DAY RETREAT FOR WOMEN - AUGUST 19
The Divine Mercy Centre invites you to discover your True Beauty and Identity in Christ. Be renewed and inspired by the paradox of simplicity and the gift of faith. The retreat will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Divine Mercy Centre (15206 Township Road 262, Calgary, AB T3P-1A7). The day will include talks, confession, Mass, adoration, lunch, prayers and sharing. Cost is $25 per person.
- To register, please contact Sr. Katrina at 587-755-1019 or e-mail
CALGARY CATHOLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT OPENING MASS - AUgust 31
Calgary Catholic School District welcomes CCSD teachers and administrators to join the District Opening Mass happening on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the BMO Centre. There will be a Litany and Media Presentation of Banners at 1 PM, followed by Eucharistic Celebration with Bishop William McGrattan. For more information, please contact Michele Hoogveld.
FAMILY CELEBRATION AT THE DIVINE MERCY CENTRE - SEPTEMBER 2
All are invited to join Bishop McGrattan at the Divine Mercy Centre for a free outdoor family celebration on Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 11:30 AM. Rosary will be prayed at Noon followed by a Holy Mass. Lunch will be provided. Note that confessions will be available before and after the Holy Mass.
A LIFELINE FOR MARRIAGES - SEPTEMBER 8-10
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 e-mail.
- More information available at Retrouvaille website. Next weekend retreat is September 8-10, 2017.
BISHOP MCGRATTAN AT THE MOSQUE - SEPTEMBER 9
Bishop McGrattan will be speaking at Baitan Nur Mosque (4353 54 Ave. NE, Calgary), on the theme of “Forgiveness, Punishment and Justice” along with Islamic Imam Taha Syed on September 9, 2017 from 4:30-6:00pm with a free dinner provided.
- Please RSVP by September 8 via phone to: 1-866-628-5435.
CELEBRATE THE SEASON OF CREATION
Season of Creation starts on September 1st with the World Day of Prayer for Care for Creation and ends on the Feast day of St. Francis, October 4th. Two events are already planned during this month:
- Live Laudato Si Workshop at St. Patrick's (September 29). Save the date!
- Blessing of the Animals at St. Joseph's (September 23). Save the date!
Prayer resources can be accessed on the website www.seasonofcreation.org. If you would like additional resources or help with planning an event to celebrate the season, please contact Marilou LeGeyt - 403-218-5519 or email. Join Christians around the globe as we pray and take action for our common home.
TRANSITIONS - STARTING SEPTEMBER 27
Transitions is a 15-week peer support program for those recently separated or divorced. Participants will meet every week to reflect upon and discuss topics such as self-esteem, stress, anger, guilt, blame, loneliness, forgiveness, blended families and more.
- The next program will begin in Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
- To register: Call 403-218-5505 or find more information here: Separation and Divorce Ministry.
WHITE MASS - October 18
Annual White Mass: Celebration of the feast day of St. Luke, patron saint of physicians, will be held 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at St. Anthony's Church, 5340 - 4 St. SW, Calgary. All are welcome, especially those working in medicine and health care. Reception will follow the Mass.
BISHOP'S DINNER - OCTOBER 19
Bishop McGrattan will host his very first Bishop’s Dinner on Thursday, October 19. This year’s theme is Youth & Vocations - Their Faith, The Church. Michael Chiasson will give the keynote address with Bishop McGrattan sharing his vision for youth in his closing remarks. Catholic singer/songwriter Janelle is our musical guest.
- Tickets are $175 or $1400/table of 8. For more info contact Samantha at 403-218-5531 or email.
- Purchase tickets online
TEMPLE BUILT OF LIVING STONE - November 6-7, 2017
Interested in Catholic Worship and Sacred Liturgical Space? Join us at the National Catholic Liturgical Conference with Fr. Michael McGourty as he reflects on our rich identity as members of the Body of Christ visibly evident in our sacred space and liturgical symbols. November 6 & 7, 2017.
- For more information & registration, check out: https://wclcanada.wordpress.com/
WANTED: SACRAMENTAL COORDINATOR AT ST. PIUS X PARISH (PART TIME)
St. Pius X Parish is looking for a Sacramental Coordinator: First Reconciliation, First Communion, Confirmation to work on a part time employment basis, This position will require working some evenings and weekends. In addition, the successful candidate must have strong: computer skills (Microsoft Office and Outlook), organizational and people skills. For more information about this position, qualifications and application details see the DIOCESA CAREER SECTION HERE or submit your application Fr. Bill Corcoran. The employment opportunity will be posted until a suitable candidate is found.
WANTED: MUSIC MINISTER AT ST. PIUS X PARISH (Part time)
St. Pius X Parish is looking for a piano accompanist to work on a part time employment basis, in particular to play piano at the Sunday 9 AM masses and includes practices on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm. The primary objective is to prepare for and support the 9AM liturgy. For more information about this position, qualifications and application details see the Diocesan Career Section here. The employment opportunity will be posted until a suitable candidate is found.
WANTED: DIOCESAN YOUTH RETREAT TEAM (PART TIME)
The Diocesan Youth Ministry team is looking for five (5) DYRT members to work on a casual – part time employment basis. The Diocesan Youth Retreat Team (DYRT) offers year-round retreats for young people within the Diocese. The primary objective is to offer retreats for parishes especially in the area of sacramental preparation for the sacraments of First Holy Communion, First Reconciliation and Confirmation. The team also provides year round retreats for Catholic Schools within the diocese. For more information about this position, qualifications and application details see the DIOCESAN CAREER SECTION HERE.
MARRIAGE PREPARATION "FOR BETTER & FOR EVER"
“For Better & For Ever…” Marriage Preparation, accepts all couples preparing for marriage. Due to the small group setting it allows us to focus on couples in one or more of the following circumstances: living together, previously married, beginning marriage with children, couples 45+, or those who wish to have their marriage blessed in the Church.
- For more dates, registration or information, contact 403-218-5505 or e-mail the LFRC Centre.
- Register Online Here
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Go to Project Rachel's Website
EFFECTIVE CO-PARENTING: PUTTING KIDS FIRST
An educational 5-week program for separated and divorced parents to help raise their children through this difficult time and increase the understanding of needs of children for developing self-esteem and security. It will offer skills to help manage diverse shared parenting situations and provide strategies to improve communication, resolve conflict, and manage day-to-day issues between parenting partners. Parents are encouraged to attend separately. The next program will run 7:00pm - 9:00pm in the fall of 2017.
- For more information or registration contact the Life & Family Resource Centre at 403-218-5505 or email: email@example.com
- More information about Separation and Divorce Ministry.
FAMINE RELIEF FUND FOR SOUTH SUDAN, SOMALIA, NIGERIA, YEMEN
The CCCB, in its interfaith appeal letter to support the famine relief in Africa and Yemen declares “Our joint appeal is a unified cry from the heart, with one voice and one message... the insistent call for peace and the need to protect the vulnerable. The protection and promotion of human dignity are foundational elements of all our faith communities. Willful indifference towards violations against human dignity is always wrong, at all times and in all places.” Parishes have been asked to take up a second collection to support the Famine Relief Fund. Please continue to pray for all those suffering from hunger and the humanitarian workers working in the region.
CONSECRATION OF CANADA TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Parishes are invited to hold a parish celebration on one or more Saturdays within the anniversary year (July 1 2017 to July 1 2018). Prayer templates, prayer card and catechetical materials are available on the Office of Liturgy website.
Bishop McGrattan consecrated the Diocese of Calgary to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Saturday, July 1, 2017, with a celebration of Eucharist, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Rosary prayers.
The Diocese of Calgary thanks all the liturgical ministers involved and the staff at St. Mary's Cathedral for their assistance. A special thank you for God Squad Canada for preparing the delicious barbeque for everyone!
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Hundreds came and celebrate the World Day of Migrants with Bishop McGrattan on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, 2017. Bishop McGrattan led everyone in prayer with a celebration of Eucharist, followed by a reception of international potluck at the parish hall.
The Diocese of Calgary thanks the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society for their involvement and generous donation, all the liturgical ministers, participating communities and choirs, and the generous donations of food at the reception! It was truly a feast! Thank you everyone!
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The CCCB, along with other faith leaders in Canada, has launched a national appeal to help address the famines and extreme food shortages in these four countries.
The threefold response is:
- Pray - for people, for government leaders and humanitarian workers in the region.
- See Prayers of the Faithful
- Give - all parishes has been asked to take up a second collection. See Bishop McGrattan's letter. Give online here.
- Speak Out - speak about the crisis with your friend, family and neighbours; write to your local MP.
- The attached fact sheet provides some details of what our faith leaders have called "one of the world's largest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War".
- See also the following links for more information:
Please join us congratulating our women religious jubilarians of 2017 for their years of devoted service. They have been a joyful witness to all!
Sr. Helen Hengel, SCSL (75th Anniversary)
Sr. Mary Spence, SCSL (75th Anniversary)
Sr. Clemence Liboiron, SCSL (70th Anniversary)
Sr. Marjorie Perkins, FCJ (65th Anniversary)
Sr. Theresa Parker, SSM (60th Anniversary)
and Sr. Patricia Derbyshire, SCSL (50th Anniversary)
The women religious of the Diocese of Calgary are looking forward to participating at One Rock 2017. Please stop by and say hello!