About Us

Welcome to Saint Bernard’s Roman Catholic Parish! We are a parish district & community with two churches,
that serves the local neighbourhoods of Parkdale, St. Andrews Heights, Point McKay, Montgomery, Bowness,
Greenwood Village / Green Briar and Valley Ridge.
Together we are called to serve and love God’s Church and His Holy People with compassion, joy and truth. You
are always welcome to join us as visitor, friend, or registered member. We look forward to seeing you.

Our Two Churches Are:

Saint Bernard’s Church is our parish’s titular church (our parish’s namesake), located in Parkdale.
It is also the home of St. Francis Xavier Chaplaincy (@sfxchaplaincy), which the diocesan ministry group &
chaplaincy for post-secondary students and young adults in Calgary.

Our Lady of the Assumption Church is our church in the neighbourhood of Bowness. Our PARISH OFFICE is located here.


Here is a very good map of our parish district & boundaries, with both churches clearly labelled. Enjoy taking a closer look at St. Bernard’s Parish:


Interested in the HISTORY OF OUR PARISH? Click HERE

Life of Faith:

Confession/Reconciliation:

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available 45 MINUTES before the start of ALL Masses, (with the exception of the 11:00 am Sunday Mass at Assumption), and also after the Tuesday evening Mass 7:30 – 8:30 pm (during Adoration). The sacrament is always available by appointment.

Mass Times:

The Lord’s Day:

Saturday 5pm

Sunday 9am & 11am

Weekdays:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 7pm
 
Friday & Saturday 9am

 

Eucharistic Adoration:

 

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm — Holy Hour following the Mass at St. Bernard’s Church
 
First Fridays of the Month, 9:30-10:45 am — following the 9am Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption Church

Sacraments:

BAPTISM

Please contact the Parish Office for more details, and to schedule an appointment with our pastor. Please anticipate the need to complete preparation in advance of the baptism, particularly if the child to be baptized is your first.
You can find an online registration form for baptism HERE . Please fill it out (digitally if possible) and email it to our parish office as part of your request.

Expecting baby soon?

Let’s meet for preparation before the birth, so we can be ready for an early baptism!

Baptism for school-aged children, age 7 & up:

With your support, your child will need to complete a distinct preparation process that will prepare them to receive all three sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. Please call the parish for more details.

1st RECONCILIATION AND 1st HOLY EUCHARIST

Most commonly, children in Grade Two (aged 7-8) receive these sacraments. The Diocese of Calgary now prepares
children for both these sacraments in a single year, so that reconciliation with God can prepare the heart to receive
Holy Communion for the first time.
Registration and preparation typically begins in October each year. Please contact the Parish Office to enquire.

CONFIRMATION

Most commonly, children in Grade 6 or Grade 7 (aged 11-13) receive this sacrament. Our parish celebrates
Confirmation every second year, on the ‘odd’ years (ie.: 2021).
Registration and preparation typically begins in the early Spring. Please contact the Parish Office to enquire.

MARRIAGE

To schedule a wedding, please contact the Parish Office at least six months in advance prior to the desired wedding
date, to book an introductory meeting with the pastor and begin the necessary preparations. Congratulations, and we
look forward to hearing from you.

SACRAMENT OF THE SICK – ANOINTING

Please notify the parish if a parishioner is hospitalized or sick at home. We will arrange for a pastoral visit when
possible, and include their name in the community’s prayers on Sundays.

In case of an emergency:

If you have a loved one IN THE HOSPITAL, and an emergency arises, please call the Diocesan-wide Hospital
Emergency Paging: 

403-231-9505.

This will contact one of the hospital chaplains dedicated to pastoral care
at the hospitals.

If at home, or at one of our local Seniors’ Residences in the parish – call:

403-283-3746.

Extended Care Mass Times:

SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Shouldice Lodge:

2:00 pm (Every 2nd. Wednesday of the month)

Brentwood Care Centre:

10:30am ( Every 4th. Wednesday of the month)

Valley Ridge Lodge:

10:45am (Every 2nd. Thursday of the month)

Bow view Manor Centre:

11:00am ( Every 4th. Thursday of the month)

Bow Crest Care Centre:

10:30am ( Every 4th. Friday of the month)

Col. Belcher Care Centre:

10:30am ( Every Saturday )

Parish Devotional Life:

Prayer of the Rosary

It is a parish custom to pray the Holy Rosary starting 30 minutes before each Mass. Please join us early to pray for
the needs of the world.

Our Lady of Schoenstatt

Our parish is the home of a special image of Our Lady of Schoenstatt. The original pastor of St. Bernard's parish,
Pallottine Father Theodore Gerharz, brought the image of Our Lady of Schoenstatt from Germany to install at St.
Bernard’s Church. You can learn more HERE.
Because of this prominent and unique image of Mary, we have a relationship with the local members of the
International Movement of Schoenstatt. You can learn more about this local association HERE.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

SUSPENDED TEMPORARILY DUE TO COVID.
First Wednesday of each month: Before and after evening Mass, we offer prayers, and an opportunity to venerate the
image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is given after Mass is finished.

Stations of the Cross

The Way of the Cross is a favourite devotion in the Catholic heart, and is a community prayer on Fridays during
Lent. Each church has a beautiful set of Stations that are available to pray with anytime you visit our parish.
You can enjoy a closer look at them HERE and HERE.

Parish Associations

C.W.L.

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a national organization rooted in gospel values calling its members to
holiness through service to the people of God. Women of the parish are welcome to ask about membership.

Knights of Columbus:

Local Council 4965. A fraternal order of Catholic men dedicated to the Catholic Church, and to our Faith. The
Knights strive to be positive witnesses of the Christian in humble leadership, service, and prayer. All male
parishioner over the age of 18 years are encouraged to ask about membership.

Legion of Mary:

Mary Queen of Angels Praesidium. The Legion of Mary is an international association of the faithful of the
Catholic Church on a voluntary basis. Active members serve God under the banner of Mary by practicing the
Spiritual Works of Mercy. The main apostolate of the Legion consists in activities directed towards all men and
women, young and old, rich and poor as well as people from the margins of society (homeless, prostitutes, prisoners
etc.) and towards non-Catholics. New members are always welcome.

St. Vincent de Paul Society:

A lay Catholic organization is inspired by St. Vincent de Paul, who is called the “great apostle of charity”. The
mission of the Society is to live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy.
We see Christ in anyone who suffers. At our parish we respond to need primarily by providing food hampers to
those the hungry. Volunteers are welcome.
If St. Vincent de Paul can be of help to you, please phone 403-970-8107.

Parish Office:

For all Inquiries please contact the Parish Office:

OFFICE LOCATED AT:

7624 – 39 Ave. N.W., Calgary, AB. T3B 1X3

 
Telephone: (403) 283-3746
 
Fax: (403) 283-3481
 
Email: office@stbernardparish.ca

OFFICE HOURS:

MONDAY – THURSDAY 9:00am to 2:00pm – FRIDAY – 9:30am to 11:00am

Pastor:

Fr. Matthew Emmelkamp

Emergency Line –

If you have a loved on IN THE HOSPITAL, and an emergency arises, please call the Diocesan-
wide Hospital Emergency Paging:

 403-231-9505.