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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: Exodus 3.1-8a, 13-15
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 10.1-6, 10-12
Gospel: Luke 13.1-9









Today’s Gospel passage reminds us that life is precious and the gift of time on this earth is just that — a gift. None of us knows how much time will be granted to us, so we must use this gift intentionally to glorify God and serve our neighbor.

Jesus offers the parable of the fig tree to further illustrate this truth. The owner of the orchard came searching for fruit on a fig tree he had planted in his orchard. Finding no fruit on the tree after three years, he told the gardener to cut it down. But the gardener intercedes and asks for one more year to cultivate and fertilize the tree in hopes it would bear fruit in the future. The fig tree was not dying; it simply wasn’t doing much of anything at all. Can this be said of us and our lives as well?

The season of Lent is a time to carefully reflect on the way we spend our time. Do we make God our first priority, tending to our spiritual growth and sacramental life with diligence? Do we give the next priority to our loved ones, focusing intentionally on them each day without distractions from phones, screens, or thoughts of work? If not, now is the moment to repent of our waste of time or of misplaced priorities on our use of time. God is merciful but just. Let’s turn to Him and ask Him to make our lives fruitful while we still have time to do so.













Tue, Mar 22 @ 9:00 am       Joanne Dutton (RIP)

Tue, Mar 22 @ 6:30 pm       Carmen Toole (INT)

Wed, Mar 23 @ 9:00 am      Sharon Van Der Sloot (INT)

Wed, Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm      Olive Songui (RIP)

Thu, Mar 24 @ 9:00 am       Arny Langbo (RIP)

Thu, Mar 24 @ 6:30 pm       Chloe & Dawson Diment (INT)

Fri, Mar 25 @ 9:00 am         Tim Van Haverbeke (INT)

Fri, Mar 25 @ 6:30 pm         Bernie & Adele Verwimp (INT)

Sat, Mar 26 @ 9:00 am        Robert McCracken (RIP)

Sat, Mar 26 @ 5:00 pm        Rucilla Yoo (RIP)

Sun, Mar 27 @ 9:00 am       Wincenty Kloskowski (RIP)

Sun, Mar 27 @ 11:00 am     St. Albert the Great Community (INT)

Sun, Mar 27 @ 5:00 pm       Sharon Van Der Sloot (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.


















We have entered 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.


Here are the dates for the upcoming St. Albert the Great Parish Synod Listening Sessions.  Please sign up for one session so that YOUR voice can be heard!


Sunday, March 27th at 2:00 pm
Where: St. Albert the Great Parish Hall
Register here


Saturday, April 9 at 10:00 am
Where: Zoom
Register here

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  .


For more information, please email ppc@stalbertthegreat.c....
















We thank you for your continued generosity and support through your donations to the parish. This will have a lasting impact on the lives of the people we serve.












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.













Would you like to see Children's Liturgy at our parish again?  We need your help to resume this wonderful ministry for our little children.


The Children’s Liturgy Ministry at our parish is looking for adult parishioners to help as Coordinators with organizing the lessons for the new year.  This is a high-risk ministry with specific volunteer clearance requirements.  However, no prior teaching  is experience required.  If you love spreading the Good News to little children and are interested in giving back to your parish community, please email stalbertschildrenslitu....












St. Albert the Great St. Vincent de Paul needs canned vegetables and soda crackers.  Please drop your donations in the St. Vincent de Paul box in the Narthex. Thank you for your support!





















Twilight Retreat – After the Winter Slumber
March 22  - 6:00 pm
Registration at 6:00 pm, Supper at 6:30 pm
Evening includes a guided reflection, time for quiet, and prayer.

Day Away – Life-Giving Spirit
April 6 - 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Registration at 8:30 am with Coffee and Muffins.
Day includes presentation, quiet reflection, Eucharist, noon meal and prayer.

Holy Week Retreat: Charity of the Cross –
A Woman’s Mercy, A Man’s Help: The Call of the Cross
April 13 - 9:00 am – 3:00 pm   or   6:30 – 9:00 pm

Guided by St. Francis and St. Clare’s love of the cross this Holy Week Retreat
provides the opportunity to enter into the Paschal Triduum with hope.
Retreat includes a guided reflection, time to walk the Way of the Cross,
the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation,
thoughtful activities, time for quiet and a delicious meal.

Day Retreat begins with 8:30 am Registration.  Coffee and Muffins served.
Twilight Retreat begins with 5:30 pm Registration.  Time for quiet until supper.

To register: 403-932-2012
Monday-Friday 9 am – 4:30 pm












Resources & Announcements

  1. The Third Sunday of Lent - Bulletin Shorts, free to use 
    Mass Readings  |  Water.  Water, water, everywhere. Water in the Exodus through the sea and flowing from the rock in Horeb.  Water in Jacob’s well. Living water is found only in Jesus, becoming a spring of eternal life.
    • Each time I dip my fingers in the font, I will pray for __________?
    • When the First Scrutiny is celebrated with the elect this Sunday, how will I also shun with them all that is wrong in our lives, in the Church, and in our world? 
    • In preparing to renew baptismal promises this Easter, how will my figuratively drinking at the well of Baptism today nourish my Christian life?
      (Source: Diocese of Springfield) 
  1. Resources for children: The Third Sunday of Lent
  1. St. Turibius of Mongovejo (Feast day March 23)
    Here is a bishop who brought sacraments to half a million people.  Turibius Alfonso de Mongovejo wasn't even a priest when God, working through the king of Spain, chose him as a bishop for the New World.  Read more
  2. Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25)
    Mary has an important role to play in God’s plan.  From all eternity, God destined her to be the mother of Jesus and closely related to him in the creation and redemption of the world.  Learn what the central focus of this special Solemnity.
  3. Upcoming Lenten Retreats & Missions 
    Thank you for submitting Lenten parish missions to the Diocesan Calendar! 
  1. Marriage preparation with Catholic Engaged Encounter
    Catholic Engaged Encounter invites engaged couples to prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage guided by experienced couples in the Diocese.  Next preparation date is April 30/May 1 2022.  Sign-up online at
  2. Calgary Ukrainian Churches find overwhelming support
    Two Ukrainian Catholic Churches in Calgary have joined a worldwide movement to support the devastated people of Ukraine who have suffered from the vicious Russian military invasion of their country.  Faithfully interviewed Fr. Michael Bombak of St. Stephen's Protomartyr Ukrainian Catholic Church in Calgary, who says the response is incredible and he’s been “blown away” by the support.  Read more
  3. To support Ukraine beyond prayers
  1. What we can offer for peace in the world
    As we consciously unite ourselves to His suffering and the suffering of others, what are the little things we can offer for peace in the world right now?  Read Faithful Living
  2. 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. Download graphic/poster 














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