Spirituality of Stewardship Lenten Mission

The Office of Stewardship presents Spirituality of Leadership, a three-day Lenten Mission in the Calgary Diocese with Fr. Daryl Befort from Wichita, Kansas. The Lenten Mission will focus on a Threefold Call of Discipleship: Deny Yourself, Take Up Your Cross, and Follow Christ. The first Lenten Mission will be in Lethbridge, and the second will be in Calgary.


All Saints Parish and St. Martha's Parish (355 Columbia Blvd W, Lethbridge, AB). Please note: Adoration and Confessions will be included.

  • Day 1 Deny Yourself: March 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Day 2 Take Up Your Cross: March 27, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Day 3 Follow Christ: March 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

St. Thomas More Parish (15 Templebow Road NE, Calgary, AB). All sessions run from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm.

  • Day 1 Deny Yourself: March 29, 2017 (Holy Mass, Adoration, and Confessions will be included)
  • Day 2 Take Up Your Cross: March 30, 2017 (Holy Mass, Adoration, and Confessions will be included)
  • Day 3 Follow Christ: March 31, 2017 (Stations of the Cross, Adoration, and Confessions will be included)

For more information, contact Eden D'Souza, Stewardship Coordinator at, or call at 403-218-5520.

Related Offices Stewardship
Related Themes Stewardship Lent

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

Annual Outdoor Way of the Cross

The 34th Annual Outdoor Way of the Cross took place on Good Friday, April 14, 2017.

What is the Outdoor Way of the Cross About?

We come to walk along the inner city and stop at 14 Stations to listen to scripture readings, and to reflect on the suffering, passion and death of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The Annual Outdoor Way of the Cross is a two-and-a-half hour procession through the inner City of Calgary that starts and ends at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral on 18th Avenue and 2nd Street S.W.

As Jesus shared in our human suffering, and even death itself, so many of us come to walk with Jesus in his suffering and share his pain. We also see our own life hardships reflected in the burden of carrying the cross. We contemplate the great love that Jesus showed when he gave his life for all people in the world, so that they may have life.

The Way of the Cross is more than just a personal journey, Jesus' death is redemptive and in his dying we are reconciled with God, healed and redeemed. Through our participation in the walk, we ask that Jesus forgive our sins, heal our wounds, and transform us more into the image and likeness of God.

At the heart of the Outdoor Way of the Cross practice is also the idea and practice of Solidarity. We all share the common experience of seeing a loved one or someone close to us suffer. We wish that we could take on their burden. It is this idea of loving someone so much that we would like to take away his or her suffering by sharing in this person's experience. In the case of Jesus, God loved us so much that he allowed Jesus to share in humanly life and suffering, even in death, except for sin. As we participate in the Outdoor Way of the Cross, we are also in solidarity with our suffering brothers and sisters who are thirsting for compassion and justice in the world today.

To register as a volunteer or for more information about this year's Outdoor Way of the Cross, visit

Related Offices Social Justice
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Living Lent

History: Lent has been part of the Church's life for at least the past 1700 years. It began as a period of special preparation for adults being baptized during the Easter vigil. Gradually it became a period of penance and conversion for public sinners and also for devout members of the community.

Purpose of Lent today: Lent is a time of prayer and penance, when Christ wants to lead us back to our baptismal promises of dying to sin and of living for God. We prepare ourselves to enter once again into Jesus' Paschal mystery and to renew it in our lives.

  • Dying to sin. During Lent, God's people seek to put sin out of their lives by uprooting habits and tendencies that are contrary to God's will. It is a time of conversion, of turning away from our sins and of turning back to God.
  • Living for God. The Lord Jesus is calling us to be people of praise and prayer, and living signs of his love for all. During Lent, we open our hearts to our Father, so that we may live with Christ for God.

The elect: The catechumens who will be baptised at the Easter vigil take a prominent place in the Lenten Sunday liturgies and at celebrations during the week. We join in prayer for them and, through our participation in the various rituals (for example, the scrutinies) come to a better understanding of the grace of our own initiation.

Lenten works: What should we be doing for Lent? Today the Church invites
us to prepare for Easter by doing individual penance and penance as a group; by reading God's word more carefully; by praying more ardently, including sincere prayer for sinners; by giving of ourselves to the service of God's people.

All weekdays in Lent are days of special penance. We are obliged to join the Church around the world in fast and abstinence on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday. On Good Friday and Holy Saturday we keep the solemn Paschal fast.

Ten forms of penance: These are "the top ten" in the tradition of the Christian people. They are our daily responsibility as believers; in Lent, we concentrate on them even more seriously.

  1. Giving up sin. Jesus tells us that we show our love for him by keeping his commandments, especially by loving others as he has loved us. We are called to live blameless lives as God's holy people, the Church. Our God wants us to turn away from our sins, our failings, our laziness in prayer, our unwillingness to do better. 
  2. Praying. Jesus and his apostles tell us to pray always, to be constant in prayer. Traditional times for Christians to pray are morning, evening and mealtimes. Personal prayer is a necessary preparation for our sharing in the Church's public worship, the liturgy. In our love, we join Jesus and all God's people in praying for ourselves, for our family and friends, for our leaders, for those who suffer, and for the Church and the world.  
  3. Fasting. Fasting means cutting down on the amount and richness of our food and drink. Done as a penance for sin, it helps us to pray better: an empty stomach can lead to more attentive prayer. The money we save on food should be given to others in alms. The law of fasting obliges adults until they are 60 years old.  
  4. Doing good works. Jesus went about doing good. The apostles continued to teach us to do good works, to help those in need, to give others the good example of our living, to pray for other people and to be ready to serve them in their time of need. The list is endless, but can be summarized in a few words: we are to help Jesus and come to his aid by helping other people in a spirit of love.  
  5. Giving alms. We give alms to help God's poor and to support the good works of the Church and other positive agencies. Again our help is being given to Christ in his brothers and sisters. Many Churches encourage giving 10%—the biblical tithe—as the minimum gift to God and to God's works. We do not give in order to show off or keep up with others; instead we give cheerfully to God, who has given us everything we have.
  6. Abstinence. This form of penance needs to be seen as a near cousin of fasting. We may give up meat or other desirable foods on one or two days a week during Lent, especially on Friday, the day of Christ's saving death on the cross. Our abstinence is another way of sharing in Christ's work of saving the world. Throughout the year, every Friday is a day of abstinence from meat, obliging all Catholics who are 14 years or older.
    We may also substitute other good actions for abstinence from meat. These could include special acts of charity (visiting the sick or aged, helping those in any need, contributing time or money to a work of charity) or other acts of piety (taking part in a service of worship with others, praying with our family, spending some extra time in personal prayer, especially with God's holy word in the scriptures).
  7. Carrying out our duties of life. This is perhaps the hardest and most unrecognized form of penance. We serve God by living out our vocation in love each day. We do our best for God by being a good mother, father, teacher, worker, student, religious, minister, priest. God is calling each of us to be a living sacrifice, and to offer our daily life through Christ.
  8. Meditative reading. In an age of constant bombardment by noise and sights, Christians need time to read and reflect. Believers have to nourish their faith by reading. Prayerful reading of God's word each day opens our hearts to the Spirit, and lets God's thoughts and ways influence ours. Reading other Christian books and magazines will help us to be stronger in our faith and in our living. 
  9. Controlling our desire for possessions. Jesus reminds us that our heart will be wherever our treasure is. He tells us to build up treasures in heaven rather than on earth. Today's consumer is constantly tempted to buy more and more things: everything has to be newer, bigger, better—and automatic. As Christians, we should be cutting down on our possessions, eliminating frills, giving our surplus to others, lessening our wants, and sharing ourselves, our time, our talents and our possessions with others. 
  10. Controlling our desire for entertainment. Too much entertainment—by radio, TV, movies, spectator sports, light reading, distractions—can dull our taste for the things of God, and lead us to have no time for the works of the Lord.

Christians need to be a sign of contradiction to the world, and to spend more time in serving God and people.

Lent in Our Home

  • Examine your conscience: At the beginning of Lent, discuss each of the ten penance suggestions with your family. How can you improve your present way of life?
  • Your resolution: Make a serious resolution to do several actions of penance, both individually and as a family, each day during this Lent.
  • Rewards of a good Lent: The Lord Jesus rewards those who are generous in his service. A good Lent is a sharing in his cross, and leads us to renew our baptismal promises at the Easter vigil.
  • Paschal fast: Make a particular effort to keep the days of the Triduum, and especially Good Friday and Holy Saturday, as a period of prayer and reflection.

All praise to you, Father in heaven,
for leading us out of the darkness of sin
into the light of your kingdom.

We bless you for sending us your Son
to save us,
to die for us that we might die to sin,
to be raised that we might share your life.
We thank you for giving us your Spirit of love,
to live in our hearts and lead us to you.
All glory, praise and honour be yours,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
now and evermore. Amen.


Living Lent: Liturgical Leaflet, edited by the National Liturgy Office, and published by Publications Service, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2500 Don Reid Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 2J2 Canada. Copyright © Concacan Inc., 1986, 2002. All rights reserved. This text may be reproduced for personal or parish use. For commercial licence, please contact the publisher.

Related Offices Office of Liturgy
Related Themes Liturgy Prayers Children Lent Baptism Penance Prayer Life Christian Life Family


Lent is the yearly celebration by the Church of its corporate conversion in Jesus Christ. During Lent, the liturgy prepares catechuments to celebrate the Paschal Mystery by the various stages of Christian initiation.  It also prepares the faithful for Easter as they recall their baptism and do penance in preparation fo rthe greatest feast of the year (GNLY, no 27).

Lent has two major purposes:

  1. It recalls or prepares for baptism, and
  2. Emphasizes a spirit of penance.

Through 40 days of closer attention to God's word and more fervent prayer, believers are prepared to celebrate the Paschal Mystery.  Lenten instructions stress these baptismal and penitential themes.  The Church encourages penitential practices that are external and social, reflecting the circumstances of individuals and communities, as we pray and do penance for sinners (CLS, 109-110).

ORDO, Guidelines for Pastoral Liturgy, CCCB

2012 Lenten Reconciliation Services Schedule
in parishes accross the Diocese


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