Our Lady of the Assumption Church

7624 – 39 Avenue NW
Calgary, AB

Sunday — 11:00 A.M.
Thursday —  7:00 P.M.
Friday — 9:00 A.M.

Is available  45 minutes before every Mass (except before the 11:00am Sunday …

St. Bernard’s / Our Lady of the Assumption Parish

St. Bernard’s /Our Lady of the Assumption Parish serves the communities of Parkdale, St. Andrews Heights, Point McKay, Montgomery, Bowness, Valley Ridge, Greenwood Village, University Heights and Crestmont. We have two churches within the Parish, …

St. Bernard’s Church

711 – 37 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Saturday — 8:00 A.M.
Saturday — 5:00 P.M.
Sunday — 9:00 A.M.
Tuesday — 7:00 P.M.
Wednesday — 7:00 P.M

Is available  45 minutes before every …

Sunday Aug.20 – Feast of St.Bernard of Clairvaux – Parish Mass Celebrations

With gratitude, Fr. Nathan obtained the permission of Bishop McGrattan for our parish to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Bernard of Clairvaux instead of the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time this weekend. Please join us for this special celebration!



Aug.20 – 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time


O God, let all the nations praise you!

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The Daily Examen – an Ignatian Spiritual Tool

The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us. The Examen is an ancient practice that can help us see God’s hand at work in our lives. The Examen is described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. St. Ignatius thought that the Examen was a gift that came directly from God, and that God wanted it to be shared as widely as possible. One of the few rules of prayer that Ignatius made for the Jesuit order was the requirement that Jesuits practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day.

In its simplest form, the Examen can be described in 5 basic steps:

1. Become aware of God’s presence in your day and life.
2. Review the day with gratitude to God for all that the day contained.
3. Pay attention to your emotions and feelings that come from that review
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray based on it.
5. Look toward to tomorrow, and ask God for guidance in that new day.

In addition, there are many variations of the Examen that can be used as part of ones daily prayer life. Some of these variations may be found at this link  –  Ignatian Sprituality Website  – Examen Variations.

In addition,  information on The Spiritual Exercises may found at this link – The Spiritual Exercises of St.Ignatius.


The Comeback of the Cassock.

Does you see more priests in cassocks these days? Well, you’re not alone. In an article, Msgr. Charles Pope looks at and gives his views on the cassock, and why it’s making a comeback. His article may be read HERE:

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Feast Days for the coming Week

Feast days for the coming week:

Sunday – Aug.20 – St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Monday – Aug.21 – St.Pius X
Tuesday – Aug.22 – Queenship of Mary
Wednesday – Aug.23 – St.Rose of Lima
Thursday – Aug.24  – St.Bartholomew
Friday – Aug.25 – St.Louis of France
Saturday – Aug.26 – St.Joseph Calasanz

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Downloadable Prayer Cards Now Available

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.

Gospel Reflection – “Great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire”


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Jesus first tests the woman’s faith
What did Jesus mean by the expression “throwing bread to the dogs”? The Jews often spoke of the Gentiles with arrogance and insolence as “unclean dogs” since the Gentiles did not follow God’s law and were excluded from God’s covenant and favor with the people of Israel. For the Greeks the “dog” was a symbol of dishonor and was used to describe a shameless and audacious woman. There is another reference to “dogs” in Matthew’s Gospel where Jesus says to his disciples, “Do not give to dogs what is holy” (Matthew 7:6).  Jesus tests this woman’s faith to see if she is earnest in receiving holy things from the hand of a holy God. Jesus, no doubt, spoke with a smile rather than with an insult because this woman immediately responds with wit and faith – “even the dogs eat the crumbs”.

Seek the Lord Jesus with expectant faith
Jesus praises a Gentile woman for her faith and for her love. She made the misery of her child her own and she was willing to suffer rebuff in order to obtain healing for her loved one. She also had indomitable persistence. Her faith grew in contact with the person of Jesus. She began with a request and she ended on her knees in worshipful prayer to the living God. No one who ever sought Jesus with earnest faith – whether Jew or Gentile – was refused his help. Do you seek the Lord Jesus with expectant faith?


Daily Quote from the early church fathersThe Mother of the Gentiles, by Epiphanius the Latin (late 5th century)

“After our Lord departed from the Jews, he came into the regions of Tyre and Sidon. He left the Jews behind and came to the Gentiles. Those whom he had left behind remained in ruin; those to whom he came obtained salvation in their alienation. And a woman came out of that territory and cried, saying to him, ‘Have pity on me, O Lord, Son of David!’ O great mystery! The Lord came out from the Jews, and the woman came out from her Gentile territory. He left the Jews behind, and the woman left behind idolatry and an impious lifestyle. What they had lost, she found. The one whom they had denied in the law, she professed through her faith. This woman is the mother of the Gentiles, and she knew Christ through faith. Thus on behalf of her daughter (the Gentile people) she entreated the Lord. The daughter had been led astray by idolatry and sin and was severely possessed by a demon.” (excerpt from  INTERPRETATION OF THE GOSPELS 58)

First Friday Eucharistic Adoration

Monstrance and Incense

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.

A Stewardship Minute

“Lord Jesus, your love and mercy knows no bounds. May I trust you always and pursue you with indomitable persistence as this woman did. Increase my faith in your saving power and deliver me from all evil and harm.”

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