Sunday, May 16th, 2021
Happy Easter! This week we celebrate the 7th Sunday of Easter and the Ascension of the Lord . We invite you to check out the many news items below. We hope that although we are unable to attend mass in person at this time, that you are able to join us for our streamed mass at 10 AM.
At the close of Catholic Education Week we continue to pray for all of our Catholic Schools. Our parish staff are shown wearing blue to show their support for Catholic Education, and express how blessed our parish is to have such a great connection with our schools.
A congratulations goes to the Grande Prairie Catholic School Division for a very successful and faith-filled week in celebration of Catholic Education!
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
Take Part. Get Paid. Make a Difference.
We are looking for individuals willing to receive training and work the polls on Monday, October 18, 2021.
Interested in helping out?
Contact Joanne Adair
Elections Returning Officer
The mission of GrACE is to inspire, invigorate and embolden the spirit of Catholic education in order to unite, engage, educate and communicate with one voice on its behalf. GrACE is a partnership of stakeholders resolutely committed to Catholic education within the province of Alberta.
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.
We would like continue to invite you to join us for The Search this Wednesday, May 19th at 7PM on Zoom. This week our session is about the topic "Am I Saved?" We have really been enjoying our time to watch this excellent series together and discuss life's being questions. Join us on Zoom on Wednesday here: The Search Zoom Series or call the parish office to find out more information.
We are entering phase 2 of the Archbishops Glass Door Project that we began last year and we need your help. Some of you may remember receiving a phone call or making phone calls about a year ago in phase 1 of this project. We contacted approximately 1000 parishioners but still have many to contact and we need your help. We are all feeling a little more disconnected during these times and we want to connect with as many of our parishioners as possible. Please contact Joanne at the parish office (780-532-2351 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in helping with this Ministry.
The Parish Pastoral Council organized an essay contest for the students of our Catholic High Schools. The purpose was to engage the students of the two Grande Prairie Catholic high schools to write in a personal reflection essay that was representative of the Pastoral theme of St. Josephs Parish: "Grace and Courage: United in prayer and loving service "
This contest was open to all students who wish to participate and submit an entry based on the pastoral theme.
The contest ran from April 1st 2021 ,to April 21 2021.
All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of three judges.
The judges were Elaine Klukas, Walter Chledowski and
Father Leo English, and a total of six students submitting an entry for the contest
The winners are as follows:
First Place – Hannah Escosia
Second Place – Rochelle Beekman
Third Place – Rachel Walker
Special thanks to Pamela Martin – School Counsellor from St Joseph’s High school and to Paulette Goodall – Academic advisor from St. John Paull II high school for assisting the Parish council with this Program
Special appreciation to the Bishop Grouard Knights of Columbus 4th degree Assembly
The Courage to Rise
What does it take for you to rise every morning? Do you need the blaring sound of an alarm clock to wake you up, or do your eyes automatically open as you hear your mother yell at you reminding you how late you are for school? Fortunately, I don’t need either of the two. I am an early bird who wakes up hours before anyone in the house does. But whether you are a morning person or not, we all have one necessity that enables us to get up every day. That necessity is called courage. Courage is the alarm clock that wakes us up. It is the morning coffee that energizes and enables us to get through another God-given day. In the light of this pandemic, I am able to see the importance of courage in our day to day lives.
Through these tough times, frontliners are the backbone of our country. My father, who happens to be a custodian, reminded me of how lucky we are to have these courageous people. He gets up every morning, grabs his coffee, takes a shower, kisses us goodbye, and then leaves for work. The time he spends before his second job at the grocery store is barely enough to eat, leaving a little to no time for rest. The same could be said for my mom who, despite working a part time job, has to wake up early in the morning to help us prepare for school. As we all sit for supper, we share stories of how our days went. My father cleaned classrooms and washrooms, and sanitized high-touch areas in the school he works at. My mother talks about the nice customer she met while working at the front-end of Costco. The way they narrate their stories make their work sound simple, but pondering over the nature of their jobs, their duties are more important than it seems. Without custodians, establishments will be so infested that we won’t even be able to take a single step in. Without store associates, we won’t be able to get our basic necessities. Along with the responsibilities come the dangers of working in the frontlines. Their exposure to the virus is higher. Doctors and nurses are directly in contact with patients. Custodians handle high-risk areas. Store associates may unknowingly be talking to an asymptomatic patient. Their courage is unparalleled in the face of this global pandemic.
What brings me great awe is how my parents could look so exhausted today and yet they are able to face the next day all energized. Regardless of their workload, they never fall short in being the parents that we need. They make time for us. They manage to juggle serving their family and their community. Along with hard work, dedication is a requirement because their jobs require more than the bare minimum. Whenever I look at their faces, I am able to see the reason they do their jobs. More than to provide for me and my sister, they do it to serve.
Courage is indeed another word for bravery. However, bravery, contrary to the common belief, is not synonymous to facing big and tough enemies or using iron fists. Because we connotate such grandeur to the word courage, we tend to overlook its existence in the simple actions we execute, just like opening a door for an elderly. Serving other people is just as courageous as facing a fire-breathing dragon. From the troops, who safeguard our country, up to the bus drivers, custodians, and teachers, they are all courageous for they choose to dedicate themselves to service. They are the heroes of today. I am fortunate to have heroes as my parents. As we thank God for another day, may we also thank Him for giving these people the courage to rise.
by Hannah Escosia
First Place Winner