” The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.“
Fr. Cristino’s Lenten series: “Eagerly Have I Desired to Share this Meal with You: Understanding the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass” is a six part lecture series explaining the nature and structure of the Mass. These lectures have been produced as a video series and may be viewed at the following links:
Because all of the liturgies for Holy Week took place at St. Bernard’s last year, they will all take place at Our Lady of the Assumption this year. By celebrating the Sacred Triduum in one church building, we have an opportunity to celebrate the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ as a united parish under one roof.
The liturgies of Holy Week will occur as follows:
April 13 Holy Thursday 7:00 pm – At Our Lady of the Assumption (Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will follow until Midnight).
April 14 Good Friday 3:00 pm – At Our Lady of the Assumption
April 15 Easter Vigil 9:00 pm – At Our Lady of the Assumption
April 16 Easter Sunday – At St. Bernard’s 9:00 am
April 16 Easter Sunday – At Our Lady of the Assumption 11:00 am
The Lenten Retreat Series – The Seven Last Words of Christ will be available as videos and transcripts on Swords of Truth. Links below will be updated as new videos become available.
- 7 Last Words of Christ: 1st Word by Fr. Jerome
- 7 Last Words of Christ: 2nd Word by Fr. Nathan
- 7 Last Words of Christ: 3rd Word by Fr. Jonathan
Please join us for this retreat series on Tuesday evenings during Lent. For full information, click on the images below.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered in all parishes in the Diocese of Calgary on Wednesday evenings during Lent from 7:30-
8:30pm. Confessions will be available at St.Bernard’s at that time during Wednesdays in Lent,in addition to regularly scheduled confession
times in our parish.
From Fr. Nathan:
In October 2014, Pope Francis remarked that “in this generation, like so many others, people have been led to believe that the devil is a myth, a figure, an idea,the idea of evil. But the devil exists and we must fight against him.” Many seek to deny the devil’s existence and in doing so make themselves more susceptible to his influence, most especially his ability to tempt us to commit sin. As we begin our Lenten Fast, let us be
aware that the devil, who St. Peter said “is like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour” (1 Pet 5:8) will look for opportunities to disrupt and frustrate our resolve to pray, do penance and give alms in the coming 40 days.
Let us ask Our Lord, His Holy Mother and the Holy Archangel Michael to be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil, trusting that they will assist us when we are tempted and deliver us from the power of the Evil One.
There is a common misconception in the Catholic Church that the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council sought to eliminate the use of the Latin language during the Holy Mass. The introduction of translations of the Holy Mass in peoples’ own languages have been of great benefit to the People of God in allowing them to understand the various prayers and rites of the Holy Mass.
However, it was not the intention of the Second Vatican Council to see Latin entirely disappear from our Sunday Eucharistic celebration.
Sacrosanctum Consilium, the document from the Second Vatican Council which spoke about changes in the Holy Mass, clearly states that “the
use of the Latin language is to be preserved in the Latin Rites” (SC 36). Where it is most fitting to have Latin retained in the Holy Mass is in its various sung parts, such as the Holy, Holy, Holy, Lamb of God, etc. By singing these parts of the Mass in Latin, we are showing the universality of our Church in reciting prayers in a language that is used by Catholics all over the world.
A few years ago, I had the chance to celebrate Mass in Kyoto, Japan. The entire Mass was in Japanese and so I did not understand much of what was being said. But when the congregation began to chant “Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi…” I smiled and began to sing in a language that unites Catholics the world over.
During Lent, we will continue the practice of singing three parts of the Mass in Latin: The Lord Have Mercy or Kyrie (which is actually in Greek),
the Holy, Holy, Holy or Sanctus and the Lamb of God or Agnus Dei.
If you are not familiar with the Latin texts or the musical notation for these parts of the Mass, they can be found in the Breaking Bread Hymnal at the following numbers:
Kyrie: BB 839
Sanctus: BB 841
Agnus Dei: BB 845
Once again we will be hosting our Lenten Soup Suppers and Stations of the Cross as follows:
Friday March 3rd at St. Bernard’s
Friday March 10th at Our Lady of the Assumption
Friday March 17th at St. Bernard’s
Friday March 24th at Our Lady of the Assumption
Friday March 31st at St. Bernard’s
Friday April 7th at Our Lady of the Assumption
Supper will begin at 6:00pm, followed by the Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm. We are asking for volunteers to help make soup and provide buns for these suppers. Please make sure the soups are meatless. We are also asking that you RSVP for these suppers so we know much soup needs to be provided.
Please contact Monique Tobicoe at 403-288-4986, (or via email – email@example.com) to volunteer to make soup and to RSVP. (Please RSVP no later than the Tuesday prior to the Friday you are going to attend). Thank you!
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.
HAC for Fr.Nathan – image – courtesy and used with permission – www.freebibleimages.org – copyright LUMO Project
The light of the world
When the disciples saw a man who had been blind from birth, they asked Jesus what kind of sin had caused this blindness. The Jews had understood that many infirmities were the result of human folly and sin. While sin can lead to physical, mental, and spiritual infirmities, not all sickness is the direct result of sin. Sickness can befall us for a variety of reasons. Jesus answered that God had allowed this infirmity for a greater purpose which God wanted to demonstrate as a sign of his presence and power. Jesus then made a claim which only God could rightfully make. Jesus stated unequivocally, I am the light of the world (John 9:5). In so many words Jesus was saying that he is the one true source of power and light which sustains life and overcomes the darkness of sin, confusion, and spiritual blindness. Jesus’ mighty works – his miraculous signs – confirmed the truth of his message and claim to divine authority and equality with his Father in heaven. One of his greatest signs was the healing of a man who had been blind from birth.
Healing of man born blind
When Jesus approached the blind man he first awakened hope in him – the hope which God offers those who seek his help. Jesus then did something quite remarkable for the blind man, both to identify with this man’s misery and to draw expectant faith in him as well. Jesus touched the man’s eyes with his own spittle mixed with dirt and bid him to wash in the Pool of Siloam which was close to the Temple. This pool of fresh flowing water was one of the landmarks of the city of Jerusalem. It’s source came from the Gihon spring located in the valley outside the walls of Jerusalem. This pool was likely used as a ceremonial bath of purification for people who were going up to the Temple to worship. On the yearly feast of Tabernacles, one of the priests brought a golden pitcher of water from this pool and poured it out over the altar in the temple while reciting from the verse, “You will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3). What is the significance of the healing of the blind man at the Pool of Siloam? It is certainly more than just a miraculous event. It is a “sign” that points to the source of the miraculous life-giving water which Jesus offers through the gift and work of the Holy Spirit (John 7:38). Do you want the Holy Spirit to pour out on you his renewing power of faith, vision, and healing love?
The Pharisees were upset with Jesus’ miracle on two counts. First, he healed the blind man on the Sabbath, which they considered a serious violation of the command to rest on the Sabbath. Second, how could a “sinner” and a “sabbath-breaker” do such a marvelous work of God! The man who claimed to have been healed by Jesus must not have really been blind to begin with! Contrary to this false charge, the fact of this man’s blindness was well known to many people, including the parents who testified under oath that he had indeed been blind since birth. The prejudice of the religious leaders made them blind to God’s intention for the Sabbath (to do good rather than evil) and to Jesus’ claim to be the One sent from the Father in heaven to bring freedom and light to his people. The Jewish leaders tried to intimidate both this cured man and his parents by threatening to exclude them from membership in the synagogue – the local congregation of the worshipping community of Jews. This man was shunned by the religious authorities because he believed that Jesus healed him and was the Messiah.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: The unchangeable Light, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.
“I entered into my inmost self with You, Lord, as my guide – And this I was able to do because You were my helper. I entered in and saw with the eye of my soul, the unchangeable Light, very different from earthly lights. It was above my mind but not the way oil is above water or heaven above the earth. It was superior because it made me, and I inferior because I was made by it. Those who know the truth know this light, and those who know it know eternity – It is charity that knows it.” (excerpt from Confessions 7,10)
Reflections courtesy dailyscripture.servantsoftheword.org, with permission
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Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday – Mar.26 – St.Margaret Clitherow , Martyr
Monday – Mar.27 – St.Lazarus
Tuesday – Mar.28- St.Catherine of Bologna
Wednesday – Mar.29 – St.Ludovico of Casoria
Thursday – Mar.30 – St.Peter Regalado
Friday – Mar.31 – St.Stephen of Mar Saba
Saturday – Apr.01 – St.Hugh of Grenoble
Sunday – Apr.02 – St.Francis of Paola
HAC for Fr.Nathan
“Jesus, in your name the blind see, the lame walk, and the dead are raised to life. Come into our lives and heal the wounds of our broken hearts. Give us eyes of faith to see your glory and hearts of courage to bring you glory in all we say and do.”
HAC for Fr.Nathan