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The Shepherd Speaks—Fr. Eli Canete
22 years ago, I was ordained a priest back home in the Philippines at the Cathedral of St. Anthony on MAY 29, 2000. These two gentle words were still truly clear to me. Up until now, Jesus daily invites me to follow Him. It is a life-long commitment and a covenant to nurture this promise to listen to the voice of the great Shepherd. It demands fidelity, selflessness, and sacrifice to offer my life to the Lord and to His people.
And you, my dear people of God, are also called by the Lord to follow Him. It may be in a different state of life and a road less travelled. It may be a path that the Lord has led you to grow and to discover your full potentials and gifts as a married, or single blessedness or religious and consecrated life or in a life of celibacy.
All through our lives, God is also calling us, whether we respond or not, even as He called Abraham from his homeland, Peter from his nets, Matthew from his tax office, Elisha from his farm. But how many of us answer the call? READ MORE
Thank you for your participation in the Diocesan Phase of the Synod on Synodality, and for the renewed commitment to grow together as a family of faith, hope and charity in the vocation and mission of Christian holiness through the Church and within the world.
So what did the Holy Spirit inspire our community to see? You are invited to visit catholicyyc.ca/ synod (or check out the bulletin for the link) to watch the highlights of our Synodal Journey, and to read this document “Celebrate the Holy Spirit: Diocesan Synthesis” – this document gathers and ex- presses the fruits of our communal discernment through the major themes that emerged from our Di- ocesan synodal listening sessions and other contributions. A parish toolkit will be released in October to guide and assist the discernment of pastoral priorities in parishes.
Love at the centre of the family
Amoris laetitia reminds us that perfect families don’t exist, and we must not fear difficulties. All families have worries and sufferings, but also joys and hopes. Loving relationships between spouses, parents, children, and grandparents are what become paths of holiness, made of simple daily gestures, which take little to make ordinary moments extraordinary.
This month, the Holy Father prays “for Christian families around the world; may they embody and experience unconditional love and advance in holiness in their daily lives.”
The family is a place to learn to love, to live with differences, learning from mistakes, being aware that the Lord is present to help and accompany us. This experience of God’s presence is born from prayer; this is why it is important to pray for this intention of the Pope.
An apology from the Holy Father
During the Final Audience with all the Indigenous Delegation, the Holy Father expressed “sorrow and shame” for the abuse and lack of respect for Indigenous identities, culture and spiritual values in the residential school system. He said, “I ask for God’s forgiveness and I want to say to you with all my heart: I am very sorry. And I join my brothers, the Canadian bishops, in asking your pardon.”
- Read the full address from Pope Francis to the Indigenous Delegation
- Read the latest statement from CCCB: Canada’s Catholic Bishops welcome Pope Francis’ apology
Employment opportunities in parishes and Catholic organizations throughout the Diocese.
Please visit catholicyyc.ca/careers for more information and application details.
Resources & Announcements
- Corpus Christi Sunday – Bulletin Shorts, free to use
About Dining in the Kingdom of God. Luke’s gospel is filled with meal stories. Most of them point to the Eucharistic Meal, as does the one today. Four verbs stand out: take, bless, break, give. This is eucharistic language repeated at every Mass. It is Jesus who truly took and blessed his Body and Blood – broke it and poured it out for each and for all of us – and gives to us to eat and drink – so that we may be like him and act like him.
- Because of my sharing in the Eucharistic Feast, how will I be a blessing to family, colleagues, neighbors?
- Because of my sharing in the Eucharistic Feast, how will I break open my life for the benefit of another?
- Because of my sharing in the Eucharistic Feast, what will I give away? If stumped, think of the mercy works.
- Resources for children
- Kid’s challenge this week: Colour this illustrations of bread and fish and put them in the baskets to be offered up during Sunday Mass next week. On the back of the paper, write or draw what you will do to help make sure that all people in your city/town and around the world have enough food to eat. (CAFOD)
- The importance of performing arts in our Catholic Schools
One art medium that is often underserved is the performing arts. There are always plenty of students interested in theatre, dance, and improv but the necessary stage equipment isn’t always available or very outdated. Watch how your donation brought Father Lacombe’s High School Theatre into the 21st century.
- Volunteer for the Papal Visit in July
If you are 18 or older and willing to share your time and talents, organizers are seeking many volunteers for innumerable tasks during the papal visit, from greeting and directing pilgrims, to providing translation services, aiding guests with special needs and performing a variety of other roles, including posting images and messages on social media. If you are under 18, you are welcome to apply to volunteer if accompanied by a parent or guardian. To register, visit papalvisit.ca
- Reminder: World Meeting of Families (June 22-26)
The Church desires that the family be at the heart of pastoral care and attention. To highlight the vital role of the Family in the Church and World, the World Meeting of Families will take place in Rome, June 22 – 26 with the theme “Family Love: Vocation and Path to Holiness.” We invite parishes and families to participate in the various events and celebrations virtually via live streaming. Program details here.
- CCEF Distilled | June 23
Calgary Catholic Education Foundation (CCEF) invites you to enjoy a private event at Bridgeland Distillery that includes a private tour, curated cocktails with a bountiful of delicious appetizers from Villa Firenze. This exclusive event on Thursday, June 23, 2022 starts at 6 pm. Funds raised at this event will be matched by up to 50% by Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink. This is an adults only event. Tickets: $85 include a $20 donation to the CCEF. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online.
- St. Aloysius Gonzaga: How our imperfections should lead us to a spirit of thankfulness (Feast Day June 21) | Surrounded by everything we could ever possibly need or want, we are tempted to think that we are the source of every blessing. St. Aloysius Gonzaga believed that gratitude can only be unlocked through a recognition of our weaknesses.
- The Nativity of St. John the Baptist (June 23)
This special feast is a reminder that Christmas is only six months away. Much like John the Baptist, The Nativity of St. John the Baptist is a proclamation to prepare the way for Christ and all that His coming promises. But why do we celebrate this prophet’s nativity? What allows him to be one of three nativities on the calendar?
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