PASTOR’S PAGE

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Welcome to St. Peter’s RC Church!

I am glad to welcome you to our Web Site. As you look through these pages you will get a sense of the prayerful, purposeful and passionate community that is St. Peter’s.

Our Mission Statement aptly captures the character of St. Peter’s. It reads:

“St Peter’s is a rock, built on the Foundation of Truth, inspiring and equipping believers to be a Eucharistic People”.

To be Eucharistic is to be prayerful because we understand that the Mass is the source and summit of our Christian life. We are committed to making the Mass a meaningful encounter for people so that from the Table of the Word and Eucharist people can grow to more deeply love Jesus and His Church.

To be built on the Foundation of Truth enables us to be a purposeful people because we know that Jesus meant it when he said. “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31-32). In a world that increasingly asks with Pontius Pilate, “What is truth” (John 18:38), we want to explore how we apply to our lives the one who also said: “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice” (John 18:37).

To inspire and equip believers helps us to discover a passion because we are men and women who know why we believe what we believe. St Paul in Ephesians 4:15-16 captures this passion in his vivid prose:

But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

Maturity in Christ to build us up in love is St. Peter’s mission. If you are part of our Parish family, I look forward to serving with you our gracious Saviour and Lord. If you are looking for a parish home, I would like to invite you to check us out in person. We always want more people to discover the Rock – that is the Roman Catholic Church – and this prayerful, purposeful and passionate community called after our First Pope, St. Peter’s.

Fr. Jonathan

Meet The Crew

Clergy

Fr. Jonathan Gibson
Fr. Jonathan GibsonPastor

Email: frjonathan@st-peters.ca

Phone: 1-403-286-5110

On July 18th 2012, at the age of 51, I was received into the Roman Catholic Church under the patronage of St. Thomas More. As a life-long Anglican, whose conversion to the Roman Catholic Church was predicated on realizing that our Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Papacy as recorded in Matthew 16, (that was an eye-opener, let me tell you), the courage of St. Thomas More, the great English Catholic, to truthfully and lovingly stand up to Henry VIII has been a real inspiration to me.

I was ordained a deacon by Bishop Henry on May 18, 2013, and a week later, on May 25th, I was ordained to the Holy Priesthood of Jesus Christ. What a privilege it is to be serving Jesus as one who is conformed to him sacramentally. Since my ordination, I have served as Parochial Vicar at St. John the Evangelist in Inglewood from May 2013 – January 2016. From February 2016 – July 2018 I found a true home at St. Peter’s and loved serving with Fr Jerome as Parochial Vicar.

When I was asked by Bishop McGrattan to assume responsibility for St. Peter’s as pastor, I was humbled and thankful. I have grown to love this parish family and serving as your shepherd is the culmination of a lifetime of pastoral work. It is particularly meaningful to be pastor of St. Peter’s, because of how realizing St. Peter as the first pope was seminal to my conversion. I am very aware of the providential care and guidance of Jesus in calling me to this office.

I am so thankful to be married to my beloved Peggy. We have shared in this journey into the Catholic Church together and both take delight in calling St. Peter’s home. We have two adult children, Thomas who lives with us and Elspeth, who lives and works in Toronto.

Central to the exercising of my priesthood are these words from our first pope. “I exhort the elders among you to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it —not for sordid gain but eagerly. Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock. And when the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades away.” (1 Peter 5:1-4)

I pray to be such an example so as to assist you, the Lord’s precious people, to win the crown of glory that never fades away.

Fr. Terry Gubiana
Fr. Terry GubianaParochial Vicar

Deacon Troy Nguyen
Deacon Troy NguyenTransitional Deacon

Email: troy.nguyen@st-peters.ca

Phone: 1-403-286-5110 ext 113

Deacon Troy Nguyen was born and raised in Calgary, AB and attended St. Vincent Liem Catholic Church as a child. He is also the oldest of five children and enjoys spending time with his family. He discerned the call to the priesthood beginning in Gr. 10 when he attended Seminary of Christ the King in Mission, BC. He eventually went to seminary in London, ON and Edmonton, AB.

While he was taking some time off in between seminary to discern his vocation better, he worked at the bank as a financial advisor and got a teaching degree. Eventually, God called him back and he is happy to be a deacon for St. Peter’s parish and looking forward to his future priestly ordination.

Deacon Tom O’Toole
Deacon Tom O’TooleDeacon

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Phone: 1-403-286-5110

Deacon Thomas O’Toole received Baptism and First Holy Eucharist at Église de NotreDamedeLourdes, in New Brunswick, Canada. The eighth of eleven children, he was born into a working class Irish family. On August 2, 1986 Deacon Tom, as he is fondly called, exchanged the Sacrament of Marriage with Dianne Riemer before God’s people in St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ladysmith, British Columbia. Their family includes three children: Cecily, Carrie and Arianna. On the feast of St Epherem June 9, 2008, Deacon Tom was called and ordained by Bishop Fredrick Henry to the Sacred Order of Deacon. Later that year he was professed into the Third Order of St Francis. Deacon Tom was educated at St Francis Xavier University, Technical University of Nova Scotia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and University of Calgary. His spare time is joyfully occupied with reading, hiking, music, and sports.    

Deacon Stephen Robinson
Deacon Stephen RobinsonDeacon

Born in Montreal, and raised in the suburbs of Toronto, Deacon Stephen moved to Calgary with his wife, Marjorie, over 40 years ago with their (now adult) children: Joshua, a pilot who lives close by, and Elizabeth, who lives in Vancouver. A cradle Catholic and the oldest of five boys, he admits that he wandered away from the Church as a young man but, on a faith journey with his wife, came back to the Church 30 years ago. Marjorie, a former Anglican, desiring to receive the Eucharist, went through RCIA and was confirmed at St Pius X Parish in 1990.

Working as a carpenter, then a building inspector with the City of Calgary, he later completed a degree in Communication Studies at the U of C and, at almost exactly the same time, was ordained to the permanent diaconate, just minutes after Deacon Tom, by Bishop Henry, in June of 2008. Having served at St. Pius X for 8 years and St Luke’s for one year, Marjorie and the deacon are both absolutely thrilled to have been assigned to serve Jesus Christ in the great people of St. Peter’s, under Fr. Jonathan’s spiritual guidance.

Although he has had satisfaction out of competing at triathlon, nothing compares with faith journey highlights, which have included pilgrimages to Rome, the Holy Land, walking the Camino de Santiago, and getting to do degree studies in our precious Catholic faith, at the Augustine Institute in Denver (home of the formed.org studies). Marjorie and Deacon Stephen have sometimes worked in ministry together, right now doing marriage preparation presentations to engaged couples, and possibly a Bible study at St. Peter’s.

He used to be ‘Steve’ to everyone who knew him. Believing that we all need great models of Christian commitment and holiness of life to follow, he now desires to identify with the first Christian martyr and the first named deacon, “Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5), to help him walk that path. And, whether sitting in the congregation at mass, or serving at the altar, our unity in the Body of Christ lifts him up when we say with one voice, “… I ask the Blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord, our God.”

Office Staff

Judith McRae
Judith McRaeFaith Formation Coordinator

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Email: FFC@st-peters.ca

Phone: 403-286-5110 ext. 109

Judith McRae is our Faith Formation Coordinator, and assists families to arrange Baptism for their babies and young children.

She was received into the Catholic Church through the RCIA in 2001, and is excited to be working with our Inquirers, Candidates, and Catechumens, our priests, our sponsors, and our team of volunteer Catechists to ensure that the RCIA process here at St. Peter’s meets the needs of all who are being received into the Church. She received training in RCIA leadership through the Western Conference for the Catechumenate between 2003 and 2006, and has also attended several local RCIA workshops through the Office of Liturgy at the Diocese of Calgary.

She is an experienced Catechist, having taught adults, teens, and children in a variety of faith development programs for many years. She has nine years of practical experience in Catholic Youth Ministry, and taught the Junior High Catechism program at St. Pius X for more than 10 years.

Judith has Catechetical certification from the Diocese of Calgary, and studied under the Canadian Redemptorists for the Canadian Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies.

Her past experiences include work in the printing industry, the visual arts, educational media development, and during the late 1990s was a member of the Collaborative Electronic Learning research project at the University of Calgary studying new developments in multimodal education. Her degree is in Fine Arts, and she continues to operate a painting studio in downtown Calgary in addition to her duties at St. Peter’s.

 

Annie Chirka
Annie ChirkaCommunications Director

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Email: commdirector@st-peters.ca

Phone: 1-403-286-5110

Annie has been in Calgary since 1979 and joined St. Peter’s in 1985 as the Music Director for the 5 pm Saturday evening Mass. She continues on in that role playing guitar and piano for that Mass as well as directing our Resurrection Choir for funerals.

Annie worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for 33 years as an Editor for both the local and national television news and also works as a videographer for her own production company. As Communications Director for St. Peter’s, Annie looks after our Facebook page, Email campaigns, website and also produces videos for us.

Annie is married with 2 children and enjoys music, cooking and photography.

Cindy Kreutzer
Cindy KreutzerBookkeeper

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Email: accounting@st-peters.ca

Phone: 1-403-286-5110

Cindy, her husband and 3 children have been members of St. Peter’s Parish since 2001, when they moved to Calgary from Regina.  In the Fall of 2013 Cindy began providing assistance to the Sacramental Preparation Coordinator and more recently began providing assistance to the Administrative Executive.  Cindy spends most of her spare time with her family at their various activities which include snowboarding and show jumping.

Gail Crimi
Gail CrimiSacrament Coordinator

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Email: sacraments@st-peters.ca

Phone: 1-403-286-5110

Gail, her husband and four children moved to Calgary from Montreal in 1997.

She has over 10 years of experience supporting families in her work as a Sacrament Coordinator for one of our sister parishes in the city. Her role was both Administrative and Catechetical. Gail joins St. Peter’s in 2016 as the Sacrament Coordinator, working with our families and schools as well as providing all sacrament related clerical support.

She enjoys spending time with her husband, her family and friends, cooking, eating and listening to great music!

Caroline Dixon
Caroline DixonSacrament Preparation

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Email: sacraments2@st-peters.ca

Phone: 1-403-286-5110

Born and raised in Calgary, AB, Caroline is part of a very large, and lovely Filipino-Canadian Catholic family. She completed her Bachelor of Music Degree from Thompson Rivers University, and has primarily worked as a music teacher and Catholic youth minister since 2006. She has a deep love for God, a heart of ministry for the church, and plenty of experience journeying with children and their families.

Caroline is a natural fit as part of the parish, staff and sacramental preparation team here at St. Peter’s. She is happily married to Scott, and together they are the proud parents of two wonderful and energetic children, Quinton and Sophia.

Parish Council

Lilo Casasbuenas
Lilo CasasbuenasParish Council

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Lilo was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia; she is the youngest of four kids (two brothers and one sister). From kindergarten through high school she attended a Catholic school run by Benedictine Nuns. Her mom’s strong Catholic faith combined with the teachings of the Nuns at school left in her a deep interest in learning more and more about the meaning of life and a continued search for what she is here for. These questions started to get an answered later when she met Father Humberto, a diocesan Priest in Bogota who founded a Theology School for the laity where she studied for four years. These studies and her closeness to Father Humberto have accompanied Lilo throughout her life to continue deepening in her faith and knowledge of the Catholic teachings.

She is married to Jairo and has two boys, Juan Diego and Andrés. In 2005 they made the hard decision to move to Canada looking for better opportunities and a safer place to raise their kids. Being a newcomer was a big challenge for her. Once they got to Calgary she enrolled in Mount Royal to obtain her Petroleum Land Administration Certificate and later that same year was offered to work in an oil and gas company and she is grateful to successfully continue to be working in the industry. She has been defined by her colleagues and supervisor as a hard working, joyful and dedicated employee.

From the time she was a teenager, Lilo has always been active in her parish as Lector and Choir member. After many years of being a dedicated wife, mom and worker, and now that the boys are older, Lilo has feels an immense need to serve again and share the knowledge and life expertise acquired during her Theology studies and she takes seriously the call to the New Evangelization.

John Carton
John CartonLeadership Council

johnJohn was born in Saskatchewan and grew up in the small farming community of Indian Head. After high school he obtained an engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan and moved to Calgary. Most of his career has been spent in the IT industry where he is currently an IT architect. John met his lovely wife here in Calgary and  has been married for over 30 years. He is the proud father of 7 adopted children, aged 14 to 24.

John was baptized into the United Church as a child and converted to Catholicism at St Peters in 1990. He has been a member of the parish since then and is looking forward to bringing his analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills to the Parish Council to do whatever God needs of him.

Dixie Hawkins – Chair
Dixie Hawkins – ChairLeadership Council Chair

Email: ddhawkins@shaw.ca

Dixie and her husband Brian are both from Stettler, Alberta. They have lived in Silver Springs over 25 years. Their two grown children, Chris and Janine attended the designated Catholic Schools in the area. After having been involved with their kids in sports, music, and guiding, while working professionally in the field of medical technology; Dixie can relate to the many directions families are pulled.

With the philosophy of always developing the Mind, Body and Soul, Dixie recently completed a U of C Professional Management Certificate (studying Project Management) and completed a Dale Carnegie Team Leadership Certificate. With a fitness training background, Dixie prefers quick cross fitness workouts. Dixie’s real passion has always been time spent with youth and with spiritual growth. She facilitates Tuesday evening’s Faith Study group, is on the St Peter’s Catholic Women’s League Executive, and is an Extra-Ordinary Minister of Communion.

Jim Osenton
Jim OsentonLeadership Council

Jim 300I have been a member of St Peter’s Parish since its inception. I served as the chairman of the first building committee when we finalized the design and built our current building over 30 years ago. Now we are getting ready to renovate and upgrade St Peter’s, much the same as many of us have done with our homes. All my family has been active in St. Peters ministries.

My wife, Celia, is a member of the Catholic Womens League and has served as the facilitator of the Mothers Group since our current building was completed. I am a member of the Don Bosco Council of the Knights of Columbus. My wife and I have also served as Eucharistic Ministers from the early days of the Parish. Both my sons served as altar servers and my daughter in various music ministries, and she is now joined by two of her daughters while the other keeps the altar serving tradition alive.

I would like to hear from any parishioner about their ideas for how our new home for St. Peters can serve us all even better. a native Calgarian, and has been a member of St. Peter’s since 2006.

Murielle Smith
Murielle SmithParish Council

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Email: sacraments3@st-peters.ca

Murielle became a member of St. Peters Parish in 2000 after she moved to Calgary from British Columbia. She retired from her career as an elementary school teacher in 2009. Since then she has been looking for ways to serve St Peters. Murielle is a member of the Catholic Woman’s League, a Sacristan, an Altar Server, and is one of the Catechists for the sacraments at the parish. Murielle currently help with funeral masses, the training of Altar Servers and she schedules and facilitates meetings for the weekday Sacristans. By getting involved, she has made many wonderful friends.

Murielle and her husband Paul have two adult daughters and four wonderful grandchildren. . In addition to her involvement at St. Peters Parish, Murielle is a Patient Assist Volunteer at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. As a member of the Parish Council, she wants to continue to support the work of the existing ministries at the church and to nurture new ideas that allow continued growth in the Catholic Community.

Murielle welcomes the upcoming church expansion and looks forward to using her skills sets to support this endeavor.

Kathy Ervin – Chair
Kathy Ervin – ChairFinance Council Chair

Email: kathy.ervin@shaw.ca

Kathy has been a member of the St. Peter’s Parish community for more than 25 years. She has been privileged to serve in many ministries and on various committees. Currently, Kathy serves as the Chairman of the Finance Council, coordinating Volunteer Screening and Ministries and as a catechist for the RCIA program. These roles are integral to her belief that the stewardship of our time, talent and treasure, enable us to help people strengthen their relationship with God and the Church. Her passion is for study and evangelization, for leading faith formation studies, through undertaking her own study in theology and providing leadership training and mentoring.

Professionally, Kathy works at Alberta Health Services in the Information Technology department, directing teams that support healthcare computer systems around the province. Her community involvement extends to Girl Guides, Toastmasters, Special Olympics, Softball and Running.

Annie Chirka
Annie ChirkaCommunications Director

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Email: commdirector@st-peters.ca

Phone: 1-403-286-5110

Annie has been in Calgary since 1979 and joined St. Peter’s in 1985 as the Music Director for the 5 pm Saturday evening Mass. She continues on in that role playing guitar and piano for that Mass as well as directing our Resurrection Choir for funerals.

Annie worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for 33 years as an Editor for both the local and national television news and also works as a videographer for her own production company. As Communications Director for St. Peter’s, Annie looks after our Facebook page, Email campaigns, website and also produces videos for us.

Annie is married with 2 children and enjoys music, cooking and photography.

Finance Council

Kathy Ervin – Chair
Kathy Ervin – ChairFinance Council Chair

Email: kathy.ervin@shaw.ca

Kathy has been a member of the St. Peter’s Parish community for more than 25 years. She has been privileged to serve in many ministries and on various committees. Currently, Kathy serves as the Chairman of the Finance Council, coordinating Volunteer Screening and Ministries and as a catechist for the RCIA program. These roles are integral to her belief that the stewardship of our time, talent and treasure, enable us to help people strengthen their relationship with God and the Church. Her passion is for study and evangelization, for leading faith formation studies, through undertaking her own study in theology and providing leadership training and mentoring.

Professionally, Kathy works at Alberta Health Services in the Information Technology department, directing teams that support healthcare computer systems around the province. Her community involvement extends to Girl Guides, Toastmasters, Special Olympics, Softball and Running.

Patrick McKenny
Patrick McKennyFinance Council

Originally from Ontario, Pat graduated with a B. Sc. in Physical Geography from Queen’s University in 1978. In the late 70s, like many easterners, he moved west to Alberta and started working in the Oil & Gas industry. He brings a wealth of management experience and his favourite calling has been in the stewardship of the sales & marketing direction of several companies. Pat became a member of the rapidly growing parish of St. Peters after settling in Silver Springs in 1984. He has been very active in community sports playing baseball and coaching his children’s teams for many years. He is married with three children and one grandchild. He enjoys mountain biking, camping, baseball, and especially motorcycling. As well as the Parish Finance Council, Pat serves as an Usher and is a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Audie Sequeira
Audie SequeiraFinance Council

AudieAudie is a Chartered Professional Accountant from CPA Canada and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Accounting) from the University of Mumbai, India. He has held supervisory and management level positions in the Oil & Gas, Manufacturing and Retail industry in India, Middle East and Canada. He has 20+ years’ experience in financial accounting, financial reporting, budgeting & forecasting and project management. Audie has been on the St. Peter’s finance council since 2009. He strongly believes in the Catholic Faith and belongs to a family deeply rooted in Catholicism for several generations. He is married with two children currently in university. He was actively involved in coaching minor soccer.

Helena Houghton
Helena HoughtonFinance Council

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Originally from Montreal, Helena obtained her BA from the University of Montreal. She has lived in various locations across Canada while pursuing a career in Supply Chain Management within municipal, heavy manufacturing and multi-national organizations during which time she obtained her SCPM and CPM designations. Helena moved to Calgary in 2001 where she established her consulting company and provided SCM expertise to several major oil sands projects.

Helena has been a member of St. Peter’s Parish since 2003. During that time she has served as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion and as a Sacristan. As well as a member of the Finance Council, she is currently co-chair of the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and is a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Women’s League. She is grateful to be able to express her faith through service to our parish and its parishioners. Helena is married and has recently retired.

KofC and CWL

Rose Kastelic
Rose KastelicCatholic Womens League (CWL) - President

Angelo Scarpino
Angelo ScarpinoSt. Peter's Don Bosco Council 8146

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Email: GK@kofc8146.com

Angelo has been a member of St. Peter’s Parish for over 25 years and currently serves on several ministries. He is the current Grand Knight of St. Peter’s Don Bosco Council and leads a group of almost 200 Catholic gentlemen who are committed to serving the needs of our Parish community.
Angelo is happily retired. He was an engineer manager in the oil and gas industry for 37 years. His most satisfying projects included reclaiming old contaminated sites in the Canadian Arctic and in Northern Alberta.
Angelo and his wife Gayle will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in 2017. They are blessed with three wonderful children (Dave, Sara and Christopher), all married now and they also have four beautiful grandkids. They both love spending time with their family and serving our parish community.