Fiesta de las Naciones! Feast of Nations!
On Sunday August 31, 2014 we celebrated the “Feast of the Nations”. This fair is an exhibit of the various foods, entertainment and customs from all the different nations that our parish serves. Nations from North America, South America, Europe and India showcased folk dances and special arts. The event began with a mass presided over by Fr. Shibu, and assisted by Fr. Ugo, Deacon Alex and Deacon Ron, and was followed by the procession of flags into the grounds. Click aquí para continuar para fotografías (Click here for more).
Fr. Shibu and parishioners wish a fond farewell to daytime Secretary Laura Rosero-Alvarez. Laura has now vacated her position here in the parish office to begin her studies in London, England! Laura will be attending the University of the Arts, London where some of the alumni include Alexander McQueen, Stella MaCarthy, Jimmy Choo and many others who have since risen to celebrity status for their design talents! Laura is pursuing a Fashion Design BA with a goal towards working under a fashion house. We all join together in congratulating Laura for being accepted into such an elite program! While we will certainly miss you Laura, we know that God will watch over you and keep you safe in this next chapter of your life! Thank you for your dedication and hard work! Replacing Laura is Ingrid Ardon. Ingrid was born in Nicaragua and shortly moved to Costa Rica where she spent most of her childhood years. A Calgarian since 1992, Ingrid was a member of the youth group, a Choir member and Sacramental Preparation Leader. She experienced the growth of Lady of Guadalupe Mission into Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, thereby giving her valuable insight into the challenges and requirements of pastoral changes. Ingrid is married with 2 children and continues to volunteer alongside her husband as Coordinators of the Children’s Spanish Choir. In 1998 as Hurricane Mitch affected Central America the calling for volunteers to help with Hurricane Relief Efforts, lead her to volunteer work at the Parish’s Office. And the rest is history! Welcome to your new role in our parish Ingrid!
Parish Anniversary: Sowing the Seeds!
On Saturday July 12, 2014 we celebrated the first anniversary of Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish. Officiated by Most Rev. Bishop Henry, Pastor Fr. Shibu and Fr. Jimmy, and assisted by Deacon Ron and Deacon Alex, the mass reminded us that we must work hard to plant seeds; and that although we are “multiple in backgrounds” we must come together and “never tire of doing good works”. Click here for photos and access to excerpts of Bishop Henry’s homily!
Fr. Jimmy bids Farewell
On Thursday evening, August 14, 2014, parishioners met in the lower hall to wish Fr. Jimmy farewell! With phone camera is tow to capture his own memories, Fr. Jimmy toured the room to say good-bye to tables of parishioners, shaking hands and reminiscing with as many parishioners as possible. During the evening, Knights of Columbus Navigator Sal Ficaccio, presented Fr. Jimmy with an engraved Chalice. Presentations followed by the Italian …. Click here for more!
Serving God: Our altar servers are a critical element of our Parish. Dedicated to assisting the priests in the celebration of the liturgy during mass, these fine young men and women serve as examples throughout mass. They carry the cross and the processional candles, hold the book for our priests when they are not at the altar, carry the incense and censer, present the bread, wine, and water to them during the preparation of gifts and assist them when they receive the gifts from the people, wash the hands of our priests as well as respond to the prayers and dialogues along with the congregation. Altar servers have a rich heritage, going back to Jesus himself. In preparation for the Last Supper, Jesus sent two of his disciples to prepare the Passover for Himself and the Twelve. Eventually this evolved into today’s altar servers who love Jesus, love the Mass, and want to give their time and talents in the service of God and his church. For more information about becoming an altar server, please contact Gabriela Magana for the Spanish Masses, Suchillar Prevatt or Perry Osweiler for the English and Italian masses. For the Altar Servers Manual, please click here!