Feast of Our Lady of the Assumption:
The Assumption of Our Lady –August 15. The Church celebrates the Feast Day of the Assumption of Our Lady when according to our faith, the Holy Mother, having completed her course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”.
Please join us to celebrate The Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Holy Mother special feast on August 15, (Thursday), at 7:00 pm Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption Church.
- Readings: Revelation 11:19a, 12:1-6a, 10ab; Psalm 45:10, 11, 12, 16; 1 Corinthians 15:20-27; Luke 1:39-56
- Prayers: The Hail Mary
- Other Names for the Feast: The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; the Assumption of Mary Into Heaven; the Dormition of the Theotokos; the Falling Asleep of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Because it signifies the Blessed Virgin’s passing into eternal life, it is one of the most important of all Marian feasts.
More on the Feast of The Assumption of Our Lady may be found HERE: in our Catechetical Corner.
Feast of St. Bernard
The Feast Day of Saint Bernard is August 20. St. Bernard, a Doctor of the Church thanks to his writings and sermons which greatly influenced Europe during the 12th century.
Please join us to celebrate the St. Bernard’s Feast day on August 20, (Tuesday), at 7:00 pm at St. Bernard’s Church. All are invited to attend.
Prayer by St. Bernard of Clairvaux
The Marian Devotion:
- Our Mediatrix and Advocate
O blessed Lady, you found grace, brought forth the Life,
and became the Mother of Salvation.
May you obtain the grace for us to go to the Son.
- By your mediation,
may we be received by the One
who through you, gave himself to us.
May your integrity compensate with him for the fault of our corruption;
and may your humility, which is pleasing to God,
implore pardon for our vanity.
- May your great charity cover the multitude of our sins;
and may your glorious fecundity confer on us a
fecundity of merits.
Dear Lady, our Mediatrix and Advocate, reconcile us to your Son,
recommend us to him,and present us to your Son.
- By the grace your found,
by the privilege you merited,
by the mercy you brought forth, obtain for us the following favor,
O blessed Lady.
- May the One who – thanks to you – came down to share our infirmity and wretchedness
make us share –again thanks to you –
his glory and beatitude:
Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord,
who reigns in heaven and is blessed forever!
Please note that the Parish Office Hours for the Summer will be on the weekdays for the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, but only from 9 30 am until noon, 12 00 pm.
Please continue to visit our website at www.stbernardsparish.ca for updated news.
Happy Summer everyone!
The following changes will be made to the weekly schedule during July and August:
• There will be no Eucharistic Adoration or confessions after the Tuesday evening Mass at St Bernard’s
• There will be no First Friday Adoration at Our Lady of the Assumption
• The Saturday morning Mass at St Bernard’s will be cancelled on July 20 & 27, August 3, 10& 17
Saturday morning Mass will resume on August 24.
• Eucharistic Adorations will resume to their normal schedule starting the first week of September
There is a great need for READERS or LECTORS for the 11 00 am Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption. We currently only have 4 volunteer readers on this team, and we could benefit from 4 more helpers to round out the schedule and team. Young people who have been confirmed are encouraged in a special way to join If you are willing or able to volunteer for the Ministry of Lectors, then please speak to our coordinator Monique Tobicoe, or contact her at pmtobicoe@telus net .
Congratulations and blessings to Cyleene Patrick Boily on the occasion of their Marriage. They are members of the St. Bernard’s Parish and were married on June 15th.
“Best wishes on your marriage, as you build your new lives together with the guidance of Our Lord Jesus Christ”
Sacrament of Confirmation Congratulations!
To: Ronin Jay Angeles, Ziazan Arellano, Nayeli Barajas, Jenna Calvero, Ralf Castillo, Nicholas Chowanetz Lucas, Godard, Lauryn Fong, Efren Jr Garcia, Regie Garcia, Hazel Vorgaard Omonivie Isoa, Ehimare Isoa, and Rayniel Santos.
Congratulations and blessings to all these young people who were Confirmed in our parish last Sunday, June 16 We also had an adult, Faith Isoa receive Confirmation alongside her children. Our whole parish thanks God for all of you and for your growing faith, and we pray to the Lord Jesus Christ to bring you love, peace and guidance.
“Oh, Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me Let me only know your will. Amen”
As we begin the summer season, and as this is the last parish bulletin until September, it is an excellent time to
express my appreciation to the whole parish for all that has happened since our arrival in November. My first word of thanks goes to all of you, who have done so much to help the new priests feel welcome and settle in I can say with confidence you have succeeded! So many offers of generosity, of hospitality and cheerful gifts of help. You have filled our bellies and made us smile.
Around our churches there have been so many who have contributed to the well being of our prayer and our prayer
spaces. There have been teams that have looked after beautifying the spaces, the sacristy and the care of our sacred
items, vestments, and accessories, teams that looked after frozen pipes, and leaky roofs, people who go on trimming,
fixing, weeding, mowing, and gardening. There are teams that continue to look after the needs of celebrating good
liturgy through service, music, and proclamation, those who continue to offer hospitality to foster fellowship following
Mass. There are teams who have helped train and form and support youth to prepare for their sacraments and
helped at the various rituals that followed there are many who have organized acts of service and fundraising for the
well being of the parish and those in need there are humble teams who assist in feeding the poor week after week.
Throughout our parish district there are many families who bring the next generation into our midst breathing life and
hope into our parish community. There are elders who share their memories, wisdom, and guidance. In all of this we see a living parish a community of families that are bound together by baptism, belief, and union with Christ through the sacraments.
It is early, but as the last publication before August, I express a warm word of deep gratitude to Fr Valentine Suum,
who has served faithfully and happily alongside me in partnership providing me with the ability to respond to the
bishop’s call into active ministry earlier than originally expected. As I have been called to continue with this parish as pastor, I am looking forward to sharing life with you here in service, ministry, friendship, and as Christian family.
Have a blessed and happy summer!
Fr. Matthew Emmelkamp
Bishop McGrattan has released the 2018 Clergy moves and assignments. The document (PDF) may be read in full HERE:
We wish all the clergy involved well in their new assignments.