THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS
St. John the Evangelist, Calgary, is a traditional Roman Catholic parish of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter where we make a special welcome to Anglicans who are seeking to come home to the Catholic Church. Our Parish Priest is Father Robert-Charles Bengry GSmp and our Parochial Vicar is Father Sean-Patrick Beahen GSmp. Both are Gilbertine Fathers of the Canons Regular of St. Gilbert of Sempringham.
For 106 years we were a parish of the Anglican Diocese of Calgary but were received into the full communion of the Roman Catholic Church on 18 December 2011 as a response to Pope Benedict XVI Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus. We were canonically erected as one of the founding parishes of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter on 4 November 2014.
We are a family-friendly community where God the Holy Trinity is worshipped in the beauty of holiness. St. John’s is both a neighbourhood and a destination parish where the Catholic faith is passed on faithfully to this new generation. We seek, as a Catholic family, to grow together in holiness in the love of God and neighbour.
St. John’s century-old commitment to serving the people of Inglewood and the wider city of Calgary remains as firm as ever. Come and visit us and join our thriving community for worship, fellowship and good works.
St John’s 2019 Calendar: If you would like to purchase a 2019 St. John calendar ($10 each) designed and prepared by Fr Prior, with assistance from Solomon Ip, please contact our parish Secretary. It’s a beautiful calendar and we have a couple left!
The Finance and Pastoral Councils will be meeting this week Tuesday, 22 January, regular times. Please call or email the Parish Secretary if you cannot attend.
Knights of Columbus: Have you ever wanted to be a Knight? Are you already a Knight but would like to transfer your membership to our parish? If so, contact Bob Harrod through the parish office (or after Mass) and he will set you up. The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organisation that helps families and does good works. At St. John’s, the KofC exists to help further a fraternal bond to the men of our parish.
Montessori Programme: the Montessori programme of Holy House of Our Lady and St. John needs a few items to assist in their learning: 2 child aprons, 1 adult apron, manual egg beater, small objects to sort (buttons, beads, old coins, decorative pebbles, pompoms, etc.), tiny vases, small wicker baskets or plates, adult blindfold. If you can help, please bring to the church office and/or let Sheryl Campbell know. Thank-you!
Wednesdays after Mass: Please join us in the kitchen after Mass on Wednesdays for coffee and fellowship. Feel free to bring a plate of cookies. It’s always a nice opportunity to get to know people.
worship with us
Mass THIS WEEK
Mass is normally celebrated every day at St. John’s but there are interruptions from time to time. Below is this week’s schedule. Click [here] for our ordinary schedule. Please forward Mass intentions to Mrs. Susan Travis, our Parish Secretary, at 403.265.5072 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The suggested donation is $10.
Sunday: 8.00 am / 10.00 am
Monday: 7.30 am
Tuesday: 7.30 am / 11.30 am
Wednesday: 11.30 am / 7.00 pm
Thursday: 7.30 am / 11.30 am
Friday: 7.30 am / 11.30 am
Saturday: 7.30 am / 11.30 am
Vigil Mass: 6.00 pm
Confession this week
We have a number of opportunities (as scheduled or by appointment) to partake of this life-giving sacrament at St. John’s. If the purple stole is hanging outside of the confessional, it means a Priest is not currently in — if it’s not there, it means a priest is inside waiting to hear confessions and absolve sins. If it’s been a long time since you’ve been to confession, the priest will guide you through the process. The seal of the confessional is absolute: draw near to God, confess your sins, and experience the salvation that God’s peace brings.
Sunday: 7.45 am – 9.15 am
Tuesday to Saturday: 15 minutes before and during each regularly scheduled Mass
— or by appointment —
Daily Prayer This Week
Gilbertines pray the Daily Office, including Morning and Evening Prayer, which are normally prayed publicly in the Church. All are welcome to join in. Compline and the Little Hours (Terce, Sext and None) are also said at the Church, though less regularly. If you happen to be in the area, come and pray. If you are travelling at a distance, be sure to check this website to ensure the prayers will be taking place when you arrive because from time to time the prayers are rescheduled due to pastoral work.
Monday: 9.00 am
Thursday to Sunday: 7.00 am / 5.00 pm
Wednesday: 7.00 am / 5.00 pm / 9.00 pm
Holy Hour this week
Adoration and Benediction is a valuable way of spending time with and growing closer to Christ. We normally do so as a parish on Wednesdays after our 7.oo pm Mass.
Wednesday: after Mass (about 8.00 pm).
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through water and the Holy Spirit, men and women are freed from the power of sin and death and are reborn as sons of God and members of Christ's body, the Church. Find out more [here].
Those who have been baptised continue on the path of Christian initiation through the Sacrament of Confirmation. In this sacrament they receive the Holy Spirit whom the Lord sent upon the apostles on Pentecost. Find out more [here].
We at St. John’s make a special welcome to Anglicans who feel called home to the Catholic Church.
The decision to get married is one of the most significant steps in a person’s life. Perhaps it is the most significant: two people make vows to each other to remain exclusively together for the rest of their lives. Find out more about getting married at St. John’s [here].
Are you a Catholic man who feels a call to the Priesthood? Have others told you that you'd make a good Priest or Deacon? Are you unsure how to even start exploring a sense of call? If so, contact Father Robert-Charles and he will point you in the right direction. Contact him through our parish secretary [email@example.com].
ANOINTING of the sick
The anointing of the sick is done by a Priest to bring spiritual and even physical strength and healing during a serious illness, especially near the time of death. In the case of an emergency call our Priests at: 403.764.6827.
Death is a consequence of original sin — if we had not sinned then our bodies would go straight to heaven, as our Lord did in his Ascension, and Our Lady did at her Assumption. However, since Christ has conquered death on the Cross, our sorrow is tempered by the hope of the Resurrection. We trust that on the last day our mortal bodies will rise again to be with Our Lord. Find out more about Catholic funerals at St. John’s [here].
we’d love to hear from you
Mrs. Susan Travis is our Parish Secretary. She is normally in the office at Cross Hall on Mondays and Thursdays from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm. The doors are often locked for security purposes, please ring the door-bell to the right of the doors. You can call us at: 403.265.5072 or if there is a pastoral emergency call: 403.764.6827.
St John’s is easily accessible from either Deerfoot Trail (Highway 2) via Blackfoot Trail SE and 17th Avenue SE (1A) from downtown along 9th Avenue SE. We are located one block north of 9th Avenue SE, and two blocks east of the Zoo Road NE turnoff to the bridge.