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  • The Financial Realities of Building A New Church 

  • March, 2011 - Bishop Henry's March, 2011 letter to All Saints Parish announcing the shuttering of St. Patrick's Church. 

  • To view an Article on the Vatican over-ruling the decision of the Bishop to close parishes in Allentown Pennsylvania. 

  • The language used by Bishop Lennon of Cleveland in closing churches is eerily similar to that used in our Diocese. 

  • June 29, 2011 - Herald coverage of SOCA. 

  • A link to a review of Michael Jones' book, Empty Houses: A Pastoral Approach To Congregational Closures. 

  • A SOCA Tale - Cryin' In The Chapel by Maxwell 

  • Letter from the Historical Society of Alberta to Bishop Frederick Henry 

  • National Post article on refusal of Bishop to support Lethbridge Catholic Charities Clothes Bank. 

  • Article from the Economist Magazine on the state of the Roman Catholic Churches'       Finances

  • Link to All Saints Parish Pastoral Council meeting minutes 

  • Prayer For The Church 

  • Link to the National Catholic Reporter 

  • Link to St. Joseph Foundation 

  • August 13, 2013 - Lethbridge Herald article 

  • May 21, 2014 - Letter from SOCA to Bishop Henry requesting the reopening of St. Patrick's Church 

  • May 25, 2014 - Response from Bishop Henry to SOCA's request to reopen St. Patrick's     church 

  • February 2, 2016 - Letter from Cardinal Spela, Prefect of the Congregation of the Clergy, accepting the appeal of parishioners regarding the closure of St. Patrick's Parish. 

  • March 14, 2017 - Decision of the Congregation For The Clergy regarding our Appeal of December 23, 2015. 

  • April 3, 2018 - Letter from the Apostolic Signatura dated February 28, 2018, accepting our appeal of the 2017 decision of the Congregation For The Clergy. 

  • April 28, 2017 - Lethbridge Herald article on the 2017 AGM. 

  • May 12, 2021 - Transcript of the sentence of the Apostolic Signatura or Supreme Tribunal on the case of Save Our Churches Association (Appellant) vs The Congregation of the Clergy (Respondent). Save Our Churches launched this appeal in July 2017 which required the hiring of Canon Lawyers approved by the Vatican at the expense of SOCA.  

  • January 18, 2023 - Powerpoint presentation made by Bishop McGrattan to Parish Advisory Council announcing his intent to reopen St. Patrick's Church as ordered by the Apostolic Signatura (the highest court in the Roman Catholic Church) in their decision of March 12, 2011.  Bishop McGrattan has also directed All Saint\s Parish to form the East Lethbridge Catholic Assessment Project (ELCAP) to provide input and recommendations into the current and future needs of All Saints Parish (by December 31, 2023). 

  • March 16, 2023 - First of three articles by the Lethbridge Herald on the historic reopening of St. Patrick's Church.  

  • March 19, 2023 - The Money - Where Is It Going To? An updated account of the financial realities of building a new church - This one by a successful businessman familiar with the trades and presented at SOCA's latest public meeting.  

  • March 22, 2023 - Lethbridge Herald article on the history of St. Patrick's Church in Lethbridge. 

  • March 24, 2023 - Article by Alejandra Pulido-Guzman of the Lethbridge Herald on the grand reopening of St. Patrick's Church on the anniversary of its patron saint. 

  • April 5, 2023 - Article from the CBC on the March 17 reopening of St. Patrick's Church after being shuttered for almost 12 years. 

Phillip Gray JCL


Our Lady of the Assumption Church

Contact Us

SOCA Board of Directors

  • Joe Kelenc - Chairman - 403-330-1237

  • Francis Noronha - Procurator: 403-328-7616

  • Bob Constanzo - 403-329-6566

  • Grant Alger - 403-942-0202

  • Prisca Baptista: 403-329-3065 (St. Patrick's)

  • Florence Kubinec: 403-327- 0577 (Assumption)

  • Alice Takacs: 403-327-1394 (St. Basil's)

  • Len Whyte: 403-330-5330

  • Marilyn Arnold-Poehlmann - 403-393-6816

  • Romeo Paulhus - 403-381-8747

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