Sunday, July 4th, 2021
Today is 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We invite you to take a look at the many news items below for all upcoming information including our new printable version of the bulletin.
Changes in protocols:
Registration for Mass (weekday & Sunday) is no longer in effect. Masks and physical distancing are no longer required and pews will not be roped off. Sanitization stations will be available at the entrances to the church (for those who wish to use them). Singing is allowed! We will be able to join our music leaders in “making a joyful noise”. No need to wait for the ushers instructions to leave the church - we are resuming the procession at the beginning and end of Mass, so just follow the priest out at the end! Keep in mind - Some of us may have a more difficult time transitioning back to pre-covid times. Please be respectful of other parishioner’s comfort levels. Let’s allow each other time to adjust. *Archbishop Gerard Pettipas’ dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still in effect.
Summer Mass Schedule
Sunday Masses (as of July 10/11)
Saturday: 7:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 & 11:00 am
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 12:15 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 7:00 pm
Statutory Holidays: 12:15 pm
(Heritage Days, Aug. 2 & Labour Day, Sept 6 )
We are excited to welcome Fr. Ed Eherer back to Grande Prairie and St. Joseph parish. Fr. Ed will be offering pastoral assistance to St. Joseph Parish but will also be involved in specialized Redemptorist Ministry outside of the parish. With restrictions due to the pandemic coming to an end, Fr. Ed and the Redemptorist Community see that parishes will need some specialized help to build again. Fr. Ed is preparing for this new role and we are eager to see him again. We expect he will be back in Grande Prairie towards the end of July.
Don't be a stranger this summer- mark your calendars and join us for four fantastic events to celebrate the summer!
July 24th from 10am-1pm Just like our last food drive where all of Grande Prairie showed that "Well Done is Better Than Well Said" we will be hosting another food drive to continue to fill the shelves at our local Salvation Army Food Bank.
Join us for a good ol' tailgate party in St. Joe's parking lot. Bring your own food and drinks whether it's a BBQ, Picnic, Drive-thru or Food Truck, and join us for fun, games, and some well needed social fun with our awesome parish. community!
August 27th at 9pm Drive up or bring a chair and join us for an outdoor movie right here at St. Joseph Church. The movie title is TBA.
Are you, or do you know, someone who
Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?
Has a child over the age of seven who has not been baptized? Was baptized Catholic as a child, but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?
We offer an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith.
Sessions focus on the teachings and experience of Church and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during the Easter season. There are separate sessions for children or youth. You are welcome to participate in the process with your questions, your insights and your faith story in a warm accepting setting.
For information, please contact the Parish office or Allan Forsberg, at
780-532-2351, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know that the Constitution Act of 1867 established the roots of Alberta’s publicly funded separate schools? This makes the right to exist Constitutionally guaranteed. Alberta Catholic Schools Trustees Association Enrollment Data Report 2019-2020
Mon. 5: * Tee & Jerry Backmeyer
Tues. 6: Louise Michaud
Wed. 7: * Pablo & Emerenciano Lugao/ UNinfa Suarez
Thurs. 8: Bazel Driver
Fri. 9: Magdalene Wardrobe
Mon. 12: Shane Lee & Duane LeGoffe
Tues. 13: * Ghislaine Guenette
Wed. 14: Kira & Kyle Borman
Thurs. 15: * Doug DesBarres
Fri. 16: * Antonio Rogeras
Mon. 19: * Rodrigo Bancale
Tues. 20: * Madonna Kelly
Wed. 21: * Ninfa Suarez
Thurs. 22: * Victoria Ibironke & Festus Shaba
Fri. 23: Bridget & Jerome Bowen
Sat. 24: * Pablo Liong *
Mon. 26: * José Joa
Tues. 27: Aaron Heck
Wed. 28: * Paul Ozon
Thurs. 29: * Ilona Pradzinski
Fri. 30: Conchita Lugao
Development and Peace is concerned about the COVID emergency which has developed in India. Please consider donating to the COVID Emergency Fund which has been set up by Development and Peace to help the Indian people. Go to www.devp.org
Fr. Leo English and Captain Peter Kim invite us to bring foodbank items at the church anytime throughout the week or to mass on Sundays. Watch this video as they read from the Gospel of Matthew and share a message calling us all to help the needs of others in Grande Prairie.
Three $500 scholarships are available to graduates of Catholic School. Application forms may be picked up from the parish office, during office hours.
Deadline for applications: August 31
Archbishop Gerry declared a Year of St. Joseph in our Archdiocese, which began on the feast of St. Joseph, March 19, 2021, and will end on March 19, 2022. The diocesan office has created a number of ways to honour St. Joseph. Prayer cards are available at the parish office. The Archbishop encourages families and individuals to make a pilgrimage in the next year to each of the 3 churches in the Archdiocese dedicated to St. Joseph: Grande Prairie, Spirit River and John D’Or Prairie.
Pilgrimage Passports are also available at the parish office. Details concerning the pilgrimage, and more, can be found on the diocese website, archgm.ca/year-of-st-joseph, or call 780-532-9766.