“The Lord is my light and my salvation.“
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.
His Holiness Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Frederick B. Henry as Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary and has appointed today as his successor the Most Reverend William Terrence McGrattan. At the time of his appointment, Bishop McGrattan was Bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough. Bishop Henry has been Bishop of Calgary for the past 19 years.
As we absorb this news we, the parishioners of St. Bernard’s/Our Lady of the Assumption join with Fr. Nathan in thanking Bishop Henry for his years of service in our diocese and wish him all the best. We welcome Bishop William and look forward to meeting him and supporting him in our prayers.
The Press Release from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops may be read HERE:
Father Nathan’s Letter regarding First Reconciliation may be read HERE:
PREPARATION FOR FIRST RECONCILIATION
Registration, preparation and celebration of First Reconciliation in our parish will occur on the following dates:
Registration and First Session:
Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Third Session and Celebration of First Reconciliation:
Sunday, Feb. 26 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
All sessions will take place at St. Bernard’s Church. Children in Grades 3 & 4 are invited to prepare for this sacrament. Any child who is making their First Communion this year is also welcome to prepare for their First Reconciliation.
Registration form for First Reconciliation may be downloaded HERE
HAC for Fr.Nathan – image – courtesy of and used with permission – www.freebibleimages.org – copyright LUMO Project
Jesus brings the light and truth of salvation to the world
The prophet Isaiah foretold that the good news of salvation would reach Jews and Gentiles in the “land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations” (Isaiah 9:1). Jesus begins the proclamation of the Gospel here to fulfill the word of God. The Old Testament prophets spoke of God’s promise to send a Redeemer who would establish God’s rule. That time is now fulfilled in Jesus who brings the light and truth of the Gospel to the world.
The “good news” brings peace, hope, truth, promise, immortality, and salvation
Jesus takes up John’s message of repentance and calls his hearers to believe in the good news he has come to deliver. What is the good news which Jesus brings? It is the good news of peace – the Lord comes to reconcile and restore us to friendship with God. The good news of hope – the Lord comes to dwell with us and to give us a home with him in his heavenly kingdom. The good news of truth – the Lord Jesus sets us free from the lies and deception of Satan and opens our mind to understand the truth and revelation of God’s word (John 8:32). The good news of promise – Jesus fulfills the promise of God to reward those who seek him with the treasure of heaven. The good news of immortality – Jesus overcomes sin and death for us in order to raise our lowly bodies to be like his glorious body which will never die again. And the good news of salvation – the Lord Jesus delivers us from every fear, every sin, and every obstacle that would keep us from entering his everlasting kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy.
The Gospel is the power and the wisdom of God – both power to change and transform our lives and wisdom to show us how to live as sons and daughters of our Father in heaven. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit the Lord makes it possible for us to receive his word with faith and to act upon it with trust and obedience.
The Gospel demands a response of faith and obedience to God’s gift of salvation
In announcing the good news, Jesus makes two demands: repent and believe! Repentance requires a change of course – a turning away from sin and disobedience and a turning towards the Lord with faith and submission to his word of truth and righteousness (right living according to God’s truth and moral goodness). The Holy Spirit gives us a repentant heart, a true sorrow and hatred for sin and its bad consequences (the wages of sin is death – Romans 6:23), and a firm resolution to avoid whatever would lead us into sin. The Holy Spirit gives us grace to see our sin for what it is – rebellion and a rejection of the love of God. God’s grace helps us to turn away from all that would keep us from his love.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: The true light of revelation to the Gentiles, by Chromatius (died 406 AD)
“The Evangelist commemorated in this passage the prophet’s words: ‘Beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light’ (Matthew 4:15-16) In what darkness? Certainly in the profound error of ignorance. What great light did they see? The light concerning which it is written: ‘He was the true light that illumines everyone who comes into this world’ (John 1:9) This was the light about which the just man Simeon in the Gospel declared, ‘A light of revelation to the Gentiles and a glory for your people Israel’ (Luke 2:32). That light had arisen according to what David had announced, saying, ‘A light has arisen in the darkness to the upright of heart’ (Psalm 112:4).
“Also, Isaiah demonstrated that light about to come for the enlightenment of the church when he said, ‘Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you’ (Isaiah 60:1). Concerning that light also Daniel noted, ‘It reveals the profound and hidden things, knowing those things which are in darkness and the light is with it’ (Daniel 2:22), that is, the Son with the Father, for even as the Father is light, so too is the Son light. And David also speaks in the psalm: ‘In your light shall we see light’ (Psalm 36:9), for the Father is seen in the Son, as the Lord tells us in the Gospel: ‘Who sees me, sees the Father’ (John 14:9) From the true light, indeed, the true light proceeded, and from the invisible the visible. “He is the image of the invisible God,” as the apostle notes (Colossians 1:15).” (excerpt from TRACTATE ON MATTHEW 15.1)
[Note: Chromatius was an early Christian scholar and bishop of Aquileia, Italy. He was a close friend of John Chrysostom and Jerome. He died in 406 AD. Jerome described him as a “most learned and most holy man.”]
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Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday – Jan.22 – St.Vincent of Zaragossa
Monday – Jan.23 – St.Marianne Cope
Tuesday – Jan.24 – St.Francis de Sales
Wednesday – Jan.25 – Conversion of St.Paul
Thursday – Jan.26 – St. Timothy and St. Titus, Bishops
Friday – Jan.27 – St. Angela Merici, Virgin
Saturday – Jan.28 – St.Thomas Aquinas
Sunday – Jan.29 – Servant of God, Brother Juniper
HAC for Fr.Nathan
HAC for Fr.Nathan