ALL PUBLIC MASSES ON HOLD at Holy Spirit Church, effective Thursday, June 4th – until we are ready
Three live Masses took place this week and we learned that, while some things went well, overall we are simply not ready. The top priorities are ensuring HEALTH and SAFETY and offering a PROPER, PEACEFUL MASS for all involved – the celebrants, the volunteers and the congregation. We were not able to adequately achieve these goals in the short time frame given. Rather than risk the possible negative outcomes of launching too soon, we have decided to slow down. We must achieve:
– Better Communication
– An Easy and Equitable Registration Process
– Recruitment and Training of a large number of volunteers to meet AHS and Diocesan standards
We are very sorry this step back has been necessary. Please be patient and continue to use On-Line Mass Options. The dispensation from your obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still in effect.
Live-streamed Mass & Prayer Resources
for the Domestic Church & Shut-Ins
Bishop McGrattan encourages all Catholics to pray at home, either by watching the live streamed Masses, having a time of prayer, following readings of the Sunday, and practising a spiritual communion. Here is the list of resources available on our website:
- Livestream or recorded Masses:
- Weekday Masses will be live-streamed from St. Peter’s, Calgary at https://st-peters.ca/live/ – Masses will be recorded and posted for playback.
- Sunday Mass will be live-streamed from St. Mary’s Cathedral with the Bishop as celebrant. The link will be posted on our website: calgarydiocese.ca
- Other streamed/televised Masses online:
- Read Scripture, practise Lectio Divina or read a spiritual reading
- Pray the Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Prayer of the Church.
- Video and other streaming resources
- In addition to prayer, we can keep holy the Lord’s Day by doing works of mercy. Here are some things you can do even when you cannot gather with others: write a note or call a friend or family member who might feel lonely; donate money to organizations assisting those in need; make mealtimes this day more special; read or create something beautiful (D. Macalintal, Liturgy.Life)
We invite you to make these resources available to your parishioners. Please note this list is not exhaustive.
We invite you to share with us additional resources to share with the parishes in our Diocese. Email us at email@example.com
* The CCCB Statement on the Federal Consultation on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). Read here.
* A Pastoral Letter from the Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories re: Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). Download Letter in English | French
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