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The Bishop's Message for Catholic Education Sunday (November 5th)

posted Nov 5, 2017, 8:15 PM by U of C Catholic Community   [ updated Nov 8, 2017, 9:26 AM ]

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Phil 4:8). This teaching from St. Paul captures well the heart of Catholic education. Woven throughout, and uniting, the rich variety of activities that unfold daily in our schools is the mission to "think about these things." Therefore, it is incumbent upon everyone involved in the ministry of Catholic education to ensure that by means of our curriculum content, extra-curricular activity, and Christian witness, our students are immersed in the true, the good, and the beautiful and helped to ponder them deeply in the light of our Catholic faith.


In his message for World Communications Day earlier this year, Pope Francis observed: "The early Christians compared the human mind to a constantly grinding millstone; it is up to the miller to determine what it will grind: good wheat or worthless weeds. Our minds are always “grinding”, but it is up to us to choose what to feed them (cf. SAINT JOHN CASSIAN, Epistle to Leontius)." The human mind seeks naturally to know what is true. Truth is a person, Jesus Christ, who reveals Himself as "the Way, the Truth and the Life" (John 14:6). In Catholic education we feed the minds of our beloved students with truth by facilitating their encounter with the Truth, who is Jesus.


"God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good." (Genesis 1:31) Catholic education seeks to help our students be aware of their own inherent goodness as children made in the image and likeness of God. Modern communications media, with its many illusory messages about what is "good," can distract our students away from this awareness. By placing before them the Word of God, traditional devotionals and the celebration of the sacraments, Catholic education offers our students the opportunity to be silent and hear the voice of God summoning them to holiness and assuring them they are His beloved.


By helping our students look upon reality through the lens of divine revelation, we lead them to see the beautiful in what a purely human gaze often perceives as unattractive, namely, in the faces of persons who are poor, sick, suffering and alone. Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of individuals and in the wider community by challenging students to recognize the inherent beauty and worth of every person, and to serve others, especially the poor, with compassion and justice. By embracing the call to serve, the active response of our students to anyone in need holds strong transformative potential for a world seeking justice, peace and unity.

On Catholic Education Sunday, we give thanks to God for this beautiful ministry of the Church. By the help of His grace, may we enable our students to ponder the true, good and beautiful, and thus come to realize how God is present and at work in the world and in every moment of their lives, leading them to salvation. 

Catholic Bishops of Alberta and NWT

5 November 2017

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Third Sunday Monthly Speaker Series: Our Lady of Guadalupe

posted Oct 23, 2017, 11:34 PM by U of C Catholic Community

The UCCC will be having speakers every 3rd Sunday of the month, to spread and increase devotion to Our Lady and to draw people closer to the Lord through her.

Join us after Sunday Mass on October 15th, at St. Pius to hear Desmond Sanesh speak about Our Lady of Guadalupe and the significance of the image. His wife will also be giving her testimony.

There will be refreshments!

UCCC Fall Retreat 2017 (Sept 29th - Oct 1st)

posted Oct 23, 2017, 11:01 PM by U of C Catholic Community   [ updated Oct 23, 2017, 11:03 PM ]

The University of Calgary Catholic Community is once again hosting its annual Fall Retreat! 

Theme: Disarming the heart…Hearing your own true name.

Come away by yourselves and rest awhile. Let the gentle wisdom of the Beatitudes remind you of who God is and who you are. Learn how to let the nine blessings take you to the next level of peace and joy in your life. Discover the heavenly rewards that dwell just below the weariness of our hearts and minds and how these rewards bring new freedom to our behaviors. 

Fr. Mark Blom, OMI, is the vocation director for the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Lacombe Province. He is part of the Campus Ministry Team at St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon and promotes vocation culture through retreats, talks and the Oblate Web page. 

Here is the link to register: 

Fee: $40 (Yes, that's for the whole weekend! Includes all meals and accommodation.) 

Location: Our Lady Victory Camp. 

What to bring: Sleeping bag, bottled water, bible and Rosary. 

We will meet at 5pm on Friday Sept 29th at St. Pius Parish to carpool! More details to come!!

Check out Salt + Light TV!

posted Oct 23, 2017, 4:05 PM by U of C Catholic Community   [ updated Nov 8, 2017, 9:26 AM ]

Salt + Light TV presents a nationally televised forum with young Canadians, Cardinal Kevin Farrell and Pope Francis to prepare for the October 2018 Synod of Bishops on Youth, called "Young People, Faith and Discernment: Forum 2017 Canada."

Original Air Date: October 22, 2017.

Click here to be redirected to the website.

Skate Night Thursday Oct. 26th!

posted Oct 23, 2017, 4:00 PM by U of C Catholic Community   [ updated Nov 2, 2017, 7:29 AM ]

Need a breather or even a study break? Come skate with friends from the UCCC! We'll be meeting at the entrance inside the Oval at 8:20pm to head in.

Entrance fee to public skate at the Oval is free for Ucalgary Active Living members with UCID. Adults ($7), Under 18 ($4.75), Family ($18.50).

Skate rentals and helmet rentals are available inside the Oval.

Mass with the Bishop

posted Aug 29, 2017, 9:38 AM by U of C Catholic Community   [ updated Sep 22, 2017, 8:20 AM ]

On September 17th we will be holding our yearly Mass with the Bishop. Adoration and the Rosary will be held at 6:30pm followed by regular 7:00pm Mass. Please join us in this special event.

Marian Month

posted May 1, 2017, 10:27 AM by U of C Catholic Community   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 9:52 AM ]

May is traditionally known as Marian Month, we will recite the Rosary at 6:30 PM every Sunday before our 7PM Sunday Mass. We will start on Sunday May 7, 2017.

Ash Wednesday March 1, 2017

posted Feb 14, 2017, 12:10 PM by U of C Catholic Community   [ updated Mar 1, 2017, 4:01 PM ]

Today we begin Lent with Ash Wednesday in fast, abstinence and prayer. We will have two Masses today:

1. Mass at Noon in the Loft (4th floor in the McHall, above the Wellness and FSC Center and located outside the Women Resources)
2. Mass at 4 PM in the Large Prayer Room MSC 317a (where we have daily Prayer and Mass)

After the Homily, there will be blessing of the ash and anointing of the ash on the forehead. Please come, celebrate and begin our journey of Lent in the spirit of repentance, prayer, and fast, abstinence and the works of mercy.

Delving Deeper: UCCC Formation Night

posted Feb 1, 2017, 10:24 PM by U of C Catholic Community   [ updated Feb 13, 2017, 11:12 AM ]

Join us after the Sunday UCCC Mass on February 5th 2017 for an opportunity to study and share about a particular topic relating to the beauty of our Faith! The topic for discussion this month will be the Holy Mass. What is the Mass and what does it mean? And what is the purpose of us going to Mass

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

posted Dec 12, 2016, 1:03 PM by U of C Catholic Community   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 9:46 AM ]

Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I will not be in office from Tuesday Dec 20, 2016 to Friday Jan 6, 2017. Therefore there will be no service and mass at all during those day.
Also, there will no UCCC 7PM Sunday Mass at St. Pius X on Sunday Dec 25, 2016 and Sunday Jan 1, 2017.

Sunday Mass will resume on Sunday Jan 8, 2017
Daily Mass and other services will resume on Monday Jan 9, 2017

During this time, I can be contact via personal email:

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