April 17 – Feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha

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

Easter Season with the First Disciples: Mary Magdalene

“So [Mary Magdalene and the other Mary] left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’ And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’” —Matthew 28:8–10 As I watch…Keep Reading

Friday March 31- Good Friday

Wēop eal gesceaft, cwīðdon cyninges fyll. Crīst wæs on rōde. Deað he þær byrigde; hwæðere eft Dryhten aras mid his miclan mihte mannum to helpe….. to þan þæt he eall mann cyn fram hellwara wite alysde  All creation wept, wailed because of the fall of the King. Christ was on the cross. He tasted death there; nevertheless, afterwards the Lord arose to help mankind with his great might…… So that…Keep Reading

March 26 – Feast of St.Margaret Clitherow

St. Margaret Clitherow was born in Middleton, England, in 1555, of protestant parents. In 1571, she married John Clitherow, a well-to-do butcher in York , and a few years later converted to Catholicism.  During the Reformation she harbored fugitive priests, for which she was arrested and imprisoned by the authorities. Recourse was had to every means in an attempt to make her deny her Faith, but she would not recant,…Keep Reading

Ælfric of Eynsham on Ash Wednesday

Ælfric of Eynsham (Old English: Ælfrīc; Latin: Alfricus, Elphricus; c. 955 – c. 1010) was an English abbot, as well as a consummate, prolific writer in Old English of hagiography, homilies, biblical commentaries, and other genres. Aelfric wrote two series of homiles as well as a work on the lives of the saints, in Anglo Saxon. He is also credited with authoring the Old English Hexateuch, was revolutionary, for it was the first…Keep Reading

Bishop McGrattan -Letter on Changes to the Government Requirement for Canada Summer Jobs Program

Bishop McGrattan has issued a statement to members of our Diocese on the changes introduced by the current Federal Liberal government to the  application process for the Summer Jobs funding program in 2018. His letter may be read HERE: Letter from the Bishop Re: Changes to the Government Requirement for Canada Summer Jobs Program 

Chalking of 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

Mass in the Holy Land – In the Language of Jesus – Aramiac

From the CBC news site: “In the hills of the Galilee, the lush region in the Holy Land where it’s said that Jesus Christ grew up, residents of the town of Jish are preparing to celebrate Christmas Mass in the language Jesus spoke. A handful of people from Jish are at the centre of an effort to revive the Aramaic language — centuries after it all but disappeared from the…Keep Reading

Fr. Nathan’s Christmas Message

Prayers for The Lighting of Advent Candles.

Courtesy of Ignatianspirituality.com and Loyolapress.com , come these prayers for the lighting of Advent Candles: First Week: All-powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever. AMEN. Second Week: God of power…Keep Reading

Favourite Advent Traditions – Their Origins and History.

The Advent Wreath and Candles: The concept of the Advent wreath originated among German Lutherans in the 16th Century. However, it was not until three centuries later that the modern Advent wreath took shape. Research by Prof. Haemig of Luther Seminary, St. Paul, points to Johann Hinrich Wichern (1808–1881), a Protestant pastor in Germany and a pioneer in urban mission work among the poor as the inventor of the modern…Keep Reading

An Advent Examen

Laurie Marshanke writing at ignatiansprituality.com offers this Advent Examen: “Begin by taking in a deep breath, taking in God’s love, the light of Christ, the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Exhale all your worries, your challenges, and your fears. During this time of Advent let us reflect on what we can do to prepare for the Lord. 1. Invite the Holy Spirit to help you see the day as the…Keep Reading

Welcome to Formed – a Catholic Online Educational Resource.

Through the generous contribution of an anonymous donor, our Parish is now subscribed to the online  Catholic educational resource known as FORMED. FORMED offers multiple talks, video presentations, sacramental enrichment programs and other exciting materials to help Catholics of all ages acquire a more enriched understanding of the Catholic Faith. FORMED is available to all members of our parish  free of charge. When you visit the FORMED website (www.formed.org), please…Keep Reading

The Call of Christ the King.

From Dot Magis: “One of the central meditations of the Spiritual Exercises is the Call of Christ the King. Imagine a call from an earthly leader who has inspired us, and then imagine Christ calling us to join him in helping him to realize God’s kingdom on earth. Does that excite us or scare us? Does it make us hopeful? What does God’s dream for the world mean for us?”…Keep Reading

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        

October – Month of the Rosary

The month of October  is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. According to an account by fifteenth-century Dominican, Alan de la Roch, Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 after he had been praying and doing severe penances because of his lack of success in combating the Albigensian heresy. Mary praised him for his valiant fight against the heretics and then gave him the Rosary as a mighty weapon, explained its…Keep Reading

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  

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