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September 29, 2020All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/saints-michael-gabriel-and-raphael/

Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are three of the seven archangels who stand before God and are venerated in both Jewish and Christian traditions. While once dedicated solely to Michael (Michaelmas), this date now commemorates all three.

Michael (‘Who is like the Lord?’), considered the special protector of Israel (Dan12.1) and of the Curch, is known as the ‘captain of the heavenly host’ (Rev 12.7-9).

Gabriel (‘God is mighty’) foretold the coming of the Messiah to the prophet Daniel (Dan 9). Luke records the appearances of this ‘angel of the Lord’ to Zechariah and to Mary of Nazareth (Luke 1).

Raphael (‘God heals’) identifies himself as one of the angels who bring prayers before God (Tobit12). He is associated with the healing pool in Jerusalem (John 5).

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Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are three of the seven archangels who stand before God and are venerated in both Jewish and Christian traditions. While once dedicated solely to Michael (Michaelmas), this date now commemorates all three.

Michael (‘Who is like the Lord?’), considered the special protector of Israel (Dan12.1) and of the Curch, is known as the ‘captain of the heavenly host’ (Rev 12.7-9).

Gabriel (‘God is mighty’) foretold the coming of the Messiah to the prophet Daniel (Dan 9). Luke records the appearances of this ‘angel of the Lord’ to Zechariah and to Mary of Nazareth (Luke 1).

Raphael (‘God heals’) identifies himself as one of the angels who bring prayers before God (Tobit12). He is associated with the healing pool in Jerusalem (John 5).
October 2, 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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October 18, 2020All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/st-luke/

Historical sources are unanimous in stating that the author of the third gospel and of the Acts of the Apostles is a physician named Luke. He was undoubtedly a Gentile (that is, non-Jewish) Christian and wrote for other Gentiles who did not have a background of the Old Testament in which to root their faith. His writings show him to be an educated man with considerable literary skill. He is a patron of the medical profession.

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Historical sources are unanimous in stating that the author of the third gospel and of the Acts of the Apostles is a physician named Luke. He was undoubtedly a Gentile (that is, non-Jewish) Christian and wrote for other Gentiles who did not have a background of the Old Testament in which to root their faith. His writings show him to be an educated man with considerable literary skill. He is a patron of the medical profession.
October 28, 2020All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/st-simon-and-st-jude/

The names of Simon and Jude appear in New Testament lists of the apostles but little else is known about either. Since there are two apostles named Simon and two named Judas (Luke 6.14-16 and Acts 1.13), these are distinguished as Simon the Zealot and Judas the son (or the brother) of James, the others being Simon Peter and Judas Iscariot.

Simon is surnamed the Cananaean or the Zealot, names which refer to his zeal for the Law. Jude (Judas) is also called Thaddeus (Matthew 10.4 and Mark 3.18); the one mentioned of him outside of the lists is in John (14.22-23) where he is referred to as “Judas (not Iscariot)”.

Traditionally, both these apostles suffered martyrdoms. In a later tradition, Jude became a patron saint of so-called hopeless causes.

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The names of Simon and Jude appear in New Testament lists of the apostles but little else is known about either. Since there are two apostles named Simon and two named Judas (Luke 6.14-16 and Acts 1.13), these are distinguished as Simon the Zealot and Judas the son (or the brother) of James, the others being Simon Peter and Judas Iscariot.

Simon is surnamed the Cananaean or the Zealot, names which refer to his zeal for the Law. Jude (Judas) is also called Thaddeus (Matthew 10.4 and Mark 3.18); the one mentioned of him outside of the lists is in John (14.22-23) where he is referred to as “Judas (not Iscariot)”.

Traditionally, both these apostles suffered martyrdoms. In a later tradition, Jude became a patron saint of so-called hopeless causes.
November 1, 2020All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/all-saints-day/

This feast honours all the saints of the Church, known and unknown. The occasion provides an opportunity to reflect on the nature of sainthood and to celebrate the exemplary faithfulness of holy men and women of every place and time whose lives and deeds continue to inspire us.

Originally a feast in the Eastern Church for all martyrs, it was extended to the whole Roman Church in the 9th century as a feast including non-martyrs. It was given this date, November 1, to counter a pagan feast on the same day. In England it was called Allhallows. (‘Hallow’ is from the Old English word for ‘holy’). Thus ‘Halloween, a vestige of this pagan celebration, is from ‘Allhallowseven’ or ‘the eve of All Saints’.

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This feast honours all the saints of the Church, known and unknown. The occasion provides an opportunity to reflect on the nature of sainthood and to celebrate the exemplary faithfulness of holy men and women of every place and time whose lives and deeds continue to inspire us.

Originally a feast in the Eastern Church for all martyrs, it was extended to the whole Roman Church in the 9th century as a feast including non-martyrs. It was given this date, November 1, to counter a pagan feast on the same day. In England it was called Allhallows. (‘Hallow’ is from the Old English word for ‘holy’). Thus ‘Halloween, a vestige of this pagan celebration, is from ‘Allhallowseven’ or ‘the eve of All Saints’.
November 1, 2020All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/all-souls-day/

Since the early Church, Christians have prayed for the dead. By the 7th century, some monastic foundations reserved this day to pray for deceased members and benefactors. In 988, Odilo abbot of the great monastery of Cluny in France, established the tradition of keeping, “with joyous affection, the memory of all the faithful departed who have lived from the beginning of the world until the end”. By the 14th century, the commemoration had spread through Europe and was universally accepted in the Latin Church.

Happy are those

Who have died

In the Lord.

Let them rest

From their labours

For their good deeds

Go with them.

Revelation 14.13

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Since the early Church, Christians have prayed for the dead. By the 7th century, some monastic foundations reserved this day to pray for deceased members and benefactors. In 988, Odilo abbot of the great monastery of Cluny in France, established the tradition of keeping, “with joyous affection, the memory of all the faithful departed who have lived from the beginning of the world until the end”. By the 14th century, the commemoration had spread through Europe and was universally accepted in the Latin Church.

Happy are those

Who have died

In the Lord.

Let them rest

From their labours

For their good deeds

Go with them.

Revelation 14.13
November 6, 2020All Day
Church

 

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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November 9, 2020All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/dedication-of-the-lateran-basilica/

Today is the anniversary of the dedication of the cathedral church of Rome by Pope Sylvester I in 324. Originally known as the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour, this church is called St. John Lateran because it was built on property owned by the Laterani family and given to the Church. It was served by monks from the monastery of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Divine.

This Church is the cathedra (chair) of the bishop of Rome. A Latin inscription reads “Omnium ecclesiarum Urbis et Orbis mater et caput” (The Mother and Head of All Churches of the City and of the World). Accordingly, the whole Church celebrates its dedication.

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Today is the anniversary of the dedication of the cathedral church of Rome by Pope Sylvester I in 324. Originally known as the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour, this church is called St. John Lateran because it was built on property owned by the Laterani family and given to the Church. It was served by monks from the monastery of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Divine.

This Church is the cathedra (chair) of the bishop of Rome. A Latin inscription reads “Omnium ecclesiarum Urbis et Orbis mater et caput” (The Mother and Head of All Churches of the City and of the World). Accordingly, the whole Church celebrates its dedication.
November 26, 2020All Day
Church https://www.stfrancisdesales.ca/news/christ-the-king/

We live in a ‘humpty-dumpty world’, a broken world. Millions slaughtered by their own kind, mass migration of refugees across the globe, disease ravaging continents, and the ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor are some signs of the cruel joke. ‘All the king’s men’ – the kings of science, technology, economics, politics and even religion – ‘could not put Humpty together again’.

There is only one King who can bring fulfillment and that is Christ the King, raised from the dead. He will rescue his sheep from all the places where they have been scattered: by disease, starvation, war and oppressive authority. Those baptized into the life and death of Christ are called to share kingship with Jesus the Good Shepherd who seeks and rescues the lost sheep.

We are called to be kings of a ‘humpty-dumpty’ world. ...

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