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September 30, 2007

Begining of the Parish

During the Mass on September 30, 2007, the Bishop announced our official Parish name which was most voted by the parishioners.

 

Fr. Maciej Wos, SDS

Fr. Maciej Wos celebrated the first Mass as an official parish. He was officially installed November 11, 2007 by Bishop Henry. During the Mass, the Bishop announced our official Parish name which was most voted by the parishioners.

September 30, 207

 

August 1, 2010

Fr. John Nemanic

Fr. John Nemanic succeeded Fr. Maciej Wos, SDS.

 

Fr. Marius Sztuk, SDS

Father Marius come from St. Joseph Parish in Calgary, where he serve as a Parish Priest for seven years

August 1, 2016

St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish - Chestermere, AB

With a town population of 5,000 people in 2003, the Catholics residing in Chestermere attended and were members at various churches in Calgary as there was no center for Catholic Worship in Chestermere. Elaine Peake, a Chestermere resident, asked Holy Trinity Parish to consider celebrating Masses in Chestermere but the response was negative. She then proceeded to write a letter to Bishop Frederick Henry, who replied and forwarded a copy of her letter to Fr. Long Vu, the pastor of St Mark’s Parish.

Two other parishioners of St. Mark’s Parish had recently relocated from Calgary to Chestermere. Grant Borisow and Rob Nakoneshny and families also brought their wishes of starting a Catholic Church to Fr. Long. It took some convincing that Chestermere was ready for its own parish and after many meetings, discussions, and telephone calls (to as far as Vietnam where Fr. Long was visiting), he agreed to bring the idea to the Bishop.

While Fr. Long was trying to convince the Bishop that Chestermere had the resources to start a new parish, Mr. Borisow and Mr. Nakoneshny were also taking action locally. They received the support of Mr. Larry Tommiyama, the principal of St Gabriel School, and also solicited volunteers through the School Council. A parish committee was then established which consisted of Grant Borisow, Rob Nakoneshny, Deb and Perry Keller, Brad Gaida, Jeff Desrochers, Rhonda Schroh, and Fr. Long. Mr. Tommiyama represented the school at the meetings and offered the school gymnasium for the parish celebrations.

The Bishop agreed to move forward with the idea that a Sunday Mass would be conducted in Chestermere as a mission parish of St. Mark’s Parish. Through notices at St. Gabriel the Archangel School Council meetings and school newsletters an invitation was sent to ask for assistance to help get ready for our first Mass. Many people came forward.

Recognizing such humble beginnings, and to great surprise the Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Choir, Alter Servers, Children’s Liturgy, Sacrament coordinators, and all other ministries slowly fell into place.
Vestments, chalices, and many other necessary liturgical items were either donated by or borrowed from St. Mark’s. Fr. Long continued his support. The first Mass was held February, 2005 with great success. 500 people attended and 120 children attended the Children’s Liturgy.

The next two years were more trying. We were not permitted to conduct Mass through the summer months due to the school’s closure. We wondered if those parishioners once committed to services in Chestermere would return to a church that they previously attended or would they come back to our celebrations in September. Also in this time, we were not able to celebrate Easter and Christmas due to being a mission church with limited resources and volunteers available to us.

Through the determination of the volunteer base, and the consistent and strongly developed system maintained in Chestermere in 2005 and 2006, the Bishop provided exciting news in the summer of 2007 that he would establish our own parish. Soon after, the Bishop appointed Fr. Maciej Wos as Pastor of the Chestermere Catholic Community.

On September 30, 2007 Fr. Maciej Wos celebrated the first Mass as an official parish. He was officially installed November 11, 2007 by Bishop Henry. During the Mass, the Bishop announced our official Parish name which was most voted by the parishioners. Unfortunately, due to the responsibilities within his Salvatorian religious community in Burnaby, Fr. Maciej left St Gabriel’s in July 2010, when Fr. John Nemanic succeeded him.

By 2015, Chestermere’s population has grown to over 17,000. St Gabriel’s Parish also has grown, reflective in weekly Mass attendance, participation of our young people in the Sacraments of Initiation, and the formation of groupings such as the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Women’s League and the parish’s youth group. A building committee is now making plans to build a church building.