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Gospel: Mark 1:14-20
“After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” As he passed by the Sea of Galilee,he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them,”Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.They too were in a boat mending their nets.Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.”
Lenten Soup Dinners and Stations of the Cross:
Beginning on Friday February 16th, we will resume our Parish’s Lenten custom of hosting Friday Soup Dinners, followed by the praying of the Stations of the Cross. The Soup Dinner will begin at 6:00pm and the Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm.
Please help to contribute to these dinners by making a meatless soup and/or providing bread and buns. We are also asking that you RVSP for dinner so we know how much soup and bread needs to be provided. To volunteer to provide soup and bread for the dinners and to RSVP, please contact Monique Tobicoe at firstname.lastname@example.org or (403) 288-4986.
The Lenten Dinners/Stations of the Cross will occur on the following dates:
Friday February 16th at Our Lady of the Assumption
Friday February 23rd at St. Bernard’s
Friday March 2nd at Our Lady of the Assumption
Friday March 9th at St. Bernard’s
Friday March 16th at Our Lady of the Assumption
Friday March 23rd at St. Bernard’s
Holy Week Liturgies:
The liturgies for Holy Week 2018 (Holy Thursday (March 29), Good Friday (March 30) and the Easter Vigil (March 31)) will take place at Our Lady of the Assumption Church. These are the reasons they will take place in Our Lady of the Assumption instead of St. Bernard’s:
Firstly, the number of our parishioners has grown and based on the attendance at the Holy Week liturgies last year, in particular Good Friday, St. Bernard’s church has become too small to accommodate our entire parish community. The Church envisions that a parish’s celebration of the Holy Week liturgies take place in one church building as opposed to having the various celebrations in multiple locations.
Secondly, Fr. Cristino Bouvette, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Calgary, and the University of Calgary Catholic Community, have asked that they be able to use St. Bernard’s church for their Holy Week liturgies. While the university community have used our churches in the past for the Easter Vigil, they have also requested to have celebrations for their community on Holy Thursday and Good Friday at St. Bernard’s. St. Bernard’s church is the ideal size for their community.
Finally, Emmanuel Syrian Orthodox Community, who have been weekly meeting at St. Bernard’s for their Sunday Divine Liturgy, have also inquired about using St. Bernard’s church for some of their own Holy Week celebrations.
Easter Sunday Mass (April 1st) will take place at 9:00am at St. Bernard’s and at 11:00am at Our Lady of the Assumption.
Thank you for your understanding in regards to this matter.
Peace, Fr. Nathan
The relic pilgrimage is a gift for the Church in Canada at the close of our 150th anniversary year, bringing the famous relic of St. Francis Xavier to North America for the first time in generations. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to venerate the incorrupt first class relic of one of the greatest missionaries and evangelists since St. Paul the Apostle.
Details of the Calgary segment of the Pilgrimage are:
21 January 2018
St Albert the Great Church
10 Prestwick Drive SE, Calgary, AB T2Z 4J6
|1:00 pm to 4:30 pm Public Veneration
5:00 pm Mass with +McGrattan
6:00 pm to 10pm Public Veneration
(6:00 pm to 6:30 pm Welcome address)
(6:30 pm Procession of the Relic and Litany of St Francis Xavier)
(6:50 pm Address by +McGrattan)
(7:20 pm Final blessing by +McGrattan)
(7:30 pm Relic Talk: Life of St Francis Xavier and the 3 graces)
6:30 pm to 10:00 pm Public Veneration
Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday – Jan.21 – St.Agnes
Monday – Jan.22 – St.Vincent de Zargossa
Tuesday – Jan.23 – St.Marianne Cope
Wednesday – Jan.24 – St.Francis de Sales
Thursday – Jan.25 – Conversion of St Paul
Friday – Jan.26 – Sts. Timothy and Titus
Saturday – Jan.27 – St.Angela Merici
HAC for Fr.Nathan
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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Like fishermen – we are called to gather in people for the kingdom of Christ
When Jesus preached the gospel message he called others to follow as his disciples and he gave them a mission – “to catch people for the kingdom of God.” What kind of disciples did he choose? Smelly fishermen! In the choice of the first apostles we see a characteristic feature of Jesus’ work: he chose very ordinary people. They were non-professionals, had no wealth or position. They were chosen from the common people who did ordinary things, had no special education, and no social advantages. Jesus wanted ordinary people who could take an assignment and do it extraordinarily well. He chose these individuals, not for what they were, but for what they would be capable of becoming under his direction and power.
When the Lord calls us to serve, we must not think we have nothing to offer. The Lord takes what ordinary people, like us, can offer and uses it for greatness in his kingdom. Do you believe that God wants to work in and through you for his glory?
Jesus speaks the same message to us today: we will “catch people” for the kingdom of God if we allow the light of Jesus Christ to shine through us. God wants others to see the light of Christ in us in the way we live, speak, and witness the joy of the gospel. Paul the Apostles says, But thanks be to God, who in Christ Jesus always leads us in triumph, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing (2 Corinthians 2:15). Do you witness to those around you the joy of the Gospel and do you pray for your neighbors, co-workers, and relatives that they may come to know the Lord Jesus Christ and grow in the knowledge of his love?
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: Common people on an uncommon mission, by Eusebius of Caesarea (260/263-340 AD)
“Reflect on the nature and grandeur of the one Almighty God who could associate himself with the poor of the lowly fisherman’s class. To use them to carry out God’s mission baffles all rationality. For having conceived the intention, which no one ever before had done, of spreading his own commands and teachings to all nations, and of revealing himself as the teacher of the religion of the one Almighty God to all humanity, he thought good to use the most unsophisticated and common people as ministers of his own design. Maybe God just wanted to work in the most unlikely way. For how could inarticulate folk be made able to teach, even if they were appointed teachers to only one person, much less to a multitude? How should those who were themselves without education instruct the nations?… When he had thus called them as his followers, he breathed into them his divine power, and filled them with strength and courage. As God himself he spoke God’s true word to them in his own way, enabling them to do great wonders, and made them pursuers of rational and thinking souls, by empowering them to come after him, saying: ‘Come, follow me, and I will make you fish for people’ (Mark 1:17, Matthew 4:19). With this empowerment God sent them forth to be workers and teachers of holiness to all the nations, declaring them heralds of his own teaching.” (excerpt from PROOF OF THE GOSPEL 3.7)
Text and reflections, courtesy and used with permission – dailyscripture.net
“Lord Jesus, you have called me personally by name, just as you called your first disciples, Simon, Andrew, James, and John. Help me to believe your word and follow you faithfully. Fill me with the joy of the gospel that your light may shine through me to many others.”
HAC for Fr.Nathan
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.