Tuesday, July 24, 6:30 pm Mass:
For the repose of the soul of Keith Horan
Mass intention by: Horan family
Wednesday, July 25, 12:15 pm Mass:
For the repose of the soul of Jose Uy
Mass intention by: Dagmar Kindy-David
Thursday, July 26, 12:15 pm Mass:
For the repose of the soul of Dalton Wilson
Mass intention by: Marlene Bush
Friday, July 27, 8:30 am Mass:
For the repose of the soul of Shirley Bush
Mass intention by: Marlene and Al Bush
Saturday, July 28, 7:00 pm Mass:
For the repose of the soul of Earl Bartley
Mass intention by: Marta & Bob Bartley
Sunday, July 29, 10:00 am Mass:
For the intentions of the people
Confessions will be heard Saturday evenings, 6:00 to 6:45 pm before mass, in the first office on the right as you enter the gym.
Confessions are also scheduled for Tuesday evenings from 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm at the office.
We have Safeway and Savon cards for sale at weekend mass. We sell them to raise funds for the new church building. They are good across Western Canada.
Our next fundraiser for our Shrine Church is Sponsorships. Be sure to check our list of items, in the school entrance, to see what is available.
Hospital Visits: If you or a loved one are in the hospital and would like a visit from Father
Nathan, please inform the hospital staff.
T.I.A. 2018 - Together In Action
Parish TIA Goal: $18,072.00
Raised to date: $4,972.00
The meaning of shrine
A shrine is a church or other sacred place visited by the faithful as pilgrims for special devotion. A pilgrimage is a journey by the faithful to a shrine, a place made sacred. The concept of pilgrimage is gaining ascendancy in this post Vatican II time. We have a heightened awareness that we are a pilgrim people en route to our eternal destiny. Vatican Council II reminded us that we are a pilgrim Church.
Paul VI's initiative
Paul VI was concerned with the meaning of shrines and their place in the liturgical and pastoral life of the Church. He described shrines as "spiritual clinics" (1965), "testimonies of miraculous deeds and of a continual wave of devotion" (1966), luminous stars in the Church's sky . . . centers of devotion, of prayer, of recollection, of spiritual refreshment" (1970). He recommended that shrines have a full program of sacramental and pastoral activity, and that they be centers of genuine religious intensity. He made it clear that devotion is an extension of liturgy and a preparation for it, that all Christian worship leads to Christ.
Then Paul VI rose to the occasion and instigated the legislation on shrines contained in the 1983 Code of Canon Law which now guides the Church. Canons 1230-1234 define shrines as sacred places of pilgrimage, animated centers of intense Christian life which foster liturgical and sacramental practice and cultivate sound devotion.
John Paul II and the Marian Year
In his Marian Year encyclical Redemptoris Mater (Mother of the Redeemer, 1987), Pope John Paul II spoke of the "geography of faith" and Marian devotion in regard to shrines. He asked for a qualitative approach to liturgical and devotional practice.
He encouraged shrines:
• to cultivate the via pulchritudinis, that is, a sense of God's beauty revealed in Mary;
• to provide an atmosphere for discerning and responding to vocation as a gift of God; for, a shrine is a sign of this mysterious relationship between God's call and the person's response;
• to be associated with or to sponsor a work of charity, such as a home for the sick, a school for the disadvantaged, a retirement center;
• to foster ecumenical prayer, encounters, dialogues.