Sunday July 16, 2023

  1. Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage (From Archbishop Pettipas)
    The annual Lac Ste. Anne pilgrimage takes place from July 21 to 27.  Next Sunday, July 23 rd , His
    Grace Archbishop Pettipas’will be presiding at Mass and blessing the Lake at Lac Ste. Anne, as
    part of this pilgrimage.  This is considered “the Grouard-McLennan Mass”.
    Although it is colloquially called a “Native pilgrimage”, we encourage you to attend the
    pilgrimage.  If you plan to be at the Mass that His Grace will be presiding at next Sunday the 23 rd ,
    we encourage you to present yourselves to the organizers if you wish to volunteer as reader, usher,
    or gift bearer. 
  2. The annual archdiocesan Assumption Pilgrimage will be held in Girouxville at the Our Lady of
    Lourdes Church an grotto from Ave, Girouxville, AB.
    Full schedule:
    Monday, August 14 th :
    7:30PM – Vespers
    8:30PM – Vigil Mass
    9:00PM – Candlelight Procession with Blessed Sacrament and Litany of the Saints.
    10:00PM – Benediction
    Tuesday, August 15 th :
    9:00AM – Reconciliation service
    10:30AM – Mass of the Assumption
    12:00PM – Lunch (soup and sandwiches)
    1:00PM – Healing service
    2:00PM – Marian procession
    3:30PM Divine Mercy Chaplet/Closing
    Join our amazing team of parish pastoral leadership team volunteers! Help plan and prepare
    youth activities…. to lead children’s liturgy or help behind the scenes. If you are interested please
    contact parish office/Fr. Michael/Bernadine McPherson (Liturgy Co-Ordinator)
    Camp St. Martin is only a few more weeks away. We remind you to especially promote it and
    share it with the families of your parishes over the coming weeks. We have attached here the
    bulletin, poster and a print version of the registration form (Registration is also available
    at If you have yet to have a Camp St. Martin team member speak at your parish,
    please let us know and we can help arrange it.
    K of C charity golf tournament:
    The Knights of Columbus are hosting a charity golf tournament at the Morningview Park Golf
    Course in Sexsmith on July 28th. The money raised will go towards Foundations for Life in
    Grande Prairie. Please see the form available at the church to sponsor or register for this pro-life
    Please contact if you have any further questions.

The Office of Family & Life Team” 3rd World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly –
Promotional Video and Related Resources
We are glad to share with you that the third World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will
take place this year on Sunday, 23 July 2023. The theme chosen by Pope Francis for this year’s
World Day is “His mercy is from age to age”(Luke 1:50), highlighting the relational
interconnection between the old and young. This theme is especially fitting in light of the
upcoming World Youth Day (WYD) in Lisbon, which will take place from 1 to 6 August 2023.
The CCCB Standing Committee for Family and Life, in collaboration with its Office, has
produced a 30-second promotional video capturing the visit of a group of high school students
with residents at a retirement home. The heartwarming interaction of old and young wonderfully
illustrates this year’s theme and encourages us to find concrete and creative ways to draw closer to
the elderly.
We have developed social media guidelines and related images to accompany this video which
can be found through the links below.
YouTube – CCCB Promo Video
CCCB Website – Resource Page
Google Drive – Social Media Guidelines
We invite you to share this video and the related resources for this year’s World Day with your
network. We especially encourage family, life and youth initiatives to promote the video,
especially with groups organizing WYD events.
Together, young and old, let us be protagonists of generosity in our world and witnesses to the
love of Christ, a love that is both fruitful and supportive.
The Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan is continuing their monthly magazine Northern
Light for a third year. The magazine includes in-depth stories, photo spreads and features from
Catholic communities across our region. It is a unique resource that is cherished by its readers –
don’t miss out! Become a subscriber or renew your yearly subscription for $70
at or check your church for a subscription card.
We encourage you to purchase a subscription to Northern Light for $70 on the archdiocese’s
website or by using one of the subscription cards here at the church. This unique resource is
cherished by its readers – don’t miss out!

  1. Intentional discipleship Formation for adults (Catechetical modules). Starting Sept 2023.
    Online & in-person sessions. A sign up sheet is placed at the foyer. We encourage all interested
    in ongoing faith formation catechesis & lay evangelizers. For more information contact parish
    office/Fr. Michael. More information: Archdiocesan website/ Office of Evangelization and
    Catechesis Calendar.
    B: OCIA and Parish Renewal – A Seminar for Parish Leaders/Sacramental Prep. Leaders Via
    Zoom: Date: Feb 2024 –

D. Pastoral Planning Workshop – Via Zoon & in person – Developing A Five – Year Parish
Process for Parish Staff an Leaders – Date: Dec – 2023.
Prayer Chain requests: Confidentiality assured: Contact parish office/Fr. Michael
Divine Renovation
We believe in this program and wish to encourage your participation in this program and to make
it a priority to participate via Zoom. We ask that you see this program in a positive light: not only
is this allowing us to build on fraternal relationship, but it is equipping each of us to move from a
‘maintenance’ preoccupation to collectively gaining insights and ways to possibly excite and
revive parish life and faith expression. So, please, your full, active and conscious participation is
called for.
We’ve provided some useful links, that were mentioned in the online event.  Find out more
about GIFT that Fr Kim mentioned here  Watch previous Divine Renovation webinars on First
Holy Communion Preparation and Confirmation. From Courses to Conversions: Part 1 First Holy
Communion Part 2 Conformation How can DR support you and your parish?
Divine Renovation would love to walk alongside you as you journey on this road of renewal. If
you are not already connected with us the easiest way to get started is to book a call with us and
we can have a more in-depth discussion about how Divine Renovation can support you and your
Our website is a great resource to access our materials including our three keys document for
parishes which you can download for free and use to share the DR Principles with your
parishioners. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to have stories, events and news from
Divine Renovation delivered right to your inbox. To view other upcoming events click here
Online event Break free from Maintenance Culture: How to Build a Parish of Apostolic
Disciples Wednesday, 19th Julyat 7 PM UK.
Parish renewal can sometimes feel like you’re constantly running up against a wall. Perhaps you’re
working hard to cast vision and get Alpha going but things aren’t changing, and you don’t see the
fruit of transformed lives. When a powerful maintenance culture just won’t budge and you’re at a
point of dismay, how do you move forward? Join Deacon Keith Strohm, Fr. Stephen Pritchard,
and Pauline McEvoy-Williams at our upcoming online event and learn strategies on overcoming
maintenance culture in your parish. Register today. We come alongside priests and parishes at
no charge.

Sacraments: Parents are required to complete a Baptism course for each of their children. For
more information call Fr. Michael
Sacrament of Holy Communion & Anointing of the Sick: This Sacrament is available for
anyone who has a serious illness: the elderly whose frailty is becoming more pronounced, major
surgery/serious medical tests, uncontrollable and chronic illnesses (arthritis, diabetes, etc.), mental
illness. If you know of anyone who would benefit from this sacrament or is homebound due to
infirmity and seeking sacraments please call Fr. Michael.
The Archdiocese has an exciting job opportunity for a full-time Secretary to the Archbishop. See
the full details for this position at https:// –
Secretary-to-the-Archbishop.pdf Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter and resume to

Father’s footsteps: July 17 – 22, 2023

Monday July 17: Mass at 9:00AM
Divine Renovation Session
Ministry Outreach, Beaverlodge Hospital and neighbouring communities
Tuesday July 18: Mass at 9:00AM followed by CWL Rosary for Peace
Divine Renovation Session
Ministry Outreach, Rio Grande and neighbouring communities
Wednesday July 19: Mass at 9:00AM
Ministry Outreach Hythe Continuing Care at 10:00AM.
Hythe Pioneer’s Home at 12:20Noon
Visits to Housebound and sick – Horselake First Nation
Ministry Outreach – Pearson Home, Hythe at 1:45PM
K of C Rosary at 5:30PM
Thursday July: 20 Mass at 9:00 AM
Ministry Outreach, Beaverlodge Hospital and neighbouring communities
Friday July 21: Mass at 9:00AM followed by Eucharistic adoration
Divine Renovation
Sacramental preparation for Confirmation & Fist Holy Communion
Ministry Outreach, Beaverlodge Hospital and neighbouring communities
Saturday July 22: Mass at 9:00AM
Ministry Outreach, Beaverlodge Hospital and neighbouring communities
House blessing at 4:00PM
Sunday Mass celebrated on Saturday evening at St. Edmund’s Church, Hythe at 7:30PM.
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Father will be available for confessions on week days half
an hour before Mass and upon request. If there is a requirement Sunday’s after Mass.
Holy Communion to the sick and house bond, Blessings: Available anytime upon request
Please note: This is my usual schedule for the week. Unexpected emergencies do pop-
up. If you need to contact me for any needs please feel free to do so.