St.Bernard’s/Our Lady of the Assumption – Holy Week Liturgies Announcement
Holy Week Liturgies:
The liturgies for Holy Week 2018 (Holy Thursday (March 29), Good Friday (March 30) and the Easter Vigil (March 31)) will take place at Our Lady of the Assumption Church. These are the reasons they will take place in Our Lady of the Assumption instead of St. Bernard’s:
Firstly, the number of our parishioners has grown and based on the attendance at the Holy Week liturgies last year, in particular Good Friday, St. Bernard’s church has become too small to accommodate our entire parish community. The Church envisions that a parish’s celebration of the Holy Week liturgies take place in one church building as opposed to having the various celebrations in multiple locations.
Secondly, Fr. Cristino Bouvette, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Calgary, and the University of Calgary Catholic Community, have asked that they be able to use St. Bernard’s church for their Holy Week liturgies. While the university community have used our churches in the past for the Easter Vigil, they have also requested to have celebrations for their community on Holy Thursday and Good Friday at St. Bernard’s. St. Bernard’s church is the ideal size for their community.
Finally, Emmanuel Syrian Orthodox Community, who have been weekly meeting at St. Bernard’s for their Sunday Divine Liturgy, have also inquired about using St. Bernard’s church for some of their own Holy Week celebrations.
Easter Sunday Mass (April 1st) will take place at 9:00am at St. Bernard’s and at 11:00am at Our Lady of the Assumption.
Thank you for your understanding in regards to this matter.
Peace, Fr. Nathan