- Mass Times
Sunday 8:30am, 10:30am, and 6:00pm
Saturday 3:00 - 4:00pm
or by appointment
WELCOME OUR NEW PRIESTS
Fr. Iqbal Khurshid (Fr. Iqbal)
I am 7th in the family of 11 brothers and sisters, born on May 6th, 1976 in a village (Punjab, Pakistan)of over 20 thousand people with only 20 Christian families. My parents are still enjoying the earthly life by the grace of God. As a kid I have studied in boarding hostels up to grade 10. After that, I joined St. Thomas the Apostle minor seminary, Faisalabad in 1992(known for textile industry) for 4 years. I completed my philosophy studies from St. Francis Xavier major seminary, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan for 3 years. I then was sent to Christ the King major seminary, Karachi, Sindh (which is on Arabian Sea) to study Theology for 4 years. In 2004 I completed my seminary formation for 11 years however while I was in the final year of my theological studies my bishop (who is Cardinal now) gave me to the new diocese which is in the South of Pakistan (Balochistan). I was ordained to the priesthood on December 10th, 2004. I was interested in being a missionary to learn about other cultures, I requested to leave the diocese and with the help of an Oblate Priest (OMI) who has worked in the Diocese of Calgary with the native communities, I landed in Canada August 2011. I worked for one year in Holy Spirit Parish, Calgary, 1 yr. in the NWT to help the Diocese of McKenzie-Fort Smith. And back to Calgary, St. Michael’s Catholic Community for 3 yrs. and then to St. Albert the Great Parish, to serve for 2 yrs. And now Holy Family Parish, my 5th move in 7 years. I believe in the saying of Jesus “say we are unworthy servants and we only did what we were supposed to do” and that has strengthened me in priesthood to do any and everything with commitment and sincerity of heart.
God has blessed me with many gifts such as photography, cooking, calligraphy, painting, sewing, needlework and many others. Lastly English is my 6th Language.
I would love to work together to make Holy Family Parish a family of love, care and support remembering the words of St. Paul “ But we have this treasure in the clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us” (2 Corinthians 4:7)
Blessings… Fr. Iqbal
Fr. Vijaya Bathineni (Fr. VJ)
I was born on15th August 1983 in Guntur (India). My parents were farmers. I lost my father when I was studying 9th grade. I am the only Son in the family. I have one older sister. My mom lives by herself. I studied in a Catholic Boarding school and it was run by the Missionaries. I was an altar server for all the Masses in my parish. Whenever my Pastor went for Mass in Mission stations he would ask me to come with him. I was happy to go with him. I was inspired by his prayerful and exemplary life. He encouraged me to join the seminary. I joined the seminary at the age of fifteen. I was ordained on 11th April 2012 in the Diocese of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. I was an Associate Pastor for five years in Infant Jesus Cathedral (in my home diocese). Ever since I joined in the seminary I have had a strong desire to be a Missionary. I strongly believe that the Church is Missionary by nature, my fore fathers were evangelized and baptized by the European Missionaries. I too on my part would love to work as a Missionary in Canada. I came to the Diocese of Calgary on 15th June 2017. I just completed a year in St. Luke’s Parish. St. Luke’s parish gave me a good incitation to my priestly ministry in Canada. I strongly believe that this new appointment as Associate pastor at Holy Family Parish is a great opportunity for me to learn new things and grow in faith to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. I wish and pray that Almighty God may touch the lives of many young men to respond to His call to the priesthood.
God Bless… Fr. Vijay Bathineni