Mass Schedule
 
Masses and parish activities are currently cancelled due to COVID-19. Learn more here.
 
The Church is open daily 9 a.m. to 7.p.m. for personal prayer.
 
Monday-Thursday
Rosary 8:40 a.m.
Mass 9:00 a.m.
 
Friday
Rosary 6:40 p.m.     
Mass 7:00 p.m. followed by Adoration
 
Saturday (Mass of Anticipation, Sunday liturgy)
7:00 p.m.
 
Sunday
9:00 a.m. and  11:00 a.m.
 
Spanish Mass
2nd Sunday of the Month at 6:00 p.m. Next one will be March 8, 2020.
 
The Sacrament of Confession is available 30 minutes before the start of each Mass.
 
Office Hours
Tuesday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed for lunch: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday
 
Contact
Phone: 780.791.4305
Fax: 587.258.6898
Email: office@stpaulparishwb.com
 
Announcements for the Week
 
Masses and parish activities are currently cancelled due to COVID-19. Learn more here.
 
1. St. Paul’s Parish Church is open daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for personal prayer.
 
2. Livestream Bishop Paul Terrio’s celebration of Mass every Sunday at 11 a.m. from the Bishop’s Chapel. Mass may be stream, or found archived on YouTube here, at the ‘Diocese of St. Paul, AB’ YouTube Channel.
 
3. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no public celebrations of Palm Sunday or the Easter Triduum. There will still be opportunity for personal prayer at churches, and Masses will be livestreamed from the Bishop’s Chapel. Please see the schedule below:
  • Palm Sunday, April 5: In addition to the Sunday livestream from Bishop Terrio, pastors shall bless the palms privately and leave them in the church entrance where parishioners can come by and pick them up on.
  • Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper (Holy Thursday), April 9: Bishop Terrio and priests of Villa Maris will concelebrate Mass at 8 p.m., livestream here, in the Bishop’s Chapel. The Church will be open for Adoration of the Reserved Blessed Sacrament until midnight.
  • Easter Day Mass, April 12: livestreamed from the Bishop’s Chapel at 11 a.m.
 
The Chrism Mass, traditionally celebrated during Holy Week, will be celebrated later in the year.
 

 

News Worth Noting
 
Diocese issues guidance on response to COVID-19; Masses and parish activities cancelled March 16, 2020
 
Bishop Paul Terrio has issued a statement on COVID-19 with guidance on how parishes in the Diocese of St. Paul are to respond to the prevention and preparedness towards the pandemic. Effective March 16, 2020, all Masses and parish activities throughout the Diocese have been cancelled or postponed. Visit here to read the letter and learn more.
 
 
Diocese implements several measures of prevention and caution in response to COVID-19, dispensation from Mass for those over 65 and prayer from Bishop for the situation
March 13, 2020
 
Earlier this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak a global pandemic. In response, the Diocese of St. Paul has put several measures in place to prevent the spreading of COVID-19. We must temporarily withdraw:
  • Communion from the cup
  • Communion on the tongue
  • Holy Water fonts are to be emptied
  • At the Sign of Peace, refrain from shaking hands, a simple bow, nod, or “Peace be with you” to your neighbor is appropriate.
  • Pastors, deacons and extraordinary ministers of the Holy Communion are to wash their hands before and after distributing communion.
These measures are to diminish the risk of contamination from a disease that threatens the common good of our communities. Given that the elderly are at a higher risk of infection, Bishop Terrio has also granted dispensation from Sunday Mass for all parishioners over sixty-five, until further notice. While the Government of Alberta is asking organizers to cancel any events that have more than 250 attendees, this request does not extend to places of worship, grocery stores, airports or shopping centres. The public are reminded that if they need information on COVID-19, to visit alberta.ca/covid19
 
Bishop Paul Terrio has also shared a prayer with the faithful to use during this pandemic:
 
Prayer against the Coronavirus
 
Almighty and merciful Father,
We thank you for the life that is your gift,
For the providence, that sustains us,
And for your wisdom that directs the course of our days.
 
Forgive our sins against your love,
Against each other and against your creation.
 
The threat of an infection of coronavirus is upon us today.
This disease causes fear among us and has claimed some lives.
We humbly beg you, loving Father
To deliver us from this and other diseases.
Heal those who are afflicted and stop the spread of the virus.
Strengthen us in charity to care for each other.
 
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
 
Amen.
 
Click here for a PDF of the prayer.
 
 
Diocesan News: New appointment at St. John the Baptist parish, Diocesan support of Development and Peace 
March 7, 2020
Bishop Paul Terrio has recently shared two messages of interest to parishes. 
 
The first concerned some changes to parish assignments. The most relevant to our community is that Fr Anthony Thomas IMS is now associate pastor at St. John the Baptist parish in Fort McMurray. Father Anthony had been serving at St. Anne’s in Barrhead. Read the memo from Bishop Terrio regarding all appointments here.
 
Bishop Terrio has announced that the Diocese will be starting up the St. Paul Diocesan Caritas fund next year. St. Paul Diocesan Caritas will take the place of the Diocese’s support Development and Peace Canada (D&P) and 2020 will be the last year the Diocese supports the D&P program. Bishop Paul explains:

“Development and Peace does not offer aid in Canada. Our neighbors to the north, the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, now depends on the Alberta Bishops for support. The permafrost is now constantly moving, so that repair and maintenance of buildings is a new and important task.
Also, Development and Peace Canada has difficulty accepting episcopal oversight and supervision.”
 
Bishop Paul further adds, “dioceses are called to establish Diocesan Caritas offices if they do not already exist, because the Church wants each diocese to be involved directly in its charity and out-reach to those in need.”
 
Following in this tradition, beginning in 2021 our Diocese’s special envelopes will have St. Paul Diocesan Caritas donation envelopes included. These donations will be distributed in the following way:  
  • 50% to the North
  • 25% to Chalice (the Canadian child sponsorship program)
  • 25% to the Church in Need, that is the Middle East and the Ukraine
Bishop Paul’s memo may be read here or by clicking the image to the right.