2019 donation envelopes will be available in the gathering areas of both churches.
We will have a small gathering to share with Frs. Matthew and Valentine, our new Administrator and Associate Pastor, Please join us Sunday Dec. 16 after the 11:00 AM Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption. We will be using the church’s hall as usual for coffee and cake. Everyone is Welcome.
THE BAMBINELLI BLESSING
On the 3rd Sunday of Advent, December 15/16th, at all 3 Masses, we invite you:
Bring your own figurines of the Christ Child from your Crèche or Nativity Scenes at home that weekend, for a special blessing of them at the end of Mass. This tradition is a custom in Rome, where the Holy Father blesses the figurines of the Baby Jesus for the people on Gaudete Sunday in St. Peter’s Square.
Gospel Lk 3:1-6
Once again, St. Bernard’s Parish will be offering 3 Rorate Masses this Advent. They are a series of Masses celebrated near dawn on Saturday mornings in special honour of Saint Mary, who opened her heart to God’s will and accepted to be part of the wonderful plan for Jesus’ birth among us. The Rorate Masses will be celebrated by candlelight on these Saturdays: December 8th, 15th, and 22nd at 7:00 am. All Masses will be held at Saint Bernard’s church. Keep watching for future announcements.
The Ignatian Spirituality Blog, has an excellent selection of Advent Resources available. These include Daily Advent Reflections by email subscription , and an online Advent Calendar.
They may be accessed at Advent Awaits – by Ignatian Spirituality.
Missals for the 2019 Liturgical year are now available at St.Bernard’s and Our Lady of the Assumption. Cost is $5.00 .
Current Announcements from the Diocese Catholic Pastoral Centre may be read HERE:
The Community of St. Bernard’s and Our Lady of the Assumption welcomes Fr. Matthew Emmelkamp, appointed on October 30, 2018, by Bishop McGrattan as our new Parish Administrator, and Fr.Valentine Suum, appointed as our Associate Pastor.
Fr. Matthew was born and raised here in Calgary. He graduated from Bishop Grandin School, and went to the St. Peter’s Seminary in London, ON. He was ordained to the Priesthood in St. Joseph’s Parish, in Edmonton. Fr. Matthew’s first assignment as an Associate Pastor was in Holy Family Church, in Medicine Hat. In this parish served from 2012 to 2014. He comes to us from the Holy Spirit Parish, in Calgary, where he was appointed as an Associate Pastor from 2014 to 2018. As of October 30, 2018, Fr. Matthew will be serving at St. Bernard’s as the Parish Administrator.
Welcome, to your new Family Fr. Matthew!
Fr. Valentine Suum was appointed as Associate Pastor by Bishop McGrattan, to serve St. Bernard’s Parish and Our Lady of the Assumption, effective November1, 2018. This is the first time our parish has received an associated pastor. Being new to Canada, and also new to ministry in our diocese, Fr. Valentine comes to assist Fr. Matthew in his priestly duties, and to serve among us here in our parish. Fr. Valentine was born in Cameroon, Central Africa. He was ordained to the diocesan priesthood on April 24, 2003 in Buea, Cameroon. Fr. Valentine started ministry in 2003, serving two parishes in Cameroon: St. Michael’s Parish, and Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. For the past 12 years he served at various Catholic Colleges in Cameroon: one year as chaplain, and then as principal, until choosing to travel to Canada for a new experience of ministry.
Welcome to the community of St. Bernard’s, Fr. Valentine!
Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday – Dec. 09 – Second Sunday of Advent
Monday – Dec. 10 – Bl. Adolph Kolping
Tuesday – Dec. 11 – St. Damasus I
Wednesday – Dec. 12 – Our Lady of Guadalupe
Thursday – Dec. 13 – St. Lucy
Friday – Dec. 14 – St. John of The Cross
Saturday – Dec. 15 – Bl. Mary Frances Shervier
We have added a page with a selection of Prayer Cards for your enjoyment and use. These may be accessed from the main page menu, or from this link.
These cards are in Adobe PDF format, and will require a PDF viewer for viewing and printing.
John was filled and led by the Spirit
John’s prophetic calling and mission preceded his conception and birth. The angel had announced to Zechariah that his barren wife will conceive a son, and “you shall call his name John,” and “he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb” (Luke 1:13,15). When John received his name shortly after birth, his father prophesied that he would be “called the prophet of the Most High who will go before the Lord to prepare his ways” (Luke 1:76). John was called to be a prophet, a spokesman for God.
In dramatic fashion Luke tells us when John appeared on the world scene. Luke lists a few of the key reigning rulers in John’s era, including Tiberius Caesar of Rome (Luke 3:1). These rulers pale in reference to the man who now stood at the door of a new era of grace and salvation for the world. John’s mission was to prepare the way for God’s Anointed King who would come to establish God’s rule above all other kings and authorities. Luke emphasizes the universal call of the Gospel to all peoples without distinction. He quotes from the prophet Isaiah that “all flesh shall see the salvation of God” (Isaiah 40:5; 52:10).
John was a servant of God’s Word
How did John prepare for the coming of the Anointed (Messiah) King and Savior of the world? Luke tells us that “the word of God came to John” when he was dwelling in the wilderness of Judea (Luke 3:2). John was called from an early age to devote himself to prayer and to the word of God. John not only took the Scriptures to heart, he molded his life according to them, and made himself a servant of the Word of God. John was led by the Spirit into a barren and lonely place away from the noise and distractions of everyday life. There God taught John in the solitude of the desert and prepared him for a prophetic ministry that would turn the hearts of his people to receive their long-awaited Messiah.
In the ancient world when a king decided to tour his kingdom, he first sent his courier ahead to prepare the way. John is the courier and great herald of the Messiah King who proclaims to all the peoples that the impending reign of God is now very close at hand. Isaiah had long ago prophesied the role of the Forerunner of the Messiah (Isaiah 40:3-5). John undoubtedly took this word to heart as he searched the Scriptures and reflected on the word of God in the wilderness. When John began his public ministry he traveled throughout the region of Judea and preached a “baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Luke 3:3).
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: Touching Jesus by faith, by Augustine of Hippo, 430-543 A.D.
“Consider the text ‘And all flesh shall see the salvation of God’ (Luke 3:6). There is no difficulty at all in taking this to mean ‘And all flesh shall see the Christ of God.’ After all, Christ was seen in the body and will be seen in the body when he comes again to judge the living and the dead. Scripture has many texts showing that he is the ‘salvation of God,’ particularly the words of the venerable old man, Simeon, who took the child in his arms and said, ‘Now let your servant go in peace, O Lord, according to your word, because my eyes have seen your salvation’ (Luke 2:29-30).” (excerpt from CITY OF GOD 22.29)
Text and reflections, courtesy and used with permission – dailyscripture.net
“Lord Jesus, you are the Word of God and the Savior of the world. Help me to receive your Word with expectant faith, and to live it with confident hope, and to proclaim it joyfully with love and boldness to all I meet.”
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.