2017 World Day of Migrants Mass - Photo Album

Hundreds came and celebrate the World Day of Migrants with Bishop McGrattan on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, 2017. Bishop McGrattan led everyone in prayer with a celebration of Eucharist, followed by a reception of international potluck at the parish hall.

The Diocese of Calgary thanks the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society for their involvement and generous donation, all the liturgical ministers, participating communities and choirs, and the generous donations of food at the reception! It was truly a feast! Thank you everyone! 

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Photography: Fr. Mariusz Sztuk, SDS

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Mass Intentions

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?

  1. I Keep holy the Sabbath (Third Commandment), which for Christians is Sunday, the day of Resurrection.
  2. I Receive the Eucharist.
  3. I give praise and glory to God in community.
  4. Private worship is not enough for me. Christians are called to gather as the Body of Christ!
  5. I make an offering to God of my time, treasure, and talent.
  6. 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.”

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Moderator of the Curia

Father John G. Schuster is the appointed Vicar General and Moderator of the Diocesan Curia with special responsibilities in curial matters since June 1989. As the Moderator of the Diocesan Curia, Fr. John represents the bishop in an overseeing capacity with respect to the various diocesan pastoral offices and organizations. He mobilizes resources and coordinates the exercise of administrative responsibilities of pastoral action and to see to it that the other members of the Curia are enabled to fulfil the office entrusted to them.

Vicar General

"In each diocese the diocesan bishop must appoint a vicar general who is provided with ordinary power according to the norm of the following canons and who is to assist him in the governance of the whole diocese. As a general rule, one vicar general is to be appointed unless the size of the diocese, the number of inhabitants, or other pastoral reasons suggest otherwise." (Code of Canon Law #475)

As vicar of the bishop, the Vicar General exercises the bishop's ordinary executive power over the entire diocese and is the highest official in a diocese after the diocesan bishop or his equivalent in canon law.

Specific responsibilities for Fr. John as the appointed Vicar General & Moderator of the Curia Office in our diocese include serving as Chairperson for: Council of Priests, Diocesan Planning Commission, Priests Residence (Dorchester Square); Member of: Priests' Personnel Committee, Diocesan Finance Council, Diocesan Consultor; Diocesan Vocation Director in Financial Matters regarding Seminarians.


"In every curia a chancellor is to be appointed whose principal function, unless particular law establishes otherwise, is to take care that acts of the curia are gathered, arranged and safeguarded in the archive of the curia." (Code of Canon Law #482)

Sr. Maria Nakagawa, FMM is the appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of Calgary since July 19, 1999, with primary responsibilities of granting marriage dispensations, nullity and sanations. Other responsibilities of the Chancellor include the management function of gathering, arranging and safeguarding curial records and to provide administrational service concerning vital statistics, clergy, sacraments and parish pastoral reports.

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Diocesan Regulations for Music Resources | First Sunday of Advent 2011

In consultation with Bishop Henry, the Office of Liturgy has outlined below the diocesan regulations and recommendations for music resources beginning on the First Sunday of Advent.  Please share this information with your music ministers and liturgy committees. You are welcome to contact the Office of Liturgy if you have any questions or would like to discuss which options are most suitable for your parish.


The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) recommends that beginning on the First Sunday of Advent 2011 parishes supplement their current hymn repertoire with Celebrate in Song for the revised translation of the mass parts.

While the Catholic Book of Worship III is our national hymnal, it is currently out of print and not all parishes in our Diocese have this hymnal. There are no other Canadian alternatives. Other resources are permissible.

Hymn collections approved by other national conferences of Bishops are suitable for use in Canadian parishes but you must take note of where the books reflect different regulations from the Canadian liturgical norms. For example:

  • Hymnals that include readings (e.g. some from Oregon Catholic Press) are not permitted as the text for the readings is from a lectionary not approved for use in Canada.
  • The Calendar of Saints and placement of feasts may differ between countries. Be sure to follow the Canadian liturgical calendar of saints, blesseds, and feasts.
  • There may be differences between the rules for posture, the introduction to the Memorial Acclamation, and intercessions on Good Friday. Be sure to follow the instructions given in the Roman Missal and liturgical ordo for Canada.
  • The text of the Responsorial psalm must be taken from the most recent Canadian lectionary. (See below for more information)

Mass Setting

Both the National and Diocesan Offices of Liturgy strongly encourage all Canadian parishes to supplement whatever hymnal they use with Celebrate in Song and learn at least one of the three mass settings by Canadian composers or the chant setting contained therein. Also permitted are settings from other composers and familiar settings that have been edited to accord with the revised translation.

Responsorial Psalm

For the Responsorial Psalm, it is imperative that the text be from the current Canadian Lectionary. The Responsorial Psalms in the Catholic Book of Worship III and all American hymnals do not match the translation in the Canadian lectionary and cannot be used without modification. Novalis publishing has available Psalms for the Liturgical Year by Gordon Johnson, which uses the Canadian translation of the lectionary for the psalms. These same settings are in the Living With Christ missalette and the Novalis Sunday Missal. Individuals with adequate musical, liturgical, and pastoral judgement are welcome to compose their own psalm settings or adapt existing ones to fit the translation of the psalms approved for Canada with their pastor's approval.

These guidelines may change in the future as the revised missal is implemented and more resources become available.

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Copyright for Parish and School Liturgy Guideline

The reproduction, publication, communication, or adaptation of any copyright protected work for use in liturgy without permission from the copyright owner infringes Canadian copyright law. Doing so opens the diocese, parish, school, or individual to a range of consequent penalties. From a justice perspective, it should be noted that the sale of published editions is the primary source of remuneration for composers' work. Reproducing published editions (in any way) without the permission of the copyright owner is a serious infringement of copyright law. 

The Copyright for Parish & School Liturgy guideline answers your most frequently asked questions about copyright obligations and licensing in relation to liturgical celebrations in the Diocese of Calgary. 

This document is not exhaustive. If you have any questions about the content of this document, please contact the Office of Liturgy at (403) 218-5511. 

 Download Copyright for Parish and School Liturgy – Guideline

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