Oct.18 – Our Lady of Schoenstatt

Oct.18 is the date of the Founding Document on Schoenstatt, which was written in 1914. We at St.Bernard’s Parish are blessed to have a Schoenstatt Shrine. There is an excellent article on our shrine and the history of  Schoenstatt on the  Swords of Truth website. That article may be read HERE: Prayer to Our Lady of Schoenstatt Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt, Help me to live each…Keep Reading

Oct.01 – Feast of St.Thérèse of Lisieux

Sept. 29 – Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels

image by and courtesy of Fr.Travis Myrheim, Zenon Park Saskatchewan Pope St. Gregory the Great distinguishes between angels and archangels: “Those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels.” The Catechism explains: “From infancy to death human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. ‘Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him…Keep Reading

Sept.23 – Feast of St.Padre Pio

St. Padre Pio was an Italian priest who was known for his piety and charity, as well as the gift of the stigmata. St. Padre Pio was born Francesco Forgione, on May 25, 1887, in Pietrelcina, Italy. His parents were peasant farmers. He had an older brother and three younger sisters, as well as two other siblings who died in infancy. As a child, he was very religious and by…Keep Reading

Oct.07 – Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Today the Church commemorates the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a celebration that has its origin not, as it would seem, in simply a prayer, but in a battle. On October 7th, 1571 a fleet of ships assembled by the combined forces of Naples, Sardinia, Venice, the Papacy, Genoa, Savoy and the Knights Hospitallers fought an intense battle with the fleet of the Ottoman Empire. The battle took…Keep Reading

Sept.26 – Feast of St. Jean Brébeuf & St. Isaac Jogues & the Canadian Martyrs

“French Jesuits were the first missionaries to go to Canada and North America after J. Cartier discovered Canada in 1534. Their mission region extended from Nova Scotia to Maryland. Isaac Jogues, John de Brebeuf, Gabriel Lalemant, Noel Chabanel, Charles Garnier, Anthony Daniel, Rene Goupil and John de Lalande (the first six Jesuits, the last two laymen) preached the gospel to the Iroquois and Huron Indians, and after being tortured, they…Keep Reading

Sept.14 – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross        

An Article on Mass Intentions, courtesy of Fr. Travis Myrheim

In a blog post, Fr. Travis Myrheim of the Pasquia Area Catholic Church parishes of Notre Dame de la Nativité, Zenon Park, St. Lucy, Arborfield, and Canadian Martyrs, Carrot River, talks about Mass Intentions and their importance. The full article may be read  here: Mass Intentions  

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

The Daily Examen – an Ignatian Spiritual Tool

The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us. The Examen is an ancient practice that can help us see God’s hand at work in our lives. The Examen is described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. St. Ignatius thought that the Examen was a gift that came directly from God, and that God wanted…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

The Comeback of the Cassock.

Does you see more priests in cassocks these days? Well, you’re not alone. In an article, Msgr. Charles Pope looks at and gives his views on the cassock, and why it’s making a comeback. His article may be read HERE: HAC for Fr.Nathan

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