Bulletin – Apr. 15th, 2018

Bulletin – April 15, 2018

Mother’s Day Photos Invites

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Items of Interest:

  • Join us for a “Celebration of Love” for all couples at St. James on Sat. May 26th –  tickets on sale this weekend!
  • We will have a special photo tribute to all mothers on Mother’s Day weekend – please see the bulletin insert for more info.
  • It’s National Volunteer Week. Thank you to all the amazing volunteers and ministers we have here in our church community! 🙂

 

Bulletin – Apr. 8th, 2018

Bulletin – April 8, 2018

Diocese Letter_April_2018

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Items of Interest:

  • Singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet after 9am Mass on Apr. 8th at St. Michael’s.
  • Singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet before 11am Mass on Apr. 8th at St. James.
  • Save the date! A “Celebration of Love” for all couples – Sat. May 26th at St. James.
  • Join the St. James Knights of Columbus for Pancakes after the 11am Mass this Sunday in Okotoks.

Bulletin – Apr. 1st, 2018 (Easter)

Bulletin April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday

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Diocese Announcements

Invitation Letter to Seminar – Income Tax Reduction Apr 5

Highlights:

  • Bring small bells to ring during the Gloria for the Easter Vigil and 9am Easter mass.
  • Blessing of Easter baskets on Easter Sunday at both the 9am and 11am masses.
  • Parish office will be closed on Good Friday & Easter Monday. Happy Easter!
  • Welcome to our parish community: Jayla, Leighton, Caleb, Kim, Grace and Jenna!
  • Divine Mercy Sunday is on Sun. Apr. 8th. Please see the bulletin for more info.

Bulletin- Mar. 25th, 2018

Bulletin – March 25, 2018

Diocese Announcements

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Highlights:

  • Please check the bulletin for Easter mass times. 🙂
  • Flower donations can be dropped off at the parish office Mar. 26th-29th.
  • Blessing of the Easter baskets will take place at the 9am and 11am masses on Easter Sunday.
  • Bring small bells to ring during the Gloria for the Easter Vigil and 9am Easter mass.

Bulletin – Mar. 18th, 2018

Bulletin March 18, 2018

Planned Giving – Diocese of Calgary

Our Faith in Action TIA Story Bulletin Insert Between Friends

Highlights:

  • Lenten Parish Mission is this coming week (Mon-Weds) with Greg Wasinski.
  • Apparition Hill Movie Fundraiser for Christina Hemens, Sun. Mar. 18th.
  • Youth Rally is coming up on April 21st in Lethbridge, AB.
  • This is the last week to bring in items for the Food Bank Drive.
  • Bring in your old palms to be burned – basket can be found in the Narthex.

Bulletin – Mar. 4th, 2018

Bulletin March 4, 2018

Bishop McGrattan – Pastoral Visit Schedule

Jason Evert Speaker POSTER_2018

Okotoks Food Bank Board Info

Highlights: 

  • Jason Evert talk at. St. James on Weds. Mar. 7th @6:30pm.
  • Bishop McGrattan Parish Pastoral Visit from Mar. 9th-11th.
  • Lenten Parish Penitential Service is on Tues. Mar. 13th @6:30pm.
  • KofC & St. Vincent de Paul food drive in March at St. James.
  • Save the Date! Parish Mission Mar. 19th – 21st.

St. James Youth Raise Thousands for Charities

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St James Parish youth group members Josiah Gustafson, Marcus Yurko, Bennett Gill and Youth Ministry Coordinator Amy Heggenstaller-Boon were part of a group that participated in the Coldest Night of the Year walk.
Published: Okotoks Online on Wednesday, 28 February 2018 05:50 
Written by Tanis Gillis

Fundraising efforts by a group of youth from St James Church in Okotoks have resulted in a $5,500.00 donation to two charities that serve the homeless.

Forty-six youth collected funds over the past couple of months and then participated in the Coldest Night of the Year walk in Calgary on Saturday, February 24th. The funds raised by the group will support Kairos and Feed the Hungry.

Marcus Yurko, a Grade 7 student from St. John Paul II Collegiate, says they were part of a group of hundreds that participated in the event.

“It was a fairly big group,” he says. “There was around 450 people that were walking and we weren’t all in one cluster, we were spread out. Some did 5K and some did the 10K.”

The local youth completed the five-kilometre route through the Eau Claire area of downtown Calgary and refueled with hot chocolate and cookies at snack stops along the way, as well as chili and donuts at the end of the walk.

St. James Parish Youth Ministry Coordinator Amy Heggenstaller-Boon says it was a “humbling” experience to see homeless people gathered under the bridges for warmth against the cold, but also smiling, clapping and cheering the walkers on along the route.

Funds were raised at events held at Natural High Fitness at the Okotoks Recreation Centre, Sobeys Okotoks with hot chocolate and coffee donated by McDonald‘s, an Okotoks Oilers game and at the church. Heggenstaller-Boon says the community has been behind the youth all the way and adds they’re grateful for the support they received.

Bennett Gill, a Grade 6 student at Ecole Good Shepherd School, says he felt it was time to start helping those less fortunate than himself and he organized his own fundraising effort to help out.

“I thought that I really wanted to help the homeless so I decided to do my own fundraiser at my school, Good Shepherd,” Gill explains. “And I ended up raising $260 and I’m really pleased with that number.”

Josiah Gustafson, a Grade 7 student at St. John Paul II Collegiate, says he enjoyed the opportunity to serve others as part of the youth group.

“I think maybe if the younger you are and people see you doing stuff, it really shows them that it doesn’t matter your age, you can do whatever you want if you put your mind to it,” Gustafson says.