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January 24, 2020All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/st-francis-de-sales/

A leader of the Catholic Reformation, Francis was born in France in 1567. His family insisted he study law rather than enter the seminary. After obtaining doctorates in both canon and civil law by the age of 24, Francis chose religious life instead. His family eventually became reconciled to his choice and he was ordained in 1593.

Appointed bishop of Geneva in 1602, Francis reorganized the diocese, reformed religious education, established a seminary and founded schools. He lived a life of austerity and simplicity, sharing with the poor. Wise and intelligent, he emphasized both the loving kindness of God and the human capacity for love.

Francis was beatified the year he died, 1622 – the first formal beatification to take place in St. Peter’s – and canonized in 1665. He is the patron saint of writers and journalists, and of the deaf.

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A leader of the Catholic Reformation, Francis was born in France in 1567. His family insisted he study law rather than enter the seminary. After obtaining doctorates in both canon and civil law by the age of 24, Francis chose religious life instead. His family eventually became reconciled to his choice and he was ordained in 1593.

Appointed bishop of Geneva in 1602, Francis reorganized the diocese, reformed religious education, established a seminary and founded schools. He lived a life of austerity and simplicity, sharing with the poor. Wise and intelligent, he emphasized both the loving kindness of God and the human capacity for love.

Francis was beatified the year he died, 1622 – the first formal beatification to take place in St. Peter’s – and canonized in 1665. He is the patron saint of writers and journalists, and of the deaf.
January 25, 2020All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/conversion-of-st-paul/

The conversion of Paul was a turning point in the history of the early Church. Saul, as Paul was first known, was a tentmaker from Tarsus who zealously persecuted the followers of Christ. While traveling on the road to Damascus, he was struck down amidst a blinding light from heaven. According to the account in Acts of the Apostles (9.1-22; 22.3-16; 26.12-18), a voice asked “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Following the instructions he was given, Saul headed into Damascus and began proclaiming Jesus. Threatened with death for his actions, Paul escaped the city by being lowered in a basket over the city wall.

Paul’s zeal for the risen Jesus led him to become a passionate follower and later a teacher of the nations. The letters, or epistles, of Paul offer us a window into the early Church.

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The conversion of Paul was a turning point in the history of the early Church. Saul, as Paul was first known, was a tentmaker from Tarsus who zealously persecuted the followers of Christ. While traveling on the road to Damascus, he was struck down amidst a blinding light from heaven. According to the account in Acts of the Apostles (9.1-22; 22.3-16; 26.12-18), a voice asked “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Following the instructions he was given, Saul headed into Damascus and began proclaiming Jesus. Threatened with death for his actions, Paul escaped the city by being lowered in a basket over the city wall.

Paul’s zeal for the risen Jesus led him to become a passionate follower and later a teacher of the nations. The letters, or epistles, of Paul offer us a window into the early Church.
February 2, 2020All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/presentation-of-the-lord/

According to Mosaic Law, a new mother was considered unclean for 40 days after she had given birth. At the end of that period, she would enter the temple with her child, bringing an offering of either a lamb and a dove or pigeon, or two doves or pigeons, to be cleansed by prayers. Today’s feast commemorates Mary’s symbolic submission to that process, and also to the presentation of Jesus in the temple. The presentation stands as the Fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary.

The observance of this feast began in 4th-century Jerusalem, and was celebrated in Rome by the 5th-century. It is a feast of both Our Lord and the Blessed Virgin. In the Eastern Church, it was called The Meeting of Jesus and Mary with Simeon and Anna, representatives of the ...

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February 7, 2020All Day
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First Friday at St. Francis de Sales Parish

On the First Friday of every month we begin our Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 6 p.m.  Our hour includes the sung Chaplet of Divine Mercy, quiet time for prayer and reflection and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and concludes with Benediction.  Mass is then celebrated at 7 p.m.                         




 

First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus


 

Devotion to the Sacred Heart, as we know it, began about the year 1672. On repeated occasions, Jesus ...

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February 22, 2020All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/chair-of-st-peter/

Early Roman Christians celebrated on this day a feast in honour of their departed loved ones, including their predecessors in the faith, Peter and Paul. In the 4th-century, when the feast of these two saints was moved to June 29th, the emphasis of this day shifted to celebrating Peter and his successors as bishops of Rome, and expressing gratitude for their service.

“The ‘cathedra’ is literally the seat of the bishop”. Pope Benedict XVI said on this day in 2006. “It is the symbol of his authority and, particularly, of his ‘Magisterium’, in other words of the evangelical teaching that he, as a successor to the Apostles, is called to protect and transmit to the Christian community”.

To celebrate the ‘Chair’ of Peter means, then, giving it a ...

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Early Roman Christians celebrated on this day a feast in honour of their departed loved ones, including their predecessors in the faith, Peter and Paul. In the 4th-century, when the feast of these two saints was moved to June 29th, the emphasis of this day shifted to celebrating Peter and his successors as bishops of Rome, and expressing gratitude for their service.

“The ‘cathedra’ is literally the seat of the bishop”. Pope Benedict XVI said on this day in 2006. “It is the symbol of his authority and, particularly, of his ‘Magisterium’, in other words of the evangelical teaching that he, as a successor to the Apostles, is called to protect and transmit to the Christian community”.

To celebrate the ‘Chair’ of Peter means, then, giving it a strong spiritual significance, and recognizing therein a privileged sign of the love of God.
March 6, 2020All Day
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First Friday at St. Francis de Sales Parish

On the First Friday of every month we begin our Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 6 p.m.  Our hour includes the sung Chaplet of Divine Mercy, quiet time for prayer and reflection and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and concludes with Benediction.  Mass is then celebrated at 7 p.m.                         




 

First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus


 

Devotion to the Sacred Heart, as we know it, began about the year 1672. On repeated occasions, Jesus ...

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March 19, 2020All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/st-joseph/

Joseph, according to gospel accounts, was a carpenter and a descendant of King David. Art and popular imagination have portrayed him as an old man, but this is likely false.

Embarrassed by Mary’s pregnancy, Joseph was told in a dream to take Mary as his wife. Thoughts of rejecting her for infidelity banished, he was faithful to his responsibility as her husband and foster father of Jesus.

St. Joseph was declared a patron of the universal Church in 1870, and is principal patron of Canada.

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Joseph, according to gospel accounts, was a carpenter and a descendant of King David. Art and popular imagination have portrayed him as an old man, but this is likely false.

Embarrassed by Mary’s pregnancy, Joseph was told in a dream to take Mary as his wife. Thoughts of rejecting her for infidelity banished, he was faithful to his responsibility as her husband and foster father of Jesus.

St. Joseph was declared a patron of the universal Church in 1870, and is principal patron of Canada.
March 25, 2020All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/the-annunciation-of-the-lord/

This is the ancient title for the feast celebrating the Incarnation of the Word. This feast is a joint celebration of Christ and the Blessed Virgin: of the Word who becomes the Son of Mary and of the virgin who becomes the Mother of God.

In the universal Church, this liturgy celebrates the beginning of redemption. It also honours Mary as the ‘new Eve’, the obedient and faithful woman who generously agrees to be the Mother of God. Mary cooperates freely in the plan of salvation.

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This is the ancient title for the feast celebrating the Incarnation of the Word. This feast is a joint celebration of Christ and the Blessed Virgin: of the Word who becomes the Son of Mary and of the virgin who becomes the Mother of God.

In the universal Church, this liturgy celebrates the beginning of redemption. It also honours Mary as the ‘new Eve’, the obedient and faithful woman who generously agrees to be the Mother of God. Mary cooperates freely in the plan of salvation.
April 3, 2020All Day
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First Friday at St. Francis de Sales Parish

On the First Friday of every month we begin our Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 6 p.m.  Our hour includes the sung Chaplet of Divine Mercy, quiet time for prayer and reflection and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and concludes with Benediction.  Mass is then celebrated at 7 p.m.                         




 

First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus


 

Devotion to the Sacred Heart, as we know it, began about the year 1672. On repeated occasions, Jesus ...

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