St. James Catholic Church Welcomes You!
Monday to Thursday 9am-3pm (Closed 12:00-12:30pm)
Closed Fridays, Weekends and Statutory Holidays
REGULAR WEEKEND MASSES
Saturday 5pm (*no 5pm Mass on April 8)
Sunday 10am & 12noon
Tuesday thru Friday 9am
First Saturday of the Month 9am
EASTER TRIDUUM SCHEDULE
Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
April 6 – 7:00pm
Good Friday – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
April 7 – 3:00pm
Easter Vigil (Saturday)
April 8 – 8:00pm
April 9 – 10:00am & 12:00pm
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PLEASE stay at home if you have cold or flu-like symptoms.
SigVisit www.catholicyyc.ca for important messages and for live-streamed Mass Schedules from the RC Diocese of Calgary; or watch televised Masses on Salt + Light TV, Vision TV, or EWTN
Stay Informed. Read the Parish Bulletin HERE
St. James Catholic Church – Historic Site
St. James Catholic Church is valued as an example of new interconnected design as a result of the church’s embrace of modernism and Roman Catholic Church reforms from 1962 to 1965. Typically, traditional church plans have separate buildings for each function. St. James is a modern expression of the traditional church model, incorporating the separate functions of a church into one interconnected building (Design value – City-wide significance).
St. James Catholic Church is also highly valued as an excellent example of Expressionist-style architecture with its sweeping raw and ribbed concrete steeple with punctured cruciform and raised copper oculus. It is a rare and intact example in Calgary (Style value – City-wide significance).
St. James Catholic Church is valued symbolically as a key building in the North Glenmore Park neighbourhood that contributes to its development as a complete community (Symbolic value – Community significance).
The church is valued as a landmark in the community for its Expressionist-style architecture and connection to the North Glenmore Park neighbourhood (Landmark value – Community Significance).
Reed more on: Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources (calgary.ca)
Reminder: Together in Action (TIA) 2023
The 2023 Together in Action campaign began on Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2023. The theme for this year’s Together in Action is taken from 1 John 3:18, “Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” Resources for the annual diocesan campaign is now available at catholicyyc.ca/TIA
The theme for this year’s Together in Action is taken from 1 John 3:18, “Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.”
Emergency Relief for Turkey and Syria
Thousands of lives were taken or left missing after the catastrophic earthquake in Turkey and Syria. At this critical moment, your generous and prayerful support is more than necessary — it is vital to their survival.
Funds are urgently needed to provide food, medical supplies, shelter and other essentials both now and in the coming months. Donations will help those affected go back to a more stable life. You can donate through any of the organizations below:
An Appeal from the Ukrainian Catholic Bishops in Canada
Please read the appeal from the Ukrainian Catholic Bishops in Canada, on the occasion of the one-year commemoration of the Russian invasion of Ukraine (24 February). Read letter here and find tangible way to help Ukrainian refugees in our Diocese.
Pastoral Care Ministry Training
The Diocese of Calgary is offering a Pastoral Care Ministry Training for those who feel called to assist their parish in providing healing services to the sick, elderly, dying, homebound and bereaved. Note that all participants must be pre-approved by their Pastor and/or Pastoral Care Coordinator; please contact your parish for details, or Sr. Mariflor Jacob at 403-218-5521.
Priestly Ordination of Santiago Torres
Rev. Mr. Santiago Torres, a transitional deacon currently completing studies at St. Joseph Seminary, Edmonton, has been called to ordination to the Holy Priesthood at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Calgary, on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Friday, June 16, 2023 at 7 pm.
Solemnity of St. Joseph | March 20th
In 2023, the liturgical feast of St. Joseph is transferred to Monday, March 20.
- Prayers for St. Joseph, Patron of the Church in Canada and Patron of the universal Church are found in Blessings and Prayers for Home and Family, p. 332. Additional prayers and a Litany to St. Joseph are found on pp. 331, 333-335.
CCCB: The Call of the Catechist Webinar Series: Save the Dates
Join the national discussion on the formation of catechists and reflect on contemporary themes with our three-part webinar series featuring speakers:
- Sherry Weddell (28 March)
- Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP (11 April) and
- Dr. Anne Walsh (18 April).
Sessions are on Tuesdays, 11–12:30 pm MT. Registration details will be shared by CCCB soon. Please save the dates!
Transitions – Jan 17 to Apr 25
The Pastoral Ministry Office of the Diocese of Calgary is offering Transitions, 15-week peer led support group for individuals who are working through the pain of separation and divorce toward growth and new life.
- Every Tuesday, from January 17, 2023 to April 25, 2023, from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Catholic Pastoral Centre (120 – 17th Avenue SW, Calgary)
- No fee registration. Register at catholicyyc.ca/transition
Chrism Mass | April 3
The Diocese of Calgary will celebrate the Chrism Mass on Monday, April 3 at 7 pm, at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
During this mass, the priests, deacons, and all the faithful gather around Bishop McGrattan, who blesses the Holy Oils for use in the coming year.
Cathedral doors will be open to the public at 6
Holy Week & Triduum with Bishop McGrattan
All are welcome! Bishop McGrattan will celebrate the following liturgy at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Donate through Birdies for Kids
Feed the Hungry and Elizabeth House are thrilled to announce they are part of Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink for 2023.Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink (BFK) is a non-profit program run under the Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation. All donations through BFK are matched up to 50%. Promotional resources will be shared in April.
The Diocese of Calgary is looking for passionate and dedicated individuals to join their team! Check out new career opportunities in the Diocese:
- Administrative Assistant (Part-time) – Our Lady of the Rockies, Canmore
- Administrative Assistant (Part-time) – St. Pius X, Calgary
- Caretaker (Casual) – St. Ambrose, Coaldale
- Hospitality/Security (Part-time) – Sacred Heart, Calgary
- Administrative Assistant (Part-time) – St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Calgary
Visit www.catholicyyc.ca/careers for more information and details.
CCEF – Call for Volunteers
The Calgary Catholic Education Foundation (CCEF) has been the fundraising leader for the publicly funded Catholic schools in Calgary, Aidrie, Chestermere and Cochrane since 2008. The CCEF has donated over $3.4 Million to the publicly funded schools to provided enhanced learning opportunities to classrooms. At this time, the CCEF is looking for volunteers to join its board of directors as it embarks on an exciting new chapter.
- If you are a current parent or an alumni (student or staff) and are interested in supporting publicly funded Catholic education, please complete the volunteer application here: https://forms.gle/vutquwdZ17FYgdEg8
STMU The President’s Dinner
On Thursday, March 23 St. Mary’s University will be hosting their annual President’s Dinner fundraising gala, featuring our new President Dr. Sinda Vanderpool and Bishop McGrattan as keynote speakers. When: Thursday, March 23 at 6 pm, Calgary Italian Culture Centre (416 1 Ave NE).
To purchase tickets, please visit https://stmu.ca/dinner
Proceeds from the President’s Dinner support the student experience at St. Mary’s and the pursuit of academic excellence.
Braiding Together: Bishop McGrattan’s reflections on Pope Francis’ pilgrimage to Canada
On His pilgrimage to Canada in July of 2022, the Holy Father engaged with the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples in a very direct and intimate manner, offering his apology and learning from each encounter.
Bishop McGrattan was instrumental in the preparations for the visit and accompanied the Holy Father during his time in our country. He has distilled his own reflections into ten key messages which he will present and discuss with us.
Everyone is welcome join together on the journey of healing, truth-telling and reconciliation on Saturday, April 15th. Bishop McGrattan will celebrate the 8:30 am Mass, followed by the presentation.
- Sunday Bulletin shorts, free to use
The story of the man born blind is artfully told in an imaginative way, exploring the relationship between faith, knowledge, sin and vision. Even though the healing of the blind man is the central physical change, the moral and theological reality of sin is equally important in this gospel account. The disciples’ first question, “Who sinned?” and Christ’s answer are provocative still today. The Pharisees are so threatened by Jesus’ action – an action that explodes their neat traditional categories – that they resort to meaningless nit-picking.
– What sentence or phrase in the gospel speaks to you?
– Has there been a time when you “saw” Jesus clearly, perhaps in a person, a news story or an ordinary event in your life? Explain.
– Has your own stubbornness or unwillingness to see another’s point of view ever caused hurt or division?
– We all have blind spots in matters of justice and charity. They affect the way we see things in family life, work, etc. What will help us to improve our vision, in order to “truly see” ?
- (Source: Diocese of Saskatoon)
- Resources for childrenKid’s challenge this week: We hear how Jesus helped a blind man to see again. God has given us the gift of sight to see all the wonderful things that he has made in our world. But we also need to open our eyes to see things that are damaging the world, and our planet. Let’s think of one way you can try to make a difference, to care for our earth and to help people who are poor to change their lives for the better.
- Colouring page this Sunday
- Kid’s Bulletin for this Sunday
- Sunday Connection for this Sunday (Gr. 1-8)
- Children’s Liturgy of the Word this Sunday
- Children’s Liturgy sheet for leaders/parents (CAFOD) | Illustration
- Children’s Liturgy of the Word with Miss Heidi (Catholic TV)
- Profession of Vows – Seeds of the Word Seeds of the Word community invites you to attend the First Profession of Vows of two male and two female novices who have been in formation here in Calgary, as well as the incorporation of a new missionary member to religious formation. This celebration with Bishop McGrattan will take place at St Mary’s Cathedral on March 19 at 7 pm.
- Baking with the Sisters – The Religious Sisters of Calgary Diocese are inviting unmarried women interested in sharing in a Lenten Baking Event on Friday, March 31st from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. We are gathering at the Providence Sisters’ convent to bake some Lenten breads and make lentil-vegetable soup. After sharing the meal together, we will have some time for reflection on Scripture and prayer. Come to meet the Sisters and spend some quality time with them. Free food! Great opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and to delve more deeply into prayer and conversation with the Sisters.
Location: Providence Residence, 150 Providence Blvd SE (just east of St. Mary’s University)
Please register with Sr. Dianne at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-218-5504 by March 30th.
- Journey through Lent 2023 | 4th Week of Lent
This year’s Lenten reflections from CCCB are delivered by His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada, and the Most Reverend Brian Joseph Dunn, Archbishop of Halifax-Yarmouth. On this Fourth Sunday of Lent, Archbishop Dunn provides a reflection on Jesus’ healing of a blind man and the significance of the different kinds of sight.. – Watch Video Here
- Braiding Together: Bishop McGrattan’s reflections on Pope Francis’ pilgrimage to Canada
On His pilgrimage to Canada in July of 2022, the Holy Father engaged with the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples in a very direct and intimate manner, offering his apology and learning from each encounter. Bishop McGrattan was instrumental in the preparations for the visit and accompanied the Holy Father during his time in our country. He has distilled his own reflections into ten key messages which he will present and discuss with us. Please join us at St. Peter’s Parish, on Saturday, April 15th as we walk together on the journey of healing, truth-telling and reconciliation. Bishop McGrattan will celebrate the 8:30 am Mass, followed by his presentation.
- March / April 2023 Calendar Highlights
- Mar 19 | Profession of Vows, Seeds of the Word – St. Mary’s Cathedral
- Mar 19 -21| Lenten Mission – St. Gerard’s, Calgary
- Mar 19 | Vespers and the Study of the Life of St. Francis – St. Luke’s, Calgary
- Mar 20 | Solemnity of St. Joseph – St. Mary’s, Brooks
- Mar 20 | Alpha – St. Mary’s, Brooks
- Mar 21 | Clothed in Power: Transforming Parishes through the Holy Spirit, Zoom
- Mar 21 | Pastoral Care: The Art of Accompaniment – Webinar
- Mar 21 | Share Lent – “Meet our Partners” Day – Webinars
- Mar 21 | Lenten Mission – St. Mary’s Cochrane
- Mar 23 | Come Aside Evening: Lenten Reflection – FCJ
- Mar 23 | St. Mary’s University President’s Dinner – Calgary Italian Cultural Centre
- Mar 24, 31 | Enhancing our Lenten Journey – St. Mary’s Cathedral
- Mar 24 | Live-In Retreat – Okotoks
- Mar 25 | Lenten Reflection – Divine Mercy Sisters – Providence Convent
- Mar 27 | Alpha – St. Mary’s, Brooks
- Mar 29 | Spiritual Directors’ Enrichment Day
- Mar 29 – 31 | Lenten Parish Retreat – St. Mary’s, Brooks
- Mar 31 | Friday Mass with St. John Choir Schola – St. Anthony’s Church
- Mar 31 | Baking with the Sisters – Providence Convent
- Mar 31 – Apr 2 | Centering Prayer Retreat – Martha Retreat Centre, Lethbridge
- Apr 1 | Anger Management – FCJ
- Apr 3 | Chrism Mass – St. Mary’s Cathedral
- Apr 3 – 5 | 40-Hour Devotion for Vocations – St. Luke’s, Calgary
- Apr 5 | Crossroads: Charity of the Cross Holy Week Retreat – Mt. St. Francis, Cochrane
- Apr 8 | Share Lent – National Way of the Cross
- Apr 12 | Vespers: Evening Prayers – FCJ
- Apr 14 – 16 | Couples Retreat – Mt. St. Francis, Cochrane
- Apr 15 | Braiding Together – Bishop McGrattan’s reflections on Pope Francis’ pilgrimage to Canada – St. Peter’s, Calgary
- Sunday Bulletin shorts, free to use
We acknowledge that Treaty 7 territory, on which we stand, is the ancestral land of the Indigenous Peoples and is common home to everyone in virtue of God our Creator’s gracious gift. Learn more about Residential Schools and our ongoing work in healing and reconciliation in the Diocese of Calgary.
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