundraising Committee Update:

It is an exciting time in our parish and the Sacred Heart Fundraising Committee is looking for some enthusiastic and creative people as we strive to reach our fundraising goals and move into our new church! Meetings are typically held once a month, come check us out! Please contact Harry Salm to if you would like to attend a meeting 403-934-4817

Co-Op Gift Cards:

We are continuing to sell Co-op cards in $100.00 denominations. They can be used at both the gas bar and the grocery store. We can accept cash or cheques. Cheques should be made payable to Sacred Heart Parish. Please contact Donna Johnson at 403-934-5984 or Shanna Burns at 403-901-1906

 

Prayer for Our New Church - Sacred Heart Parish (Download here.)

O Father of Mercy and Divine Architect of Creation, thankful for Your abundant blessings and inspired by your Son’s counsel to ask anything of You in His Name, we humbly seek Your help in building a new parish church that will be a fitting temple for Your praise and glory.  May it be a house of prayer; a refuge for the weary; a field hospital of penitence and forgiveness; a school of faith and charity; and a worthy sanctuary for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Supper of the Lamb.

O Heavenly Father, bless us with generous hearts and ready hands, that by our humble sacrifice of time, talent and treasure, we may offer loving service to Our King.  May we soon rejoice in dedicating our new church to the praise and honour of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  We ask this through Christ, Our Lord.  Amen.

O Mary Immaculate, dearest Mother of the Saviour and Mother of the Church, we ask you to raise our petitions to your Son.  Together with Saint Joseph, your most chaste spouse, guide and unite us in our efforts, that we may be consumed with zeal for the house of the Lord.  Amen.

 

Psalm 127:  "Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders who build it labour in vain..." Every prayer helps. Please feel free to download or print off the parish prayer (above) and include it with your daily prayers.

 

Online Donations

To donate securely to our campaign online via PayPal or Credit Card, please press the button below.

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Fundraising Thermometer (Coming Soon)

 

 

As we are currently without a parish church, the parish office is to be found in the same residential home that serves as our rectory.  The entrance to the office is through the downstairs back door.  Some parking space is available off the back alley.

Address and Contact Information:

Sacred Heart Parish Office
23 Strathmore Lakes Way,
Strathmore, Alberta
T1P 1L7

Phone: 403-934-2641
Fax: 403-934-4976
Email: sacredhc@shaw.ca

Office Hours:

Wednesday - Friday
9:00AM to 4:00PM
(Lunch break: 12:00PM to 1:00 PM)


Click here for Google Map.

 

Church Links:

Diocese of Calgary Link
The Holy See (Vatican) Link
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Link
Catholic Organization for Family and Life Link
   

Important Documents:

Documents of the Second Vatican Council Link
Catechism of the Catholic Church Link
Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church Link
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church Link
   

Other Catholic Links:

Eternal Word Television Network Online Link
Word on Fire Catholic Ministries (Father Robert Barron) Link
Catholic Encyclopedia Link
Patristics / Early Church Fathers Link
Summa Theologiae (St. Thomas Aquinas) Link
Swords of Truth Link