St. James

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Office Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday  9:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday  9:00am – 12:00pm
Closed Fridays, Weekends and Statutory Holidays

The Dispensation from the Sunday Obligation will be lifted on June 5th, 2022.

PLEASE stay at home if you have cold or flu-like symptoms.

Saturday  5pm
Sunday  10am & 12noon

Tuesday thru Friday   9am
                    First Saturday of the Month   9am

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Stay Informed.  Read the Parish Bulletin HERE

Updated COVID-19 guidelines | Step 2 HERE 

The restoration of the Sunday Obligation

The Bishops of Alberta and NWT have decided to issue in each of their own dioceses the decree restoring the Sunday Obligation which will take effect at the Vigil of Pentecost, June 4, 2022.

The Shepherd Speaks—Fr. Eli Canete

Do you ever feel alone? What does it feel when you want someone to talk to, just to unload a baggage in your life yet you have no one to turn to? How do you cope with loneliness in your life?

We just ended our retreat first week of MAY 2-6, 2022, in Caroline. It was a grace-filled experiences praying and spending time with the Lord . And in one of our faith-sharing, we continue to struggle with being alone in the parish. This is a struggle of every priest. You are a member of every family in your community yet belonging to none because you are also far from your own family. Do we ever feel alone? We all do at times.  READ MORE

Celebrate the Holy Spirit – A Synodal Celebration


All are welcome! Let us gather in the presence of the Holy Spirit, and invite the Lord to bless our journey together as we celebrate the closing of the Diocesan Phase in preparation for the 2021-2023 Synod.

You are invited to join representatives from throughout the Diocese for a day of prayer, reflection on the synodal experience, sharing of the Diocesan Synthesis, BBQ lunch and Eucharistic celebration with Bishop McGrattan. 

When: Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 10 am to 3 pm. Where: St. Michael Catholic Community (800 85 St. SW, Calgary). Please register online at or call 403-218-5521 (Registration is required by May 31).

Second Collection | May 22

On Sunday, May 22, there will be a second collection for the Pope’s Pastoral Works. This National Collection was established by the Bishops of Canada in 1970. The funds collected help the Pope contribute to charitable causes around the world, particularly toward aiding victims of war, famine and natural disasters. The Pope’s Pastoral Works displays Christ’s love and compassion for people in desperate need. Please give generously. To give online, click here.

A Pastoral message from Bishop McGrattan

Read Bishop McGrattan’s newest message about the importance of dialogue with our young people and to listen to their experience of living the faith. “Through receiving Confirmation and being sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit we cannot underestimate young people in their contribution to the ongoing synodal process of the Church.”

Papal Visit to Canada | July 24-29

As many of you heard last Friday, Pope Francis will make a pastoral visit to Canada from July 24 to 29, 2022. The Pope’s visit will provide an opportunity for him to listen and dialogue with Indigenous Peoples, to express his heartfelt closeness and to address the impact of residential schools in Canada. The papal visit will also provide an opportunity for the shepherd of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to connect with the Catholic community in Canada. Pope Francis will adopt three communities as a base for his Canadian visit: Edmonton, Quebec City, and Iqaluit.

Specific programming and events will be confirmed approximately six weeks prior to the Holy Father’s arrival. Visit or for more information and to stay updated on the latest developments.

The Pope’s Prayer Intention

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for May 2022: “We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.”

The Pope encourages young people, in the process of finding their own paths in life, to listen like the Virgin Mary did and to pay attention to the words of their grandparents. In his message, Francis invites them to a full life which will come from having the courage to give themselves to serving others.

The message for May also insists on service, in such a way that discernment must have a positive impact on others. Pope Francis invites young people to be courageous and to decide to say “yes” to the Lord just like Mary, who took the risk to put everything on the line, changing her life to follow him. “You young people, who want to build a better world, follow her example,” the Holy Father insists.

Our Lady of the Cape in Calgary & Canmore

Beginning May 1, the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of the Cape, Queen of Canada, Queen of the Holy Rosary will be traveling from Canada’s Shrine of Notre Dame Du Cape, Trois-Rivières, Quebec across Canada to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Consecration of Canada to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

To mark the second anniversary of the Dedication of the Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Rockies, the pilgrim statue tour will visit the Diocese of Calgary from May 22 to June 2, 2022. We hope to honour Our Blessed Mother by providing the faithful the opportunities to venerate Canada’s National Madonna; to promote consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; and to encourage enrolment in the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary.

Tour Schedule in Calgary & Canmore:

  • May 25 & 27 (evenings) | St. Albert the Great
  • May 28-29 | St. Mary’s Cathedral
  • ​May 29-30 | The Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Rockies
  • May 31 | Holy Spirit Church
  • June 1 | Canadian Martyrs Church
  • June 2 | Sacred Heart Church

Please visit for more information (detailed schedule, rosary rallies, school visits, prayers etc.)

Catholic Education Week (May 23-27)

Catholic Education Week is an annual event in the month of May which celebrates the important and vital role that our Catholic schools play in the province of Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Publicly funded Catholic education provides a faith-based education to more than 180,000 students in Alberta.

You are invited to celebrate Catholic Education Week 2022! Across Alberta and in each Catholic school district, Catholic Education Week is recognized with uniting prayer events and specific actions. Rebuild, restore, renew together! Included the special edition of May GrACE Newsletter are all the links and information you need to celebrate Catholic education in your school, community and home.

On Friday, May 27, at 10 am, Bishop McGrattan of the Diocese of Calgary will celebrate Mass to close the Catholic Education Week. To join the Mass online, click here.

Hike for Life.

Calgary Pro-Life Association is grateful for the support they received during last year’s Virtual Hike for Life celebrating more than 40 years serving Calgary schools offering educational, respect-life presentations. Your help with our Hike for Life is valuable to the success of bringing our two educational, pro-life Respect Life programs to thousands of students in school classrooms in two school districts. Currently the Calgary Pro-Life Association is gearing up for the 42nd Annual Hike For Life. 

Easter Message from Bishop McGrattan

An apology from the Holy Father

During the Final Audience with all the Indigenous Delegation, the Holy Father expressed “sorrow and shame” for the abuse and lack of respect for Indigenous identities, culture and spiritual values in the residential school system. He said, “I ask for God’s forgiveness and I want to say to you with all my heart: I am very sorry. And I join my brothers, the Canadian bishops, in asking your pardon.”

GrACE Summit 2022

As we rebuild, restore and renew together, all stakeholders in Catholic Education are invited to join the GrACE movement across Alberta to inspire, invigorate and embolden the spirit of Catholic education in our province. Come and join the GrACE Summit 2022 “Catholic Education: Together“.

The Summit will be held on Monday, May 30 from 10 am to 3:30 am in Calgary. Registration is $40/person – includes lunch. Register before May 20, 2022 at | Download poster

Read the latest newsletter from GrACE

Employment opportunities in parishes and Catholic organizations throughout the Diocese.

Please visit for more information and application details.

Resources & Announcements

  1. Sixth Sunday of Easter – Bulletin Shorts, free to use 
    Keeping the Lord’s Word.  Love me.  Keep my words.  Will teach you everything.  Be not afraid.  What an Easter message!  From the other side of death, the living Jesus still embraces us, still teaches us, still wants the best of everything for us.

    • How will I love God today?  What impact will that have on someone else?
    • How can I be at peace and trust in the Lord’s care for me?
    • How will I shed fear and not let my heart be troubled?
      (Source: Diocese of Springfield) 
  2. Resources for children
  3. World Day of Prayer for the Church in China (May 24)
    May 24 is the feast day of Our Lady Help of Christians, and it was proclaimed a World Day of Prayer for the Church in China as an act of solidarity with the faithful in China, and in all Asia. Pray the prayer of Pope Benedict XVI to Our Lady of Sheshan.
  4. Vigil of Pentecost with CCCRS and Bishop McGrattan
    The Calgary Catholic Charismatic Renewal Society (CCCRS) invites you to the Vigil of Pentecost Mass with Bishop McGrattan on Saturday, June 4 at 6:30 pm at Ascension Catholic Parish, followed by Adoration, talk and praise & worship. Theme: “Walking together in challenging times.”  Read more
  5. St. Francis Xavier Chaplaincy lineups in May 2022
    Young adults: Check out St. Francis Xavier Chaplaincy’s lineups of exciting activities in May 2022.
  6. CCEF Inaugural Gala
    Join CCEF for an evening of celebrating Catholic education at our inaugural CCEF Gala on Friday, May 27 at 6 pm at Hotel Arts. The evening will be hosted by award-winning interviewer and writer, Dave Kelly who will feature inspiring conversations with Fr. Raymond DeSouza, live performance by Sofia Durante and so much more. Your support of Catholic education will make a difference in the lives of students right here in Calgary and surrounding areas. Purchase tickets here
  7. Reminder: Laudato Si’ Week 2022
    May 22-29, 2022 will mark the seventh anniversary of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on creation care and unite the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics to listen and respond to the cry of God’s creation. Laudato Si’ Week 2022 is sponsored by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and facilitated by Laudato Si’ Movement
  8. Billings Ovulation Method – Online introduction
    Online introduction to the Billings Ovulation Method®, a natural fertiltiy regulation system will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 7 pm.  78% pregnancy achievement rate, 99% effective for avoiding pregnancy. Bilings can accomodate irregular cycles and times of transition too (post partum, peri-menopause, coming off hormonal birth control, PCOS, etc). Read more
  9. St. Bede the Venerable (Feast day May 25)
    Renowned for his love of teaching and learning, St. Bede was known for his modesty and for the joy with which he lived out his monastic vocation. Bede is especially remembered for his Ecclesiastical History of the English People, and his other writings include commentaries on Sacred Scripture, history and lives of the Saints. Read more
  10. 5 Tips for finding a good mood, from St. Philip Neri (Feast day May 26)
    St. Philip Neri is known as the patron saint of joy, because he was convinced that cheerfulness should be a mark of those who follow Christ. Here are five quotes from the fun-loving saint to help us live in better spirits. Read more
  11. St. Augustine of Canterbury (Feast day May 27)
    Augustine of Canterbury comes across today as a very human saint, one who could suffer like many of us from a failure of nerve. Augustine’s perseverance amidst obstacles and only partial success teaches today’s apostles and pioneers to struggle on despite frustrations and be satisfied with gradual advances. Read more
  12. An interview with Santiago Torres
    Chris Moraes (President of the Serra Club of Calgary for Vocations) sat down with Santiago at his home parish of St. Bonaventure to ask him about his vocation journey and his upcoming Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate. Get to know our newest Transitional Deacon.

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