SAINT BERNARD: August 20th is the feast day of Saint Bernard. As a young man, Bernard studied theology and Holy Scripture and later decided to join the Cistercian Order. He was responsible for founding many monasteries, among them the famous Abbey of Clairvaux. He also, composed a number of works and he undertook many journeys for the honor of God. Saint Bernard is a Doctor of the Church because of his writings and sermons which greatly influenced Europe during the 12th century.
QUEENSHIP OF MARY: August 22nd. Pope Pius XII established this feast in 1954. But Mary’s queenship has roots in Scripture. At the Annunciation, Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever. At the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary “mother of my Lord.” As in all the mysteries of Mary’s life, she is closely associated with Jesus: Her queenship is a share in Jesus’ kingship. We can also recall that in the Old Testament the mother of the king has great influence in court. In the fourth century Saint Ephrem called Mary “Lady” and “Queen.” Later Church fathers and
doctors continued to use the title. Hymns of 11th and 13th centuries address Mary as queen: “Hail, Holy Queen,” “ Hail, Queen of Heaven,”. The Dominican rosary and the Franciscan crown as well as numerous invocations in Mary’s litany celebrate her queenship. The feast is a logical follow-up to the Assumption, and is now celebrated on the octave day of that feast. In his 1954 encyclical to the Queen of Heaven, Pius XII points out that Mary deserves the title because she is Mother of God, because she is closely associated as the New Eve with Jesus’ redemptive work, because of her preeminent perfection, and because of her intercessory power.
REVISED FIRST AID SCHEDULE: There have been a few changes in the First Aid Schedule. The revised dates are: August 26,27,29 and September 4, 5. There will be a First-aid Instructor course on September 10-13. Also, there will be a re-certification course on September 9th.
BAPTISM SEMINAR: Tuesday, August 27., 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral for parents and godparents. We offer an update on what it means to have a child baptized together with the understanding that there must be a well founded hope that the child will be reared in the practice of the faith. We also offer a walk through of the liturgy and provide an opportunity for question and discussion.
SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL: for the month of July: Home visits - 25 with 45 adults and 6 children, 44 volunteer hours at a cost of $1,608.17. Mary’s Kitchen served 155 adults and 14 children; there was 129 used at a cost of $1,233.15. Furniture - there was 34 homes visited and 57 volunteer hours used. The results of the Poor Box Sunday Collection is Sacred Heart-$448.80; St. Brendan’s-$92.60; All Hallows-$190.85; Holy Redeemer- $846.65. With a grand total of $1,578.90.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS- RELAY FOR LIFE: The annual fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society will take place October 7th. At the Civic Center. Registration at 11 am., The event proceeds until 8 pm. Pledge forms and forms for the luminaries are now available at the Church entrances. For further details call Brian Terry at 783-2053. We encourage as many as possible to support this worthy cause.
JEREMIAH’S SAVIOR: Iraq (Babylon) attacked Israel in the 6th century B.C. The prophet Jeremiah interpreted this as a punishment from God for the sins of the people. He warned them not to resist the enemy. They called him a traitor and defeatist. A group of leaders pressured the weak to allow them to kill Jeremiah. They threw him into an underground water tank. He was rescued by an official from Ethiopia(Cush). A black foreigner had more faith and compassion than Jeremiah’s peers.
A HOUSEHOLD DIVEDED: Jesus Christ has been called “ the prince of peace.” Why does he say that he has come for “ division”? One reason may be that too many people practice a passive religion. They express faith and go through the motions, but don’t really commit themselves. Jesus calls for an active religion. Christianity is a revolution against the values of this world. Christians must be rebels. Jesus preaches a faith that must suit radicals. We will always be divided from those who want a “safe” faith.
KITCHEN PARTY: There will be a Kitchen Party taking place at the Royal Canadian Legion on Friday, September 20th. 8:00 pm. Local Musicians; fun for everyone. Tickets will be $10.00 single. Available at the parish office and admission at the door.
FAITH DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS: We will be resuming our Monday evening sessions in September. These are for anyone seeking full communion with the Catholic Church. They are also for anyone who have not received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Eucharist. We offer practical faith sharing and educational input in a supportive atmosphere of faith development. In short, everyone is welcomed to participate because there’s a place for all in our gatherings- Monday nights at the Cathedral residence at 7pm. Specifics will be published later. Plan now to participate!
FAMILY CATHECHETICS 2019-2020: The Family Cathechetics program for children (Kindergarten to Year Six) and their parents will begin on September 16th. Registration forms for Holy Redeemer and All Hallows can be picked up at the tables at the entrances of the churches. Completed registration forms may be dropped off at the sacristy in each Church or at the Parish office, maybe faxed to the Cathedral office at 634-5999 or may be brought to the first session. For more information, Contact Denise Rumboldt, Family Catechetics Coordinator, at 634-5161/634-3506 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CONFIRMATION YEAR 1: The Confirmation Year 1 classes will begin in September and will meet monthly throughout the year. The first class will be held on Wednesday, September 18th. In the basement of All Hallows at 6:30 PM/ Any young person from Grade 7 or above may be registered for Confirmation. Registration forms (the same for Family Catechetics) are available at the entrances of both the Cathedral and All Hallows churches. A parent or guardian must accompany the young person to this first session. For more information, contact Denise Rumboldt, information listed above.
CONFIRMATION YEAR 2: The Confirmation Year 2 classes will begin on Thursday, September 19th in the basement of All Hallows at 6:30 PM. Registration forms (the same as for Family Catechetics) are available at the entrances of both the Cathedral and All Hallows churches. For more information, Contact Denise Rumboldt, information listed above.
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: As has been the custom in the past several years, we expose the Sacrament at the end of Wednesday morning Mass, at the Cathedral, for extra prayer. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also made available during this time. The entire gathering is meant to last an hour or so. We are encouraged to spend some time in prayer before the Sacrament and to be uplifted with this gathering. It is offered All Hallows on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. as well.
CARD GAME: will be cancelled for August.