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Welcome to St. Peter’s RC Church!

When it comes to fulfilling the Son of God’s mandate prior to his ascension back to the Father in Heaven – we don’t mess around: “Go out to all the world and proclaim the Gospel to all of creation.” (Mark 16:15) As it is, ours is a time when your children and grandchildren are growing up in an environment where truth, morality, and even the existence of God is under attack and up for personal reinterpretation.

When all is said and done, we are all trying to get home. While it’s a narrow path that leads to the gateway of the Kingdom of Heaven, it’s also an illuminated, peace filled existence for those who walk it in their home life, work life, church life.

We at St. Peter’s, through the transcendence experienced within our liturgies, the sacraments we bring to our seven schools, and the special events we feature in our parish that nurture families along their faith journey, we are here to serve and facilitate an encounter between your heart and the ever living God.

“All who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.” (John 18:37) At St. Peter’s, truth is spoken in season and out of season. Join us and experience the peace of Heaven on earth.

In Christ,

Fr. Jerome Lavigne

Meet The Crew

Clergy

Father Jerome Lavigne
Father Jerome LavignePastor

Email: pastor@st-peters.ca

Phone: 1-403-286-5110

Soli Deo Gloria!

“Oh Lord, if it be Your will that I speak no more, and my voice be still – as it was before…

I will speak no more, I shall abide until I am spoken for, if it be Your will…

If it be Your will that a voice be True, from this Broken Hill – I will sing to you. From this Broken Hill, all your praises they shall ring, if it be Your will – to let me sing…” Amen

 

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Fr. Jerome Lavigne – Written by Sharon van der Sloot on July 11, 2013 (Memorial of St. Benedict)

Born: Hull, Québec August 2, 1974

Raised: Calgary and Canmore, AB

Ordained: Calgary, June 19, 2009

Associate: St. Albert the Great Catholic Parish, Calgary 2009

Associate:  St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Calgary 2009-2011

Associate: St. Albert the Great Catholic Parish, Calgary 2011-2012

Pastor: St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Calgary 2012 – present

June 19th, 2009 was an important date in the Catholic Church for several reasons.  Not only was it the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, but it also marked the first day of the “Year for Priests,” a celebration declared by Pope Benedict XVI in honour of the 150th anniversary of St. John Vianney. In his letter proclaiming the Year for the Priest, Pope Benedict wrote, “A good shepherd, a pastor after God’s heart, is the greatest treasure which the good Lord can grant to a parish, and one of the most precious gifts of divine mercy.”1 It was especially fitting, then, that June 19th was also the day that Fr. Jerome Lavigne set aside his past life in order to “give up his will and take up the strong and most excellent arms of obedience, to do battle for Christ the Lord, the true King.”2

I first heard of Fr. Jerome when I read a notice in the diocesan bulletin announcing his ordination.  Although I had taken little interest in past ordinations within our diocese, for some reason this announcement caught my eye.  I felt a strong urge to pray for this ‘soon-to-be’ priest, and I began to offer up my daily Masses and rosaries for him.  Delighted to learn that he would be assigned to our parish, I was present on the night that he received the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The following morning, I headed to St. Mary’s for Saturday morning Mass.  Already running late, I was annoyed to find that there was no place to park. I hadn’t realized that that morning was also the occasion of Fr. Jerome’s first Mass – celebrated on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  I could only marvel at what the Holy Spirit had in store for someone who God had chosen to favour with such an auspicious beginning.

When I reflect on Fr. Jerome’s call to the priesthood, I can’t help but think of the Old Testament story of Hannah.  Hannah had not been blessed with children, and deeply distressed, she went to the temple.  There she vowed that if God would bless her with a son, she would give him to the Lord all the days of his life.  In due time, she conceived and gave birth to a son who she named Samuel – which means, “God heard” – because she had asked the Lord for him.  In a similar way, Louise Lavigne also longed for a child, and as the years went by and her prayers remained unanswered, she decided it was time to make a bargain with God.  Louise went to her nearby parish where she lit a candle.  There, like Hannah, she made a vow.  If God would bless her with two sons, three years apart, she would give the first to God.  Soon thereafter, Louise’s first son, Jerome, was born.  Her second son, Simon, was born three years later.  No more children were born to Louise and Leo Lavigne, and there was no doubt in their minds that their sons were an answer to prayer – special gifts from God.

contemplation-the-bermBorn in Hull, Québec in 1974, Jerome moved west with his family in 1982 – first to Calgary, Alberta, and a few years later to Canmore. It was there that the seeds of his love for nature – for hunting, fishing, and the outdoors – took root.  Social by nature, he also loved to go off alone – to sit on the berm overlooking the valley – to reflect on the meaning of life.  But after graduation, as his classmates settled in to predictable paths of work and study, Jerome struggled to find his niche. Driven by a desire for personal and financial success, he bounced from one thing to the next.  From operating heavy equipment to selling cars, he explored many different avenues.  But somehow things didn’t unfold the way he expected; he always felt strangely empty and unfulfilled. He knew nothing of the promise that his mother had made before he was born.

The day came when Jerome realized that he needed to take some time out to find peace and a deeper sense of purpose in his life.  He returned to his family home in Canmore where at his mother’s insistence, he agreed to attend Mass with his parents. Upon walking into Sacred Heart Church, he was filled with an overwhelming sense of peace – so much so that the following week, he went on his own.  As he was exiting the church, the priest said to him: “You and I, we have to talk – how about next week after Mass?” Seven days later, he asked Jerome, “So tell me, when did it start?”

The possibility of a vocation to the priesthood had never entered Jerome’s mind.  Louise, however, was not surprised at all.  She knew that God had come to claim her son.  She told Jerome about the promise that she had made, and with that knowledge, an entirely new dimension entered into his search for peace. But no decision of such importance comes without its struggles.  Before Jerome was ready to do battle for the Lord, he first battled with the Lord.  Ten years would pass before Jerome walked down the aisle at St. Mary’s to make his own promises to God: promises of obedience, celibacy, and praying the Liturgy of the Hours.

Today, the first thing that you notice when you meet Fr. Jerome is that he is filled with energy, passion, and an irrepressible zest for life.  Friendly and outgoing, he has a wonderful sense of humour and puts everyone at ease wherever he goes.  As my son once put it, not only is Fr. Jerome pretty ‘buff’ (the consequence of his life-long love for weight lifting), he is also ‘cool’.  Fr. Jerome ‘gets’ people, and he is as comfortable hanging out with young people as he is with seniors. He has a profound understanding of human nature, as well as of faith and Scripture.  He digs deep – then even deeper – to discover what the Lord wants to reveal through him.  He goes over every homily before the presence of Our Lord in the Tabernacle, and when you listen to him speak, you always come away feeling challenged and inspired.  Fr. Jerome has a way of unpacking the mysteries of the spiritual life in a way that is as down to earth as it is unmistakably orthodox.  He wears a gold band on the fourth finger of his right hand that his father gave him just before he died.  It’s a sign of his father’s honour – of his having lived out his marriage vocation with faithfulness to the end.  In passing it on to his eldest son, it has become a sign of Fr. Jerome’s faithfulness to his vows as a priest.

I have come to think that it is no accident that the anniversary celebration of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, should have coincided with the day of Fr. Jerome’s ordination.  At first glance, St. John Vianney might appear to have ‘only’ been a simple country priest.  Yet, near the end of his life, he spent 16 to 18 hours a day in the Confessional, instructing and counselling up to 20,000 people a year – bishops, priests, religious men and women, people from all walks of life.  It should come as no surprise, then, that Fr. Jerome sees the gift of his priesthood as being inextricably linked to the time that he spends in the Confessional.  It is there that we encounter the face of Christ.  It is there that we empty ourselves in order to be filled and transformed by the Holy Spirit.  “The Confessional is the litmus test of who you are as a priest,” he says.  “The day I spend most of my time in the Confessional will be the day that I know God will have finally shaped and moulded me into His instrument of mercy and reconciliation. For in the Confessional, we truly do have an encounter with the risen Lord.”

1 Pope Benedict XVI, Letter Proclaiming a Year for Priests on the 150th Anniversary of the “Dies Natalis” of the Curé of Ars, June 16, 2009.

Cf. Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue.

“The Story of Fr. Jerome’s Vocation to the Priesthood”

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“The Story” – Fr. Jerome’s Vocation to the Priesthood from Fr. Jerome Lavigne on Vimeo.

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A word from Fr. Jerome:

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church it states: “No one claims the office of the priesthood for himself; he is called to it by God.  Anyone who thinks he recognizes the signs of God’s call to the ordained ministry must humbly submit his desire to the authority of the Church, who has the responsibility and right to call someone to receive orders” (CCC 440).  I stand before you today as a priest of Jesus Christ – not because it was something I ever wanted to do with my life – but because I surrendered my life back to Him and He did with it what He always wanted to do.

I leave you with the ‘WHY?’ of a Priest’s existence, which was beautifully expressed through the final words spoken by Cardinal Bernardin prior to his death:

“The priest of Jesus Christ is, first and foremost, the one who bears the mystery of God and initiates others into it…  In carrying out this task, one is most authentically a priest. The priest stands on the horizon between God and the world; carrying the prayers, hopes, anguish, and joy of the People of God, and calling down the Divine Fire, the transformative power of the Mystery.”

In Christ through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Fr.  Jerome Lavigne

Father Jonathan Gibson
Father Jonathan GibsonParochial Vicar

Email: frjonathan@st-peters.ca

Phone: 1-403-286-5110

On July 18th 2012, 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. St John’s was received as a parish into the Catholic Church at St. Mary’s Cathedral on the third Sunday of Advent 2011. St John’s is a member congregation of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. (For more information on the Ordinariate please go to: http://ordinariate.net/).

My time at St. John’s has provided me with the opportunity to initiate my formation as a Catholic Priest. I have so appreciated beginning my priesthood within this parish, where my Anglican background has been greatly enhanced by the gift of now being fully Catholic.

As I begin this new assignment as the Parochial Vicar at St. Peter’s I am very excited and thankful by the opportunities this will provide for me to be further conformed to Christ as I serve with Fr. Jerome this dynamic, faith-filled parish. It is particularly meaningful that I am coming to St. Peter’s, seeing as how it was the realization that St. Peter was the first pope which was seminal to my conversion.

I am so thankful to be married to my beloved Peggy. We have shared in this journey into the Catholic Church together. We have two adult children, Thomas 24, who lives with us and Elspeth, who is 19 and studies at the University of 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.

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.    

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.

 

Murielle Smith
Murielle SmithLeadership Council, Sacraments School Liaison

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Email: schoolliaison@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.

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 KreutzerAdministrative Executive

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Email: adminexec@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.

Terry Boyle
Terry BoyleRock of our Faith Campaign Coordinator

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Email: campaign@st-peters.ca

Phone: 1-403-286-5110

Terry has lived in Calgary for almost 40 years and joined St. Peter’s in 2013. The following year she was excited to join the St. Peter’s staff as the Rock of our Faith Campaign Coordinator. She is responsible for assisting parishioners and other donors with their gifts of support.

She is also happy to answer any questions you may have about the Campaign or direct you to someone who can. Terry has been married for 20 years and they have been blessed with four children. They have lived in Tuscany since 1997 and share their home with their Australian Shepherd, Rio.

In her spare time, Terry loves to read or visit with friends and you can always hear her singing when she’s at home. Another important part of Terry’s life is serving God at St. Peter’s as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister and member of our Healing Team.

Kusum DiMarco
Kusum DiMarcoSpecial Events Coordinator

Email: events@st-peters.ca

Kusum’s formal education was focussed in the area of Business and Finance and she has been involved with the Church in several capacities since converting to Catholicism in 1997 in New Mexico, USA. What really opened the door to her volunteering was the opportunity to give back as an RCIA catechist and sponsor. Her passion has been serving by working in programs that strengthen people’s knowledge of the faith. In the past she has been involved in programs, including: parent councils, major school fundraisers, children’s liturgy program lead, and was the president of Educare, a higher learning children’s pre-school. She also worked as a Youth and Adult Formation Coordinator in the Diocese of Calgary. Kusum and her family first came to St. Peter’s in 1998 and she is very excited to be part of this phase of the parish community’s development and future growth. Since 2014 she has worked as the Events Coordinator, organizing events focussed on spiritual and faith development. In her free time she enjoys the culinary arts, photography, and travelling with her husband Mike and their two daughters.

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, but lovely Filipino-Canadian Catholic family (the kind that takes up 7 pews). 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, her husband of 7 years and they are the proud parents of two wonderful and energetic children Quinton (6) and Sophia (4).

Mikaelah Paul
Mikaelah PaulSecretary

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Email: secretary@st-peters.ca

Phone: 1-403-286-5110

Originally a prairie girl from Saskatchewan, Mikaelah moved to Calgary and became part of the St. Peter’s Parish family in August 2016 after marrying her husband in June. In the past she has been involved in Youth Ministry primarily through Pure Witness Ministries, serving both in outreach and administrative work. Mikaelah has a passion for serving the Church through her gifts and talents. She loves being part of the St. Peter’s staff team as the Secretary, feeling very welcomed and looks forward to ways she can give back to the community.

Mikaelah loves to spend time with her husband, invest in family and friends, and grow in her musical abilities especially leading worship. The mountain view that Calgary offers is a definite plus to Mikaelah’s life adventures as she easily discovers the beauty of God through His creation.

Chandra Schubert
Chandra SchubertSpecial Events Assistant

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Email: events2@st-peters.ca

Phone: 1-403-286-5110

Chandra Schubert works with St. Peter’s Special Events, as Events Assistant, creating all the graphic design and marketing materials.

After graduating high school, Chandra moved to Mexico to teach English as a Second Language and it was there she discovered her faith. In May 1998, she became Catholic. She taught children from grades 4 to high school in a private school, operated by the Sisters of “El Buen Pastor”. While teaching in Mexico, Chandra earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language Teaching from the Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Once she moved back to Canada, Chandra gained a strong passion for creating her own teaching material, which grew into learning graphic design. she has taken several graphic design courses and over the last few years has been able to help new businesses build their branding.

Chandra volunteers at her children’s school, St. Basil, as Parish Liason, St. Peter’s KidsRock program as a teacher and St. Peter’s Sacraments as a volunteer. Her passion is teaching children, creating graphics and growing her family in our Catholic faith.

Chandra is married to Mike and they have three children, two mini schnauzers and a cat. As a family they like to go camping, host family dinner parties; attend Mass and head to the mountains for some fun in the snow!

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

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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 SmithLeadership Council, Sacraments School Liaison

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Email: schoolliaison@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.

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.

Kusum DiMarco
Kusum DiMarcoSpecial Events Coordinator

Email: events@st-peters.ca

Kusum’s formal education was focussed in the area of Business and Finance and she has been involved with the Church in several capacities since converting to Catholicism in 1997 in New Mexico, USA. What really opened the door to her volunteering was the opportunity to give back as an RCIA catechist and sponsor. Her passion has been serving by working in programs that strengthen people’s knowledge of the faith. In the past she has been involved in programs, including: parent councils, major school fundraisers, children’s liturgy program lead, and was the president of Educare, a higher learning children’s pre-school. She also worked as a Youth and Adult Formation Coordinator in the Diocese of Calgary. Kusum and her family first came to St. Peter’s in 1998 and she is very excited to be part of this phase of the parish community’s development and future growth. Since 2014 she has worked as the Events Coordinator, organizing events focussed on spiritual and faith development. In her free time she enjoys the culinary arts, photography, and travelling with her husband Mike and their two daughters.

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.

Alfredo Fernandes
Alfredo FernandesFinance Council

Alfredo has been a member of St. Peter’s Parish since 1978. In the 90’s he served three consecutive terms on the Parish Council and is currently a member of the Finance Council (Special Projects). He has been involved in the research and implementation of the Direct Debit/Credit Deposit Facility for St. Peter’s. His other project was to fine-tune the collection counting procedure.

Alfredo has been appointed the liaison between St. Peter’s Parish and our sponsored Syrian refugee family. He represents the parish at the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society Sponsorship Program. He also serves in various ministries within the Parish as Lector, Extraordinary Minister of Communion, Sacristan and weekday Altar Server and is also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

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.

Dan Moro
Dan MoroFinance Council

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Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Dan and his wife Gail arrived in Calgary in 1987 and were members of St. Luke’s Parish. Dan has lived in various locations across Canada and the US while pursuing a career in Leadership Coaching & Facilitation, Learning & Development, and Event & Project Management. Dan has a diverse background working in Sport, Olympics, Industrial Construction and Energy.

Dan, Gail and daughter Marina joined St. Peter’s Parish in 2002. During that time he has served as a member of the K. of C. including the role of Grand Knight and also as a member of the RCIA team. He has joined the Finance Council with the vision in mind of Matthew 16:18 “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.”

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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.

Carmel Sick
Carmel SickCatholic Womens League (CWL) - President

Email: cwl.stpeters@gmail.com

Carmel was born and raised in Montreal and attended Loyola College graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) degree in 1972. The following year she moved to Toronto to attend the University of Toronto where she was enrolled in a Master’s Program. This is where she met her husband, Gordon, a native Calgarian. They were married in 1975 but it would be thirteen years and three moves within Canada and the US before they settled in Gord’s “hometown”. She is now proud to call herself a Calgarian!

After a career in social services she was a stay-at-home mom to three children. During that time she volunteered in their elementary schools, taught Saturday morning religion classes and sat on various school councils. It was through these experiences that she decided to pursue a new career path. With her youngest just 2 years old she enrolled in the University of Calgary’s Bachelor of Education Degree After program. She attended part-time classes and continued with her volunteer work in the schools. After graduating in 1992 she accepted a teaching position with the Calgary Catholic School Board where she was happily employed until her retirement in 2008.

Retirement presents new opportunities and challenges and joining the St. Peter’s Catholic Women’s League has more than fulfilled these expectations. She believes it is an honour to be working with such a hard-working and enthusiastic group of women dedicated to serving God, their parish and community. Carmel truly looks forward to serving as their President for the next two years.