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Subject:                                     St. Albert the Great Bulletin - April 3, 2022


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: Isaiah 43.16-21
2nd Reading: Philippians 3.8-14
Gospel: John 8.1-11









Once again this week, we are reminded of what a loving and merciful God we serve.  The theme of the readings for this fifth Sunday of Lent are summed up beautifully in today’s Gospel passage from Luke, which recounts the story of the woman caught in adultery.  After all those who would have stoned this woman leave the scene, Christ says to her, “Neither do I condemn you.  Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.”

When we turn to God for forgiveness, He is indeed gracious and merciful.  So much so, that not only will He forgive our sins without condemnation, He will make us completely new creations in Christ.

What is more amazing is that this all-perfect and holy God of ours draws so very near to us.  Our sins do not drive Him from us, but rather to us so that He can set us free from them.  Look carefully at Christ’s actions and posture in the Gospel reading as He deals with both the crowd of people, the Scribes and Pharisees, and the adulterous woman. “All the people started coming to Him and he sat down and taught them.”  “He bent down and began to write with His finger.”  He “straightened up” when He confronted the Scribes and Pharisees about their own sins.  And he “straightened up” when He assured the woman that He did not condemn her for her past.  Like a skilled teacher, or loving “big brother,” Christ bends down to where we are, He sits among us, He stands to confront us when needed and He stands to look us in the eye to remind us of our true dignity.

We’re all unworthy of the great privilege of serving Him.  But that, quite simply, is cause for greater joy in serving Him with all our hearts.













Tue, Apr 5 @ 9:00 am          Brittany Diment (INT)

Tue, Apr 5 @ 6:30 pm          Feliza Ocampo (RIP)

Wed, Apr 6 @ 9:00 am         Mary Abraham (RIP)

Wed, Apr 6 @ 6:30 pm         Ismael Picazo (RIP)

Thu, Apr 7 @ 9:00 am          Rick Diment (INT)

Thu, Apr 7 @ 6:30 pm          Epifania Vivas (RIP)

Fri, Apr 8 @ 9:00 am            Robert McCracken (RIP)

Fri, Apr 8 @ 6:30 pm            Bill Diment (INT)

Sat, Apr 9 @ 9:00 am           Come As You Are (INT)

Sat, Apr 9 @ 5:00 pm           Maria Piro (RIP)

Sun, Apr 10 @ 9:00 am        Olive Songui (RIP)

Sun, Apr 10 @ 11:00 am      St. Albert the Great Community (INT)

Sun, Apr 10 @ 5:00 pm        Alfredo Piro (RIP)













This Lent Bishop McGrattan has re-introduced Solidarity Sunday in our Diocese.

So what is it?  It has been an integral part of Development and Peace-Caritas Canada since 1968.  Parishes throughout Canada hold a special Mass and a collection that gives us the opportunity to stand together in solidarity with the poorest of the poor in the Global South – in prayer and almsgiving.

This Lent we are invited to pray for all those who are the poorest and most forgotten and to give generously at our Solidarity Sunday Second Collection at your parish, which will be taken up on the Fifth Sunday (April 3) of Lent.  Throughout our country our bishops are asking us to support Development and Peace-Caritas Canada in the life-giving work in places such as Honduras, Cambodia, Madagascar – and Ukraine.

  • Learn more about Development and Peace - Caritas Canada's Share Lent campaign.
  • Read Pastoral Letter from Bishop McGrattan re: Solidarity Sunday
  • How do I give? Give through the second collection on the 5th Sunday of Lent (April 3) in your parish, or drop off your donation envelope there. Alternatively, you can also give directly online,




































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.  



We have hosted two successful Synod listening sessions at our parish, one over zoom and one in-person.  Don't miss the chance to have your voice heard and to share your perspective on life in the Church.  The final session at St. Albert the Great is Saturday, April 09, 2022 at 10 am over zoom.  ALL ARE WELCOME!  Here is the link to register.


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
























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 by 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.












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.  The next session is on Saturday, April 2 @ 10:00 am.

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














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....












St. Albert the Great St. Vincent de Paul needs canned fruit and dish detergent.  Please drop your donations in the St. Vincent de Paul box in the Narthex. Thank you for your support!













Invitation to the Chrism Mass
All faithful are invited to the Chrism Mass, which will take place on Monday, April 11, 11 am, at St. Mary's, Cathedral.  Cathedral doors will be open to the public at 10 am. Reception to follow immediately after the Mass at the St. Mary’s Cathedral Hall.  This event is open to all.

Bishop's Livestream | Triduum & Easter Liturgies
Bishop McGrattan will celebrate the Holy Week & Easter liturgies at St. Mary's Cathedral with the following schedule.  All liturgies will be livestreamed on the Diocesan website, Facebook Live & TELUS Optik TV ch 877.

  • Holy Thursday April 14 at 7 pm
  • Good Friday April 15 at 3 pm
  • Easter Vigil April 16 at 8 pm
  • Easter Sunday April 17 at 12 pm












Resources & Announcements

  1. The Fifth Sunday of Lent - Bulletin Shorts, free to use 
    Mass Readings | Shameful Acts.  She is caught in adultery.  They drag her before Jesus and the crowd, more to trip him up than mete out the law.  What does Jesus do?  He asks, who is without sin?  A great lenten question.
    • What stone will I put down and not pound against someone else?
    • What sin will I admit and find a way to resolve it?
    • Because of God’s mercy to me, what mercy work will I do for another?
      (Source: Diocese of Saskatoon) 
  1. Resources for children: The Fifth Sunday of Lent
    • Kid's challenge this week: Pray this little prayer: God of mercy, we ask you to help us to do what is right.  Help us to see that we all get things wrong sometimes and to say sorry when we do. (CAFOD)
  1. GrACE latest newsletter & GrACE Summit 2022
    A message from GrACE: Read the latest GrACE March newsletter.  Please reflect on the wonderful faith alive that is evident in Alberta's Catholic schools. Note that in cooperation with Calgary Catholic School District, the third annual GrACE Summit 2022 will be held on May 30.  Registration is now open and we encourage you to reach out to and invite all advocates and stakeholders to make plans to join us face to face in Calgary for Catholic Education: TogetherGrACE Summit Poster
  1. To support Ukraine beyond prayers
  1. Date nights with Chris & Natalie Stefanick
    Are you struggling with raising your kids in our hyper-secularized culture? Worried your kids won't stay Catholic or unsure of how to keep your marriage alive through the day to day demands of life?  Join Chris and Natalie Stefanick of Real Life Catholic LIVE on April 7 at 6:30pm to chat all things marriage, family and faith.  Register now
  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. Building Stronger Families
    Monsignor Frederick Dolan of the Opus Dei will facilitate “Building Stronger Families: Revisiting Patris Corde, the Letter of Pope Francis for the Year of the Family” on Friday, April 29 at 6 pm at St. Michael’s Church.  All families are welcome!
  4. Women's silent retreat in Sanctum, AB
    Sanctum Retreat Centre near Caroline, AB is holding a Women’s Silent Retreat the weekend of May 20-22, 2022.  This weekend is filled with prayer, reflection, solitude, spiritual rejuvenation and great food.  For more information or to register, please contact  Information on the retreat centre can be found at
  5. How to plan a Catholic wedding  What makes a Catholic wedding different? Danielle Bean chats with Rebecca Martin and Mary Beth Giltner about a new project they have created together, The Catholic Wedding Planner. Listen to podcast 
  6. Giving your best at work
    Want a prayer to focus your work for the glorification of God?  Try this prayer whenever you are challenged (see Faithful Living section).














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