Gospel Jn 10:11-18
““You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; and what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well” (2 Timothy: 2:1-2).
It is with these words that the Apostle Paul exhorts one of his closest collaborators in undertaking the task of evangelization. In fact, it could be said to have been one of St. Paul’s key strategies: identify the obvious leaders from among the Christian communities he was establishing and invest extra attention and formation in them in order that they could go forth and more effectively preach the Gospel.
A hallmark of the Pontificate of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has been his call to go out to the peripheries. This has become a popular anthem but before we charge out to these peripheries, we should ask a few questions first. Questions such as, who are on the peripheries? What are we bringing them? What’s the most effective way to do so? As exciting and adventurous as it may sound to rush out to those margins inspired by the call of the Pope and love for our Lord, we should do so strategically.
Borrowing the strategy of Paul for Timothy is how we hope to do so with what has become a time-honoured tradition in our diocese and province.
Upon my interim appointment to supervise the Office of Youth Ministry, one of the responsibilities I inherited was to work with our One Rock coordinator, Raluca Ungureanu, in organizing this year’s event. After careful review, under the direction of Bishop McGrattan and with the support of his brother Alberta Bishops, we have significantly modified the event which we are now calling: One Rock 2.0
This will be an event exclusively open to young adults ages 18-35 (married or single) contained to one day at St. Michael’s Church, Calgary on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. Based upon recurring feedback over the years combined with the absolute need to tighten the expense, we have introduced these modifications.
The exciting approach we will begin using to register attendance is designed to directly impact our parishes. We want this day to be an enriching and formative experience for the young adults in our communities who are already showing signs of leadership- our “Timothys”. As delegates from parishes, the young people who attend One Rock 2.0 will be inspired to return home, empowered to be protagonists in the New Evangelization.
In light of the vision our Bishop has set for intentional outreach to young adults in the diocese, soon to be followed upon by the October 2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, now is the time to step up and do all in our power to support the future leaders of our Church. This will require challenging our parishioners to support the next generation — spiritually and materially.
I, along with our dedicated One Rock Steering Committee, have every confidence that this event, though smaller in scope, will be powerful in the intensity of its focus. Not only do we count on your support, but we very much look forward to working together to empower our modern young people to be the up and coming pillars of our parishes and local Church, boldly and strategically reaching into those peripheries with the transformative power of the Gospel.
At this time, here’s what we need you to do:
- Help us spread the word: tell everyone you know between the ages of 18-35 about One Rock 2.0
- Pre-register: have them pre-register at onerock.ca
- Stay updated: keep tabs with us on social media to be in the loop. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @onerockyyc
We’ve gathered an exciting lineup of speakers who will be joining us to make this a truly powerful and memorable experience for our young adults. Who do you know and hope will be at One Rock 2.0? Well, TELL THEM!
Fr. Cristino Bouvette
Director of Vocations
Interim Director of the Office of Youth Ministry
“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.
“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.22 – St. Adalbert of Prague
Monday – Apr.23 – St. George
Tuesday – Apr.24 – St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen
Wednesday – Apr.25 – St. Mark
Thursday – Apr.26 – St.Pedro de San José Betancur
Friday – Apr.27 – St. Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort
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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Jesus is the Good Shepherd and Guardian of our souls
Jesus made three promises to his followers. He promised them everlasting life. If they accept him and follow him, they will have the life of God in them. Jesus also promised them a life that would know no end. Death would not be the end but the beginning; they would know the glory of indestructible life. Jesus promised a life that was secure. Jesus said that nothing would snatch them out of his hand, not even sorrow and death, since he is everlasting life itself. Our lives are safe in his hands.
Do you listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd who calls you to himself?
The words which Jesus spoke upset many of the Jewish leaders. How could he speak with the same authority which God spoke and claim to be equal with God? He must either be insane or divine. Unfortunately some thought he was mad even though he cured a man who was blind from birth. We are faced with the same choice. Either Jesus is who he claims to be – the Son of God and Savior of the world – or the world’s greatest deluder! We cannot be indifferent to his claim. For those who accept him as Lord and Savior he offers the peace and security of unending life and joy with God. Do you know the peace and security of a life fully submitted to Christ?
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: Green pastures and still waters, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.
“The pastures that this good shepherd has prepared for you, in which he has settled you for you to take your fill, are not various kinds of grasses and green things, among which some are sweet to the taste, some extremely bitter, which as the seasons succeed one another are sometimes there and sometimes not. Your pastures are the words of God and his commandments, and they have all been sown as sweet grasses. These pastures had been tasted by that man who said to God, ‘How sweet are your words to my palate, more so than honey and the honeycomb in my mouth!’” (excerpt from Sermon 366,3,1)
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.
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“Lord Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd who keeps watch over our lives. May I be ever attentive to your voice and submit fully to your wise rule for my life. Draw me near to you that I may always find peace and joy in your presence.”
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.