Dear Parish Family,

We hope this letter finds you and your loved ones in good health. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year in 2021. May Jesus be close to you and your loved ones. The annual season of Advent reminds us THAT GOD IS WITH US.

This year more than ever, it seems, it is important to keep in touch. The little virus called COVID 19 has affected our daily lives, routines. It has slowed things down more than anyone could have imagined. More or less it has been nine months of some kind of confinement for most of us. We want to THANK all of you who have continued to support our parish during this unprecedented crisis. I am very grateful for your support and your prayers as we face this together.

We are currently still limited to sixty people per service and therefore, for the time being, you are required to pre-register for Christmas and New Year Masses. Please login to the parish website to do so.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Beaverlodge:
December 24, Thursday: Christmas Vigil Mass at 7.30 PM
December 25, Friday, Christmas morning Mass at 11:00AM
New Year Thanksgiving Mass: December 31, Thursday at 7:30PM
January 1, Friday, morning Mass at 11:00AM (Solemnity of Mary Mother of God)
St. Patrick’s Church, Rio Grande:
December 24, Thursday: Christmas Vigil Mass at 5:00 PM (Full)
December 25, Friday, Christmas morning Mass at 9:00AM
New Year Thanksgiving Mass: December 31, Thursday at 5:00 PM
St. Edmund’s Church, Hythe:
December 24, Thursday: Christmas Midnight Mass at 11:00 PM
January 1, Friday, morning Mass at 9:00AM (Solemnity of Mary Mother of God)

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
The celebration of all the Church’s sacraments has continued uninterrupted while respecting the new norms for safety in the Church building. The opportunity for confession continues to remain available. Confessions will be heard half an hour before all Masses and anytime upon request, as well as the following times:
St. Mary’s Church, Beaverlodge:
December 16, Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 12:00PM
December 17, Thursday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
December 18, Friday 5:00PM – 8:00PM

Our Parish weekly bulletin:
The current situation has highlighted the need to be able to better communicate with our parishioners. Thus, we have created a system in our parish website specifically designed to help parishes to get a copy of our parish weekly bulletin. If you would like to join our mailing list to receive the latest bulletin, news, and updates please register your name and email address using our website link:

We thank you sincerely for your generous contribution for our parish community. We do not expect anyone to give more than they feel they can, given these unusual circumstances. To the extent that you can, however, we encourage you to support our parish communities, as the costs of operating the parish during this time has not changed, the weekly contributions have decreased by approximately 60%.

There are several ways you can give to our parishes:
• Use the Donate button on the archdiocesan /parish website to make your donation.
• Use Pre-Authorized debit or Credit Card.
• Use the 2021 envelopes for the coming year, which are now available for pick up in the entrance of the church.

For more information: Kindly log on to our parish and archdiocese Facebook page and website at: or
or contact us: 780-354-2415.

We wish you and your families a Blessed Christmas and a happy grace filled New Year! May your heart be full of praise and gratitude and may your 2021 New Year be virus free and filled with Harmony, Peace and love.,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

With prayers and blessings.

Father Michael Dias
St. Mary’s Parish family,

December 8, 2020 St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Beaverlodge, Alberta