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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
Sunday Mass Schedule: (All Masses are held in the gymnasium of Holy Cross Collegiate School)
Reconciliation/Confession Times: 4:30PM on Saturday evening (before Mass). Also available upon request or by appointment.
Weekday Mass Schedule: (Except when noted, Masses are held in the Foods Room of Holy Cross Collegiate School)
For today's Mass readings and a homily, please click here. (Courtesy of EWTN.com)
(No Weekday Masses on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the month of August)
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:
The baptismal preparation classes are held after the 7:00PM weekday Mass at Holy Cross Collegiate. Classes are scheduled by Father with the parents at registration.
First Reconciliation / First Holy Communion:
This is for those students who are in Grade 2 and up who would like to receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist and First Reconciliation. This is celebrated every year.
Class of the year 2016 received their First Eucharist on May 8th.
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.|
4:30PM on Saturday evening (before Mass). Also available upon request or by appointment.
Weekly inserts from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary LINK
|25th Sunday in Ordinary Time September 18th, 2016|
|24th Sunday in Ordinary Time September 11th, 2016|
|23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time September 4th, 2016|
|22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time August 28th, 2016|
|21st Sunday in Ordinary Time August 21st, 2016|
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.
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
|“Living With Our Lord Jesus Christ” - Adult Faith Formation and Bible Study Program|
Meetings ended on June 2016.
Sacred Heart Parish’s adult faith formation program and Bible study meets every other Thursday at the Holy Cross Collegiate Foods Room immediately following the 7:00PM Mass. All are welcome to attend.
This year we will be reading the Acts of the Apostles along with two books by the famous apologist Frank Sheed – Theology for Beginners and To Know Christ. If you are interested in purchasing these books, you can search for them using an ISBN: Ignatius Study Bible - 978-1-58617-462-0, and Sheed’s books - 978-1887593922 & 978-1887593052. Please contact Tomas Rochford at 403-814-0167 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Program information and tentative schedules here.
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
Next meeting will be announced
The CWL is signed up to cook breakfast for the students of the Storefront School on the 2nd Thursday of every month during the school year. For the majority of these students, this is the only hot meal they receive in a day. All that is required is that our volunteers arrive at the school at 8:30AM to cook breakfast and wash the pots and pans. If you have 30-45 minutes to spare and would like to help serve the young in our community, please contact Kilee Dovichak at email@example.com or 403-862-722
Rose by the Altar
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
Organization/Membership Drive: Melissa Wiley
Spiritual Development: Emily Rochford
Other Committee Contacts
Catering: Mardelle Bazant
Cards: Mechthilde Rodehutskors
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.
Fundraising Activities and Details:
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.
Dinner and Auction:
The Fundraising Committee has secured the date on Saturday, November 5th at the Civic Center for our annual fall Dinner and Auction. It will include a live and silent auction as part of the evening’s festivities. Tickets are $40.00 each which includes dinner and entertainment. These are available after the weekend Masses.
NOTE: For that Saturday night only, Mass will be moved up to 4:00PM to allow for enough time to attend the event.
In order for the Auction to be a success, we need the help and support from as many parish members as possible. Please consider the following:
All items or services donated must be received no later than Tuesday, October 25th. Please contact Gorete or Harry Salm at 403-934-4817, if you have new items to donate, to coordinate dropping it off at church or our house or we can come to pick it up. We will need to ensure that all items are recorded with the donators name, item and value. Donna Johnson, 403-934-5984, will be coordinating food donations and volunteers for the Dinner.
The contribution from yourself or the company you work for will be recognized during the evening and afterwards. Please consider the uniqueness of you donation and what inspiration it’ll provide during the evening for those seeking to outbid other revelers.
Thank you ever so much for considering our plight and supporting us in this very large endeavor. Your part in this project will take us one step closer to the achievement of a new church. We are so very grateful to you.
—Sacred Heart Parish New Building Fundraising Committee
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
Other Fundraising Ideas:
H. Salm made a request to all members to research and bring back new fundraising ideas. A suggestion was made to publish a parish cookbook with recipe submissions from parishioners. The cookbook would be sold to parishioners and their families/friends. This idea will be brought back to the committee when L. Fiedler returns from vacation.
Statement of Earnings:
D. Johnson presented the Committee with a report of the Fundraising Committee earnings since it began in 2014. The net earnings totaled $75,010.77; which does not include donations made to the Building Fund via offering envelopes but only dollars raised from fundraising initiatives.
Building Committee Members Required:
The Parish is in need of individuals who would be willing to serve on the Building Committee for the new church. Please speak with Fr. Wojciech for further information.
To donate securely to our campaign online via PayPal or Credit Card, please press the button below.
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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
Click here for Google Map.
Office closed on June 15th - 17th and June 22nd - 24th.
|Diocese of Calgary||Link|
|The Holy See (Vatican)||Link|
|Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops||Link|
|Catholic Organization for Family and Life||Link|
|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|
|Patristics / Early Church Fathers||Link|
|Summa Theologiae (St. Thomas Aquinas)||Link|
|Swords of Truth||Link|