The Church has been celebrating World Day of Migrants and Refugees each year since 1914. World Refugee Day has been marked by the UN on June 20 since 2000.
This year, join us on June 29, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, for a special mass to celebrate World Day of Migrants. This is an opportunity for the faith community to reflect upon the role migration has played in our history and tradition, pray for migrants and refugees around the world, and raise awareness about the causes, challenges, and opportunities involved with migration.
Join Bishop William McGrattan on June 29, 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral to celebrate World Day of Migrants and live the words of Pope Benedict: “The Church is God’s family on earth” [Deus Caritas Est].
The Church has always recognized an affinity for the Blessed Virgin Mary. From its very origins this affinity is recognized in Luke by great meaning of the word “blessed.” The Greek word for “blessed” is “Echaritomene,” which literally means a person “having been graced” or a person “having been loved.” The Church responds to the injunction of scripture and responds with the same love for the Blessed Virgin: “‘All generations will call me blessed’: ‘The Church’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship.’ The Church rightly honours ‘the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honoured with the title of ‘Mother of God,’ to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs…. This very special devotion… differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration.’” [Catechism of the Catholic Church, 971].
The greatness of St. Mary is often perplexing to people and even to Christians from other denominations. Blessed John Henry Newman acknowledged that scripture does not talk too often about The Blessed Virgin Mary. However, he notes that this in itself is something to be acknowledged to her praise. That despite being the Mother of God, who played a large role among the apostles, she never made this point to be important. Even the biblical authors mention the Virgin about the same number of times as the lesser known disciples. This is however, to Mary’s glory, since it is by being humble that “the meek shall inherit the earth” [Matt. 5:5]. The 19th century book, Fear and Trembling, describes the Blessed Virgin in this way: “To be sure, Mary bore the child wondrously, but she nevertheless did it ‘after the manner of women,’ and such a time is one of anxiety, distress, and paradox. The angel was indeed a ministering spirit, but he was not a meddlesome spirit who went to the other young maidens in Israel and said: ‘Do not scorn Mary, the extraordinary is happening to her!’ The angel went only to Mary, and no one could understand her” [Johannes de Silentio, Hong p. 65]. As we declare the Gospel to the world, to our families, to our husbands, wives and children, we look to St. Mary whose only goal was to serve Christ and God alone!
A blessed tradition dating back to some of the earliest times of the Church is the consecration or entrustment to the Blessed Virgin Mary. On Saturday, July 1, everyone in the Diocese of Calgary is invited to meet at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Bishop McGrattan at 10:00 a.m. See Diocesan Dates on page 20 for details. The other dioceses and archdioceses in Canada will also meet on this day to consecrate Canada to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This consecration is an act of prayer where we will ask St. Mary, the Mother of God, and of all Christians, to pray to Christ from her Immaculate Heart for us.
Our fellowship with the saints and other Christians does not end in this life, but carries onto the next [LG 49]. This is the same living heart that said “yes” to God, and it is the same heart that prays for the world to recognize Jesus as the Savior and Lord of Canada and the Savior and Lord of the universe.
As part of the celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation the Bishops of Canada will be consecrating our country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Diocesan Prayer Service on July 1, 2017
- Parishes are also invited to hold a parish celebration on one or more Saturdays within the anniversary year (July 1 2017 – July 1 2018).
- Download Prayer Service Templates
- Download Rosary Intentions Booklet
- Catechetical Materials.
Bishop McGrattan will consecrate the Diocese of Calgary on 1 July, 2017. All are invited to St. Mary’s Cathedral at 10am for a service of Adoration, Scripture, rosary, and the consecration followed by a BBQ. The regular daily Mass at St. Mary’s remains at 9am followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Register here.
All parishes in the diocese are invited to pray the consecration prayer at the Vigil Mass on Saturday July 1st. Click here to download the prayer.
The CCCB has provided catechetical materials. Check out resources here.
Mass times in the Diocese of Calgary during Holy Week.
|Parish||City||Lenten Penitential||Palm Sunday||Holy Thursday||Good Friday||Easter Vigil||Easter Sunday|
|Ascension||Calgary||March 9th 7:30PM||8:00PM||12:00PM & 3:00PM At Notre Dame HS||8:30PM At Notre Dame HS||9:00AM & 11:00AM At Notre Dame HS|
|Canadian Martyrs||Calgary||April 4th 7:30pm||7:00PM||3:00PM (Syro Malabar Community Good Friday Liturgy: 10:30 PM)||8:30PM||10:00AM|
|CorpusChristi||Calgary||March 14th, 7:30PM||Sat: 5:00PM, Sun: 9:00AM & 11:00AM||7:00PM ONLY||3:00PM ONLY||8:00PM ONLY||9:00AM & 11:00AM ONLY|
|Holy Name||Calgary||April 5 at 7:30pm||April 8 at 5:00pm April 9 at 9:00am and 11:00am||7:00PM||3:00PM||9:00PM||9:00AM & 11:00PM|
|Holy Spirit||Calgary||March 14th, 7:30PM||Saturday 5pm, 7:30pm (Spanish), Sunday 9:00am, 11:00am and 7:00pm (Sunday 11:30am at Our Lady of Peach Church)||8:00PM||12:00PM(In Spanish) & 3:00PM(In English)||9:00PM||6:00AM (Spanish), 9:00AM, 11:00AM and (11:30AM at Our Lady of Peace Church)|
|Mary, Mother of the Redeemer||Calgary||9:00AM (Italian), 11:00AM (Engilsh), 1:00PM & 6:00PM (Spanish)||5:00PM (Italian), 6:30PM (English), 8:00PM (Spanish)||10:00am: Way of the Cross 1:00pm (English) 3:00pm (Italian) 5:00pm (Spanish)||6:00pm (Italian) 8:00pm (English) 10:00pm (Spanish)||9:00am (Italian), 11:00am(English) & 1:00pm (Spanish)|
|Our Lady of Fatima||Calgary|
|Our Lady of M. Bistrica||Calgary|
|Our Lady of Perpetual Help||Calgary||7:30PM||3:00PM||9:00PM|
|Our Lady Queen of Peace||Calgary|
|Sacred Heart||Calgary||7:30AM, 9:00AM, 11:00AM, 5:00PM||7:00PM||3:00PM||8:00PM||7:30AM, 9:00AM, 11:00AM, & 5:00PM|
|St. Albert the Great||Calgary||April 6th 7:30pm||Saturday, April 8th 5:00pm, Sunday, April 9th 8:45am, 11:00am & 5:00pm||7:00PM||12:00PM & 3:00PM||8:30PM||9:00AM, 11:00AM & 1:00PM|
|St. Anne Korean||Calgary|
|St. Anthony||Calgary||6:30PM||3:00PM||9:00PM||9:00AM and 10:30AM (English), 7:15AM and 12:30PM (Latin)|
|St. Bernadette||Calgary||April 5th, 7:00PM||Saturday 5:00PM, Sunday 9:00AM & 10:30PM||7:00PM||3:00PM||9:00PM||9:00PM & 10:30PM|
|St. Bonaventure||Calgary||March 14th 7:30PM||9:00AM & 7:30PM||9:00AM, Noon & 3:00 PM||9:00AM, 10:00AM, 8:00PM||7:45AM, 9:00AM, 10:30AM & 12PM|
|St. Elizabeth of Hungary||Calgary|
|St. Francis of Assisi||Calgary|
|St. James||Calgary||April 4th 7:30PM||7:00PM||3:00PM & 6:00PM||8:00PM ONLY||8:30AM, 10:00AM & 12:00PM|
|St. Joseph||Calgary||April 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM||April 8 at 5PM, April 9 Sunday at 9AM, 11AM & 5PM.||7:00PM||12:00PM & 3:00PM||9:30PM||9:00AM, 11:00AM & 5:00PM|
|St. Luke||Calgary||April 5th||7:00PM||3:00PM & 6:00PM||9:00PM||8:30AM, 10:30AM, 12:30PM, 5:30PM & 7:30PM|
|St. Mary's Cathedral||Calgary|
|St. Michael||Calgary||April 4th, 7:30PM||7:30PM||10:00AM & 3:00PM||8:00PM||9:00AM & 11:00AM ONLY|
|St. Pius X||Calgary||March 29th, 7:30PM||Saturday 5PM, Sunday 9AM, 11AM & 7PM||7:30PM||12:00 & 3:00PM||8:00PM||9:00AM & 11:00AM|
|St. Thomas Moore||Calgary|
|St. Vincent Liem||Calgary|
|St. Paul||Airdrie||7:00PM||3:00PM||9:30PM||9:00PM, 11:00AM & 7:00PM|
|Our Lady of the Rockies||Canmore||7:00PM||3:00PM||9:00PM||9:00AM & 11:00PM|
|St. Gabriel the Archangel||Chestermere|
|Christ the King||Claresholm|
|Holy Trinity/St. Mary||Cluny|
|St.Ambrose/St.Catherine||Coaldale||St. Cath - March 16 7:00 pm St. Ambrose March 30 7:00 pm||St. Ambrose 6:00 pm, St. Catherine 8:00 pm||St. Ambrose 3:00 pm, St. Catherine 6 pm||St. Ambrose 9:30 pm|
|St. Mary's||Cachrane||April 6th at 7PM||Sat. April 8 at 5PM & Sun. April 9 at 10AM||7:00PM||3:00PM||9:30PM||10:00AM|
|Holy Cross||Fort Macleod|
|St. Francis de Sales||High River||7:00PM||SFDS: 7:00PM & Vulcan: 7:00PM||SFDS:3:00PM||SFDS: 9:30PM||SFDS: 11:00AM & Vulcan: 9:00AM|
|St. Martha||Lethbridge||April 5th at 7:00PM||7:00PM||3:00PM||8:00PM||9:00AM & 11:00AM|
|All Saints||Lethbridge||10:00AM All Saints at Assumption||7:00PM Catholic Central High School East Campus.||3:00PM Catholic Central High School East Campus.||9:00PM||9:00AM & 11:00AM only|
|Holy Family||Medicine Hat||March 22nd 7:00PM||Sat: 5:00PM Sun: 8:30AM, 10:30AM & 6:00PM||7:00PM||12:00PM & 3:00PM||8:00PM||9:00PM & 11:00AM|
|St. Patrick||Medicine Hat||March 29th, 7:00PM||Sat Apr 8 5:00 pm Sunday April 9 9:00 am & 11:00 am||7:00PM||12:00PM & 3:00PM||8:00PM||9:00AM & 11:00AM|
|St. Peter||Milk River||March 24th 7:00PM|
|St. James||Okotoks||April 4th at 7:00PM||7:00PM||3:00PM||9:00PM||9:00AM at St. Michael's & 11:00AM St. James|
|St. Catherine's||Picture Buttee||March 16th, 7:00PM|
|St. Michael||Pincher Creek||7:00PM||3:00PM||9:00PM||10:00AM|
|St. Rita/St.Mary's Beiseker||Rockyford|
|St. Augustine/St.Joseph||Taber||March 1st 9:00 am – Clearview Lodge - Taber 5:00 pm – St. Joseph’s – Vauxhall 7:00 pm – St. Augustine’s Taber||7:00PM at Both Parishes||9:00 am Cross Walk - Taber 3:00 pm Good Friday Services – at both St. Augustine’s and St. Joseph’s Taber/Vauxhall||9:30 pm - at both St. Augustine’s and St. Joseph’s Taber/Vauxhall||9:00 am at St. Augustine’s Church – Taber 11:00 am at St. Joseph’s Church - Vauxhall|
|St. Joseph's||Vauxhall||March 13 7:00PM|
On the evening of April 10, 2017 Bishop William T. McGrattan will celebrate one of the most significant liturgical events of the church year. Bishop McGrattan will gather with the priests, deacons, and laity of the Diocese at the Cathedral for the Chrism Mass. The gathering of a diocesan community around its bishop is the preeminent manifestation of the local church. The local church is one body made up of many parts with Christ as its head. The body is united with the crucified and risen Jesus — God’s anointed one — through baptism and as a community shares in the riches and consolation of Christ’s gift of the Holy Spirit through the sacramental ministry of its bishop and priests.
The Chrism Mass highlights the manifestation of the priests’ communion with the bishop. Here also, the bishop acknowledges the services of the priests and deacons, often recognizing significant anniversaries of ordination. As a sign of loyalty and obedience, the priests renew their commitment to their vocation and ministerial service, promising fidelity in fulfilling their office in the Church and to the bishop. In the Diocese of Calgary, the deacons similarly renew their commitment. The bishop asks the faithful of the Diocese to continue to support him, as well as the priests and deacons through their ongoing prayers and love.
According to the Early Church Fathers, the olive tree was an image of God, the Father. The fruits that sprout from that tree are seen as the image of God, the Son. The image of God, the Holy Spirit is the oil that flows out in every direction as the purest extract of both the tree and the fruit.
In earlier times, oil was used in cooking, particularly in the making of bread, as a fuel for lamps, and as a healing agent in medicine. Moreover, the Jews anointed the head of a guest with oil as a sign of welcome. Oil beautified one’s appearance, and oil was used to prepare a body for burial. When the Church uses the blessed oil in its sacramental celebrations, it represents the outward sign of the power of salvation, which comes from the Trinity. At the Chrism Mass, three different oils are prepared. Two are blessed and one is consecrated, following traditions that have existed from very early in the Church’s history.
The oil of the catechumens is used to anoint those to be baptized as a reminder of the ancient athletes who once fought in the arena with their bodies covered in oil so that their enemies were unable to grab hold and hurl them to the ground. The catechumens are anointed with this oil to remind them that the Christian life is full of struggle, most especially a struggle with Satan and sin.
The oil of the sick is prepared to fulfill the instruction from St. James who wrote, “Is there anyone sick among you? He should ask for the priests of the Church. They in turn are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. This prayer uttered in faith will reclaim the one who is ill, and the Lord will restore him to health. If he has committed any sins, forgiveness will be his” [Jas 5:14-15]. When administering the sacrament of the sick, the priest, anointing the forehead of the person, says, “Through this holy anointing, may the Lord in His love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit,” and then anointing his hands, says, “May the Lord who frees you from sin, save you and raise you up.”
The Sacred Chrism is prepared in a special way. Chrism is a mixture of olive oil and balsam, an aromatic resin. In Old Testament times, the priest, prophets, and kings of the Jewish people were said to have been anointed. The biblical word for one who was anointed was Messiah. Translated into Greek, the language of the New Testament, Messiah becomes Christos, or Christ, who was anointed by the Holy Spirit. Being anointed means one is set apart, chosen, and directed to carry out the will of God. Therefore, this oil is used in the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, the ordination of priests and bishops, and the dedication of churches to set them apart for a special mission and purpose for God. During the consecration of the chrism the concelebrants at the Chrism Mass extend their right hands toward the chrism as the bishop says the consecratory prayer, signifying that in union with their bishop they share “in the authority by which Christ Himself builds up and sanctifies and rules His Body,” the Church [Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1563].
At the end of the Chrism Mass, the oils that were blessed and the Chrism that was consecrated are distributed to representatives from every parish in the diocese for use in the celebration of the sacraments throughout the year. Individual parishes typically receive the holy oils in a procession at the beginning of the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper later the same week.
In our spiritual journey, we have become joined to Christ through the celebration of the sacraments and are called, challenged, blessed, and anointed with the oils of gladness so that we too may become heralds of the good news by proclaiming glad tidings to the lowly, healing to the broken, liberty to those held captive, and comfort to the sorrowful.