Former Bishops

Most Rev. John T McNally: First Bishop of Calgary, 1913 – 1924.
Later Bishop of Hamilton and Archbishop of Halifax.

Most Rev. John T Kidd: Second Bishop of Calgary, 1925 – 1931.
The former rector of St. Augustine's Seminary. Later Bishop of London.

Most Rev. Peter J Monahan: Third Bishop of Calgary. 1932 – 1935.
Later Bishop of Regina.

Most Rev. Francis P. Carroll: Fourth Bishop of Calgary. 1935 – 1967.
Former rector of St. Augustine's Seminary.

Most Rev. Francis J. Klein: Fifth Bishop of Calgary. 1967 – Early 1968.

Most Rev. Paul J. O'Byrne: Sixth Bishop of Calgary. 1968 - 1998.

Most Rev. Frederick B. Henry: Seventh Bishop of Calgary. 1998-2017.

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Indulgences for the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima

By decree of the Bishop of Calgary and in honour of the Centennial Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, the faithful who visit Our Lady of Fatima Church in Calgary and who “devotedly pray before the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, invoking (her) intercession... from May 13th 2017 to Dec. 31st, 2017” will receive a partial indulgence provided that they are “baptized, not excommunicated, and in the state of grace at least at the end of the prescribed works” (Code of Canon Law 996 §1). Our Lady of Fatima Church is open to the public from May 13th on every Tuesday 3:00 to 8pm, Wed. 1:00-8:00pm, Friday 3pm to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 6pm, and Sunday 8am to 2pm for those desiring to obtain the above partial indulgence or simply to pray. By decree of Pope Francis a plenary indulgence is also available to the faithful who meet the ordinary conditions (go to Confession and Communion, be interiorly detached from sin and in a state of grace, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father) and “who visit with devotion an image of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly displayed for public veneration in any temple, oratory or adequate place, during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions (the 13th of each month from May to October 2017), and devotedly participate there in any celebration or prayer in honour of the Virgin Mary, pray the Our Father recite the symbol of faith (Creed) and invoke Our Lady of Fatima”, (Jubilee Year of Fatima, Concession of Plenary Indulgence). The Church of Our Lady of Fatima will hold a mass and rosary every 13th day of each month at 6:30pm. After the Mass and rosary, the chapel will be open for those desiring to further fulfill the conditions of the plenary indulgence.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1471 : An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.
An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin. Indulgences may be applied to the living or the dead.


The One Rock Festival is happening August 11-13, 2017. Early bird pricing is on now till June 15th. Make sure you get a ticket while the promotion lasts.
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Love at Last Breath: Companioning at End of Life

This course approaches the issue of visiting with residents/patients who are dying and their family members in a caring, compassionate manner. The seminar is Friday, May 26, 2017, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm and Saturday, May 27 2017, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm at First Mennonite Church, 2600 Richmond Rd SW, Calgary, AB. The event is open to everyone, and especially those who provide pastoral care in congregations, hospitals, care facilities, hospice and other contexts of ministry. For more information, to register, or to become a member of the Christian Pastoral Caregivers Association, go to or call Karen at 403-253-7946.

Diocesan Bereavement Care Education Program

The Diocesan Bereavement Care Education program will teach you the skills to offer your presence and support to the bereaved in a caring way. The program will be held on Friday June 9th, 2017 from 6:00-9:30 pm & Saturday June 10th, 2017 from 9:00am-4:00pm at St. Patrick's Parish in Medicine Hat, AB. For more information and to register contact Kathleen at 403-527-9591 or the parish office 403-527-6933.

Love & Life Gala – Natural Family Planning (NFP) ministry

The Love & Life Gala is a celebration of NFP ministry that will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 541 Silvergrove Drive NW, Calgary. Mass begins at 5:00 pm, June 10. Guests will be treated to a dinner, testimonials, and live music provided by The Spokeshaves. There will be a toonie bar and silent auction. All proceeds raised will support NFP ministry. Event is hosted by NFP Alberta, Marquette Model, Billings Method with support from FertilityCare™. Tickets are available at

Marriage Preparation “For Better & For Ever”

“For Better & For Ever…” Marriage Preparation, accepts all couples preparing for marriage. Due to the small group setting it allows us to focus on couples in one or more of the following circumstances: living together, previously married, beginning marriage with children, couples 45+, or those who wish to have their marriage blessed in the Church. Upcoming Dates: June 5/23-24. For more dates, registration or information, contact 403-218-5505 or email:

Bring the beauty of creation to Columbus Place

Columbus Place is a Bishop O'Byrne Senior's Housing complex located in NE Calgary. We provide affordable housing for people with addiction and mental health challenges and also people who have successfully exited homelessness. We would appreciate any donations of gently used garden tools or annuals so we can bring beauty and build peace in our community together. Contact Marilou at 403-218-5519 for further information.


Join us in recognizing the lives of all migrants and the many committed people who help them, with a celebration of the Eucharist. All are encouraged to come in their national dress. Mass with Bishop William McGrattan will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Calgary (219 18 Ave. SW) at 7 pm. Reception to follow.

27th Annual Bishop's Golf Tournament

SAVE THE DATE: August 14, 2017 – 27th Annual Bishop’s Golf Tournament in support of Feed the Hungry at Silvertip Resort, Canmore. Coming Soon - Registration, sponsorship information at or contact You don’t want to miss it!

Project Rachel Post Abortion Counselling

The ministry offers a journey of healing and reconciliation for women and men who are suffering distress from a past abortion experience. Clients will be referred to a professional counselor who specializes in dealing with the trauma associated with this experience. For more information call Project Rachel at 403-218-5506 or toll free at 1-877-597-3223. You may also e-mail

Catholic Speed Dating Event

Are you looking for a good Catholic man or woman? Register for the year end retreat event which will be held on Saturday, June 17th, 11:00 am - 5:30 pm at Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre in Cochrane. Age Range: (Women: 24 to 32 & Men: 27 to 35) -&- (Women: 33 to 41 & Men: 36 to 44). Events include Mass, lunch, talks, mix and mingle speed-dating and evening prayer. Visit or call Rose at 587-333-1099 to register today!

For more information about this publication email or contact Jane-Rose Ediau or Carol Hollywood, Library & Archives, 403-218-5510; Fax: 403-264-0526 Address: Catholic Pastoral Centre, 120 - 17 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB, T2S

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Billings Ovulation Method (WOOMB)

The billings Ovulation Method is based on awareness of the woman's natural cycles of fertility and infertility, unmodified by any chemical, mechanical, or other artifical means. It takes advantage of the biological fact that women are infertile more often than fertile throughout their procreative years. The fertile phase, that time when conception may occur, is recognized by physical signs accompanying ovulation. This knowledge, together with planned abstinence, can be used either to achieve or to postpone pregnancy.

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A Legacy of Diakonia – Permanent Deacons of Calgary

The way the story is told, new Calgary Bishop Henry called two special people into his office. One was a priest who may have had a right to ask if he had earned retirement consideration. The other was the Chancellor of the Diocese. Bishop Henry commissioned Fr. Bill Trienekens and Sr. Maria Nakagawa to begin a diaconate program immediately. There was no way he was going to allow sentiment against the idea develop.

Fr. Bill and Sr. Maria asked him for a year to research what other dioceses had been doing to form deacons. He answered that, they could do all the research they wanted, but the diaconate formation process was to begin right away.

Since then, more than 50 permanent deacons have been ordained in the Diocese of Calgary. This is a legacy which has served the Calgary diocesan church since the first 12 were ordained at St. Mary’s Cathedral 15 years ago. Three of our deacons had been previously ordained in other dioceses.

In a contradiction to the idea that deacons might undermine the priesthood, pastors started to ask Bishop Henry when one could be assigned to their parish.

Bishop Henry has always affirmed that the diaconate should not compromise marriages and families. We are grateful for so many gifts.

St. Paul tells Timothy, his co-worker in faith, that deacons “must hold fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience” [1 Tim. 3:9]. If we have been able to accomplish this to any extent, it has been inspired by the Apostolic witness of Bishop Henry who has shown himself “worthy of the calling to which (he) has been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience… and love” [Eph 4:1-2]. For this witness, we will always have hearts full of gratitude.

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