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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

Witness: Bishop Emeritus Frederick Henry

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 - On the eve of Bishop McGrattan's installation, Fr. Tom Rosica of Salt and Light Media sat down with Bishop Emeritus Frederick Henry for a farewell interview. The interview airs on Sunday, March 19, 2017 during Salt and Light Media's Witness program. That same afternoon, some of the Catholic Pastoral Centre staff shared their fond memories of working with the Bishop. 

A native of London, Ontario, Bishop Henry was born on April 11, 2943, the eldest of five sons in the family of Leo and Noreen Henry. After finishing high school, he entered St. Peter`s Seminary in London. He became a priest on May 25, 1968. In 1971, he earned a Master`s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and in 1973 a Licentiate in Theology with a Specialization in Fundamental Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. He was an Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at St. Peter`s Seminary from 1973-1986, and Dean of Theology and Rector from 1981-1986.

He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of London and Titular Bishop of Carinola and ordained to the Episcopate on June 24, 1986. He was installed as the fourth Bishop of Thunder Bay on May 11, 1995, and installed as the seventh Bishop of Calgary on March 19, 1998.

On January 4, 2017, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Henry, and has appointed the Most Rev. William T. McGrattan, formerly Bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough, as his successor. Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Henry as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Calgary until Bishop McGrattan`s installation on February 27, 2017.

Related Offices Bishop's
Related Themes Diocesan History Diocesan Life

International Mission

International Mission 2016 Report

Click here to view the 2016 report of Mission Council's International Mission, and here for the help that we have provided as a diocese to the Eparchy of Keren in Eritrea.


Mission Council chose 7 projects to help people in need in five different countries

  • India: 
    • Darjeeling Jesuit Province for direct involvement in evangelization
    • Save Trust for mining children in Magara, Guntur
    • Vellore Diocese - for carpentry tools for the vocational training of young boys
    • Multipurpose Social Service Society of the Cuddapah Diocese - for vocational skill training in tailoring and embroidery
  • Eritrea: To finish off the Church in Hamedey
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: For furniture in the chapel of Notre-Dame University of Kayasi
  • Sri Lanka: Happy Life for drug prevention and awareness program, and practical leadership skills in Mirigama
  • Nepal: Aid to rescue young women from prostitution through Servants Anonymous in Calgary
Related Offices Mission Council
Related Themes Social Justice Evangelization

Embracing Change

The loss of something or someone often involves a time of grieving. It is difficult to let go of things that we are familiar with and cherish. It is even more difficult to let go of people who are important to us. However, no matter how much we try to hang on to the here and now, change is unavoidable. Change is something we tend to fear and become anxious about because we do not feel in control. The good news is that God has a plan for our life. If we trust in God and allow the change to help us grow to become more like Jesus Christ in how we respond and act, then we are promised that everything will fall into place. In the book of Deuteronomy [31:6] it says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread (of them), for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” As we are presently in the process of a change of leadership in the Diocese of Calgary by welcoming Bishop William McGrattan, we are looking back thanking Bishop Henry for being a courageous example of a leader who was never afraid to “tell it as it is.” At the same time, we are looking forward in joyful expectation to Bishop McGrattan’s contribution to our diocese and welcome him with open hearts, arms and minds.


Reflection:

  • The bishop of a diocese has many responsibilities. List at least five.
  • What are my expectations of the new bishop?
  • What can I do to support the bishop?
  • How can I get involved in a diocesan ministry:
    1. directly?
    2. through my parish?
    3. in other ways?

Fill in the missing words to complete the following sentences:

  • The Diocese of Calgary was established in the year __________________
  • Bishop William T. McGrattan is the ______ Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary
  • He grew up in the Diocese of _____________________
  • He was ordained a priest in the year _________
  • He was named a bishop in the year _________
  • Before coming to Calgary, Bishop William T. McGrattan was the bishop of the Diocese of _____________________________

  • Family Activities:

    • List all of the parishes of the Calgary Diocese by name (e.g. St. Anthony’s Parish, Calgary).
    • Obtain a travel map and trace the boundaries of the Calgary Diocese.
    • Name three churches that are closest to yours.
    • Draw a picture of your own church.
    • Pray that our diocese may continue to prosper.


    May the Lord continue to bless our diocese and its many ministries and projects


    Related Offices Carillon Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC)
    Related Themes

    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 www.wayofthecross.ca

    Related Offices Social Justice
    Related Themes Pilgrimage Prayers Lent Diocesan Event
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