Monday, January 1
Solemnity of Mary 11:00 am
Mass: For the repose of the soul of Ernesto Chavez
Mass intention by: Dowell Chavez
Tuesday, January 2 12:15 pm
Wednesday, January 3 12:15 pm
Thursday, January 4 12:15 pm
Friday, January 5 12:15 pm
Saturday, January 6 7:00 pm
Mass: For the repose of the soul of Miriam Kryski
Mass intention by: Siobhan & Mark Farrer
Sunday, January 7 11:00 am
Mass: For the repose of the soul of Annette & David Owen
Mass intention by: Francoise Campbell
Sunday, January 7 5:00 pm
Mass: For the intentions of the people
Sunday, December 31: Feast of the Holy Family
Jesus spent 30 of his 33 earthly years in Nazareth. Scripture tells us practically nothing about the first years and the boyhood of the Child Jesus. All we know are the facts of the sojourn in Egypt, the return to Nazareth, and the incidents that occurred when the twelve-year-old boy accompanied his parents to Jerusalem. Some spiritual writers have called these the 'hidden years', because there is so little written about them in the Gospel narratives. However, they reveal the holiness of ordinary life and show us how it becomes extraordinary for those baptized into Christ. From antiquity the Christian family has rightly been called a domestic church. In our own Christian family we can learn the way of selfless love in the School of Nazareth.
The primary purpose of the Church in instituting and promoting this feast is to present the Holy Family as the model and exemplar of all Christian families.
Mass Cancellations: Please note that the weekday masses from January 2 until January 5 are cancelled.
For emergencies, please contact Fr. Dan at St. Mary’s Parish in Banff at 403 808-7101.
Office Hours: The office will be closed on Monday, January 1, 2018 and will be open on Tuesday, January 2 for regular office hours.
On Wednesday, January 3, 2018, the office will be open at our new location: Unit 108 - 104 Kananaskis Way, (across from the Jeep Chrisler Dealership; in the same building as the Canmore Registry office.)
Hospital Visits: If you or a loved one are in the hospital and would like a visit from Fr. Wilbert, please inform the hospital staff.
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God Feast day January 1
Holy Day of Obligation
Way back in 431, there was a bitter controversy among theologians over the role of Mary in the Catholic Church. They debated the question: Who is Mary in God’s plan?
In the end, the bishops declared that Mary is really the mother of Jesus and Jesus is really God. So it must be said that Mary is the Mother of God. The oldest Christian greeting of Mary was proclaimed when Mary’s relative Elizabeth called her “Mother of my Lord.” When Elizabeth welcomed Mary, she recognized both the great privilege God had given Mary and Mary’s great faith in accepting it.
For centuries, Mary has been praised because she believed. She is Mother of God because of her faith in God. The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, celebrates Mary’s faith and trust in God alone. The Church wants us to imitate her faith.
Volunteers Needed: Volunteers are needed to help us move to our new office. We need movers in January and in February. If you can help either with manpower or with providing a truck, your help would be really appreciated. There is a signup sheet at the back of the church.
Bottle Deposits: You may donate your bottles to the church by bringing your empties to the Bottle
Depot located at 103 Boulder Crescent. Please inform them that they are for Our Lady of the Rockies Parish. Thank you for your support.