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WELCOME FR. D’SOUZA!
As of the first of August, Fr Malcolm D’Souza will be Pastor of St. Bernard’s and Our Lady of the Assumption churches. Fr. Malcolm was ordained to the priesthood in 2002 at McMahon Stadium by Bishop Frederick Henry. He has served at St. Bonaventure Parish, St. Basil’s Lethbridge, St. Peter’s Parish (Milk River), Christ the King (Claresholm), St. Cecilia’s (Nanton), St. Mary’s (Champion), and at St. Mary’s (Calgary). He comes to us from St. Francis de Sales (High River), where he has served as an Associate Pastor since 2016. His first Sunday Masses at St. Bernard’s Parish will be on the weekend of August 4 and 5.
Welcome, Fr Malcolm!
Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday -Aug.19 – St. John Eudes
Monday – Aug. 20 – St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Tuesday – Aug. 21 – St. Pius IX
Wednesday – Aug. 22 – Feast of the Queenship of Mary
Thursday – Aug. 23 – St. Rose of Lima
Friday – Aug.24 – St. Bartholemew
Saturday – Aug.25 – St. Louis of France
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In the Old Covenant bread and wine were offered in a thanksgiving sacrifice as a sign of grateful acknowledgment to the Creator as the giver and sustainer of life. Melchizedek, who was both a priest and king (Genesis 14:18; Hebrews 7:1-4), offered a sacrifice of bread and wine. His offering prefigured the offering made by Jesus, our high priest and king (Hebrews 7:26; 9:11; 10:12). The remembrance of the manna in the wilderness recalled to the people of Israel that they live – not by earthly bread alone – but by the bread of the Word of God (Deuteronomy 8:3).
Jesus made himself a perfect offering and sacrifice to God on our behalf
At the last supper when Jesus blessed the cup of wine, he gave it to his disciples saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28). Jesus was pointing to the sacrifice he was about to make on the cross, when he would shed his blood for us – thus pouring himself out and giving himself to us – as an atoning sacrifice for our sins and the sins of the world. His death on the cross fulfilled the sacrifice of the paschal (passover) lamb whose blood spared the Israelites from death in Egypt.
Paul the Apostle tells us that “Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7). Paul echoes the words of John the Baptist who called Jesus the “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29). Jesus made himself an offering and sacrifice, a gift that was truly pleasing to the Father. He “offered himself without blemish to God” (Hebrews 9:14) and “gave himself as a sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2).
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: Abiding in Christ, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.
” Jesus recommended to us His Body and Blood in bread and wine, elements that are reduced into one out of many constituents. What is meant by eating that food and taking that drink is this: to remain in Christ and have Him remaining in us.” (excerpt from Sermon on John 26,112)
Text and reflections, courtesy and used with permission – dailyscripture.net
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“Lord Jesus, you nourish and sustain us with your very own presence and life-giving word. You are the bread of life – the heavenly food that sustains us now and that produces everlasting life within us. May I always hunger for you and be satisfied in you alone.”
There will be a time of Eucharistic Adoration on the First Friday of every month. It will take place at Our Lady of the Assumption Church following the 9:00 am Mass and end with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 11:00 am. All are welcome to join us for a time of silent prayer and adoration before Our Eucharistic Lord.