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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: Joshua 5.9a, 10-12
2nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 5.17-21
Gospel: Luke 15.1-3, 11-32









For too many of us, Lent is a season of doom and gloom, a time to feel bad about all the ways we are not “measuring up” in our spiritual lives.  But this view could not be further from the truth. Lent is a season of refreshment and love, of awakening and rebirth.  The Gospel Reading, the parable of the Prodigal Son, is filled with this theme of awakening and the extravagant, life-changing love that the Father has for each one of us.

We are all familiar with this amazing story — the bratty younger son who has the audacity to ask his dad for his inheritance early, only to squander it sinfully away.  It makes us bristle instinctively at his nerve when we read it.  But isn’t that exactly what we do when we selfishly turn away from God (in big or small ways) in our own lives? We squander away the inheritance of grace He has given us.

In desperation from the mess he had made of his life, the son finally “comes to his senses” — awakening to the truth that he is a beloved son of a loving and merciful father — and decides to return home.  His contrition is faltering and imperfect and seems motivated in large part by his growling stomach.  But it is enough for the loving father.

In fact, as soon as the father catches sight of his son he is “filled with compassion for him” and immediately sets about preparing a feast and fine clothes for this son. What an extravagance of love!  What a beautiful picture Jesus gives us of our Father’s love and mercy.  Oh, how this should fill us with gratitude for such a Father!

And how it should inspire us — with just the tiniest bit of spiritual “spring cleaning” we can be sure we will be swept up in our Father’s loving embrace and find ourselves feasting in His presence.  That is what lent is all about.













Tue, Mar 29 @ 9:00 am       Maria Nguyen (RIP)

Tue, Mar 29 @ 6:30 pm       Robert McCracken (RIP)

Wed, Mar 30 @ 9:00 am      Dawn & John Fox (INT)

Wed, Mar 30 @ 6:30 pm      Pati & James Mikulasik (INT)

Thu, Mar 31 @ 9:00 am       Wincenty Kloskowski (RIP)

Thu, Mar 31 @ 6:30 pm       Dawson & Chloe Diment (INT)

Fri, Apr 1 @ 9:00 am            Olive Songui (RIP)

Fri, Apr 1 @ 6:30 pm            Rosario Lirio (RIP)

Sat, Apr 2 @ 9:00 am           Benjamin, Levi & Grace Johnson (INT)

Sat, Apr 2 @ 5:00 pm           Maria Park (RIP)

Sun, Apr 3 @ 9:00 am          Lea, Almanzor & Marguerite Gill (RIP)

Sun, Apr 3 @ 11:00 am        St. Albert the Great Community (INT)

Sun, Apr 3 @ 5:00 pm          Abraham & Cosmelita Romero (RIP)













Pope Francis has invited all of us throughout the world to share with him our experience of journeying together as Church and how that experience can be improved.  That is what the Synod is all about; people coming together, listening to each other, listening to the Holy Spirit and sharing their experiences in journeying with the Catholic Church.  This unprecedented opportunity will offer discussion and reflection to help shape the Church’s understanding of herself and her mission of evangelization and forming disciples. So, what does this mean?  From this opportunity we will gather the results of these “Listening Sessions” which will provide feedback to us, our Diocese and Pope Francis helping us to be a better church.


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

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












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.














Coming Alive Camp is back this summer, from July 18-22 (8:30am-1:30pm), and we are on the lookout for volunteers.  There are 2 areas of particular need:

  • Snack Coordinator:  Plan and order/purchase snacks for the 5 days of camp as well as a family barbecue on the last day of camp; work with the snack team to prepare snack each day
  • Adult Leaders:  Accompany campers and their youth leaders through the morning, coach youth leaders with their campers and assist coordinators in each session if needed.

There are other areas where we can use help. If you are interested in having a fun and fulfilling week, please email Liisa at  comingalivecamp@gmail....













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....












RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults needs 4 women and 2 men sponsors. Sponsors are baptized Catholic adults who are practicing their faith and willing to be faith companions.  Sponsors are not saints or theologians! Please consider your calling as one of the baptized faithful and walk with a person who is asking to become Catholic.  Information and guidance will be provided. Sessions are Wednesday evenings.  For more information, please contact Sandy at rcia@stalbertthegreat.....

RCIA Sponsors’ Information Meeting:  For anyone who is interested or curious about being a sponsor in RCIA, you are more than welcome to join us in a Zoom meeting where we will go over the RCIA process and the role of sponsor.  There will two available times:

Tuesday, Mar. 29 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 2 @ 10:00 am

Please contact Sandy @  rcia@stalbertthegreat....  for details of meeting invitation.
























St. Albert the Great St. Vincent de Paul needs mayonnaise and cookies.  Please drop your donations in the St. Vincent de Paul box in the Narthex. Thank you for your support!

























Resources & Announcements

  1. The Fourth Sunday of Lent - Bulletin Shorts, free to use 
    Mass Readings | This well-known story is not really about how bad/prodigal the son is, but rather about how excessive and extravagant (‘prodigal”) the father is with his love, mercy and reconciliation.  The father is the true spender here, sparing no cost or labor to celebrate the son’s homecoming.  The reluctance of the elder son makes the father seem all the more extravagant. 
    • How comfortable are you with the father’s generosity?
    • Who do you tend to be in this story: the wayward son, the father or the elder son?
    • How do you treat those who’ve offended and/or hurt you?
      (Source: Diocese of Saskatoon) 
  1. Resources for children: The Fourth Sunday of Lent
    • Kid's challenge this week: Try to make sure you go to confession before Easter so your soul will be clean and ready for the great celebration! (THEKIDSBULLETIN)
  1. Reminder: Mission Council Greeting Cards
    Members of CWL prepare beautiful greeting cards for all occasions; Easter, First Communion, birthday, thank you, sympathy and more.  Proceeds go to Mission Council and will be used to help the people in need through home and international missions.  Note that the Mission greeting cards team continues to collect used greeting cards, stamps, and unused envelopes.  To get a box of cards to sell, please contact Theresa at 403-275-2632 or email grangerc@telusplanet.n...
  1. Russia-Ukraine: Where is God in war?
    The eyes of the world are fixed on Ukraine.  Our hearts turn to our fellow human beings under brutal attack.  Terrible tragedies like this beg the question: Where is God?
  2. Ukraine: Pope and Zelensky in conversation
    Addressing the Italian Parliament via video link on Tuesday morning, Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky referred to a telephone conversation he had with Pope Francis, whom he said, had very important words.  Read more
  3. To support Ukraine beyond prayers
  1. Students for Song in Ukraine Join school choirs from the Calgary Catholic School District at a special concert in support of Ukraine on Tuesday, March 29 at 7 pm.  Where: St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive SW). Admission by donation of money or non-perishable food at the door, rush seating (all proceeds to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation and food will go to the Calgary Food Bank).  More info
  2. Tenebrae: Scripture & Song
    Join the choirs of St John Choir Schola on Passion Sunday, April 10 at 7:30 pm at St Anthony's Church in Calgary for the candlelit Tenebrae service. Together with the beautifully stirring music of the SJCS choirs, the sequence of short readings will draw us deeply into a meditation upon the unfathomable mercy and love of God.  More info
  3. Three unconventional ways to give alms this Lent when you’re maxed out |  So, what’s a Christian to do?  You want to give, and you know you should give, but feeding yourself and your family is taking every last penny. Here are some creative ways to make almsgiving possible this Lent.
  4. Failing at Lent? Make this one change
    Were you motivated to have a life-changing Lent this Ash Wednesday, only to find that—a few weeks in—you’re failing?  Fr. Mark-Mary walks you through one change you can make that could change your entire Lent: dedication. 














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