During Lent of 2017, the Office of Stewardship presented Spirituality of Stewardship, a three-day Lenten Mission in the Diocese with Fr. Daryl Befort from Wichita, Kansas. The Lenten Mission will focused on a Threefold Call of Discipleship: Deny Yourself, Take Up Your Cross, and Follow Christ. Watch the talks below.
Day 1: Deny Yourself
Day 2: Take Up Your Cross
Day 3 Follow Christ
Lunch and Learn with Catholic Pastoral Centre Staff
For more information, contact Eden D'Souza, Stewardship Coordinator at email@example.com, or call at 403-218-5520.
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|
Mandatum novum do vobis: I give you a new commandment.– John 13:34
One of my favourite words is Maundy. Growing up I never knew what Maundy Thursday meant. I just knew that it was a pretty serious time during Easter. For a while I used the word interchangeably with maudlin, and came to think of the maundies as relating to sadness and gloom. So it was with some surprise that I eventually learned that it meant commandment, from the Old French mandé, and from the Latin, mandatum. Its connection to church practice comes from Christ’s own words: “Mandātum novum dō vōbīs,” or “I give you a new commandment.”
We celebrate Maundy Thursday during Holy Week, during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. It was there that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. You will remember the dramatic retelling of this episode in John 13 when Jesus not only identifies Judas as his betrayer, but also humbles himself to wash the feet of his disciples. Peter appears to bristle at the intent, but Jesus explains: “If I do not wash you, you can have nothing in common with me.” The point of the gesture, and one that Jesus insists on, is that this is a moment of communion with the other that must be passed on through all our relationships. “I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you.”
The obvious contemporary parallel to this behavior has been modeled by Pope Francis, who time and again has chosen to wash the feet of the other, first at a youth detention centre, then prisoners and then women. More than his decision to live outside the Papal palace or to eschew luxury vehicles, the Pope’s washing of the feet is a deeply symbolic connection to Christ’s demonstrated ministry. It is also an example of servant leadership, where the most humbling act brings the highest and lowest to the place of common bond where God first placed us.
It is perhaps because of this that Maundy Thursday matters so much, but also that we need to move past the bristling that Peter showed, especially when we look at those who are not like us: the outsider, the marginal, the struggling and the lost. Our need to look beyond formal rules and regulations and reach out, despite whatever fear or strangeness separates us, is not only important, but mandated. Christ did not come to make us comfortable; he came to make us grow. So when He calls, who are we to turn away?
Devotion to the Seven Last Words, the seven last phrases Jesus uttered from the cross, can be traced at least to the twelfth century. St. Bonaventure made a commentary on them, the Franciscans helped spread their popularity, and soon promises of salvation were made to those who meditated on the Words. This devotion can appear a heavy, gloomy spirituality, dwelling on suffering and sin. And yet as Fr. Thomas Rosica points out in this small book of reflections there is much more here. These words – seven – the number of perfection – stand in relief against the silence of death.
The Cross is the pivotal point of our faith, the bridge between death and resurrection. The three hours Jesus spent on the Cross are sometimes marked by Christians in a Tre Ore liturgy. Fr. Rosica sets the scene for his reflections with Pope Francis’ powerful prayer at the conclusion of the Stations of the Cross in 2016. Here we see the Cross of Christ echoed in contemporary examples of evil and violence but also in the faithful response of those who love and serve, heroic and hidden.
Throughout the seven reflections Fr. Rosica reveals Jesus as the perfect model of forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace. Even at this time of maximum agony, isolation, and disgrace he shows us how we can live. Using imagination, theological insight, and direct language Fr. Rosica, known to many of us through his work with Salt + Light, and recently in Calgary for Bishop McGrattan’s Installation rite, draws out the life-giving nature of the Words. For example, while I don’t suppose you are meant to have a “favourite” among the Last Words, in the light of these reflections mine is the third word. The scene at the foot of the cross that depicts the “small seed group” of the communion of the saints. In some ways, it is “the first real communion of holy people gathered around holy things,” in Christian understanding at least, and a foreshadowing of a Messianic people too numerous to count.
How can we look on such horror, let alone meditate on it? Don’t we see enough – on the news, in our own experience? The anguish of abandonment heard in the Fourth Word is but the beginning of Psalm 22 that in the end resounds with praise reverberating through time and encompassing the world. Suffering is not the end; because of Jesus’ death we experience resurrection with him.
Fr. Rosica makes the connection between Gospel revelation of Jesus’ passion and our lives today it a way that makes the traditional meditations of the Tre Ore service fruitful for all Christians young and old. Using anecdotes about Mother Teresa, and even a quotation from author Toni Morrison, these reflections explore the idea that our example can be, echoing Jesus, a point of embarkation or a foundation for others in their own journey to God. If we wish to be able to pray like our master Jesus at our own deaths then as Fr. Rosica says, we had better start praying these words now and “liv[ing] our way into that loving surrender of our lives to God.”
|1||Forgiveness||Father forgive them, they do not know what they are doing||Luke 23:33-34|
|2||Salvation||Today, you will be with me in Paradise||Luke 23:39-43|
|3||Relationship||Woman, here is your son… Here is your mother||John 19:25-27|
|4||Abandonment||My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?||Matthew 27:45-46|
|5||Distress||I am thirsty||John 19:28|
|6||Triumph||It is finished||John 19: 29-30|
|7||Reunion||Father, into your hands I commend my spirit||Luke 23:44-46|
The 34th Annual Outdoor Way of the Cross took place on Good Friday, April 14, 2017.
What is the Outdoor Way of the Cross About?
We come to walk along the inner city and stop at 14 Stations to listen to scripture readings, and to reflect on the suffering, passion and death of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The Annual Outdoor Way of the Cross is a two-and-a-half hour procession through the inner City of Calgary that starts and ends at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral on 18th Avenue and 2nd Street S.W.
As Jesus shared in our human suffering, and even death itself, so many of us come to walk with Jesus in his suffering and share his pain. We also see our own life hardships reflected in the burden of carrying the cross. We contemplate the great love that Jesus showed when he gave his life for all people in the world, so that they may have life.
The Way of the Cross is more than just a personal journey, Jesus' death is redemptive and in his dying we are reconciled with God, healed and redeemed. Through our participation in the walk, we ask that Jesus forgive our sins, heal our wounds, and transform us more into the image and likeness of God.
At the heart of the Outdoor Way of the Cross practice is also the idea and practice of Solidarity. We all share the common experience of seeing a loved one or someone close to us suffer. We wish that we could take on their burden. It is this idea of loving someone so much that we would like to take away his or her suffering by sharing in this person's experience. In the case of Jesus, God loved us so much that he allowed Jesus to share in humanly life and suffering, even in death, except for sin. As we participate in the Outdoor Way of the Cross, we are also in solidarity with our suffering brothers and sisters who are thirsting for compassion and justice in the world today.
To register as a volunteer or for more information about this year's Outdoor Way of the Cross, visit www.wayofthecross.ca