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

Rite of Election & Call to Lenten Renewal

This rite closes the period of the catechumenate proper of those individuals seeking Baptism at Easter and initiates the final, more intense preparation for the sacraments of initiation both for the catechumens (subsequently called the "elect") and for baptized adults seeking full communion with the Catholic Church (known as "candidates").


There will be no gathering at St. Monica's School. Please arrive DIRECTLY to St. Mary's Cathedral.

Arrive no less than 30 minutes prior to the celebration. Doors open one hour before the liturgy.


Parishes have been assigned to Saturday or Sunday.

Seating is assigned. See the head usher upon arrival and be seated by an usher.

You may fill in the registration form electronically or by hand and send by e-mail, fax, or mail.

The registration form is due no later than February 28, 2017.

Click here to download the complete registration and information package including your assigned celebration date.

Register online here for Saturday, March 4, 2017 | 7:30 pm - St. Mary's Cathedral

Register online here for Sunday, March 5, 2017 | 3:30 pm - St. Mary's Cathedral

Related Offices Office of Liturgy
Related Themes RCIA Liturgy Liturgical Celebration Baptism Parish Life

Dismissal to Rite of Election & Call to lenten Renewal

Dismissal to Rite of Election & Call to lenten Renewal and Signing the Book of the Elect

This dismissal takes place ideally at a Sunday Mass (or at another convenient time) after the homily or at the end of Mass.


My dear friends,

You are about to set out on the road that leads to the glory of Easter.
Christ will be your way, your truth, and your life.

In his name and in the name of this Parish Community of _________________
we send you forth to the Mother Church of our diocese, St. Mary's Cathedral.

I now invite you forward, catechumens, to sign your name in the Book of the Elect.
(Have someone call out the names of the catechumens. Only catechumens sign the book).

I now send you for the Lord has chosen you
to join other catechumens who are seeking baptism at Easter
to be received by our Bishop Henry, and numbered among the elect.

And you candidates, who are seeking full communion in the church,
or preparing to complete your initiation;
we send you forth from this community to celebrate with the Bishop
the Rite of Calling Candidates to lenten Renewal.

In this rite, you will be invited, along with the entire community of the faithful,
to use this holy season of lent to prepare
in a most intense, serious and spiritual way,
for the renewal of your baptismal promises at Easter,
and to become full members of the Catholic Church.

You have been chosen by God and have entered with us into his way of lent.
May Christ teach you the value of prayer and fasting in meeting temptation,
especially during this time of lenten retreat.

Be assured of our loving support and prayers for you.

Go in peace. Soon you will gather with us to be nourished at the Eucharistic table.

You may include this intention in The Prayers of the Faithful:

That all catechumens and candidates may experience the universality and love of our Catholic faith as they meet with our Bishop for the Rite of Election and the Rite of Calling Candidates to lenten Renewal in the Catholic Church.

Related Offices Office of Liturgy
Related Themes RCIA Catechist Formation Liturgy Prayers Liturgical Celebration Parish Life Initiation

Season of Lent

Holy Week & Easter Triduum

During Holy Week, the Church celebrates the mysteries of salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of his life on earth, beginning with his messianic entrance into Jerusalem.  In Easter Triduum, when we celebrate the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord, is the high point of the liturgical year.

ORDO, Guidelines for Pastoral Liturgy

Related Offices Office of Liturgy
Related Themes Liturgy Lent Triduum Liturgical Celebration Holy Week

Rite of Reception for Baptized Christians

Pastoral Ministers and Clergy,

Over the last 25 years, the Catholic Church in Canada has become familiar with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) through the use of the "Blue Book."

This information Package, prepared by the Office of Liturgy and Diocesan Forum on Initiation, draws your attention to a less understood portion of the process: "Reception of Baptized Christians into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church." The authors of this package hope that you will take time to familiarize yourself with the contents of the "Blue Book" on this matter, while using the package for clarification and resources.

Inside you will find:

  1. A guide to distinguish the uncatechized from the catechized Christian
  2. A guide to determine the processes of formation for uncatechized and catechized Christians
  3. A guide to the rituals for receiving baptized Christians

We invite you to use this resource as you continue your important work of hospitality and catechesis with baptized Christians seeking full communion with the Catholic Church.

If you have any questions about the material presented in this package or about the process, please contact the Office of Liturgy directly.

In Christ,

Most Reverend Bishop Frederick Henry
Bishop of Calgary

Download the Information Package

Related Offices Bishop's Office of Liturgy
Related Themes RCIA Liturgy Liturgical Celebration Baptism Parish Life
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