GETTING TO KNOW HOLY CROSS
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Reverend Kyle Norman has been the Priest at Holy Cross since September 2009. He was born in Montreal, Quebec; however, spent most of his life on Vancouver Island. His sermons often include bits of humour and the not-so subtle references to reality television and popular culture. He is also an avid magician, and sometimes uses magic tricks to illustrate stories from the Bible. When he is not at church, he is often found nursing a coffee at Starbucks or enjoying the company of his wife and son.
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Holy Cross is pleased to enjoy the ministry of Reverend Larry Nicolay, the deacon of this parish. As a deacon, Rev. Larry takes on some of the pastoral duties of the parish. He is in charge of the Lectors Ministry (the Bible readers) and spends much of his time visiting those who cannot come out to church. He also happily serves as Chaplain to both the St. Cyprian 31st Scout Group and the Retired RCMP veterans of Calgary.
THE HONOURARY ASSISTANTS
Holy Cross is blessed to have a number of clergy on hand to help with the life at the parish. In addition to Rev. Kyle and Rev. Larry, there are presently a number of priests who have chosen Holy Cross as their church home, and serve in an honourary capacity throughout the year.
- The Venerable Peter Millen
- Reverend Tony Grainger
- The Right Reverend Derek Hoskin
THE MUSIC DIRECTOR
Doug Spreeman is the music director at Holy Cross, joining the parish in September 2013. Doug brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this position. As the music director, Doug serves as the church organist, choir director, and also oversees the handbell choir.
THE OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
Holy Cross would like to welcome Gloria as our new office administrator. Gloria will oversee the day-to-day operation of Holy Cross. This involves the scheduling of meetings, the rental of our facility, and the preparation of the Sunday morning service bulletins. If you ever have a question about what is going-on in the life of Holy Cross, Gloria will be your place to start. Email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sandi for her 20+ years of dedication in the role of Office Administrator at Holy Cross. She will be retiring from this role, and it is very well deserved! By Sandi’s count, she has prepared 221 newsletters and somewhere around 2,320 bulletins for services at Holy Cross. That is incredible! Thank you Sandi, enjoy your retirement! -Eric
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2828 – 19 Street NW
Calgary, AB T2M 3V8
Be sure to visit Calgary Transit’s Website to plan your trip to Holy Cross. Here is some information about nearby stops:
Route 65 Northbound – Stop #5461
Route 65 Southbound – Stop #8261
Route 105 Northbound – Stop #5994
Route 105 Southbound – Stop #6129
*We are also located near the University LRT, Banff Trail LRT, and Lions Park LRT stations. Be advised, it’s about a half hour walk from each of these stations!
David Peyto, parishioner at Holy Cross
In 1997, the two Anglican parishes of St. Michael and All Angels and St. Cyprian made the decision to amalgamate and eventually become the Anglican Parish of Holy Cross. At the time of this decision, the City of Calgary was developing plans to widen 16 Avenue North from 14 Street West to 6 Street East. St. Michael and All Angels was one of many buildings along the south side of 16 Avenue North slated for demolition.
Timeline of Events
1909: The Anglican parish of St. Michael and All Angels was established in Crescent Heights. The first service was held in the home of a Mr. Kane on 11 Avenue NW.
1909: On St. Thomas Day, Bishop Pinkham officiated at the dedication of the St. Michael and All Angels frame building at 3 Street and 16 Avenue NW.
1912: St. Michael and All Angels grew quickly and an additional building was constructed during this year.
1916: St. Michael and All Angels purchased a church hall from the Presbyterian Church and moved it to the St. Michael’s site.
1920: The St. Michael and All Angels memorial window was dedicated to honour the seventeen men of the parish who had been killed in action in World War One.
1923: Mrs. Lillian Crook and Mrs. Joe Davis began teaching Sunday School in the Davis home in the 1500 block of 19 Avenue NW in Capitol Hill. This was the start of the parish of St. Cyprian.
1923: The St. Michael and All Angels hall was sold and moved to make room for the construction of a new chancel.
1925: In April, the St. Cyprian’s hall was named in honour of Bishop Cyprian Pinkham was consecrated as a Mission to St. Barnabas in Hillhurst. The hall was 15 Street and 20 Avenue NW.
1929: In January, a new St. Michael and All Angels building was dedicated.
1952: St. Cyprian’s became a parish in its own right.
1952: The E.J. Way Memorial Wing at St. Michael and All Angels was dedicated.
1958: A new entrance and tower for St. Michael and All Angels was dedicated.
1961: St. Cyprian’s parish began construction on a new church on 19 Street and 28 Avenue NW. The hall on 20 Avenue was moved to Rosemont and became their community hall. The property on 20 Avenue became the Provincial Command of the Royal Canadian Legion.
1997: The first joint vestry meeting of the two parishes was held.
1997: On October 5, the official amalgamation of the two parishes took place.
1998: In March, the new parish was formally named the Anglican Parish of Holy Cross.
2003: The bell from St. Michael and All Angels was dedicated at St. Micheal’s in Canmore, Alberta.
2007: The 10th Anniversary of the Anglican Parish of Holy Cross was celebrated.
2014: In the summer, construction of the addition to the Holy Cross building began.