What is Together in Action?
It is the mercy we receive from christ manifested in merciful actions towards aid others. It is we, the Catholics of Southern Alberta, working together to make lives better for all citizens locally, nationally and internationally. Out of the gifts given to us by the Lord, we give sacrificially to show mercy to others.
Why? Giving as a faith community and giving back to God reminds us that He has given us everything we have.
Who? We, as Catholic brothers and sisters, come together to manifest the mercy we receive from Christ to our neighbours.
How? Respond to the call with a gift, joining with your fellow parishioners, your fellow Catholics of Southern Alberta. Give sacrificially, act out your faith, join us Together in Action.
The Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary is registered as a legal charity under the 1913 legislative act of incorporation and also federally with the Canada Revenue Agency. Charitable BN: 10790-9939-RR0076.
As an only child caught by the travelling bug early in life, and ferociously independent, I left home young and spent most of my life away, though always in touch with my wonderful parents. I always felt guilty that I did not live nearby to help them as they aged, and it was always my goal to return to them in my thirties to provide the support they needed when they retired. By then I was in Australia, as far away, it seems, as I could get, and beginning to think about returning. As I prepared for a rare visit to celebrate Christmas one year I received a frantic call from my mother that my Dad had had a heart attack, and so began a desperate effort to book flights during the busiest holiday season. In the middle of my return my progress was interrupted by one of the worst snowstorms Canada has ever experienced, and after a fifty-six hour journey I finally limped up to the Sacreacute; Coeur Hospital in Montreal, in the middle of the night, too late to say goodbye.
"Everybody has their own particular gifts from God, one with a gift for one thing and another with a gift for the opposite." (1 Corinthians 7:7)
At this time of the year, it can seem like we are bombarded with the idea of gifting – both receiving and giving. Suggestions abound on someone else's idea of what you would like to receive or what someone else would like to receive from you.
Upon reflecting on this idea of gifting, I was reminded of a story that Fr. John Shea shares in his book The Legend of the Bells and Other Tales. It is the story of a person who was a teacher for many years, and at Christmas, as was the custom at the school where he taught, students would bring gifts. After about the third year he could guess what the gift was by the size of the gift box. For example, long flat boxes would contain handkerchiefs (it was in the day when handkerchiefs were being used). He developed a habit, and that was to throw the box in the closet unopened until he needed a handkerchief. Only then, would he go to the closet and open the box. On one such day he opened such a box and much to his surprise he discovered an antique pocket watch! Imagine, all the time he possessed an antique watch and didn't know it.
This story is a reminder that we all have God-given gifts and qualities that make each one of us, children and adults alike, unique. It is our purpose to discover, unwrap and use these gifts to help ourselves, others, and to bring about God's kingdom on earth. As we age, mature, and grow in wisdom our gifts will be expressed in different ways for different tasks. An added benefit is that we will discover new gifts!
During these seasons of Advent and Christmas, and during the whole year, let us become aware of our many gifts; let us go beyond the outer package. Who knows what we may discover… perhaps an antique pocket watch?
Let us see the evidence of God's gift of love which is so plentiful to each one of us. May God's blessings and gifts be with you and your family in a special way during this holy time.
Written by Norline Johnson, Religious Education Secretariat, Senior's Corner Coordinator.
How much should I give?
Planned giving is a faith response.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary can help you make your gift planned, proportionate and sacrificial through the establishment of an endowment, the purchase of a life insurance policy or a bequest within your will.
There are many diocesan programs and initiatives in need of financial assistance.
These include continuing education of priests, family life programs, education of seminarians, support for retired priests, youth ministry, health care for the aged, missionary work, Catholic Charities, Elizabeth House, Feed the Hungry and capital projects such as land acquisition for new parishes.
Getting started is the most difficult part about making a will.
For a more detailed overview of the Diocese's planned giving program visit our Planting a Future site
If you have additional questions, please contact your professional advisor (lawyer, financial planner etc.) or contact our Director of Charities & Development, Joann Churchill at (403) 218-5531 or email@example.com