Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 pm Mass:
For the intentions of Sun Kim
Mass intention by: Julia Choi
Wednesday, April 24, 12:15 pm Mass:
For the repose of the soul of Jean Wilson
Mass intention by: Marlene Bush
Thursday, April 25, 12:15 pm Mass:
For the repose of the soul of Ray Cardinal
Mass intention by: Ellen Cardinal, Val & Dale Heath
Friday, April 26, 8:30 am Mass:
For the repose of the soul of Elizabeth Briskie
Mass intention by: Bob Briskie
Saturday, April 27, 7:00 pm Mass:
For the intentions of the people of the parish
Sunday, April 28, 10:00 am Mass:
For the repose of the soul of Anne Briskie
Mass intention by: Bob Briskie
Praise be Jesus Christ, the Firstborn from the dead!
The Blessed Virgin Mary is most likely the only person who believed, with certainty and free of doubt, that Jesus Christ would rise from the dead! Yet nowhere in the Holy Gospels does it tell us that Jesus appeared to His Holy Mother on the day of His Resurrection or in the days that followed.
Some saints have suggested that He did appear to Holy Mary at midnight on Easter Sunday, the hour of His Resurrection, allowing her to be ﬁrst person to behold His Resurrected Body. She was given this privilege because she believed that He would rise again, just she believed long ago that she would conceive and bear Him within her womb, knowing that He is Emmanuel, God with Us!
Our Holy Mother believed that Jesus would rise again without having to see His Resurrected Glory as a prerequisite to believe. Yet what joy she must have experienced when He appeared in her midst, consoling the one who just a few days before was Our Lady of Sorrows. She is the gentle woman who at the Cross bore her Cruciﬁed Son in her arms, and though she believed He would rise from the dead, nonetheless had her heart pierced by a sorrow unlike any other sorrow.
Our Blessed Lady would be the one who would help both the ﬁrst Christians and those of today to believe in her Son’s rising to new life and the ways in which the power of His Resurrection continues to be present in our world.
This past month was a “resurrection” experience for our parish. After many years of waiting, preparing, experiencing setbacks, frustrations and moments of doubt whether our new church would be built, we witnessed how within one month, the steel superstructure of the new shrine church is nearly complete! Just last week we watched the bell tower and steeple rise into the heavens, its summit crowned with the sign of the Holy Cross, a sign of hope and heavenly protection over all within the Bow Valley!
May we continue to have great faith in our building project, since within this new shrine church we can see living proof of the power of our Lord’s Resurrection!
Please continue to watch for more construction updates by following our parish website at https://www.rockiesparish.com/updates.html. Please also continue or consider supporting our new shrine church through donations (which can also be made on our parish website). Please share these construction updates with your friends and family and invite them to help us through their prayers and ﬁnancial support to build our new shrine church.
I remain yours in Jesus through Mary,
Fr. Nathan Siray