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Sacraments & Prayers

Baptism

For Christians, the Sacrament of Baptism represents the first step in a lifelong journey of discipleship. Whether baptizing infants or adults, the Church celebrates the tender embrace of Christ who commanded His disciples to preach the Gospel to all nations and baptize those who embrace the Gospel.

  • Parents seeking baptism for their child, or adults interested, can contact our Pastor for preparation and arrangements at 403-289-2591.
     

  • Adults seeking baptism will be enrolled to the Rite of Christian Initiations (RCIA). Please contact our parish office at 403-289-2591.

Reconciliation

"Be courageous and go to Confession! Dear friends, celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation means being enfolded in a warm embrace: it is the embrace of the Father’s infinite mercy!" ~Pope Francis

There is no sin that cannot be forgiven, if we approach the throne of mercy with humble and contrite hearts. The Sacrament of Reconciliation not only bestows on us the gift of having our sins forgiven, but also reconciles us with God. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available at the following times:
 

  • Tuesday 6:00 to 6:55 pm

  • Wednesday 8:00 to 8:55 am

  • Thursday 8:00 to 8:55 am

  • Friday 11:00 to 11:55 am

  • Saturday 9:00 to 10:00 am 
    or by appointment (call 403-289-2591)

First Reconciliation & First Eucharist

Welcome Parents of Children inquiring about First Reconciliation & First Eucharist!

 

In the Diocese of Calgary, children receiving the Sacrament of First Eucharist must first receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

 

Therefore, preparation for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist is combined in the same school year. For more information, please visit this page below.

Eucharist

Lord Jesus gave us the Eucharist at the Last Supper on the night before He died for us. In this celebration, we participate in the mystery of salvation by remembering the sacrificial death and resurrection of the Lord.

"Dear friends, we don’t ever thank Lord enough for the gift he has given us in the Eucharist! It is a very great gift and that is why it is so important to go to Mass on Sunday. Go to Mass not just to pray, but to receive Communion, the bread that is the Body of Jesus Christ who saves us, forgives us, unites us to the Father. It is a beautiful thing to do! And we go to Mass every Sunday because that is the day of the resurrection of the Lord. That is why Sunday is so important to us." ~ Pope Francis 

Confirmation

Confirmation completes our initiation into the Catholic faith, following Baptism. 

"When we welcome the Holy Spirit into our hearts and allow him to act, Christ makes himself present in us and takes shape in our lives; through us, it will be he — Christ himself — who prays, forgives, gives hope and consolation, serves the brethren, draws close to the needy and to the least, creates community and sows peace... by means of the Holy Spirit, Christ himself comes to do all this among us and for us. That is why it is important that children and young people receive the Sacrament of Confirmation." ~ Pope Francis

For preparation program for Sacrament of Confirmation, click below

Marriage

"When a man and woman celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony God as it were “is mirrored” in them; he impresses in them his own features and the indelible character of his love... The Bible uses a powerful expression and says “one flesh”, so intimate is the union between man and woman in marriage. And this is precisely the mystery of marriage: the love of God which is reflected in the couple that decides to live together." Pope Francis.

You may schedule your wedding at St. Joseph's Parish. If you do not regularly worship at our parish, we ask you to please inquire the availability of the parish priest to celebrate your wedding mass or service, and direct your marriage preparation.

 

We recommend reserving a date six months to one year in advance.

Holy Orders

In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, a man is incorporated into the priesthood of Christ, at one of three levels: the episcopacy for a bishop, the presbytery for a priest, or the diaconate for a deacon. Instituted by Christ, Holy Orders is administered through the Bishop's laying on of hands, empowering priests to serve the Church through preaching, teaching, and administering the Sacraments.

"If some of you have heard this call in your heart, it is Jesus who has placed it there. Pay attention to this invitation and pray that it might grow and bear fruit for the whole Church." Pope Francis

 

Are you discerning your personal vocation and state in life?  Contact the Office of Vocations in the Diocese of Calgary or visit below

Funeral

"At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun inthe waters of Baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end, nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting Word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist." Order of Christian Funeral #4

At the funeral liturgy, the Church gathers with the family and friends of the deceased to give praise and thanks to God for Christ's victory over sin and death, to commend the deceased to God's tender mercy and compassion, and to seek strength in the proclamation of the Paschal Mystery. 

 

To arrange a Funeral Mass or Service at St. Joseph, please contact our Parish Office at 403-289-2591 or email office@stjosephcalgary.com 

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