Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary




Announcements from the Catholic Pastoral Centre for December 20th, 2015  Fourth Sunday of Advent.


WORLD YOUTH DAY- Poland – If you are interested in going to WYD with the diocesan group in July 2016 there will be a meeting on Tuesday January 12, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at St. Anthony’s Parish 5340 – 4th St. SW.  Come and sign up.  The deposit is $500.  Hear how the plans are coming together.  If you have questions please contact Mary Ann Donaleshen at or 403-218-5516.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Catholic service with Bishop Henry will take place during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016 on Thursday Jan. 21st, 2016 at 7:00-8:30pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Calgary. Pray with other Christian leaders and Bishop Henry as we explore the week’s theme that together Christians of all denominations are “Called to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord” (1 Pet. 2:9). Reception will follow.

Movements, Parishes, and Individuals join in Prayer during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Join other Christians throughout southern Alberta and people around the world during the 108th Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Sign up to pray as individuals, groups, or parishes Jan. 17-24th, 2016. See to sign up.

Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace – Save the Date: The Share Lent Workshop will be held on Saturday, January 23rd from 10 am to 3 pm at Corpus Christi Church, 404 Northmount Place NW, Calgary.  We are continuing our ‘Create a Climate of Change’ campaign into the season of reflection, prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We will explore how to use the freely available materials to enhance our celebration of the season. More details early January. Contact: Marilou Legeyt: 403-218-5519 or

An Evening of Eucharistic Adoration with Silence & Sacred Music – In solidarity with those attending the Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, all in the Diocese of Calgary are invited and encouraged to spend time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament during this week. An evening of Eucharistic Adoration with silence and sacred music will take place at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Wednesday January 27, 2016 from 6pm – 8pm. You are welcome to attend for the entire time or in part.

The 33rd Annual Outdoor Way of the Cross – Outdoor Way of the Cross will be celebrated on Good Friday, March 25th, 2016. Please join us on this walk through the inner city streets of Calgary, listening to scripture readings, music, and reflecting on the suffering, passion and death of our Lord. This event could not happen without the help of many people. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to

Sacrament of Reconciliation – As part of the Year of Mercy, the Diocese of Calgary invites you to re-discover the meaning of the sacrament of Reconciliation in your life.  In addition to the regular parish schedule, the sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at parishes throughout the Diocese of Calgary all the Wednesdays of Advent from 7:30 – 8:30pm

 Additional Jubilee of Mercy Sites! – Two additional sites are now added as the Jubilee of Mercy sites:  1) St. George’s Church in Hanna and 2) Martha Retreat Centre in Lethbridge.  For more information about all the pilgrimage sites and diocesan Year of Mercy activities, see: , email

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd –Catechesis of the Good Shepherd training course will be held February 10-15, 2016 in Calgary.  Early bird cost is $250 (save $50) if you register by Friday, Dec. 18th, 2015.  Please contact Paula Sabatini at 403-244-1104 for more information and to have registration form emailed to you.

“For Better & For Ever…” – Marriage Preparation, accepts all couples preparing for marriage. Upcoming Dates:  Jan11/29-30, Feb 22/Mar 11-12.  For more dates, registration or information contact 403-218-5505 or email

Transitions – A 15-week peer support program for those recently separated or divorced.  Participants will meet every Tuesday to reflect upon and discuss topics such as self-esteem, stress, anger, guilt, blame, loneliness, forgiveness, blended families and more.  The next program begins in February, 2016 (7:00pm – 9:00pm).  For more information or to register, call 403-218-5505.

Fertilitas – A support group for couples struggling with fertility issues. For more information email or call 403-218-5505.

Marriage Preparation – Catholic Family Service – Upcoming weekends: Jan.15-17, Jan. 29-31, Feb 19-21.  For registration and more information call CFS at 403- 233-2360 or visit

Project Rachel – Offers a journey of healing and reconciliation for men and women who are suffering distress from a past abortion experience. Clients will be referred to professional counselors who are specially trained to deal 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 can also e-mail

Coldest Night of the Year 2016 – Coldest Night of the Year 2016 will take place on February 20, 2016. For more see

Billings Life, Leaders in Fertility Education, Basic Teacher Training Part 2 Presented by Natural Family Planning Association (Alberta), February 5-7, at Misericordia Hospital, 16940 – 87 Ave NW, Edmonton.  This session is for all those trainees who have completed the Basic Teacher Training Workshop Part I or for any Accredited Teachers or Associate Members who wish to refresh or re-accredit.  Early registration deadline:  January 15, 2016.  Register at

Catholic Speed Dating Event – Are you looking for a good Catholic man or woman?  Visit or call 587-333-1099 and register for our upcoming Events: Friday, January 29th at St. Mark’s Church in Calgary (Age Range: Women: 24 to 32 & Men: 27 to 35) -&- Friday, February 5th at Canadian Martyrs Church in Calgary (Age Range: Women: 33 to 41 & Men: 36 to 44).  Doors open for sign in at 7:00pm, and event begins at 7:30pm.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – The Diocese invites applications for a full time Manager for Elizabeth House.  Located in central NW Calgary, Elizabeth House is a non-denominational, residential program for single, pregnant and parenting teens and young women and their babies.  For more information about this position, responsibilities, qualifications, screening requirements and application instructions, please visit the Diocese website at

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – St Gabriel the Archangel Parish in Chestermere, AB has an immediate opening for the position of Faith Life Director on a part-time basis (25 hours/week).  The position, reporting to the pastor, would oversee the preparation of parishioners for Baptism, First Holy Communion, First Reconciliation, Confirmation, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, as well as adult faith formation study programs.  For more information please visit

For more information email or contact Carol Hollywood or Jane-Rose Ediau, Library & Archives, 403-218-5510; Fax: 403-264-0526 Address: Catholic Pastoral Centre, 120 – 17 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2T2