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St. Albert the Great Parish “O taste and see that the Lord is good”   Ps 34.8 10 Prestwick Drive SE, Calgary, AB, Canada T2Z 4J6 Phone: 403 257 6054          Fax: 403 257 6072 Charitable...











St. Albert the Great Parish


“O taste and see that the Lord is good”   Ps 34.8


10 Prestwick Drive SE, Calgary, AB, Canada T2Z 4J6

Phone: 403 257 6054          Fax: 403 257 6072

Charitable Registration Number 107909939 RR0084













1st Reading: Genesis 15.5-12, 17-18
2nd Reading: Philippians 3.17 – 4.1 (or shorter)
Gospel: Luke 9.28b-36









In last week’s Gospel, we followed Jesus into the desert where He fasted and prayed.  This week, He leads us up a mountain to witness His Transfiguration.  Why both of these experiences?
He is preparing us to go with Him in a few short weeks to a hilltop — Golgotha — where He will lay down His life for our sake, and then finally to take us to an empty cave where He triumphed over sin and death once and for all.

Jesus perfectly understands our humanity.  He knows we need desert experiences — times of self-denial and testing — in order to arrive at mountain-top moments when we see and feel His glorious presence in our lives. The purpose of these two types of experiences is summed up in the description of the Apostles who were with Jesus at that mountain-top experience in today’s Gospel:  “Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory….”

The reason for all of our fasting and prayer and almsgiving during lent is to be reawakened to all God has done for humanity, and to all that He has done for each of us personally. It is all too easy to get lulled into complacency in our daily routines, to “sleepwalk” through life, getting up and getting ourselves out the door, going to work, returning home for dinner and dishes, meetings, or sports activities, and finally flopping on the couch to watch TV until bedtime.  While there is nothing inherently sinful in this routine, as Christian stewards, we are called to so much more!

This lent, let us train ourselves, or more precisely, allow Him to train us to say “Yes” to His will and to offer our lives back to Him in gratitude.  In so doing, we, too, will become “transfigured.”  This is what it means to live fully awake; this is a stewardship way of life and it is glorious indeed.













Tue, Mar 15 @ 9:00 am       Yont family (INT)

Tue, Mar 15 @ 6:30 pm       Olive Songui (RIP)

Wed, Mar 16 @ 9:00 am      Ethan Smerdely (INT)

Wed, Mar 16 @ 6:30 pm      Madeline Ralph (RIP)

Thu, Mar 17 @ 9:00 am       Felix Ralph (RIP)

Thu, Mar 17 @ 6:30 pm       Michelle & Tom Diment (INT)

Fri, Mar 18 @ 9:00 am         Robert McCracken (RIP)

Fri, Mar 18 @ 6:30 pm         Rivas family (INT)

Sat, Mar 19 @ 9:00 am        Miles Ralph (RIP)

Sat, Mar 19 @ 5:00 pm        Joanna Song (RIP)

Sun, Mar 20 @ 9:00 am       Frank Romeo Sr. (RIP)

Sun, Mar 20 @ 11:00 am     St. Albert the Great Community (INT)

Sun, Mar 20 @ 5:00 pm       Bien Eway (INT)












Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be available on Friday mornings 9:30 am – 10:30 am and Wednesday evenings 7 – 8 pm.  During the Adoration on Wednesday evenings, we will recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet and have a short reflection on Divine Mercy.


There will be prayers before morning Mass on Tuesdays to Fridays. The Liturgy of the Hours starts at 8:30 am followed up by the Divine Mercy Chaplet.


Stations of the Cross will be held on Fridays after the 6:30 pm Mass. This will be live streamed for those who cannot attend in-person.












Dear Parishioners of St. Albert The Great Parish,  We are about to enter into the parish level listening sessions for the #SynodOnSynodality, in which #PopeFrancis has engaged the entire church and which will be shared with Bishop McGrattan and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary.  It is our hope that as many parishioners as possible will take part.  This is YOUR opportunity to be heard about your experience of your faith and your dreams and visions for the future of the church.  We have tried to offer a variety of options including in-person and online sessions at times which will accommodate a variety of schedules and availabilities so that as many people as possible can take part.

To register for a session from the attached poster or for more information, please email  ppc@stalbertthegreat.c...  .


We are also looking for small group leaders for each of the three sessions.  Training will be provided and your help will make this process meaningful and helpful tool for those leading our church into the future.  Please use the same email as above to sign-up as a leader for our parish on this #SynodalPath  .

























Take an evening to experience God's love in a personal and meaningful way this Lent. COME AS YOU ARE is back for a special night of encounter with Jesus Christ through personal testimony, a reflection by Fr. Troy Nguyen, and Adoration with music.  Reconciliation and prayer ministry will be available.  Please note the change from our usual day to a Thursday evening, (following Mass).  Everyone welcome! Thursday, March 31st, 7pm - 9pm













This years Baby Bottle/Layette project will benefit Elizabeth House and Basically Babies. Both programs support mothers with babies 0 – 2 and are associated with Catholic Family Services.  You can help in 1 of 2 ways: Take a baby bottle home this weekend to fill with loose change during Lent and return the full bottle on Palm Sunday.  Bottles are available after all Masses. OR donate layette items.  Items may be new, hand made or gently used. A list of needs is available after all Masses and collection bins will be available in the church entry for your donations.  Thank you for your continued support of our charitable works! God Bless.












St. Albert the Great St. Vincent de Paul needs feminine hygiene products and canola oil.  Please drop your donations in the St. Vincent de Paul box in the Narthex. Thank you for your support!













The Calgary Catholic Education Foundation thanks the community for participating in our Cash Raffle to raise funds for learning enhancements.  Thanks to you, we sold a record number of tickets, and the net proceeds will fund the CCEF grants awarded in 2022/2023 to the Calgary Catholic School District.  For more information on the CCEF please visit us at


















Indigenous delegates ready to tell their story to Pope Francis



Invitation from Jeff Cavins & Brett Powell













Resources & Announcements

  1. The Second Sunday of Lent - Bulletin Shorts, free to use 
    Mass Readings  |  Reflecting on Transfiguration.  Lent is not an end. It is a necessary transition, as it is every year, to the glory of life in Christ – in which we already share in some incomplete way.  These dazzling white clothes of Jesus recall our own baptismal garments in which we were clothed in him. They remind us to imitate him in all we think and do and say. 
    • How does the glory of Christ dazzle me to reflect on __________?
      How does my Baptism strengthen me to do __________?
      To use Saint Paul’s words, how will I stand firm in the Lord?
      (Source: Diocese of Springfield) 
  1. Resources for children: The Second Sunday of Lent
    • Kid's challenge this week: Pray this prayer: "Jesus, we know you are with us.  Help us slow down and be quiet so that we can notice your presence in our lives and listen to you." and take a long, slow breath, and be in silence for at least 2 minutes.  Listen closely, and share with others what you heard and feel during the silence. (Loyola Press)
  1. Major Archbishop Shevchuk is grateful for prayers and appeals
    In his daily message to the faithful from Kyiv, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church expresses gratitude to Pope Francis for his strong words at the Angelus on Sunday condemning the war in Ukraine and praying for all those supporting Ukraine in this moment.
  2. The Trials of St. Patrick (Feast day: March 17)
    The Trials of Saint Patrick is the epic story of one man's spiritual odyssey through hardship and loss, mercy, and forgiveness.  Dramatized with a fresh boldness by the Augustine Institute Radio Theatre, the characters will come alive through the talents of dozens of accomplished, award-winning actors, combined with cinematic sound and music.  Read the review if you need convincing.  Free to listen via
  3. St. Joseph: Our Spiritual Father (Feast day: March 19)
    Joseph of Nazareth stands out as the model par excellence of Christian virtue, a brilliant example of obedience to God and trust in Divine Providence. Featuring interviews with leading experts and theologians, in addition to powerful first-hand testimonials — St. Joseph: Our Spiritual Father provides viewers with a glimpse into one of the most incredible lives in all of human history — a figure whose spiritual fatherhood remains open to all of us. Watch now
  4. Theory & Practice in Educational Leadership
    St. Mary's University Faculty of Education is offering two 3-credit courses in Spring & Summer 2022 for aspiring school administrators and teacher leaders. More information here
  5. Lenten Retreats & Missions to be featured in Faithfully
    Thank you for submitting Lenten parish missions to the Diocesan Calendar! Check out the lineups of Lenten Retreats & Missions throughout the Diocese of Calgary
    • Lenten Retreats & Missions will be featured on Faithfully this coming Monday.
  1. To support Ukraine beyond prayers
  1. Do you have the DOCAT app on your phone?
    Interested in growing spiritually this Lent both in knowledge and in practice? Watch this short video about DOCAT   Download the "DOCAT What to do?" app to study the Catholic Social Doctrine of the Church in a manageable way and put what you have learned into practice.  Get it from Google Play | App Store
  2. Almsgiving during Lent
    During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on "almsgiving," which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity.  As one of the three pillars of Lenten practice, almsgiving is a witness to fraternal charity and  a work of justice pleasing to God. (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2462).  There are several special opportunities for almsgiving through donations.  Find ways to donate to your parish community and other ministries in the Diocese. Visit our Giving page
  3. Synodal Lenten Retreat with Bishop Emeritus Henry
    Reminder: A three-evening Lenten Synodal Retreat with Bishop Emeritus Henry on Sunday to Tuesday (March 20, 21 & 22) at 7 pm.  Where: St. Joseph's Parish (640 19 Ave NW, Calgary).  The retreat will be livestreamed on Facebook Live (@calgarydiocese, @stjosephcalgary) & Youtube.














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