Welcome to Our Lady of Peace Maronite Catholic Parish of Calgary!
Our Lady of Peace was established to serve the Maronite Christian community of Calgary. We are a Christ-centered community, building a healthy congregation, committed to serving the spiritual needs of all Christian sects in our community.
The Maronite Catholic Church is one of the Syriac Eastern Catholic churches. It grew from the Maronite Spiritual Movement that was founded by Saint Maroun. Saint Maroun was known for his missionary work, healing and miracles, and teachings of a monastic devotion to God.
Today’s Gospel tells us of the meeting of the Canaanite woman and Jesus. And Jesus’ attitude to us seems very harsh with regard to this woman who asks for the help of a healing for her possessed daughter.
Jesus replied: “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel”. But the woman is not discouraged, she comes to block her steps by bowing down before him. “Lord, come to my aid”. Jesus replied: “It is not good to take the bread of the little children and give it to the little dogs”. «It is true Lord» replied the Canaanite woman «But the little dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table». Wonderful answer that completes convincing Jesus of the faith of this woman: she puts herself in the last place just like the pagan centurion of Capharnaüm: «Lord, do not disturb you any more, I am not worthy».
“Woman, your faith is great, that everything happens for you as you like.” Faith changes everything and always finds an answer in God.
Lord, awaken in us this faith so attentive that it calls for your tenderness as Father and makes visible to us the salvation to which you have destined us.
- August Feasts 2019
Day 16: Saint Xavier, Pope & Adrian, martyr.
Day 17: Anba Benjamin the hermit.
Day 18: Saint Moses the Ethiopian (Habashi) & Saint Augustine, Doctor in the Church.
Day 19: The beheading of Saint John the Baptist.
Day 30: Saint Philikos, martyr.
Day 32: Mar Abda, Mar Zakhia, and Mar Ijidios.
- Family Night
You are all invited to gather every Friday at the Church
hall. We start by thanking God in the Holy Mass at 6:30 pm.
If you have any suggestions to enhance
the spiritual, educational, or physical needs of the parish, please let us know.