Fr. Maurice Okolie, Pastor
I was Ordained August 8, 1998 and served as a Diocesan Priest from the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Enugu state, Nigeria.
I completed my philosophy and theology at Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary, Owerri, Nigeria. It is an affiliate of the Pontifical Urban University, Rome. On May 24, 2007, I arrived in the Archdiocese of Edmonton. In 2007, I served briefly at the St. Maria Gorretti Parish Devon as well St. Margaret Mission Church, Calmar. In 2007/2008, I had my first experience at Holy Family Parish where I served as Associate Pastor.
From August 2008 to September 2013, I served as Pastor of St. Stephen's Parish in Olds. With that, I covered St. Anne's Parish, Trochu, St. Anthony's, Didsbury, Our Lady of Fatima Sundre, St. Joseph's Three Hills and St. Theresa's Lumni.
Presently, I am back at Holy Family Parish for a second Missionary journey as the Pastor!
Fr. Thomas Reddy Basani SAC, Associate Pastor
Love of Christ Urges Us On
I was inspired by life of St. Vincent Pallotti the founder of Society of the Catholic Apostolate. I joined in the seminary after my Grade 10, in 1994. I was ordained on 26th April, 2007. I worked in various places with different ministries last 9 years before I came to Canada on 12th September 2016. Soon after my ordination I was appointed as associate pastor for one year at Amaravathi the province of Andhra Pradesh in India. Then I worked as administrator at seminary for two years. From there I moved to as Pastor in St. Anthony’s parish Hyderabad, India for three years then I served in St. Vincent Pallotti School as Administrator, for one year. Before I came to Canada I was pastor and director of Jeevan Jyothi Pallotti Home (Home for Orphan Children) and Christ the King Parish for two years. I have done my Bachler of Commerce and Computers (B.Com, Computers) and Bachler of Education degree (B.Ed.).
I was born 0n 1st October 1977, to my parents Mrs. Fathima Reddy and late Mr. Balreddy Basani in Thippapuram, Telangana Province, and southern India. I am third oldest in the family among the four sons. I grew my childhood with my parents until my grade 10. We are farmers, now my two oldest brother look after the farming. We cultivate chili, cotton, sugarcane and various vegetables.
I am very glad to be with Fr. Maurice Okolie, as an associate pastor in Holy Family Parish.
“As you wish... Do everything in me. You are my all, now and forever.” St. Vincent Pallotti
Deacon Don Logan, Pastoral Associate
I was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate by Archbishop Smith on July 4th, 2008, for the Archdiocese of Edmonton.
I am married to Margaret, and we have two daughters Anne Marie and Tamara. Anne our oldest is married to Andre, and they live in St Albert with our Grand daughters Rae-Lynn and Kira. Tamara lives and works in Edmonton.
Margaret and I both retired from the Alberta Government and moved to St Albert at the beginning of July 2011 from Calahoo, just west of St Albert.
Nicole Schoenberger, Office Administrator
I was raised in St. Albert and attended St. Albert Parish. I graduated from ESSMY. I married Mark Schoenberger in 1992 and we have 6 beautiful children, 5 daughters and 1 son. Our oldest is 22 and our youngest is 9. We have moved around as Mark is a Forester. We’ve lived in Chetwynd, B.C. for 6 years and Hinton, AB for 9 years. We’ve been a part of Holy Family Parish since 2012.
I worked at ESSMY as Office Support for 4 years. I was very involved with their faith based activities. I started a parent prayer group and have taken 2 groups of students on a Mission trip, my first one to New Orleans where we rebuilt homes for victims of Hurricane Katrina and the second to Costa Rica where we worked in a Catholic Orphanage painting 3 houses and 1 school as well as interacting with the children in the afternoons.
I have been actively involved in all parishes I’ve attended. I taught Baptism Preparation, Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Confirmation, and coordinated Children’s Liturgy for 12 years. This has been a great faith journey. I am currently involved with SEARCH Retreats. This retreat invites youth to grow in their relationship with Jesus.
I am very blessed to be a part of this parish and blessed to work with vibrant faith filled people.
Joanne Willette, Office Assistant
Our family moved to St. Albert in 1999. We felt so welcomed from the first time we attended Mass at Holy Family. I have two teenaged daughters, Sarah and Emily, and was widowed in 2009 when my husband, Peter, passed away from Lymphoma.
Since joining the parish, I have taught marriage preparation, was a guitarist for the Alleluia Children’s choir and I am currently a lector, member of the CWL and co-leader of the Catholic Girls League.
I earned a Bachelor of Secondary Education at the U of A in Biological Sciences and Mathematics in 1988. After teaching in Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec, I ‘retired’ to be at home to raise our girls.
I joined the Pastoral Team in October 2011 and feel blessed to work for such a holy and vibrant parish!
Marieta Paul, Sacramental Preparations / Schools / Music
I grew up on a farm near Riviere Qui Barre, and obtained my CREDO Diploma from Gonzaga Jesuit University in Washington (1976) and Bachelor of Theology degree (B.Th.) With Distinction from Newman Theological College (1979).
Douglas Paul and I were married in 1979 and we have four children, all in their twenties now. We have belonged to Holy Family Parish since 1983. I very much enjoyed being at home with our children when they were young, and Douglas and I volunteered with many different ministries and groups in the parish and Archdiocese during those years. From 1991 to 2007 I had the privilege of working as the Pastoral Associate in Holy Family Parish, then went to Youville Home as the Manager of Spiritual Care, and am now glad to be working in Holy Family Parish again, as well as at Youville Home.
Noelle Pottle, Youth Minister
My name is Noëlle Pottle, and I am the new Youth Minister at Holy Family Parish. I have lived in St. Albert for the last five years, and I got married in May of 2016. I recently graduated from the University of Alberta, and I now have a degree in Elementary Education. I did both of my teaching practicums in St. Albert. I am excited to be the Youth Minister at Holy Family Parish, and I look forward to building and strengthening relationships in the Church community.