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 4

Riders In The Storm 4

Riders In The Storm

Wisdom From The Road Update 4

Welcome Tom Ottman, one of our American Riders In The Storm as he speaks to us about Brotherhood and how these brothers look to each other for strength.

 

In this installment, Tom reveals the beauty of Holy Boldness.

 

See if you can guess the total combined years of marriage our Riders In The Storm have.

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.

July 2022 Man-Update

July 2022 Man-Update

July 2022 Man-Update

Holy Holidays

Holy Holidays are not a time away from God but a time to spend some quiet time with God.

 

Take your family to new churches and in that way learn some of the history and heritage of the Church.  Take this opportunity to make it a Holy Holiday.  

 

I encourage the men to take this time to reflect on what God is calling you to do in this next year; to what piece do you think He wants you working in.  

 

The Church needs your help to grow the Church in Canada; with ministry to men, whether you have your own group, let’s join forces.

 

Watch and see the beautiful scenery Sean has the privilege to enjoy during his Holy Holiday and how on fire he is returning from the Catholic Men’s Leadership Association (CMLA)  Summit just attended.

We are hoping to gather a team of 10 and be able to start and complete the work on a Saturday.
Right now we are tentatively looking to schedule this on one of the two last weekends’ of August 2022.

June 2022 Man-Update

June 2022 Man-Update

June 2022 Man-Update

Go in the Peace of Christ Transforming the World by the Way You Live Your Life

Love or hate, ready or not, wide or narrow, what path do you observe?

Do you take this path intentionally or do you wander?

 

By virtue of our relationship with Jesus we are in sales and therefore need to be aware of what we’re selling?  Are we truly the bearers of light?

 

Are you happy with yourself or with life?  Lack of peace, and joy is a sign of the absence of Love which opens the door to fear, loneliness and despair.

 

Do you find yourself enslaved by porn?  Do you pray to St. Joseph or your guardian angel for strength in chastity.

 

We are always praying for you that you be open to the Holy Spirit. 

 

“Men, we are on the path. Make today that path a day of redemption.” 

 

Listen to Deacon Stephen’s words of encouragement as he proclaims scripture and offers us his blessings.

We are hoping to gather a team of 10 and be able to start and complete the work on a Saturday.
Right now we are tentatively looking to schedule this on one of the two last weekends’ of August 2022.

2022 Thank You

2022 Thank You

We did it!

How have you experienced journeying together as the Church?

By Sean Lynn of God Squad Canada 

We did it! We celebrated an in-person Men’s Conference in Canada, celebrating 25 years of Men’s Ministry for God Squad Canada. I can’t thank you enough for all the men that have shown up over the years to support us and those that joined us online and in-person. This year I’d especially like to thank our speakers Jeff Cavins, Brett Powell, and Bishop McGratton for making a memorable weekend. This doesn’t happen by accident, this happens with a lot of work behind the scenes by dedicated volunteers year in and year out. I get to be the smiling face at the podium but there is a dedicated team over the years that have helped pull off these conferences and this year is by no means any different. I would like to thank Lorand Szojka, Richard Beaulieu, Stephen Cross, Deacon Stephen Robinson, Fr. Jonathan Gibson, Stephen Kaip, John Paul, Joey Paul, Dave Cichon, and Peter van Uden. These are the men that help God Squad Canada move forward. In the last year, they have had us looking at it in more of a business light and moving us to the next level, I cannot thank them enough. I would like to also personally thank my loving wife, Michele and my eight children, who have been supporting me personally for the last 25 years to make these conferences happen. 

Stephen Cross, Jeff Cavins, Sean Lynn, Brett Powell, Lorand Sojka, Stephen Kaip, Richard Beaulieu

We were blessed to have Sisters Seeds Of The Word help service lunch this year and Beloved Daughters help serve coffee and donuts. I’d like to thank our sponsors the CMLA/Heroicmen for sponsoring Jeff Cavins, Spolumbo’s for sponsoring our lunch, and Mike Reid of Tim Hortons who sponsored our coffee muffins and donuts. 

I pray that you were all moved by the weekend talks which we are making available for you to watch and listen to and reflect on and maybe share with that man Jeff challenge you to bring into the church in the next five years. None of this happens by accident. We need your prayers and support as we continue to move forward under the guidance of Saint Joseph. Please consider four things; Are you willing to be a parish Ambassador or captain to help us promote God Squad and men’s ministry? Second; consider being a helping hand as we try to do more Outreach with a BBQ, disc golf, or painting the church in Brocket. Third; your prayers – we have prayers on our website where you can pray with us whether it’s a novena, rosary, or Terror of demons. Use prayers that speak to you. Then finally please consider a donation. Normally we ask at the conference for donations, which didn’t fit into the schedule this year as we were trying to keep it on time and on message. We still would like to raise money for the Litany of Saint Joseph and we would like to other Outreach possibilities. Considering sponsoring so we can serve dinner to CCO missionaries for free on April 2 or Bishop McNally High School retreat in May. I’d like to see what the possibility is of us hiring people to move it to the next level and bring this message across Calgary and Canada. Some of your companies will match your donations or volunteer hours so please consider helping us. Please email admin@godsquad.ca if you can help with any of these things. E-Transfers can be made to donations@godsquad.ca; please follow-up with an email with all your personal information for tax purposes.

Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and prayers and attendance at this year’s conference and know that we will continue to move forward reaching men where they’re at and doing what we can to build the Kingdom of God.

P.S. Like and subscribe to A Dram With Friends on Heroicmen, YouTube or your favourite podcast platform. Help us grow our audience and share. If you know someone who would make a great guest, please let Sean know at: adram@godsquad.ca

March 2022 Man-Update

March 2022 Man-Update

How have you experienced journeying together as the Church?

By Sean Lynn of God Squad Canada 

We are well into March and you would think all my writing would be about our upcoming 25th annual men’s conference, but here I am writing about the Synod on Synodality

(For an article on the Conference see the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary’s blog “Why rise up?”)

I first heard about it at the beginning of the year and wondered what it was about.  From what I have been able to gather is that our Diocese has taken a simple approach asking two questions.

  1. “How have you experienced journeying together as the Church?”
    and
  2. “What steps does The Holy Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our journeying together?” 

I want to strongly encourage men to take part in this process to ensure that our voices are heard as the church moves forward. We have Catholic news platforms that feel they need to point out all the wrong in the church. We have divisions in every parish across this country due to mandates and political stances.  When I phoned all the dioceses in Canada asking about men’s ministry in their diocese it was like I was speaking a foreign language. There is a lot of work to do and we need you to be part of that work.

God Squad has been trying to point to the truth and beauty of the church and where we are aiming for, Heaven. It is easy to look around and get caught up with the storm of what’s going on around us. We need to keep our eyes on Christ and not lose focus like St Peter did.

“Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water. ”  He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; but when he saw the wind,he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Matthew 14

On our motorcycle ride last summer we were having a discussion about what is going on in the church and the world. The conclusion we came up with is that our job is sales and those were management problems. We are not going to change what the Pope, a Cardinal or Bishop says or does.  We can focus on Christ and walk with the brothers that are right in front of us. 

So invite that man that needs a friend to join you at the 25th annual God Squad Men’s Conference where they will be encouraged and fed (literally with Spolumbos and Tim Hortons). Consider doing the 30 day challenge, Rise, with a man that you can journey with. Order a set of God Squad golf discs to take a friend out to play a round and be a friend to a man that needs a friend. As you do these things hopefully they will help you answer the questions being asked for the Synod.

In closing please watch for your opportunity to take part at the parish level in the synod and join us at the 25th annual God Squad Men’s conference featuring Bishop McGrattan, Jeff Cavins and Brett Powell.

St Joseph Pray for Us!

February 2022 Man-Update

February 2022 Man-Update

Deacon Stephen Robinson 

Deacon Stephen sends out the call to “man up” so to speak, to be counter cultural and be a man in the traditional Catholic sense and to join us at the 25th annual Men’s Conference..

 

Our speakers will be Jeff Cavins and Brett Powell, speaking to us about the Change on the Rise: Ushering the New Springtime.

Men have been driven down the path to sin.  Can you see the signposts to holiness or do you follow the ruts of Satan? 

 

Deacon speaks of the three traps laid on by Satan:

  1. The portrayal of stupid, self-centered men, stuck in adolescent mentality
  2. The Leadership Vacuum created by the fear instilled by Satan in our society that men and women are not equal if men show leadership in the family
  3. Pornography, the intrinsic evil, the glave that not only separates us from God but from intimacy with others, leaving us alone

Learn about what men’s diakonia really is; the one established by Jesus; the one that bestows upon Him the title of Lord.  

 

Learn what it means to be a manly man in the image of our Lord.  

 

Renew the true meaning of intimacy in your lives with your wife and your family and with God.

 

“Come and be with us as we promote this new springtime, this new rising up to be manly men.”

January 2022 Man-Update

January 2022 Man-Update

“Fend off the enemy!”
“You can’t tame me!”
“Heading up the river, we feel the change on the rise.”
“What good’s a man who lost his soul.”
“Can’t make a stand when his flame has gone cold.”

From Avi Kaplan’s song “Change on the Rise” 

 

Help us celebrate our 25th anniversary, inspired by St. John Paul II’s call for the new springtime and Avi Kaplan’s song “Change on the Rise” with the view of building up the church.  Our theme is “Change on the Rise; Ushering in the New Springtime!”  

 

We are excited to have Bishop McGrattan celebrate the opening mass.
Our keynote speakers are Jeff Cavins and Brett Powell.  

 

Please join us in person or on live stream at godsquad.ca to register and for more information  

 

Host a watch party.  Or if you can, bring a man or two with you.

December 2021 Man-Update

December 2021 Man-Update

December 2021 Man-Update

Santa!

This month, Santa himself is doing the Man-Update for God Squad.

He gives us a retrospective of 2021 and looks ahead to the new year eagerly with it’s ongoing and new initiatives like the  Litany to St Joseph Project, the 25 Annual Men’s Conference on March 18 and 19, 2021 and the new Disc Golf initiative.

Of course none of this can be possible without you all. 

On behalf of God Squad Canada, thank you all and

Nov 2021 Man Up-date Count Your Blessings

Nov 2021 Man Up-date Count Your Blessings

Count Your Blessings

November 2021 Man Up-date

Mr John Paul 

John invites you to send us your memories, thoughts and God moments from the God Squad Conferences to help us celebrate the 25th anniversary of God Squad’s Men’s Conferences.

 

Contact us at godsquad25@godsquad.ca

 

Don’t forget to count your blessings and your priests.  Look for…  the positive in your life, make the priest a part of your family life so that your family sees how the presence of Christ can bear fruit.