6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Pastoral Notes by Fr. Edmund Vargas

All about the Eucharist

We are a Eucharistic community. We are transformed by the food we partake in the Eucharist. The Eucharist brings about in us a new way of being human. As the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council assert: The Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life”. Transubstantiation is the process by which the bread and wine of the Eucharist is transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ at the Act of Consecration during Mass, thus making it possible for the Risen Christ to be truly present in the Eucharist.

We are reminded that the Holy Eucharist is truly the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you are a Catholic not properly disposed to receive Holy Communion or are not a member of the Catholic Church, you are welcome to remain in your place and unite yourself in prayer or join the procession with your arms folded over your chest indicating that you wish to receive a prayer. Since the beginning of the year, Holy Communion in both species (the Body of Christ in the form of the consecrated host and the Blood of Christ in the form of the consecrated wine) have been made available. This practice is highly encouraged. It expresses in a unique way the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

There is a mandatory one-hour fast before the reception of Holy Communion, unless you are dealing with some medical condition or old age. The one-fast is part of our physical preparation for the reception of tremendous reality of Christ’s presence. Chewing gum, coffee or soft drinks are not even allowed during Mass. Water bottle are allowed but not encouraged.

Genuflection before the Blessed Sacrament, located behind the Altar in the sanctuary, is done with the right knee touching the ground as one enters the church and as one leaves the church. One makes a genuflection or a profound bow when he or she crosses the Blessed Sacrament. The act of genuflection expresses our adoration of Christ, present in the Blessed Sacrament. The presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament is also why we are encouraged to observe silence as we enter the church before our Eucharistic celebrations. And usually, there are ongoing Confessions before the Masses. Conservations, when deemed required, should be engaged behind the glass doors of our main entrance or in the breezeway. Speaking of Confessions, one should celebrate the Rite of Reconciliation with a priest before receiving Holy Communion when he or she has been in a state of mortal sin. Receiving Holy Communion in the state of mortal sin is sacrilegious.

Our Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration (PEA) Chapel is a living testament of our faith in Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist. Let us continue to strengthen our commitment to adore Him in the Eucharist. Let our lives always be inspired by the love that Christ has shown by His death on cross, which is repeated at every Eucharistic celebration.

PREPARING FOR LENT

SILENCE will be observed before all the Lenten weekend Masses, starting on the February 29 – March 1 weekend.  The Presider, together with all the other liturgical ministers will take their respective seats in the sanctuary or in the pews FIVE (5) minutes before the start of Mass, that is, after the Prayer before Serving in the sacristy.  Seven (7) minutes later, all stand as “Hold us in your mercy…” is sung, followed by the Opening Prayer.  No Commentary. No Procession. No Entrance Hymn.  Mass attendees enter the church and go to their seats in SILENCE.   Silence, as part of the Lenten discipline, allows us to let God speak to our hearts.  It is also an effort to reclaim the traditional silence we should observe as we enter sacred space.

Ash Wednesday
February 26
7:00 am Latin Mass
9:00 am English Mass
Noon Latin Mass
7:00 pm English Mass
Tuesdays in Lent6:00 pm Stations of the Cross
6:30 pm Knights of Columbus Lenten Supper
Wednesdays in Lent
March 4, 11, 18, 25
6:00 pm Confessions
7:00 pm English Mass
7:30 pm Lenten Mission "The Eucharist"
Wednesday April 17:00 pm English Mass
7:30 pm Penitential Service
Fridays in Lent6:00 pm Confessions
6:30 pm Latin Mass
7:30 pm Stations of the Cross
SaturdayConfessions4:00 pm
English Mass5:00 pm
SundayConfessions6:45 am
Low Latin Mass7:15 am
Morning Prayer8:30 am
English Mass9:00 am
English Mass10:30 am
Confessions12:00 pm
Sung Latin Mass12:30 pm
Monday & TuesdayConfessions6:30 am
Latin Mass7:00 am
Confessions8:30 am
English Mass9:00 am
WednesdayConfessions11:30 am
Latin MassNoon
Confessions6:30 pm
Rosary6:30 pm
Marian English Mass 7:00 pm
Thursday & FridayConfessions 8:30 am
English Mass9:00 am
Confessions6:00 pm
Latin Mass7:00 pm
SaturdayConfessions8:00 am
Latin Mass9:00 am
Monday Confessions6:30 am
Latin Mass7:00 am
Confessions8:30 am
English Mass9:00 am
TuesdayConfessions6:30 am
Latin Mass7:00 am
Confessions8:30 am
English Mass9:00 am
Stations of the Cross6:00 pm
WednesdayConfessions11:30 am
Latin Mass12:00 pm
Confessions6:00 pm
Rosary6:30 pm
Marian English Mass 7:00 pm
Lenten Mission7:30 pm
ThursdayConfessions8:30 am
English Mass9:00 am
Confessions6:00 pm
Latin Mass 7:00 pm
FridayConfessions8:30 am
English Mass9:00 am
Confessions6:00 pm
Latin Mass6:30 pm
Stations of the Cross7:30 pm
SaturdayConfessions8:00 am
Latin Mass9:00 am
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Saturday


Sunday


4:00 pm Confessions
5:00 pm English Mass
6:45 am Confessions
7:15 am Low Latin Mass
9:00 am English Mass
10:30 am English Mass
12:00 pm Confessions
12:30 pm Latin Sung Mass
Monday
of Holy Week
6:30 am Confessions
7:00 am Latin Mass
8:30 am Confessions
9:00 am English Mass
Tuesday
of Holy Week
6:30 am Confessions
7:00 am Latin Mass
8:30 am Confessions
9:00 am English Mass
Wednesday
of Holy Week
11:30 am Confessions
Noon Latin Mass
6:00 pm Confessions
7:00 pm Marian English Mass
Thursday
of the Lord's Supper
6:30 pm English Mass
8:30 pm Latin Mass
7:30 pm - Midnight
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on the Altar of Repose
Friday of the
Passion of the Lord
9:00 am Outdoor Way of the Cross (St. Mary's Cathedral)
2:00 pm Stations of the Cross
3:00 pm English Passion
5:30 pm Latin Passion
Holy Saturday
The Resurrection of the Lord
The Easter Vigil



8:00 pm English Mass
11:00 pm Latin Mass
Easter Sunday
The Resurrection of the Lord
7:15 am Latin Low Mass
9:00 am English Mass
10:30 am English Mass
12:30 pm Latin Sung Mass
LITURGY WORKSHOP
Saturday, February 29, from 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Light lunch from noon – 1:00pm

Simone Brosig of the diocesan Liturgy Office will facilitate a discussion of an independent assessment of our parish liturgy, our church environment and other liturgical updates.  The second part of the workshop is a review of the proposed Holy Week protocol and other liturgical protocols. All liturgical ministers are expected to attend. Those interested may also attend.  For hall and food preparation purposes, please RVSP  before February 26.

LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Our Lenten Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis) will be held every Tuesday at 6pm, starting on March 3.  A fundraising Lenten Dinner follows, hosted by the Knights of Columbus, with varying menu offerings, including seafood pasta, fish sandwich and fish & chips. The dinner is also aimed building a stronger sense of community.  The proceeds of the dinner will be for the outreach activities of the Knights of Columbus.  In order to plan the food the Knights have requested an RSVP secretary@stanthonyscalgary.com if you plan to stay for supper.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

An Ecumenical Worship Service will be held on Friday, March 6 at 1:30pm at Southwood United Church (10690 Elbow Drive SW) in celebration of World Day of Prayer with the theme “Rise! Take your Mat and Walk”. This years’ service has been created by women from Zimbabwe.  Pastor Sam has personally invited our community to participate, citing we are neighbors. Fr Edmund is attending. If you are interested, please contact Fr Edmund or the office to confirm your attendance by the end of the month. Those who want to be part of the service as reader or other form of participation have to reply sooner.

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
Wednesday, June 10 at 7:00 pm

St. Anthony’s Parish Confirmation will be celebrated by Bishop Henry. Preparation sessions beginning Tuesday May 12 at 7:00 pm, include a parent and student session, three student sessions and a retreat.   Children will participate in a social justice project, research their chosen saint and write a letter to the bishop. Children in grade 6 or above may submit their  Confirmation 2020 Registration Package by April 1, 2020. Contact Dorothy Loucks  at the parish office 403-252-1137 extension 232 for further information.

FEED THE HUNGRY
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2020

St. Anthony’s will sponsor the traditional “Sunday Night” Feed the Hungry dinner on Sunday, September 20, 2020. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS TO PARTICIPATE IN ONE OF 80 VOLUNTEER POSITIONS. Food/Hall preparation 9:30am – 1:30 pm or Desert preparation 12:30pm – 2:30pm (families with children under 12 welcome).  Serving and greeting 2:30pm – 6:00pm (ages 12 years and up).  Register as a volunteer.

ST. ANTHONY’S PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES 2020

Our entire year’s program at a glance.  Use it to set your calendars to ensure you are available to participate in all our events.

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