- Below is the list of diocesan liturgical calendar of Bishop William T. McGrattan. Unless otherwise noted, the liturgies or prayers are led by Bishop McGrattan. Note that the schedule is subject to change. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Liturgy at 403-218-5511 or 403-218-5524, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- January 18 - Week of Prayer of Christian Unity - Ambrose University at 11 AM.
- January 19 - School Blessing - Guardian Angels School (CCSD). Fr. Jerome Lavigne presiding.
- January 21 - Relic Pilgrimage of St. Francis Xavier - Mass and Sung Vespers at St. Albert the Great.
- January 22 - School Blessing - Apostles of Jesus (CCSD). Fr. Jerome Lavigne presiding.
- January 25 - School Blessing - Holy Child (CCSD). Fr. Jerome Lavigne presiding.
- January 25 - Week of Prayer of Christian Unity - St. Joseph's Church, Calgary at 7 PM. Fr. Yaroslaw Dziuba presiding.
- January 28 - Parish Closing - Our Lady of the Rockies, Canmore.
- February 17 - Rite of Election - St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary at 7:30 PM
- February 18 - Mass for Mark Drapal's Admission to the Ministry of Acolyte, St. Cecilia, Calgary at 9 AM.
- February 18 - Rite of Election - St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary at 3:30 PM
- February 20 - Faith Day - Christ the Redeemer School Disrict
- March 20 - 20th Anniversary of St. Albert the Great, Calgary
- March 24 - Mass for the Acies Legion of Mary - St. Patrick, Calgary
- March 25 - Palm Sunday Mass - St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary
- March 26 - Chrism Mass at 7:30 PM - St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary
- March 27 - Mass for Noli Timere Youth Group at St. Mary's University, Calgary
- March 29 - Holy Thursday at 7 PM - St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary
- March 30 - The Outdoor Way of the Cross at St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary
- March 30 - Good Friday at 3 PM - St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary
- March 31 - Easter Vigil at 8 PM - St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary
- April 1 - Easter Sunday at St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary
- April 3 - L'Arche Easter Prayer Service, Calgary
- April 4 - Mass at the Man of the Shroud Exhibition - St. Peter's Church, Calgary
- April 7 - Confirmation Mass - St. Augustine/St. Joseph (Taber/Vauxhall)
- April 8 - Divine Mercy Sunday Mass - Holy Spirit Parish, Calgary
- April 11 - Mass - St. Mary's University, Calgary
- April 12 - Institution of Acolyte for Permanent Deacons - St. Albert the Great, Calgary
- April 14 - Confirmation Mass - St. Albert the Great, Calgary
- April 14 - Confirmation Mass - St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary
- April 15 - Confirmation Mass - Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Calgary
- April 15 - Confirmation Mass - St. Albert the Great, Calgary
- April 17 - Confirmation Mass - Ascension, Calgary (at St. Luke's Calgary)
- April 20 - Confrmation Mass - St. Joseph's, Calgary
- April 21 - Confirmation Mass - St. Peter's, Calgary
- April 22 - Confirmation Mass - St. Mary's, Cochrane
- April 25 - Confirmation Mass - St. Bonaventure, Calgary
- April 27 - Confirmation Mass - All Saints Parish, Lethbridge
- April 28 - Confirmation Mass - Sacred Heart Parish, Strathmore
- April 28 - Confirmation Mass - St. Paul's, Airdrie & St. Agnes, Carstairs
- April 29 - Confirmation Mass - Sacred Heart, Calgary
- April 29 - Confirmation Mass - St. Thomas More, Calgary
- April 30 - Mass for CCSSA
- May 27 - Feed the Hungry Blessing - Feed the Hungry Garden
- June 10 - Renewal of Promises - Permanent Diaconate - St. Mary's Cathedral
- June 29 - Ordination of Derek Remus to the Priesthood at 7 PM - St. Mary's Cathedral
- July 1 - Consecration of Canada (All Parishes)
- TBD - CRSD Opening - St. James, Okotoks
- TBD - CCSD Opening - BMO Centre
- TBD - Franco Sud Opening - FCJ Centre
- TBD - Priests' Jubilee - St. Anthony
- TBD - StMUC Opening - St. Mary's University
- TBD - UofC Opening - St. Pius X
- Sep 28 - One Rock - St. Michael's, Calgary
- Sep 29 - One Rock - St. Micahel's, Calgary
- TBD - White Mass - St. Anthony, Calgary
- TBD - Blue Mass - St. Cecilia, Calgary
- TBD - Miscarriage Liturgy - Sacred Heart, Calgary
- TBD - CCSD Faith Day - BMO Centre
- Nov 17 - Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate - 7:30 PM St. Mary's Cathedral
- TBD - KofC Memorial - St. Luke's, Calgary
- TBD - Red Mass - St. Mary's Cathedral, Calgary
- TBD - CWL 75th Anniversary - St. James, Okotoks
- Rejoice in God's Mercy - each Wednesday of Advent 2018
- TBD - StMUC Patron Day Mass - St. Mary's University
- Dec 24 - Christmas Mass - St. Mary's Cathedral
- Jan 13 - Migrant & Refugee Mass - Holy Spirit Parish (to be confirmed) and all parishes
- Rejoice in God's Mercy - each Wednesday of Lent 2018
- Mar 6 - Ash Wednesday - St. Mary's Cathedral
- Mar 9 - Rite of Election - St. Mary's Cathedral
- Mar 10 - Rite of Election - St. Mary's Cathedral
- TBD - StMUC end of term Mass - St. Mary's University
- Apr 15 - Chrism Mass - 7:30 PM St. Mary's Cathedral
- April 17 - Holy Thursday - St. Mary's Cathedral
- April 18 - Good Friday - St. Mary's Cathedral
- April 19 - Easter Vigil - St. Mary's Cathedral
- April 20 - Easter Sunday - St. Mary's Cathedral
As part of Development and Peace Jubilee campaign celebrating our 50 years, Caritas Canada is now looking to the future. After highlighting the role of women at the heart of change in the Share Lent campaign, the Fall education campaign focuses on women’s role in building peace.
Women and peace: a historical relationship
Women have long been associated with peace and reconciliation around the world. Women have made vital contributions to peacebuilding and peace processes in diverse places such as Colombia, Guatemala, Liberia, Northern Ireland and the Philippines, just to name a few. There are countless examples and studies of women’s organizations engaging in the process of peace and reconciliation, whether at the national or international level, going as far back as World War I.
The impact of women peacebuilders was publicly recognized and rewarded in 2011, when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to three inspiring women for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work: Ellen John¬son Sirleaf (Liberia), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia) and Tawakkul Karman (Yemen). This decision by the Nobel Committee reaffirmed the importance of women’s contribution to peace.
We are all invited to learn more about the vital role women play in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. All around the world, courageous women are working for a more peaceful world.
Together, let’s take action for peace!
LET’S COMMIT to standing alongside women and organizations that strive to build a more just and peaceful world. Because women play a vital role in conflict prevention and in building just, sustainable and inclusive peace.
Your action counts! We suggest different ways of acting, so you can do it your own way. Support our campaign by filling out our online Action Card, or by spreading it on social networks.
2017 CAMPAIGN RESOURCES
- Poster | Give your campaign visibility with this beautiful poster.
- Action Sheet | The Action Sheet summarizes the key thematic issues of our campaign and calls for action to recognize the importance of including women in peace processes.
- Action Card | The Action Card is our main mobilization tool. Please distribute Action Cards in large numbers in order to send a strong message to the Canadian government: supporting women is supporting peace!
- Faith Based Reflection | This short reflection explores how our faith calls on us to recognize and support the work done by women working for peace.
- Backgrounder | In this backgrounder, you’ll find a detailed analysis of women and peace process, as well as examples of our partners’ work on these issues.
- Campaign Guide | The Campaign Guide was included in the Campaign Ordering Kit and will also be included with each order.
The current hurricane season in the US and the monsoon season in SE Asia have brought much destruction due to flooding. Hurricane Harvey has caused thousands of homes to be destroyed and people evacuated to shelters. Devastating floods across SE Asia have displaced 41 million people. When natural disaster happens, the resulting death and destruction becomes a shared experience wherever it strikes.
Outreach efforts by the Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston have included 25 parishes serving as shelters and/or donation centres. Catholic Charities and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be providing direct long-term assistance and case management services to victims as they begin to rebuild.
Meanwhile, Caritas organizations are responding to the needs in India, Nepal and Bangladesh by providing food, clean drinking water, and shelter. Emergency relief is also focused on preventing the spread of waterborne disease by delivering health, hygiene and sanitation support.
Let us pray for the victims of these disasters, standing in solidarity with them as they continue with recovery efforts and start to rebuild from such devastation. Just as the Diocese mobilized together when Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, let us once again do so to help the millions impacted by these natural disasters.
Donations made to help with Hurricane Harvey will be sent to the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston. Donations made to assist with the emergency relief in SE Asia will be sent through Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada to help with humanitarian aid for Caritas India, Caritas Bangladesh and Caritas Nepal. Donations can be made online through the Diocese of Calgary website or mailed to the Catholic Pastoral Centre.
Please forward all funds collected to the Pastoral Centre.
- DONATE ONLINE or
- Send a cheque to Catholic Pastoral Centre (120 17th Ave SW, Calgary T2S-2T2) and mark cheques with a note – Hurricane Harvey or South Asia Floods.
☩ William McGrattan
Bishop of Calgary
The word that most comes to mind, following the One Rock Festival of Faith, is joy. This makes sense, when you look at the weekend. What is there not to be joyful about? The musicians were phenomenal, the speakers were thought-provoking, and the Masses were breathtaking. But the joy that was felt at One Rock comes from a deeper place, from more than just an experience, or an event, or a talk. The joy that was palpable among attendees at One Rock can only come from One – from God.
Similar to Mary, during the One Rock weekend, I realized how much God has done for me, how truly blessed I am and how tremendous His love is for me. I think that many people realized the same for themselves. We had the opportunity to spend an entire weekend praising God, attending Mass, hearing about conversion experiences, learning about the love that God has for each of us. What an incredibly blessed way to spend a weekend!
Someone asked how we judge the success of an event such as One Rock. My mind instantly thought about the number of tickets sold, the number of people in attendance, number of volunteers… By these criteria, One Rock was truly a success! But pondering this later, I came to realize that the success of a large event like this one is to be judged by something else, something greater. Was there joy? Did even one person come to experience the love of God in their lives, and did that in turn lead them to the joy of the Gospel, the joy that we, as Catholics, live and seek? If one person had an experience of their faith that led them closer to Christ, the “One Rock” of our lives, then the festival was an overwhelming success.
If joy is an accurate criterion, then the joy felt throughout the Festival of Faith speaks for itself. There were so many smiles and so much laughter and fun during the music events. You could have heard a pin drop during the talks as everyone listened intently. The beautiful Adoration Chapel always had people inside, visiting with Our Lord, present in the Blessed Sacrament. The beautiful play, in celebration of Our Lady of Fatima, left many people in awe. The many acts, performances, and activities throughout One Rock are too many to mention, but each one played a part in making One Rock an unforgettable, and truly joyous, experience.
“For the Mighty One has done great things for me, and Holy is His Name.” The Mighty One indeed did a many great things at One Rock. Only by trusting in Him did we host this festival, and only with His grace could the immense joy be felt throughout the weekend. What is left now is for us to praise God, and be grateful for the many gifts he bestowed upon us.
On Sunday June 4, a special celebration was held to honor the 110th Anniversary of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Nanton Alberta.
Construction of the church was completed on June 3, 1907. On this day Bishop Légal from St. Albert consecrated the new church and gave it the name of St. Cecilia, the patroness of church music and musicians. On this occasion we sang the last two verses of the hymn Pange Lingua in Latin as would have been heard in 1907. Certainly voices would have been raised in song; sung with joy to praise the Lord and to celebrate their new permanent place to worship.
A lovely potluck meal was enjoyed after Mass. Fr. Tim raised a glass and was joined by all to toast the 110th anniversary. A special part of the festivities was the recognition of nine longtime parishioners present that have attended this church for more than 50 years. A joyous Happy Birthday was sung and delicious cake was served.
Conversations shared this day are the reminiscing of years gone by; speaking of the present and looking forward to the future. In these busy, modern times, St. Cecilia’s is our blessing. Its longevity is visible; its architectural and spiritual character being preserved.
Over its 110-year history St. Cecilia’s has been served faithfully. Fr. Hughes from Prince Edward Island served the church and people from 1918-1933 celebrating Mass every two weeks. Fr. Rouleau, the first ordained priest from the Calgary Diocese came from 1933-1936. From 1936-1941 Rev. A. Tennant served both Stavely and Nanton. During the following six years, Fr. Murphy C.SS.R and Fr. Coyne C.SS.R, (Redemptorists) served this area and the Claresholm Air Force Base. After May 1947 the diocesan priests served. They included Fr. Pat O’Byrne, Fr. Frank Mackay and Fr. Mongeau. Fr. T. O’Riordan attended until 1977, when he was replaced by Fr. Van Tigham. From 1977 until 1998 Fr. Greg Coupal, Fr. T. Connelly, Fr. Dominic Hung Nguyen and Fr. Jim de Los Angeles were serving. For one year the church had no priest. Fr. Benedicto Marino was here from 1999-2006. Fr. Malcolm D’Souza arrived and stayed until 2010. Fr. Angelo D’Costa was present from 2010-2012. His replacement was Fr. Tim Boyle who resides in Claresholm. Currently, he oversees three parishes: Claresholm, Champion and Nanton.
An addition of a hall with seating for 100 people was completed in 1984. Now a modern, well-equipped kitchen adds many more opportunities for using our church hall. In the early 1990s, new parishioners, Ed and Francis Southgate presented the idea of having “toast and coffee” after Sunday Mass. This ritual still continues. Many parishioners linger on Sundays to share moments of togetherness, speak of current and past events, be supportive of one another and share laughter and discussions.
Skip ahead to 2017. Our church has been generously enriched throughout the years with the dedicated services of long-standing parishioners. Today, we are blessed with the arrival of new parishioners who add refreshment to St. Cecilia’s parish community. We remain very thankful to the pioneers of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church who not only built the building, but also built the faith.
St. Cecilia’s • A Poem by Lydia Dillman
This little church for you and me
How blessed we are to practice our faith in thee
One hundred and ten years, a testament to time; this little church steadfast
The visionary pioneers from yesteryear built it to withstand and last
St. Cecilia’s devoted parishioners provide time and loving care
To ensure that this little church will always be here for prayer
Envision the last one hundred years and ten; take time to wonder
The celebrations, the challenges, and the changes; ours to ponder
Present day we celebrate this little church; its past and present
Personally each of us reflect; what St. Cecilia’s to us has meant
St. Cecilia’s; the gift of time and endurance we celebrate today
Let us be forever thankful; to God we give our praise