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

Dec.11 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadeloupe

Legion Of Mary

The Mary Queen of Angels Praesidium meets on Wednesdays at 5:30pm at St. Bernard’s. New members (Catholics 18 years of age and older) are always welcome. For information, contact Louisa at: 403-264-6424 The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serve the Church and their neighbour on a…Keep Reading

Sept. 12 – Feast of the Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“It is said: And the Virgin’s name was Mary. Let us speak a few words upon this name, which signifieth, being interpreted, Star of the Sea, and suiteth very well the Maiden Mother, who may very meetly be likened unto a star. A star giveth forth her rays without any harm to herself, and the Virgin brought forth her Son without any hurt to her virginity. The light of a…Keep Reading

Mary at the Foot of the Cross

“One of the hardest things to wrap our heads around as Christians is the nature of Jesus – fully human, yet fully divine. Like the Virgin Mary we often ponder: How can this be? Not that we doubt it’s possible, because God is God and we know that nothing is impossible for Him.1But our explanations somehow fall short, as if we lack the capacity, or the language, to fully describe…Keep Reading

Springs Welling Up to Eternal Life – Lourdes

The Book of Genesis testifies that the Garden of Paradise was sustained by a “stream welling up out of the earth that was watering the surface of the ground.”  These words recall for me not only the mysterious event of creation, but another supernatural intervention that changed the life of an impoverished girl from a small town nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees in France. In an article at Word…Keep Reading

Rosary of the Seven Sorrows

The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows, also known as the Chaplet of Seven Sorrows or the Servite Rosary, is a Rosary based prayer that originated with the Servite Order. It is often said in connection with the Seven Sorrows of Mary. It is a rosary consisting of a ring of seven groups of seven beads separated by a small medal depicting one of the sorrows of Mary, or a single…Keep Reading

The Mystery of Mary, Mother of God.

In an article at Word on Fire – Fr.Steve Grunow explores the mystery of Mary the Mother of God. “Today, while much of the world marks the new beginning of the calendar year, the Church commemorates the great solemnity of the Mother of God. What does this mean? That the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of God means that the child— conceived in her womb by the power of…Keep Reading

“Have you seen her?” Apparitions of Mary

From Swords of Truth [- “Apparitions are wonderful gifts that are meant to inspire people – to support us in our faith and help us draw closer to God. So it might seem confusing to suggest that such reports might also be disturbing. But in today’s high-tech culture, ‘eye-witness’ accounts of alleged apparitions are transmitted so rapidly around the world that it can be tempting to accept them as authentic…Keep Reading

Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn.

“Of the nine gates that were once part of the defensive walls encircling the old, medieval city of Vilnius, only one remains. Built between 1503 and 1522, the Gate of Dawn is one of Vilnius’ most important religious, historical, and cultural monuments. It owes its significance to the fact that the chapel built over its arch is home to the icon of the “Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy” –…Keep Reading

The Legion of Mary at St.Bernards

The Mary Queen of Angels Praesidium meets on Wednesdays at 5:30pm at St. Bernard’s. New members (Catholics 18 years of age and older) are always welcome. For information, contact Louisa at: 403-264-6424 More information on Mary Queen of Angels Praesidium  may be found HERE on our website  

To Jesus Through Mary

From the work “Christ is Passing By” by St. Josemaría Escrivá “Seeing how so many Christians express their affection for the Virgin Mary, surely you also feel more a part of the Church, closer to those brothers and sisters of yours. It is like a family reunion. Grown-up children, whom life has separated, come back to their mother for some family anniversary. And even if they have not always got…Keep Reading

The Joy of Consecration to Mary

For centuries, Marian devotions among Roman Catholics have included many examples of personal or collective acts of consecration and entrustment to the Virgin Mary, with the Latin terms oblatio, servitus, commendatio and dedicatio having been used in this context.Consecration is an act by which a person is dedicated to a sacred service. Sword of Truth’s Kelley Holy looks at the joy total Consecration to Mary can bring. Bound to Mary,…Keep Reading

Mary was born a Saint.

St Alphonsus Liguori affirms that the Immaculate Conception of Mary means that, full of grace and without stain of sin, Mary was born a Saint. “To begin with the first point, it is certain that Mary’s soul was the most beautiful that God had ever created: nay more, after the work of the Incarnation of the Eternal Word, this was the greatest and most worthy of himself that an omnipotent…Keep Reading

The Holy Name of Mary

A homily of St. Bernard, Abbot & Doctor “And the Virgin’s name was Mary.” Let us speak a little about this name, which is said to mean “star of the sea,” and which so well befits the Virgin Mother. Rightly is she likened to a star. As a star emits a ray without being dimmed, so the Virgin brought forth her Son without receiving any injury. The ray takes naught…Keep Reading

The Humility of Mary

Humility is essential for the development of all the virtues. Saint Alphonsus Liguori teaches that Mary had perfection in humility. “Humility,” says St. Bernard of Clairveaux, “is the foundation and guardian of virtues;” and with reason, for without it no other virtue can exist in a soul. Should she possess all virtues, all will depart when humility is gone. But, on the other hand, as St. Francis de Sales wrote…Keep Reading