THE MONTH OF MAY THE MONTH OF OUR LADY – OUR LADY WITH HER CHILDREN EVERYWHERE AND FOREVER
Below are but a few of the most well-known titles of Mary, that are related to apparitions, visitations, or miracles from around the world. All are beloved by countless people around the world, drawing pilgrims and devotees to Our Lady as our Heavenly Mother and to Jesus through her. They span the centuries and the globe. The Most-Blessed Virgin Mary has always cared for her
children, entrusted to her by her son. She continues to reach out to us at opportune times with compassion, messages, encouragement, instruction and love. Even though the following are cherished, very few of these events have official approval by the Vatican; the officially approved occasions are in bold below. All these do have unofficial respect, honour, or understanding from the popes through history.
• Our Lady of the Pillar – 40AD, Zaragoza, Spain
• Our Lady of Czestochowa – Poland: an ancient &
• Our Lady of Walsingham – 1061, England
• Our Lady of Mount Carmel – 1251, Cambridge, England
• Our Lady of Guadalupe – 1531, Guadalupe, Mexico
• Our Lady of Chiquinquirá – 1586, Colombia:
• Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre – c. 1612, Cuba: vision, miraculous statue
• Our Lady of Coromoto – 1652, near Guanare, Venezuela
• Our Lady of Aparecida – 1717, Brazil: miraculous statue
• Our Lady of La Vang – 1798, near Quang Tri, Vietnam
• Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal – 1830,
• Our Lady of La Salette – 1846, France
• Our Lady of Lourdes – 1858, France
• Our Lady of Knock – 1879, Ireland
• Our Lady of Fátima – 1917, Portugal
• Our Lady of Banneux – 1933, Belgium
• Our Lady of Medjugorie – 1981+, Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Our Lady of Kibeho – 1988, Rwanda
Gospel Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35
Bishop McGrattan has announced as of August 1st 2019 Fr. Matthew Emmelkamp will become Pastor of St. Bernard’s/Our Lady of the Assumption Parish. Thank you Bishop McGrattan, and welcome Fr. Matthew!
As of August 1st 2019 Fr. Valentine Suum will become Associate Pastor at St. Mary’s Cathedral. We thank Fr. Valentine for serving as Associate Pastor in our parish and wish him well in his new position.
It will be (much) more difficult to get to church, Sunday, May 26, due to the running of the Calgary Marathon.
Sunday, May 26, 2019:
3rd Avenue NW / Parkdale Blvd / Bowness Road will be occupied and guarded as the route for the Calgary Marathon across the front of Saint Bernard’s church, and most of the way to Our Lady of the Assumption church.
THIS WILL SERIOUSLY CHALLENGE YOUR ABILITY TO GET TO CHURCH.
Please plan for this reality by leaving plenty of extra time to sort out a route for yourself. the following is an email from the Race Director:
“Hello St. Bernard Parish, I wanted to reach out so that you and your team at St. Bernard Parish, had enough opportunity to notify your community that the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon would be running through your neighborhood on Sunday May 26, 2019. Linked is a interactive map that will give your community the opportunity to better understand the road closures and times associated with the roads will re-open. We will do our very best to allow as much traffic through designated points controlled by police officers.
With over 10,000 runners and 1500 volunteers the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is one of Calgary’s largest single day events. We have over 90 charities that utilize the races as a fundraising platforms where with the help of the community raised $700,000.00 in 2018.
If your community is interested in volunteering for the race we are still in need of many positions on course. Please have a look at our volunteer page or email our Volunteer Coordinator email@example.com.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, we appreciate your support bringing Calgarian’s together.
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For many centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of May to honour Mary, Mother of God. Not just one day in May, but the entire month. The custom of focusing on Mary in a special way during May spans many cultures around the world, and can easily be called globally ancient. The month of May has been important since before Christianity began – both ancient Greeks and Romans celebrated the pagan gods of blossoms and fruitfulness or fertility – Flora and Artemis. May is springtime, when new growth is clear all around us in nature. Many western cultures have come to associate May as a month of life and motherhood.
The Church has kept an entire month dedicated to Mary since at least medieval times (August was the choice early on), but it wasn’t the month of May commonly until the 1700’s.
The Raccolta, a handbook of Catholic prayers from the mid-1800’s, describes May this way:
“It is a well-known devotion, to consecrate to most holy Mary the month of May, as the most beautiful and florescent month of the whole year. This devotion has long prevailed throughout Christendom.”
The ways Mary is honoured in May is as varied as the people who honour her. It’s common for parishes to have a daily recitation of the Rosary during May. Also, it’s a long-standing tradition to crown a statue of Mary during May in the parish. Often, the crown is made of beautiful blossoms representing Mary’s beauty and virtue.
During May, at church and at home, remember Mary in a special way often. Notice and visit Mary in here in our parish churches. Our crowned statues are in the grotto inside the church, and in the garden courtyard of Our Lady of the Assumption. Mary’s crowning was beautifully celebrated May 1.
Saint Bernard says:
“In danger, in anguish…call on Mary. May she never be far from your lips, from your heart…If you follow her, you cannot go astray;
if you pray to her, you cannot despair; if you think of her, you cannot be mistaken. If she sustains you, you cannot fall; if she protects you, you have nothing to fear; if she guides you, do not tire.”
It is spring time! and once again time for our church fundraiser. Looking for a good way of savings? Please consider placing orders for geraniums and Spolumbo sausages, to support the church fundraiser.
Order forms will be available for pickup on May 1st.. Please order by May 19. All orders must be submitted by Sunday, May 19. All plants and sausages will be delivered at the beginning of June, 2019. Please join us for our charitable activity to work for our community.
Please pick up order forms for plants and sausages at the back of both churches. Order forms are also available here:
Complete your order forms and submit them in an envelope marked fundraiser with your payment of cash or cheque and place them into the collection basket. Please note: Orders must be collected by May 19. Plants will be delivered May 25, and sausages will be delivered the beginning of June.
Current Announcements from the Diocese Catholic Pastoral Centre may be read HERE:
Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday – May 19 – St. Theophilus of Corte
Monday – May 20 – St. Bernadine of Siena
Tuesday – May 21 – Saint Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions
Wednesday – May 22 – St. Rita of Cascia
Thursday – May 23 – St. Gregory VII
Friday – May 24 – St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi
Saturday – May 25 – St. Bede the Venerable
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.
The true nature of love
There is no greater glory and honor that one can offer than the willing sacrifice of one’s life for the sake of another. This is the true nature of love – the total self-giving and free offering of one’s life for the good of another. A mother who loves her child will do everything in her power to nurture, protect, and save the life of the child. A soldier devoted to his country’s welfare, will endure any hardship and suffering and willingly sacrifice his own life to defend his people. God the Father showed the unfathomable depth of his love and mercy by willingly offering his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the atoning sacrifice for the sin of the world. To ransom a slave God gave his only Son. That slave is you and me and the whole human race which is bound in sin and death and separation from God
Quote from the early church fathers: Christ’s love goes further than anything previous, by Cyril of Alexandria (376-444 AD)
“He plainly indicates the novelty involved in his command here – and the extent to which the love he enjoins here surpasses the old idea of mutual love (Deuteronomy 6:5) – by adding the words ‘Even as I have loved you, you also should love one another.’ … The law of Moses mandated the necessity of loving our brothers as ourselves, yet our Lord Jesus the Christ loved us far more than he loved himself. Otherwise, he would have never descended to our humiliation from his original exaltation in the form of God and on an equality with God the Father, nor would he have undergone for our sakes the exceptional bitterness of his death in the flesh, nor have submitted to beatings from the Jews, to shame, to derision, and all his other sufferings too numerous to mention. Being rich, he would never have become poor if he had not loved us far more than he loved himself. It was indeed something new for love to go as far as that! Christ commands us to love as he did, putting neither reputation, wealth or anything else before love of our brothers and sisters. If need be, we even need to be prepared to face death for our neighbor’s salvation as our Savior’s blessed disciples did, as well as those who followed in their footsteps. To them the salvation of others mattered more than their own lives, and they were ready to do anything or to suffer anything to save souls that were perishing.” (excerpt from COMMENTARY ON THE GOSPEL OF JOHN 9)
Text and reflections, courtesy and used with permission – http://dailyscripture.servantsoftheword.org
“Lord Jesus, your love knows no bounds and surpasses everything I could desire and long for. Fill me with the fire of your love and with the joy of your Holy Spirit that I may freely serve my neighbor with loving-kindness, tenderhearted mercy, and generous care for their well-being.”
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.