Gospel Lk 9:28b-36
During Lent, apart from Sundays, there are 2 special solemnities – the highest form of feast – which gives us the opportunity to relax our fast and celebrate together:
Both Masses will be supported by an excellent choral group and we will offer our prayers in joyful and beautiful solemnity. Please join us for these special days of prayer
Tuesday MARCH 19: SOLEMNITY OF SAINT JOSEPH
Husband of Blessed Mary, Principal Patron of Canada
The Holy Mass will be celebrated At Saint Bernard’s Church, at 7:00 pm. (Incense will be used at this Mass).
Monday MARCH 25: ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
The Holy Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, at 7:00 pm.
Beginning this Friday March 8, our parish will come together for weekly dinners and to pray the Stations of the Cross. The Soup dinners will start at 6:00 pm, followed by the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm.
We need volunteers to help provide meatless soup each week. If you are able, please contact the parish office to offer your help. We will alternate between our 2 churches each week.
March 8 – St. Bernard’s
March 15 – Our Lady of the Assumption
March 22 – St. Bernard’s
March 29 – Our Lady of the Assumption
April 5 – St. Bernard’s
April 12 -Our Lady of the Assumption
April 18 – Holy Thursday – 7:00 PM
April 19 – Good Friday – 3:00 PM
April 20 – Easter Vigil – 9:20PM
Easter Sunday Mass:
St. Bernard’s – 9:00AM
Our Lady of the Assumption – 11:00 AM
For the past 2 years, the special liturgies of Holy Week – the Paschal Triduum – have been celebrated at Our Lady of the Assumption church. One new thing in our parish this year is the St. Francis Xavier Chaplaincy Centre finding their home at Saint
Bernard’s church. The Chaplaincy has already shared two clear desires: to celebrate their own set of Holy Week liturgies, and also, not to displace the regular life of the parish. They will be happy to gather at whichever church that our parish will not be using during these days.
In order to honour the longstanding habit of the parish during Holy Week, this year, the Triduum of Holy Week—Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil will be held at Saint Bernard’s church – where our whole parish will gather. The St. Francis Xavier Chaplaincy will gladly gather at Our Lady of the Assumption.
Current Announcements from the Diocese Catholic Pastoral Centre may be read HERE:
Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday – Mar. 17 – St. Patrick
Monday – Mar. 18 – St. Cyril of Jerusalem
Tuesday – Mar. 19 – St. Joseph
Wednesday – Mar. 20 – St. Salvator of Horta
Thursday – Mar. 21 – Bl. John of Parma
Friday – Mar. 22 – St. Nicholas Owen
Saturday – Mar. 23 – St. Turibius of Mogrovejo
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The Lord Jesus reveals his glory in fulfilling his Father’s will
Are you prepared to see God’s glory? God is eager to share his glory with us! We get a glimpse of this when the disciples see Jesus transfigured on the mountain. Jesus’ face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white (Mark 9:2,3).
When Moses met with God on Mount Sinai the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God (see Exodus 34:29). Paul says that the Israelites could not look at Moses’ face because of its brightness (2 Corinthians 3:7). In the Gospel account Jesus appeared in glory with Moses, the great lawgiver of Israel, and with Elijah, the greatest of the prophets, in the presence of three of his beloved apostles – Peter, James, and John.
What is the significance of this mysterious appearance? Jesus went to the mountain knowing full well what awaited him in Jerusalem – his betrayal, rejection and crucifixion. Jesus very likely discussed this momentous decision to go to the cross with Moses and Elijah. God the Father also spoke with Jesus and gave his approval: This is my beloved Son; listen to him. The Father glorified his son because he obeyed. The cloud which overshadowed Jesus and his apostles fulfilled the dream of the Jews that when the Messiah came the cloud of God’s presence would fill the temple again (see Exodus 16:10, 19:9, 33:9; 1 Kings 8:10; 2 Maccabees 2:8).
The Lord wants to share his glory with each of us
The Lord Jesus not only wants us to see his glory – he wants to share this glory with us. And Jesus shows us the way to the Father’s glory: follow me – obey my words – take the path I have chosen for you and you will receive the blessings of my Father’s kingdom – your name will be written in heaven.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: The transfiguration of Jesus, by Jerome (347-420 AD)
“Do you wish to see the transfiguration of Jesus? Behold with me the Jesus of the Gospels. Let him be simply apprehended. There he is beheld both ‘according to the flesh’ and at the same time in his true divinity. He is beheld in the form of God according to our capacity for knowledge. This is how he was beheld by those who went up upon the lofty mountain to be apart with him. Meanwhile those who do not go up the mountain can still behold his works and hear his words, which are uplifting. It is before those who go up that Jesus is transfigured, and not to those below. When he is transfigured, his face shines as the sun, that he may be manifested to the children of light, who have put off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light (Romans 13:12). They are no longer the children of darkness or night but have become the children of day. They walk honestly as in the day. Being manifested, he will shine to them not simply as the sun but as he is demonstrated to be, the sun of righteousness.” (excerpt from COMMENTARY ON MATTHEW 12.37.10)
Text and reflections, courtesy and used with permission – http://dailyscripture.servantsoftheword.org
“Lord Jesus, keep me always alert to you, to your presence in my life, and to your life-giving word that nourishes me daily. Let me see your glory.”
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.