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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

CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR MASS TIMES

Confessions: Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 PM

Christmas Eve: Saturday, December 24th, 2016
Nativity Play and Carols 7:30 PM
Mass 8:00 PM

Christmas Day: Sunday, December 25th, 2016
Carols 9:30 AM
Mass 10:00 AM

New Year’s Eve: Saturday, December 31st, 2016
Mass 5:00 PM

New Year’s Day: Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Mass 10:00 AM

 

 

 

 

   
   
  Universalis 

 

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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)

CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR MASS TIMES

Confessions: Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 PM

Christmas Eve: Saturday, December 24th, 2016
Nativity Play and Carols 7:30 PM
Mass 8:00 PM

Christmas Day: Sunday, December 25th, 2016
Carols 9:30 AM
Mass 10:00 AM

New Year’s Eve: Saturday, December 31st, 2016
Mass 5:00 PM

New Year’s Day: Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Mass 10:00 AM

 

 
 


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:

  • December 11th
  • January 8th

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.

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:

3rd Sunday of Advent December 11th, 2016

Weekly inserts from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary LINK

Simbang Gabi in Calgary for Filipinos LINK

Archived Bulletins:

2nd Sunday of Advent December 4th, 2016
1st Sunday of Advent November 27th, 2016
Christ the King November 20th, 2016
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time November 13th, 2016
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time November 6th, 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.

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

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.

National requests that memberships be paid by the end of December. I would like to wrap up the drive by December 15. That will allow for time to reconcile and post online. There will NOT be any invoices mailed out this year however someone will be available after Mass on Saturdays and Sundays.
Thank you.


The CWL is collecting donations at Saturday and Sunday masses for the Strathmore Food Hamper starting immediately and ending on December 11th. Items needed are non-perishable items as well as various new gifts for children aged 0-17. Monetary donations are to be mailed to:

Strathmore and Wheatland County Christmas Hamper Society
c/o Strathmore FCSS, 680 Westchester RD, Strathmore, AB T1P 1J1.

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL: This month our December meeting will be a Christmas Social, 6:00PM at The Station on Tuesday December 6th. All CWL members are invited  to attend and are welcome to bring a door prize. We will also have a 50/50 draw, games and much fun. Please RSVP as soon as you can in order to let the restaurant know how many to expect.

BABY SHOWER FOR JESUS: Each December the CWL hosts a “Baby Shower For Jesus” in order to collect baby items for the GROWING OPPORTUNITIES organization. We invite the CWL member as well as our parishioners to bring baby items to mass and to our Christmas social. We will have a basket set up in the foyer for all donations at the Saturday and Sunday masses for the rest of November and beginning of December.

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 dovichak@telus.net or 403-862-722

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.

 

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

 

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.

Building Committee Update:

Phase 1 Complete!
We now officially own the old IGA building, the sale is final and the keys have been handed over to Sacred Heart Parish! This is a great accomplishment and could not have been achieved without everyone working together. Thank you!

The Journey Continues....
The building committee has established a communications position so that our next steps and progress can be communicated to the parish community. Our new email address is building.committee@sacredhc.ca
The building committee met recently to establish a Project Plan for the next phase of our project, design and planning. We will share this with the parish soon.

Now that we own the building we have to look after it…
We are looking for a team of volunteers to provide custodial services for the new parish site and the old parish site.
Job would include:
Walking through and around the building up to 3 times per week
Checking for mechanical problems etc.
Checking outside building for damage and garbage
Monitoring old church site for garbage
Site maintenance (weed control and snow removal) will be contracted out, and is not the responsibility of the custodians.
Custodians will ensure, that the maintenance by outside contractors is completed to our expectations.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information please email building.committee@sacredhc.ca or phone the parish office.

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. Our next meeting is Wednesday, December 7th, following the 7:00PM mass.

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.

 

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)

 

 


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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