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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

Holy Week Mass Times

ParishCityLenten PenitentialPalm SundayHoly ThursdayGood FridayEaster VigilEaster 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)
Holy Trinity Calgary            
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  
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. Bernard Calgary            
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. Boniface Calgary            
St. Cecilia Calgary            
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Calgary            
St. Francis of Assisi Calgary            
St. Gerard 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. Mark Calgary            
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. Patrick Calgary            
St. Peter Calgary            
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            
Ste. Famille Calgary            
St. Paul Airdrie     7:00PM 3:00PM 9:30PM 9:00PM, 11:00AM & 7:00PM
St. Mary's Banff n/a n/a 7:00PM 3:00PM 8:00PM 9:00AM
Holy Trinity Blairmore            
St. Paul Brocket            
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
St. Anthony Drunheller            
Holy Cross Fort Macleod            
St. George Hanna            
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            
Immaculate Conception StandOff            
Sacred Heart Strathmore            
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          
Related Offices Office of Liturgy
Related Themes Lent

Ritual for the Unspoken Grief

I was away from home and from my husband when my miscarriage happened during my summer pastoral studies in Chicago. I remember answering the door to welcome a colleague during the first few days after the miscarriage. I was not keen for a visit since my pain was still raw, so we both just fell into a long silence after she told me how sorry she was for my loss. When I finally looked up and saw the gleam of tears in her eyes, I broke down and cried with her. Until today I still think of it as the day God wept with me.

When parents experience a pregnancy loss, frequently the grief goes unspoken because secrecy often accompanies the early stages of pregnancy. Support from the community can be rare, as most of the time most friends and family do not know anything about the loss. Even when the grieving parents do share their loss, the many kind comments and sentiments they receive often fail to alleviate the sorrow and guilt parents feel.

Surrounded by ministers who had been shaped by their life experiences and ministries, I was blessed to have been able to confide in those who understood and knew what I had been through. My experience as a liturgical minister did not help in preparing a ritual for my own child. The sorrow was very numbing and I was simply unable to be resourceful.

Looking back, words cannot express my gratitude for my thoughtful colleagues who prepared and organized a Liturgy of the Word to commemorate our loss. It is difficult to put pain adequately into words but rituals speak beyond words alone because they consist of symbolic actions and language. It allowed me to give voice to my pain through prayers and lamentations. It sanctified my experience as I was entrusted to God’s loving care and compassion.

It is truly a humbling experience to be at the receiving end of so much love and support, and to encounter Christ in the face of friends and family. As God’s people, we are not meant to grieve alone. God weeps with us. In the embrace of the community, grieving parents allow themselves to be sustained and cared for as they put the pieces of their lives back together. Our grieving should naturally unite us with the community, a place where both have something to give and receive.

The Diocese of Calgary invites parents, their families and friends to join us in a prayer gathering by attending the Memorial Liturgy for Miscarried and Stillborn Infants on Friday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 1307 - 14th Street SW. For more information or to RSVP, please visit our website at www.miscarriageliturgy.ca.

Related Offices Carillon Office of Liturgy
Related Themes Liturgy

Learn by Heart: A Gift You Can Give Yourself

Memorization has fallen out of favour these days. In grade school I was required to learn some soliloquies from Shakespearean plays and then write them out in their entirety by memory. Today I cannot recall my own cell phone number but I could still make a fair attempt at reciting the Bard’s verse! I wonder if students are still asked to memorize anything today. Why bother, you might ask, with Google at your fingertips? Catholics have always been known for their recitation of rote prayers and the repetition of rituals. Our faith uses ritual language and gestures to affect us at a level deeper than our conscious thought. Yet, who has not at some time found themselves rattling off the words to a prayer while their mind is elsewhere? The response is not to stop memorizing but rather to consider and practice what it really means to learn something by heart.

To know something by heart means you have it memorized but it also implies that — in the way the heart animates the body by pumping blood — the text or gesture is inside of you, animating your every word, action, and thought. Think about the things that you know by heart: a recipe passed down through several generations, a loved one’s date of birth, your banking PIN. What you know by heart says something about your history, your relationships, and your priorities.


Part of our identity as Catholics includes knowing by heart the texts, gestures, and rituals that shape our belief and bind us to one another.


Most of us have memorized some traditional Catholic prayers like the Hail Mary and a blessing before meals. We also know the Lord’s Prayer and the ordinary parts of the Mass. Yet, when it comes to the Mass texts, we often know them only conditionally. It is easy enough to recite something surrounded by others reciting the same thing or when reading from a screen but if you try to recite the prayers alone, you might falter. Sometimes saying a prayer quickly can help the memory until you trip up and then have to go back to the beginning because you did not really know what you were saying anyway. Or perhaps you can sing the texts but if the melody is taken away, you become completely lost. These levels of memorization are admirable but their conditional nature challenges us to deepen our efforts by revisiting familiar texts, pondering their meaning, learning more about them, and inviting them to penetrate our hearts.

Making the effort to learn by heart is a gift you can give yourself. Once you have learned a prayer by heart, it becomes yours to pray at any time in any place. We do not always know in advance when we will need a prayer and so when the need arises, we may not have at hand a bible, a prayer booklet, and definitely not a projection screen with PowerPoint! With memory you can look into your heart for prayers to implore God’s help, receive consolation, to comfort others, to strengthen those whose faith may be wavering, or to draw together with others in prayer. If you are still looking it up on Google, it is not yet yours.

Part of our identity as Catholics includes knowing by heart the texts, gestures, and rituals that shape our belief and bind us to one another. During this season of Lent, consider learning by heart a new liturgical text. Strive not to only rattle off the words by memory but rather to savour the texts, learn what they mean, and pray the words so that, having learned them by heart, they can animate every word, action, and thought of your life.

Here are some suggested texts to learn by heart:

  • Apostles’ Creed and Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed
  • Gospel Canticles from the Liturgy of the Hours: Benedictus (Canticle of Luke), Magnificat (Canticle of Mary), Nunc Dimittis (Canticle of Simeon)
  • Psalms, especially 23, 34, 95, 141
  • Angelus and for Easter season, Regina caeli

You can find texts to memorize:

  • in most hymnals
  • in the Sunday or weekday missalette
  • on the Internet

Tips for memorization:

  • read the text over many times
  • read portions of the text and repeat it to yourself
  • repeat the text to others
  • practice writing down the text
  • test yourself on your recall of the text
  • use mnemonic devices like melodies or images
Related Offices Carillon Office of Liturgy
Related Themes Liturgy Prayers

Rejoice in God's Mercy: Resources

This initiative consists of all parishes in the Diocese offering the sacrament of Reconciliation on all the Wednesdays of Advent and Lent, from 7:30-8:30 p.m., in addition to other scheduled times for Reconciliation at your parish.

Below are bulletin reflections for Rejoice in God`s Mercy, the diocesan renewal of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please insert these reflections into your parish bulletin on February 19 and 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, and April 2 and 9.

  • Some parishes may need to extend the time to accommodate the number of penitents or speak about the initiative in advance to encourage parishioners to take advantage of the earlier dates. Make Reconciliation available at your parish on all the Wednesdays in Lent after Ash Wednesday: March 8, 15, 22 and 29, April 5, and April 12.
Electronic materials will also come to your parish by email and are available below.

In Christ,

The Office of Liturgy
The Diocesan Liturgical Commission


Rejoice in God`s Mercy

In addition to the regular parish schedule, the sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at parishes throughout the Diocese of Calgary all the Wednesdays of Lent from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

February 19: Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Catholics celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation because we recognise that sometimes we fail to do as we ought and because we believe in God`s mercy and forgiveness. The priest can help you and you can trust the Holy Spirit to guide you. Even if you don`t know how you can change your life, showing up makes you open to the grace that the sacrament brings. The Diocese of Calgary invites you to re-discover the meaning of the sacrament of Reconciliation in your life. Action: Speak about the sacrament of Reconciliation with someone this week. Share a positive experience or discuss your reservations with a priest or someone you know who participates in the sacrament.

February 26: Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. The Ash Wednesday Gospel opens the season of Lent by discussing the three practices that we are invited to take up: prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. The Gospel passage is taken from Jesus`Sermon on the Mount wherein he tells the disciples that he has come not to destroy the Law but to fulfill the Law through love. The Law of love is not about external appearances but about the truth in the heart. It is less important how we appear to others than how God sees us in secret. If you find any contradictions, use this season to restore wholeness to your life. Action: How are you going to express prayer, fasting, and almsgiving this Lent? Make a plan.

March 5: First Sunday of Lent

The readings today present two very different dialogs. In the first reading, Adam and Eve speak with the devil (the serpent) and, believing the lies he tells them, fall into sin. In the Gospel reading Christ rejects all of the devil's approaches and rebukes him. We need to turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. Bringing our sins to confession renews our relationship with God and restores us to the joy of his salvation. Action: Begin your journey in Lent by ending any negotiations with the devil and opening up communication with God.

March 12: Second Sunday of Lent

Like Abraham, we need to trust in God to help us live the life God has laid out for us. God will transform us if we let go of what is holding us back. What is God asking us to leave behind? What barriers are stopping us?  Action: Pray for an increase of faith and hope so you can act on the sacrifice God has asked of you.

March 19: Third Sunday of Lent

In Lent we contemplate our baptism and our reconciliation with God. God gave us living water at our Baptism. The new life we receive in baptism commits us to a 'holy boldness' by which we can reach out to our community and live this life to the full. Though we often fail, God calls us back and through reconciliation we can continue to live our baptismal graces. Action: Like the woman at the well, reach out to someone in your community; by your actions they will know God.

March 26: Fourth Sunday of Lent

In today’s second reading, Paul quotes an early baptismal hymn, “Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!” In our baptism, God reaches out to anoint us, to heal us, and to make us whole. This overflowing of grace calls us to be children of light and to do great things for God. In confession we allow the light of Christ to expose the darkness in our life so that we can be set free to do God’s will. Action: Reach out and touch someone in your life, or a stranger, by performing a random act of kindness.

April 2: Fifth Sunday of Lent

Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Just as he raised Lazarus from the dead he can bring you to life. Reconciliation helps us turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel by removing the obstacles that hold us back. Action: On the path to Easter and the celebration of Christ’s resurrection, reflect on the words of Ash Wednesday, “Turn away from sin.”

April 9: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

With Passion Sunday we begin the final week of Lent and prepare ourselves to celebrate the Paschal Triduum. Rejoice in God’s Mercy has aimed to invite you to participate more readily and more easily in the sacrament of Reconciliation. Reconciliation is a sacrament that Catholics can receive at any time. In addition to Rejoice in God’s Mercy on Wednesdays and scheduled diocesan penitential services, most parishes have a regularly scheduled time for Reconciliation throughout the year. If you are not available at the scheduled time or if your situation is complicated and you think you might need more time than usual, the sacrament is always available by appointment with the priest. Jesus never said it would be easy to follow him but he also gave us this sacrament to help us own up to our failings, receive his strength, and start anew. Action: Take concrete steps to make the sacrament of Reconciliation an integral part of your life as a disciple of Christ.


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