Message of our Holy Father, Pope Francis for the 25th World Day of the Sick
Dear brothers and sisters,
On 11 February next, the Twenty-fifth World Day of the Sick will be celebrated throughout the Church and in a special way at Lourdes. The theme of this year's celebration is "Amazement at what God has accomplished: 'The Almighty has done great things for me...'" (Lk 1:49). Instituted by my predecessor Saint John Paul II in 1992, and first celebrated at Lourdes on 11 February 1993, this Day is an opportunity to reflect in particular on the needs of the sick and, more generally, of all those who suffer. It is also an occasion for those who generously assist the sick, beginning with family members, health workers and volunteers, to give thanks for their God-given vocation of accompanying our infirm brothers and sisters. Read more
The Rite of Election closes the period of the catechumenate proper of those individuals seeking Baptism at Easter and initiates the final, more intense preparation for the sacraments of initiation both for the catechumens (subsequently called the "elect") and for baptized adults seeking full communion with the Catholic Church (known as "candidates"). All parishes are invited to take part at the Rite of Election:
- Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM at St. Mary's Cathedral or
- Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3:30 PM at St. Mary's Cathedral.
Note that parishes have been assigned to either Saturday/Sunday celebration.
- Download the 2018 Rite of Election Information Package
Contains: invitation, directives, parish assignment list and info for Coordinators and catechumens.
- Online Registration
Palliative Care Education Program
Palliative care is the active, compassionate care of a person whose disease is no longer responsive to traditional treatment aimed at cure. The goal of palliative care is to promote quality of life through the control of symptoms, whether they be physical, psychological, social, or spiritual.
Palliative Care Education Program
Spring 2018 Sessions
- Friday, April 6, 2018 at 6:15pm - 9:00pm
- Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 9:00am - 3:30pm
- Friday, April 27, 2018 at 6:30pm - 9:00pm
- Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 9:00am - 4:00pm
Course cost is $50.00. Registration is on first-come basis. Your course binder and your receipt will be issued at the first class. Please bring something to write with to the sessions.
You can register in two ways:
1) Online. Click here to register online. You will also need to complete the Palliative Care Education Registration Form. You can download it from the second box on the right. It can be returned by one of the methods indicated on the form.
2) Via Mail. Use the Palliative Care Registration Form and send it in with a a cheque for $50.00 payable to "RC Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary" to the address below.
Thank you for your interest in Pastoral Care Education. Please remember to submit your manual Registration Form to complete your registration.
For more information contact Alicia at 403-218-5508, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary is honoured to partner with Blue Sea Philanthropy, KAIROS Calgary and the Mustard Seed to host Coldest Night of the Year.
The Coldest Night of the Year is a non-competitive 2, 5, and 10km winter-walk happening in more than 90 communities across Canada. Charities in each community raise funds and awareness in support of individuals experiencing hunger, homelessness and hurt.