Mass this week
Sunday: 10.00 am
Our clergy are away this week to attend a clergy conference. Please accept our apology for the greatly reduced schedule. Please welcome our own Fr. Martens as he worships with us this Sunday!
about the mass
THE SOURCE AND SUMMIT
AT THE LAST SUPPER, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of his Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the centuries until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us (Sacrosanctum Concilium 47).
The Mass is therefore our most important prayer as Catholic Christians. The Church tells us that celebrating the Mass is the “source and summit” of our Christian life. That means that the Mass is so very important that everything else we do should help us to prepare for it.
The word “Mass” comes from the Latin. The last words the priest or deacon said were “Ite, missa est.” It meant, “go, you are sent.” (We still hear these words today — “go in peace.”) The word “missa” came to be used to describe the entire liturgy. The Mass is also called the “Eucharist” meaning “thanks-giving” in Greek.
Mass is normally celebrated at St. John the Evangelist every day of the week (except on stat holidays). Our 11.30 am Mass is normally the Conventual Mass of the Gilbertines but all are welcome. Special Masses are normally held in the evening including that of the Father Lacomb Guild. Please forward Mass intentions to Mrs. Susan Travis, our Parish Secretary, at 403.265.5072 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The suggested donation is $10.
YOU ARE FORGIVEN…
God empowered His priests to be instruments of forgiveness in the Old Testament and Jesus Christ delegated this authority to His priests in the New Testament. He made this remarkably clear in John 20:21–23:
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
This passage emphasises an essential aspect of the priestly ministry: To Forgive men’s sins in the person of Christ — moreover, auricular confession is strongly implied here. The only way the Apostles could either forgive or retain sins is by first hearing those sins confessed, and then making a judgment whether or not the penitent should be absolved. No sin is too big to bring to the confessional; God is merciful and kind and wants sinners to turn again to Him.
THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION is an outward sign, instituted by Christ, that imparts grace to the soul. As an outward sign it comprises the actions of the penitent in presenting himself to the priest and accusing himself of his sins, and the actions of the priest in pronouncing absolution and imposing penance. This whole procedure is usually called, from one of its parts, “confession”. The grace conferred is deliverance from the guilt of sin and, in the case of mortal sin, from its eternal punishment; hence also reconciliation with God. Finally, the confession is made not in the secrecy of the penitent’s heart nor to a layman as friend and advocate, nor to a representative of human authority, but to a duly ordained priest with requisite jurisdiction and with the power of the keys which is the power to forgive sins granted by Christ to His Church.
YOU ARE RECONCILED...
We have a number of opportunities (as scheduled or by appointment) to partake of this life-giving sacrament at St. John the Evangelist. A sign to the right of the confessional will indicate if Fr. Robert-Charles or Fr. Sean-Patrick is inside waiting to hear confessions and absolve sins. If it’s been a long time since you’ve been to confession, or if it’s your first time, the priest will guide you through the process. The seal of the confessional is absolute: draw near to God, confess your sins, and experience the salvation that God’s peace brings. There is no sin too big or too shameful to bring to the confessional.