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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: Isaiah 2.1-5
2nd Reading: Romans 13.11-14
Gospel: Matthew 24.37-44











Today we begin the beautiful season of Advent — a season of preparation.

For what are we preparing?  The celebration of the birth of our Savior, and the anticipation of His second coming.  These are weighty tasks with eternal consequences.

So, let us as Christian stewards make the words of the Prophet Isaiah our motto for the season: “Come, let us climb the Lord’s mountain to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways and we may walk in his paths.”  In the weeks leading up to Christmas, it seems everywhere we turn we are pushed to spend more, do more, entertain more, and generally rush around at a frantic pace - all to create a “perfect” Christmas day.  In contrast to this worldly pressure, the Church’s guidance to use these weeks as a time to focus on our spiritual lives can indeed seem like a mountain climb.  

But the intentional and wise use of the gift of time is exactly what the Christian steward is called to do, and with even greater intensity during Advent.  How can we use our time to prepare for a holy celebration of Jesus’ birth on Dec. 25 and for his second coming at a date we do not know?
We can push back against the world’s pressure to have the “perfect Christmas.”

Scale back on the material kind of gift-giving, the complicated menus, the unessential trappings of the season so that we have more time for the spiritual preparations: Confession, weekday Mass, adoration, family prayer time, lighting the Advent wreath, and acts of kindness.  In the end, we will be prepared to celebrate a truly meaningful Christmas, we will have become more like our Savior, and we will be ready for Him to come again.














Tue, Nov 29 @ 9:00 am                 Joseph Leduc (RIP)

Tue, Nov 29 @ 6:30 pm                 Carla Jane Romeo (INT)
Wed, Nov 30 @ 9:00 am                Oshiorane Dania (INT)
Wed, Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm                Andrew Honish (INT)
Thu, Dec 1 @ 9:00 am                   Ernie Weimer (RIP)

Thu, Dec 1 @ 1:30 pm                   Karen Bauy (RIP)
Thu, Dec 1 @ 6:30 pm                   Lilly Kuriakose (RIP)
Fri, Dec 2 @ 9:00 am                     Jack & Louise Brill (INT)
Fri, Dec 2 @ 6:30 pm                     Shadrack Ramsonkar (RIP)
Sat, Dec 3 @ 9:00 am                    Edgard Obligacion (RIP)
Sat, Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm                    Melanie Schmidt (INT)
Sun, Dec 4 @ 9:00 am                   Izack Lorenson (INT)

Sun, Dec 4 @ 11:00 am                 St. Albert the Great Community (INT)
Sun, Dec 4 @ 5:00 pm                   Elizandro Altura (INT)













The Christmas and New Year's Mass times are as follows:  


Vigil of the Nativity of our Lord:

Saturday December 24 at 3:00pm; 6:00pm, 9:00pm

Sunday December 25 at 12:00am


Nativity of our Lord:

Sunday December 25 at 9:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm and 5:00pm


New Year’s Eve:

Saturday December 31 at 5:00 pm


New Year’s Day:

Sunday January 1 at 9:00am, 11:00am and 5:00pm













Our Penitential Service during this Advent Season will be on Friday December 9th at 7:00 PM after the evening Mass. 

Please remember and take advantage of our regular confessions: Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 – 10:30 AM & 7:00 - 8:00 PM and on Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. 













Every Friday during the Advent Season, we will have the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 5:00 PM, Rosary and Benediction at 6:00 PM and our evening Mass at 6:30 PM.














In three weeks we will bring Christmas joy to 200 families in our community.  Your financial help will allow us to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables along with the regular hamper food items AND we will be able to give gift cards to the families to make their Christmas day a happy one.


A few drivers are still needed to deliver Christmas Hampers on Saturday Dec 17. Signup sheets are in the Narthex after Mass.  Please take a tag from the Christmas tree in the Narthex and purchase a gift card for one of the many families that we will support this Christmas. Please return your gift card donations by Dec 11.


Would you like to sponsor a family this Christmas?  Donations can be e transferred to: svdp.satg.donations@gm....  Thank you for your support and God Bless.













When: Friday December 2nd from 6:30 - 8:30pm
Where: Parish Basement.

For all youth (grade 6 & up) & parents.  Join us as we get to know each other with games, prayer, food, icebreakers and fun. Put on your best Christmas sweater and bring a snack to share.  For more info, email: youth@stalbertthegreat...












Kick off your Advent and experience God's love in a personal and meaningful way. COME AS YOU ARE is back for a special night of encounter with Jesus Christ through personal testimony, reflection, and Adoration with music.  Reconciliation and Prayer Ministry will be available.  Cap the evening off with social and fellowship time. All are welcome.




















The Refugee Family Ministry is hosting a Bake Sale after all masses the weekend of December 17th and 18th.


Do you like to bake?  Then this is the perfect opportunity for you to help raise funds for the refugee family our parish is sponsoring.  We are looking for bakers to supply delicious home-made treats.  We are also looking for sellers to help at the sale. Please sign up online or email Courtney at satgrefugee@gmail.....


Don’t forget to bring your appetites and some cash!












Madly in love! Committed!  Through thick and thin! For better or for worse! Growing strong marriages takes a supportive village.  That's why St. Albert the Great Parish is launching a monthly Catholic Date Night in the New Year.   We want to encourage and support married couples to take intentional time to focus on their relationship.  


A Core Planning Team of several married couples - of all ages - is needed.  Could that be you & your spouse?  If you enjoy event planning and organization, AND have a love for the Sacrament of Marriage, please reach out to Michelle & Tom Diment by email: for details.













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















St. Michael's Catholic Community invites you to attend a concert with Steve Bell on Friday, December 2, at 7:30 pm. 


This will be an evening of story and song, featuring music from Steve's latest album, "Wouldn't You Love to Know," as well as Steve Bell classics and favourites.  Steve Bell is a songwriter, storyteller, and troubadour for our time.  Over the course of a 30 year solo career, he has been sharing a message of love, hope and faith through songs, stories, and writings.  


















  • Advent Missions & Retreats visit
  • The 2022 I am Blessed campaign will be live on our website on Sunday, Nov. 27 and will conclude on Jan. 8, at the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.  









Resources & Announcements

  1. Bulletin Shorts, free to use 
    • Jesus’ call to keep awake is a stark reminder that Advent / Christmas, are not simply seasons of pregnancy and a little baby in swaddling clothes.  Beginnings are always tied up with endings, and the “end of time” is prefigured in the birth of God’s Son.  Following on the heels of the end-time readings in November ending the church year, these readings want to make sure that we do not slack off and become complacent.  Although the arbitrariness of who will be taken and who will be left feels disconcerting, the Christian imperative to live “honourably” as Paul summons us, will make these words both consolation and warning.  If we are living as we should, it becomes irrelevant that we “do not know the day or hour”.
      • What part of this reading speaks to you most strongly?
      • How do we view the second coming of the Lord? What feelings are evoked by that thought?
      • What does “getting ready” mean for you?
      • (Source: Diocese of Saskatoon)
  1. Resources for children
    • Kid's challenge this week: How would you prepare if you knew it was going to rain later in the day?  How would you prepare if you were going to a sleepover?  Today is the first day of Advent, the season in which we prepare our hearts and homes to celebrate Jesus’ birth at Christmas.  We also prepare for something else—the day of the Lord, when Jesus will return in glory.  What is something you can do each day to be prepared for the day of the Lord? (Loyola Press)
  1. Advent with Ascension Catholic Parish
    • Advent by Candlelight - a reflection evening for women, "a chance to prepare your soul for Christmas with other women in an atmosphere of beauty."  When: Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 pm (Mass), followed by reflection and social at 7 pm.  Download poster
    • Advent Mission with guest speaker Peter Thompson on Dec. 6 & 7 (Mass at 6:30 pm, followed by reflection at 7 pm).  Reconciliation Service to follow.  More info
  1. Advent Retreat in Brooks
    St. Mary's Parish invites you to the Advent Retreat with guest speaker  Fr. Michael Bomback (Pastor of St. Stephen Protomartyr - Ukrainian Catholic Church, Calgary, AB).  When: Thursday and Friday (Dec. 1 & 2) at 7 pm, at St. Mary's in Brooks (511 4th St., Brooks).
  2. Christmas Market at St. Luke, Calgary
    St. Luke's CWL invites you to their Christmas Market at St Luke's Catholic Church (multi purpose room) on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.  In addition to the crafts, artisans and home-based businesses, there will be a coffee bar and small seating area for your comfort.  For further information, contact Marlene at  |  Download poster
  3. Winter gifts for Feed the Hungry guests
    We invite you to donate new mittens/gloves, socks, toques, or $10 gift cards (from fast food places) to share with Feed the Hungry's guests closer to Christmas.  Kindly deliver items or gift cards to the Catholic Pastoral Centre Reception (120 17 Ave SW, Calgary by Dec. 1.  Reception is open during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm).  For any questions, please email:  feedthehungry@calgaryd...  |  Download graphics: square | wide
  4. Christmas for Elizabeth House residents
    Let us bring a joyful Christmas to the residents of Elizabeth House and help them fulfil their wish list!  This year Elizabeth House has 7 moms, 5 babies, 2 more babies to arrive this month, and 4 children living elsewhere.  Visit this page to get the Christmas wish lists - the deadline to drop off items is Monday, Dec. 12.  
  5. The Seekers Group: Discernment for unmarried women
    Women seeking to know how to discern the Will of God in their lives are invited to learn how to listen and discover God's call in their life.  We will be engaging in Lectio Divina prayer and exploring how to discern using the Ignatian method of discernment.  Meetings: Sundays, Nov. 27 & Dec. 11 at 2 pm at the Catholic Pastoral Centre - 120 17 Ave SW, Calgary.
  6. Journey through Advent Videos from CCCB
    The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) presents Journey through Advent with the Most Rev. Joseph Dabrowski, CSMA, Auxiliary Bishop of London, Ontario.  Join us as we reflect on the Scriptures for the Sundays of Advent 2022.  Watch video - 5 minutes reflection for the First Sunday of Advent by Bishop Joseph Dabrowski.
  7. November/December 2022 Calendar Highlights















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