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.
Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross will be prayed on the Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent. Wednesdays after the 7.00 pm Mass (normally about 7.45 pm or so) and Fridays at 7.00 pm. This deeply meaningful devotion will help you focus on the spirit of the season as you prepare for Easter.
This Year’s Lenten Series: Purgatory and Indulgences: Have you ever wondered about the Church’s teaching on Indulgences? Want to know more about Purgatory? or Limbo? If so, plan to attend a two-week Lenten Study Series on Sunday 17 & 24 March in the Lower Church Hall at 12.25 pm. This informative two-part series will help you understand how you can help and pray for your loved ones in purgatory.
The Ordinariate Observer! Members of the Ordinariate receive copies of the “Ordinariate Observer” which is the official publication of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Our own Fr. Robert-Charles Bengry’s heraldic work made mention on page 31 of the Winter edition! If you qualify for membership in the Ordinariate (or if you aren’t sure) let Fr. Bengry or Fr. Beahen know so you can get your subscription!
Diocesan Ladies Silent Retreat will be held at Mt. St. Francis Retreat Centre in Cochrane the weekend of March 22-24. The theme is “Who do you say I am”. For more information or to register, please contact Teresa at 403.329.8967 or Jane at 403.857.8000.
Medicine for Malawi: Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa. Many Malawians live on less than 10 cents/day and an average professional wage is $70/month. For over 15 years, St. John the Evangelist has exchanged visits and worked with Anglo-Catholic parishes there, providing aid for drought, and flood victims, school building repairs and supplies, medicines and clean drinking water by introducing biosand water filters. In May, Gwyneth and Richard Harding are travelling to Malawi to visit Canon Raphael Mponda. With the support of Fr. Bengry, we are looking to raise $675. to bring a Humanitarian Medical Kit through Health Partners International containing over $5,000 of the most desperately needed medicines. Your support can go a long way to relieve the pain and suffering of many. If you would like to donate or have questions, contact Gwyneth or Richard. Unfortunately, St. John’s does not have CRA approval to provide tax receipts for donations, at this time.
Please note: Pastoral Care, Sacramental Enquiries and Mass Intentions: We ask to be informed immediately of those who are sick in hospital or at home in order that appropriate pastoral arrangements can be made. For these concerns, Sacramental Enquiries and Mass Intentions please call the church office: (403.265.5072) or email our Parish Secretary Mrs. Susan Travis: (email@example.com).
BISHOP’S APPEAL: One family: The theme of the 2019 Bishop’s Appeal is from Isaiah 43:19: “See, I am doing something new!” In the last year, signs of the abundant life God intends for the Ordinariate have sprung forth across our enormous diocese: New communities in California and Georgia. Growing congregations at established parishes in Maryland, Texas and New York. Ten new priests. Two new seminarians, bringing our total number to seven.
Can you respond to God’s unreserved generosity towards the Ordinariate with a gift to the appeal this Lent?
St John’s goal for this year’s Bishop’s Appeal is $6055. With pledges and a donation received last week, we have reached 15% of our goal. Pledge cards and envelopes are available at the back of the church. (Please do not use any that were mailed directly to you, as there is a mistake on the pledge card that affects Canadians). Please return unused BA2019 envelope kits to the church for others to make their pledges and gifts. (Gifts must be made payable to St. John the Baptist Deanery Inc. [as per the instructions on the orange card] and placed in provided envelopes and given to Bruce Travis, Deanery Treasurer.) Thank you.
Your generosity will allow our Ordinariate to grow and thrive! Let’s see if we can exceed this year’s goal!
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: normally 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.
Tuesday to Sunday: 7.00 am / 5.00 pm
Wednesday: 7.00 am / 5.00 pm / 9.00 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 about baptism at St. John’s [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. St. John’s is a beautiful place to be married, find out more [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 Fr. Robert-Charles Bengry or Fr. Sean-Patrick Beahen 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, Fr. Robert-Charles Bengry or Fr. Sean-Patrick Beahen 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.