Bishop McGrattan consecrated the Diocese of Calgary to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Saturday, July 1, 2017, with a celebration of Eucharist, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Rosary prayers.
The Diocese of Calgary thanks all the liturgical ministers involved and the staff at St. Mary's Cathedral for their assistance. A special thank you for God Squad Canada for preparing the delicious barbeque for everyone!
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First of all then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people. 1 Timothy 2:1
The practice of requesting a priest to offer the Mass for a specific intention, even when one cannot be physically present at the Mass, is a longstanding tradition in the Church. The Church considers the Mass to be the greatest prayer of intercession. It is the perfect offering of Christ to the Father because it makes present the Paschal mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection. As the priest offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, he does so in persona Christi, as a mediator between God and humanity, so that the person for whom the Mass is offered obtains special graces. Through Mass intentions, the fruits of the Spirit flow and help communities grow in care for their members.
Still, there is more to this matter of intentions. Did you know that any Catholic may offer up the Mass, in which he or she participates, for any good intention? To do so is a genuine exercise of the royal priesthood of the faithful. Personally, as a young man sitting in the pew, I found it much easier to focus and pray during the Mass when I also focused on offering the Mass for someone. There are times when you may not want to be at Mass or when you are distracted. But when you are able to refocus and pray for one person, or another, you can offer your struggle for them. We do not just come to church for ourselves but we come for one another, and to pray as a community, for the community. When each of us has someone special to pray for, it can help us enter into the mystery of God’s love for each one of us.
As a priest now, I like to remind people to bring their own intention to Mass. You might request a Mass to be prayed for Mrs. Smith next week since she is seriously ill, but you also need to pray for Mr. Smith, who may be about to lose his wife. So, in addition to the Mass intention you requested for Mrs. Smith, you also offer your attention and your participation at the Mass for Mr. Smith.
I believe that if we each came to Mass with an intention and really focused on offering our full participation for someone else, we would experience greater participation in the Mass. I also believe we would grow in our care for one another and come to understand more deeply that the Mass is not only about me and God but about the needs of my brothers and sisters in the greater community.
There are many intentions, reasons, and motivations for our presence at church. We may not be aware of all these reasons at every Mass we attend, but some should apply every Sunday. How many of these apply to you?
- I Keep holy the Sabbath (Third Commandment), which for Christians is Sunday, the day of Resurrection.
- I Receive the Eucharist.
- I give praise and glory to God in community.
- Private worship is not enough for me. Christians are called to gather as the Body of Christ!
- I make an offering to God of my time, treasure, and talent.
- I pray for my brothers and sisters.
Sometimes young people say that they go to church only because their parents make them. In this case, we can say to the parents, “Well done good and faithful servants!” When parents bring their children to church, they fulfil a promise to raise their children in the practise of the faith. This promise was made on their wedding day, and at the baptism of each of their children. Parents, godparents, and friends can help young people participate in the Mass by encouraging them to arrive with an intention, just as we can deepen our own spirituality of the Mass by taking to heart St. Timothy’s exhortation: “I urge that supplication, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for all people.”
In this forum we will explore the sacrament of confession.
We will begin by learning what reconciliation is with Fr. Eric Nelson. Next we will learn why we confess and why it's important to us with Fr. Cristino Bouvette. And finally we will learn how to approach confession with Fr. David Meadows.
Reconciliation: A Gift for Life & Living
Bless Me Father: Why We Confess & Why it's Important
How to Go to Confession
In this forum we will explore the topic of forgiveness.
Without Blood Shed, No Forgiveness
Forgiveness and The Eucharist
Choosing to Forgive
Why Do We Receive Forgiveness from a Priest?
August 17, 2011
To: Pastor, Liturgy Committee and Pastoral Music Ministers
In consultation with Bishop Henry, the Office of Liturgy is pleased to inform you that parishes in the Diocese of Calgary have permission to begin introducing the revisions to the Roman Missal on the Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time, that is, on September 25th 2011 (including the Vigil Mass). The full implementation is still not until the First Sunday of Advent. However, it may be helpful to teach assemblies the new translation over a period of weeks.
Soon, the Office of Liturgy will have available for you:
- An order form by which you can order the latest Roman Missal resources such as the Missal itself and laminated pew cards.
- Pending ICEL approval, we will have available a free pew card for you to download and copy as needed.
Some suggestion for your music ministers:
- Music ministers and celebrants must be in communication and agreement about how to proceed. Do meet together and arrange a schedule in terms of which new parts will be introduced when and which options will be chosen for each season. It is recommended that the same setting be introduced on the same schedule at all masses in a given parish.
- You may introduce a new setting of the Kyrie, Amen, and Agnus Dei immediately because the words will not change.
- Consider learning first the Gloria in the melody that you plan to use in Christmas season. Your community will not be praying the Gloria during Advent (with the exception of the feast of the Immaculate Conception) so it would be good if it were familiar to them when the festive Christmas season arrives.
- We recommend singing mass parts in unison during Advent with minimal instrumentation so that the assembly can easily hear the text and join in. The chant setting from the Roman Missal and Celebrate in Song is particularly well-suited to learning the new words and to the season of Advent. Musicians can find keyboard accompaniment to assist in learning the chant setting on our website http://RomanMissal.calgarydiocese.ca. If you choose to learn a different setting, you may wish to introduce choral parts and more instrumentation to mark the transition to Christmas season while keeping the melody of the setting the same.