Our Lady of the Assumption Church

7624 – 39 Avenue NW
Calgary, AB , T3B 1X3
The Parish Office is located at this Church
office@stbernardsparish.ca

MASS TIMES
Sunday — 11:00 A.M.
Thursday —  7:00 P.M.
Friday — 9:00 A.M.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:
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St. Bernard’s / Our Lady of the Assumption Parish

We have two churches within the Parish, St. Bernard’s in Parkdale, and Our Lady of the Assumption in Bowness. The Parish Office is located at Our Lady of the Assumption.
St. Bernard’s /Our Lady of the …

St. Bernard’s Church

711 – 37 Street NW
Calgary, AB
T2N 3B9
office@stbernardsparish.ca

MASS TIMES
Saturday — 9:00 A.M.
Saturday — 5:00 P.M.
Sunday — 9:00 A.M.
Tuesday — 7:00 P.M.
Wednesday — 7:00 P.M

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:

Is available  45 minutes before every …

An Advent Celebration from The Churches of Banff

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Advent Door Hanger – HOPE

Enjoy this Advent Door Hanger – HOPE!  (printable PDF)

Hope,Peace,Joy,Love

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Fr. Matthew’s Homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent


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November 29 – 1st Sunday of Advent

 

Gospel : Mark 13.33-37

 

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All Soul’s Day – Book of Remembrance

Holy Mother Church dedicates the Month of November to pray for all our faithful departed. Please write the names of all your loved departed family members, friends, and for all those whom you would like to include in prayer by the community. Please send your completed list to the parish office by email (or in person) at office@stbernardsparish.ca. All names submitted will be added to the parish Book of Remembrance for 2020.

2020 Book of Remembrance Fillable Form

Please note the Book of Remembrance form is an editable PDF – It can be filled in after downloading, and saved, then emailed to the Office

 

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A letter from Fr. Matthew – First Sacraments Registration – 2020-2021

Fr. Matthew’s Letter to the Parish concerning First Sacraments Registration for 2020-2021. The registration form is also attached. (it may also be found in the Parish Forms page) (please note that in the previous version of Fr.Matthew’s letter the information session date/time was incorrect. The correct date and time is Sunday, October 18, at 3:00, at Our Lady of the Assumption Church.

Fr. Matthew’s Letter to the Parish concerning First Sacraments Registration for 2020-2021
2020-2021 First Sacraments (1st Communion and 1st Reconciliation) Registration Form

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St. Bernard’s / Our Lady of the Assumption – Mass Attendance Registrations

Note: Registration for weekday Masses closes at 2 pm the day of the Mass, For Friday 9am and Saturday 9am Masses, cut-off for online registration will be 2pm the previous day. For all Saturday 5:00 PM and Sunday Masses, registration will close at 12:00 on Saturdays.

Also, even if registration has been closed or “deactivated” for a particular Mass, you can still see the total number of people registered (i.e.  23/43) – in this case it shows that there is plenty of room left. You can still feel free to attend Mass and register in person when you arrive.

Masses:

Tuesday, December 01  7:00 PM – St. Bernard’s  SIGNUP FORM
Wednesday, December 02 7:00 PM  – St. Bernard’s SIGNUP FORM
Thursday, December 03 7:00 PM – Our Lady of the Assumption SIGNUP FORM 
Friday, December 04 9:00 AM  – Our Lady of the Assumption SIGNUP FORM
Saturday, December 05 9:00 AM – St. Bernard’s   SIGNUP FORM
Saturday, December 05 5:00 PM  – St. Bernard’s    SIGNUP FORM
Sunday, December 06 9:00 AM  – St. Bernard’s   SIGNUP FORM
Sunday, December 06 11:00 AM  – Our Lady of the Assumption SIGNUP FORM
 

STFX Chaplaincy Masses:

Sunday, December 06 11:30 AM Mass SIGNUP FORM
Sunday, December 06  
2:30 PM Mass SIGNUP FORM

 

 

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From Fr.Matthew – Instructions for Parishioners on Attending Resumed Masses

Sunday & Weekday Mass at St. Bernard’s Parish will resume on Saturday, June 6, 2020

Beginning with the Saturday 5pm Mass, our normal weekly schedule for Mass will resume:

  • Tuesdays 7pm: St. Bernard’s ChurchWednesdays 7pm: St. Bernard’s Church

  • Thursdays 7pm: Our Lady of the Assumption Church

  • Fridays 9am: Our Lady of the Assumption Church

  • Saturdays 9am   &   5pm: St. Bernard’s Church

  • Sundays 9am: St. Bernard’s Church

  • Sundays 11am: Our Lady of the Assumption Church

Also Please note that the STFX Chaplaincy has two Masses at St.Bernard’s.

  • Sunday  – 11:30 AM

  • Sunday  –  2:30 PM

Note: Registration for weekday Masses closes at 2 pm the day of the Mass, For Friday 9am and Saturday 9am Masses, cut-off for online registration will be 2pm the previous day. For all Saturday 5:00 PM and Sunday Masses, registration will close at 12:00 on Saturdays.

Also, even if registration has been closed or “deactivated” for a particular Mass, you can still see the total number of people registered (i.e.  23/43) – in this case it shows that there is plenty of room left. You can still feel free to attend Mass and register in person when you arrive.

This is to provide time to prepare and print attendance lists for use at the door at the respective Mass times. ​During this first stage of the reintroduction of public Mass, attendance is strictly limited to 50 participants (including the priest and volunteers). For this reason, we ask those who wish to attend Mass [to register using the link below]. This will ensure that we remain compliant with the current expectations from the Province and our Diocesan Guidelines.

Given these circumstances, it will mean that those wishing to be at Mass on any day will need to pre-register for every Mass they wish to attend. As health and safety measures are continually being reassessed, the situation and our parish plans will remain fluid and are subject to change. For this reason, it is important to remain patient, flexible, and also to check for news regularly with the parish. We are committed to providing prompt and accurate communication of changes concerning these directives, and our local parish plans. Our main means of communication is on the website – and we ask that you help keep our parishioners up to date by sharing updates especially with those who do not have access to the internet.

IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT REGISTRATION AND ATTENDANCE:

You will find on the registration form a few different categories listed. Please follow these instructions:

  • ** Please register carefully – there is no way for you to cancel your own mistaken registration. [If you need to cancel please contact  office@stbernardsparish.ca

  • Including your phone number will be required for now, but adding email is optional. To skip adding your email, type ‘no’ in this field.

  • People deemed to be at greater risk at this time are welcome to attend Mass, and are subject to the general screening for symptoms. These people officially include those who are 65 years of age or older, and those with chronic medical conditions. They continue to be encouraged to choose prudential caution by avoiding public gatherings.  “All people attend Mass at their own risk.” (Diocesan Directives)

  • If you are simply attending Mass without volunteering, please register as an “Attendee”.

  • Register separately for each member of your household attending.

  • The number listed on the right end of the registration table indicates the number of spots available or needing to be filled.

  • If you are willing to help clean and sanitize the church at the end of Mass, please register as a “Cleaner”

  • Other volunteer positions (Lector, Usher, Point of Entry) are reserved for organized teams of volunteers. If you are willing to volunteer as Usher or Point of Entry greeter, please contact Fr. Matthew or the parish office.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR MASS

Other Valuable Points to Take Note of: 

 Bishop McGrattan’s decree dispensing Catholics from the Sunday obligation continues to be in effect. This means that even though public Masses have resumed, Catholics are not obliged to attend Mass and those who attend do so out of their own free will and prudential judgment.

  • You can preview the Self-Assessment Questionnaire, and anticipate that these questions will be posed to you and your family/party before entry to the church. If you experience any of the symptoms listed, please stay at home. This questionnaire reflects the recommended AHS self-assessment tool.

  • ENTRY & EXIT:  Doors will be opened 30 minutes prior to each Mass, and locked at the start of each Mass, as per required. ** Please plan to be early to Mass to ensure ability to attend.

St. Bernard’s Church:  Entry will be through the main doors of the church only, after check-in with greeters.  After Mass, we will exit according to instruction or guidance from Father. (access will be possible through side door if ease of access is necessary, with help from a volunteer after check-in)

Our Lady of the Assumption:  Entry will be only through the main doors of the church, after check-in with greeters.  After Mass, with guidance from Father, exit will be through the North side door next to Mary’s niche.

  • CHECK-IN: as you enter, you will need to confirm your registration with a volunteer. Before entry, each party will be asked Self-Assessment questions for health and safety screening. Attendance records will be kept for only the required 2 weeks for the purpose of contact tracing and communication if necessary, securely in the parish office, and then destroyed.

  • MASKS: All attendees are asked to bring their own mask, and are expected to wear it during the Mass.  * Very young children wear masks at their parents’ discretion.

  • HOW TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION: There is instruction defined for the procedure of receiving Holy Communion, according to the Diocesan Directives. You can watch this video in preparation of attending Mass. These measures are temporary, and will be relaxed in due course.

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Web Stations of the Cross from our Parish Churches.

As a response to the current  restrictions on gatherings imposed during the current situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have created an online Stations of the Cross using the Station images from both St.Bernard’s and Our Lady of the Assumption.  These are in the form of a slideshow slider. This slider will take one through the Stations of The Cross. The slides will automatically advance every 25 seconds, our you can bring up a set of controls to rewind, pause or forward through the slides by moving your mouse over the slide image.

Stations of the Cross at St.Bernard’s Church

Stations of the Cross at Our Lady of the Assumption

Thanks to Fr.Matthew for the photos, and for the concept.

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Feast Days for the coming Week

Feast days for the coming week:

Sunday – November 29 – St. Clement
Monday – November 30 – St. Andrew
Tuesday – December 01 – Sts. Martin and Declan
Wednesday – December 02 – St. Trumwin of Whitby
Thursday -December 03 – St. Francis Xavier
Friday – December 04 – St. John Damascene
Saturday – December 05 – St. Sabas

 

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Downloadable Prayer Cards Now Available

We have added a page with a selection of Prayer Cards for your enjoyment and use. These may be accessed from the main page menu, or from this link.
These cards are in Adobe PDF format, and will require a PDF viewer  for viewing and printing.

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Gospel Reflection – ” My Words Will Not Pass Away “

Let the fruit of God’s kingdom grow within you
The early signs of a changing season, such as springtime, summer, or autumn, are evident for all who can see and observe the changes. Just so are the signs of God’s kingdom and his return in glory on the day of judgment. The “budding” of God’s kingdom begins first in the hearts of those who are receptive to God’s word. Those who trust in God’s word will bear the fruits of his kingdom. And what are the fruits of that kingdom? “The kingdom of God ..is righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). The Lord gives the first-fruits of his kingdom to those who open their hearts to him with expectant faith and trust in his word.

Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers: My words will not pass away, by an anonymous early author from the early Greek fathers

“‘This generation’ refers both to those who suffer temptation and to those who cause it. It refers to sinners among men and to the demons who are at work in them. For neither group will cease being in the world until its consummation. For Christ said, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels’ (Matthew 25:41). Moreover, it is necessary that the source of temptation be preserved as long as there is faith which needs testing. It is also possible, however, that ‘this generation’ refers to those mortal Christians who would not pass over into eternal life and be made immortal and impassible ‘until’ all the events about which Christ was speaking had taken place.
“‘Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away’ because heaven and earth were created to serve you, but my words were uttered to govern you. Both heaven and earth are subject to vanity, as the apostle said, ‘Creation is subject to vanity’ (Romans 8:20). Truth, however, is by nature unable to deceive and can never die.” (excerpt from INCOMPLETE WORK ON MATTHEW, HOMILY 49, the Greek fathers).

  Text and reflections, courtesy and used with permission – http://dailyscripture.servantsoftheword.org

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A Stewardship Minute

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end of all history, and the lord of all creation. Give me joyful hope and assurance that I will see you face to face and be united with you forever when you return in glory.

 

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