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December 4, 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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December 8, 2020All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/immaculate-conception-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary/

A feast dedicated to Mary’s conception first appeared in the 7th century and by the 12th century it was firmly established in England. In the 13th century, great thinkers such as St. Bernard and St. Thomas Aquinas debated whether Mary could have been born without original sin if, as St. Paul says, all persons are born in sin (Romans 5.12). By the 19th century, the theological debate was resolved and in 1854 Pius IX defined the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception as a dogma of faith. In 1846, the Catholic Church of the United States declared this to be its patronal feast.

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A feast dedicated to Mary’s conception first appeared in the 7th century and by the 12th century it was firmly established in England. In the 13th century, great thinkers such as St. Bernard and St. Thomas Aquinas debated whether Mary could have been born without original sin if, as St. Paul says, all persons are born in sin (Romans 5.12). By the 19th century, the theological debate was resolved and in 1854 Pius IX defined the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception as a dogma of faith. In 1846, the Catholic Church of the United States declared this to be its patronal feast.
December 26, 2020All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/st-stephen/

This celebration dates back to about the 4th century. Because his name is Greek, it is assumed Stephen was a Jew of the diaspora (Jewish communities outside Israel) who had resettled in Jerusalem. Stephen is the first-named among the seven deacons chosen to minister to Greek-speaking Christians in Jerusalem at the very dawn of the Christian church. He is the first recorded martyr of the New Testament.

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This celebration dates back to about the 4th century. Because his name is Greek, it is assumed Stephen was a Jew of the diaspora (Jewish communities outside Israel) who had resettled in Jerusalem. Stephen is the first-named among the seven deacons chosen to minister to Greek-speaking Christians in Jerusalem at the very dawn of the Christian church. He is the first recorded martyr of the New Testament.
December 27, 2020All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/st-john/

Also known as John the Divine, the apostle John was the son of Zebedee and the brother of James, and a fisherman. John was very close to Jesus and was present at the Transfiguration, the raising of Jairus’ daughter and the Agony in the Garden. John is the “beloved disciple” referred to in the gospels. While ancient scholarship linked him to the Fourth Gospel, the Book of Revelation and the three epistles that bear his name, modern scholarship disputes this notion. John is believed to have died at Ephesus in extreme old age. In Christian iconography, his symbol is the eagle.

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Also known as John the Divine, the apostle John was the son of Zebedee and the brother of James, and a fisherman. John was very close to Jesus and was present at the Transfiguration, the raising of Jairus’ daughter and the Agony in the Garden. John is the “beloved disciple” referred to in the gospels. While ancient scholarship linked him to the Fourth Gospel, the Book of Revelation and the three epistles that bear his name, modern scholarship disputes this notion. John is believed to have died at Ephesus in extreme old age. In Christian iconography, his symbol is the eagle.
December 28, 2020All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/holy-innocents/

The ‘Holy Infants’ are the male children recorded slain by King Herod in Matthew’s Gospel. This unique episode in Jesus’ life is not found in any other document, secular or religious, yet this incident, along with the account of the flight into Egypt, presents the ancient tradition of the early Church: Jesus as the ‘new Isreal’, persecuted and forced to flee, and the ‘new Moses’, marvelously rescued from the slaughter of the Hebrew children. This feast also points to Jesus as the Messiah and foreshadows the secular opposition Jesus will later meet, culminating in his Passion.

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The ‘Holy Infants’ are the male children recorded slain by King Herod in Matthew’s Gospel. This unique episode in Jesus’ life is not found in any other document, secular or religious, yet this incident, along with the account of the flight into Egypt, presents the ancient tradition of the early Church: Jesus as the ‘new Isreal’, persecuted and forced to flee, and the ‘new Moses’, marvelously rescued from the slaughter of the Hebrew children. This feast also points to Jesus as the Messiah and foreshadows the secular opposition Jesus will later meet, culminating in his Passion.
December 31, 2020All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/holy-family-of-jesus-mary-and-joseph/

Devotion to the Holy Family flourished in the Renaissance. The leading artists of the time – Michelangelo, Raphael, El Greco, Rembrandt, Rubens, to name a few – often portrayed the Holy Family in their work. When this feast day was instituted in 1921, it was originally assigned to the third Sunday after Christmas. It is now observed on the first Sunday following Christmas, unless Christmas itself falls on a Sunday, in which case Holy Family is celebrated on December 30.

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Devotion to the Holy Family flourished in the Renaissance. The leading artists of the time – Michelangelo, Raphael, El Greco, Rembrandt, Rubens, to name a few – often portrayed the Holy Family in their work. When this feast day was instituted in 1921, it was originally assigned to the third Sunday after Christmas. It is now observed on the first Sunday following Christmas, unless Christmas itself falls on a Sunday, in which case Holy Family is celebrated on December 30.
January 1, 2021All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/mary-the-holy-mother-of-god/

Of all the Marian feasts of the Church, this day dedicated to Mary, Mother of God, is the greatest. Drawing on scriptural and patristic sources, it celebrates Mary’s role in the Incarnation and in redemption. In this way, her special relationship with her son is emphasized, and she is acknowledged as a model of the Church. January 1 is marked as a holy day of obligation in Canada.

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Of all the Marian feasts of the Church, this day dedicated to Mary, Mother of God, is the greatest. Drawing on scriptural and patristic sources, it celebrates Mary’s role in the Incarnation and in redemption. In this way, her special relationship with her son is emphasized, and she is acknowledged as a model of the Church. January 1 is marked as a holy day of obligation in Canada.
January 1, 2021All 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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January 8, 2021All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/epiphany-of-the-lord/

It is very clear that the Jewish people are the chosen people of God. Yet in the Old and New testaments there are indications that the message of the God of all creation is to be offered to all nations.

The early Christians, after Jesus’ death, held that The Way of Jesus was intended for Jewish Christians but not for Gentiles, even though Jesus was open to them in his lifetime. Paul’s conversion turned all that upside down. “In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind”.

Paul had a tough time convincing some of the apostles that Jesus and his message were to be shared with Gentiles. Eventually, Peter recognized Paul’s approach and missionary efforts to the Gentiles. Paul went out to “all nations” and the word of God spread. He took the light of Christ to everyone ...

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