Gospel Jn 20:1-9
April 18 – Holy Thursday – 7:00 PM
April 19 – Good Friday – 3:00 PM
April 20 – Easter Vigil – 9:30PM
Easter Sunday Mass:
St. Bernard’s – 9:00AM
Our Lady of the Assumption – 11:00 AM
A list of all the 2019 Triduum and Easter Services in the Diocese of Calgary may be viewed HERE:
For the past 2 years, the special liturgies of Holy Week – the Paschal Triduum – have been celebrated at Our Lady of the Assumption church. One new thing in our parish this year is the St. Francis Xavier Chaplaincy Centre finding their home at Saint
Bernard’s church. The Chaplaincy has already shared two clear desires: to celebrate their own set of Holy Week liturgies, and also, not to displace the regular life of the parish. They will be happy to gather at whichever church that our parish will not be using during these days.
In order to honour the longstanding habit of the parish during Holy Week, this year, the Triduum of Holy Week—Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil will be held at Saint Bernard’s church – where our whole parish will gather. The St. Francis Xavier Chaplaincy will gladly gather at Our Lady of the Assumption.
Current Announcements from the Diocese Catholic Pastoral Centre may be read HERE:
Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday – Apr. 21 – St. Anselm
Monday – Apr. 22 – St. Aldalbert of Prague
Tuesday – Apr. 23 – St. George
Wednesday – Apr. 24 – St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen
Thursday – Apr. 25 – St. Mark
Friday – Apr. 26 – St. Pedro de San José Betancur
Saturday – Apr. 27 – St. Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort
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What did John see in the tomb that led him to believe in the resurrection of Jesus? It was certainly not a dead body. The dead body of Jesus would have disproven the resurrection and made his death a tragic conclusion to a glorious career as a great teacher and miracle worker. When John saw the empty tomb he must have recalled Jesus’ prophecy that he would rise again after three days. Through the gift of faith John realized that no tomb on earth could contain the Lord and giver of life. John saw and believed (John 20:8).
John had to first deal with the empty tomb before he could meet the risen Lord later that evening along with the other apostles who had locked themselves in the upper room out of fear of the Jewish authorities (John 20:19-23). John testified as an eye-witness to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ: What we have seen, heard, and touched we proclaim as the eternal word of life which existed from the beginning (1 John 1:1-4). John bears witness to what has existed from all eternity. This “word of life” is Jesus the word incarnate, but also Jesus as the word announced by the prophets and Jesus the word now preached throughout the Christian church for all ages to come.
One thing is certain, if Jesus had not risen from the dead and appeared to his disciples, we would never have heard of him. Nothing else could have changed sad and despairing men and women into people radiant with joy and courage. The reality of the resurrection is the central fact of the Christian faith. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Lord gives us “eyes of faith” to know him and the power of his resurrection
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: The Womb of the Earth Gives Birth, by Hesychius of Jerusalem, died around 450 A.D.
“Hidden first in a womb of flesh, he sanctified human birth by his own birth. Hidden afterward in the womb of the earth, he gave life to the dead by his resurrection. Suffering, pain and sighs have now fled away. For who has known the mind of God, or who has been his counselor if not the Word made flesh who was nailed to the cross, who rose from the dead and who was taken up into heaven? This day brings a message of joy: it is the day of the Lord’s resurrection when, with himself, he raised up the race of Adam. Born for the sake of human beings, he rose from the dead with them. On this day paradise is opened by the risen one, Adam is restored to life and Eve is consoled. On this day the divine call is heard, the kingdom is prepared, we are saved and Christ is adored. On this day, when he had trampled death under foot, made the tyrant a prisoner and despoiled the underworld, Christ ascended into heaven as a king in victory, as a ruler in glory, as an invincible charioteer. He said to the Father, ‘Here am I, O God, with the children you have given me.’ And he heard the Father’s reply, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool’ (Psalm 110:1).” To him be glory, now and for ever, through endless ages. Amen. [excerpt from EASTER HOMILY 5–6]
Text and reflections, courtesy and used with permission – http://dailyscripture.servantsoftheword.org
“Lord Jesus Christ, you have triumphed over the grave and you have won for us new life and resurrection power. Give me the eyes of faith to see you in your glory. Help me to draw near to you and to grow in the knowledge of your great love for us and your great victory over sin and death.”
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.