RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, and it’s the Catholic Church’s way of initiating new members. RCIA is a learning and loving process in which conversion of the heart brings one to Jesus Christ. RCIA is an opportunity for:
Through weekly gatherings, those attending gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Catholic beliefs and practices.
For Baby Baptisms, please call the Church Office at 403-243-2680 for Preliminary Registration at least one month before the desired date of the baptism. An interview with the priest and a Baptism Workshop are required.
A person may only have 1 or 2 godparents. In order for someone to be eligible as a godparent, they must have the ability and intention to fulfill the role, be at least 16 yrs of age, and be a confirmed Catholic who has already received the Most Holy Eucharist and is leading a life in harmony with the Catholic Faith (including Marriage) and will be a good role model for the one being baptized, and be neither the mother or father of the child.
Diocesan policies and procedures concerning Holy Communion for the sick and homebound.
During Lent, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered every Wednesday evening from 7:30-8:30pm, in addition to our regular Reconciliation schedule (Saturdays from 4:00—4:30 pm, and by request). Our Lenten parish penitential celebration will be Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30pm.
1st Reconciliation Classes
First Reconciliation is open to grades 2-4. More information will follow.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is offered every two years at St. James Church with the next date to be November 3, 2017. Registration will begin in June 2017. With classes starting on September 10, early registration is encouraged to ensure space. Classes will run 10:00-11:00 am on Sundays from Sept 10 – Oct 29. Confirmation is available to children in Grade 6 and higher. A parent is required to attend classes with their child.
Students must be baptized and have already received First Communion. Those who have not yet received First Reconciliation will do so during the Confirmation process.
Planning Your Church Wedding
Marriage is a beautiful and sacred vocation. It is a way of life in which two people commit themselves to each other for life. In this vocation you are called to grow as Christian persons in your relationship with each other and the rest of society.
Your marriage has a social dimension because it involves not only two of you but also your faith community and the rest of society. As Catholic people we are happy to celebrate your marriage with you. We want the celebration of your marriage to be dignified and worthy of the beauty of the vocation which you have chosen. Hence, this information is meant as a general guide in your preparation.
To comply with the Requirements for the Sacrament of Marriage, couples should contact the office at
Information on Marriage Preparation Courses can be found through the Life & Family Resource Centre, Catholic Family Service, and Catholic Engaged Encounter.
Anointing of the Sick
Please notify the Parish Office and a visit and/or the Sacrament of Anointing may be conferred. If the pastor is not available, there is a Catholic chaplain available 24 hours a day in most hospitals and care facilities.
Prayer for Healing
Heavenly Father, look upon me with your eyes of mercy, may your healing hand rest upon me, may your life giving powers flow into every cell of my body and into the depths of my soul, cleansing, purifying, restoring me to wholeness and strength for service in your Kingdom. I pray this in the name of Jesus the Lord.
Healing Prayer at Bedtime
Lord Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, go back into my memory as I sleep. Every hurt that has ever been done to me, heal that hurt. Every hurt that I have ever caused another person, heal that hurt. All the relationships that have been damaged in my whole life that I am not aware of, heal those relationships. But, Lord, if there is anything that I need to do; if I need to go to a person because he or she is still suffering from my hand, bring to my awareness that person, I choose to forgive and I ask to be forgiven. Remove whatever bitterness may be in my heart, Lord, and fill the empty spaces with your love. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.
To arrange a Funeral Mass or Prayers at St. James, please contact the Parish office at (403) 243-2680. Eulogies (tributes) are not allowed during the Funeral Mass. The immediate family is welcome to arrange the reading and intercessions for the Mass with the pastor or parish secretary. It is preferred that the music during the celebration is done by our Music Director and songs must be in accordance with the Church’s norms. No secular or recorded music is allowed. To contact our Music Director, Tom Linahan, please go to our section “contact us“.
*Our Funeral Lunch Committee is available to provide lunch following the funeral. Please contact the parish office for more information.
Information on Funeral & Cremation
Are you interested to find more information about vocation to the priesthood? Please visit the Calgary Diocesan Office of Vocation, at www.vocationoffice.com or contact Fr. Colin O’Rourke at (403) 245-2753.
Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood
Lord Jesus Christ, Shepherd of souls,
Teach them that to serve you is to reign: to possess you is to possess all things. Kindle in the hearts of our people the fire of zeal for souls.