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Marriage Enrichment

Parishes can access a series of Marriage Enrichment programs through the Life and Family Resource Centre of the Diocese. These programs are tailored to the needs of the parish hosting such an event. Please contact us for more information by calling 403-218-5505 or by email lifeandfamily@calgarydiocese.ca.

Marriage Encounter

What is Marriage Encounter?

It is a weekend experience that gives married couples the opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. It's a chance for them to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God. It's a time to share their feelings, hopes and dreams with each other. The weekend provides a conducive environment for couples to spend time together, away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, while encouraging them to focus on each other and their relationship.

Marriage Encounter is not a retreat, not a marriage clinic, not group sensitivity, and not a substitute for counseling. It is a time for you and your spouse to be alone together, to rediscover each other and to focus on your relationship for an entire weekend. Every marriage deserves that kind of attention. For more information, please consult the Marriage Encounter website at at www.wwmecalgary.weebly.com.

Retrouvaille

Retrouvaille is a program for married couples experiencing difficulty which consists of a weekend and several follow-up sessions.

On the weekend, a series of in depth presentations are given to all participating couples. Each presentation, given by three married facilitator couples and a priest, focuses on a specific area of marital relationship. After each presentation, you will have a chance to reflect on it by yourself, then discuss it with your spouse in complete privacy. The weekend is not a spiritual retreat, not a sensitivity group, not a seminar, nor is it a social gathering. You will not be asked to share your problems with anyone.

Upon registration a $200.00 non-refundable fee is due. The balance of the program cost is a free-will offering at the end of the weekend.

Upcoming Event: A Lifeline for Marriages. 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 www.helpourmarriagecalgary.com.

The next Retrouvaille weekend will be held on September 8-10, 2017.

Related Offices Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC) Related Programs Retrouvaille
Related Themes Divorce and Separation Married Life

Separation and Divorce Ministry

Support for adults and children who are experiencing separation/divorce in their family and a program helping separated/divorced parents improve their co-parenting relationship.

Transitions

A 15-week non-denominational, peer support program for those who are separated / divorced. Participants meet once a week to reflect on and discuss topics outlined in a handbook. Individuals have the opportunity, if they wish, to share their story with others. Issues presented by participants during the meetings are held in confidence.

Topics of discussion include: “The Process of Divorce”; “Self Image/Self Esteem”; “Dealing with Stress, Anger, Guilt, Blame & Loneliness”; “Forgiveness”; “Fractured Families Can Be Whole”; “Growth after Divorce”; “Single Again—But Still a Parent”; “Children in Blended Families”; “The Declaration of Nullity” (annulment process). Transitions is offered twice a year, beginning in September and in February. The group size is limited to 20 participants and 4 facilitators.

Our next program will begin in the Fall of 2017 at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 120 - 17th Avenue SW.

Registration is required. Please phone 403-218-5505 or 403-218-5504 or email lifeandfamily@calgarydiocese.ca.

Effective Co-Parenting: Putting Kids First

A non-denominational, educational 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 about managing diverse shared parenting situations and provide strategies for improving communication, resolving conflict, and managing day to day children’s issues between parenting partners.

Parents are encouraged to attend separately.

The next 5-week program will be offered 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm on Wednesdays, May 3-31, 2017 at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 120 - 17th Avenue SW, Calgary.

For more information or registration contact the Life & Family Resource Centre at 403-218-5505 or email lifeandfamily@calgarydiocese.ca.

Related Offices Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC) Related Programs Separation and Divorce
Related Themes Parenting Divorce and Separation Family

Installation of Bishop William T. McGrattan


The Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary is honoured to welcome the Most Reverend Bishop William T. McGrattan as our eighth Bishop.

Bishop McGrattan was born in London, Ontario. His Excellency received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario, followed by a Master of Divinity from St. Peter’s Seminary in London. Bishop McGrattan was ordained to the priesthood on May 2, 1987, with the Diocese of London. Following three years of service with St. Joseph’s Parish in Chatham, Bishop McGrattan continued his studies in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he received a Licentiate in Fundamental Moral Theology in 1992. Bishop McGrattan served on the faculty of St. Peter’s Seminary in London as an associate professor, vice-rector, and dean of theology and was appointed as rector of the Seminary in 1997. He was ordained to the episcopate as Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto in 2009.

The Diocese is very much looking forward to celebrating Bishop McGrattan’s Installation Mass on Monday, February 27, 2017 at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 7:30 pm.

Special guests, including the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, have been invited to celebrate this special Mass alongside our own Diocesan Priests, Deacons, other Religious and members of the laity. We expect more than 1,000 people to be in attendance at this special occasion in our Diocese. We will also have a live stream over the internet through our Diocesan Website at www.calgarydiocese.ca. Please contact your parish as many are organizing viewing parties for the evening of February 27.

This is a ticketed event. Three hundred tickets were made available on the morning of February 7. The tickets were reserved in 30 minutes. The Diocese is carefully monitoring numbers to see if more tickets can be made available. The link below will be re-activated at that time.

Questions can be sent to INSTALLATION@CALGARYDIOCESE.CA.

Reserve Tickets

Related Offices Bishop's Diocesan Curia
Related Themes Liturgy Diocesan Event Priesthood Diocesan Life

Health Care Facilities

Priest Emergency Paging: 403-231-9505

Should you or your loved one need a priest in an Emergency Medical situation for sacraments such as:

  • Anointing of the Sick (Last Rites)
  • Reconciliation (Confession) or
  • Viaticum (Holy Communion for the dying);

Within the city of Calgary please call our
24 Hour Priest Emergency Paging System at (403) 231-9505
and ask to have the On Call Priest paged. For all other cities and rural areas, please click to view all facilities below.


Calgary Facilities

Hospitals

Children's Hospital, 288 Shaganappi Trail NW

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Michel Kassas (403) 918-8954 Cell

Foothills Medical Centre, 1403 - 29 St NW

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Ephrem Kardouh (403) 205-0121 Pager
  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Michael Storey (403) 703-5407 Cell
  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Fran Duffy (403) 944-1681 Bus

Peter Lougheed Centre, 3500 - 26 Ave NE

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Stefan Ganowicz (403) 219-4415 Pager
  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Tewelde Paulos (403) 800-5683 Cell
  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Wendie Pilkington (403) 943-4947 Bus

Rockyview General Hospital, 7007 - 14 St SW

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Terry Connolly (403) 219-4462 Pager
  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Tewelde Paulos (403) 370-2029 Cell
  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Micheline Pare (403) 943-8750 Bus

South Health Campus Hospital, 4448 Front St. SE

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Clauber Lima (403) 769-7296 Cell
  • Roman Catholic Contact: Jack Teunissen

 

Nursing Homes in Calgary

Bethany Calgary, 916 - 18A St NW  (403) 284-6023 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Pius X Parish (403) 289-3602

Beverly Centre - Lake Midnapore, 500 Midpark Way SE

  • Roman Catholic Contact: Rita Gerwing (403) 873-2600 Bus

Bowcrest View Nursing Home, 5927 Bowness Rd NW (403) 288-2373 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Bernard's Parish (403) 283-3746

Bowview Manor, 4628 Montgomery Blvd NW (403) 288-4446 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Bernard's Parish (403) 283-3746 

Brentwood Nursing Home, 2727 - 16 Ave NW

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Bernard's Parish (403) 283-3746

Care West - Colonel Belcher Care Centre, 1939 Veterans Way NW

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Nathan Siray
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Bernard's Parish (403) 283-3746

Care West - Glenmore Park, 6909 - 14 St. SW

  • Roman Catholic Coordinators: Gill Fagnou (403) 258-7650 Bus

Care West - Royal Park, 4222 Sarcee Rd SW

  • Roman Catholic Contact: Catherine Peet (403) 243-2680 Bus

Care West - Signal Pointe (Dementia) 6363 Simcoe Rd SW

  • Roman Catholic Contact: Elaine Brackenbury (403) 249-7764 Bus
  • Roman Catholic Contact: Holy Name Parish (403) 249-7764 

Cedars Villa, 3330 - 8 Ave SW

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Yvonne Beaubien (403) 249-0423 Bus
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Michael's Parish (403) 249-0423

Chinook Care Centre, 1261 Glenmore Trail SW

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Anthony's Parish (403) 252-1137

Clifton Manor

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Marie Muyers
  • Roman Catholic Contact: Holy Trinity Parish (403) 272-1258

Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre - Care West, 722 - 16 Ave NE (403) 230-6937 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Joseph's Parish (403) 289-2591
  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Linda Atkinson

Evergreen Club, 2220 - 162 Ave SW

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Rosalie Cote Vandermeer (403) 254-6878 Bus
  • Roman Catholic Contact:  St. Patrick's Parish (403) 254-6878

Fr. Lacombe Nursing Home, 332 - 146 Ave SE

  • Site Pastoral Care Coordinator: Cassandra Coster (403) 254-6282 Bus
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Patrick's Parish (403)254-6878

Forest Grove Care Centre, 4726 - 8 Ave SE

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Mary Adele Nedelec (403) 272-1258 Bus
  • Roman Catholic Contact:  Holy Trinity Parish (403) 272-1258

Garrison Green - Care West (Garrison Green Seniors) 3108 Don Ethell Blvd SW

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Catherine Peet (403) 243-2680 Bus
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. James' Parish (403) 243-2680

George Boyack Nursing Home, 1203 Centre Ave NE

  • Roman Catholic Contact: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (403) 265-7926

Glenmore Park Auxiliary, 6909 - 14 St. S.W.

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Gil Fagnou (403) 258-7650 Bus

Holy Cross Manor, 70 Eveanspark Manor NW

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: De-Anne Richter: (587)230-7070 Bus (587) 230-2708 Direct Line

Mayfair Nursing Home, 824 Collicut St SW

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Mary Sylven (403) 252-5202 Bus

Millrise Place, 14911 - 5 St SW

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Rosalie Cote Vandermeer (403) 254-6878 Bus
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Patrick's Parish (403) 254-6878

Royal Park - Care West, 4222 Sarcee Rd SW

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Catherine Peet (403) 243-2680 Bus
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. James' Parish (403) 243-2680 

Shawnessy Lodge, 30 Shannon Pl SW

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Rosalie Cote Vandermeeer (403) 254-6878 Bus
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Patrick's Parish (403) 254-6878

Spruce Lodge, 1055 Bow Valley Dr. NE

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Terry Connolly (403) 219-4462 Pager

Staywell Manor Village, 174 Ypres Green SW

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. James Parish (403) 243-2680

St. Marguertie Manor, 110 Evanspark Manor NW

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: De-Anne Richter (587) 230-7070 Bus (587) 955-9788 Bus

Trinity Lodge, 1111 Glenmore Trail SW

  • (403) 253-7576 Bus

Wentworth Court, 5717 - 14 Ave SW

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Yvonne Beaubien (403) 249-0423 Bus
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Michael's Parish (403) 249-0423

Wentworth Residence, 5709 - 14 Ave SW

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Yvonne Beaubien (403) 249-0423 Bus
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Michael's Parish (403) 249-0423

 

Hospices within Calgary

Agape Hospice, 1303 - 8 Ave NW (403) 202-6588 Bus

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Joseph's Parish (403) 289-2591

Chinook Hospice, 1261 Glenmore Trail SW

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Anthony's Parish (403) 252-1137

Dulcina Hospice, 110 Evanspark Manor NW

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Giovanni Di Vincenzo (587) 230-5639 Bus

Rosedale Hospice, 920 - 7A St NW

  • Site Chaplin: Darrin Parkin (403) 289-5195 EXT. 332
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Joseph's Parish (403) 289-2591

Sarcee Hospice -  Care West, 3504 Sarcee Rd SW

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. James Parish (403) 243-2680

Southwood Hospice, 211 Heritage Dr SE

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator:  Freda Abday (403) 252-2790 Bus
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Cecilia's Parish (403) 252-2790

 


Health Care Facilities Outside Calgary

 

LETHBRIDGE

Lethbridge Regional Hospital, 960 - 19 Ave South, Lethbridge

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Alphonse Narisetty (403) 952-7581 Cell
  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Annella Wehlage (403) 388-6024 Bus

St. Michael's Health Centre, 1400 - 9 Ave South, Lethbridge

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Alphonse Narisetty (403) 952-7581 Cell

St. Therese Villa, 253 Soughgate Blvd, Lethbridge

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator:  Sr. Josephine Keyzer (403) 332-5300 Bus

MEDICINE HAT

Medicine Hat Regional Hospital

  •  Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Francis Tran (403) 977-4656 Cell 

St. Joseph's Home for the Aged

  • Roman Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Francis Tran (403) 977-4656 Cell

BLACK DIAMOND

High Country Lodge Retirement Home, 707 Government Road, Black Diamond

  • Roman Catholic Coodinator: Barbara Zimmer, (403) 933-4697 Home
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. James Church, Okotoks (403) 938-3122

Oilfields Hospital, 717 Government Road, Black Diamond

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Barbara Zimmer, (403) 933-4697 Home
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. James Church, Okotoks (403) 938-3122

Rising Sun Nursing Home, 717 Government Road, Black Diamond

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Barbara Zimmer, (403) 933-4697 Home
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. James Parish, Okotoks (403) 938-3122

BANFF

Mineral Springs Hospital, Banff

  • Roman Catholic Hospital Contact: St. Mary's Parish (403) 762-2603

CANMORE

Canmore Hospital, 1100 Hospital Place

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Margaret Bleakney (403) 678-5022 Bus
  • Roman Catholic Contact: Sacred Heart Parish (403) 678-5022

COCHRANE

Big Hill Lodge, 98 Carolina Dr

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator:  Margaret Ellenbroek (403) 932-2944 Bus
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Mary's Parish (403) 932-2944

Bethany Care Centre, 302 Quigley Dr.

  • Roman Catholic Coordinator: Martha Stocker (403)932-6422

HIGH RIVER

High River Hospital, 560 9 Ave SW, High River

  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. Francis de Sales Parish (403) 652-2203
  • Roman Catholic Contact: Luella Wojcik (403) 652-7291

Medicine Tree Manor, 815, 9 Street SW, High River

  • Roman Catholic Contact: Luella Wojcik (403) 652-7291

OKOTOKS

Foothills Country Hospice

  • Roman Catholic Contact: Ron Nelson (403) 938-3122 Bus
  • Roman Catholic Contact: St. James' Parish (403) 938-3122
Related Offices Health Care
Related Themes Health Care Confession Annointing of the Sick Death and Dying

Chrism Mass

During this Mass, the Bishop blesses the oil of catechumens, the oil of the sick, and the oil of chrism. The chrism is freshly prepared for the baptising of catechumens at the Easter Vigil and the other oils are blessed on this day as well. As the Bishop is the only minister who can bless chrism, this liturgy ritualises his presence through the chrism that will be used by priests and deacons of the diocese throughout the year.

During the Chrism Mass, all priests are invited to renew their commitment to service and to receive the prayers of the people. This unique liturgy is an expression of unity of the diocesan Church with her Bishop in preparation for all liturgies throughout the year. All are welcome.

2017 Chrism Mass | Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:30 PM | St. Mary's Cathedral
Chrism Mass Choir Information

Related Offices Bishop's Office of Liturgy
Related Themes Liturgy Liturgical Celebration
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