Trinity Sunday – May 31, 2015
St. Francis Xavier
St. Rita’s
Holy Rosary
780-524-3425 FAX 780-524-3404
Pope focuses on dating in his General Audience:
Stay away from 'Express Marriage'
In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis reflected on dating and marriage.
The Pope reiterated that being called to marriage is a vocation that needs to be
embraced. He also encouraged Christians to stay away from the so called 'Express
Marriage,' which is solely based on fading emotions. He then highlighted that a
life long union entails hard work.
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
In our catechesis on marriage and the family, today we reflect on the importance of
engagement as a preparation for marriage. The word "engagement” itself speaks of
entrustment and commitment. Engagement is a time when couples come to know one
another better in planning for the beautiful yet demanding enterprise of
marriage. Love itself demands this preparation, which makes possible a free, generous
and sober decision to enter into a life-long covenant of love. For this reason the
Church stresses the importance of the period of engagement by offering courses of
marriage preparation. With the help of Christian married couples, fiancés are
challenged to reflect together on their love, their future and the importance of faith
and prayer in the life they are about to share. Let us pray for young people looking
forward to marriage, that they will prepare for the wedding day not in a worldly or
banal way, but with the wisdom, hope and joy born of their faith in Christ. 2015-05-27
Intercessory Prayer to Saint Rita
Holy Patroness of those in need, Saint Rita, you were humble, pure and patient.
Your pleadings with your divine Son are irresistible, so please obtain for me from
our risen Jesus the request I make of you. Be kind to me for the greater glory of
God, and I shall honor you and sing your praises forever. Glorious Saint Rita,
you miraculously participated in the sorrow passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Obtain for me now the grace to suffer with resignation the troubles of life, and
protect me in all my needs. Amen
Monday, June 1
Tuesday, June 2
Wednesday, June 3
Mass Times
9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. Lodge
Thursday, June 4
9:00 a.m.
Friday, June 5
Saturday, June 6
9:00 a.m.
Sunday, June 7
10:00 a.m.
Greeters & Gift Bearers
Children’s Liturgy
Eucharistic Ministers: Bread
Church Cleaning
Parish Centre Cleaning
Altar Servers
10:15 Long Term Care
12:30 Mass @ St. Francis 2:30 p.m. Holy Rosary
May 31
June 7
Catholic Women’s League
Couples for Christ
Dan Napier & Marcel Duguay
Dan Napier & Marcel Duguay
Catholic Women’s League
Couples for Christ
Shela & Volunteers
Shela & Volunteers
Catholic Women’s League
Pat Handfield & Rob Kerswell
Dan (Bernie)
John, Sonia, Elsie, Denise
Gisele & Marcel
Lorraine, Dan, Mike, Angela,
Eve & Terry
Eve & Terry
Joseph & Triser
Myrtle, Elsie, Rose
Daen & Shaen
Collection Information for May 10, 2015
56 Envelopes
Papal Charities
Building Fund
St. Francis Xavier
Development & Peace
Prayers for the Sick
Please pray for recovery, healing and/or special graces
for Linda James, Cecil Pattison, Barb
Bespflug, Henry Moormann, Margaret Lamoureux, Laurier Bourassa, Pat Bonertz, Makenzie Fickle, Albert
Courtoreille, Shirley Kramps, Lea Paradis, Ziah and Francis Kapalka, Jeannette Doolittle, Debbie McInnis
and all those who are in need. Pray also for the repose of the souls of the departed.
Dear Prayerful Parishioners: The prayer list is refreshed on the first Sunday of each month.
To add someone to the prayer list, please fill out a form found in the little box on the table in the foyer
and place your request in the collection basket.
Please Contact Denise to add names on the list, 780-552-3985 or [email protected]
Happy Birthday this week to
Deirdre O’Dell, Lacy Gerwatowski, David OlsteadNolan Carter, James Tremblay, Angelica De Guzman, Angela
Radzikowski, Myrtle Caharel, Darlene Kerwell, June Hardman, Tristan Simpkins
Happy Anniversary to Neil & Brandy Doris, Jason & Vilma Fidler, Roger & Jacqueline Boyd, Jim & Lisa Dorscheid
Thank You to all the ladies that helped cleaned the rectory after Father Abraham left.
Welcome Father Jacobsen hope your stay with us is enjoyable
In the Footsteps of St. Paul Pilgrimage
12-day Pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey, July 3-14, 2015.
St. Paul has the distinction of carrying the Faith beyond the borders of Palestine. Here's an
opportunity to visit many places identified with St. Paul in modern Greece and Turkey.
Deadline for registrations and deposit is April 30, 2015. Anyone interested in this exceptional
trip, please contact:
Fr. Ed Eherer CSsR, c/o St. Joseph Parish, Grande Prairie, 780-532-2351
Diocesian Youth
Summer Camps: August 9-14 (grades 7-12), August 17-20 (grades 4-6)
Contact: Denis Blanchette Office phone:780-532-9766 cell: 780-837-1658
Youth Ministry Coordinator [email protected]
Facebook: Arch GMyouth
Priestly Ordination of Deacon Michael Uso-Ereyi
At St. John the Baptist Cathedral, McLennan
On Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Coming Soon
Grouard -McLennan Archdiocese
3rd Annual Faith Rally
August 28, 29, 30, 2015
St. Bernard’s Church - Northern Lakes College, Grouard AB
Focus- The Family
Guest speaker- Michael Chaisson
In Heaven as on Earth
A familiar phrase from the Our Father is: thy will be done on earth
as it is in heaven. However, the liturgy today invites us to reverse
our perspective – to discover God, not in heaven, but as revealed to
us on earth. Our grasp of the mystery of God is based on how we
relate to God. With this in mind, we explore the readings.
In Deuteronomy, Moses made this request: Ask now about former ages, long before your
own, ever since the day that God created man on the earth (Dt 4:32). In order to discover
God, Moses directed his people not to turn their eyes to heaven but to earth where God is
revealed through actions and words. Our God makes covenants, unites with humanity, and is
always with us.
The psalm refers to our faithful God who does not change. God keeps his Word.
Throughout the Bible, there is a refrain that could come from a song: From the time that I
first loved you, I have always loved you.
Up until now, the liturgy has directed our focus towards the exterior, towards history and
God’s creation. In his Letter to the Romans, St. Paul invites us to explore the interior.
Plunging into the mystery of the soul, St. Paul discovers God who is Spirit, a living God who
breathes inspiration like an invisible but powerful wind that not only fills sails and turns wind
turbines, but that lifts us up and brings us to Him, in spite of our imperfections. This creates
an astonishing relationship whereby we can call God: Our Father.
In today’s Gospel, St. Matthew writes about Jesus’ interactions with his disciples. Like us,
Christ experienced human limitations: hunger, fatigue, and fear when facing death. Jesus
knew that his personal history, one well established in a particular country and precise era,
was also anchored in the same mystery of God. In Christ’s story, from his humble birth to his
Resurrection, we discover that God’s mystery could only mean that He is among us, for us,
and with us.
St. Luke’s Gospel begins with words spoken by an angel to Mary, the first believer: the
Lord is with you (Lk 1:28). St. Matthew’s Gospel concludes with similar words from Christ:
And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Mt 28:20). God is always with
us. He is Our Father, Our Savior, and Guiding Spirit.
Georges Madore, s.m.m.

PARISH BULLETIN Trinity Sunday – May 31, 2015 St. Francis