Marriage Enrichment

Parishes can access a series of Marriage Enrichment programs through the Life and Family Resource Centre of the Diocese. These programs are tailored to the needs of the parish hosting such an event. Please contact us for more information by calling 403-218-5505 or by email

Marriage Encounter

What is Marriage Encounter?

It is a weekend experience that gives married couples the opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. It's a chance for them to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God. It's a time to share their feelings, hopes and dreams with each other. The weekend provides a conducive environment for couples to spend time together, away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, while encouraging them to focus on each other and their relationship.

Marriage Encounter is not a retreat, not a marriage clinic, not group sensitivity, and not a substitute for counseling. It is a time for you and your spouse to be alone together, to rediscover each other and to focus on your relationship for an entire weekend. Every marriage deserves that kind of attention. For more information, please consult the Marriage Encounter website at at


Retrouvaille is a program for married couples experiencing difficulty which consists of a weekend and several follow-up sessions.

On the weekend, a series of in depth presentations are given to all participating couples. Each presentation, given by three married facilitator couples and a priest, focuses on a specific area of marital relationship. After each presentation, you will have a chance to reflect on it by yourself, then discuss it with your spouse in complete privacy. The weekend is not a spiritual retreat, not a sensitivity group, not a seminar, nor is it a social gathering. You will not be asked to share your problems with anyone.

Upon registration a $200.00 non-refundable fee is due. The balance of the program cost is a free-will offering at the end of the weekend.

For more information or registration go to or call 403-220-9624.

Upcoming Event: A Lifeline for Marriages. Two people are joined together in marriage. Along life's journey, we may lose our way and start to grow apart. Retrouvaille provides a "road map" to help us find our way again by teaching communication skills and providing the tools to improve our relationships.

Call for help today, 403-879-7893, or

The next Retrouvaille weekend will be held on March 10-12, 2017.

Related Offices Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC) Related Programs Retrouvaille
Related Themes Divorce and Separation Married Life

Catechetical Certificate Program 2016-2017

This Certificate Program is designed to give lay people the necessary Catechetical background in order to feel more confident in the following areas of Parish Ministry:

  • Sacramental Preparation
  • RCIA
  • Youth Ministry
  • Parish-based Catechesis

This program, offered in three levels covering various topics, is also invaluable to anyone seeking to know more about their Catholic Faith.

Course Registration Fee is $100 for each Level.

Location: Holy Spirit Parish, 10827 24 St. SW, Calgary, AB T2W 2Z2

For more information and to register, please call 403-218-5501, or email

Catechetical Certificate Program

Topic Order is subject to change

    Level 1

  1. World Day for Catechists Mass and Presentation with Michael Chiasson: Sept. 24
  2. Scriptural Foundations (Hebrew Scriptures) : Oct. 1
  3. Scriptural Foundations (New Testament): Oct. 15
  4. General Directory for Catechesis: Oct. 29
  5. How to be and Effective Catechist: Nov. 5
  6. Prayer and Spirituality: Nov. 26

    Level 2

  1. Scriptural Foundations (Old Testament) Jan. 14
  2. Scriptural Foundations (New Testament) Jan. 28
  3. Sacramental Life of the Church Feb. 11
  4. Prayer & Spirituality Feb. 25
  5. Vatican II Mar. 11
  6. Sacraments Mar. 18

    Level 3

  1. Session 1: Apr. 8
  2. Session 2: Apr. 22
  3. Session 3: May 6
  4. Session 4: May 13
  5. Session 5: May 27
  6. Session 6: June 3
Related Offices Religious Education
Related Themes RCIA Catechist Formation Religious Education Catholic Schools Courses and Workshops Catholic Teachings Adult Formation Sacramental Preparation

Former Bishops

Most Rev. John T McNally: First Bishop of Calgary, 1913 – 1924.
Later Bishop of Hamilton and Archbishop of Halifax.

Most Rev. John T Kidd: Second Bishop of Calgary, 1925 – 1931.
The former rector of St. Augustine's Seminary. Later Bishop of London.

Most Rev. Peter J Monahan: Third Bishop of Calgary. 1932 – 1935.
Later Bishop of Regina.

Most Rev. Francis P. Carroll: Fourth Bishop of Calgary. 1935 – 1967.
Former rector of St. Augustine's Seminary.

Most Rev. Francis J. Klein: Fifth Bishop of Calgary. 1967 – Early 1968.

Most Rev. Paul J. O'Byrne: Sixth Bishop of Calgary. 1968 - 1998.

Most Rev. Frederick B. Henry: Seventh Bishop of Calgary. 1998-2017.

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Parish Bulletin Insert

Coldest Night of the Year

The Diocese is honoured to be the host partner for Coldest Night of the Year for the fourth year in a row. Once again Feed the Hungry will be partnering with KAIROS Calgary and the Mustard Seed. We'll be raising funds for Feed the Hungry, the Mustard Seed and to pay down the mortgage on Bankview Apartments. All these efforts are to support our neighbors experiencing poverty and homelessness in Calgary. We'd love to have you walk with us on February 25, 2017. It’s not too late to start a team or join one already in existence. We still need volunteer Route Marshalls to make sure our Walkers have a safe & fantastic experience. For more information visit

34th Annual Outdoor Way of the Cross

Our 34th Annual Outdoor Way of the Cross will be on Good Friday, April 14th, 2017. We need volunteers as readers, cross bearers and help with crowd control, volunteer registration, First Aid and lost persons. We are especially in need of volunteers with First Aid or those interested in helping out with Lost Persons. Volunteers for these positions will need to have a security clearance, which we can help facilitate. If you would like to help, please register at We will need to have a registration completed for each person volunteering. Any questions please contact or call 403-218-5519.

Prison Ministry Workshop

This education workshop will be held on four consecutive Tuesdays starting March 7, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 120 – 17 Ave SW. The workshop is open to current volunteers or those interested in prison ministry. Various speakers will present on topics including the criminal justice system, addictions, the ministry of presence and prison ministry and our faith. To register or for more information, please contact Marilou at 403-218-5519 or

Development and Peace Share Lent Campaign Workshop

“Women at the Heart of Change” is the theme for Share Lent 2017. Come and hear about women who have dared to make their voices heard and contributed to laying the foundation for an inclusive society. We also pay tribute to women who have inspired us. Special guest will be Michelle Hoogveld who will share stories from her recent solidarity tour of Cambodia. March 11, 2017 at St. Bonaventure Parish, 1600 Acadia Dr. SE. 10:00am - 2:00pm. All are welcome to attend Mass at 9:00am. Lunch will be potluck. Please call 403-218-5523 to register. Cost is free.


A retreat for single women, ages 18+ will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 9am to 4pm at St. Cecilia’s Church, 321 – 90th Ave SE, Calgary. Please register by March 6th on Facebook: or email: Sr. Terry, f.c.j. at or call 403-228-3623.

The Art of Christians, Muslims and Jews: Conflict or Coexistence?

Since the beginning of modern art history, “western” art historians have looked to the study of history to help us understand art… to interpret it, in its own time. But an art historian is equally interested in studying art to help us understand history. Art brings with it a reflection of its time in a way that often sidesteps the “official history”. History may be written by the victors, but art is made by everyone. And so art has the power to help us see into history from myriad points of view. Professor Schmidt and Tony Luppino will help us explore this period from different perspectives to see what we can learn. Thursday, March 9, 2017 7:00 pm at Calgary JCC, 1607 – 90 Avenue SW. Refreshments and Discussion to follow. Fee: $10, please RSVP: Rochelle 403-246-0382, Members, Students: Free

Ecumenical Lenten Evening prayer

Join St. Luke’s Church (1566 Northmount Dr. NW, Calgary) and Hope Lutheran (3527 Boulton Rd. NW, Calgary) in praying for Christian unity at the important division of Christians since the Protestant Reformation began 500 years ago. Pray and join in fellowship with Lutheran and Protestant Christians as we hear sermons from various Clergy from both denominations.
Hope Lutheran Church Mar. 8 & 22, April 5
6:00pm -7pm: free soup and bread supper
7:00- 7:45pm : prayer
St. Luke’s Catholic Church Mar. 15th & 29:
6:00pm - 7pm: free soup and bread supper
7:00- 7:45pm : prayer

Faith Enrichment for Seniors

The Faith enrichment for Seniors group will be held on Monday March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27, and April 3, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Parish from 1:00 pm to 3:00pm. No registration is necessary and all are welcome. For further information contact Norline at 403-218-5503 or e-mail

Billings Ovulation Method -- Basic Teacher Training Workshop (Part 1)

The NFP Association of Alberta is in urgent need of Billings Ovulation Method® Teachers to meet increasing demand for service throughout Southern AB. Training involves 2 workshops and supervised practicum. Candidates will be prepared to offer personalized education to couples facing infertility, wishing to postpone pregnancy, and/or monitor reproductive health. This workshop all be held March 24-26 at St. Bonaventure Parish in Calgary. To register:

Retrouvaille Calgary Weekend Retreat

A Lifeline for Marriages. Two people are joined together in marriage. Along life’s journey, we may lose our way and start to grow apart. Retrouvaille provides a ‘road map’ to help us find our way again by teaching communication skills and providing the tools to improve our relationships. Call for help today, 403-879-7893, or Next weekend retreat is March 10-12, 2017.

Project Rachel Post Abortion Counselling

The ministry offers a journey of healing and reconciliation for women and men who are suffering distress from a past abortion experience. Clients will be referred to a professional counselor who specializes in dealing with the trauma associated with this experience. For more information call Project Rachel at 403-218-5506 or toll free at 1-877-597-3223. You may also e-mail

Project Rachel Post Abortion Weekend Retreat

The retreat offers a journey of healing and reconciliation for women and men who are suffering distress from a past abortion experience. It will be facilitated by professional counselors who are specially trained to deal with the trauma associated with this experience. The next retreat is scheduled for March 17-18, 2017. For more information or to register call Project Rachel at 403-218-5506 or toll free at 1-877-597-3223. You may also e-mail

Married Couples Retreat

Is your marriage thriving or just surviving? We invite you to take your relationship to a whole new level. Discover key ingredients to a healthy and happy marriage, Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Divine Mercy Centre, (15206 Township Road 262, Calgary, AB T3P-1A7). For information and to register contact Sr. Katrina at 587-755-1019 or

Employment Opportunity

Music Leader

Canadian Martyrs Catholic Parish located in NW Calgary invites applications for a Music Leader or Cantor for Sunday masses at 10:45 am and a Cantor for Sunday masses at 9:00 am.  For more information about these positions, qualifications and application details see the Diocesan website at Competition closes on March 1, 2017.

For more information about this publication email or contact Jane-Rose Ediau or Carol Hollywood, Library & Archives, 403-218-5510; Fax: 403-264-0526 Address: Catholic Pastoral Centre, 120 - 17 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2T2

Related Offices Social Media & Website
Related Themes Newsletter

Development and Peace - Caritas Canada

Share Lent 2016 – Creating a climate of change together!

Each year during Lent, Canadian Catholics are invited to stand in solidarity with communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East who are struggling for dignity and justice.

This Lent, inspired by the Jubilee Year of Mercy and Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE invites you to join in a Climate of Change solidarity pilgrimage with our sisters and brothers in the Global South.

By opening our hearts and walking hand in hand with the most poor and vulnerable, we can contribute to building a world rooted in justice, equality, compassion and love. DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE is working to create a climate of change and build a more just world.

Running throughout the six weeks of Lent, this Lent Calendar app features stories of hope about our sisters and brothers around the world who are creating a climate of change. In the face of conflicts, climate change, and decreasing access to land and water, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE’s partners around the world are empowering the most poor and vulnerable to lift themselves out of poverty.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE invites you to join in a Climate of Change pilgrimage. You can use this app to guide you through the Lenten season with three simple steps each day: Learn, Pray and Act.

See for more details

Related Offices Social Justice
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