“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ A second time he said to him, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’ He said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ And he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.’”
Having denied Jesus three times—as the Lord had predicted at the Last Supper—Peter was given a chance to make things right. Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved him.
“Yes, Lord, you know that I love you,” Peter answered each time. And a relationship that was damaged by his denial was re-established by his affirmation of love.
But Jesus wanted more than just words. “Feed my lambs, tend my sheep, and feed my sheep,” Jesus told Peter. Jesus teaches me that love is more than just saying the words, “I love you.” Peter had to enflesh his words with actions.
That is how I understand faith—it is the enfleshing of love. In Peter’s case, his faith took the form of being the shepherd to the flock (that is, the early Church). And while I’m not called to the priesthood or religious life, I have a vocation that is just as important—that of a husband. I cannot simply tell my wife I love her. I have to live it. After all, anyone can say, “I love you.” That requires no great sacrifice. But to feed and nourish another person—that requires a sacrifice that is truly Christlike.
by Bob Burnham, author of Little Lessons from the Saints
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We welcome Fr.Wilbert to St.Bernard’s and Our Lady of the Assumption Parish.
Fr. Wilbert will reside at St. Bernard’s/Our Lady of the Assumption in Calgary and administer the parish until the time of the pastoral moves when he will assume the full-time role of Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Calgary.
Fr. Wilbert was born in the Philippines and ordained to the priesthood at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Calgary in 2004. He has an undergraduate degree in Mass Communication from the Ateneo de Davao University, a Jesuit university in the Philippines, and a Master of Divinity degree from St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario. Fr. Chin Jon has fourteen years of experience in parish ministry.
Fr.Wilbert’s homilies may be found using the “Homilies” menu item on the top of the page.
Gospel: Lk 24:35-48
“Rejoice and be glad!” is what Jesus said on the Sermon on the Mount. It’s also the title of Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation on holiness in day to day life.
The Full text is available on the Vatican Website at the following link:
Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday -Apr.15 – Bl. Caesar de Bus
Monday – Apr.16 – St. Bernadette Soubirous
Tuesday – Apr.17 – St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Wednesday – Apr.18 – Bl. James Oldo
Thursday – Apr.19 – St. Gianna Beretta Molla
Friday – Apr.20 – St. Conrad of Parzham
Saturday – Apr.21 – St. Anselm
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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The door to heaven and key to paradise is through the cross
The centrality of the Gospel message is the cross – but fortunately it does not stop there. Through the cross Jesus defeated our enemies – death and Satan and won pardon for our sins. His cross is the door to heaven and the key to paradise. The way to glory is through the cross. When the disciples saw the risen Lord they disbelieved for joy! How can death lead to life, the cross to victory? Jesus shows us the way and he gives us the power to overcome sin and despair, and everything else that would stand in the way of his love and truth. Just as the first disciples were commissioned to bring the good news of salvation to all the nations, so, we, too, are called to be witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus Christ to all who live on the face of the earth. Do you witness the joy of the Gospel to those around you?
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: The Easter Alleluia, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.
“We are praising God now, assembled as we are here in church; but when we go on our various ways again, it seems as if we cease to praise God. But provided we do not cease to live a good life, we shall always be praising God. You cease to praise God only when you swerve from justice and from what is pleasing to God. If you never turn aside from the good life, your tongue may be silent but your actions will cry aloud, and God will perceive your intentions; for as our ears hear each others voices, so do God’s ears hear our thoughts. ” (excerpt from commentary on Psalm 148)
Text and reflections, courtesy and used with permission – dailyscripture.net
Pope Francis New Apostolic Exhortation: Gaudete et Exsultate
Read Pope Francis’ newest Apostolic Exhortation ‘Gaudete et Exsultate’ (Rejoice and be glad – Matthew 5:12) on the call to holiness in today’s world. Find link to the letter at http://news.calgarydiocese.ca
Youth Rally 2018 – CANCELLED
The Youth Office, in consultation with Bishop McGrattan and his Presbyteral Council, has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Youth Rally due to the low number of registrations. Under the guidance of our new Bishop, all of the Offices of the Pastoral Centre are under review and striving to renew themselves. Please be assured that our office seeks to develop and execute strong youth programs. The Diocese firmly believes in the youth and remains committed to help the youth grow in their faith. We thank you for your interest in participating/volunteering or chaperoning at the Youth Rally. For more information contact 403-218-5507.
New Evangelization Summit
Live from Ottawa April 27-28, this webcast will be streamed to sites across North America including Calgary at St. Mary’s University, 14500 Bannister Rd. SE. Speakers include George Weigel, Curtis Martin, Michael Dopp, Sr. Ann Shields, and Patrick Madrid. For tickets and information contact Eden: firstname.lastname@example.org; 403-461-2748 or visit newevangelization.ca (make sure you select the Calgary location).
‘A Song for Rachel’ Concert
Mark your calendar for “A Song for Rachel” concert, a fun-filled, family fundraising concert and silent auction to support Project Rachel, which is a post-abortion healing, and reconciliation ministry supported by the Diocese of Calgary. Everyone is invited to attend this event. Silent auction opens at 6:00 pm and concert begins at 7 pm, Friday, April 27 at St. Michael’s Parish, 800 – 85 St. SW. Tickets on sale at $15/person or $35/family. Tickets may be purchased at St. Michael church office (403-249-0423), on-line at http://events.calgarydiocese.ca or 403-218-5505, and at the door during the evening of the concert. Call 403-218-5505 to donate silent auction items.
Diocesan Pastoral Care Course
The Health Care Apostolate will be hosting the Spring Diocesan Pastoral Care Course Thursday evenings May 3 – June 14 from 6:30am – 9:30pm. The program will be held at St. Cecilia’s Parish, 321 – 90 Ave SE. This course will introduce you to the basic visiting skills required for Pastoral Care Ministry in the health care facilities or parish. Registration fee: $50. For more information and to register, call 403-218-5501, or register online under News & Events at http://events.calgarydiocese.ca
Sing the Liturgy: Wedding Music Workshop
If you work with couples to prepare music for weddings or if you cantor or accompany for weddings, this workshop is for you! This spirited day of learning, singing, and community will introduce the musical changes in the new Order of Celebrating Matrimony as well as common issues that arise in helping couples select music for their marriage liturgy. The workshop will take place twice: Saturday April 28. St. Bonaventure Church, Calgary, 10 am – 3 pm, and Saturday May 5. Our Lady of the Assumption Church (All Saints Parish), Lethbridge, 10 am – 3pm. Register at http://liturgy.calgarydiocese.ca If you have any questions, call the Office of Liturgy at 403-218-5524/403-218-5511 or e-mail email@example.com
Day of Compassion
Come celebrate a “Day of Compassion” on Saturday May 5, from 9 pm to 3 pm with Fr. Glenn Zimmer, Director of Qu’Appelle House of Prayer. Join in the festivities of this one day event that includes Mass, Presentations on the topic of Compassion and great food prepared by the ladies of St. Stephen’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Calgary. Pope Francis continually invites and urges us to become a source of true mercy and compassion in this world. This day is dedicated to this cause! To register call Nibal at 403-218-5501 or firstname.lastname@example.org
THEOLOGY OF DATING EVENT
Theology of Dating: Discerning the Vocation of Marriage with Fr. Cristino Bouvette & Jocelyn Boissonneault will be held on May 8, at 7:15 pm at China Rose, 228-28th Street SE, Calgary. Event is free. Please come early and patronize. Register at http://www.CatholicSpeedDating.caor for more information contact Rose at email@example.com or (587)-333-1099.
Marriage Preparation “For Better & For Ever”
“For Better & For Ever…” Marriage Preparation, accepts all couples preparing for marriage. Due to the small group setting it allows us to focus on couples in one or more of the following circumstances: living together, previously married, beginning marriage with children, couples 45+, or those who wish to have their marriage blessed in the Church. Upcoming Dates: May 28 / June 15-16 and June 4 / June 23-23. For more dates, registration or information, contact 403-218-5505 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Providence Creche, 75th Anniversary
Providence (formerly known as Providence Creche, and later as Providence Children’s Centre) is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year (Sep. 30). Started as a home for abandoned babies by a group of CWL women in 1943, it grew into an orphanage run for many years by the Sisters of Providence. Over 75 years, Providence has adapted to the changing needs of the community and today operates six preschools and many community programs for young children with disabilities and their families. They would love to hear from anyone who has had a connection to Providence over those 75 years – as a child in care, as a staff member or a volunteer; or if you attended the childcare or other programs offered over the years. Please visit www.providencechildren.com/75years to view some rarely seen photos from the Sisters of Providence archives, and to share your story. You can also email or call Sandi at email@example.com or call 403-255-5577.
The Bible and the Virgin Mary
The Bible and the Virgin Mary, unveils the mystery of Our Lady that is woven into the fabric of Sacred Scripture. Do you fully understand the vital role she plays in your life? Can you explain her role in God’s plan for the world? While Catholics know that Mary is important, many never fully grasp how essential she really is. This 12 week study begins on Tuesday May 1st to July 17th at 7pm (optional Mass at 6:30pm). Location: Our Lady of Fatima Church – 4747 30 St. SE, Calgary. For registration and information contact Linda at 403-289-7124 or call 403-700-7124. Cost is $20 for the textbook and $25 for the optional journal.
ASCENSION BUILDING FUNDRAISING EVENT
Come to the Mother’s Day fitness class on Saturday May 12th from 2:30 to 4 PM with Zin Selina Cruz at the Notre Dame HS Gymnasium (11900 Country Village Link NE Calgary). For more information call Selina at 403-651-7443. Ticket is $15. Proceeds go to Ascension Catholic Parish Building Fund.
- RITA’S, ROCKYFORD PARISH 100th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Save the date for the Centennial celebration of St. Rita’s Parish: Saturday, June 16 at St. Rita’s Parish, Rockyford, 3 pm. Anniversary Mass will be celebrated by Bishop William McGrattan. The dedication of the new Stations of the Cross Anniversary Project in St. Rita’s Cemetery, program, banquet, and fellowship will follow at the Rockyford Community Centre. Registration fee: $20 per individual; $60 per family. Contact: Patsy Kathol at 403-533-2139 or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org to register by May 15.
Catholic Speed Dating Event
Visit www.CatholicSpeedDating.ca or call Rose 587-333-1099 for more information and to register for our upcoming Events: Friday, April 20th Easter Event at St. Paul’s Church in Airdrie (Age Range: Women: 24 to 32 & Men: 27 to 35) -&- (Age Range: Women: 33 to 41 & Men: 36 to 44) -&- (Age Range: Women: 45+ & Men: 45+).
Employment Opportunities in the Diocese of Calgary
There are employment opportunities available at the Diocese. See www.calgarydiocese.ca under Careers.
NEWS.CalgaryDiocese.caFind out what’s happening in the Diocese of Calgary at http://NEWS.calgarydiocese.ca – your news hub for events & announcements around the Diocese. For more about this publication: email@example.com
“Lord Jesus, open our minds to understand the Scriptures that we may fully comprehend the truth of your word. Anoint us with your power and give us joy and boldness to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed.”
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.