The Parish of St. Joseph of Arimathea
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From the Rector

Dear Friends,

One of  the most universal commemorations in religion and spirituality is that of death.

Meditation upon mortality and those who have passed are a commemoration on the common calendar of all humanity and the human journey. At some point, regardless of path, we all come to face it after all

The Christian tradition enshrines this importance in each of its Masses, the Sacrament of Unction and of course, reflects on it in the persons of Jesus, Lazarus and many others in scripture, to say nothing of the great saints and teachers that are recalled throughout the whole of the liturgical calendar. In many cultures and traditions, death and remembrance are marked out in specific periods of time for rites, celebration, and solemnity. 

In Western Christianity, this takes the form of Hallowtide- also called Hallowmas or All Hallowtide. Hallowtide consists of a triduum- or observance over three days- these days being All Hallows’ Eve (Oct 31), All Saints (Nov 1) and All Souls’ Day (Nov 2).

It is also a time where many esotericists, gnostics, pagans and christians seek out a richer experience of this reflection on death, our  ancestors, and our physical and spiritual lineages. This is done not only through the millennia old celebrations above but also through folk and pagan traditions which hold that the boundary which separates us from the dead, the spiritual realm or the Otherworld as the Celts  called it, is the thinnest and most perceptible. 

However you celebrate, commemorate or reflect upon this sacred triduum of remembrance, it is my hope that you find joy in the remembrance of those who have gone before,  a deep and abiding peace in their memory, and a sense of wonder and mystery in the presence of the thinning veil. 
This Month at St. Joseph's

Join us this month as we commemorate the departed sacred to each of us with the Contemplative Rite of the AJC, Nov 14th at 7:30pm. We we will also be meeting to break bread in anticipation of Advent, on Nov 28th. 

I look forward to seeing you there. 


Ad Sacram Flammam,
+ Shaun Mar Iohannes

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Johannite School: Practice Course

The Apostolic Johannite Church has an ongoing enducational site-  'Johannite School' - a place to learn more about the thought, practice, community, and history of the Apostolic Johannite Church. Our aim is to make it easier for new members of the church, as well as interested people who aren’t close to a local community, to find out more about the AJC.

Johannite School is free. 

It it has a full set of courses to take you through the history, theology and worldview of both the ancient and modern manifestations of Johannite thought and the Apostolic Johannite Church.

We’re right around the corner from a new addition to the school and that is the Practice Course

This is a close-to-final list of topics for the Practice course. Each unit will explain something and, usually, offer a practice for you to try.

  • Getting started: One Prayer to Begin
  • Basics
    • Basic Concepts
    • Centering Prayer
    • Eucharist
    • Focusing
  • Basic Prayer
    • The Jesus Prayer
    • The Practice of the Name
  • Spirits
    • Elements
    • Land spirits
    • The Stars
    • The Dead
    • The Saints
    • The Perfect Invisible Spirit
  • Awareness and the Causal
    • The Mystical Theology
    • The Practice of Perfect Mind
    • Practice of the Divine Names
    • Glimpse Practices
  • Contemplation
    • Dwelling with God
    • Threefold Path
    • Grace and Gnosis
    • Centering Prayer II
  • Shadow
    • Focusing II
    • 3-2-1 Practice
    • Welcoming Practice
  • Scripture
    • Psalms and chanting
    • Lectio Divina
  • Liturgy – Eucharist II
  • Summing Up and Carrying On

All courses include video lectures, written notes, extra resources and homework exercises. Each course is self-paced. The school includes a forum area where you can meet other students and ask for help.

To sign up- visit

Upcoming Schedule

Liturgy: 7:30pm @ The Unitarian Church of Calgary
Room 4, Side Entrance
1703 1 Street Northwest
Calgary, AB T2M 4P4

Coffee and Discussion:
7:15pm @ Ricky’s @ North Hill

1668 14 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1M7

November 14th - Liturgy of Remembrance
November 28th - Discussion Night - Advent

December 12th - Liturgy - St. Thomas


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