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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.

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The Blessing of Providence Care Centre

With an impending retirement, we often pause to take stock of our accomplishments. Leaving a legacy is about life and living; creating meaning in our lives. How do you live a full and meaningful life? Each of us answers that question differently.

One legacy that we are very grateful to Bishop Henry for, and that will live on for many years to come, is St. John Vianney in Providence Care Centre. This is a unique care centre that provides medical and health care services for senior adults and retired priests in a home-like setting which encourages relationships, independence and dignity through spiritual, physical, social and recreational programs.

Like all the neighbourhoods in Providence Care Centre, the priests living in St. John Vianney have developed a community they call their own; a place to enjoy their meals; their own personal suite furnished with special mementoes that form their legacy; several gathering areas for social time; a small dedicated chapel; and access to all that Providence Care Centre has to offer.

On January 11, 2017 Bishop Henry imparted a blessing on Providence Care Centre, and all in attendance. More than 100 guests took part in the moving ceremony. Now that the Providence Care Centre is complete and fully operational, the push now shifts toward the fundraising efforts to build a chapel at the northeast corner of Providence Care Centre, looking out on the beautiful Fish Creek Provincial Park.

As Bishop Henry enters retirement, he will be remembered for the legacy he created at Providence Care Centre. It will live on for generations to come.

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Death Notice of Fr. Denis Fleming

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Fr. Denis E. Fleming who died Friday, December 16, 2016.

Prayers will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 7:00pm, while the funeral will be on Thursday, December 22, 2017 at 10:00am. Both will be at St. Mary's Cathedral (219-18 Avenue SW).

Let us pray for the eternal rest of Fr. Denis, and for consolation for all who mourn his loss.

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Conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy began on December 8, 2015 on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, as declared by Pope Francis in the Bull of Indiction, Misericordiae Vultus (the Face of Mercy). It will end at the close of the liturgical year, the Solemnity of Christ the King, November 20, 2016.

December 8, 2015 also marked the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, a council that sought to bring the love of God to the modern world. Similarly, the Holy Father strongly desired this Jubilee celebration of mercy to be lived out in the daily lives of the faithful, and all who turn to God for love and mercy.

In view of the Holy Father’s expressed desire, in Bull of Induction, to keep the memory of Vatican II alive, a presentation was given on Why an Ecumenical Session and Why Vatican II? Other sessions followed in parishes throughout our Diocese on the following major documents of the Council:

  • Dogmatic Constitution on the Church [Lumen Gentium]
  • Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World [Gaudium et Spes]
  • Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy [Sacrosanctum Concilium]
  • Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation [Dei Verbum]
  • Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests [Presbyterorum Ordinis]
  • Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity [Apostolicam Actuositatem]

In Misericordiae Vultus, Pope Francis emphasized the need for the Church and all her members to live out the loving mercy that God has for us. Our response is to act in that same way to all those we meet.

This year-long celebration has been a great grace for each one of us, for the whole Church in need of mercy. It has been a year in which we experienced a deeper, more personal experience of God’s mercy in our own lives, and also bore witness to God’s mercy in our encounters with others.

In announcing the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis gave voice to the hope that we will all be able “to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time.”

Our Catholic Schools celebrated the Jubilee of Mercy with a variety of mercy projects, including a &lquo;holy door” in many schools.

With financial support from the Diocese, many parishes sponsored refugee families from Syria; and one parish is supporting the Fresh Water Project in Burkina Faso, Africa, to name a couple of the many mercy projects undertaken by our parishes.

The eight designated pilgrimage sites were visited by a large number of pilgrims from our parishes. The Holy Doors of Mercy at these sites were an attractive spiritual exercise.

The Diocese will join the rest of the Roman Catholic dioceses in the world with concluding celebrations on Sunday, November 13, before the official closing of the Extraordinary Jubilee to be celebrated in Rome on November 20, 2016.

Many parishes in the Diocese will be celebrating the closing of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy at one of the Sunday Masses on November 13.

While the three pilgrimage sites of Mount St. Francis in Cochrane, the Divine Mercy Centre in Balzac and the Martha Centre in Lethbridge will plan their own celebrations, the Pilgrimage Churches have designated the following times on Sunday, ­November 13, 2016:

St. Mary’s Cathedral, Calgary
Mass at Noon with Bishop Frederick Henry presiding.

Corpus Christi Church, Calgary
Mass at 11:00 a.m.

Holy Cross Church, Fort Macleod
Mass at 11:00 a.m.

St. George’s Church, Hanna
Mass at 4:00 p.m.

Holy Trinity Church, Siksika, Cluny
Mass at 11:00 a.m.

In thanksgiving, we raise our voices to God for the wonderful opportunity of this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. It is also our prayer that we will continue to be instruments of sharing God’s mercy every day beyond the conclusion of the Year of Mercy.

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2016 Pastoral Assignments

Sabbaticals

Rev. Ed Hospet, the pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish, High River, has been granted a three month sabbatical from August 1 to October 31 , 2016.

Rev. Myles Gaffney, Diocesan Vocation Director and Director of the Permanent Diaconate, Program has been granted a one year sabbatical on his 25th Anniversary from August 2016 to August 1, 2017.

 

Retirements

Rev. Joseph Hau Du Tran, currently the Pastor of St Francis of Assisi Parish, Calgary, will retire September 1, 2016.

Rev. Fred Monk, currently the Pastor of St. Michael's, Bow Island and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Foremost, will retire August 1, 2016.

 

Priests Leaving the Diocese

Rev. Dennis Bhasker, currently the Associate Pastor of St. James Okotoks and St. Michael's, Black Diamond, having completed his contract will be returning to his home diocese.

Rev. John Kohler, currently the Associate Pastor at St. Mary's Cathedral, is being assigned to St. Joseph's Seminary/Newman Theological College in Edmonton.

Rev. Young Soo Kim, currently the Pastor of St. Anne's Korean Catholic Parish having completed his contract, will be returning to his home diocese in Korea

Rev. Joseph Thich Ngo, currently the Associate Pastor at Holy Trinity Parish, Calgary, is being re-assigned by the Vietnamese Dominican Fathers, September 1, 2016.

Rev. Francisco Alberto da Silva, currently the Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Calgary, will be returning to his home diocese in Brazil.

Rev. Antony Sumich, F.S.S.P., currently the Associate Pastor of St. Anthony’s Parish, is being assigned to begin the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter in their new apostolate in New Zealand.

 

New Priests Arriving in the Diocese

Rev. Vijay Martin, OCD, who is new to the Diocese, has been appointed as Associate Pastor of St. Mark’s Parish in Calgary.

Rev. Gabriel Arihi, who is new to the Diocese, has been appointed a member of the Calgary Hospital Ministry Chaplaincy Team, also with responsibility for the Igbo Catholic Community, and will reside at St. Peter’s Parish, Calgary.

Rev. Fabio Vieira de Souza has been appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Calgary.

Rev. Anthoni Paul Raju Narisetti has been appointed Associate Pastor of St. Albert the Great Parish.

Rev. Rawel Jose (Ajay) Abanto has been appointed Associate Pastor of St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary.

Rev. John Gannon LC, has been appointed Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Calgary.

Rev. Daniel Wilson LC has been appointed Associate Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish Calgary.

Rev. Hobong Yi has been appointed Pastor of St. Anne's Korean Catholic Parish.

Rev. Peter Hung Cong Tran has been appointed Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish Calgary, September 1, 2016.

Rev. Joseph Tap Vu has been appointed Associate Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Calgary, September 1, 2016.

Rev. Thomasaiah Mallavarapu, CFM, has been appointed Associate Pastor of St. Luke's Parish, Calgary.

 

Other Pastoral Assignments

Rev. Lawrence Manolache, currently the Associate Pastor of St. Mark’s Parish, Calgary, has been granted a leave of absence.

Rev. Dominic Nguyen, currently the Pastor of St. Luke’s Parish, has been named, in addition, Dean of the St. John Paul II Pastoral Zone.

Rev. Daniel Brandenburg LC and transitional deacon Michael O’Connor will be in residence at Sacred Heart Parish in Calgary.

Rev. Julian Studden, currently the Pastor of St. Michael's Parish, Calgary, has been appointed Pastor of St. Albert the Great Parish, Calgary.

Rev. Iqbal Khurshid, currently the Associate Pastor of St. Michael's Parish, Calgary, has been appointed Associate Pastor of St. Albert the Great Parish, Calgary.

Rev. John Nemanic, currently the Pastor of St Gabriel's Parish in Chestermere, has been appointed Pastor of St. Michael's Parish, Calgary.

Rev. James Hagel, currently the Pastor of St. Albert the Great Parish, has been appointed Pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish, High River and St. Andrew, Vulcan.

Rev. Colin O'Rourke, currently the Associate Pastor at Sacred Heart Parish Calgary, has been appointed Interim Diocesan Vocation Director and Director of the Permanent Diaconate

Rev. Marino Infante, currently the Associate Pastor of St. Luke's Parish, Calgary, has been appointed Pastor of St. Michael's, Bow Island and Our Lady of Pereptual Help, Foremost.

Rev. Nelson Antao, formerly the Associate Pastor of St. Mark's Parish, Calgary, has been appointed Administrator of St. Elizabeth's Hungarian Parish, Calgary, effective May 12, 2016.

Rev. Cristino Bouvette, currently the Associate Pastor of St. Albert the Great Parish, Calgary, has been appointed Associate Pastor of St. Michael's Parish, Calgary.

Rev. Edmundo Vargas, currently the Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Calgary, has been appointed Pastor of St. James Parish, Calgary.

Rev. Luciano Cortopassi, currently Pastor of St. James Parish, has been appointed Pastor of St. James Parish, Okotoks and St. Michael's Black Diamond.

Rev. Terry Gubiana, currently the Associate Pastor of St. Albert the Great Parish, has been appointed Associate Pastor of Ascension Parish, Calgary.

Rev. Jos Tom Kalathilparambil, currently Associate Pastor of St. Mary's Cathedral, has been appointed to the Calgary Hospital Chaplaincy Tearn.

Rev. Marisuz Sztuk SDS, currently the Pastor at St. Jospeh's Parish, Calgary, has been appointed Pastor of St. Gabriel's Parish, Chestermere.

Rev. Yarek Dziuba SDS, currently the Pastor of St. James Okotoks, has been appointed Pastor of St. Joseph's Parish, Calgary.

Rev. John Shannon, F.S.S.P., is appointed as the Associate Pastor of St. Anthony’s Parish, Calgary effective June 20th 2016.

 

Deacon Assignments

Rev. Mr. Brian West, whose liturgical base had been Our Lady of the Rockies in Canmore and St. Mary’s in Banff, has relocated to French Creek in the Diocese of Victoria.

Rev. Mr. Michael Soentgerath, whose current liturgical base is St. Cecilia’s in Calgary, has been assigned to St. Bernadette’s in Calgary.

Rev. Mr. Tom O’Toole, in addition to his liturgical base at St. Peter’s Parish Calgary, will also assist with St. Paul’s Parish in Brocket.

Rev. Mr. Daniel Plamondon, whose current liturgical base is Holy Name Parish, Calgary, has been assigned to St. Mary’s Parish, Cochrane.

Rev. Mr. Albert Henri, whose current liturgical base is St. Bernard’s Parish, Calgary, has been assigned to Holy Name Parish, Calgary.

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