The God Squad would like to take the time to thank all of you for your prayers and support in 2017. It has been a busy year for us. It started off with the retirement of Bishop Henry which was a shock and a surprise. The Bishop has supported The God Squad from our very humble beginnings by opening our first conference.
We celebrated our 20th annual men’s conference in March where we were blessed to have Bishop McGrattan (our new Bishop) open the conference. It was an honour to have Steve Wood join us again as he did for the first conference, Steve stated ours was one of the “best men’s conferences in North America” as he was impressed by all the young men present. The reason they are there is because you bring them year in and year out!
It was another busy BBQ year for the God Squad outreach ministry. We did church anniversaries, high school retreats, youth jail stampede breakfast and several other similar events. The biggest of all was feeding 700+ for July 1st when Bishop McGrattan consecrated the Diocese to Our Lady.
We also sponsored another ride with Jeff Cavins; spreading the Good News to Montana, Idaho, BC, and Alberta. It was incredible talking to people wherever we stopped along the way. We are hoping to build on these stops by encouraging men to attend our annual conference and hosting mini conferences which we will live stream.
2018 is shaping up to be another busy year with our conference being confirmed for Mar 16 & 17th at St Peter’s parish. Our speakers will be Msgr Owen Keenan, Fr. Raymond DeSouza, Fr. Jerome Lavigne. Fr. Cristino Bouvette, the vocations director for the diocese, will speak to the youth, and Fr. Jonathan Gibson, an ordained parochial vicar, will share his conversion story. Registration is open now!
God Squad has also been asked to take the lead on being ushers for a historical event. The relic of St Francis Xavier will be visiting Calgary Jan 21 & 22nd, 2018 and we need some of you to assist with covering the shifts. Please sign up if you are able to assist https://www.volunteersignup.org/343EJ
Once again we would like to thank you and ask you to keep praying for us as we try to reach men and challenge them to be faithful husbands and fathers. This includes working with past speakers to develop a resource for young men to help them have the tools to transition to manhood.