01-The Narthex

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The narthex is an architectural element typical of early Christian and Byzantine basilicas and churches consisting of the entrance or lobby area, located at the west end of the nave, opposite the church's main altar. Traditionally the narthex was a part of the church building, but was not considered part of the church proper.

Our narthex is a gathering space for all the meet before and after celebrations. It is an area to connect with old friends, make new ones and to maybe also share some food and libations. We gather here to prepare our minds and hearts to join in any celebration in the church proper.

​It has a number of reproductions framed prints of well known and more obscure Catholic artworks and some exceptional photographic work to complement the marble statuary and the stained glass window that we hope will inspire our visitors and pilgrims.

Pilgrim's Prayer through Mary

O Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, we dedicate ourselves to your service. We concentrate our minds, hearts, and bodies and promise to work always for the glory of God and the salvation of man.

Protect the young and help the aged, save sinners and console the dying. You are our hope, Mary, Mother of Mercy and Gate of Heaven.  Pray to your Son for us so that we may be filled with selfless charity and deep faith. Ask Jesus for those things which we cannot obtain through our own actions and help us in this our present necessity.

May we always seek the Will of the Father in our lives. We ask you this, “Sweet Spouse of the Spirit" so that we may come to your Son in grace. 
Amen.

02-Table of Recognition

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Table of Recognition

We forever grateful for the numerous donors that gave and are still giving towards the building and mission of our Shrine Church! We have created a special table to hold a Book of Recognition that will have inscribed on its pages the names of individual and family donors for our building project .

The table was creatively crafted by some local artisans and the two statues of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary are from our old Sacred Heart Church.

THANKSGIVING PRAISE
Thank you St Joseph for your powerful intercession to our Lord in the building of our church.
Thank you for all that you have done for us in getting financial support.
Thank you for the inspired plans for the design of our church.
Thank you for all the members who contributed to the success of this building project.
Thank you for guiding us to the acquisition of all the marble statues and marble finishing.
Thank you for keeping our workers safe during the construction.
Thank you for the wonderful shrine to honour Our Lady of the Rockies.
We will honour and love you always and forever!

Please continue to bless, protect and answer our requests.

Amen

03-The Hall

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Our Hall will sit 120. It has a semi-commercial servery to prepare meals for serving.

It has a large screen TV for presentations and we have refurbished the old ambo from Sacred Heart church as a lectern for presenters. High ceilings and spectacular views from the large windows make it a unique meeting hall in Canmore.

Father,
We Praise You for this event, and Your purpose for it. We know that when we gather together, You always have a divine agenda. We love You for that, Father. That even when we have done what You have asked, the results are so much greater than we ever could have imagined. Even in failed attempts, Your faithfulness provides us what we need.
Our prayer today is that Your will be done through this event. Take what we have prepared and multiply our efforts as only You can. Steer our intentions to align with Your righteous will. Remind us of Your faithful provision when our efforts fail us or fall short. May all glory go up to You and to your Son Jesus, and to the Holy Spirit as we complete our tasks. Blanket us with Your peace today, Father. Keep us physically safe and guard our hearts and minds from pride and selfishness. Keep love at the forefront of our minds today, and the guiding light for all we set out to accomplish and celebrate.

Amen.

04-The Kurelek Room

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This Meeting room has some soft sofas and has a small living room ambiance. It is probably of special importance to a prospective bride getting ready for her big entrance or to gather family and loved ones before a funeral. Also a nice room for a small informal meetings among friends.

This meeting room has some special reproductions of the artwork of William Kurelek, who is among the most iconic and respected Canadian artists of the past century.

"Paintings may not have nearly the power to convert people that the printed or spoken word has, but each man has his part to play in the human and divine drama - some persons just a few lines, others whole pages. To refuse to play one's role at all is not the answer. It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness."
​William Kurelek

05-Small Group Meeting Room

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This Meeting room is ideal for a small group discussion for 2 to 6 persons.

This meeting room features two reproductions of well known paintings by Da Vinci and Velazquez.

Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them."

06-The Nave

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The Nave of the Shrine Church of our Lady of the Rockies is based on the classic cruciform layout (In the shape of a cross). We can accommodate 422 for a celebration.

It features a face to face style confessional on the west side side and a traditional confessional on the east side. You will also find the St. Anne Family Room for those children that need a little quiet and cool down time during celebrations.

All the marble statues and marble pieces were obtained from two churches built near Chicago and in Buffalo in the 1890s. They were decommissioned in the 60s. The marble was brought to Calgary to refurbish a church there and the overflow was stored in seacans on a farm for close to forty years. The marble is either Italian Carrara marble or marble quarried in Vermont. A well known ecclesiastical artist was hired to clean and restore the statues and to custom build our altars and ambo from the marble pieces.

Lord, thank you for all you do in our lives. I am truly grateful for all you have provided me. From my friends to my family, you are always blessing me in ways I can't imagine or completely understand. But I feel blessed. Lord, today I lift up to you my church. It is the place I go to worship you. It is where I learn about you. It is where you are present to us, and so I ask for your blessings over it. 

Lord, I also ask that you give us a strong sense of your spirit in our church. I ask that you fill our hearts with all that you are and direct us in ways that we are always living in your will. I ask that you bless us in our direction and point us toward how we can do more in you. Lord, I ask that when people enter our church they feel you all around them. I ask that we remain hospitable to each other and to outsiders, and I ask for your grace and forgiveness when we slip up. 

Amen
Mahoney, Kelli. "A Prayer of Gratitude for Your Church."

07-The Baptismal Font

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Fonts are often placed at or near the entrance to a church's nave to remind believers of their baptism as they enter the church to pray, since the rite of baptism served as their welcome into the Church.

​In many churches of the Middle Ages and Renaissance there was a special chapel or separate baptistry for housing the baptismal fonts, called a baptistery. Both fonts and baptisteries were often octagonal (eight-sided), octagonal fonts becoming more common from the 13th century and the rule from the 14th century.

Saint Ambrose wrote that fonts and baptisteries were octagonal "because on the eighth day, by rising, Christ loosens the bondage of death and receives the dead from their graves".

The cover was enacted in the name of cleanliness and decoration as well, and, besides a close-fitting, cloth-lined lid, there was demanded in many dioceses an outer dome-like cover, sometimes highly ornamented and draped with a canopy or veil. The repugnance to continued repetition of baptism over a font whose water was to last for ten months, was overcome by providing two compartments, one to contain the Baptismal water, the other, always empty and clean to receive the drippings and drain them into the sacrarium.

I, (name), who through the tender mercy of the Eternal Father was privileged to be baptized "in the name of the Lord Jesus" (Acts 19, 5)

To share in the dignity of his divine Sonship, wish now in the presence of this same loving Father and of his only-begotten Son to renew in all sincerity the promises I solemnly made at the time of my holy Baptism.  I, therefore, now do once again renounce Satan; I renounce all his works; I renounce all his allurements.

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into Hell. On the third day he rose again from the dead and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting, Amen.

Having been buried with Christ unto death and raised up with him unto a new life, I promise to live no longer for myself or for that world which is the enemy of God but for him who died for me and rose again, serving God, my heavenly Father, faithfully and unto death in the holy Catholic Church.

Taught by our Savior's command and formed by the word of God, I now dare to say:
​Our Father ...

08-St Catherine of Sienna Rosary corner

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"[You are] not to love Me for your own sake, or your neighbor for your own sake, but to love Me for Myself, yourself for Myself, your neighbor for Myself."
—from a divine vision to St Catherine of Siena

In a series of letters, Catherine exhorted the pope to address the problems of the church and charged him to return to Rome: "Respond to the Holy Spirit who is calling you! I tell you: Come! Come! Come! Don't wait for time because time isn't waiting for you." One year later, in 1377, after Catherine had visited with him in Avignon, Gregory XI finally returned to Rome. It was the great moment of her public life.

​At the heart of Catherine's teaching was the image of a bleeding Christ, the Redeemer—ablaze with fiery charity, eager sacrifice, and unqualified forgiveness. And it was not the cross or nails that held Christ to the tree; those were not strong enough to hold the God-Man. It was love that held him there. She records God's words to her: "My son's nailed feet are a stair by which you can climb to his side, where you will see revealed his inmost heart. For when the soul has … looked with her mind's eye into my son's opened heart, she begins to feel the love of her own heart in his consummate and unspeakable love."

Catherine died in Rome in 1380 at the age of 33. She was canonized in 1461 and in 1970, St Paul VI declared her a Doctor of the Church.

The Four Frontals
These frontals are from a high altar and communion rail from a former church near Chicago. These panels depict the Visitation, the Nativity, the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, and Daily life of the Holy Family in Nazareth.

Help us to pass unscathed through the corruption of this world, and to remain unshakably faithful to the church in word, deed, and example.
Help us always to see in the Vicar of Christ an anchor in the storms of life, and a beacon of light to the harbor of your Love, in this dark night of your times and men’s souls.

Grant also to each of us our special petition . . .

(State your own intentions)

We ask this through Jesus, your Son, in the bond of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.
St. Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.

09-Ambry

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The Church makes use of three holy oils: the oil of the sick, the oil of the catechumens and the holy chrism oil. The first two are blessed, and the bishop consecrates the third, ordinarily during the annual Chrism Mass. Each has a distinctive purpose in the Church.

Oil of the Sick
The oil of the sick, which is pure olive oil, is used for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. While ideally celebrated with the community during the Mass for the anointing of the sick, this sacrament can be administered any time and in any place. The priest lays hands on the sick or elderly person, says special prayers and anoints the person by placing oil in the form of a cross on the forehead and hands.
Through this sacrament, God gives the sick person grace and strength to bear the illness or infirmity. In addition, many Catholics have witnessed the power of this anointing to bring spiritual, emotional and even physical healing.

Oil of the Catechumens
Both adults and infants prior to baptism are anointed with the oil of the catechumens, which is also pure olive oil.
Holy Chrism Oil
The third oil, holy chrism oil, is olive oil mixed with balsam. The oil symbolizes strength, and the fragrant balsam represents the “aroma of Christ” (2 Cor 2:15). Anointing with chrism oil signifies the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is used to consecrate someone or something to God’s service.
Each year we witness the use of the holy chrism when young people are confirmed, and at the Easter Vigil when adults are confirmed after baptism. Chrism oil is also part of the baptismal rite.
Holy chrism oil is used as well during the ordination of a priest (the Sacrament of Holy Orders) and the consecration of a bishop. It is the anointing used in the consecration of a church and the blessing of an altar and the vessels used at Mass.
The Chrism Mass
Each year the local bishop blesses enough new oils for every parish during the Chrism Mass. The holy oils are then transported to individual parishes, where they are available for use during that year. Though the bishop cannot be physically present at every baptism or confirmation in his diocese, he can be symbolically present through the holy oils he blesses.

Glory and Praise Prayer - Healing of the sick
Lord, your word says that when we are sick, we should call the elders of the church to pray and anoint us with oil in your name. Father, we are setting this oil apart so that it can be used to anoint the sick in our congregation. Let your healing power rest upon it so that when we use it for your glory. The sick will be healed, and your name will be praised.  In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

Anointing with the Sacred Chrism - Baptism

The celebrant says: God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin, given you new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and welcomed you into His holy people. He now anoints you with the Chrism of Salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet and King, so may you live always as a member of His Body, sharing everlasting life, Amen.

Then the celebrant anoints the child of the crown of the head with the sacred chrism.

Anointing with with the Sacred Chrism - Confirmation

The Bishop dips the tip of the thumb of his right hand in the Chrism and, with the thumb, makes the Sign of the Cross on the forehead of the one to be confirmed, as he says: N., be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.
The newly confirmed replies: Amen.
The Bishop adds: Peace be with you.
The newly confirmed: And with your spirit.

10-St Joseph Chapel

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This statue depicts the last hours of St Joseph.  Venerable traditions concerning the passing of St. Joseph believe that he passed away before Jesus started his public ministry. The Gospels offer indications that St. Joseph had passed away because Jesus is often referred to as the Son of Mary, which would only take place in 1st century Jewish culture if your father, whom St. Joseph was perceived to be of Jesus, had passed away.

The scene is St Joseph on his death bed with Mary praying over him and Jesus giving his blessing.

Matthew’s gospel characterizes him as a “just man” (1:19). He is the patron saint of the Universal Church, and people call upon his aid for workers, families, home buyers and sellers, and the grace of a happy death, among other requests. St. Thomas Aquinas once noted that St. Joseph is unique among patron saints in that he is able to assist us at any time for anything.

O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.
O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your divine son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, our Lord; so that having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.
O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while he reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss his fine head for me, and ask him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for us.
Amen

11-Stations of the Cross

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Our Stations of the Cross are from the old church and placed on new wrought iron frames that were custom made here in the Bow Valley.

The Stations of the Cross or the Way of the Cross, also known as the Way of Sorrows or the Via Crucis, refers to a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion and accompanying prayers. The stations grew out of imitations of Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem which is believed to be the actual path Jesus walked to Mount Calvary. The objective of the stations is to help the Christian faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation of the Passion of Christ.  Wikipedia

  1. Jesus is condemned to death

  2. Jesus carries His cross

  3. Jesus falls for the first time under His cross.

  4. Jesus meets His sorrowful Mother.

  5. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry His cross.

  6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.

  7. Jesus falls for the second time.

  8. The women of Jerusalem weep over Jesus.

  9. Jesus falls for the third time.

  10. Jesus is stripped of His garments.

  11. Jesus is nailed to the cross.

  12. Jesus dies on the cross.

  13. Jesus is taken down from the cross.

  14. Jesus is laid in the Sepulcher (the Tomb).

In between each Station, in addition to saying the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be, congregations often sing verses from Stabat Mater, a moving hymn about the Blessed Mother’s sorrow at her Son’s Passion.

12-The Sanctuary Gate

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Ezekiel 1:10 As for the appearance of their faces: the four had the face of a human being, the face of a lion on the right side, the face of an ox on the left side, and the face of an eagle.
Isaiah 6:2 Above him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory."
Revelation 4:6 And round the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind:  7 the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle. 8 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all round and within, and day and night they never cease to sing, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!" 

Traditions of the Catholic church assign these celestial creatures to the Gospels of Matthew (The Human), Mark (The Lion), Luke (The Ox), and John (The Eagle).

The gate also reminds us of the curtain of the Jewish temple that separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Temple. In our case, the gate separates the tabernacle, the new Holy of Holies, from the rest of the sanctuary. 

The corpus on the crucifix comes from our old church, Sacred Heart. We have added statues of St John the Beloved and Our Lady of Sorrows at the foot of the crucifix.

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,
Dóminus Deus Sábaoth.
Pleni sunt caeli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis.

Holy, Holy, Holy (Sanctus) Holy, holy, holy, Lord, GOD of power and might. 
Heaven and earth are filled with Your glory. Hosanna in the highest. 
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna to GOD in the highest. 

Psalm 150:1 Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament! 
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his exceeding greatness! 
3 Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! 
4 Praise him with timbrel and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! 
5 Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! 
6 Let everything that breathes praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!

13-Tabernacle

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John 20:12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.

We are blest that we also have two angels guarding our tabernacle! The baldacchino standing above the tabernacle reminds us of the tent like booth that the People of Israel set up in the desert and where they housed the Ark of the Covenant. 

At various occasions, this area will serve as a space for Eucharistic Adoration,  allowing for a close and intimate encounter with our Saviour, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament
by St. Alphonsus Liguori

 My LORD Jesus Christ, who because of Your love for men remain night and day in the Blessed Sacrament, full of pity and
of love, awaiting, calling and welcoming all who come to visit You, I believe that You are present here on the altar. I adore You, and I thank You for all the graces You have bestowed on me, especially for having given me Yourself in this Sacrament, for having given me Your most holy Mother Mary to plead for me, and for having called me to visit You in this church. 

I now salute Your most loving Heart, and that for three ends: first, in thanksgiving for this great gift; secondly, to make amends to You for all the outrages committed against You in this Sacrament by Your enemies; thirdly, I intend by this visit to adore You in all the places on earth in which You are present in the Blessed Sacrament and in which You are least honored and most abandoned.

My Jesus, I love You with my whole heart. I am very sorry for having so many times offended Your infinite goodness. With the help of Your grace, I purpose never to offend You again. And now, unworthy though I am, I consecrate myself to You without reserve. I renounce and give entirely to You my will, my affection, my desires and all that I possess. For the future, dispose of me and all I have as You please.

All I ask of You is Your holy love, final perseverance and that I may carry out Your will perfectly. I recommend to You the souls in Purgatory, especially those who had the greatest devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  I also recommend to You all poor sinners.
 Amen

14-Altar, Ambo and Celebrant Chair

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The Auspice Maria symbol (A/M "under the protection of Mary") was adopted as our parish monogram and motto a few years ago by Fr Wilbert Chin Jon. You will also find it in the stained glass window on the clasp of Mary's vestiture.

As we were unpacking the marble from the storage containers we discovered the beautiful AM centre piece. The restoration artist decided  that it had to be our altar centre piece due to the Marian designation of our shrine church. It is also a sign that it from Mary that we receive Jesus, for she is the New Ark of the Covenant from which came the True Manna, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, present in the Most Holy Eucharist.  

Our artist, Josef Rubenstien, custom built the ambo and altar from the marble inventory, using similar styles of marble and colour finishing to remind us of the intimate connection between the proclamation of the Word and celebration of the Eucharist at each and every Mass.

The celebrant chair was chosen to match our pews and built by the same company.

Prayer Before an Altar

O God, who hast taught us the beauty of order in Thy universe,
give us a constant sense
of that perfection,
and a reminder that work is prayer if done for Thee;
that we may approach Thy Altars with humility
and with a deep sense
of our high calling in Thy service. For Thy sake we ask it. 
Amen.

15-OUR LADY OF THE ROCKIES - Stained glass window

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Our stained glass window is our representation of OUR LADY OF THE ROCKIES. It is the shrine's primary devotional image dedicated to Our Lady under this title.

It was custom designed to reflect our location in the Rockies. We celebrate our mining history with the inclusion of the mine shaft and coal mine cars on the left of Mary. We also acknowledge our local fauna and wild life with the elk and the deer. The Three Sisters mountains appear at the top of the window and the actual Three Sisters can be seen through the two smaller windows on either side of the stained glass window.

The upper sky portion of the window is special for us because these cloud formations appeared during an outdoor mass that we celebrated on this site before the construction of our building. These "angelic" formations only appeared for about fifteen minutes during the homily and then disappeared.

Prayer to Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary by St. Alphonsus Liguori

Most holy Virgin Immaculate, my Mother Mary, it is to you, who are the Mother of my Lord, the Queen of the world, the advocate, the hope and the refuge of sinners, that I have recourse today, I, who most of all am deserving of pity.

Most humbly do I offer you my homage, O great Queen, and I thank you for all the graces you have obtained for me until now, and particularly for having saved me from Hell, which, by my sins, I have so often deserved.

I love you, O most lovable Lady, and because of my love for you, I promise to serve you always and to do all in my power to win others to love you also. In your hands I place all my hopes; I entrust the salvation of my soul to your care.

Accept me as your servant, 0 Mother of Mercy; receive me under your mantle. And since you have such power with God, deliver me from all temptations, or rather, obtain for me the strength to triumph over them until death.

Of you I ask the grace of perfect love for Jesus Christ. Through your help I hope to die a happy death.  O my Mother I beg you, by the love you bear my God, to help me at all times, but especially at the last moment of my life. 

Do not leave me, I beseech you, until you see me safe in Heaven, blessing you and singing your mercies for all eternity,
​Amen.

16-Mary Queen of Heaven Chapel

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We celebrate the feast of the Blessed Mother as the Queen of Heaven and Earth on August 22. The Visitation by Mary to Elizabeth recorded in the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke, hints at or foreshadows the future Queenship of Mary.

While holding the infant Jesus, their hands reach out to us to receive our humble prayers and petitions.

“Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! Our life, our sweetness, and our hope!

To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus;

O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.”

Blessed Mother, Queen of Heaven, pray for us.

17-Paintings of The Life of Mary

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Two artists spend more than a year painting these 4 panels devoted to the life of Mary. 

The first panel to the left show Mary with a young Jesus. We also find Mary's parents (Sts. Anne and Joachim) in the background and a depiction of one of the Old Testament Prophets in the corner.

The second panel shows the Holy Family at a typical Jewish meal of their time. Sepphoris is depicted at the top of the hill as a nearby city close to Nazareth where St Joseph and Jesus earned his livings as a carpenters.

The third panel draws our attention to two figures: St John the Beloved and Mary. John 19:26-27 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, "Woman, here is your son,"  and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

We can see the shadow of the cross on the ground and the depiction of the fig tree that Jesus cursed.

The Final panel is a depiction of the Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth. The Resurrected Christ is present at the coronation which we have artistically reimagined to have occurred in the Bow Valley.

Prayer to the Holy Family

Dear Lord, Bless our family. Be so kind as to give us the unity, peace, and mutual love that You found in Your own family in the little town of Nazareth.

Saint Joseph, pray for the head of our family. Obtain for him the strength, the wisdom, and the prudence he needs to support and direct those under his care.

Mother Mary, pray for the mother of our family. Help her to be pure and kind, gentle and self-sacrificing. For the more she resembles you, the better will our family be.

Lord Jesus, bless the children of our family. Help them to be obedient and devoted to their parents. Make them more and more like You. Let them grow, as You did, in wisdom and strength and grace before God and man.

Holy Family of Nazareth, by your intercession, love, and holy example, make our family and home
more and more like Yours, until we are all one family, happy and at peace in our true home with You.
Amen.

Prayer to the Virgin Mary at the Foot of the Cross

Mother of mercy and love blessed Virgin Mary, I am a poor and unworthy sinner, and I turn to you in confidence and love. You stood by your Son as he hung dying on the cross. Stand also by me, a poor sinner, and by all the priests who are offering Mass today here and throughout the entire Church. Help us to offer a perfect and acceptable sacrifice in the sight of the holy and undivided Trinity, our most high God.
​Amen.

18-Columbarium

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Our columbarium has 252 niches that can house two urns.

The statue here is of Jesus lifting the saved souls from purgatory. One souls is being crowned by our Lord as a sign that she has passed through purgatory and is ready to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.The other soul is being consoled by the angel as she continues to undergo the necessary purgation of the temporal punishment due to her sins. Our Holy Mother is also present to intercede for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Notice the flames of purgatory on the base. 

The estimated weight of this single piece statue is about 9,200 lbs and it was carved in the late 1890's or early 1900's by the Daprato Company of Chicago.

Eternal Rest

Eternal rest grant unto them, 0 Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.
Amen.

May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
​Amen.

Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
By Saint Gertrude the Great

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, those in my own home, and within my family.
Amen.

19-Exterior

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The rock work on the outside of the building comes from a local quarry, Kamenka Quarry, located just to the west of our location in Harvie Heights. It was the same source of the rock work for our original Sacred Heart church that was downtown.

Pilgrim's Prayer through Mary

O Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, we dedicate ourselves to your service. We concentrate our minds, hearts, and bodies and promise to work always for the glory of God and the salvation of man.

Protect the young and help the aged, save sinners and console the dying. You are our hope, Mary, Mother of Mercy and Gate of Heaven.  Pray to your Son for us so that we may be filled with selfless charity and deep faith. Ask Jesus for those things which we cannot obtain through our own actions and help us in this our present necessity.

May we always seek the Will of the Father in our lives. We ask you this, “Sweet Spouse of the Spirit" so that we may come to your Son in grace. 
Amen.

20-Bells

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We are blessed to have three bells.

The smallest bell is from our original church of Sacred Heart. It is named in honour of The Immaculate Conception and St. Bernard of Montjoux.

The second bell comes to us from the USA. It was part of our discoveries in the storage containers of the purchased statues and marble for our project. It is named in honour of St. Kateri Tekakwitha.

We purchased the third bell from Holland to match the tones of the other two bells. It is named in honour of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati. 

We have them preprogrammed to ring at the start of each mass, the Angelus, and Remembrance day. We also can ring them for weddings and funerals.  We also have the option to free swing them or hammer them.

The Angelus (6:00am, 12:00pm, 6:00pm) 

V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, etc...

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to Your Word.

Hail Mary, etc...

V. And the Word was made flesh,
R. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, etc...

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord,
Your Grace into our hearts;
that as we have known the incarnation of Christ,
your Son by the message of an angel,
so by His passion and cross
we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.
Through the same Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

21-Historical items from Sacred Heart Church Canmore

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An effort was made to bring some items in our pilgrimage from Sacred Heart Church, Canmore to our new shrine.

As you visit the shrine you will find:

  • The two statues of Jesus and Mary from the front of the old church, now refurbished and sitting on the table of recognition.

  • The corpus of Jesus Christ was removed from the old crucifix and mounted on a new one above the SANCTUS SANCTUS SANCTUS gate.

  • The baptismal font that was originally in St Bernard's in Exshaw, now refurbished as a table of offerings.

  • The ambo has been refurbished and will serve as a lectern in our hall.

  • The incense thurible and stand were relocated to our shrine for outdoor processions.

  • The processional candles will be used as outdoor processional candles.

  • The altar chalices and ciboriums are now used on our new altar for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

  • Some of the old paintings can be found in the vestries/sacristies.

  • The outdoor rockwork was salvaged and will be used in our landscaping projects.

  • The steel Sacred Heart statue that was mounted on the outdoor wall of Sacred Heart will be relocated on our new site.

  • The relic stones from the former altar at Sacred Heart and Holy Trinity Church, Bankhead (closed 1922), were placed inside the new altar.

  • The small bell, part of the Bishop Grandin legacy, was refurbished and mounted in our bell tower.

Special mention: The former altar will be refurbished and used by St. Gabriel's Parish in Chestermere.

We give thanks to Almighty God for SACRED HEART CHURCH (1960-2018)
(Prayer of thanksgiving said at the closing mass of Sacred Heart Church, January 2018)

St Joseph, faithful guardian of Christ and of the Blessed Virgin,
we thank you for your intercession. 
We thank you for the custody of Sacred Heart Church for the 57 years. 
We humbly ask you to lift our prayers of thanksgiving.

Give Glory and Praise to the Father, that in this church our hearts have been raised to the worship in the celebration of the Eucharist.

Give Glory and Praise to the Son, that all who have come to this home have experienced His Love and Mercy as they visited the Blessed Sacrament and have partaken of the Sacraments.

Give Glory and Praise to the Holy Spirit, that those who have entered this Church have been transformed by his Love and have been renewed in their lives, and strengthened to go out and serve in the world.

All for Jesus, through Mary, following your example, protect us  St. Joseph as we begin our pilgrimage, on our way to our new home. We implore your powerful intercession. Amen

Our Lady of the Rockies, pray for us.

Shrine Detailed Tour