the mass at st. john’s
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 celebrated at St. John’s every day of the week (except on stat holidays). Our 7.30 am Mass is 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.
The standard schedule is posted below. Check the home page under “Mass this Week” for special events and the most up-to-date listing.
Sunday: 8.00 am / 10.00 am
Monday: 7.30 am
Tuesday: 7.30 am / 11.30 am
Wednesday: 11.30 am / 7.00 pm
Thursday: 7.30 am / 11.30 am
Friday: 7.30 am / 11.30 am
Saturday: 7.30 am / 11.30 am
Vigil Mass: 6.00 pm
Please note that Confessions are normally heard 15 minutes before and during each Mass
(except on Mondays and at the Solemn Mass on Sunday at 10.00 am.)