January 2023 Man-Update

January 2023 Man-Update

January 2023 Man-Update

Don't let distractions suck life away!

By Sean Lynn, president of God Squad Canada

 

Happy New Year! With a new year comes new possibilities and challenges. It’s that time of year where we start promoting our annual men’s conference. Each year we come up with a theme for our conference.  We trust the Holy Spirit to inspire us to pick a theme that will be meaningful to many, like in 2020 we had a theme of being joyful. We did not know that the world would be locked down and need a reminder of the importance of joy.

 

This year’s theme is “Memento Mori” (remember your death). I started the year welcoming my adult children and grandkids into town as they were all arriving for my Dad’s funeral later in the week. They were able to celebrate with their brother who just got engaged at Christmas and their sister who had just given birth to twin girls days earlier. With all this happening and the funeral, being there for my family gave me a great perspective on the theme of this year’s conference. 

I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on this as it hit very close to home as my dad passed away on December 13th and I was sitting with him in the emergency room just hours before not realizing that it would be the last time that I would talk to him. I was busy doing a crossword puzzle on my phone for a bit, just trying to pass the time. He started talking about what he wanted for his funeral, like carrying him in his casket on our shoulders. “There is no way in hell you are wheeling me down the aisle!” He talked about the importance of family dinners and he wanted me and my siblings to take turns hosting the family. I was oblivious to the fact that it would be the last time I would hear him say anything. It was a very hard lesson for me thinking; I’ll have another week, or another month or year to talk about these things. I wanted to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet with him, thinking I would have another opportunity to do so.

 

The question is; how much do we give away by having our phones at the dinner table or vegging in front of the television or computer, watching TV shows and playing games instead of engaging with those we love.

 

 One can see how much life is sucked away with these distractions.  Perhaps we need to set up some rules such as no phones at the dinner table, which allows for discussion and community building and family togetherness. We hope that we will learn from this experience and recognize when it’s time to have meaningful conversations with loved ones. This is just a little reflection of what we have coming with this year’s theme: Memento Mori; remember your death. 

 

We are blessed to have Fr. Raymond de Souza and Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers as our speakers this year. The conference will take place on March 17th and 18th at Saint Michael’s Catholic community. Please don’t miss this opportunity to invite a friend or loved one who needs to belong to a community of men challenging each other to go out in this world and stand strong as a Beacon of hope within their families, the Church, and the world.

December 2022 Man-Update

December 2022 Man-Update

December 2022 Man-Update

We can move the needle in reaching out to men

By Sean Lynn, president of God Squad Canada

 

In this installment of Man Update, Sean shares a personal note addressed to you, wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in a way that only Sean can.

 

Listen as he reflects on the past year, on his father that recently passed and how his passing brings home next year’s conference theme “Memento Mori” and as he announces our guest speakers.

 

Sean has other announcements, like “An Evening with Bishop McGrattan” on Jan 26, 2023.

 

As usual, Sean exhorts us to be there for each other and has a shout out to men, especially young men. So many things are coming your way, including our exciting Litany of St. Joseph Project.

 

“I pray that your family has a blessed Christmas season and I look forward to a new year with new challenges, and one that I think, with God’s help, we can move the needle in reaching out to men.”

“To my dad, Timothy Francis Lynn, may he rest in peace.”

 

God bless you all.

Giving Tuesday 2022

Giving Tuesday 2022

God Squad & Giving Tuesday Campaign 2022

Every Dollar Matched!

By Dave Cichon of God Squad Canada

 

God Squad Canada aims to form and strengthen men, inspiring them to embrace God’s plan in their lives.  God Squad needs your financial support to help it in its endeavours.

 

Donate today. A generous benefactor has pledged to match each dollar you give up to $25,000.00. Please do not miss out on this great opportunity.

 

“But why should I give?” 

Because of the fruit we bear

God Squad Canada helps form and shape the spiritual lives of men to positively influence those around them by hosting in person and online an annual men’s conference packed with the most inspiring speakers, authors and influencers, providing a worldwide impact.

 

God Squad’s BBQ ministry serves men and youth at community and pastoral events, serving local Catholic schools and parishes. 

 

God Squad responds to the call of the poor with support and free services donating time and money to churches and special events such as the exhibit of the relic of St. Francis Xavier, painting/maintaining churches and sponsoring Knights of Columbus events like the Mens’ Night Out.  

 

God Squad maintains a website and publishes a monthly online newsletter, strengthening men and letting them know they are not alone, serving men around the world.

 

The whimsical production of a Dram with Friends, produced by God Squad helps men virtually meet others who share both a passion for evangelization and Christian influence while enjoying the finer aspects of whiskey from around the world. (*Sean provides all the whisky out of pocket and offers it up in your honour.)

 

God Squad has initiated a special project to put the Litany of St. Joseph to music by commissioning Conductor Carlos Foggin to compose the musical score we hope will endure alongside the likes of The Mass in B minor by Bach, Handel’s Messiah, or Requiem by Mozart.

 

Consider that 85% of men currently incarcerated come from homes either without fathers or from fathers who were physically, emotionally or sexually abusive.  90% of all homeless and runaway children, 63% of teen suicides, and 85% of children and teens with behavioural disorders come from FATHERLESS HOMES. https://thefatherlessgeneration.wordpress.com/statistics/

 

Help us break this cycle.

 

Support God Squad Canada and help us keep Fathers in the lives of their families, and weave real men of faithful courage back in the fabric of society

 

God Squad Canada is a registered charity and all donations are tax deductible.

 

Ways to donate:

  1. Use the Donate button to access our website and donate online.
  2. e-transfer to donations@godsquad.ca and make sure you provide your name, email and mailing address so we can issue you a proper tax receipt
  3. Contact Sean Lynn at sean@godsquad.ca to discuss other ways to give; including large sums or gifts of a non-monetary nature.
Thank you for your support.

From left to right: Stephen Cross, Jeff Cavins, Sean Lynn, Brett Powell, Lorand Szojka, Stephen Kaip, Richard Beaulieu

November 2022 Man-Update

November 2022 Man-Update

November 2022 Man-Update

Support Ministry to Men

By Sean Lynn, president of God Squad Canada

 

In this installment of Man Update, Sean  makes a rare plea to men to support ministry to men.

 

God Squad has been extremely busy this year: BBQs, painting a church, completing the score for The Litany to St Joseph, partnering with the Catholic Men Leadership Alliance (CMLA), working with them to reach out to men where they are at, from the Calgary Diocese and across Canada.  Sean points out that this work is  “Ministry to Men” and is different from  “Men’s Ministry”.

 

To this end, Sean is asking you to continue to support God Squad with your prayers, your time and with financial support.

 

God Squad is extremely excited to announce that they have a donor that will match your donation up to $25,000.  Please prayerfully consider giving to God Squad Canada to support their endeavors.

We need your prayers.  We need you to volunteer as a leader, as a man on a mission for God. 

 

Join us on our mission, whether you want to run a disc golf tournament, a parish breakfast, volunteer with our BBQ outreach or whatever God is calling you to do to help men become the men that God has called them to be.

 

We invite you to reach out to us at info@godsquad.ca

Don’t miss A Dram With Friends with John Edwards.

Meet John Edwards founder and executive director of Pew Ministries, a Catholic speaker and evangelist that has spoken in Canada and across the United States.

October 2022 Man-Update

October 2022 Man-Update

October 2022 Man-Update

Celebrating with John Paul II

By Fr. Marius Sztuk, SDS

 

October 22 is the memorial of the Pontifical Inauguration of St. John Paul II in 1978 and Father Marius will be celebrating with John Paul the Second.

 

Come and take a look at the Orange County Chopper that gives tribute to one of the greatest Saints of our times.  This chopper has an S&S Engine with Baker transmission and has lots of horsepower.  Find out what the colours of Poland are and where to find the keys to the kingdom; who opens the gate and what is the gate?

Don’t miss A Dram With Friends with Jimmy Akin.

We have new friends visiting us in the pub like Jimmy Akin and  our old friends like Jeff Cavins, Jake Khym.  Don’t miss out.  Subscribe now!

September 2022 Man-Update

September 2022 Man-Update

September 2022 Man-Update

God is calling leaders in every parish

By Sean Lynn President God Squad Canada

 

We are so busy. From this summer’s motorcycle ride to BBQs and painting a Church in the hopes of building bridges with indigenous peoples. 

 

There are so many things that God has put on our hearts.  We need you to let us know what God is putting in yours.  We are looking for leaders in every parish across the country.  That is the task that was given Sean at the Catholic Men’s Leadership Alliance (CMLA):  A vibrant Ministry to Men in every diocese in Canada. Let us go to St. Joseph who inspired us to begin the Litany to St. Joseph Project; putting the litany in song.  Stay tuned for updates whilst we count on your prayers and support. 

 

St. Peter’s Catholic Church https://st-peters.ca/ in Calgary is starting a Holy Hour for Men on the first Saturday of every month.  Please join us on Oct 1, 2022 at 08:00 for the Rosary, 08:30 Mass begins; followed by Adoration.  Confession will be available and there will be fellowship afterwards.  

 

Reserve March 17 and 18 2023 in your calendars for our 26 Annual Men’s Conference.  Remember Jeff Cavins Activated Disciple Change: Bring another man with you to the conference this year.  Sean is very confident that the Spolumbos’ sausages will be back again this next conference.

God Squad wants you!  

God Squad is looking for a leader to take over the Disc Golf Evangelization for the 2023 season.  We are especially looking for young men.  You will have all the support you need to be successful; including mentorship.  

God Bless.

Don’t miss season three of A Dram With Friends.

 

We will have new friends visiting us in the pub and we will have some of our old friends coming back; like Jeff Cavins and Jake Khym to start the season off.

Riders In The Storm 11

Riders In The Storm 11

Riders In The Storm

Wisdom From The Road Update 11

By Sean Lynn, President of God Squad Canada

 

Sean wraps up our episodes with some final words of wisdom.  

 

Wear your helmet.

 

This year, we encountered suffering people all along our route.  We all suffer.  It’s how you deal with suffering that makes the difference.  Riding with men and being able to embrace your crosses together makes that load feel a lot lighter.  Sean encourages you to reach out to a brother, to other men, to God Squad or to men’s ministry in your area.  Look for new ones in your area.

 

Don’t be afraid to ask a brother to walk with you, or in our case, ride 5,000 plus miles.

 

God is working in our lives and every single man can play a part in His plan.

By Father Mariuz Aug 2018

take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

(Eph 6:17)

 

Riders In The Storm 10

Riders In The Storm 10

Riders In The Storm

Wisdom From The Road Update 10

By Dwight Whitlach, RITS 

 

Dwight talks to us about being an Activated Disciple.  

 

First invited to ride by Jeff Cavins over 5 years ago Dwight sees meaning in what the men of Riding In The Storm (RITS) stand for:  Bringing young men back to the Church.  Men need to be invited. 

 

When people find out what and who we are, doors open to being prayed for, prayed over or prayed with.  

 

Dwight’s wife makes him go on the God Squad Rides because she’s seen how it makes him a better man.  The rides are an opportunity to be an Activated Disciple, helping others into the Church and also helping him grow in his faith.  

 

What does the Church offer?  The Faith will offer young men peace, fellowship and friends for life.

Rejoice always.
Pray without ceasing.
In all circumstances give thanks,
for this is the will of God
for you in Christ Jesus.

(1 Thes 5:16-18)

 

Riders In The Storm 8

Riders In The Storm 8

Riders In The Storm

Wisdom From The Road Update 8

By Sean Lynn President of God Squad Canada

 

Running lights, it’s the law.  If you want to be seen, you need to have your lights on.  Our young men need to see men in action in the church. Are you being seen?  Turn on your running lights so that you can be seen at night.  You may even have to turn on your high beams in the darkness.  Be that light of Christ in the world as we were trying to do on this ride with everyone that we met.  Be involved.  You are called to do something. “Be doers of the word” (James 1:22) Whether big or small, God has a plan for you.

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It’s better to smoke in this life than in the next.

Riders In The Storm 6

Riders In The Storm 6

Riders In The Storm

Wisdom From The Road Update 6

God Squad introduces you to Father Marius Sztuk, Society of the Divine Saviour (SDS) who in this installment speaks to us from Cheyenne WY.

 

Father speaks to us about the holiness of vacations, about how being in the midst of the world, away from your daily routine can be a way to learn how to find common ground.  Say like motorcycles, something many have people have in common.  Once common ground is found, you can rest assured that his holy priest will turn the conversation to God.  

 

Learn how messy our lives can be and how we all have our own crosses to carry.  

 

We have been entrusted the great gift of faith and as part of our discipleship, we moved to share it with others.  Vacations are not a vacation from God.  Au contraire. 

VOLUNTEER NOW!

Join us in this great work of corporal mercy on a Saturday August 27, 2022.

 

Please consider donating your time to help us paint St. Paul’s Church in Brocket Alberta. 

 

Be there for 09:00 AM. 

We’ll supply the tools and the paint.

 

Bring a ladder of you can.