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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: Sirach 15.15-20
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 2.6-10
Gospel: Matthew 5.17-37 (longer) or 

Matthew 5.17, 20-24, 27-28, 33-34, 37++ (shorter)











Today’s readings challenge us to reflect on the true state of our hearts as it relates to stewardship.  Do we think of stewardship as something we take care of once a year, simply a matter of ticking off boxes on a commitment card — or do we choose to embrace it as a spirituality and way of life that allows us to grow in conformity to Christ every day?
Our first reading, from the book of Sirach, teaches that our good God has given us freedom to make this choice — “Before man are life and death, good and evil, whichever he chooses shall be given him.”
The concept of stewardship helps us to live out the fundamental choice to put God first. Stewardship is not meant to be a mere external exercise that we participate in on an occasional basis.  It is meant to be embraced as a way of life a life that involves a continuous conversion of heart.
In our Gospel passage from Matthew, Jesus illustrates the difference between an external observance of the law and a true conversion of heart, saying, “You have heard that it was said… you shall not kill… But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.”  Our Lord is asking us not only for exterior acts, but for a true change of heart. In stewardship terms, that means seeing everything as a gift from Him, to be used for His glory and the good of others.
In the week ahead, let us examine the state of our hearts to ask ourselves if we have chosen to allow stewardship to become a way of life for us.  Only then we will experience its true depth and heart-changing possibilities.  The choice is ours.














Tue, Feb 14 @ 9:00 am               St. Albert the Great Community (INT)

Tue, Feb 14 @ 11:00 am              Laurie Mancini (INT) - Senior Care Centre

Tue, Feb 14 @ 6:30 pm               Cecilia Ryberg (RIP)
Wed, Feb 15 @ 9:00 am              Frank Drescher (RIP)

Wed, Feb 15 @ 6:30 pm              Perez Alvarez Family (INT)
Thu, Feb 16 @ 9:00 am               Maria and Jose deCosta (RIP)

Thu, Feb 16 @ 6:30 pm               Joseph Thomas family (INT)
Fri, Feb 17 @ 9:00 am                 Ramiro and Lourdes Brito (RIP)
Fri, Feb 17 @ 6:30 pm                 Joseph Thomas family (INT)
Sat, Feb 18 @ 9:00 am                Sharon van der Sloot (INT)
Sat, Feb 18 @ 5:00 pm                Leigh Hunt (INT)
Sun, Feb 19 @ 9:00 am               Vaz Family (INT)

Sun, Feb 19 @ 11:00 am             St. Albert the Great Community (INT)
Sun, Feb 19 @ 5:00 pm               Dominador Conception (RIP)













Please be advised that the St. Albert the Great Parish Ash Wednesday Masses will be celebrated as follows:


Wednesday Feb 22 at 9 AM, 5PM and 7PM.


This day is the start of our 2023 Lenten Season.













Please take a moment to complete the St. Albert the Great Parish Census Form.  You don't even need to travel to Bethlehem!  Just click the link: St. Albert the Great Parish Census Form

This Census is to be completed by an adult in the household who will then submit this information on behalf of that household.

Please complete Family Member 1 as they are required and any other Family Member information in the Family Member 2 to Family Member 6 sections inclusive of all of the people that are living in your household.  You can skip all other remaining non-completed Members in the form when you have finished entering your family information and proceed to Page 7 to complete the form and click on the Submit button to submit your responses.


This Census is used to provide the parish with updated information on its parishioners.  This information will be kept confidential and will only be used by the Parish and the Diocese and will not be available for public use.













2022 Tax Receipts are being mailed out.  Help the parish use your donations wisely, by requesting that your tax receipt be sent to you by email.  This will save the cost of postage which adds up, and allows the parish to use the donations for parish needs.  Please send your email to donations@stal... so that we have your correct email address to send the tax receipt to.  

Please email your requests in before February 20th, as all other tax receipts will need to be printed and mailed out before the end of February.  Thank you for your help and cooperation in this matter.













Are you a teen / preteen that is looking to connect with and meet other young people?

St. Albert the Great parish recognizes the importance of providing preteens and teens the support they need.  For grade 6 and up, we bring youth together for prayer, games, discussion, and of course, food!  We have a lot of fun, bond in friendship and grow closer to Jesus.  We meet Fridays from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the church basement.

Check out our bulletin board in church basement to see what we're up to, or for more info, email:  youth@stalbert...  .


Youth Group Notice

There will be no Youth Group on Friday February 17th due to the Family Day Long Weekend.  Enjoy your time with your family!  We will return on Friday February 24th from 6:30 to 8:30PM in the church basement.  See you then.


Did you miss our chocolate fundraiser?
The Youth Group still has chocolate bars available in the church office to purchase at $3.00 / chocolate bar.  You may pay with cash (correct change please), cheque or e-transfer to  donations@stal...  and make a note on the e-transfer that the funds are for the  Youth Group

Thank you for supporting our Youth!















Please join the Knights of Columbus for a pancake breakfast after the Sunday 9:00 am and 11:00 AM Masses on February 12, 2023.   There is no charge, however, donations will be greatly appreciated and will go towards the charities that the Knights of Columbus help support.











The St. Albert the Great Knights of Columbus will be presenting the Mother Teresa: No Greater Love Vvideo on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 7:00 PM in the parish main hall.


There will be no charge for this event, but there will be a free will offering for the St. Albert the Great Iranian Refugee family.













The Knights of Colmbus will also be having a special Prayer Service on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 7:30 pm in the Church.














The Sunday Social ministry is in need of volunteers to help serve during Sunday Social after the 11:00 AM Mass.  The ministry has a sufficient amount of volunteers providing baked goods but the ministry is in need of people who can serve these baked goods as well.

Please contact Armande Busby for more information at:  busbyarmande36...













Join us on the last Friday of the month at 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

6 Deck - Hand & Foot Canasta is a fun game and get together.  If you’ve never played this game but love cards, we will help you learn.  You won’t be the only new player.  A very good way to meet and make new friends.


You may bring a small snack to share.  It’s a non-alcoholic fun night.

For more information and or rules to the game you may call:
Mag  403-203-0220...  or  Rachel  403-236-9661...













We are a group who gather in the St. Albert Room every Thursday morning from 10 AM to 12 noon.

We bring our crafts, occasional treats, and come together for Fellowship.  We currently have knitters, crocheters, cross-stitchers, artwork and one very talented person who creates miniatures.  Please come join us.  We do have a great time. There is no need to register, just show up and join the fun.

Bring your own supplies.  We help each other if / when we run into errors we can’t fix alone.

Tell a Friend, Bring a Friend.














All the mothers are invited to share as friends, 🙋🏾♀️to support each other in parenthood and to grow in holiness 😇


It will take place every Tuesday 9:45 to 11:30 AM.  Babysitting is provided.  🌺


If you are interested on volunteering as a childcare provider or have any questions please contact the parish office or email at  satgmothersgro...


























Hi Everyone,


You must have heard about the devastating news about the earthquake in Turkey. Allison and I reached out to Mary Ann to inquire about Mozhgan's family.  She confirmed that they checked in with the family early the morning of Feb 9 and thank goodness they are not near the epicentre.  They did send the pictures from Iskenderun where the church was badly damaged.  As you know there is no Catholic Church in Denazli.


Please continue to keep Mozhgan's family and Turkey in your prayers.

God bless,



















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














"Because Christ hears and saves those who hope in Him, let us pray for . . . "














We are happy to announce that the Catholic Pastoral Centre will facilitate a Pastoral Care Ministry Training Course.

The course will be provided over two sessions:

  • Part 1: Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25
  • Part 2: Friday, March 31 and April 1

To receive a certificate of completion, participants must attend both Part 1 and Part 2. 


Please, contact Fr. Andrew if you would like to attend the course. Call the parish office or email to  pastor@stalber...
























Sunday Bulletin shorts 

As a devout Jew, Jesus adhered to the Torah – the Jewish “Law of Moses” – and he was zealous about God’s commands.  At the same time, he goes deeper than merely keeping the law, he also stresses love, justice, mercy and faith.  In this passage from Matthew, Jesus reveals that God’s commandments are to govern our hearts, thoughts and intentions, and not only our actions. “Tearing out one’s eye” or “cutting off one’s hand or foot” are examples of hyperbole – or exaggerated speech – which is used to make a strong point about the call to conversion.  The message is that sight and limbs are to be used for God’s glory, and never to abuse others or treat them as objects.  Jesus stresses the dignity of the human person, and proclaims God’s design for our lives and our interactions with others.

  • Is “following the commandments” different than living as a transformed follower of Jesus?
  • What part of Jesus’ teaching challenges you the most?  What comforts you?
    (Source: Diocese of Saskatoon)


Resources for children

Kid's challenge this week: Jesus tells us that we must try hard not to get angry with our sisters and brothers or call them names.  If we do argue with them we must try to make it up with them and become friends again as soon as possible.  This week, can you try your hardest not to argue with or hurt anyone?  How will you try to make peace with others this week?  (Source: CAFOD)


World Day of Prayer for the Sick | Feb 11

The World Day of the Sick is celebrated each year on February 11, the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes.  It is an occasion to pray for individuals who are suffering, and to find concrete ways to draw nearer to them.  Read Bishop McGrattan’s message at


Ash Wednesday Mass with Bishop McGrattan | Feb 22

Bishop McGrattan will celebrate the Ash Wednesay Mass on Feb. 22 at 5 pm, St. Mary's Cathedral.  All are welcome. 


STMU - The President’s Dinner

On Thursday, March 23 St. Mary's University will be hosting their annual President's Dinner fundraising gala, featuring our new President Dr. Sinda Vanderpool and Bishop McGrattan as keynote speakers.  When: Thursday, March 23 at 6 pm, Calgary Italian Culture Centre (416 1 Ave NE).  To purchase tickets, please visit

Proceeds from the President’s Dinner support the student experience at St. Mary’s and the pursuit of academic excellence.


Our Lady of Victory Camp returns this summer

At camp everyone can Encounter Christ, Encounter Community, and Encounter Creation.  They will do this through a mixture of faith experiences and outdoor activities held at our camp on beautiful Gull Lake.  Any young person entering grades 4-12 next fall is welcome to attend!.  Visit:


Come and See the life of the Franciscans | Feb 23-26

Young men (18-40) discerning their vocation are invited to experience Franciscan life at St. Francis Friary in Edmonton.  Transportation is available and all meals included.  When: Feb. 23-26 at St. Francis Friary in Edmonton.  More info here or contact Fr. Dan Gurnick at


Emergency support for Syria and Turkey | Give now

Millions of people in Syria and Turkey were shaken awake by disaster on Feb. 6, and found their lives, like the buildings around them, reduced to rubble.  In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake, many people are seeking emergency shelter in convents, parish halls and schools.  Your generous and prayerful support is essential in this critical moment — it could be a lifeline for those women, children and elderly people who have nowhere else to turn.  Please consider lending a helping hand during this difficult time.  To donate, go to


Salvation Army's Behind the Shield needs volunteer

The Salvation Army’s Behind the Shield: Warming Stations is an incredible initiative working tirelessly to provide a warm, safe and clean space for the vulnerable this frigid winter.  Let’s come together and support this worthy cause - consider helping them out today.  Contact:  cscalgary.volunteerser...


Career opportunities

  • Administrative Assistant (Part-time) - Our Lady of the Rockies, Canmore
  • Administrative Assistant (Part-time) - St. Pius X, Calgary
  • Assistant Care Coordinator (Full Time) - Elizabeth House, Calgary

Please visit  for more information and application details. 


Subscribe to Faithfully

If you haven't already, please subscribe to the Diocesan publication Faithfully - to keep you updated with what's happening in our Diocese.  Get a snapshot of faith at work in the lives of everyday people in our Diocese and find opportunities to spread the Good News of Christ beyond the walls of our churches.  Subscribe at


Secular Franciscan Order (OFS)

All are welcome to study and learn to follow the footsteps of St. Francis in our lives. Under the guidance of the Friars of Mount St. Francis, the Secular Franciscans invite you to their meetings on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 2 pm to 4 pm, at St. Luke's Church, Calgary.  For more info, contact Lauretta at 403-948-0972 or email laurettastpaul@gmail.c...  


Fatal Flaws

St. James Catholic Women League would like to extend an invitation to your parish to attend a presentation of the movie "Fatal Flaws", a movie from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.  When: February 16, 7:00 pm, at St. James Parish Hall, Okotoks  |  Download Poster 


Share Lent Workshops

Development and Peace - Caritas Canada invites you to the Share Lent 2023 online workshop to discover how our partners around the World are creating a world of hope and how you can take action to do the same.  When: Saturday, Feb. 11 or Feb. 18, 10 am to 1 pm.  Register here


Pope’s Prayer Intention - February 2023

Let us pray that parishes, placing communion –communion of people, ecclesial communion– at the center, may increasingly become communities of faith, of fraternity and of welcoming the most in need.













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