Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
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As has become our tradition, Fr Siray will again offer special candlelit Rorate Masses this Advent, at 7:00am on Saturday December 9, 2017 and at 7:00am on Saturday December 16, 2017. Both Masses will take place at St Bernard’s Church.
A women’s choir will sing for the first Mass and a men’s choir will sing for the second Mass.
Because the church is only lit by candles, it is too dark to read a printed program. For those who are interested, we have put all of the music for those Masses, with links when possible, here on the website on the Music Page.
In November the Church remembers our Faithful Departed, as is recommended in the Scriptures of the Old Testament: “It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.”(2 Macch. 12, 46). This is found not only in public and private prayers but also in the offering of the Mass for the repose of the souls of the departed. Similarly, in November the Church prays for all who are in Purgatory, awaiting for the day, when fully purified ,they will join the company of the saints in heaven. The celebration of Mass is the ultimate means that the Church can provide for charity for the dead. However, the faithful can also relieve their sufferings through prayers, sufferings and penances, or other acts and prayers that have indulgences attached to them.
November: The Souls of the Faithful:
Let me see if I can recall, if I can remember
The wintry days of the month of November
The wind above my head blew and swirled
The dark clouds before me were unfurled
The leaves clinging to the windswept trees
Gave up their struggle, to the fierce breeze
My breaking heart sunk deep into my chest
And a myriad of memories became my guest
The souls of the faithful are in God’s hands
Life, a precious gift, lived as God’s commands
We walk this green earth for only a few years
Our tiny steps accompanied by joys and tears
All crammed into the little time we are given
Until we set our sights upon walking in heaven
I pray for the departed loved ones, I will remember
A sacred intention, in the month of November
Fr. Patrick Brennan, 2013 copyright, with permission
During the month of November, The Church implores us to pray for the souls of the Faithful Departed in Purgatory. All are invited to write the names of their deceased family members and friends in the Book of Remembrance. These books can be found in front of the statue of The Virgin Mary at Our Lady of the Assumption and in front of the image of Divine Mercy at St. Bernard’s.
Sunday Missals for 2018 are now available for purchase at St Bernard’s and Our Lady of the Assumption , for a cost of $5.00 per missal. Please deposit payment in the clear plastic money containers near the stack of Sunday Missals at the front entrance of each church .Thank you!
Please join us for an unforgettable evening on Sunday December 17 at 7:00 pm at Our Lady of the Assumption Church for Nine Lessons and Carols, an old advent tradition of Scripture and Carols that will prepare our hearts and minds for Christmas. The music will be provided by the three wonderful Saint John Choir Schola children’s choirs, directed by Malcolm Edwards and Mary Lynn Schmidt, with the honourable John Vandenbeld as organist. All are welcome
Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday – Nov.19 – St.Agnes of Assisi
Monday – Nov.20 – St.Rose Phillipine Duchesne
Tuesday – Nov.21 – Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Wednesday – Nov.22 – St.Cecilia
Thursday – Nov.23 – Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro
Friday – Nov.24 – St.Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions
Saturday – Nov.25 – St.Catherine of Alexandria
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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.
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Why did Jesus tell this story and what can it teach us? Most importantly it tells us something about how God deals with us, his disciples and servants. The parable speaks first of the Master’s trust in his servants. While he goes away he leaves them with his money to use as they think best. While there were no strings attached, this was obviously a test to see if the Master’s workers would be industrious and reliable in their use of the money entrusted to them. The master rewards those who are industrious and faithful and he punishes those who sit by idly and who do nothing with his money.
The essence of the parable seems to lie in the servants’ conception of responsibility. Each servant entrusted with the master’s money was faithful up to a certain point. The servant who buried the master’s money was irresponsible. One can bury seeds in the ground and expect them to become productive because they obey natural laws. Coins, however, do not obey natural laws. They obey economic laws and become productive in circulation. The master expected his servants to be productive in the use of his money.
God rewards those who use their gifts for serving him and the good of others
What do coins and the law of economics have to do with the kingdom of God? The Lord entrusts the subjects of his kingdom with gifts and graces and he gives his subjects the freedom to use them as they think best. With each gift and talent, God gives sufficient means (grace and wisdom) for using them in a fitting way. As the parable of the talents shows, God abhors indifference and an attitude that says it’s not worth trying. God honors those who use their talents and gifts for doing good. Those who are faithful with even a little are entrusted with more! But those who neglect or squander what God has entrusted to them will lose what they have.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: Eternal Joys, by Gregory the Great (540-604 AD)
“All the good deeds of our present life, however many they may appear to be, are few in comparison with our eternal recompense. The faithful servant is put in charge of many things after overcoming all the troubles brought him by perishable things. He glories in the eternal joys of his heavenly dwelling. He is brought completely into the joy of his master when he is taken into his eternal home and joined to the company of angels. His inner joy at his gift is such that there is no longer any external perishable thing that can cause him sorrow.” (excerpt from FORTY GOSPEL HOMILIES 9.2)
Reflections courtesy of and used with permission – www.http://dailyscripture.servantsoftheword.org
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.
“Lord Jesus, be the ruler of my heart and thoughts, be the king of my home and relationships, and be the master of my work and service. Help me to make good use of the gifts, talents, time, and resources you give me for your glory and your kingdom.”
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