July 14 – Feast of St. Kateri Tekiwitha

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (‘ɡaderi deɡaˈɡwita in Mohawk), given the name Tekakwitha, baptized as Catherine and informally known as Lily of the Mohawks (1656 – April 17, 1680),  was an Algonquin–Mohawk laywoman. Born in the Mohawk village of Ossernenon, on the south side of the Mohawk River, she contracted smallpox in an epidemic; her family died and her face was scarred. She converted to Roman Catholicism at age nineteen, when she…Keep Reading

July 16 – Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The Flos Carmeli – Flower of Carmel   Devotion to Our Lady under this title is perhaps one of the oldest in the Church; in fact, it may have been started within her own lifetime.  It is believed that she visited on Mount Carmel the hermetical spiritual descendants of Prophet Elias and the “Sons of the Prophet,” who  lived a life of solitary prayer and meditation on that mountain.  These…Keep Reading

Latest Research on the Shroud of Turin – It Bears Blood of a Torture Victim.

From the National Catholic Register: ” New research indicates that the Shroud of Turin shows signs of blood from a torture victim and undermines arguments that the reputed burial shroud of Jesus Christ was painted. Very small particles attached to the linen fibers of the shroud “have recorded a scenario of great suffering, whose victim was wrapped up in the funeral cloth,” said Elvio Carlino, a researcher at the Institute…Keep Reading

Novena to the Holy Spirit

This is the one of the oldest   of all novenas. It commemorates the nine days between the Ascension of Our Lord and the descent of the Holy Ghost on the first Pentecost Sunday. During this time Our Lady and the twelve Apostles prayed in the Cenacle for the coming of the Paraclete. Our Lord Himself instituted this novena, and it is celebrated every year by the whole Church. This novena…Keep Reading

Indulgences for the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions of Our Lady

This year, the Church celebrates the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady to the three children in Fatima, Portugal. Fr. Fabio De Souza, of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, has an article on the Diocese of Calgary website, that talks of the Indulgence granted by Bishop McGrattan : “By decree of the Bishop of Calgary and in honour of the Centennial Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, the faithful…Keep Reading

The Shroud of Turin – A Quantum Hologram?

The Shroud of Turin has always fascinated. Is it merely, as secular society would have it, a man made painting? Or is it, as we,the faithful hold it to be, the actual image of Christ, imprinted on his burial cloth at the moment of His Resurrection? In 2004, Dame Isabel Piczek—a Hungarian trained particle physicist and internationally renowned monumental artist—believed she had  uncovered hard, scientific evidence that Jesus Christ did,…Keep Reading

Crucifixion – The Physiology of Death on the Cross.

Crucifixion was the ultimate method of capitol punishment in the Roman Empire, reserved for the worst offenses against the state, reserved for slaves, foreigners, revolutionaries, and vile criminals. The only time a Roman citizen was ever crucified was for desertion from the army. Crucifixion was intended to be a public death, a warning, carried out so as to cause the most humiliation, and the most extreme amounts of pain. In…Keep Reading

Diocese of Calgary – 2017 Pastoral moves and Assignments

The Diocese of Calgary has just released the list of2017 Pastoral Moves and Assignments.  Our own Fr.Nathan stays with us as Pastor, and has also been assigned to the Office of Diocesan Master Of Ceremonies. Please pray for him as he takes on this new role. The full list of moves and assignments is available here as a PDF – Diocese of Calgary Pastoral Moves 2017

Video Series – Understanding the Mass – Fr.Cristino Bouvette

Fr. Cristino’s Lenten series: “Eagerly Have I Desired to Share this Meal with You: Understanding the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass” is a six part lecture series explaining the nature and structure of the Mass. These lectures have been produced as a video series and may be viewed at the following links: Understanding the Mass, Week 1 of 6, Basic Principles of Liturgy Understanding the Mass, Week 2 of 6,…Keep Reading

The Seven Last Words of Christ Lenten Retreat – Video Links

The Lenten Retreat Series – The Seven Last Words of Christ will be available as videos and transcripts on Swords of Truth.  Links below will be updated as new videos become available. 7 Last Words of Christ: 1st Word by Fr. Jerome 7 Last Words of Christ: 2nd Word by Fr. Nathan 7 Last Words of Christ: 3rd Word by Fr. Jonathan 7 Last Words of Christ: 4th Word – by Fr. Jerome 7…Keep Reading

Confronting The Devil during Lent.

From Fr. Nathan: In October 2014, Pope Francis remarked that “in this generation, like so many others, people have been led to believe that the devil is a myth, a figure, an idea,the idea of evil. But the devil exists and we must fight against him.” Many seek to deny the devil’s existence and in doing so make themselves more susceptible to his influence, most especially his ability to tempt…Keep Reading

Video – An Interview with Bishop McGrattan

Salt and Light TV interviewed Bishop McGrattan on his upcoming move to Calgary.

Feb.22 – Feast of the Chair of St.Peter

In an article on the Word on Fire blog, Fr.Steve Grunow explains… “Today the Church celebrates a curiously named feast called “the Chair of Saint Peter.” The “chair” references an actual piece of furniture that is encased in a monumental sculpture by Bernini located in the apse of St. Peter’s Basilica.” The complete article may be read HERE:

Why do we still sing in Latin? – Latin during Lent.

From Fr.Nathan: There is a common misconception in the Catholic Church that the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council sought to eliminate the use of the Latin language during the Holy Mass. The introduction of translations of the Holy Mass in peoples’ own languages have been of great benefit to the People of God in allowing them to understand the various prayers and rites of the Holy Mass. However,…Keep Reading

Signs of Holiness – The Veiled Tabernacle

You have probably noticed that there are now  veils over top of the tabernacles in our two church buildings. In both the Old and New Testaments, veils were placed in the vicinity of places and liturgical items of notable sanctity and importance. In the Book of Exodus, we read that when the People of Israel built their tent or tabernacle sanctuary in the desert, the holiest part of the tent,…Keep Reading

Jan.28 – Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas is the preeminent spokesman of the Catholic tradition of reason and of divine revelation. He is one of the great teachers of the medieval Catholic Church, honored with the titles Doctor of the Church and Angelic Doctor. His greatest contribution to the Catholic Church is his writings. The unity, harmony and continuity of faith and reason, of revealed and natural human knowledge, pervades his writings. One might expect…Keep Reading

A Biblical Archaeology Moment – The Holy Sepulcher.

On October 20th, 2016, one of the most exciting events in centuries took place: the opening of the marble slab guarding the place tradition claims was the tomb of Jesus, inside the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. What was  found by archaeologists? Read the full account in an article entitled: The Holy Sepulcher: Archaeology says the Evangelists were right !

Proclamation of Easter and the Moveable Feasts 2017

Know, dear brethren (brothers and sisters), that, as we have rejoiced at the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, so by leave of God’s mercy we announce to you also the joy of his Resurrection, who is our Savior. On the first day of March will fall Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of the fast of the most sacred Lenten season. On the sixteenth day of April you will celebrate…Keep Reading

Jan.03 – Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

While Saint Paul might be credited for starting the  devotion to the Holy Name because he wrote in Philippians that God the Father gave Christ Jesus “that name that is above every name” , this devotion became popular because of 12th-century Cistercians and  especially through the preaching of Saint Bernardine of Siena, a 15th-century Franciscan.  Bernardine used devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus as a way of overcoming bitter…Keep Reading

Jan.01 – Feast of Holy Mary, Mother of God

image – da Sassoferato – 1640 Mary’s divine motherhood broadens the Christmas spotlight. Mary has an important role to play in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.he precise title “Mother of God” goes back at least to the third or fourth century. In the Greek form Theotokos (God-bearer), it became the touchstone of the Church’s teaching about the Incarnation. The Council of Ephesus in 431 insisted that the holy Fathers were…Keep Reading

Chalking the Door: An Epiphany House Blessing

“Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and literally mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home. With time the chalk will fade. As it does we let the meaning of the symbols written sink into the depths of our heart and be manifest in our words and actions the Latin words, Christus mansionem benedictat, “May Christ bless the house.” A traditional way…Keep Reading

Dec.26 – Feast of St.Stephen

image – Domenico Ghirlandio,1494 The Book ofActs says that Stephen was a man filled with grace and power, who worked great wonders among the people. Certain Jews, debated with Stephen but proved no match for the wisdom and spirit with which he spoke. They persuaded others to make the charge of blasphemy against him. He was seized and carried before the Sanhedrin. In his defense, Stephen recalled God’s guidance through…Keep Reading

The “O Antiphons” of Advent

The “O Antiphons”, are Magnificat antiphons used at Vespers of the last seven days of Advent in Western Christian traditions. They are also used as the alleluia verses on the same days in the  Mass. The Cathodic Church has been singing the “O Antiphons” since at least the eighth century.   They are referred to as the “O Antiphons” because the title of each one begins with the interjection “O”. Each…Keep Reading

Dec.14 – Feast of St. John of the Cross

Saint John of the Cross  was a major figure of the Counter-Reformation, a Spanish mystic, a Roman Catholic saint, a Carmelite friar and a priest who was born at Fontiveros, Old Castile. John of the Cross was a reformer in the Carmelite Order of his time and the movement he helped initiate, along with Saint Teresa of Ávila, eventually led to the establishment of the Discalced Carmelites, though neither he…Keep Reading

Dec. 17 – Feast of St.Hildegard von Bingen

  “In the year 1141…a fiery light, flashing intensely, came from the open vault of heaven and poured through my whole brain. Like a flame that is hot without burning, it kindled all my heart and all my breast, just as the sun warms anything on which its rays fall. And suddenly I could understand what such books as the Psalter, the Gospels and the other Catholic volumes both of…Keep Reading