The Dedication Mass of the Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Rockies, celebrated by Bishop William McGrattan, Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary, will take place on Friday May 1st, 2020 at 7:00pm. Unfortunately we have a wonderful problem, we have more people wanting to come to the celebration than we have seating for and fire code will allow. Many of you have already received your invitations. The invitations were sent primarily to parishioners and to some non-parishioners based on involvement with building the shrine and ministries in the parish.
Starting on the weekend of February 8th/9th, members of our parish will be invited to enter a lottery to obtain the remaining tickets for the Dedication Mass. There will be a limit of two ballots per household, each ballot worth 2 tickets. To submit your ballot, you must do so in person at our parish office (108-104 Kananaskis Way, Canmore, T1W-2X2) or at weekend Masses at Our Lady of the Snows Academy (3100a Stewart Creek).
We appreciate your understanding in what was a very difficult decision in allocating tickets for our parish community and those non-parishioners who have greatly assisted the building of the new church.
Symbolon: Knowing the Faith explains the essentials of the Catholic Faith in a way that will inform our minds and inspire our hearts. Too often we try to live a faith we don’t know or understand. Some of us stumble along with it, going through the motions. Others simply walk away.
A 10 session program beginning January 29, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the parish office for the men of our parish. The sessions will be presented every second and fourth Wednesdays.
Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys January 12th
Marguerite is often referred to as the ‘Mother of the Colony’ for her contributions to the establishment of Ville-Marie, the place we know today as Montreal.
Born in France in 1620, Marguerite crossed the Atlantic in 1653 to join in the colonizing efforts begun by Monsieur de Maisonneuve. Her mandate was to develop educational opportunities for aboriginal children and for the families of the French settlers in Ville-Marie.
Marguerite received the help of Jeanne Mance, founder of the Hotel-Dieu Hospital. Other women joined her and the group formed an institute of uncloistered sisters, the Congregation of Notre-Dame.
Marguerite was well loved. She died in 1700 at the age of 80 and was declared a saint on October 31, 1982. In 1997, archaeologists uncovered the foundation of the chapel Marguerite built in Ville-Marie 325 years earlier. Marguerite is a patron saint of poor people.
Become a "Friend of Our Lady of the Rockies”.
a donation of $1000 or more
to the building fund, will put you on the Friends Register.
As we look forward to the opening of the new Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Rockies in Spring 2020, we have begun a new fundraising campaign called "Friends of Our Lady of the Rockies." We are inviting individuals and families to make a donation of $1000 or more and be known as a Friend of the new shrine church. It is our hope that if 1000 individuals or families give $1,000 or more before the opening of the new shrine church, then we will raise one million dollars to pay for three important items in the new building. These items include the Pews, where we will sit to listen to the Word of God at Mass and during silent prayer, and where we will kneel to adore our Eucharistic Lord. The second item is the Parish Hall, where we will gather as a community to build fellowship and look to support the needs of our local community. Finally, as Friends we will pay for the three bells in our Bell Tower, that when rung will call us to times of prayer and serve as a beacon of hope in the Bow Valley that God is present in the beauty of His creation. Fr. Nathan Siray
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Come Thou, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me the joy and love and peace it is right to bring to the manger of my Lord. Raise in me, too, sober reverence for the God who acted there, hearty gratitude for the life begun there, and spirited resolution to serve the Father and Son.
I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, whose advent I hail. Amen