Carlos Foggin

Carlos Foggin

Meet the Conductor

Carlos Foggin: Using his gifts to create music!

Sean Lynn interviewed Carlos Foggin during an episode of A Dram With Friends

 

Sean takes the show on the road and meets Carlos Foggin in his “pub” (in the Centre for the Performing Arts) and shares a Classic Whiskey Sour cocktail with Carlos Foggin, a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award in 2020.

 

Carlos is the founder of the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra and has conducted the ensemble since its inception in 2016. In 2019, he was named by the Calgary Herald as a “Compelling Calgarian” for his work in community building, education, and outreach and was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College.

Carlos will be writing the musical score for our

St. Joseph Litany Project.

“The orchestra started out in the Church and in the Courts of the Royal Families.”


Without the patronage of the Church, classical music would not have taken off”.

 

Mozart wrote music for feast day Masses and Solemn Vespers.

Before classical music became classical, it was contemporary. “My vision is to take an old form, something that is seen as timeless, and mixing that with choir, implementing some Gregorian Chant in there, using the Latin language so that it is universal and timeless: It sounds old but it’s new; just as an homage to St. Joseph the Patron Saint, St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church; showing what can be done with an old form. New wine in an old bottle so to speak.”

 

Carlos is largely influenced by St. Gregory and the legacy this Saint has left us dating back 16 centuries.

 

“St. Gregory. He penned the first chant.”

 

Carlos talks about his humble beginnings and his hope for the St. Joseph Litany Project.

Listen to this heartwarming conversation between cousins. You will get to know the man from a Mormon upbringing who wants to honour our Patron St. Joseph.

 

You will be surprised to learn who his posse is.

St. André Bessette,

we celebrate your presence among us.

Your loving friendship with Jesus, Mary and Joseph

makes you a powerful intercessor with God, our Father.

Compassion carries your words straight to God’s heart.

 

Through you, from our lips to God’s ear,

we implore you with the same humility you carried yourself,

to intercede in the life of Carlos Foggin;

that his work in glorifying God in His Greatest of Saints

bear much fruit.

 

May we be made a part of God’s work, alongside you,

in a spirit of prayer, compassion and humility.

Saint Brother André, pray for us.

 

Amen

Fallen – the 4th commandment

Fallen – the 4th commandment

I've fallen and I can't get up, the 4th commandment

That famous catchphrase from 80s is one most of us are familiar with, even finding it in memes and online jokes. And it was one I remember hearing on TV commercials while growing up, but it truly struck home when recently one night I was startled awake from my sleep by my mother calling out, “Stephen, my legs gave out and I can’t get up. Help.”

A few years ago, I decided to give up my place and move back in with my mom; she was living alone (my brother and niece had moved away a few years prior) and she was finding it increasingly difficult to live by herself, both financially and emotionally. She was still very active and strong at that time, but this past year has seen her physical strength shockingly diminish over a relatively short period of time. She went from still working at 76 (part-time) to starting to have to use a cane to help her balance by mid-summer, to now using a walker continually just to get around. She even needs help going up and down stairs; all this dramatic change in less than 10 months time. And her greatest frustration is not knowing why this is happening to her.

The 4th Commandment states: “Honour your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, so that your days may be long and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

— Deuteronomy 5:16 – 

This is something that has become of a much greater reality to me over this past year with what it means to love and honour my parents, especially my mom in particular. For those of us who are parents, we understand the sacrifices we must make for our children: our time, attention, love, finances, heartache and so on. But it really did not become clear to me until this past year just how much the tables would turn, of how much I would have to sacrifice to help my mom as she struggles with her failing strength and the unknowns as to why it is happening.

The pain I see her in, the heartache, the anxiety and the struggle with depression, when she says, “you should trade me in,” or “maybe I should just go live in a nursing home,” or when she will say, “I’m so useless.” Each time it tears my heart a little, but I keep giving to her, trying to lift her up and help, to make each day a bit easier for her. I do not want her to feel abandoned or a burden; she is not that to me, even when I must sacrifice each day of my self for her. She’s worth it and so much more.

So, to me the 4th Commandment has taken on even deeper meaning this past year. Yes, it would be easier just ‘put her in a home’, to pass on the responsibility I have towards her, but I have come to realize that this is my cross that I am willingly accept out of love for her, just as Jesus bore his cross out of love for me.

Recently, Father Mike Schmitz did a video on “How to Love your Difficult Parents”. This was poignant for me considering some of what I’ve journeyed with recently, especially with his final reflections on dealing with an aging parent:

I pray that this helps you too on your own journey with aging parents.

 

In service,

Stephen M. Cross

God Squad

Man Up-date Rosary

Man Up-date Rosary

Holy Rosary to End Pandemic

May 2021 Man Up-date

The Marian month of May starts with the feast of the St. Joseph the Worker our Patron and Protector. In this edition of the Man Up-date, Sean Lynn reflects on how Mary wants peace and challenges men to pray!

 

Sanctuaire Notre Dame du Cap has been designated as the Canadian shrine to lead us in prayer for the end of the pandemic on May 23rd (Pentecost Sunday) .  The intentions for that day are for law enforcement, military and firefighters.

 

Lead your families to join in on that day and surround our church, province and country in prayer.

Man Up-date Divine Mercy

Man Up-date Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy

April 2021 Man Up-date

God Squad’s own Deacon Stephen Robinson talks to us about Divine Mercy; what it is and in so doing, gives us a glance into the infinite depth of God’s Love.

 

Now is the time of Mercy.  Now it is needed more than ever.

 

Deacon offers us the antidote this world so desperately needs.

Month of St. Joseph

Month of St. Joseph

Month of St. Joseph In the Year of St. Joseph

by Sean Lynn

Thank you!

I want to sincerely thank everyone for attending our virtual conference on March 19th & 20th. I hope and pray that you were able to get as much out of it as I did! I would encourage you to share it with a friend or someone that needs to hear the message.  


Here is the link to access the conference talks for free:

https://godsquad.ca/2021-conference.

Appeal

That being said, we did incur expenses to be able to offer the conference; including stipends for our host, Father Cristino, and speakers that presented to us from St Joseph Oratory and British Columbia.  

A number of you have already made donations to help. May God bless you richly in our humble attempt to express our gratitude. 

We humbly ask you who can to prayerfully consider making a donation to help us with our mission. Please visit

https://godsquad.ca/donate

to donate online.

 

On the donation tab you can designate your donation to several of our endeavours such as:

  • Conference expenses
  • BBQ Outreach
  • Motorcycle Evangelization
  • “A Dram With Friends” podcast, or
  • St. Joseph Litany Project. 

Or make a donation directly with an e transfer to

donations@godsquad.ca

(please send a separate email to the same address with information for a tax receipt). 

St. Joseph Litany Project Update

In other news we had a very successful fundraiser in January, A Dram For St Joseph!

We are 2/3 of the way to our goal of $35,000.00 for our St Joseph Litany Project.

A big thanks

to all of you who attended and to our sponsors for such a fun evening. We raised over $6,500.00 in the silent auction and thanks to many of you, we were able to sponsor 52 Bishops, priests and deacons.

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Mt 25:40

 We will see what God inspires us to do this summer when we can hopefully come together in person.

Invitation to Divine Mercy

We are entering Holy Week and preparing for the Easter Triduum, looking forward to celebrating the joy of the resurrection!


One of the traditional devotions that we do and encourage others to do is the Divine Mercy Novena. It starts on Good Friday and finishes on Divine Mercy Sunday (The Second Sunday of Easter, the first Sunday after Easter).


God Squad Canada has made it so that you can join us in this novena by going to https://godsquad.ca/divine-mercy-novena and find the daily meditation there for you to read or listen to, as well as the chaplet of Divine Mercy


In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:

“On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy … On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls.”

“Oh, what great graces I will grant to souls who say this Chaplet. Write down these words, my daughter. Speak to the world about My mercy; let all mankind recognise my unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times; after it will come the day of justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fount of my mercy; let them profit from the blood and water which gushed forth for them.”    (Diary, 848)

Mille grazie Spolumbo’s

Mille grazie Spolumbo’s

Spolumbo’s Fine Foods & Deli has been a landmark business in Calgary since 1992 when some football friends came together to create a 10 seat deli in Inglewood using tried and true traditional recipes passed down from their families.

spolumbos

Today, Spolumbos is an icon recognized by anyone who lives in or has visited Calgary because it is a dining experience everyone should partake of.  Within the first few years of God Squad being founded, Spolumbos generously donated the food for the conferences for upwards of 500 men, which is no small feat! Since then, Spolumbos has sponsored the conference every year with their generous donations since 2003. 

God Squad would like to recognize and thank them for their selfless service to the organization and the men who have benefited.

We thank them for their undying support and encourage people to participate in our efforts in supporting them at every occasion possible.