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Bishop McGrattan's Liturgical Calendar

Below is the list of diocesan liturgical celebrations led by Bishop William T. McGrattan. Note that the schedule is a work in progress and it may change without any notice. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Liturgy at 403-218-5511 or 403-218-5524, or e-mail liturgy@calgarydiocese.ca 

October 2017

  • October 18 - White Mass at St. Anthony's Church, Calgary
  • October 22 - Blue Mass at St. Cecilia's Church, Calgary
  • October 29 - Ecumenical Prayer at St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary

November 2017

  • November 1 - CCSD Faith Day
  • November 11 - Knights of Columbus Memorial 
  • November 18 - CWL 75th Anniversary
  • November 15 - Red Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary
  • November 19 - World Day of the Poor 
  • November 24 - Miscarriage Liturgy (TBC)

December 2017

  • December 24 - Nativity of the Birth of Jesus at St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary

January 2018

  • Christian Unity  (TBC)

February 2018 

  • February 14 - Ash Wednesday at St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary
  • February 17 - Rite of Election at St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary
  • February 18 - Rite of Election at St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary

March 2018

  • March 26 - Chrism Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary
  • March 29 - Holy Thursday at St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary
  • March 30 - Good Friday at St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary
  • March 30 - The Outdoor Way of the Cross at St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary
  • March 31 - Easter Vigil at St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary

April 2018

  • April 1, Easter Sunday at St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary

May 2018

  • May 27, Feed the Hungry Blessing

June 2018 

  • Migrant Mass (TBC)
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DIOCESAN ANNOUNCEMENTS

PASTORAL LETTER RE CATHOLIC SCHOOL TRUSTEE ELECTIONS

In preparation for municipal elections on October 16, which include the election of school trustees, the Bishops of Alberta are offering a pastoral letter reflecting on the ministry of a Catholic school trustee. In the letter, the Bishops strongly encourage all Catholics to participate in the electoral process and propose some considerations to assist voters in their discernment of the appropriate candidate for the office of school trustee.

MAY PEACE BE WITH HER

The Development & Peace Fall Campaign's theme this year is "May Peace be with Her", focuses on women's role in building peace. All around the world, courageous women gather to fight and resist violence, working for a more peaceful world. When 35% of parliamentarians are women, the risk of a nation relapsing into conflict is near zero. Let us join our voices and ask the Canadian government to give women the resources they need in order to take their place at the heart of peacebuilding.

EMERGENCY RELIEF

Catholic Charities and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston will be providing direct long-term assistance and case management services to victims displaced in flood in Texas. In Asia, Caritas organizations are responding to the needs in India, Nepal and Bangladesh by providing food, clean drinking water, and shelter. Emergency relief is also focused on preventing the spread of waterborne disease by delivering health, hygiene and sanitation support. Donations can be made online through the Diocese website or cheques can be forwarded to the Pastoral Centre (120-17 Ave SW., Calgary, AB T2S-2T2).

THE EUTHANASIA DECEPTION DOCUMENTARY - SEPTEMBER 19

The viewing of "The Euthanasia Deception Documentary" will happen on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 7 pm at St Bonaventure Parish Hall, 1600 Acadia Dr. SE, Calgary. This is a one-hour documentary featuring powerful testimonies from Belgium and beyond, of lives devastated by the false ideology of “mercy killing”. Belgium’s 15 year experiment with Euthanasia has gone terribly wrong. “A thought-provoking, emotionally-gripping film that will impact hearts and minds. It effectively dismantles the fallacies of euthanasia proponents’ appeals to compassion and autonomy.” -Dr. Richard Weikart, Professor of History at California State University, Stanislaus, and author of “The Death of Humanity: And the Case for Life”. 

Guest speaker: Dr. Thomas Bouchard. Dr. Bouchard practices general family medicine, low risk obstetrics and is the medical Director at Fr Lacombe and Providence Care Centres. He is a clinical lecturer and at the University of Calgary and sits on the Perinatal Palliative Care Committee. All are welcome!

A PRESENTATION AND VIEWING OF THE SAINT JOHN'S BIBLE - SEPTEMBER 19

In 1998, Saint John's Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible. This work of art unites an ancient Benedictine tradition with the technology and vision of today, illuminating the Word of God for a new millennium. St. Albert The Great Parish invites you to a presentation and viewing of The Saint John's Bible after 6:30 pm Mass on Tuesday, September 19. Presentation will be led by Dr. Kominek of St. Mary's University. Dr. Kominek will present a short illustrated talk on the creation of The Saint John's Bible followed by a viewing of Volume 6, Gospels and Acts.

CANADIAN MARTYRS PARISH CELEBRATES 50th YEAR - SEPTEMBER 23

You are invited to celebrate with Canadian Martyrs Parish - 50th Anniversary Mass and Banquet on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The Mass will be celebrated with Bishop McGrattan at 4 PM followed by a banquet at Varsity Community Hall at 6 pm. All are welcome to attend the celebration mass and dinner tickets are available for purchase through the parish office. Previous parishioners are most welcome! For more please call Gail at 403-620-5615.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS - SEPTEMBER 23

From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world are praying and caring for creation. It’s the “Season of Creation” celebrated by Christian churches around the globe.  All are invited to bring their beloved pets and animals for a special blessing! Blessings will take place at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall or Parkade on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 10:30 AM. 

STEWARDSHIP SEMINARS - SEPTEMBER 25-29

The Office of Stewardship is pleased to bring back Tracy Earl Welliver, an international Catholic speaker, author, teacher, and stewardship coach with more than 20 years experience in parish ministry:

  • Everyday Stewardship Speaking Series. Tracy will be speaking from September 25 to September 29 at four different parishes in the Diocese of Calgary. This series is meant for all parishioners to build a closer daily relationship with Christ.  For more information, please call Eden D’Souza, Diocesan Stewardship Coordinator at 403-218-5520 or email eden.dsouza@calgarydiocese.ca ~ see Poster. 
  • Building a Vibrant Parish Seminar. This seminar is intended for parish priests, staff and parish leaders and will be held on September 27-28. For more information, please call Eden D’Souza, Diocesan Stewardship Coordinator at 403-218-5520or email eden.dsouza@calgarydiocese.ca ~ see Poster. 

PLANNED GIVING SEMINAR - SEPTEMBER 26

Be inspired to make a difference. Learn how to maximize your legacy for family and charity in your will.  Join our upcoming Planned Giving Seminar at the Catholic Pastoral Centre 120 - 17 Ave SW.  Registration 6:30 pm, Presentation 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Limited seating; Registration required. 

LIVE LAUDATO SI WORKSHOPS - SEPTEMBER 25 or SEPTEMBER 29

As part of the Season of Creation, there will be a workshop on how we can respond to the call of our Holy Father to care for our common home. Laudato Si - Pope Francis' encyclical - was released two years ago but the call to care for our common home is just as urgent now. We can all answer this call by praying for and with creation, living more simply and adovcating to protect this precious gift that is our planet. Come and learn how we can do this as individuals, as families, and as our parish communities. Pick one of these two dates: 

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.

DIOCESAN PASTORAL CARE COURSE - SEPTEMBER 26

The Fall 2017 Diocesan Pastoral Care Training Program will begin on Tuesday September 26, 2017 and run for 7 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm - 9:30pm until November 7, 2017. The program will be held at St. Michael's Parish, 800 - 85 Street SW. This course will introduce you to the basic visiting skills required for Pastoral Care Ministry in the health care facilities or parish. Registration fee: $50. F

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 register online here.

ELIZABETH HOUSE CHARITY EVENT - SEPTEMBER 30

Join Elizabeth House, a program of the Diocese of Calgary, on September 30 for the 2017 Ride for Refuge. Walk, ride or donate and help transform lives, two generations at a time!

DIOCESAN CATECHETICAL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM - SEPTEMBER 30

The Diocesan Religious Education Office will be offering Level I of the Diocesan Catechetical Certificate Program starting Saturday September 30th 2017 at Canadian Martyrs Parish. The Program is designed to give lay people a greater knowledge of their Catholic faith so as to more confidently and effectively pass that faith on to others. The course is especially valuable to Catholic Educators, Youth Ministers and Parish Catechists who teach the faith or prepare adults or children for the sacraments. The entire program has 3 levels that run from September to June.

RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY - OCTOBER 1

A peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life standing in honor of 59 million lives lost to abortions. Bring your whole family. Event will be held on October 1, from 2:30 to 4 PM on Macleod Trail between Heritage Dr and Southland Dr. in Calgary.

THE JOY OF LOVE REFLECTION GROUP - OCTOBER 4

"The Family’s Urgent Mission Today" is a 6-sessions reflection group featuring video, witness, and dialogue segments exploring the major themes of Amoris Laetitia. The reflection group is designed for pastors, pastoral ministers, and all those committed to promoting holiness in family life, our domestic church.  Sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings, October 4 – November 8. 7-9 pm at the Catholic Pastoral Centre. Cost: $35, includes study materials. Refreshments provided.

MEN'S DAY RETREAT WITH BISHOP EMERITUS HENRY - OCTOBER 7

Day retreat for Men with Bishop Emeritus Henry will take place at St. Luke's Parish on Saturday, October 7, 2107. Retreat theme: Stand Firm in Faith. 

  • To register, contact Margaret Dewald at 403-282-9488, or e-mail or Sr. Katrina at 587-755-1019, or e-mail.

CATHOLIC SPEED DATING - OCTOBER 13

The upcoming Catholic Speed Dating will happen on Friday, October 13th at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church (1714 - 14 Ave NE, Calgary).

The 100th Anniversary of Mary's Final Apparition at Fatima - October 13

  • Oct. 13: 100th Anniversary of Mary's Final Apparition at Fatima. Join us in a Eucharistic Celebrationw ith Bishop Emeritus Henry on October 13 at 7 PM at Our Lady of Fatima Parish (4747 30 St. SE, Calgary), followed by a Concert for Our Lady at 8:30pm.
  • Oct. 14: Marian Workshop 9:30am - 3:30pm; Dramatization of the Fatima Apparitions by OLOF youth; [$10 fee - lunch & snacks provided].
  • Pre-register at 403-478-7845 or email : encounteringmary.olof@gmail.com

ALZHEIMER WORKSHOP - OCTOBER 14

Holy Spirit Parish will be hosting an Alzheimer Workshop on October 14, 2017 from 9:00am - 2:30pm. This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias.

WHITE MASS - October 18

Celebrate with Bishop McGrattan the feast day of St. Luke, patron saint of physicians, will be held 7 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.

BEREAVEMENT CARE EDUCATION PROGRAM - OCT 27

The Diocesan Bereavement Care Education will teach you the skills to offer your presence and support in a caring way. This is a 2 part program held over two weekends, October 27 & 28 and November 3 & 4 at St. Bonaventure Parish, 1600 Acadia Drive SE. 

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.

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. 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.  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. 

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.  

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.  

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. 

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. 

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The Sweater

Let me confess that I am someone who tends to wear his clothes until they virtually fall apart. My favourite pair of shoes is over ten years old, and my sweaters weren’t much younger, with most pitted with an assortment of tears, holes and other character-defining features. In fact, it wasn’t until I had a business meeting and noticed one of the attendees fixated on my shredded sleeve that I decided, finally, to replace them.

My first thought for the fate of my trusty companions was a quick burial in the garbage. But as the mercury fell dramatically it occurred to me that perhaps a faded or well-worn sweater, for someone less fortunate, was better than none, and so I dropped them in the local charity bin. I won’t lie. My heart skipped a little at seeing my trusty steeds put out to pasture, but at least, I reasoned, it was a noble retirement.

As is often the way, I thought of those clothes going out into the community and wondered whose home they would join. Would they find their way to a cool retro-hunter keen to show off his thrift-shop chic? Would they be part of a workman’s casual wear, perfect for odd jobs around the house? Or would the charity determine that they weren’t fit for duty after all?

Recently, while volunteering at a soup kitchen, a remarkable situation occurred. As I was moving through the crowded hall I noticed an older gentleman shuffling forward. He set himself up at a crowded table and wriggled out of his threadbare jacket. To my surprise I saw that he was wearing one of my recently discarded sweaters. I recognized the torn sleeve, the holes peeking out beneath the armpits, and the frayed edges all around. I couldn’t help but move towards him, and when he saw me he smiled. “Check out my new threads,” he said, rubbing his sleeves happily. “Looking good,” I answered, humbled and abashed. “Yes,” he laughed emphatically, “yes I do.”

If there are such things as life-defining moments, then that was surely one of them. I will never again take my good fortune for granted, and I will always remember that all gifts matter, be they large or small. More importantly, I know that I must go out into the world to offer service. Not just to render good to others, but because my soul needs feeding, and there is no greater meal.

… because you have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, says the Lord. -2 Kings 22.19

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One Rock Celebrates Canada 150 Anniversary

Every year, the City of Calgary welcomes one festival after the other – highlighting the best of everything – including food festivals, flower festivals, and cultural festivals, among many others. This year, the Catholic community will host its eighth annual faith festival, One Rock, with Bishop William McGrattan!

Thousands of young adults, and their families, from across Western Canada, will gather at One Rock, the biggest faith festival in Canada to enjoy a faith-filled weekend!

Young people of today face the most aggressive and invasive life challenges of our time; a constant barrage of deceptive distractions vie for their attention, leading them towards a faithless future. It is in the service of others that we turn our attention to the young people in our parishes, universities and communities, and give them tools to enrich their lives.

At the Wine and Cheese One Rock fundraiser event held a couple of weeks ago, Bishop McGrattan quoted Pope Francis who said to the Canadian western bishops, “We need to listen to our young people and work for them.” We all have to support the festival in every possible way, and promote One Rock to serve our young people for when we do, we are “serving the Lord” [Eph. 6:7].

One Rock has touched the young adults’ lives in different ways. One Rock has produced many good fruits of our faith, including hundreds of young people who now give more to their community and local church.

Enthusiastic attendees from last year said, “Through One Rock, we developed a stronger connection to our faith, which was strengthened through each other. As a result of our experience at One Rock, we have started many youth activities at St. Basil’s parish, such as a scout and guides program, and our own youth summer camp two weeks following One Rock. Ever since last summer, we have been counting down the days until One Rock 2017 and we are very excited to relive some of our best moments as not just a youth group, but as a family.”

One Rock has also been a source of vocations to Catholic priesthood and religious life. One young lady shared that, “One Rock was where I found my vocation by listening to one of the Sisters of Life who was talking about the joy of consecrated life. Right after that, we had time of adoration and I had a beautiful moment where I heard God speaking to me, ‘this could be you!’ One Rock has changed my life!”

This year we are hosting many Canadian artists and presenters who promise to make our music festival more exciting, fun, unique and faith filled! Some of the artists include The Informants, Flood the Stone, and several local talents as well. We are delighted to welcome Leah Darrow and Fr. Raymond De Souza as our main speakers this year! Leah is a former US model, daughter, sister, wife and mother… but most especially she is a redeemed daughter of God! Our Sunday program will showcase the amazing multiculturalism of Canada on its 150th anniversary.

Services including free babysitting, and shuttle buses from Calgary to the festival site will be offered. Exhibition booths will offer much to browse through and purchase. Camping at the festival site for the weekend is highly encouraged.

Its positive energy is contagious and has people coming back year after year!

Pope Francis exhorted the young people of the world by saying, “The one who evangelizes is evangelized, and the one who transmits the joy of faith receives joy.”

When asked about One Rock this year, a wise young man said, “it is impossible to write about the spirit that the people brought to One Rock; you would have had to be there to have experienced it.” Bring your family and friends and make One Rock part of your summer plans!

One Rock 2017 will take place on August 11, 12 and 13 at the beautiful and awe-inspiring location Tsuut’ina Rodeo Grounds in Redwood Meadows, Bragg Creek area, AB.

For more information, to purchase tickets, or to sign up as a volunteer please visit: www.onerock.ca

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Assist with the Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Please read the attached documents concerning two timely issues of special importance to Indigenous People where Catholic parishes, missions and organizations can offer practical assistance. 

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