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Diocesan Finance Council

The Diocesan Finance Council (DFC) in the Diocese of Calgary exists to offer assistance and guidance to the Bishop in the administration of the temporal goods of the Diocese. In accordance with the Canon Law of the Roman Catholic Church, Canon 492 requires the Bishop to establish a finance council.

Click here to access the Finance Council Policy.

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LFRC Committees

Diocesan Marriage Ministry Committee

Mission

The Calgary Diocesan Marriage Ministry Team is committed to collaborate on the shared vision of Christian marriage, exchange experiences and share resources.

Members

Presently this ministry enjoys representatives of:

  • Calgary Diocesan Marriage Enrichment Presenters
  • Catholic Engaged Encounter
  • Catholic Family Services Marriage Preparation
  • Couples for Christ
  • For Better and For Ever Lead Sponsor Couples
  • Marriage Encounter
  • Retrouvaille
  • Spousal Encounter Movement
  • Life & Family Resource Centre

Feel free to contact the Life & Family Resource Centre at 403-218-5504 if you are:
- involved in the ministry of marriage preparation or marriage enrichment
- want to join the diocesan team
- have questions about how you can get the ministry started in your parish
-  have questions on any aspects of the ministry of marriage preparation
- would like to attend a marriage enrichment workshop.


Life Education Committee

Strengthens and coordinates pro-life educational initiatives in the Diocese of Calgary.

Mission

The Diocesan Life Education Committee coordinates and supports initiatives that educate on the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death.

Members

The Diocesan Life Education Committee consists of representatives of various agencies and organizations involved in public education on the life issues. The Chairperson of the Diocesan Life Education Committee is the Director of the Life and Family Resource Centre. It is the responsibility of the Chairperson to approve membership on the Diocesan Life Education Committee.

Presently this ministry enjoys representatives of:

  • Father Lucas Drapal, Chaplain
  • 40 Days for Life
  • Calgary Catholic Medical Association
  • Calgary Life chain
  • Calgary Pro Life
  • Couples for Christ
  • Diocesan Catholic Women's League
  • NFP Billings
  • NFP Serena
  • Pastoral Care workers
  • Life & Family Resource Centre

Objectives

  • Maintain working relationships with local pro-life groups and agencies
  • Taking action to raise awareness of the issues that compromise respect for life and marriage in the Diocese of Calgary
  • Provide educational opportunities and time for sharing program information among committee members
  • Support local programs that counsel and assist women with problems related to pregnancy
  • Support Project Rachel as the Diocesan post abortion ministry
  • Encourage and support local programs that provide care for the dying
  • Promote prayer and formation for the protection of human life from conception until natural death

Meetings

The Diocesan Life Education Committee will meet no less than three and no more than six times a year for the purpose of facilitating the committee objectives. Members are expected to attend regularly scheduled meetings. A member who misses two consecutive meetings without excuse will be contacted to inquire about their ongoing participation.


Calgary Catholic Medical Association

For Catholic Health Care Professionals (Physicians, Dentists, Nurses, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Physiotherapists, Respiratory Therapists, Chiropractors, Chaplains, Pastoral Care Workers, etc.).

The committee meets on the first Saturday of each month at the Catholic Pastoral Centre. An annual general meeting for all members takes place in the spring.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Society is to promote and foster Health Care Professionals’ personal and professional growth in the Spirit of Christ and to bring that Spirit to all those under their care.

Members

Presently this ministry enjoys representatives of:

  • Father Michael Storey, Chaplain
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Other related health professionals
  • Journalists
  • Life & Family Resource Centre

Goals

Societal goals include the provision of a forum for Catholic Health Care Professions within which they can examine the provision of care in our society. Through personal formation, they can bring the Spirit of Christ into the context of their practices and build a framework of care. This framework will incorporate the teaching of the Catholic Church into daily professional practice.

The CCMA is open to and inclusive of all Health Care Professionals including physicians, nurses, clinical counsellors, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, clergy especially hospital chaplains, as well as lay persons dedicated to hospital pastoral care.

The goals of the society are promoted through regular monthly meetings as well as special events, conferences which highlight bioethical and other formative topics.

The society encourages a liaison with other Catholic medical and healthcare organizations such as the Catholic Medical Association and participation in meetings and periodicals, as well as links with other similarly orientated organizations in Canada and the United States.

The CCMA functions within the Diocese of Calgary with the Bishop’s support through the Life and Family Resource Center.

The CCMA is represented on the Diocesan Life Education Committee.

Calendar of Events:

CCMA meetings are held once a month (except July and August) on a Saturday morning from 9:45-11:30 am at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 120-17 Avenue SW. For more information contact 403-218-5504.

Upcoming CCMA Meetings and Events:

  • CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
    • CCMA meetings are held once a month at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 120-17 Avenue SW. For more information contact 403-218-5504.
      Upcoming CCMA Meetings and Events:  The Calgary Catholic Medical Association invites all health care workers to attend a talk by Dr. David Sabapathy, BSc (Eng), MSc, MBA, MD, FRCPC on The Unexamined Life of Public Health on Tuesday May 1, 2018, 7pm at the Catholic Pastoral Centre. This talk will discuss the Christian Worldview as a Foundation for Public Health Practice. This is a free event. Contact Alida.Allen@calgarydiocese.ca or 403-218-5505 to register.

      The Unexamined Life of Public Health:  The Christian Worldview as a Foundation for Public Health Practice.  Dr. David Sabapathy, BSc (Eng), MSc, MBA,  MD, FRCPC.

      Personal faith and its incumbent worldview, shapes our career choices, trajectory and accomplishments.   Individually and as a collective, it has a significant impact on society.  The Unexamined Life of Public Health is a thoughtful and engaging examination by Dr. David Sabapathy, of how his faith as a Roman Catholic has provided not only a guiding foundation for his practice as a specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, but also a means of making sense of it.

      This presentation is one product of a pilot collaboration of two passionate young professionals who perceived the need for a platform to discuss faith in public life as a means of fostering inclusive dialogue in a society that is increasingly diverse both from religious and secular perspectives.  Dr. Sabapathy and his friend and colleague who is an Associate Professor in Religious Studies at St. Dunstain’s University Institute for Christianity and Culture at the University of Prince Edward Island, have begun this 18 month project as a proof of concept, by each preparing an essay and public presentation on their own reflection on faith at work.  Video versions of their presentations and a web platform for discussion are to come next.

      Dr. Sabapathy was first trained as an electrical engineer, which he followed up a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Health Service Research before undertaking his medical education, including specialist training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and a Clinical Fellowship in Applied Public Health Research.  A common thread through his career has been a focus on risk assessment, quality improvement and strategic management.  Dr. Sabapathy currently serves as the Deputy Chief Public Health Office in his home province of PEI.

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For more information or to join, please contact the Life & Family Resource Centre by calling 403-218-5504.

Related Offices Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC)
Related Themes Health Care Life Issues Committee and Commissions Marriage

Sacred Music Committee

"The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred melody united to words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn Liturgy" – Sacrosanctum Concilium (1963).

The Ministry

The Sacred Music Committee (SMC) works through the Office of Liturgy to carry out the Bishop’s mission of sacred music in the Diocese. The SMC researches current issues and practice in liturgical music and promotes understanding of music in the liturgy throughout the diocese. Members of the SMC are people of prayer with experience in catechesis and music ministry. They have discerned a calling to this ministry and enjoy working as part of a team.

Related Offices Office of Liturgy
Related Themes Liturgy Liturgical Music Committee and Commissions

Diocesan Liturgical Commission

The Diocesan Liturgical Commission provides ongoing leadership for the study and promotion of the liturgy throughout the diocese and acts in an advisory capacity to the Director of Liturgy and Bishop.

DIOCESAN LITURGICAL COMMISSION

The Ministry

The Diocesan Liturgical Commission (DLC) acts in an advisory capacity to the Office of Liturgy in order to carry out the Bishop’s mission of liturgical leadership in the Diocese. The DLC researches current issues and practice in liturgy and promotes understanding of the liturgy throughout the diocese. Members of the DLC are people of prayer with experience in catechesis and parish ministry. They have discerned a calling to this ministry and enjoy working as part of a team.

Related Offices Office of Liturgy
Related Themes Diocesan Commissions Liturgy Liturgical Guidelines Committee and Commissions
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