To all the faithful of the Diocese of Calgary:
On Sunday, November 18, the Diocese of Calgary will join with the Universal Church in celebrating the World Day of the Poor. Pope Francis instituted this special day at the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy as a means to enable the faithful to become “an ever greater sign of Christ’s charity for the least and those most in need.”
More information may be read in the following Diocesan Letter.
Gospel Mk 13:24-32
Aid to the Church in Need, a pontifical charity, has designated Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 as Red Wednesday: a day dedicated to drawing attention to persecuted Christians throughout the world. It is hoped that each parish and school in the Diocese will consider organising an event for Red Wednesday.
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.
There are many indulgences, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, that can be obtained during November. During November the Church also meditates on the Communion of Saints, which is the link with the faithful who have already reached heaven (Church Triumphant), the faithful departed who are still expiating their sins in Purgatory (Church Suffering) and of the pilgrim faithful here on earth (Church Militant). “In this wonderful exchange, the holiness of one profits others, well beyond the harm that the sin of one could cause others. Thus recourse to the communion of saints lets the contrite sinner be more promptly and efficaciously purified of the punishments for sin.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1475).
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
Current Announcements from the Diocese Catholic Pastoral Centre may be read HERE:
The Community of St. Bernard’s and Our Lady of the Assumption welcomes Fr. Matthew Emmelkamp, appointed on October 30, 2018, by Bishop McGrattan as our new Parish Administrator, and Fr.Valentine Suum, appointed as our Associate Pastor.
Fr. Matthew was born and raised here in Calgary. He graduated from Bishop Grandin School, and went to the St. Peter’s Seminary in London, ON. He was ordained to the Priesthood in St. Joseph’s Parish, in Edmonton. Fr. Matthew’s first assignment as an Associate Pastor was in Holy Family Church, in Medicine Hat. In this parish served from 2012 to 2014. He comes to us from the Holy Spirit Parish, in Calgary, where he was appointed as an Associate Pastor from 2014 to 2018. As of October 30, 2018, Fr. Matthew will be serving at St. Bernard’s as the Parish Administrator.
Welcome, to your new Family Fr. Matthew!
Fr. Valentine Suum was appointed as Associate Pastor by Bishop McGrattan, to serve St. Bernard’s Parish and Our Lady of the Assumption, effective November1, 2018. This is the first time our parish has received an associated pastor. Being new to Canada, and also new to ministry in our diocese, Fr. Valentine comes to assist Fr. Matthew in his priestly duties, and to serve among us here in our parish. Fr. Valentine was born in Cameroon, Central Africa. He was ordained to the diocesan priesthood on April 24, 2003 in Buea, Cameroon. Fr. Valentine started ministry in 2003, serving two parishes in Cameroon: St. Michael’s Parish, and Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. For the past 12 years he served at various Catholic Colleges in Cameroon: one year as chaplain, and then as principal, until choosing to travel to Canada for a new experience of ministry.
Welcome to the community of St. Bernard’s, Fr. Valentine!
Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday – Nov. 18 – Dedication of the Churches of Sts. Peter and Paul
Monday – Nov. 19 – St. Agnes of Assisi
Tuesday – Nov. 20 – St. Rose Philippine Duchesnes
Wednesday – Nov. 21 – Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Thursday – Nov. 22 – St. Cecelia
Friday – Nov. 23 – Bl. Michel Augustin Pro
Saturday – Nov. 24 – St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions
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.
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The Lord is preparing us for his return
Jesus told his first disciples that it was for their benefit that he return to his Father in heaven in order for the Holy Spirit to come (John 16:7) and fill the earth with the fire of God’s love, truth, and glory. The Lord Jesus in every age fills his people with the power of the Holy Spirit so that each one of us can hear his voice, understand his truth, and sow the seeds of his word – the good news of the Gospel – wherever he sends us. The Lord Jesus is preparing his people for his return – for the day of “tribulation” and “shaking” when he will appear “coming in clouds with great power and glory” (Mark 13:25-26).
What did Jesus mean when he spoke about a time of tribulation, shaking, and the “Son of man coming with great power and glory”? The title Jesus most frequently used to describe his mission was the “Son of Man” (Mark 13:26). This title is a direct reference to the prophetic vision in the Book of Daniel, chapter 7:
13 I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. 14 And to him was given dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.
The image of a “Son of man coming with the clouds of heaven” is taken from the vision of the prophet Daniel (Daniel 7:13-14). Daniel’s vision is a royal investiture of a human king before God’s throne. This king, whose authority comes from God, is given power to rule over “all peoples, nations, and languages” (Daniel 7:14). The kingdom which he comes to establish cannot be broken or destroyed because it is built on the foundation of God’s justice, truth, and holiness.
The day of the Lord’s return will be unlike any other moment in time, history, and destiny for the human race and our place in God’s creation. Then the “stars of heaven will fall and all will be shaken” before the presence of the Lord when he comes. Then the peoples of the earth and their rulers will know who is the true King and Ruler over all.
Jesus’ first coming was a rescue mission – to free the human race from slavery to sin and Satan – the father of lies. His second coming will be the final completion of his mission when he will “make all things new” – a new heavens and a new earth – after he has put down the last enemy which is death and restores our lowly bodies to immortality when death will be no more (Daniel 12:2-3).
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: My words shall not pass away, by Gregory the Great (540-604 AD)
“Nothing of this world is more durable than the heavens and the earth, and nothing in the order of nature passes away more quickly than speech. Words, as long as they are incomplete, are not yet words. Once completed they cease utterly to be. In fact they cannot be perfected except by their own passing away. Therefore he says: ‘Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass.’ As if he were openly to say: all that seems to you enduring and unchangeable is not enduring and without change in eternity. And everything of mine that seems to pass away is enduring and without change. My speech, that seems to pass away, utters thoughts (sententiae manentes) which endure forever.” (excerpt from HOMILIES 1)
Text and reflections, courtesy and used with permission – dailyscripture.net
“Lord Jesus, fill me with your Holy Spirit that I may radiate the joy of your kingdom and the fire of your love to all I meet and serve. Direct my life to the glory of your name and to the coming of your kingdom.”
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.