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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: Deuteronomy 26.4-10
2nd Reading: Romans 10.8-13
Gospel: Luke 4.1-13









And so, it begins — the holy and, for some, daunting, season of Lent.  This is the season in our liturgical year when the Church encourages us to increase our prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to help us enter more deeply into the mystery of our Lord’s Passion and Death and to celebrate more fully His Resurrection.
Jesus, by His own example in today’s Gospel, demonstrates the necessity of setting aside a period devoted especially to prayer and fasting as a means of strengthening our spiritual muscles.  Just before the launch of His public ministry, He is “led by the Holy Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil.”  In imitation of Jesus, we should ask the Holy Spirit to lead us into the desert, too — the desert of our interior lives where our thoughts and desires reside.
While our Lord was strong enough to withstand the temptations of the devil on His own, we most certainly are not!  We must turn to the Holy Spirit and ask Him to show us where we need to grow, and then rely on the Holy Spirit for strength and guidance throughout these 40 days of growth.  Perhaps we will be led to take on a spiritual reading program, or a daily time of meditation on the Scriptures.  Maybe we’ll be inspired to fast from our favorite food or social media fix and find a project that serves the poor in this community.
If these spiritual exercises hurt a little, that means we are doing them right!  At the end of this season, we will be prepared to enter into the grace-filled days of the Triduum and we will, through the power of the Holy Spirit, be resurrected as a new creation with our Lord come Easter.  Let us begin!













Tue, Mar 8 @ 9:00 am         Zelantini family (INT)

Tue, Mar 8 @ 6:30 pm         Oscar Warren (INT)

Wed, Mar 9 @ 9:00 am        Darlene Henderson (RIP)

Wed, Mar 9 @ 6:30 pm        Donat Nowaczynski (RIP)

Thu, Mar 10 @ 9:00 am       Olive Songui (RIP)

Thu, Mar 10 @ 6:30 pm       James Ralph (RIP)

Fri, Mar 11 @ 9:00 am         Ian & Anne Rowan (INT)

Fri, Mar 11 @ 6:30 pm         Zavisha family (INT)

Sat, Mar 12 @ 9:00 am        Faye Schneider (INT)

Sat, Mar 12 @ 5:00 pm        Robert McCracken (RIP)

Sun, Mar 13 @ 9:00 am       Luisa Crespo (RIP)

Sun, Mar 13 @ 11:00 am     St. Albert the Great Community (INT)

Sun, Mar 13 @ 5:00 pm       Adam Schneider (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 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  .












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 Size 4 diapers and canned fruit. Please drop your donations in the St. Vincent de Paul box in the Narthex.

Thank you for your support!













Sacred Heart Parish in Strathmore is seeking your help!  We have been fundraising and holding pledge campaigns within our parish to raise funds to build our new church.  So far, we have raised almost 3M towards our goal of $7.3M.  The parishioners of Sacred Heart are continuing to raise the necessary funds to begin renovating the old IGA building in Strathmore into our new spiritual home.  We have been holding Mass in the school gymnasium for the past 8 years since the loss of our church building.  Please watch the new extended virtual walkthrough video to see the gorgeous design that our architecture team have developed for our new Church.


Sacred Heart Church is holding a 50/50 draw right now for others to participate in our building progress.  Thank you in advance for your support.











Spring Into Life with Mary's Meals!

Spring is a season representing new life, hope - a coming alive!

For millions of children in the developing world that one nutritious, life-giving meal received in their place of learning is an opportunity for LIFE.

As we awaken to new life this Spring, will you engage and partner with us
Bringing for many little ones, new beginnings, life giving hope and sustenance to the thousands of children we serve and to the next child who is waiting for Mary's Mealstoday

Click here to download our Spring Events Calendar for all the exciting ways you can engage with us at Mary's Meals this Spring.

Head over to our website 
and Spring Into Life with Mary's Meals!

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Subscribe today and receive our weekly Lent reflections and, if you are a student, why not "go without" this lent?

Organize a 'Fill Mugs' event and all the money you would spend on a favourite daily snack or drink put into a cup and donate to Mary's Meals at the end of lent.













Resources & Announcements

  1. The First Sunday of Lent - Bulletin Shorts 
    Mass Readings  |  Reflecting on Baptism and Temptations.  Luke’s gospel recounts that Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit at Jordan’s baptism, is led by that same Spirit into the desert – a place for reflection and prayer. And hunger. And temptations by diabolos, the false accuser.  What happens?  Strengthened by baptism at which he is called “beloved”, temptations are resisted – not easily, but resisted nonetheless.  Food for our thoughtful reflections this Lent. 
    • How does my Baptism strengthen me for Christian living?
    • How can I face temptations of eating, of power, of vain glory this Lent?
    • How will I pray for and support the elect throughout the Diocese called this day to Baptism-Confirmation-Eucharist at the coming Easter Vigil?
      (Source: Diocese of Springfield) 
  1. Resources for children: The First Sunday of Lent
    • Kid's challenge this week: When we pray the Lord's Prayer, we ask for God's help to resist temptation in our lives.  We say, “Lead us not into temptation.” Let's pray this prayer together remembering that God gives us everything we really need. (Loyola Press)
  1. Refugee crisis as Belarus joins Russian invasion of Ukraine
    Ukrainian authorities say troops from Belarus have entered a region in northern Ukraine to join the Russian invasion of the country.  The ongoing hostilities have led to a significant number of refugees and displaced persons.
  1. Why is a statue of St. Michael in Independence Square in Kyiv?
    One of the most prominent statues in the Ukraine capital’s Independence Square is a powerful image of St. Michael the Archangel, watching over the city of Kyiv.
  2. What can Sts. Perpetua & Felicity (Feast day: Mar 7) teach us about Lent?
    In order to experience a more fruitful Lent, it is essential that we enter into the season with an openness and willingness to suffer for Christ.  In those moments when our resolve may fail we can turn to the intercession of Sts. Perpetua and Felicity who know what it takes to endure what is asked of us on the path to holiness.
  3. St. John of God (Feast day: Mar 8)
    Having given up active Christian belief while a soldier, John was 40 before the depth of his sinfulness began to dawn on him.  The utter humility of John of God, which led to a totally selfless dedication to others, is most impressive.  Here is a man who realized his nothingness in the face of God.
  4. St. Frances of Rome (Feast day: Mar 9) shows us what to do when life isn’t going as planned | Maybe you feel called to marriage, but the right person hasn’t shown up yet.  Or maybe you feel that you entered marriage too hastily and you should have waited or explored other vocations.  St. Frances of Rome completely understands this particular frustration.
  5. Seek out confession the way Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati did
    There’s something about the Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati that not many people might know: He loved to go to confession.  This popular Italian saint's passion for confession led to one extraordinary confession in particular.
  6. Upcoming Lenten Retreats & Missions
    Check out the lineups of Lenten Retreats & Missions throughout the Diocese of Calgary
    • To include your parish or lay associations events in Lent, submit your event through the online Diocesan Calendar (click "Add Event").
  1. St. Joseph Seminary Trivia Night
    When: March 11 at 7 pm. Join the Trivia Livestream to support St. Joseph Seminary.  Donations can also be emailed to the address on the poster. Livestream  link | Poster | Donation page
  2. Lenten Mission with Fr. Kevin Tumback: Woman at the Well
    When: Wednesdays, March 9, 16, 23 & 30, at 7pm.  You are invited to join the Lenten Mission with Fr. Kevin in person (Ascension Parish: Assumption Church, Lethbridge), or watch it via livestream at allsaintslethbridge.or...
  3. Surviving the desert of our lives
    Desert times are difficult and nobody chooses them willingly. Alice Matisz in Lethbridge shares about her grief and the unexpected lessons to be learned from nature's deserts














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