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Angels On High Update

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As a committee, we meet about once a month or so and we are always eager to have new volunteers join us so I would like to take this opportunity to invite anyone who would like to help us to planning the Angels on High fundraiser to please see one of us in the lobby after mass. The next planning meeting is scheduled for Tuesday July 11 at 8:00pm in the Rectory. If you cannot commit to the meeting but still want to be involved - we are currently working hard gathering donations for the raffles and can always use more help!
Angels on High is shaping up to be slightly different than in the past. This year, the hike will take place on Saturday, September 9 and we will be hiking Sulphur Mountain in Banff. This is the same mountain that the Banff Gondola climbs so for those of us who prefer to only hike one way – we can take the gondola back down the mountain. Or – if anyone wants to take the Gondola both ways - we invite you to join us on top around noon.
Sulphur Mountain Trail is a moderate trail that follows a series of switchbacks to the summit ridge. A network of trails along the ridge, and viewing decks at the gondola station, provide stunning views of the Bow Valley. Once on top you can also follow a short trail up to the historic Cosmic Ray Station.
Sulphur Mountain is 5.5 kms one way with 655 m elevation gain. We expect it will take us approx. 3 hrs to reach the summit. This hike is family friendly and good for people of all ages so children and grandparents are encouraged to participate. There will be a hiker’s information meeting on July 11 @ 7:30pm in the rectory to answer questions about the hike so we invite you to come find out more information if you want to join in the hike but are at all nervous about it. We can help you decide if this hike is right for you.
Angels on High is not a race – it is an adventure that we do together with an end goal of building our parish community while fundraising to build a catholic church building here in Chestermere. We want everyone to participate and truly enjoy God’s beauty in a safe and fun environment.
On the day of the event we plan to meet in the parking lot by 8:30am and start hiking by 9:00am. This means that we should be at the top of Sulphur Mountain by noon and then we can enjoy a refreshment and snack on the top before coming down. In the afternoon, we are planning a picnic at a nearby picnic and invite everyone to come out and join us for that – even if you don’t do the hike in the morning. There will be BBQ’s available for use so everyone can bring their own lunch and we will pray that the weather allows us to have a fun afternoon of celebration.
Although we do not have a group campground to camp over night like we have done in the past – there are many campgrounds in the area that you might want to consider for the weekend but this is not mandatory. You will find a list of these campgrounds on the parish website – please feel free to make a reservation for overnight camping on your own.
New this year is that we will be praying the stations of the cross at various intervals along the hike. We will all have the opportunity to make our own homemade crosses one day leading up to the hike which we can carry on our journey. More details about the cross making day will be announced soon.
We have 2 raffles for AOH this year – tickets are available in the lobby every weekend until they are sold out. The draw will be in September. If you would like to take a book of raffle tickets to sell to your friends/family or co-workers – please see us or contact the rectory to make arrangements.
We are also selling high quality Angels on High athletic t-shirts for only $22 which are available for everyone this year. You can order those in the lobby – or online. The deadline to order a t-shirt is July 31 so you only have 3 weeks to get your order in. They come in men’s, women’s and children’s size. All proceeds from the sales of the shirts and raffles go towards the Angels on High fundraiser to build Chestermere’s first Catholic Church. Your support is appreciated!
So here’s the important part – if you would like to be an Angels on High hiker this year – and we really hope you do – please register online on the parish website. The benefits of joining Angels on High as a hiker are numerous. Over the past 4 years many new friendships have been formed and strengthened through this adventure because together, we are all so excited to continuing building our St. Gabriel Parish community and church.
Finally, on Saturday September 30 we will have a family potluck dinner and dance at the Rec Centre as a wrap up celebration to the 5th annual Angels on High combined with the Feast of St Gabriel. Tickets for adults are $10 and children are only $5. Please see us in the lobby, check out the bulletin or visit the parish website for more information regarding any of this. Thank you for your time and we hope to see you on the mountain!